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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010, 4:42am
Subject: Melitta in Germany
 

This little thing has me curious, anyone know anything about it?

Click Here (www.melitta24.de)
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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010, 6:57am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

quicksilvr Said:

This little thing has me curious, anyone know anything about it?

Click Here (www.melitta24.de)

Posted February 9, 2010 link

I have one

it aint that little  ;o)

What would you like to know ?
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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010, 8:03am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

Boy, that looks alot like the Technivorm water reservior.  If the price was equally converted to dollars, it would be $193.  I am guessing that the different electrical plug and importation would up the price a little, but it would be less than $265 for the Technivorm.

The product details translated to English:

Item no.: 4006508189557
M 518 Aroma Excellent Steel Therm

Trendy retro styling and high-grade stainless steel

Heißbrüh method
Brewing temperature of 96 ° C
High performance heating element for hot water (1,400 watts)
Large, easy to read and easy to clean water tank
Automatic switch off after 15 minutes
Thermkanne use with glass piston
Stainless steel casing
One-hand operation
10 cups / 1.25 liters
Filter size 1x4
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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010, 8:32am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

It's an excellent machine.
Works according to the spec, and has European Coffee Brewing Centre approval for temperature and speed of brewing (http://www.kaffe.no/?l=31&ls=140&h=353)

Very simple to use - only 4 parts (5 if you use a permanent filter) -
1) main unit, 2) filter cone, 3) Carafe (glass vacuum inner) 4) lid.
(The filter cone sits directly on the carafe.)

Has no "whistles and bells" like timers, drip stop etc..

It's an "instantaneous" type flow through heater, and reasonably powerful @ 1400w  (I guess they size the power to meet the required flowrate ?)
Has a very good distribution of water - an arrangement of 7 holes in an "X" pattern about 2" across. No need to mess around stirring the grinds etc, they all get nice and wet.
Takes No.4 paper filters or a swissgold/Bodum type permanent one will fit.
Has vents above the carafe area to let steam out - means you don't get condensation which is a problem with a lot of "closed" type machines.
Water pipe goes through the water reservoir, but importantly is not in direct contact with the cold water (can never understand why it is in a  lot of coffee makers - it must cool down the brew water ?)
Switches off automatically after 15 minutes if you forget.

But - and I suspect it's a biggie if you're in North America - unless it's listed on the US Melitta site, I doubt very much that it's available in 110v format, so you'd need a 230v supply to run one.

Melitta will ship worldwide though.

Highly recommended.
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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010, 9:18am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

I have sent an email to Melitta USA asking about the brewer.  I doubt they will tell me anything we are not assuming here, but you never know.  I will report back when they respond.
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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2010, 9:16pm
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

Thanks everyone, I stumbled upon this and man do I like it's simplicity. Is the carafe thermal, if so how does the lid operate? Also I think we should email Melitta in Germany and see if the machine is already setup to recognize 110 and is just a matter of a plug swap.

Keepitsimple, would you mind posting some pics of your brewer if you get time? It reminds me so much of my old BCM-4s I've been collecting, simple and hot!
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Posted Wed Feb 10, 2010, 2:52am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

Hi

The carafe is a glass thermos with a stainless steel outer casing.

The lid is flat and wide, as the neck of the carafe has to be wide enough to accept the filter cone. It screws in place with a single turn.  It has a lever to open a valve for pouring (have to say that's the only part of the setup that isn't so good - the flow is fairly slow through that valve - it does keep the coffee hot, though).

I'll try to post you some pictures a bit later.

They make a similar all glass carafe unit too, by the way - that one has a heater under the carafe.

Sadly I doubt that there's a 230/110v switchable option - it's not so simple to do that with heating elements, and I'm guessing they might have to beef up the cabling to handle the amps needed using 110v.  Bear in mind too that this is, of course, CE approved as it has to be for sale within the EU and other European countries that accept it. However, that wouldn't cut much ice in the US as most  folk there are very wary of not having local approval.

Would be interested to know Melitta's view though.  You never know - it might encourage them to think about it.
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Posted Wed Feb 10, 2010, 8:00am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

Melitta's response to my inquiry:

Dear Mr.*****,



Thank you for choosing Melitta. We are always pleased to hear from our consumers.

Regrettably the products available in Europe are not distributed in the U.S. by Melitta.



If we could assist you further please do not hesitate to contact us.





Regards,



Susan Zapata

Consumer Relations Repressentative, Consumer Relations

Melitta USA, Inc.

13925 58th Street North, Clearwater, FL  33760  USA  



Tel: +00 1 (727)  524-4865   Fax: +00 1   (727) 524-4680

szapata@melitta.com  www.melitta.com

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
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Posted Thu Feb 11, 2010, 9:55am
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As promised a couple of pics - sorry don't think this forum allows >1 pic per post - so 2 posts

The 4 main components:-

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Posted Thu Feb 11, 2010, 9:59am
Subject: Re: Melitta in Germany
 

The water distribution head in this one

It is a very simple machine, but it does the job of pouring water at the right temperature at the right speed far better than I can do manually.

Others seem much more competent than me at doing that, but I wonder how they maintain the water at the right temperature for all the pour ?

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