Wolf Kitchen Appliances

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  1. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
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    Have any of our members experienced The Wolf Stainless Steel kitchen appliances...Coffee Makers, Toasters, Toaster Ovens? I am specifically interested in the Wolf drip coffee maker, but alas, they are priced considerably higher that the other coffee preparation gadgets I have included in our caffeine corral. In short, can a drip grind coffee maker be worth $500, even if it does come with a five year full warranty? :icon_scratch:
     
  2. TKI67

    TKI67 Senior Member

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    Austin
    O caffeinated one, this is not strictly speaking responsive as I have no experience with anything Wolf other than the restaurant versions of their stoves, which are wonderful, but in the coffee realm I did a fair amount of research a few years ago and picked a Bonavita. The Techivorm was cooler and pricier, but the reviewers gave the nod to Bonavita for producing, at the time, the best cup of coffee. It does make excellent drip coffee, is quick, and has a carafe with good heat retention.

    If you are ever looking for a toaster, Dualit. No microchips. Mechanical timer. Replaceable elements. Fast real toast.
     
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  3. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    Wolf is known for its ranges but I’m afraid most of everything else they make trades off the name. I’m fact, though the ranges are domestically made, I believe those other small appliances are made overseas. I’m not sure of a qualitative or quantitative difference between similarly priced peers.

    We have a capresso coffee maker we purchased about ~15 years ago from Williams-Sonoma. It’s still going strong. The internal plumbing is marine grade brass so it’s pretty corrosion resistant. I’m fact, I cannot remember the last time I descaled it.

    The best part, it’s still available and for well <$200.
     
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  4. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    My apologies for all of the type-o’s. It’s one of the drawbacks of using a iPhone. It autocorrects after I’ve already moved on to the next word.
     
  5. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

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    Georgia
    Atlanta
    Wolf (and SubZero) products are great. So, it may be worth it?

    Here's my opinion: if *every* step of your coffee-making process is excellent, then the Wolf coffee maker could be a good value.

    Put another way, the Wolf *won't be the bottleneck* in making good coffee.

    If you're getting amazing beans, and grinding them to the exact specification needed for use in the Wolf, and so on, then sure, it's a worthwhile investment.

    Same with any kind of high-end appliance, from a Wolf coffee maker to a Shun classic chef's knife to a Porsche 911 Turbo S: it can make the most of whatever skill and material you can feed into it. Me? I'm probably not meticulous enough in the kitchen to really *use* a high-end coffee machine. If you are, by all means, indulge!

    DH
     
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  6. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

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    Harmony
    ^^
    The last time I applied that logic I ended up buying a Rolex...before that it was a pair of Alligator hide custom boots. This could get expensive. LOL. ;)
     
  7. TKI67

    TKI67 Senior Member

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    The above mentioned Bonavita still gets regular use as certain occasions demand black coffee, but as long as you are contemplating coffee making equipment at higher price points, you might consider an espresso maker. I say this as my SWMBO and I are nursing pre-breakfast cafe latte made by the ancient Elektra. I know that you like a splash of milk in your coffee. I’m guessing you like cafe latte and cappuccino as well. I met someone at a well regarded local coffee place the other day and had a cappuccino for the sake of comparison. My home made are honestly immensely better. If you are inclined to go out for such beverages the home solution can almost be rationalized in terms of payback. If you want to research such things, the espresso thread here is good, and better still is the website Coffeegeek. I warn you that most of the posters on that site, however, are probably sporting beards and wearing pork pies, plaid shirts, tired jeans, and shoes like Doc Martins. They do, nonetheless, know their coffee. You may also find information there on the Wolf. That was a site I used to arrive at the Bonavita. Ok, my latte bowl is empty. Time to make boiled eggs and home made English muffins.
     
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  8. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    Going on coffee geek for something as simple is like coming here for advice on socks; you’ll soon be sucked into things you never bargained for.

    They talk about their “dream” espresso makers and brag about hotrodding their existing machines.

    I fell into that trap years ago and now have a Nespresso machine. I can’t tell the difference and it’s nowhere near the pain in the **s as my Rancilio was.

    You can find a perfectly excellent coffee maker for well under $200.

    By the way, I get my whole beans from intelligentsia coffee. The bearded and plaid shirt, suspender and tight jeans coffee hipsters there rave about the Bonavita coffee maker.
     
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  9. TKI67

    TKI67 Senior Member

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    Agreed on Coffeegeek. Their talk of very sophisticated and pricey stuff was a turn off, but I did like it that you could usually find pretty honest comments based on actual usage, even for less pricey items. The insights and experiences of users helped me identify and snap up a very old machine at a bargain price. Cheers!
     
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  10. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
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    Florida
    Harmony
    I will take at the coffee geek site. Though while I do covet a good cup of Joe in the morning (and most afternoons), I'm not at all sure that I qualify as a true believer/coffee geek. However, I am a sucker for gadgetry and gimmicks and will check the site out for future incentives to buy. :oops:

    In response to your post #7, we do have a low end Delonghi Espresso machine and a Bialatti cast aluminum espresso maker, both of which see occasional use. I do like cafe latte and cappuccino, but, during this most recent weight loss campaign, I've been sticking with pretty much with coffee, with just a splash of 2% milk in it, or in my most desperate moments, just black coffee...Bleah! :crazy:
     
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