A great inexpensive pot that works well -- especially with a cory rod filter
Positive Product Points
The price is hard to beat and it makes good coffee. The construction looks fragile, but I haven't had a problem. The stand for the upper bowl very useful. It works extremely well with a cory rod filter.
Negative Product Points
I did not care for the filter arrangement -- I had several stuck pots, possibly due to pilot error (though I don't really understand how). More sediment than I'd like. Cleanup was a bit of a pain as was getting the filter back in (there is a spring and clip that needs to be pulled through the neck. Not a big deal, but a minor annoyance. I haven't used the supplied filter in two years so my impressions are kind of hazy....
All in all I'm quite pleased with the pot. I did not care for the filter, but that was easily remedied by a quick trip to ebay where I picked up a cory rod for about $4. The rod does a spectacular job -- I get almost no sediment even with pretty finely ground coffee, and in twenty pots I have yet to get a stuck pot (even though I bought it a long time ago I got out of the habit of using it, so I'm only relying on recent experience for my comments). Also, clean-up with the rod is trivial as it rinses clean in seconds with no effort.
I don't know that the way I make the coffee is according to their instructions as I lost them long ago. I fill the pot to the 8-cup (8-cup -- yeah, right) mark and put it on my gas stove on a pretty high flame. I always offset the pot so the handle is not over the flame as it will melt (fortunately I figured this out before any major damage was done). While it is coming to a boil I grind the coffee, put the cory rod in the upper chamber, and dump in the coffee.
Once I get a boil in the pot, I put the upper chamber into the lower one with a tiny twist to make sure I have a good seal. The water rises rapidly in the upper chamber. There is a fairly violent bubbling in the first few seconds after all the water is in the upper chamber (well, all that is going up anyway, there is a bit left in the bottom). For a while I lowered the temp during this phase, but then I had to stir the upper chamber to wet all the coffee grounds. If I just let the violent bubbling occur I don't have to do that -- and I have yet to have any spill. After the violent bubbling is done and the coffee is all wetted I usually do turn down the heat some and let it brew for 2 1/2 minutes.
At this point I pull the pot off the flame (carefully!) using my hand on the rim of the upper chamber to steady it while lifting the handle, and place it next to the stove on a folded paper towel. In about 3 minutes all the coffee is back in the pot. After the coffee is in the pot it will bubble for a bit as air is drawn down the tube. When this slows down I break the seal by tipping the upper chamber forward, then lift it out and place it in the plastic holder (a fantastic accessory as it gives a place for the upper bowl while filling it with coffee and then a place for the upper bowl to cool -- and drip a little).
Coffee done, with only a tiny bit of sediment in the bottom of the pot. Much, much less than in a drip pot with a gold filter.
I vaguely recall that the instructions had you assemble the pot before putting it on the heat. I found that the water went into the upper chamber way too early. The temp was only about 170F, and even at the end of brewing it had only climbed up to 185F. By letting the water boil first the water in the top chamber is about 200F (it cools a little on contact with the coffee and the walls of the upper chamber). All I can say is it works for me.
I bought it off the net. I don't remember where. I recall it was on back order so it took a long time to get.