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Post# 371536   4/28/2017 at 20:06 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Well my 13 year old Bosch died again, never should have had it repaired 18 months ago,I assume most parts were about worn out. I sort of saw it coming as it was just not working right. Going old school and totally manual on coffee from here on. Repairs and upkeep just too costly, Ordered Technivorn Moccamaster today, top rated, hand made manual drip machine.Should last a lifetime, if I can get used to drip coffee again!! Fingers crossed.

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Post# 371539 , Reply# 1   4/28/2017 at 21:14 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I've got a 13-year-old basic Black and Decker drip coffee maker that I paid less than $20 for at Wally World that just refuses to die. My only real complaint about it is the plastics are (were) white instead of black so it's badly stained. About a year and a half ago, I supplemented it with a Mr. Coffee brand K-cup machine that I picked up in like-new condition from Goodwill for all of $8. It's the smallest, most basic one they make. It only holds water for one cup. I'm happy with both machines but If either one of them bites the dust, it's no biggie.

Post# 371540 , Reply# 2   4/28/2017 at 22:29 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Oh I tried the K, could not drink it

Post# 371803 , Reply# 3   5/5/2017 at 16:07 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Update, the new coffee maker arrived broken, take this back amazon, dug down the Bosch and plugged it back in, its working now! Not sure for how long.

Post# 371885 , Reply# 4   5/8/2017 at 13:17 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Error code 5 is apparently Swiss code for you terminal has burned off the heating unit. Matt the amazing almost child took that together like a fine watch apart, found the issue,drilled and screwed down the remaining power cord left. All is very well!!!!!!!

Post# 371905 , Reply# 5   5/8/2017 at 21:36 by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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David, your Matt sounds like quite the handyman! :-). And glad to hear your Bosch is fixed for the time being, hopefully it lasts a few more years for you without issue.


Post# 371907 , Reply# 6   5/8/2017 at 22:11 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Thanks Rob, he reallys! Tackles almost anything, can't tell you how much he fixed on the car!

Post# 372647 , Reply# 7   5/24/2017 at 21:24 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

I have the same machine, I bought it at a thrift store with like 65 cups brewed on it. How many did yours last?

Post# 372657 , Reply# 8   5/25/2017 at 08:22 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Post# 372664 , Reply# 9   5/25/2017 at 10:06 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

That's quite impressive actually considering the complexity of the brew mechanism. I also have a Jura Capresso Impressa S8 that I got at Goodwill with about 194 cups on it but the Bosch seems better made. I had the Jura about a year before the Bosch so I've used it quite a bit more. I switched to using the Bosch more because the Jura had the rather expensive automatic milk frothing attachment.

My only preference with the Jura is I eventually was able to achieve near perfect creama on espresso shots with practice which isn't always as easy with these super automatic machines. The Bosch was always less consistent.

At the moment I'm using one for decaf one for regular as I got a lot of decaf beans at a local liquidator real cheap.

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Post# 372687 , Reply# 10   5/25/2017 at 23:02 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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A friend had a kitchen store, I got mine in 05 at cost and sold the other 5 he had in stock by demo and word of mouth. They are all still going. I had mine repaired once in NY the only service facility that was recommended 18 months ago, they will NOT see it again, $800 later

Post# 372688 , Reply# 11   5/25/2017 at 23:05 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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My Goodwills and resale stores here would likely have an old MR coffee or percolator, its a poor area.Any vacs are tired Walmart disposable. I gave up on looking

Post# 372689 , Reply# 12   5/25/2017 at 23:08 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Its funny yours had 65 cups, one of their demo machines here started throwing error, add water, when it was full about that number. They boxed it up, didn't send it back. It got thrown out! I almost crapped myself.

Post# 372704 , Reply# 13   5/26/2017 at 11:25 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

The Bosch was airblocked when I bought it, it wouldn't suck water. Using some tricks I know from repairing Keurigs I was able to purge the lines and it has worked fine since. I wonder if this is what happened to the demo one. This can happen to any of these machines if the add water float gets hung up and it sucks in air it's not terribly unusual.

The Jura I have no idea why they got rid of, there was nothing wrong with it at all.

I paid $40 for the Bosch and $16 for the Jura. I doubt the thrift stores I bought them from even had a clue as to what they were. The Goodwill I bought the Jura from employs all retired age ladies, it was also the same Goodwill I bought a Rainbow E2 Black from for $20. I think they simply don't know the technology enough to put an accurate price on it.

The Savers I got the Bosch from is mostly college age kids and I don't think they even care, they only price up stuff like vintage video games. More recently I've been buying up all that expensive waterless cookware because they price it at $3-4 a pan and those Lustre Crafts and the like cost substantially more than that and last forever.

Post# 372705 , Reply# 14   5/26/2017 at 11:30 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        
One more thing

If you ever decide to do drip coffee, which I do from time to time, the old Norelco Dial A Brew models from the 70s make about the best cup of anything I've tried. I have probably 6 extra ones in my basement just in case one breaks. The largest problem is you can't find carafes for them anymore, otherwise they seem to last forever. The disc filters are not stocked at as many retailers either.

Post# 372713 , Reply# 15   5/26/2017 at 15:06 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Thanks, I have 2 twin Capresso drip machines, returned for leaks, nothing wrong. They work ok, but not like from the Bosch, of course.

Post# 372798 , Reply# 16   5/27/2017 at 21:33 by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I picked up an older Bunn Pour-o-matic drip coffee maker at the thrift store that makes a very tasty brew. Was a good buy for $4. Simple design that keeps water in the reservoir hot at all times so it will brew about 10 cups in 3 minutes. Awesome!

Also have a 12 cup Farberware percolator from the 70s that works perfectly. They were built to last!

Post# 373028 , Reply# 17   5/31/2017 at 20:51 by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
Hey, Erik ...

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I'm in Buffalo also!  If it's not being too nosy of me, what thrift stores are you finding these wonderful coffee machines in?  I know you said Goodwill and Savers, but may I ask which ones?


Also, about the Norelco coffee makers: I used to have one years ago and, while they certainly did make good coffee I've found that I can get just as good a cup of coffee out of my vintage General Electric Brew Starter and Coffee Corner machines that use regular basket filters.  For me, it's all in the use of filtered or bottled water and really good coffee (like that which I get at the Lexington Co-op).  However, I still had a supply of "Filtrator" brand disc filters which I bought with the Norelco machine from the old "Brand Names" catalog store.  And, I also found out that the Melitta company still makes disc filters -- I've added a link to them on their website.  I have several packages of them that I bought on eBay, BTW, and would be happy to send you a couple if you'd like!  Just drop me a personal message from here with your address if you're interested.  Hope this info helps.  Have a great rest of your week!


-- Bill W.


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Post# 373039 , Reply# 18   5/31/2017 at 23:51 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Last week, I finally replaced my 14-year-old Black & Decker drip coffee maker with a Mr. Coffee that I found at Goodwill for $10.00. What attracted me to it besides the black plastics that don't show stains like my Black & Decker's white plastics, was its double-walled all stainless steel caraffe. I can make a pot of coffee and it'll say warm for several hours without the machine being on and since the caraffe is basically sealed, the flavor doesn't deteriorate as rapidly as it does with an open glass caraffe. I'd had one like it when I was married 15 years or so ago and although I loved it, I left the thing behind when I left my wife. I don't know why I didn't take it with me since I'd bought it and she didn't drink coffee. I guess I just wanted to get the hell out of there with as few reminders as possible. Anyway, the machine is in great shape and makes a good—albeit strong—cup of coffee. I'm still trying to balance out the grounds-to-water ratio to achieve a more optimal flavor, even though I still use the K-cup machine more frequently just because it's more convenient.

Post# 373052 , Reply# 19   6/1/2017 at 09:19 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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UPDATE—I achieved a much more palatable cup of coffee this morning by using a little more water and a little less coffee. It's interesting that using the same amount of water and coffee--and even the same filters--yields so much stronger coffee than its predecessor but I'm happy about that since it means I'll be making coffee that much more economically in this machine than in its predecessor.

Post# 373135 , Reply# 20   6/3/2017 at 05:57 by albertwalton (Ellijay)        
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Post# 373200 , Reply# 21   6/4/2017 at 08:37 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

Bill, I got them at the Ridge Rd Goodwill (Jura) and Savers at the McKinley Mall (Bosch).

Usually I filter the water for them through, believe it or not, a Fantom Calypso water purifier. They also both have cartridge filters but only William Sonoma and Premier Gourmet sell them locally.

As far as the disc filters I don't really need any they're readily available still in Canada in packs of 300 from another company so I have quite a few and these days I rarely brew full pots, more often I make Americanos with the espresso machines as opposed to making that much coffee.

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