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Old 11-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #21
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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.
I wasn't suggesting that you make manual coffee in the wee hours. I suggested it as way of testing your current coffee. If it tastes off when you make it without the coffee maker, you will know that it is the coffee to blame. If it tastes fine made manually, it's the coffee maker to blame.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:54 PM   #22
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Well, I think the cleaning was likely the last straw before your maker gave up and essentially died, since if it can't make good coffee, it's no longer really a coffee maker. While low water temperature at the head is the most common failing among drip makers, yours is way low. There is a thermostat that keeps the water from being heated to steam. But the habit of manufacturers using cheap metals (almuninum versus copper) contributes to poor performance. The cure is replace, if cleaning doesn't fix it.

You don't say what you cleaned it with. Some houshold cleaners (Lime-a-Way) will damage coffee makers.

But no matter what, you have to get the temperature up to the 190 range and the time down below five minutes or so. Low temperature simply doesn't make coffee. It makes something else out of coffee grounds, because you don't get all the components. And it's compounded by long times, because you get too much of other, bitter compounds.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:17 PM   #23
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I had a coffee maker that burnt the coffee because the water was too hot. Stirling found the thermostat underneath and moved it along the water tube, closer to the heating element. That fixed the problem.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:44 PM   #24
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I wasn't suggesting that you make manual coffee in the wee hours. I suggested it as way of testing your current coffee. If it tastes off when you make it without the coffee maker, you will know that it is the coffee to blame. If it tastes fine made manually, it's the coffee maker to blame.
I know. That's why I put a space before I typed that. It was in response to the link with the other coffee makers in it.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:52 PM   #25
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My daughter gave me a Mr. Coffe two/three years ago. The basic with the clock, timer, etc. It still gives me steaming coffee too hot to take that first sip. Even with cream added. I use a 1/3 cup of Folger's Classic Roast for a 12 cup pot. After the grounds have absorbed some of the water, I get 11.5 cups back. I keep the measuring cup right in the canister. I have no idea what the temp is, and have never questioned it.

Now watch. I just put a curse of it.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #26
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I've never liked Folger's or Maxwell House (not that there's anything wrong with either ). In case you're thinking of changing brands, we get organic coffee (can't think of the name) at Wal-Mart that has a circular logo on the package, imitating Starbucks. We like it a lot. I like to get it a pound or so at a time; we use that much in a week, so it doesn't have time to develop off flavors.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:54 PM   #27
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I have this machine. At the time I bought it, Consumer Reports claimed it was the only machine they had tested that got the water to the right temperature. It also has a feature to pre-heat the water for smaller quantities of coffee to ensure the water gets hot enough.

Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black/Brushed Metal: Amazon.com: Kitchen & Dining

Also, whether you grind your own or buy ground coffee, make sure you get the grind for your type of brewer. The size of the grind determines how fast the water runs through the coffee. Slowly enough to extract the flavors but not so slow as to make bitter coffee.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #28
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I know. That's why I put a space before I typed that. It was in response to the link with the other coffee makers in it.
I shoulda known you would understand.

Now, me, obviously that's another story.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #29
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Hey Andy, that's the same machine I have, in black.

I don't drink coffee at night, so tomorrow morning will tell...
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #30
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all this coffee talk has me brewing a fresh mug of "starbuck's french roast" with my trusty and beloved keurig coffeemaker. in no time at all, i'll be merrily buzzing around here like a fuzzy fat bumblebee. i love my keurig coffee machine unconditionally. each day i look forward to poring over my coffee flavor choices, and make a pitch perfect cup every single time. i love my indulgent high tech keurig, from its soft grumbling sounds to its glowing blue lights, to the satisfying hissing pffftt at the end. just sayin'....:)
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