I like to see the bubbles rise through the center of water container. Special lighting might accentuate this effect.
Negative Product Points
Overpriced Made in Holland Stainless steel finish on thermos does not match base unit. Filter housing cheap plastic Very poor water sprayhead design
Talk about overrated and overpriced. I bought based on the reviews here but should have known better. Hidden in these appraisals are warning signs that are easily ignored, especially when most reviews contain some derivation of "best coffee I ever had" or "nothing comparable". For example, the following is a comment that should have alerted me that not all is well with this machine..."I leave the pour through closed until the grounds are thoroughly wetted and I have given them a good stir. Then I open it to the halfway mark for most of the brewing time, opening it all the way when it gets to the two cup level in the reservoir". In other words, if i stand their for 5 minutes carefully nurturing the water dispensing into the filter, maybe the coffee grounds might get saturated. Surely for $20 I could do the same with a Chemix Drip. Easier to clean, less footprint and $280 left over for a year's supply of coffee. Another design fault...you cannot put the thermos back into its slot with the screw top lid on the thermos. Now I know this is asking for a lot and the Dutch manufacturers are surely thinking that if this trivial matter is so important I could just get my jig saw and cut the offending 1/8" off the lid handle. Will resuscitate the Starbucks Saeco which performed adequately for 3 years or splurge on a Chemex.