A machine whose true intention was never in doubt. Built to look like, act like, a coffee machine. There is no mistking its purpose in life as it sits on the tile counter. Unlike other coffee makers, this brewer has separated all of the main parts so that the eye can discern what does what and where it goes from there. Where does the water go? Easy, look at the large clear reservoir. The coffee filter? Pretty plain to see, and easy to reach. The carafe...well, you get the idea. It is elemental.
Negative Product Points
When I get new products, especially from Europe, I would hope they would be intuitive. Like the dashboard of a Mercedes or Honda Accord. The only part of the Techivorm that threw me was the power and heating element buttons. The “ON” is written low on the frame. Hence, you would assume you push the button down to turn on, whereas the opposite action is true. And the heating element button is not labeled or necessary. This filter basket does not come with the control to stop the drip function, reduce to half, or open all the way.
I have used all types of coffee brewers. From plain old Braun drips to percolators, manual drip, to my Bodum Santos 6-cup vacuum pot…may it rest in peace. Now I have come full circle to the drip again. After exhaustive research I settled on the Technivorm Moccamaster CD. Much research and many hours were used to come to the final purchase. I also knew that as important as the heating coil and building quality of the coffee machine was, it would be worthless with bad water, coffee beans, and filters. The point is they all work in concert to bring a damn good cup of coffee to your lips. The machine sits high and is a commanding presence on the counter top. The heavy gauge electric cord brings assurance it will handle the 1475 watts. As it brews, the soft sounds of gurgling are easy to miss for the machine is quiet. The solid ceramic hot plate does not become a stained ugly brown plate. You can wipe it clean easily. The drip stops without a drop as you remove the carafe to pour a cup. Without reserve, I claim the people who made this truly love coffee and they know that it takes an instrument of high tolerances to bring that quality to you and me.
Terroir has been helpful and responsive to all of my questions and thoughts. A very positive experience.