There are several factors to consider when shopping for a Bunn Coffee Maker. By analyzing these, you are able to narrow down your choice to the type which is best suited for you. Decisions made early on will cut down on problems encountered later on.
First, ask yourself where the machine will be permanently placed, how many people will be utilizing it, as well as how much space is available for the machine. Is it for large-volume application or small-volume application? Home models can make 10 cups at one time while standard commercial models can churn out 12. To take the middle ground, choose the small, commercial model known as A10 or A10A which can brew 10 cups.
Second, make your selection from the following types: Regular which makes coffee by the pot and has warmers to keep the liquid hot; Pod which relies on coffee pods to make coffee by the cup (rather than employ coffee grounds); Airpot which allows coffee to remain hot and fresh for longer periods of time and which can be moved from location to location because it lacks a warmer; Thermal which deposits the coffee into thermal carafes or thermal servers; Satellite that makes .5 to 1 gallon of coffee at a fast clip; SoftHeat which makes .5, 1 or 1.5 gallons at a time; ThermoFresh which permits the user to make various types of brew through different coffee recipes; Liquid that relies on liquid coffee concentrate to produce huge volumes of coffee at a time; and Urn that can brew 11.4 to 18.8 gallons per hour (this differs according to the model.)
Third, consider the waterline hook-up. A pourover feature requires the operator to funnel water into the top of the machine prior to operation. This feature can be found in regular, airpot and thermal models. The automatic feature allows the coffee maker to be connected to a waterline which lets the hot water reservoir to be automatically filled. With the automatic feature, users can still rely on its fallback pourover feature to fill the machine if a waterline is not available.
Fourth, look at the number of warmers the machine has. This, however, is only available on regular brewers, with options ranging from 1 to 6 warmers.
Fifth, does it have a hot water faucet? Such a feature can be found on regular, airpot and thermal brewers. Pourover machines lack this option. This feature is standard for the bigger brewers such as Satellite and Urn.
Sixth, look for the Digital Brewer Control feature in those coffee making models with DBC in their model name. This means it has touchpad digital technology which offers integrated electronic diagnostics, automatic shut-off, higher brewing volume, faster recovery time, additional hot water from the faucet, and improved temperature control. This type of machine does not have a pourover feature.
Once youve decided which features you want in your Bunn Coffee Maker, you are ready to select which model is best suited to your needs.
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