200 df water equals good coffee and is all that really matters... just try to ignore how ugly and how lacking style this machine is.
Positive Product Points
Strike water temp measures in at just shy of 200 df
Flow is fast, less than three minutes from start of water flow to a 10 cup pot bein full... fast flow and high temp translates to better extraction /better flavor.
The above two points are the only ones that really matter
Easy to dump grounds and clean
Negative Product Points
This coffee maker is so ugly, that every time I make a pot I think it's going to taste bad... it is fugly! Looks kind of cheap, no style whatsoever.
If needing to make more than one pot, it takes ~ 15 minutes for the boiler to heat up the water. However, once hot, the process is fast
Required to have power on the boiler at all times if you expect a quick pot of coffee.
I prefer press pot, chemex, or espresso over drip but I've got to have that morning drip... fast, easy, and if done correctly it tastes good. I have tried many drips before and this is the only one that actually produces coffee at the correct temperature. Why do so many makers just miss the boat on temperature??!!!
The only reason that I can think so many are having problems with the drip maker on the temperature is that they are leaving the pot in "vacation mode", i.e., no heat to the boiler are then not letting the boiler heat up long enough before making a pot. This maker does not know what temperature the water is at it simply is based on flow into the "staging" resevoir which triggers the ware in the boiler to start making coffee and flow out.
This is the best (but ugliest) coffee maker I have owned. Kind of embarrassing next to my Macap M4 grinder.
ebay... easy. Took five days for auction to end... too long.