What do you use for coffee? I have been using a Bodum Santos (vacuum method) for about two years but its days are numbered. The plastic is cracking in several areas and it's a mess. I've also been using the single cup drip method which is mighty tasty.

What I am looking for is something that is easy to use, easy to clean, but most importantly, makes great coffee.

I'm interested in knowing what you use and if you like it!
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Wow, coffeegek.com certainly has enough info.

Thanks for the input. I am leaning toward finding that Black & Decker that Cooks Illustrated recommended. I love the vacuum coffee, but it is kind of tough to clean. Also I remember seeing something a long time ago how paper filtered coffee was less healthy for you than non-paper filter coffee. Don't remember where and it might be bunk, but it has sort of stuck with me.

Thanks
Although I used to adore a good cup of coffee, we are now primarily tea drinkers. Roll Eyes

About a half a year ago, got the Cuisinart Brew Central Programmable (Model DCC-1200). 12-cup, programmable (obviously), clock, 1-4 cup only option, carafe temp control, and self clean. Middle of the road in terms of price. (If you have one of the ubiquitous Bed, Bath, & Beyond 20% coupons, it becomes pretty inexpensive.) Mine is this retro-wannabe stainless steel (not why I selected it). Have been quite happy with it. I use my 10+ yr old Braun grinder. Makes good coffee. Smile
The Cuisinart Brew Central is a damn good coffee maker, as far as drip machines go. It comes pretty close to optimal temperature during brewing (yes, I measured the tempurature) and falls within the acceptable amount of steeping time as well. Makes a nice cup of coffee. If you want to go crazy and get the supposed ultimate drip coffee maker, look into the Technivorm line. I have been happy enough with the Brew Central, that I felt no need to go to that next level.

The best grinder on the planet is the Mazzer Mini, but it'll cost you about $350.00. Worth every penny as it will last for generations and is an absolute work of art.

I love my Rancilio Sylvia espresso machine. Again, expensive, but with Espresso machines, you get what you pay for. Any espresso machine that costs under $250-$300 would raise a red flag for me, as it probably cut enough corners to make the espresso suffer. Any "espresso" machine that costs under $150 DOESN'T ACTUALLY MAKE ESPRESSO. Instead it's a poor imitation.
The coffee thread inspired this "bump" -

Most mornings I use our Breville Barista we got as a wedding gift from my wifes family to make a double Americano, then follow up with a post-lunch double espresso.

If I want more volume (and [caffeine]) I'll go with a traditional french press. We received a Le Creuset for our wedding but I don't like it very much, I prefer the traditional glass style:
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/...s/s252573?b=1&a=1552

I also use a Bialetti Moka pot when I want to make a more intense brew: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot

Often it's a matter what I feel like dealing with and lately the Breville has been winning out (then again I'll go a few weeks without using it and only using the Bialetti).
Nespresso for espresso. Very very close to what you can get from a hand-crank machine (used to use a La Pavoni) but so much easier

For straight coffee, have been using a French press for years and loved it. Recently came across the below article on Serious Eats which has led me to tweak my approach slightly with very positive results

French Press Coffee
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Originally posted by just a skosh:
Although I used to adore a good cup of coffee, we are now primarily tea drinkers. Roll Eyes

About a half a year ago, got the Cuisinart Brew Central Programmable (Model DCC-1200). 12-cup, programmable (obviously), clock, 1-4 cup only option, carafe temp control, and self clean. Middle of the road in terms of price. (If you have one of the ubiquitous Bed, Bath, & Beyond 20% coupons, it becomes pretty inexpensive.) Mine is this retro-wannabe stainless steel (not why I selected it). Have been quite happy with it. I use my 10+ yr old Braun grinder. Makes good coffee. Smile

I miss skoshy Frown
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Parcival:
Nespresso for espresso. Very very close to what you can get from a hand-crank machine (used to use a La Pavoni) but so much easier



+1 on this for espresso, something I very much enjoy....and Mr PH turned me onto Bonavita and its been excellent. I do use a french press on weekends.
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
The coffee thread inspired this "bump" -

Most mornings I use our Breville Barista we got as a wedding gift from my wifes family to make a double Americano, then follow up with a post-lunch double espresso.

If I want more volume (and [caffeine]) I'll go with a traditional french press. We received a Le Creuset for our wedding but I don't like it very much, I prefer the traditional glass style:
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/...s/s252573?b=1&a=1552

I also use a Bialetti Moka pot when I want to make a more intense brew: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot

Often it's a matter what I feel like dealing with and lately the Breville has been winning out (then again I'll go a few weeks without using it and only using the Bialetti).


I use a Bialetti Moka - for me it makes the best coffee. Also be sure to grind your beans as you require.

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