Bottom line - if you're in the market for the best drip coffeemaker the Technivorm Moccamaster CD is it!
Positive Product Points
The Technivorm brews at the proper temperature for optimum coffee extraction. It is a stunning looking machine that is solidly built and quite simple to use. It also brews a magnificent pot of coffee! This machine seems well able to handle the bloom of freshly ground, freshly roasted coffee without making a mess all over the counter!
Negative Product Points
Perhaps the only negative I could come up with is the rather skimpy product manual. Again, as the machine is very user-friendly, there really isn't much required in the way of directions, but you know the mantra for this website (RTFM!).
The Technivorm arrived well packed (double boxed) and was packaged in a plain, white box. No frills here! The machine requires very little in the way of assembly, and I had it together on the counter and cycling through some cleansing brews of plain water in less than two minutes. Boyd's threw in a free bag of coffee with the machine and I opted for their Rip City blend. I did buy a Swiss gold filter for the machine as well as the nine hole replacement arm for water dispensing. However, I wanted to try the machine out with the stock single hole dispersion arm. I found no unsaturated coffee with the single hole arm and I am not certain there would be any discernable difference in the cup between the single hole and the nine hole arm. It will be nice to perform some A/B comparisons, but I don't believe it is a necessary purchase for the machine at all. If I could do it again, I'd probably save the $7.00 for that part. With the Rip City in the filter, I got my first pot of coffee brewing with the machine and it was completed in a little over five minutes. A neat trick suggested on Sweet Marias was to not place the carafe under the filter for the first 30 - 60 seconds of the brewing. Without the carafe under the filter, the coffee will not flow through, thus allowing the water and grounds to fully saturate and mix in the basket. Just a neat little trick that turned out to work quite nicely. The coffee was hotter than any cup I could remember drinking from my Bunn. This machine replaced a Tim Horton's Bunn coffeemaker that served me faithfully for over seven years. Once it started leaking, I looked into finding a machine with equal quality, but better extraction and flavor in the cup. I found the Bunn to be somewhat watery and flat. This coffee was quite good and better, I dare say, than any I've brewed at home before. One important note, this machine does have a hot plate. Technivorm instructs the user to turn the hot plate switch to high when brewing coffee. I ignored this part of the manual because when you turn the machine on to brew the coffee, the hot plate is also turned on to a lower setting. There is an optional switch that may also be turned on once the machine is brewing that heats the hot plate up to full capacity. I was originally contemplating the thermal carafe model of the Clubline but was led to this model by Cheryl at Boyd's. She mentioned that the thermal carafe with the Clubline isn't anywhere near as good as some of the thermal carafes on the market today. She recommended the CD model, especially as she has one herself. I did likewise and also purchased a Nissan Thermos stainless carafe to go with it. Once the coffee brews, I just transfer the coffee to the Nissan and I'll have hot, fresh-tasting coffee for hours! This is one of the best coffeemakers I have ever ownded. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. I was originally contemplating another Bunn, but I didn't like the inability to tell exactly how much water needed to be added to make anything less than a whole pot of coffee. I also didn't like the lightning quick brew time - the coffee never tasted quite full enough to me. I was also looking at the Capresso MT500 and the Capresso CoffeeTEC, but there were too many varying reviews for those products. I know the Capresso review on Coffeegeek was quite good, but then it seemed like some other members had the exact opposite experience. After much tireless reviewing and hours of researching, I settled on the Technivorm and I'm so glad I did.
Boyd's Coffee was great to do business with. I dealt with nothing but friendly and helpful people. The machine was delivered very quickly and everything was well packed. I would recommend anyone considering a Technivorm to contact them.
Three Month Followup
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS MACHINE! I use my Technivorm every day and most of the time twice a day. The machine is still brewing coffee at the correct and proper temperature. It is working like a champ and I have zero buyer remorse over my purchase. In fact, I love this machine so much, I am contemplating buying an extra just in case I ever need to replace it years from now. I'd have a back up unit brand new and in the box! I used a digital thermometer and checked the brew temp. and it registered 205. The CD is a breeze to keep clean and there has been little maint. involved in ownership. This appears to be a very well made product. It is the best drip machine I've ever owned - period!