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    I'm not sure; at the time I was busy/earning enough that I couldn't be bothered contacting consumer affairs and going through all the bull over it.

    They claimed it was a consumable/normal-wearing part and therefore not covered.

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    If it's a consumable- and the only component in a grinder which is consumable is the burr set, the part needs to be able to be purchased. If the part doesn't exist, your rights under Australian consumer law are clear.

    If the part failed over a period of 3 months in a new grinder, the grinder should be replaced. If on the other hand, it failed over 3 months in a 5 year old grinder, the manufacturers would quite rightly argue that the life of a cheap appliance amounts to a few years at best and then it's to the tip.

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    You are right in that sometimes one does not have the time/patience to peruse something that is not of large value. At times it feels they make it hard so you just give up.

    Interestingly the breville website has replacement warranties for many of their products.

    Cheers

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    So I've been playing with the 2nd one and guess what? Same taint...

    As an experiment I ran 5 full brews through it and the grinder and it's pretty much gone now. The weird thing is it's not evident from brand new. Makes me wonder if the burrs are treated with something to stop corrosion while they sit around waiting to be fitted to new grinders. The rinse suggested by Breville seems inadequate to get the machine ready for use...

    All's well that ends well I suppose.
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    I just purchased one from a online retailer in Melbourne for $129.
    Got to be happy with that considering they RRP for $399!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdhjrf View Post
    I just purchased one from a online retailer in Melbourne for $129.
    Got to be happy with that considering they RRP for $399!!!
    Damn, that's not bad. In the US they're at least $280.

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    Geez $129. I wonder why the price drop from $399?

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    It's probably a supply and demand thing. Lots of stock and little demand.....

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    We're not exactly big on drip in Australia....

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    Just bought one myself.

    Can't wait to have a play.

    Cheers

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    I just got one too good price

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    Ordered one too. It's amazing price given the cost of a standalone comparable grinder is more than that.

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    Damn, I can't pass this up, even though it's a seller I've had issues with before. I added this comment to the order:

    Last time I bought from you I received used, ex-display stock, which I returned. If the same happens again I will return it again.

    Of course we could try price matching somewhere else.....

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    Well I just brewed a pot up on the "you brew". I've never had great success with drip coffee brewing, but the first pot was excellent. It does grind a little coarse but the end result is a smooth tasting cup of coffee. Very happy.

    Btw, if you use the clock and timer function the noise from the grinder makes a good alarm clock...

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    That was quick! Was the one delivered a brand new unit? What settings are you using? I guess that means mine should be with me very soon.

    I like the alarm clock idea, although I do have kids for that function already :-) Is there an option for a five day mode so we can sleep in on the weekend? Kids don't have this option.

    Chris have you any advice for new YouBrewers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    Chris have you any advice for new YouBrewers?
    Not really Al,

    A lighter than espresso roast will generally work well.

    The funkiness I experienced in the first unit is in the second as well. It's more pronounced if the machine is left idle for a few days and the only I can remove it is to sink 2-3 complete brews. It's definitely something in the grinder path. It's then fine, but it does return. I'm hoping things improve with more use.

    Perhaps someone from Breville can offer some insight if they read this thread.

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    Haven't experimented with the clock programming yet but have the strength setting set to strong (2 more bars to intense) but that will come down to personal preference. I've tried the single cup function with a large thermal cup and that works very well.
    I've ordered some flat bottom paper filters from the USA but the mesh basket does work well so will probably keep using that.
    So far I haven't experienced any funky tastes yet, so fingers crossed.
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    Does running Grindz through help? I keep meaning to get one of those discontinued 300g packs of Grindz from you.....

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    I haven't tried it as it's not possible to run the grinder independently of the brew function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdhjrf View Post
    So far I haven't experienced any funky tastes yet, so fingers crossed.
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    Hi Craig,

    Seems to develop after the first few days- with mine anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    Does running Grindz through help? I keep meaning to get one of those discontinued 300g packs of Grindz from you.....
    G'day Al,

    I haven't tried it as it's not possible to run the grinder independently of the brew function.

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    I think the only way you could run the grinder independently would be start a brew cycle but cancel it before it starts to pump hot water to the brew basket.

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    Mine arrived today and I like it! Timer doesn't work as I assumed, you need to set it up for a one off delayed start, but that makes sense since you need to make sure you've got water in etc.

    One thing I was surprised about is that it is a flat burr grinder, not conical as all the marketing material says.

    I've almost got all the new plastic and silicon funky tastes out now, hoping no grinder lubricant funky tastes start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al View Post
    Mine arrived today and I like it! Timer doesn't work as I assumed, you need to set it up for a one off delayed start, but that makes sense since you need to make sure you've got water in etc.

    One thing I was surprised about is that it is a flat burr grinder, not conical as all the marketing material says.

    I've almost got all the new plastic and silicon funky tastes out now, hoping no grinder lubricant funky tastes start!
    Al, will this replace your morning 5 cup Syphon?

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    I think it will replace the syphon for the morning brew, it's so simple the wife (or the timer) can put it on and then I've got a got carafe for the rest of the morning. Don't think it will replace syphons for afternoon or visitor brews though.

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    Deadly El Salvador Supersonic out of ours this morning....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    Deadly El Salvador Supersonic out of ours this morning....
    I have to say I haven't experienced any of those funky tastes yet. Maybe I'm just lucky or it's coming in the next pot......
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    It was deadly- in a great way!
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    Hi I just got my YouBrew. Works great, my only issue was that the grind was too coarse leaving the coffee with less body. So... I took the upper Burr out, drilled the rivets that fix the steel Burr to the plastic holder. In place I've put bolts with washers between the burr and plastic holder to lower the Burr slightly. I used 1/8" x 12mm bolts with nuts and thin brass washers from Bunnings. I'm happy with the results, finer grind and more body!

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    Asaf's good work really needs a photo so you can appreciate it, luckily he sent me one, attached

    A replacement Outer Burr Assembly is only $4.99 in the US, so I assume we should be able to get them cheap if you break one trying to mod it.

    Interestingly I never felt the need to grind finer and when we put Asaf's modified top burr in to my grinder the burrs were touching. So it looks like there is some variation in the bottom burr placement.
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    YouBrew at Work

    I've joined the YouBrew ranks.

    Set up a machine in the workshop. Great to have a nice brew ready for morning smoko.

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    I picked up a YouBrew for $150 delivered the other day. So far I'm very happy with it. Fantastic build quality. I've just made some Ethiopian Shakiso light-roast from Reuben Hills in Sydney. Bloody brilliant. Lovely sweet, fruity, zesty cup. It seems that the brew temps are good.

    I have noticed that the grind size is pretty coarse. I was watching one of the Seattle Coffee Gear videos last night and apparently, Breville have already changed the burrs since it was launched in the USA as apparently it was grinding too coarse and resulting in weak coffee. We also know that a lot of Americans like drinking near battery acid strength coffee though! It would be great if Phil from Breville could comment on this. Would be interesting to know which version we are getting here.

    It would be pretty awesome if there was an advanced mode where you could somehow adjust the grind size, or even manually adjust it on the burr head itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonC View Post
    We also know that a lot of Americans like drinking near battery acid strength coffee though!
    Do we? FWIW I haven't encountered a single coffee here outside of espresso that I could describe as anything but piss-weak.

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    Picked up some flat bottom paper filters on fish pond from the USA. Got 600 Melitta paper filters for approx $32 including shipping. It hasn't changed the taste noticeably but made the clean up process super easy.

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    l noticed there back in stock from the on line retailer in Melbourne that I got mine from. Price has gone from $129 to $139 though.
    But got to be happy with that considering they RRP for $399!!!

    Craig

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    Wish they'd do something like that with the tea brewer
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    For those interested Myer has these for $99 as part of their sales:
    Breville | BDC600 The You Brew Coffee System | Myer Online

    Free click and collect, $9.95 shipping or free shipping over $100.

    Wanted one all year but missed the Billy Guyatts deal. This will be easier than making multiple cups for people with the Aeropress at work.
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    Sold! I'm going to take this camping in January. Normally we use a stove-top 'rocket' for that - but it is a PITA when you need to produce coffee for 6+ people in one go.

    I curse (very, very gently) the day that all my teenaged boys became addicted to a morning espresso before they'd leave for school. I don't think that this will replace our Isomac Venus for most purposes - but it sounds handy for enough occasions to make it worth the experimental $$$ involved.

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    can anyone recommend a place to buy one of these at a good price, Do any of the sponsors sell them? Myer have it at $99 but it is sold out on their web site.

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    Not sure where you're located. You could try the Breville factory outlets. There's 2 in Melbourne in Fitzroy & Huntingdale. I think there's also one in Sydney in Ultimo. Other states? - make google your friend..... Hope this helps. Steve.

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    I managed to nab one from Myer before they sold out. Paired it with a new set of Sony headphones which were on special, down from $70 to $30 (which by the way put anything else in their class, including the ridiculous Beats headphones, to shame) to get the free shipping.
    Only made 1 brew in it so far but it'll be the machine for use at work now as my colleague drinks a lot of coffee, should get a workout.

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    Managed to get one from my local Myer, they had 2 still in stock. Will have to gets some paper filters and get brewin

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    So how do the recent crop of new purchasers rate the coffee brewed in the YouBrew? I also managed to snap one up in the recent Myer sale but it's still in transit. Hoping one or two of you can give me a preview of what to expect when it finally arrives.

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    I'm very happy with mine so far, at $99 its a good buy for what I wanted. I have had a couple of carafe brews at the intense setting and a couple of single cup brews both using local roasted beans suitable for espresso, me and the mrs have been happy with the coffee for our morning cuppa. We usually have an Americano at breakfast and this machine enables us to have a bigger cup of black coffee. As time goes by I will try other roasts.

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    I don't know if it's just my machine but I find that the cup settings for the carafe brew are a bit off. I was going to make a brew for my colleague and I so I set the carafe to 2 cups at the intense flavour. Once it was done, I barely got 250ml out of the carafe. Doesn't really seem like 2 cups to me.

    The next time, I set it to 5 cups and just got enough for 2 normal sized mugs, with room for milk.

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    to anyone using paper filters in the Youbrew, what one are you using? Does the harris no 4 (10/12 cup) fit?

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    So I managed to grab one of these last week from Myer for $100+p&h.

    Going up against my v60/lido combo and work at my v60/smart grinder at home, i'm pretty impressed especially considering that at $100 this is a cheaper package than either of those combos.

    Using the gold filter I'm getting a tiny amount of fines, plenty of oils and i guess a slightly "blunt" flavour compared to the super clean, oil-free v60. I've got a set of kalita filters on their way to me to see if that can make a difference to that.

    It's huge though - i was really surprised by how much bench space it actually takes.

    In terms of convenience, for a single cup it's no faster than a v60, but once you need 2+ cups it starts paying dividends. 3 "carafe" cups takes 4 minutes plus some warming time and clean up. moving to paper filters should help save a few precious seconds in the clean up phase. it's also much less labour intensive than the lido's upper body workout.

    it does seem to race through the coffee though - i'm brewing 3 "carafe" cups to serve 2 mugs and i'd say i've done about ~25 of these "carafe" cups and that's used up 250g of beans. I'm guessing it's doing about 15g per cup of coffee served (i guess i'm serving something larger than breville's idea of a cup).

    overall, wouldn't pay $400 for it, but at $100 i think it's a pretty good option if you want the filter taste in volume and without the hard work but you don't care that it's not portable or that it eats a lot of bench space.

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    Most of the industry uses 6 oz/170-180ml as their standard coffee 'cup'.


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    Yeah, i'm hitting 160 to 180mL. With my V60 I do 13g/200mL (65g/Litre) and in the Aeropress I do 14g/200mL (70g/Litre). I assume in both cases that I'm getting somewhere near to 160-180mL in the cup (i never bother weighing the serve).

    I guess breville's "cup" is less than 160-180mL?

    I did an experiment today. After I brewed I poured the coffee through a v60 filter paper to lift the oils and fines. The result in the cup is a little cleaner. Pretty confident that the Kalifa filters will make a positive difference.

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    I got some paper filters (flat bottom type) on line from the USA. From memory it was about $30 for a pack of 600 filters.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Yep, i got some kalifas locally and they made a big difference for the better.

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