OT: Fancy Schmancy Coffee Maker

I'm not too particular about my coffee except I do like not having too many grounds in the cup. My wife on the other hand is into all that fancy "stuff." We've had a Jura coffee maker for many years. Its been sent back to be rebuilt two or three times, and its been sitting broken on the counter top again for the last couple years. It was quite expensive when we got it. Its the kind that grinds the beans presses them into a cake, and forces steam through them on a cup by cup basis. Well it is when it works. I've been bugging my wife to just throw the darn thing in the dumpster for the last year and a half, but she keeps making noise about fixing it again. I hate throwing good money after bad, and its taking up valuable real estate on the kitchen counter. I'ld get her another one if it would last. Any suggestions?

No the Kurig prepacked marketing and RMR generating machine is not really an option.

Personally I am perfectly happy with my Mr Coffee and some Folgers, but I'm sure you've heard the cliche many times. "Happy wife, happy life."

Reply to
Bob La Londe
Loading thread data ...

This model might have some appeal:

Or, just get a stovetop "moka" and do the messy steps by hand.

Reply to

I happy with instant. Want it stronger, add more spoon fulls. Want it fresh, heat some water, put instant in cup, pour in water, viola!

I've got a little hand grinder, old Black & Decker Cup-At-A-Time... but I got tired of all the messing around years ago. Any kind of coffee is better than no coffee ;-)

Reply to
Leon Fisk

I got the bare bones Kuerig for Christmas last year. They also gave me a variety pack of coffee flavors to try. I ended up buying a re-usable strainer cup at WallyWorld and putting Folgers in. The strainer cup allows very fine grounds through to your drinking cup. You don't feel them when you swallow, but if you pour a half cup (of cold) out in the sink you'll see them.

The grocery store had a strainer cup assembly from Manelli(sp) that I tried. It had little paper filters that would fit in the strainer cup. The first time I tried it the Kuerig made a noise like I'd blown a seal in it somewhere. I figured the unit had a positive displacement pump that couldn't force water through the paper filter restriction. I went back to the WallyWorld cup. The Kuerig works ok, but now it takes longer to fill the drinking cup.

I like the Kuerig now that I'm retired. I can drink a cup when I want and don't have to put up with that gear oil that's been cooking away in the coffee pot for 2 hours. I had a stainless Thermos that did a good job of keeping warm, but that last cup tasted old. Now I just make another fresh one.


Reply to
SnA Higgins

It's a balance between money and effort. If one-button convenience is mandatory, you're kinda stuck with a super-automatic. That's more or less guaranteed to be trouble, but possibly less trouble than a divorce 8-) What's wrong with the Jura?

Nothing wrong with drip coffee, the key items are good quality coffee and a good burr grinder. It really helps to grind the coffee immediately before brewing, don't let it sit overnight venting flavor and aroma. A Bialetti Moka Express makes a different style of coffee, but the keys are the same: Good coffee, good grinder, brew right after grinding.

I'm not up current on coffee equipment, mine dates from '88 or '89. It's an Olympia Coffex, (modern version is Maximatic), and an Olympia grinder. I keep a Moka Express as a backup when the Coffex goes down hard. So far the grinder hasn't given any trouble. The Coffex has been through three pumps, one heater and a few group gaskets. I'll keep fixing it as long as I can buy or make parts. The machine heats on a timer, grinding and pulling a shot takes maybe 3 minutes.


bob prohaska

Reply to
User Bp

Since moving to a French Press coffeemaker years ago, I won't use anything else by choice. Yes, they're a hassle to clean each time, but the coffee they produce is very, very good. 100% manual, meaning that I can have -exactly- the cuppa I'm looking for each time.

Reply to
Larry Jaques

I do something similar, except I use a filter cone and a pot of water. Water gets heated, grounds go in the water for awhile, then gets poured through the filter.

Integrated into my morning routine, it turns out a perfect cup every time.


Reply to
Jon Danniken

I know I am a bit late with this suggestion but look into the aeropress See:

formatting link

A whole lot cheaper than a dedicated machine and not prone to failure.

Reply to

If you insist on pushing water through the grounds get a "Mokka Pots" - add water, add coffee, put on stove. Five minutes - done. I've a dedicated Espresso machine, it sits on the counter and does one thing: heat water and force it under pressure through coffee grounds. No problems in the eight plus years I've had it. (Okay, once I totally spaced and it pumped all the water through grounds, into the cup, over the cup, into the overflow tray, filled that and then onto the counter. And then shut off when there was no more water. Good example of 'idiot proofing'.)

tschus pyotr

Reply to
pyotr filipivich

PolyTech Forum website is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.