makes the best tasting coffee of any brewer and the easiest vac pot to use. Get it!
Positive Product Points
This produces the best coffee I've ever had. It gives the full potential of the bean in a rich, full flavored brew. It's convenient, quick and is everything every glass vacuum pot was ever supposed to be - fun to watch, easy to make, and spectacular taste. It's no harder to clean than any other vac pot and easier than most.
Negative Product Points
Some people have had trouble with the filters, I have not. Some people like the looks, I do not :) You have to clean it quickly or it may not get clean...
Before you can judge whether my preferences have any meaning for you, you have to know that I prefer a rich, full bodied, medium acidity coffee. I don't drink light roast Kenyans unless I blend in some Inonesian. I prefer the Bunn drip coffee to the Krups Arome. I home roast so fresh isn't an issue, but I will say that I once ran some awful smelling stuff someone brought through the Utopia and even it tasted good. The thing's a miracle machine! Sucks all the nasty stuff right outta the bean! I don't recommend anything else from *$ except an old 16 oz car cup without a handle with a real spill proof lid. The blue one was especially nice! As for the Utopia details, here goes: As the directions say, it only works with a minimum of 20 to max of 50 oz water, although the least I've tried is 24. You pour the water in the bottom, snap the filter in the top, grind the coffee on the fine side of drip, pour the coffee in the top (I use 2 TBSP = 1 coffee scoop per 6 oz water) and place the top on the bottom, snugly. Then plug it in and tell it to go (1 button push). It goes up top more quickly than I'd expect, stays there about 1 1/2 min, and briskly comes down. With the timing machine controlled, you just have to find the grind and amount of coffee per oz of water that suits your taste. The more acidic you like it, the finer you'll grind and possibly, the more you'll add. Where I grind I have completely clear coffee coming down - no sediment at all. If I want less than 20 Oz I use my Hario, but this machine's the one I use most. Clean up is the worst part of the user experience. Because the top's large, the grounds tend to be ill behaved. I immediately rinse out top, bottom and filter with hot water until clear then spray windex. I have no idea whether the windex is safe over the long run so if you decide to use it you do so at your own risk. The reason I use it is that it does a fairly good job at eliminating coffee residue, and since it's strong smelling, I can tell if I've rinsed it thoroughly. The coffee is as rich and inviting as any brewed coffee gets. Considering the taste alone even without the convenience, this is the best coffee maker by far.
Not really fair since a *$ manager was renting a room from me and delivered it. I paid his price (sale plus discount) and forgave a months rent. Monetarily I was being generous, but I got much more value than either of us expected.