Very dissapointing. Brew temperature is way too low to brew a decent cup of coffee.
Positive Product Points
Attractive, Clock, Programmable, gold filter, water filter.
Negative Product Points
Brew temperature is way too low to make a decent pot of coffee.
There is really no point in wasting time getting into too many specifics on a machine that does not even come close to getting up to proper brew temperature resulting in an inferior cup of coffee. For example, brewing a 4 day old Cafe Doma Ethiopian Yirgacheff roasted city+ the low brew temperature killed any of the positive character notes of the coffee--what a waste of good coffee. There were very little fruity/dark berry or chocolate notes. Low temp is the great equalizer between low and high quality coffees as well as between the distinctions between coffee origins. They all end up tasting almost the same in addition to being dull and weak.
This machine never even hits 180 deg. F (let alone the 200 deg. necessary for good coffee) measured at the shower head with a digital thermal probe. In fact, it takes a very long time during the brew cycle to get there (averaging between 165-170 deg. F). Although this may be better than other less expensive machines, it is quite inadequate to make a respectable pot of coffee. None of this will really matter for anyone availing themselves of the programming option since they would clearly not care about the freshness of the grind let alone the beans. However, anyone looking for a decent cup of coffee should look elsewhere.
Bottom line. This coffee pot is all hype based upon brand name recognition. I would not buy again nor would I recommend it. If fact, I gave mine away to a friend that is not very particular about his coffee--just the market this machine is suited for. He just cannot tell the difference.
You would be much better off spending less money on a coffee brewing device that actually hits brew temperature such as a vacuum pot, Chemex, or pour over; or upgrading to a more expensive pot such as a Technivorm.
Three Month Followup
I gave the machine away after owning it a couple of weeks. It just did not heat up enough to properly brew a pot of coffee. The machine was very dissapointing