Caffeination Nation

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by soyanarchisto, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    Help me keep my co-workers caffeinated. We are a small office of 9 people, of which about 5 are dedicated coffee drinkers, two drink tea and two have sold their souls to Diet Coke. We brew up a pot or two per day (more if we have meetings) and our current coffee pot sucks balls--it pretty routinely clogs up and spills half-brewed coffee out the top, burns the coffee, etc. Its about 3 years old and so nasty I wont use it.

    I've been tasked with finding a substitute. We need something that looks good as well as performs well. Something simple that consistently brews a good cuppa, that we can use when clients come over as well. Has to have at least a 10 cup pot. I want to stay away from anything with a lot of complicated bells and whistles so our assistant (who doesnt drink coffee) can brew up a pot when the real coffee drinkers aren't around.

    Any recommendations? I've been checking out the Bunn ST and Hamilton Beach.

    Thanks
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  3. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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  4. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    I appreciate the link. A french press would be impractical for our office as would a percolator.
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    fatalpinist Muddy and Scratched

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  6. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Bunn (commercial no home/office crap), there's no substitute buy it once and it'll be there when you retire.

    At my last job we had one that looked like it was 50 years old and it made great coffee, the cheap suits hired a contractor to run our Cafe and they tossed it for some premix dowe egberts bullshit :puke1
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  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    If your diet coke drinkers ever need a jolt toss a couple pepsi max's their way. 0 calories with 50% more caffeine.
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  8. Taarne

    Taarne Hello World!

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    That stuff will hook you so bad. Ask me how I know..
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  9. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Keep it simple...

    A sink with instant hot water...

    And an Areopress. Best cup of coffee ever... quick and simple and easy clean up.

    Add a decent conical burr grinder and some local fresh roast and you would be hard pressed to do better.

    Try some Ethiopian from Cellar Door :nod

    http://www.cellardoorcoffee.com/

    As a bonus those wanting tea will have instant hot water too.

    In spite of all the different coffee machines available at work, I take my Areopress to work. You only need to try it once and you will understand why...
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  10. eric1514

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    Keurig. Makes everybody's favorite brew or hot water for tea. Nothing to clean-up. No stale coffee stinkin' up the office.

    Eric
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  11. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    An areopress for an office? Really? :rolleyes Is everyone going to clean it up after themselves?

    Try sharing your Aeropress with five other co-workers for a week and get back to us on how that's working out.
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  12. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    +1

    The Environment, Health and Safety Nazis have banned coffee makers from my current place of Employment and unless you buy Cafeteria coffee or bring a Thermos, that's our only other option. Talk about a Royal Pain in the Ass!!! Luckily people in our office don't f' up the break room too bad and do clean up their messes, but I still think it's bullshit. French Press/Aero Press, whatever; I think is a waste of time and a too much friggin' trouble for a cup of coffee.
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  13. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    Someone in my lab brought in a Keurig. We go round robin buying boxes of coffee, usually off Amazon, 80 cups for $30 I think. Anyway, probably ~15 cups a day get made on it, easy, no mess, and it's been cranking away for a year with zero problems.
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  14. subvet

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    Bunn. Simple, fast, works with any kind of coffee, and their warranty and customer service is great if you ever have a problem. I have been using Bunn machines at home for years.
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    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    We got a ten cup Technovorm Moccamaster at my last job. Works great and makes fantastic coffee. The only trouble is that it's not a set and forget kind of thing. We fiound that in order to brew the best coffee, you have to close the filter basket down to the lowest setting until the filter filled with water, the open it all the way for the remainder of the brew time.
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/prod...a&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=30-159974249-2
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  16. BikePilot

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    By far the simplest thing to do if you don't go with a packet/cup style machine (kurig, fluvia, or whatever) is outsource it. Nestle and a zillion others will come by and install whatever commercial coffee maker you want and will keep you stocked up on grounds, etc. Pretty inexpensive too--usually they'll throw in the machine if you keep ordering grounds from them (which aren't all that overpriced).

    Most of the big offices I've worked at used fluvia machines that took the packets. Good coffee, quick, simple. They had on-site cafeterias that would bring pots up to conference rooms though as the packet machines suck for meetings and such.

    My current office is smaller and we use a 60-cup perkolater. Quick and simple to fill/clean.
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  17. Tork

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    The car stealership we go to uses a commercial Keurig , it dispose of used K cups when a new one is put in .
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  18. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Actually we did just that. Clean up is so easy there is no reason not to. Brew, then discharge the used coffee and filter into the trash. A quick rinse and done. It couldn't be easier for a high quality cup of coffee. The others finally went and bought their own.

    I am not trying to sell these things, just share my experience with them. They are very worth the effort, especially if you have instant hot water.
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  19. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    Sadly we don't have instant access to hot water so that wont work but I appreciate the suggestion.
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  20. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I've been using a Viking (same company that makes the stoves). It makes 12 cups and the filter basket and water tank pull out from the side. It uses #4 Mellitta filters or a permanent metal one. The carafe does not have a hot plate because it's a stainless steel vacuum jug and the coffee is never burnt because of this. It will indicate when it needs to be descaled.
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