Mark, the foam produced in the first half of the pot is probably the C02 bloom, being washed out of the coffee bed. I did a brew of coffee in day 2 from roasting and ...gee whiz ...I had almost half a potful of it.
I agree with everything you said in your review.
I am currently working through the prob of how to fill the basket with grinds while keeping them within the seal and not all over the counter and kitchen floor.
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