A step up from the the original Aroma, the Aroma Grande has size, flash, and flavor.
Positive Product Points
Stainless Steel body, twelve cup capability, twelve cup thermal carafe, clock, auto on/off, perminant metal filter, removable water resiviour, two year warranty, display lights up, easy to clean, time sinced brewed feature.
Negative Product Points
Coffee brews directly into the carafe, from the basket into the carafe which directly connects when the carafe is properly in place. This reduce the amount of exposure to air resulting in oxidation and lose of aroma. Good feature but it does not completely seal and may result in small leakage into the lid. When pouring the coffee this bit of leaked coffee dribbles down the front. Also when pouring, due to the carafe size and the poorly designed lid, it is difficult to get coffee when the pot is less than half full without removing the lid. I also found, on smaller brewed pots of coffee the temp. does not reach the proper 195-205 degrees needed for proper extraction of aroma and flavor. On eight to twelve cup pots this usually is not the problem. Lastly, I only wish it came with a charcoal filter for inside the water resiviour.
A step up in many regards from the the original, little brother Aroma, the Aroma Grande has size, flash, bells and whistles. This is the first twelve cup, thermal, automatic brewer sold by Starbucks and by far the most aesthetic. Out of the box the brewer comes with a two year warranty and metal filter. The grande has a stainless steel and plastic body with soft touch buttons and a cool-blue light up display. As for the carafe, it's big, maybe to big, because it can be difficult to pour the last few ounces of precious coffee. Also the lid is poorly designed with a push trigger for pouring, this is bad because it requires you to hold down a button and try to pour the last half of the difficult pot. After a good rinsing of all the removable parts and a seasoning with fresh, clean water and some urnex the brewer is ready to go. The first pot i brewed was only six cups, and I thought it seemed a little cold (not 195-205 degrees). I then dumped and rinsed all the parts and proceeded to brew a eight cup after letting the brewer cool for 15 minutes. The eight cup pot was much hotter, in the proper temp range as a matter of fact. So, I just sat there at the kitchen table enjoying the rich coffee produced by the metal filter, all the while thinking how cool the blue display was and the fact that it told me how long the pot has been sitting for (times up to five hours). Overall i was fairly impressed, a bit mediocre, but im more of a french press guy. But if you are looking to save a bit of money i would go for the original Starbucks Aroma.
Bought at Starbucks during partner shopping week at the introductory price with an additional holiday discount. What is normally a 149.99 brewer, i only paid 79.96. Helps to know the devil, if you catch my drift. So for what i actually paid it is a great auto brewer.