If you want the best coffee buy, it if not buy a mister crappy. Its expensive but if you love the way coffee I do you can always save up for it or a similar high quality coffee maker.
Positive Product Points
1 Overall l quality is exceptional, with a few exceptions below. 2 I personally really like the style it looks like something out of a chemistry lab, which it is sort off. 3 It makes coffee better than any coffee maker that is a machine. You can get good results by pouring water through a filter manually. 4 My understanding is the German quality heater is wrapped with copper to produce the heat. less plastic is better in my mind. 5 Long heavy duty cord 16 gauge with ground. If you have a short cord and need a longer one you would have to a 14 gauge appliance cord with are pricey. 6 I like the fact you can take apart many parts easily for cleaning, I plan on keeping this for years so maintenance is important. 7 The body is aluminum not plastic and the spray head is probably nickel plated brass. The thermal carafe does not let air out keeping heat in, good for a least 2 hours and probably longer. It also pours easily which was a big concern of mine.
Negative Product Points
The edge of the stainless carafe is sharp, I cut my finger while unpacking it. 2 Need better assembly instructions, while not difficult to assemble there are gaps in the side where the spray head goes which I dont understand. The spray head could be installed wrong but you would not be paying attention. 3 The filter basket arm should be matching aluminum instead of plastic especially for the price. 4 The cord is nice and long but no cord storage if you need it. The heavy cord does not coil neatly. 5 The price. Unfortunately they are not a lot of high quality coffee makers any more. There are numerous good espresso machines and grinders, but most coffer makes are just cheap plastic crap made in China regardless of price.SHAME ON THE COFFEE MANUFACTURES! While this is a quality machine hand made in Holland I think it is still about $50.00 to high, I have heard thats partly from our shrinking dollar.
It took me about 4 months of research and saving money before I decided on the Technivorm. It is pricey but I like the way it works and the way it looks. I cant believe some people think it is ugly.If i am going to have something for long time I better like the looks and I almost always like European styling.It makes excellent hot coffee and keeps it hot hours. Though it was more than I wanted to spend if it last for years to come it will be worth. It does have a few quarks like not being to put on the lid while brewing, but the idea behind that is because there is no hole to let heat out. I have seen pictures of the inside from googling it and it looks like high quality components inside. If it had a little more metal in it I would give it a 10. In the end there where only 3 for me to choose from that meet the standards I wanted and it was the best looking. I have a Ranciiio rocky and a 25 year old Olympia Coffex espresso machine so I guess that means I like my coffee and I do. Its one of my few luxuries since I dont eat out nor by Staruks coffee. I would buy it again if I had to do it over again. I made the first batch I normally would with another coffee maker and had great results. I have a pitcher I use to measure water and the scoop that comes with it is 2 times the amount of coffe I would normally use so I cut the amount I would normally use in half. I dont look at the levels in the machine until I used the amount I normally use witch turned out to be 6 cups on the techniorm. I make coffee for just myself so I usually make 3 cups. If I want more later in the day I make another have pot so I never waste it.
I bought this from Boyds coffee in Portland. It comes with a 12 ounce bad of gold medaiian coffee which I liked and 100 #4 filters which are more heavy than most paper filters. I paid $257.95 shipping is only $7.95 anywhere with fedex and I got mine the next shipping day because I am only 120 miles from Portland. Kathy whom I ordered from was helpful and friendly. I had called sweet Marias but had a few questions and they never got back with me. It says on their web page they are to busy to man the phones but I like to talk to a real person sometimes and I guess they are to busy to get my business.