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Zojirushi Fresh Brew - Ross Seymour's Review
Posted: October 6, 2008, 12:46pm
review rating: 7.0
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Zojirushi Fresh Brew
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Arrow The Zojirushi Fresh Brew has 40 Reviews
Arrow The Zojirushi Fresh Brew has been rated 7.44 overall by our member reviewers
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Luke Yegerlehner 8.33
Rich Gore 8.25
Joe Marsh 8.25
Nancy Padberg 7.50
Loren Elliot 7.30

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Zojirushi Quality: 8
Average Price: $90.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $80.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: Good basic coffee maker by reliable manufacturer.
Positive Product Points

Good coffee
Thermal carafe
Appropriate brew time
Easy clean up

Negative Product Points

Very tall, requires to be pulled out from cabinet
All plastic (but still seems durable enough)
Too good of seal on carafe

Detailed Commentary

I've had good experience with other Zojirushi products so I thought I would try this coffee maker for our office.  It has held up well over the past three years, with nearly daily usage.  I didn't use these electric coffee makers much in the past, preferring the do-it-yourself cone and hot water method.  

The carafe is a good one, keeps the coffee reasonably hot for a few hours.  It seems comparable to any Nissan/Thermos carafe that I've used.  The top does seal a little too well just after brewing.  It requires a towel or strong hand to loosen.  After the initial loosen, it works well.  As always, you need to preheat.

At first the coffee seemed a bit off.  I measured the temperature of the water and it was low.  I then started using room temperature water as opposed to cold water and this helped.

The thing is tall, but necessarily so.  If you have short cabinets and not much counter space, this could be more of a problem than it is in our office.

The things disassembles easily enough for cleaning.  Recently I did notice some grounds in the water chamber and I don't know how they got there, could've been user error.  I haven't noticed much lime build up.  I usually just clean the basket.  The basket comes off completely for washing, a big plus.  There is a swing arm over the basket for the hot water.  I've read a criticism of this feature, but have not found it a problem.

I hardly ever use the delay timer, so don't have any opinions there.  The couple of times I have used it, seemed to work fine.

Buying Experience

Its Amazon, what more can I say?

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