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Old 11-02-2012, 11:25 AM   #11
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I find it suspicious that your problem occurred right after cleaning the machine and changing the filter. I would look at those facts and strongly resist the temptation to upgrade your machine.

Until two years ago, I was still on the completely manual system of making coffee, always prepared for the usual power outages, but bought a Cuisinart coffee maker when I was having frequent house guests. I have decalcified the machine one time and changed the filter a few times now. I do use the 1-4 button each time, no matter how many cups I make, because the 1-4 button gives hotter water.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:27 AM   #12
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Sounds like you are not getting the water hot enough for a good extraction.

Use a thermometer to take the temperature of the water coming out of the machine.

Ideally, the water should be 195-200. Most auto drip brewer pnly heat the water to 165 or so. If yours is below that the boiler is shot.

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And if it's too hot, it can burn the coffee and make it a bit bitter.

Maybe the coffee is to blame. Try making a cup of coffee some other way. If nothing else, you can boil some water, let it cool to 195-200 and just pour it into a cup with a spoon of the coffee grounds in the cup. Give it a stir and let it sit until the grounds have settled out.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:27 AM   #13
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Only the really high end machines heat the water that hot. Probably not the boiler.

Try this:
Empty the water tank
Put in 1 cup of vinegar
Put in 1 cup of water
Use a filter
Catch the vinegar water mixture in the pot

Repeat at least 3 times- reusing the liquid

Once your done, flush the maker with fresh water.

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Old 11-02-2012, 11:29 AM   #14
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Beth, did your coffee stay consistent after cleaning or did it take a few pots to settle in?
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:39 AM   #15
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Beth, did your coffee stay consistent after cleaning or did it take a few pots to settle in?

LOL, I am not a good one to answer that one. Even though I need coffee everyday, I will drink any concoction with caffeine and don't pay much attention to the quality of the product. But I don't remember any significant change in the quality or any settling in changes. I only decalcified the machine because the "clean your machine" button came on.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:43 AM   #16
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+1 for the completely manual method. Check out this thread...

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Old 11-02-2012, 11:47 AM   #17
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LOL, I am not a good one to answer that one. Even though I need coffee everyday, I will drink any concoction with caffeine and don't pay much attention to the quality of the product. But I don't remember any significant change in the quality or any settling in changes. I only decalcified the machine because the "clean your machine" button came on.
I've been leaning towards wanting a better cup of coffee lately, especially seeing all those Keurig Vue commercials
I'm just not willing to spend 50 bucks/lb for coffee
Seriously, I would like a better tasting cup, but could probably accomplish that simply by buying better coffee.

Off to read links...
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I've been leaning towards wanting a better cup of coffee lately, especially seeing all those Keurig Vue commercials
I'm just not willing to spend 50 bucks/lb for coffee
Seriously, I would like a better tasting cup, but could probably accomplish that simply by buying better coffee.

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I would have said that Folgers in quite good coffee. It's what I use. But, this last container doesn't seem as good as the previous ones. It's hard to be sure, because I have just switched back to drinking mostly drip coffee instead of exclusively espresso allongé at home.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #19
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Yeah, I always liked Folgers in the past.
I suppose I ought to run some vinegar water through it a few times and open another canister. That will be the telltale.

And I need something more automated than those Melitas and Chemex's. I can't see me boiling water and then pouring it into the brewing device. Not during the wee hours.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:04 PM   #20
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If you find that you need a new brewer, check these out. Expensive yes, but it is one of the few appliances that heats the water to correct temperatures.

Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe - Technivorm 9587: Amazon.com: Kitchen & Dining

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