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KitchenAid ProLine - Marie Waters's Review
Posted: April 5, 2007, 10:33pm
review rating: 2.0
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Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine has 16 Reviews
Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine has been rated 7.56 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 8, 2003.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Robert Lamm 9.00
Rrose Selavy 8.50
Dream Alaska 8.33
Daniel Normolle 8.20
Bob Bowker 6.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 10
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $239.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: William Sonoma Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: krups, gevalia, melior chambord french press
Bottom Line: The bottom line is that this machine brews an outstanding Peet's quality cup of coffee, the kind I crave every day.
Positive Product Points

Excellent cup of coffee: rich, smooth, flavorful; ease of use; solid construction; beauty

Negative Product Points

Occasional dripping after brewing has stopped but no real problem; pricey

Detailed Commentary

I have been grinding my own fresh beans for 30 years, ever since I was first introduced to dark-roasted Peet's coffee as a teenager.  I researched thoroughly online and elsewhere before deciding to purchase this unit in order to brew the best possible cup of coffee.  I was looking for cafe quality coffee in my home and I have that now with the Kitchenaid Pro Line coffee maker.  There are several features to this product which make it successful at producing an outstanding cup of coffee; e.g., the 1350w stainless steel heating pump, which heats the water to the necessary high temperature of 202 degrees F for proper extraction of the beans; the commercial style showerhead water dispersion mechanism, which thoroughly saturates all of the coffee grounds in order to extract the fullest nuances of rich flavor; and the flat filter basket, working in conjunction with the showerhead, which takes the proper amount of time to brew the coffee, approximately 8 minutes or so, which is absolutely worth the wait.  Others have complained that there is no pause and serve feature but I believe that that interferes with the brewing process and I wouldn't use it anyway.  The stainless steel construction and good looks are also impressive, along with the digital programming and two-setting warming plate -- "low" preserves the coffee flavor for up to an hour, I have found.  The coffee, brewed using the Kitchenaid gold filter, compares quite favorably with french press plunge pot in richness and flavor and is ultra smooth -- it is simply delicious.  I use 2T coffee per carafe cup measure plus two extra scoops "for the pot," ground in the excellent Kitchenaid Pro Line grinder on setting #6.5.  This machine is truly a case of getting what you pay for.

Buying Experience

A little frustrating at first (I was initially told that WS no longer carried the product) -- not typical of WS -- but ultimately I was very pleased, as always.  WS -- and Kitchenaid -- stand behind their products.

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