Question of Plastic odor/taste Hot water delivery tube - a deal breaker? No auto shut-off
We were very hopeful that the Technivorm would meet our wish for an auto coffee brewer that would not include plastic in the drip chain. All of the usual brands (Braun, Krupps, Cuisinart, Capresso) that we have tried leave plastic taste in the coffee. The TV Thermo would be terrific except that a very noxious plastic odor emanates from the cold water reservoir and also seems to get into the carafe. We can't tell if the hot water delivery pipe (inside a clear plastic conical pipe, inside the cold water tank) is also made of plastic. We are hoping it is actually a glass tube, in which case the hot water would not be contacting a plastic part on its way to the coffee. In this case the nasty odor would remain in the cold water tank and plastic residue would not enter the carafe. To us, it seems the plastic taste does make it to the coffee. This is so weird considering the device has a copper boiler (I hear) and stainless steel water dispersing tube....and yet may have a softer plastic delivery tube (between the boiler and the dispersing tube) that the very hot water must pass through and which keeps this otherwise elegant device from offering a cup of joe without the ominous smell and taste of plastic.
A bit odd. Boyds at first had the item in stock, then called to say not, then they found one. They did offer improved shipping as a fair consideration.