A different way to make coffee that is quite simple and may make a cup some of you will like. Not for me, though.
Positive Product Points
Beautifully crafted and fun to use.
Very easy clean up.
Negative Product Points
Uses a LOT of coffee to make a demitasse, resulting in caffeine overload Underextracted flavor
Bought this a couple of years ago for grins. Been using this on rare occasions just to mess with it.
As other reviewers have said, very sturdily crafted. The manual said the paper filters can be reused. I've tried that have have reused one paper filter 5 times just to see. Worked fine, did not clog up. It makes the cleanup a little less simple.
I did not expect this to compete with espresso, but to make a concentrated coffee beverage, which it does. To my mind, it competes with a moka pot ( Italian stove-top "espresso" maker).
I find the flavor of the coffee, made as directed, very underextracted. The mild, acid-free flavor some people have said they enjoy is because the brightness of the coffee is lost by this method. I tried raising the temp of the water, using longer "brew" times, etc., but it always tastes underextracted to me. Especially when I use this for an Americano.
So I still prefer manual cone drip to this method. But that is purely a matter of taste.
A big negative, to me, is the large quantity of coffee needed to make a demitasse. Maybe 20 grams, almost 3x what I would use for an espresso. Not only does that waste my beans, it gives me way too much caffeine.