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    #16
    Looks like a serious machine. Temp control and everything! You see that the article compares it to the Technivorm as well. I don't think you could go wrong with either.

    I have noticed a lot of similarities in coffee and BBQ. Coffe Geeks also mod their equipment, install PID's and temp control mechanisms, chop up equipment and rebuild to create new tools. Very fun!

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    • Dr ROK
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      I went with the Brazen after reading a lot of reviews on the technivorm and brazen. Seemed to be more unhappy customers with the technivorm than the brazen.

    • MrSkimo
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      All I can tell you is that we love the Technivorm. Great machine. The plastic parts fit together a little funny, but once you figure it out it's fine. Makes great coffee!

    #17
    I never thought anything could get uglier and more utilitarian than the Bunn until I seen the Technivorm a few years ago. It looks like a small factory going on... The Brazen sure looks a little more sleek but it's one tall machine! I wonder if it would fit under my cupboards?

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    • MrSkimo
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      Huskee - I'm offended :-) I don't think the Technivorm is ugly at all. A thing of beauty..

    • MrSkimo
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      http://www.applianceschoice.com/wp-c...rafe-5dec3.jpg

    • Huskee
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      Not meant to offend, but from your smiley face I take it I didn't really offend you did I? To me they look like the coffee maker version of the Jeep, or more properly the Humvee. I don't doubt they work mighty fine though.

    #18
    I have the equipment to infuse, pour over, French press, Aero press, drip, perk and Moka. I think the only real hardware I'm missing is a vacuum brewer and a ibriks.

    Funny I cant justify the cost of K cups start up but I'll spend stupid money on way less important stuff.

    I don't mind sayin I love my Bunns for everyday ready now Joe. LOVE THEM! Then again I just love coffee. To me its like the Bedroom and BBQ. No rules.
    Last edited by Jon Solberg; January 3, 2015, 10:50 AM.

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      #19
      Originally posted by Jon Solberg View Post
      I have the equipment to infuse, pour over, French press, Aero press, drip, perk and Moka. I think the only real hardware I'm missing is a vacuum brewer and a ibriks.

      Funny I cant justify the cost of K cups start up but I'll spend stupid money on way less important stuff.

      I don't mind sayin I love my Bunns for everyday ready now Joe. LOVE THEM! Then again I just love coffee. To me its like the Bedroom and BBQ. No rules.
      So Jon, do you have a separate garage just for the coffee equipment??

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      • Jon Solberg
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        No just a 8x10 out building

      • Marauderer
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        I knew you would have it compartmentalized. It really sounds great. Maybe you can share a picture tour with us sometime. Sounds like the only thing you need to complete it is a roaster.

      • Jon Solberg
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        I have one of those as well I just need an upgrade.

        BTW I love tailgate tables:

        Last edited by Jon Solberg; January 3, 2015, 12:06 PM.

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      MrSkimo commented
      Huskee - I'm offended :-) I don't think the Technivorm is ugly at all. A thing of beauty.

      MrSkimo, don't be offended "One persons junk is another's treasure". I can connect the dots to what Huskee says. You being a coffee aficionado and an epicurean of fine coffees have possibly been influenced by the fine product the Technivorm makes. Therefore it is a thing of beauty to you. My engineering background make it look very utilitarian. But, my vision is clouded by my years of experiance in the engineering field. I won't say anything about how my judgement on food has changed since I went to Chiropractor's school and had to crawl through Cadavers for a year dissecting them

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      • Huskee
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        Barry that was my least favorite part of college. Dead guy duty.

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      Huskee commented
      [COLOR=#6A6A6A !important]January 4th, 2015, 04:46 AM[/COLOR]


      Barry that was my least favorite part of college. Dead guy duty.


      After my day in the lab I couldn't face a spare rib for 6 mo. After that I had desensitized so my it didn't matter and I still like ribs the best.

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        #22
        Kcups are highly over rated and I am going to work this year to get off them.

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          #23
          Anyone have any input on the Hottop KN-8828P-2K fully programmable coffee roaster?

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            #24
            I have a Breville Espresso Machine. It's like having a Starbuck's in your kitchen. I have a close by coffee house that roasts coffee beans daily. My coffee machine has a built in coffee grinder so you use the beans as soon as you grind them. I have learned to make Espresso's, Latte's and cappuccino's. I buy small bottles of flavoring if I want French vanilla flavor or whatever flavor sounds good. It has a built in steamer to steam milk for a latte. I also make kick ass hot chocolate for my grand kids. https://www.flickr.com/photos/food_p...s/16127887538/
            Last edited by Breadhead; February 14, 2015, 01:59 AM.

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              #25
              I once worked for Howard Shultz at Grantree Furniture Rental. There... He was a VP and a young up and comer. I was the VP of purchasing but he was my direct boss. Starbucks hired him when they had 28 stores... All in Seattle. His mission was to expand their territory and grow their business. He cut a deal with them where he took LOTS if options, rather than a big salary. He retired from Starbucks a very, very rich man. He now sits on many boards of directors chairs and is a financial advisor to many companies. They boy knew coffee!

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                #26
                WF, does that machine do just coffee also?
                Last edited by Marauderer; February 14, 2015, 06:32 AM.

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                  #27
                  I have been roasting about 15 years now, using everything from air poppers (depending on batch size) to Nesco and my favorite the Gene Cafe for larger batches. My favorite green beans are Columbian, Panama and Sumatran. I even keep on hand water processed Columbian decaf which in no way taste like any decaf you may be familiar with from grocery stores. I could never go back to the dark side of canned coffee or Charbucks...har.

                  Have even incorporated fresh ground coffee in my rubs, give it a try!

                  In the brewing department I use the Technivorm and Capresso drip makers but my favorites are vacuum brewers from the 30's and later. Vacuum brewing is the ultimate for my tastes.

                  When storing green coffee beans use either paper or burlap bags, beans will keep very well up two years and maybe slightly longer depending on your environment. Roast enough to get you out to about four days and start another batch for the freshest coffee on hand.

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                    #28
                    Originally posted by Huskee View Post
                    I never thought anything could get uglier and more utilitarian than the Bunn until I seen the Technivorm a few years ago. It looks like a small factory going on... The Brazen sure looks a little more sleek but it's one tall machine! I wonder if it would fit under my cupboards?
                    The Technivorm Moccamaster fits under our cabinets just fine, another plus it has a copper boiler something us still folks appreciate. Made in the Netherlands and one of the few certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America to brew at optimal temperatures. My best preference are vacuum brewers.

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                      #29
                      Originally posted by Marauderer View Post
                      Anyone have any input on the Hottop KN-8828P-2K fully programmable coffee roaster?
                      Marauderer - that is a great unit. If/when my Swissmar Bravi (discontinued) breaks down that is what I plan to get. Nice machine. If you really decide to get into roasting, you need to spend some time on Sweet Maria's website. That's where the video above comes from. They are a specialty coffee retailer focused on the home roaster. They also sell the Hottop and have good reviews on the equipment.
                      https://www.sweetmarias.com/store/ro...rs/hottop.html

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                        #30
                        ^ Seconding the Sweet Maria's website recommendation. It's almost as detailed as this place is, except on coffee! I used to roast my own with a popcorn popper- that worked pretty well for me, although eventually I decided it was worth it to just order beans from a local coffee joint. Coffee is a deep, deep rabbit hole but it's seriously fun!

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