Posted Fri Nov 26, 2004, 12:07am Subject: Melitta Clarity Second Look
Well, there is not much to review on, but I did order the Melitta Clarity and just received it.
I like the looks and it seems to be fairly well made. It looks like a Technivorm knock-off with the mixing spout that goes down into the carafe.
The main thing that I was interested in was temperature. I used a digital temp probe that is +/- 2 degrees F. The method I used was simply holding the tip under the hot stream of water as it came out for about 15 seconds. I understand this is not super accurate, but I did the same thing with my Technivorm KBT741 for reference. The Technivorm varied from 195F-200F, the Melitta varied from 192F-197F. Conclusion? VERY GOOD TEMPERATURE. I think most run-of-the-mill drip coffee makers are usually around 175F-180F, which is just not close enough. Remember, you want get your coffee off the hotplate and into a thermal carafe as soon as possible.
Of course you will want to perform the modification which I have listed below for better dispersion. I have also ordered a promising Presto coffee maker from Costco, and will be posting my first look here soon. I should eventually get a web page up that compares all three a little more in depth, and maybe even add the Melitta and Presto to the consumer reviews. Keep in mind that both of these are under $40, while most Technivorms are around $200.
walmart sells them for 37 + shipping....you could always buy it, try it, don't like it, take it to your local wally world for return..... only be out shipping .... i m pondering it but i have 2 claritys now(I broke the pot on one...so a third soon to replace broken pot)....wife is not to impressed, She's kinda right when she asks me "exactly how many good coffeemachines do you need?!"
Posted Sun Nov 28, 2004, 4:48am Subject: Re: Melitta Clarity First Look
Wow! If that Presto is able to deliver correct temperature water, for that price, that is super cool! I just ordered a Clarity from Chef's myself (10% off and free shipping with code WELCOME) for $27 shipped, so I doubt I will need another coffee maker, but the Clarity was on closeout. This Presto has 3 heaters (!) and costs $36 as a regular price. Too bad it doesn't have two heaters and a thermal carafe, but we can't have everything sadly....
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