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madnoodle's picture

Hi,


I know coffee makers have been discussed to death here.  I'm the new "coffee lady" at work (we have a staff fund--pay for the year, drink all the coffee you want).  We've finally agreed to buying better coffee (yay!), but it still tastes like crap.  I'm thinking the culprit is the coffee maker itself.  It's one of those industrial ones, with multiple carafes and three burners.  No one can remember, but I'd guess it's at least twenty years old. I'm on a mission to replace it with something else.  We don't need a huge restaurant-style coffee maker, just a decent kitchen model which will produce a good cup of coffee in a reasonable amount of time.  We have thermal carafes to keep the coffee hot, so it's not necessary to get one with a thermos.  Under $100 would be good.


I bought a Black and Decker today and brought it home to try it out.  It took 15 minutes to produce a pot of lukewarm coffee.  It's going back to the store tomorrow. 


What if there were no hypothetical questions?


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

Gretchen's picture

(post #56593, reply #1 of 47)

I like my Krups a lot, and have had it a long time. It makes good coffee (if you do the grind and amount right!) in about 5 minutes.


I have had a Bunn in the past--the kind that almost makes it instantly--and I thought it was good also.


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madnoodle's picture

(post #56593, reply #2 of 47)

Thanks Gretchen--I'll look into those.


What if there were no hypothetical questions?


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

assibams's picture

(post #56593, reply #3 of 47)

Before you go out and spend a lot of money on a new coffee maker do check your water, too. Try filling the maker with bottled water and see how the coffee tastes. Most of the times the machine is not the culprit....


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Jean's picture

(post #56593, reply #4 of 47)

Good thinking. Our tap water (well) is really good to drink but it makes horrid coffee and ice.  We use RO water for both. Oh, and RO water for boiling potatoes too--they don't turn that awful grey color when they cool.


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Gary's picture

(post #56593, reply #5 of 47)

Assuming you're not using an aluminum pot, the discoloration of the potatoes is likely from the iron in the water. You can add a little acid (e.g. lemon juice) to prevent this. I usually add it after draining; just stir it around a bit.

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Jean's picture

(post #56593, reply #6 of 47)

Thanks, that's nice to know, but I do have RO water right at the sink. Maybe someone else will benefit from that tip though.


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mireille_c's picture

(post #56593, reply #40 of 47)

Glad to know this about the potatoes. I know our water is very hard here in Quebec, but I didn't know it was the cause of gray spots on potatoes.

madnoodle's picture

(post #56593, reply #7 of 47)

Good point; we do use filtered water for coffee at home.  But the current coffeemaker is so huge and so ugly that I'm looking for any excuse to get rid of it.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

Canuck's picture

(post #56593, reply #8 of 47)

I can see wanting to get rid of the machine. However, if you have to keep it, I'd wager that it needs cleaning to remove mineral buildup inside. And I bet the coffee will taste better after that.

Rich02's picture

(post #56593, reply #9 of 47)

Try looking into a Krieg type machine.  I don't know if it's the only one available but it brews individual cups and a lot of coffee companies make the cup inserts.  Green Mountain has a whole selection as do others.  Rich

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dorcast's picture

(post #56593, reply #10 of 47)

I was going to suggest a Keurig as well. They sell a model at Costco that comes with many of the coffee cups, but I know there are models that sell for less than $100. I'm not sure if the
K Cups would wind up being much more expensive than your coffee budget, but there are a wide assortment, and some are discounted online.

I hate most drip coffee makers unless I get a cup right after it was made. I've had good coffee from a Keurig, and it's a great thing for an office, and everyone makes their own cup,
with no real set up or clean up.

smslaw's picture

(post #56593, reply #11 of 47)


47592.11 in reply to 47592.1 

I was going to suggest a Keurig as well. They sell a model at Costco that comes with many of the coffee cups, but I know there are models that sell for less than $100. I'm not sure if the
K Cups would wind up being much more expensive than your coffee budget


One nice aspect of the Keurig is that you don't waste any coffee. It costs about 40-50 cents per cup, but everyone gets what they want and no one gets three hour old coffee. Coffee isn't fabulous, but good enough. No mess and no carafe or pot to wash, always an issue in small offices.

TracyK's picture

(post #56593, reply #12 of 47)

I think that Keurig coffee is vile. Convenient and interesting to have all the choices, but the coffee is not worth drinking.


Just get a 12-cup Mr. Coffee. Cheap, fast, and better than the usual office swill. If your people like to have decaf also, get two.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #56593, reply #13 of 47)

I will also recommend the 12C Mr. Coffee. We have it at the beach and it makes good coffee--all the other parameters being "equal", of course.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #56593, reply #17 of 47)

The K-cup maker has been a huge hit in our office, but I think the coffee it makes is thin and watery, no matter what brand the cups are.


Of course I never drank the old swill either so maybe the K-cups are an improvement. And we are, of course, talking about people who consider Dunkin Donuts coffee to be the "gold standard". Yuck.


I just drink hot tea when I am in the office (not that often).


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Heather's picture

(post #56593, reply #20 of 47)

Peets is trying to get into the K-cup business--I wonder if their coffee would be any better in that format than what you've had?

TracyK's picture

(post #56593, reply #21 of 47)

None of the k-cup brands I've tried have been worth drinking, I think it's more a function of how the machine works. It's so fast there's just not a long enought brew time.


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Risottogirl's picture

(post #56593, reply #23 of 47)

I agree. I generally like Green Mountain Coffee for example but it just as weak and watery as others when it is a K-cup.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

FL.Cook's picture

(post #56593, reply #43 of 47)

I am now on my second box of Keurigs Donut Shop coffee, and it is the first K cup that I have liked. Have you tried it?

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Marcia's picture

(post #56593, reply #26 of 47)

It's good to have that information. I was thinking of buying one of the Keurig coffemakers as a gift. Will think of something else.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #56593, reply #27 of 47)

I have a Keuring coffee maker on my desk.  Good for emergencies, but the coffee isn't at all satisfying, just a quick source of caffiene.


Leigh


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Marcia's picture

(post #56593, reply #28 of 47)

Again, thank you, Leigh. That's good to know. It's an any port in a storm sort of thing for you, I guess. I'm disappointed, but it's better to know now, than later.

Adele's picture

(post #56593, reply #29 of 47)

Last time I was home on vacation I drank the coffee from my sister's Keuring.  She even went out and bought me the strongest little things available.  Another drawback for me, besides it not being strong enough, is that it only fills a regular sized cup.  I use a tall coffee cup at home, a travel cup up there.


This year, I packed Folgers in my suitcase.  :) 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Marcia's picture

(post #56593, reply #30 of 47)

Wow, Folger's is better than the Keuring? I'm assuming your sister is happy with hers.

Gretchen's picture

(post #56593, reply #31 of 47)

I can totally identify with that! If it isn't strong enough it just isn't any good--to me too.  ;o)

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Marcia's picture

(post #56593, reply #32 of 47)

Oh, I like strong coffee, too. It seems there must be a good many people who don't, however. I drink it unsweetened and black.

Gretchen's picture

(post #56593, reply #33 of 47)

Me too, and straight up espresso.  ;o0

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #56593, reply #34 of 47)

A couple of months ago, I went to a training seminar way up in the mountains in Colorado...at a dude ranch. The food was excellent, very simple meals, but well prepared with the best ingredients. We had all our meals together - the students and the instructor.


The coffee was really good, nice and strong. One of my classmates, from the Bay Area, who was really raving about it finally asked one of the cooks about it, thinking it was Peets or Blu Bottle or maybe some Denver roasting company.


It was Folgers. Instant. The crystals that come in a jar. We were all rather surprised  and disbelieving and so he took us into the kitchen to show us.


 


 



Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay


Edited 11/25/2009 12:57 pm ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Jean's picture

(post #56593, reply #36 of 47)

I think it's hard to brew decent coffee at high altitudes. The instant is easier to just make stronger.  


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Gretchen's picture

(post #56593, reply #37 of 47)

Our kids' coffee is excellent.  Just has to be strong enough!  ;o)

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