A bit expensive for what you get, but all in all a great value.
Positive Product Points
New design, countdown timer, larger capacity and most importantly, no more leaking!
Negative Product Points
•Not really worth list price, which is $200. $150 would be more realistic. •Flat Metal filter appears to need a really coarse grind to avoid grit in the pot and your cup.
I had an aroma for about 2 years before this thing and was really happy with the flavor, temperature and the fact that it kept the coffee hot for 5 hours. I wasn't happy with the spout leaking on brew, made some real messes. I wasn't the only one with this problem either.
I'm happy to say that this machine is a fantastic redesign of the original maker. It holds 12 "cups" instead of 8, has a stainless steel carafe with a new lid design, and seems to keep coffee really hot for up to 5 hours. after that, it stays drinkably hot for another 2-3 hours.
The lid has a tab at the back that you hold down while pouring, then let go to seal. It appears to have the same no drip pour as it's predecessor.
The grande has a timer for those of us that like our coffee ready upon rising, but the timer also counts up to 5 hours to let you know how fresh the coffee is. Very nice feature. The grande has a metal flat bottom filter. I am still playing with the grind-I'm getting a little grit in the bottom of my cup; especially towards the end of the pot. I think this is just me not grinding properly for the unit. It does accept paper filters if you don't want to fiddle about with the grind. I'm using a barista burr grinder with the burrs open all the way. I think a blade grinder would work just fine.
I saw this baby at starbucks on sale for $150 vs. the $200 list price. They were sold out, but sold me the display unit that had not been used yet. Manual is nice and clear and the box has an inner styrofoam sleeve to protect the unit. I noticed the old aromas were on sale for $69.95 and were really moving.