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ChrisatCafeGreenBean
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Posted Thu Nov 25, 2004, 11:07pm
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.

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Posted Fri Nov 26, 2004, 6:40am
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Will be very interested in your take on the Presto, for which there is precious little information available.
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Posted Fri Nov 26, 2004, 6:48am
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Sumo -

If you're open to suggestions consider testing this machine as well.  It's a bit more expensive than the Clarity but does claim 200F water temp.

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Posted Fri Nov 26, 2004, 2:01pm
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That Presta looks way too good to be true for $35.99 USD.  Please, anyone, give some comments on coffee taste, quality of product, and consistency.  I am very interested in this one.
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Posted Fri Nov 26, 2004, 8:55pm
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MPhiver Said:

That Presto looks way too good to be true for $35.99 USD.  Please, anyone, give some comments on coffee taste, quality of product, and consistency.  I am very interested in this one.

Posted November 26, 2004 link

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?!"

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Posted Sat Nov 27, 2004, 11:39am
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Just a clarification about Costco.  Even if order something online, and return it in-store, you will be refunded shipping, tax, etc.  You will be out $0.

However, depedning on what state you are in, Costco may charge tax.  The real plus with Costco is you can take the item back 2 years later, and still get a refund, even without a receipt.

Not sure about Walmart and tax when buying online.

 
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Posted Sun Nov 28, 2004, 3:48am
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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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Posted Mon Nov 29, 2004, 8:29pm
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ChrisatCafeGreenBean Said:

VERY GOOD TEMPERATURE.

Posted November 25, 2004 link

Yes, the temp sounds good, but how long does it take to put ten cups of water over the coffee grounds?
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Posted Mon Nov 29, 2004, 10:02pm
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Yes, the temp sounds good, but how long does it take to put ten cups of water over the coffee grounds?

Posted November 29, 2004 link

clarity 7-8 minutes ...pretty decent...
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Posted Tue Nov 30, 2004, 5:35am
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ksmccul Said:

clarity 7-8 minutes ...pretty decent...

Posted November 29, 2004 link

i draw the line @ 6
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