coffee at home - help me decide

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I second Nynaeve and Wild~Hair. I have a clone of the plastic Melitta coffee maker. It makes perfect coffee for me, and I'm a coffee snob. Coffee is my favorite food in the whole world, and I treat myself to specialty coffee. The little coffee maker works like a charm.

Buy the filters in any grocery store, scoop coffee in, pour in boiling water and voila! Oren's sells the clone or just get the Melitta. No fuss, no muss, no bother.
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Or you could also buy just a little "mini" 4-cup regular coffee maker. I've seen them as cheap as $10!
Originally Posted by LAwoman
i have one of these - mine is over 15 years old and still going strong. but i drink tea in the morning and don't use it every day.
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I've seen ceramic cone brewers like the Melitta at our grocery and I've been tempted to get one for my afternoon cup of coffee.

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I love coffee but I hate the mess. I buy a latte most days but for the times I want regular coffee at home I use Starbucks Via packets. They taste pretty good and there's no mess. Perfect for me.
I will never understand the Keurig thing. I've tried it many times at SO's parents and I really don't get why people think that's good coffee. It's convenient and the appeal ends there. Maybe for the people who like it, that's all that matters?
Originally Posted by wild~hair

I have tried and tried, but I have never had a good cup of coffee out of one of those Keurig machines (at businesses and people's houses...I don't own one).
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thanks for all the replies i'm leaning towards the melitta or the one xcptnl posted because it doesn't require any filters at all and it's slim and cute. there are brookstone locally so i might stop in to see what they look like. that said i really like the idea of a low tech way of doing my coffee. i guess i need to think about which would i most likely use especially on days when i'm rushing out the door for work.
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Just as an FYI my friend who has one just got a new one after 8 yrs-pretty good. And they said the coffee is hot-i hate lukewarm coffee. I did look at them in Brookstone and they look nice. If I was not so cheap and did not want to ditch my Braun because it is still working and that I have figured out the ratio for 2 cups in the 10 cup maker I would have bought the Brookstone one. If you do get it please review it!!!
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I'm a tea drinker primarily but have come to love a cup of coffee during the day. I opted for a Keurig. While the machine was pricey ($99 on Ebay, free shipping), I get a pack of 12 cups for $7.49 which means that it's less than a dollar a cup. I get about 20 ounces from the K-cup (for me that's 2 mugs).

I drink decaf but have some caffienated for guests.
I will never understand the Keurig thing. I've tried it many times at SO's parents and I really don't get why people think that's good coffee. It's convenient and the appeal ends there. Maybe for the people who like it, that's all that matters?
Originally Posted by wild~hair

I have tried and tried, but I have never had a good cup of coffee out of one of those Keurig machines (at businesses and people's houses...I don't own one).
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Funny, I think Keurigs make the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I got a Cuisinart one for Christmas and I love it.

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My husband has used one of these for years:

Amazon.com: Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer: Kitchen & Dining

You can buy the filters at the grocery store. We buy whole beans and grind them at home. All you have to do is add boiling water, like making tea! Plus, you can't beat the price--$5.00 is pretty cheap!
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
OH yeah I forgot all about these!! I had one of these when I worked for the Red Cross, and we didn't have a coffee maker in the kitchen. It was very convenient, and the coffee was good.
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I have one of the stove top espresso makers that I use with fresh-ground beans. I prefer it to the french press (mostly becuase it is easier to clean). The 3 cup is the perfect size for 12 oz of latte (about 6 oz coffee and 6 oz milk)

The tricks to this is a) start with hot (boiling water) in the pot before putting it on the stove and b) don't overcook it
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I have one of the stove top espresso makers that I use with fresh-ground beans. I prefer it to the french press (mostly becuase it is easier to clean). The 3 cup is the perfect size for 12 oz of latte (about 6 oz coffee and 6 oz milk)

The tricks to this is a) start with hot (boiling water) in the pot before putting it on the stove and b) don't overcook it
Originally Posted by geeky
i'm interested in lattes with almond milk...hmm ok will check the french press out too.
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can you buy the melittle @ the grocery store or target?
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Yep. It's usually with the coffee filters at the grocery store. At Target, they usually put it with the other coffee makers in the homegoods section.
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Yep. It's usually with the coffee filters at the grocery store. At Target, they usually put it with the other coffee makers in the homegoods section.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
awesome. thanks for the speedy response. i'm going to try that first then decide if i want/need something else.
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I hope it works for you. It's a good coffee solution for people who primarily drink tea, imo.
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I have a 12 cup coffee maker that dispenses on demand & stays hot 4 upt to 4 hours. Its a hamilton beach brewstation and it was &49.99 at Target. I love coffee & tea but this is the best. You can make 1-4 cups in it too.We spend about $24 on coffee each month & we drink alot of coffee. Thats 12 grande coffees from SBX.
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i'm now the owner of a melitta, #2 filters, one bag of ground coffee, one bag of coffee beans and caramel creamer. i can't wait for my morning coffee!
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I'd be interested in hearing how you like it!! In the afternoon I like a fresh cup of coffee, but brewing just one cup in my pot never comes out quite right so this might be a good solution for me.

Yay for coffee in the morning!!
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The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
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I like having my Melitta around just for those times when the electricity is out but I want some coffee. Light the stove with a match, boil some water and drip it on through. (I even have a non-electric coffee grinder -- it's an antique but it works.)
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