Beautifully crafted work of art that happens to make superior coffee.
Positive Product Points
Elegant and beautifully designed; a work of art. The looks can't help but peak people's interest. The glass filter does a wonderful job keeping sediment out of final brew. The Cona has a quality feel and finish to it.
Negative Product Points
Expensive. Not for the prone-to-sticker-shock-crowd. Look at it as an investment (at least that's the line I used on my wife.)
Glass filter can be unforgiving and prone to stalling with fine or uneven, powdery grinds. Invest in a high quality grinder.
Overall, the Cona has a quality feel to it. It's has a classic, elegant design that you don't see so much today in many products. Even though the glass gives the first impression of being light and fragile, it's actually pretty durable (as much as glass can be.)
I like the idea of the glass filter; the coffee does not come in contact with any metal parts or cloth filters. As pure of a process as anyone could hope for.
Upper globe is easy to remove and clean up is a breeze with the right tools.
My only complaint is that the quality of coffee suffers slightly if less than 75% of capacity is used. A fair amount of water remains south during the infusion process. A full capacity this is a non-issue. If you plan on buying a Cona and make only a few cups at a time consider the "B" model.
Having said that, it's size can by a great advantage when it comes to serving a number of people. In the past, I would use my filter coffee maker for parties and now I use my Cona. In fact the last party I had many people were actually begging me to make coffee in it so they could see the entire process. Man, and I thought I was a geek.
Because of the expense, buying it was a difficult decision at first. However, the Cona delivers one of the finest cups of coffee and justifies the cost (at least for me.)