The only machine up to the task. It is expensive but worth it.
Positive Product Points
Brews and unbelievable cup - best I've made at home Boiler gets water to sweet spot in a hurry (195-205F, verified with termocouple) Filter holder allows you to stop flow for preinfusion Thermal carafe actually works Made in Netherlands Unique Euro styling Simple design
Negative Product Points
Filter holder slightly too shallow (gold #4 filters too tall by a few mm) You have to completely remove the carafe lid to pour (no button release valve) Carafe does not fit under machine with lid in place Captured cord at 45 deg angle Expensive step up from commodity drip machines I preffered the silver look, but the carafe's stainless did not match the painted silver color of the chassis (it is not stainless, beware).
After the second dept store machine crapped out in as many years, I finally decided to buy a drip machine on par with my espresso machines. During the week I drink espresso, but on the weekends I usually make drip for my wife and I and drink it throughout the day.
This time I did my homework. I found out that there are only a few consumer models that really brew near the 200F necessary. I narrowed it to the Zojirushi EC-BD15, Capresso MT500, and the Technivorm kbt741. I could find no information verifying that the Zoji could reach ~200 and there were no substantive reviews available. The Capresso does reach 200F and is 1/3 the cost, but the salesman at WLL informed me that it took longer to reach 200F, tended to surf much more, and did not complete the brew cycle in 6min like the Techni.
Bottom line is if you want a machine that can brew properly you need a good boiler, and the Techni's boiler is the only one up to the task. It is copper and 1400W. Nuff said.
The first pot of coffee I made the next morning I recieved the maker was simply the best I've made at home. No hyperbole necessary -- this really makes coffee shop quality drip.
I have bought several machines from WLL and they really are always superb. Bought it on Wed, had it by Fri. I highly recommend them. If you are familiar with buying high end machines, you know that there is a well known absolute minimum retail price. You will not find any "deals" on these machines no matter how much you search or how long you wait.