Dear Dr. Brew,Answer
My office has a Model VP17-2 (SST) BUNN coffee maker that we have had for several years. Recently, we have been getting a lot of coffee grounds in the coffee when it brews. Someone suggested we get a permanent filter for this machine, as the filters we use may be too small. Is this available for this machine (or) do you have another possible solution?
When changes in brewing are sudden, there are usually simple answers.
The first thing would be to examine the brewer. Remove the brew funnel and check the spray head to make sure it is still there. The spray head controls the flow rate and pattern of delivery of the brew water.
The next step would be to confirm the correct size (4.25" base with 2.75" sidewall) paper filter is being used. You mentioned the use of permanent filters as a choice in brewing your coffee. In my experience, the coffee produced when permanent filters are used is more like the brew from press pots or French press. Your finished brew will have an increase in oils and sediments that are normally removed with paper. Some coffee drinkers prefer this taste profile. The biggest change will be the cleaning of the permanent filter after each brew: if this task is not done, the coffee oils will build up on the filter and alter your cup profile.
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