A wonderful design, sophisticated, innovative and user friendly.
Positive Product Points
Beautiful, lovely design Well though out, user friendly
Negative Product Points
Plastic handle on carafe is a little cheesy looking Clipping carafe onto the stand requires special attention for proper seat
What a wonderful design, slick, sophisticated and innovative. I was torn when it came to buying the Deco over the Nouveau, so I E-mailed the supplier to try and figure out what the actual difference between the two was. It appeared to me that the Deco had the superior design for less money. (something was afoot) The supplier replied, “The major difference is the Nouveau has a wickless burner and paper filters. (1 filter lasts about 4-5 pots before it needs replacing)” as I was going to use the glass Cory rod (filter) and butane burner accessories anyway; it was an easy decision. I was definitely correct. Every Item is high quality. The stand has a beautiful polished chrome surface, molded onto the neck of the stand is a dense plastic handle grip for carrying the coffee maker around, which also doubles as a spot to accept the upper bowl once it is removed after brewing. Below the handle grip is a little divot that acts as a cup to catch the few drops of coffee that come off of the upper bowl when placed there (you got to like that). A locking mechanism is incorporated where the carafe handle meets the stand, tilt the carafe about 20 degrees forward, insert the handle into the stand and then seat the bowl in. You do need to pay special attention here to ensure for a proper seat.
The top for the upper bowl is also a base for the carafe to sit in. There are three rubber mounts incorporated into the lid/base to prevent the round-bottomed carafe from movement once placed there. Works great!! looks nice.
I like the design of the cloth/paper filter mechanism and it works well, but have chose to use the New Cory rod instead. The problem you will have here with the Cory rod is the glass on the inside of the carafe is so smooth that it will prevent the water from boiling until there is just too much potential energy, when it does start to boil it is much to violent. Just keep an eye on it if you use a glass filter, when it starts to boil with the big bubbles crank the heat down a bit. After the carafe is washed maybe 50 times or so the issue should go away. I’ll let you know in 3 months. The chain on the cloth filter mechanism helps prevents this occurrence.
The alcohol lamp is sufficient to send the water north in about 15 min with water at room temperature. There is a wickless one you can buy as an accessory (the same one the Nouveau uses) and a butane burner for even faster results. Regardless of what you have it is probably a good idea to pre heat your water on a stove or in a microwave if you don’t want to watch the pot for a while.
The Carafe is very nice and made of thick glass, thicker than the upper bowl I think, probably to withstand the heat. There are clear graduations on the side for 3,4 or 5 cups. Be warned though; the cup sizes are a small 4 oz’s. One pot (5 cups) is just two of my coffee mugs, just enough for me and my 20 year old daughter (who is a up and coming coffeegeek) to have one cup in the morning. The only downfall (minor) of the whole setup is the plastic handle on the carafe. The handle is in two halves that are screwed together. It doesn’t look bad, but considering the care that was taken with the rest of the machine it would have been nice if it were a single molded piece. Then you could have popped it in the microwave to pre heat the water on its nice little base\top with out having to worry about the metal screws that hold the two halves together.
The spoon serves 3 purposes. Firstly; measuring the beans. One scoop is about 10 grams of beans. (depending on the beans). Secondly; the spoon has a flat handle to stir with once the water has gone north, the design of the upper bowl is such that it creates turbulence for the brewing, but you will still have to break loose the mat of grounds with the handle of the spoon. Lastly; it fits perfect to scoop out the grinds in the upper bowl where the bulge is, the spoon has a very slender neck so you can get into this area when your finished brewing and ready for clean up. The only modification I have done is to the spoon. I took some 100, 220 and 600 sandpaper and hand sanded the edges of the flat on spoon handle, to make it a little less wide so it would fit inside the large hole in the stand where you keep the upper bowl after brewing. I did this so I wouldn’t have put the spoon in a drawer somewhere. When the unit is not in use, the upper bowl is on the carafe, so the hole in the handle grip is open. I just thought it would be nice to keep every thing together. It’s a good spot for it and doesn’t look bad because the spoon is the same color as the stand handle grip.
The directions supplied are written well enough that is was easy to setup and use right off. I was making coffee in 30 min from opening the box. I am completely satisfied.
Purchased from: the-gourmet-coffee-bean.com. They e-mailed me when the shipment was sent out. 5 days later it showed up without a hitch. Would absolutely buy again and probably will for my office at work.