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Coffee Guilt

Ninevah Dec 1, 2011 09:43 PM

I've been a budget coffee snob for quite awhile. I've tried nearly everything coffee related that's not $300+. For the last few years I've been using the hot water spigot of my water cooler and a french press or pour over. When I use a coffee pot, it's a vintage Krups Moka Brew. I have been a snob, and have felt disdain for those who use drip coffee makers.

Now, I bought one and it makes damn good coffee. I found a 12 cup Bunn O Matic VPR (or something similar) at a thrift shop for $30, and I'm not sure if it makes amazing coffee. . . or whether I'm enamored with the institutional-ness of it.

I feel kinda bad, like I'll be thinking Keurig is cool now or something. It is nice to have when I've got a lot of people around, but I'm wondering if I'm fooling myself and the novelty will wear off.

Anyhow, a general apology to the world of drip coffee makers, and curious as to whether anyone else uses something like this at home. . . and if it's worth trying to 'tune' the temperature and whatnot. . .or just to leave it like it is?

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    mateo21 Dec 1, 2011 10:03 PM

    *searches for 10-foot pole*

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    1. re: mateo21
      unagi1 Dec 1, 2011 10:10 PM

      No kidding....

      OP, what grinder you using? :-)

      1. re: unagi1
        Ninevah Dec 1, 2011 10:18 PM

        Hah. It's a Baratza Maestro something or other. I guess I loose all my Coffee Geek points now. :)

        1. re: Ninevah
          unagi1 Dec 1, 2011 10:32 PM

          Lol, not really...I've got the Virtuoso preciso. Conical burrs for under $300, I'm sold. Thank gawd I'm not doing espresso (yet).

      2. re: mateo21
        Chemicalkinetics Dec 1, 2011 10:25 PM


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        debbypo Dec 1, 2011 10:05 PM

        I'm a part-time semi snob with a limited budget and a penchant for Indonesian coffees and relatively dark roasts. My life involves getting up and out of the house fast and very early and so I've long been resigned to electric drip or, between pots, single cup pour over. The current pot is a Melitta purchased through Amazon and I'm happier with this than with the previous Cuisinart pot or the one before it. It has a brew selector and the 'robust' seems pretty good to me. Since I love it really hot (especially for the road) I do sometimes nuke it for 10-15 seconds in a mug upon completion.

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        1. re: debbypo
          unagi1 Dec 1, 2011 10:36 PM

          Nooooo (horrified expression).....use a SS mug and pour boiling water into it first to heat it up!

        2. Eiron Dec 1, 2011 10:20 PM

          Hi Ninevah. Welcome to the group. We applaude your courage.

          Hi debbypo. Welcome to the group. We applaude your courage.

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