WILL NOT DRIP ON COUNTER!!!!!!!!!! American Company Good hot coffee Neat alarms to let you know coffee is done (NOT loud) Great appearance Easy control panel Solid construction Programmable auto shut off
Negative Product Points
Dumb unhinged lid When setting the clock you have to hold the button for awhile to get the numbers moving--almost thought it was broken
Okay, let me start by saying that I'm not so much of a coffee geek as a geeky coffee drinker. Until researching this pot I didn't even know burr grinders were better than blade (now I'm somewhat panicked--I'll have to try the burr--what might I be missing). I enjoy espresso but I couldn't tell a "nutty overtone" from a "fruity undertone" so I guess I'm not quite a true coffee geek. However, I couldn't live without good strong coffee everyday and if my doctor told me to give it up or die I'd probably call the mortuary to arrange my funeral. I LOVE COFFEE.
Since I've only shopped at Walmart for cofeee pots I had no idea you could spend SO MUCH money on them! I had one friend who spent $150 on a Bunn and I thought she was nuts (especially since the coffee came out weak and about 80 degrees). So until now I've suffered through about 10 different $20 pots of various brands in the last ten years. Some produced good coffee, others didn't. Most broke withihn 6-10 months and ALL OF THEM LEAKED WHEN I POURED! Recently I went to Costco (right before they sold this pot I'm reviewing) and bought yet another $20 piece of crap. It looked cool but leaked more than any pot I'd ever bought (curses to Mr. Coffee). I'd HAD IT!
I turned to the web to seek out the one coffee pot that WOULD NOT LEAK EVER! After hours of reading consumer reviews and professional reviews I found to my dismay the ONLY pot that fit the bill was this $100 coffee pot! (I didn't look at anything over $100--I have my limits). YIKES! But I calculated how much I spent replacing coffee pots and buying bleach sprays to clean my stained counters and figured if this pot lasted it would pay for itself in 2 years. I then found a refurbished one at Amazon for 66 bucks with shipping (now costco is selling it for $69--but I digress). Now it would pay for itself in a year and a quarter. This was managable for me so I took the plunge.
The first thing I did upon recieving the pot was get it out, put water in it and pour. NO LEAKS. I poured fast, slow, side to side, and still NO LEAKS. Thank heaven above. However, I did notice that the lid isn't hinged with a thumb depresser and this depressed me (sorry, couldn't resisit). This is my main caveat with the pot. But overall not a big deal.
Then I cleaned the pot, programmed everything (EASILY). The only hitch here was I thought the clock was broken at first because when I held the button down the number didn't move right away but took about a second. I was sure I'd been burned buying refurbished, but not so. I add this to warn others who might think it's broken. I loved the programming--it was simple enough for a geeky coffee drinker to figure out.
So I had to make some coffee. I chose the 1-4 cup option (it was about 110 degrees outside and not really a coffee time of day). The coffee came out weak, but only because I'm not used to making that amount and miscalculated the amount of beans. The pot ran great. All coffee I've made at full pot capacity have been wonderfully flavored and very hot--not weak since that first 1-4 cup pot. The machine doesn't leak, the pot doesn't leak, I haven't had any overflow issues and I like the flavor of coffee the pot produces. I like that I can program my auto shut off. I like the two alarms--one to alert you the brewing cycle is complete, and one to alert you the auto shut off feature happened. I really like that I can program my own auto shut off--I hate burnt coffee and I program mine for 5 mins and transfer to the carafe. If this pot lasts I will be very pleased with my purchase. All in all this geeky coffee drinker is very pleased.
My purchase didn't include permanant filter, but from what I've read I'm not missing anyting. I prefer paper because I grind my beans pretty fine (alas with a blade grinder).
I bought this machine at Amazon from a marketplace seller in refurbished condition. As always it was a good online buying experience but I wish I'd bought it at Costco and got the lifetime warranty.