Buy this product and you won't be disappointed. It makes great coffee and looks good at the same time.
Positive Product Points
This product is well thought out in every way. Its also very sturdy in build quality and materials. The glass is about twice as thick as my Cona Standard and Bodum Santos. The steel frame is also quite sturdy. I didn't expect it to be quite so heavy when I recieved the box... As for design, its just plain smart in every way. The top bowl fits on the handle of the frame, as you can see, and its lid becomes a stand for the lower bowl should you want to serve the coffee in another place.
Negative Product Points
I really have no negative points.
Follow up - Aug 11. I find there is one negative point and that's the fit of the handle onto the stand. If not careful, you could think its on when in reality its not. This could lead to a broken bowl. So far, I've been careful here.
You can make as little as 8 oz if you want - something my Bodum and Cona aren't capable of. I have the 20oz model and it makes 8 oz just fine. (other Conas may, I have the older wide neck Standard model)
Filters - this maker comes with a dual filter design. (I assume its a new idea) You can use paper or cloth. I personally don't mind either and find the paper to be quite convenient. One of the complaints of the first review was that there was no glass rod. Big deal, if you're into vac pots, you already have one. So I don't mind - besides, its a cleaner cup when you want it. Bottom line, you have more versatility - paper, cloth, or glass.
Flame - I seem to remember a complaint about the standard little wick burner that this one comes with. Hario told me they like this one better than the copper tubed one. I have no complaints about it. If you pre-heat your water, it makes 20oz in short order. If you buy the Deco, you can also use a micro torch with it - something that's a little harder on the Nouveau given its stand design.
Grind - I use a regular drip grind and only let it simmer for a few seconds after it rises. This works well. I also get virtually no sediment on the bottom. I don't mind sediment, but its nice to be without it sometimes - I don't always want so much body in the cup.
Design - The small neck of the top bowl facilitates excellent vacuum. The base is sturdy and I really like the departure from the other Harios in that the bottom bowl detaches for serving. The upper bowl stows on the stand as well, no need to use the lid as a stand. In fact, the lid becomes a stand for the lower bowl. Pretty smart.
I would like to comment further on the filter options. As said earlier, its no sweat that it comes without a glass rod. But here is the difference in quality between paper/cloth/glass:
Paper: Very clean cup, a tiny bit less oil. Still a cut above a drip maker in terms of taste. Thinner and lighter bodied than the cloth or glass rod method. Second easiest to clean.
Cloth: A little more body than paper. A smal amount of sediment can get through, but the cup is still quite clean. The messiest to clean.
Glass Rod: If you plan to get one, I recommend the Cory if you can find it. The pyramid top allows coffee grinds to slide off and not accumulate on the top as in a Cona. The cup has the most body and can have sediment. Sediment with a glass rod comes from too course a grind - the larger grinds set the height of the rod and can allow smaller grinds to come through. A perfectly consistent/sifted grind could help here. But who cares, I like sediment at times. The glass rod gets used often in my case as it is very easy to clean.
Hario USA folks are very helpful and friendly. The lady on the line actually uses the products and helped me decide what to get.