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    When I need to brew a pot I use a Technovorm Moccamaster. The water is heated to a reliable 200 or so degrees, it is approved by the American Specialty Coffee association, and will produce as good a drip coffee as you will find, and it brews into a thermal carafe.
    For grinding, I use a Kitchenaid Proline grinder with Mazzer Mini burrs, it took a little modifying to install the burrs but they make the grinder work at a vey high level.
    For my regular morning up I make an Americano with my La Pavoni Stratavari, but when company is here the Moccamaster does a really nice job.
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    How much coffee do you drink and how much at a time? If low volume, you may want to look into a manual pour over or aeropress. I just got an aeropress last week and am very impressed so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    When I need to brew a pot I use a Technovorm Moccamaster. The water is heated to a reliable 200 or so degrees, it is approved by the American Specialty Coffee association, and will produce as good a drip coffee as you will find, and it brews into a thermal carafe.
    For grinding, I use a Kitchenaid Proline grinder with Mazzer Mini burrs, it took a little modifying to install the burrs but they make the grinder work at a vey high level.
    My exact setup but with stock burrs. How difficult is it to install new burrs and where do you find them? For Americano, or something close to it, I use a Krups Moka Brew
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    When I need to brew a pot I use a Technovorm Moccamaster. The water is heated to a reliable 200 or so degrees, it is approved by the American Specialty Coffee association, and will produce as good a drip coffee as you will find, and it brews into a thermal carafe.
    For grinding, I use a Kitchenaid Proline grinder with Mazzer Mini burrs, it took a little modifying to install the burrs but they make the grinder work at a vey high level.
    For my regular morning up I make an Americano with my La Pavoni Stratavari, but when company is here the Moccamaster does a really nice job.
    That's a very good drip coffee maker. I still prefer a press, but if you want a full pot, it's a great option. If you went that way I would get the thermal carafe option.

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    Moccamasters are only available with thermal carafes.
    Mano, I had to make a couple of shims to bring the Mazzer burrs up to thickness and drill and tap a couple of holes to match the new burrs. I found the burrs through Google search. Coffee geek web site has articles on the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UCChemE05 View Post
    How much coffee do you drink and how much at a time? If low volume, you may want to look into a manual pour over or aeropress. I just got an aeropress last week and am very impressed so far.
    I usually drink 2 to 3 pots a day.
    I like to keep myself busy during all of my waking hours so coffee and me are a good combo.
    I usually stop drinking coffee around when it get's dark out unless we go out for dinner somewhere with rich deserts.
    Then you have to drink coffee with the desert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    I usually drink 2 to 3 pots a day.
    I like to keep myself busy during all of my waking hours so coffee and me are a good combo.
    I usually stop drinking coffee around when it get's dark out unless we go out for dinner somewhere with rich deserts.
    Then you have to drink coffee with the desert.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    Moccamasters are only available with thermal carafes.
    Mano, I had to make a couple of shims to bring the Mazzer burrs up to thickness and drill and tap a couple of holes to match the new burrs. I found the burrs through Google search. Coffee geek web site has articles on the process.
    Very interesting. I love my Kitchen Aid but I only do French Press and Siphon so I think it's pretty overkill for those two methods.That Moccamaster looks pretty slick!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    I usually drink 2 to 3 pots a day.
    I like to keep myself busy during all of my waking hours so coffee and me are a good combo.
    I usually stop drinking coffee around when it get's dark out unless we go out for dinner somewhere with rich deserts.
    Then you have to drink coffee with the desert.
    How many whole beans do you use per pot? At two teaspoons for every 8-ounce cup you're probably using around 4 oz of beans/day and 1.5 lbs/week. If that sounds anywhere near right, you're using a lot of coffee, so buying 5 lb. bags makes sense. Check here: http://www.coffeebeandirect.com/?sou...FYeo4AodbUB4Fw If you buy through Amazon the price is cheaper but it takes a few days longer to ship it.

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    Mark, if you're spoiled by home roasted coffee, consider roasting your own. Home roasted has been some of the best I've ever had, bar none.

    I was seriously considering a Behmor https://www.roastmasters.com/behmor.html but never followed through. The inventor keeps making improvements based on feedback from users and it seems to be the most highly regarded home roasting machine. Get a big bag of green beans and you'll be drinking excellent brew for about half of what you'd pay for roasted beans.

    And yes, a good burr grinder is far better than the whirly blade even if you pulse the grind. The Technivorm is stupid expensive, but it'll work great for years so the cost will amortize.
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    Wow, I hadn't looked at roasters in a while, I always thought the Behmor was more expensive. That is really something that goes on my list. Anybody need an IRoast 2?

    While I see the benefits of a good grinder (still not convinced that one needs to spend $1,000 for an espresso grinder, though...), home roasting has made the biggest difference on the quality of the coffee I make at home. I have neglected that a bit in the recent past, but unless you have some roasters around the corner, this is a huge step upwards.

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