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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by burble View Post
    Good choice

    I get all my beans from Has Bean or Square Mile. In the last week I've gone through a bag of Yirgacheffe Wote Natural and a bag of Brazil Fazenda Passeio Pulped Natural. They're very different, the Yirgacheffe has a blueberry muffin taste and the Passeio tastes very much like a KitKat chunky. Scrummy.
    Sounds lovely, they dont seem to give a strength rating though, how would you place them?

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    They're as strong as you make them. I don't agree with a coffee roaster saying how strong the product is because it'll vary depending on the amount of coffee used, brew method, water temperature and so on.

    With the Cuisine Art you can vary the strength using the button and the amount of water. Put the button to strong and put less water in than you have the dial set for (so put 7 cups in but set the dial to 8 for example) and you'll get a stronger brew.

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Okies, il order each and give them a try!

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    ... i just bought the Cuisineart ... £138 from GoElectrical ...
    Good price! Welcome to the affluent middle classes

    As I said previously, we're stuck on Lavazza Qualita Rossa, usually by the 1kg bag from sainsburys. Lovely everyday coffee, and bought in bulk it's very reasonably priced. Could use that as a fallback "stock cupboard" coffee for when you run out of fancy brands to drink

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Got a delivery today (couple of the bags are to give to my dad)



    Just need the damn machine to arrive now!

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Machine has arrived today and i had my first brew... delicious!

    Need to hold myself back from drinking anymore tonight or i wont sleep!

    Am i doing something wrong or is it next to impossible to get all the coffee out of the jug by pouring it?

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    Am i doing something wrong or is it next to impossible to get all the coffee out of the jug by pouring it?
    No, that's pretty much standard in my experience. You can get more out by taking the lid off when you're near the end of the pot. If you pour out every last drop you'll end up with some solid residue in your cup though - not a pleasant experience.

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    I had '4 cups' made for me this morning (well a tiny bit less as i put just less water than that in) and there is only just over an actual mugs worth accessible.
    definitely makes it easier to get out of bed though!

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    I usually make 8 cups worth which equates to 3 mugs. Just the right amount for a morning I find.

    A question for those that have one of the Cuisinart brewers - do you wash the caraffe by hand or in the dishwasher? Mine goes in the dishwasher but I've had to get it replaced because water has been getting in between the inner and outer metal skin (getting in through the join with the plastic top I think). The new one arrived Friday and after only one cycle in the dishwaser it has already started filling up with water again.

    The packaging says it is dishwasher safe so we're going to get it replaced and hopefully be 3rd time lucky.

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Bweghrrghh 3 mugs would be way too much for a morning for me. I would lose my vision before i even set off for work!

    I don't have a dishwasher so hopefully i will be ok!

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    I work from home so don't neck 3 mugs of coffee before 8am. Well, not usually

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by burble View Post
    I work from home so don't neck 3 mugs of coffee before 8am. Well, not usually
    I was gunna say, 'i think you might have a problem'

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    I was gunna say, 'i think you might have a problem'
    I certainly would if I drank 3 mugs before 8am. Mainly, I'd have to have a PC installed in the house's smallest room, because that 's where I'd be spending most of my morning.

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by burble View Post
    A question for those that have one of the Cuisinart brewers - do you wash the caraffe by hand or in the dishwasher?
    We don't have a dishwasher, but even if we did I think I'd always do the carafe by hand, tbh. Then again, we don't "wash" it that often either - it gets rinsed between brews, and gets a proper wash every week or so. Given the whole point of it is to have near-boiling water tipped into it on a regular basis, it really shouldn't need the harsh but sterilising effect of a dishwasher...

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    Re: New to coffee - find me a machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    We don't have a dishwasher, but even if we did I think I'd always do the carafe by hand, tbh. Then again, we don't "wash" it that often either - it gets rinsed between brews, and gets a proper wash every week or so. Given the whole point of it is to have near-boiling water tipped into it on a regular basis, it really shouldn't need the harsh but sterilising effect of a dishwasher...
    Yeah but I don't want the coffee oils to build up so the dishwasher does the job there. Fact is that Cuisinart state that the carafe is dishwasher safe but thw two I've had so far evidently aren't. A bit of a pain.

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