When I ran a cafe, these were the thermal carafes we used in our shop. The reason was pretty simple - they did a fantastic job of keeping beverages hot (or cold) for a long time, and stood up to a lot of wear and tear from our customers. The lid control is dead simple to use, and we never had one fail.
These Thermos Nissan jugs are vacuum insulated, meaning they are lightweight but durable and nearly breakproof (unlike glass interior thermal containers). They are also commercial rated.
We're including these in our holiday gift list because there's many brewing situations where you do not want your coffee to stay in its brewing device - be it a press pot or any kind of immersion brewer. You want the coffee to get away from the grounds but still stay hot, and this is the near perfect choice for that.
(ed.note - we reviewed these carafes way, way back in the day and loved them so much, the two TGB models we have we still use to this day, almost 8 years later. They've never failed).
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.