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Very good, strong, consistent coffee flavour!
on July 28, 2013
After doing exhaustive research on Amazon, I wanted to get this coffee machine and I am glad I did! Despite some of the rather ridiculously picky and some downright stupid comments which I read on Amazon.com by people who simply don't appreciate how good the price of this machine is, I knew that I could take a chance because pretty much everyone agreed on how GOOD TASTING the coffee from this machine really was. I did not buy it from Amazon because the local department store had it in stock and I prefer buying from a store to have something immediately, if the store offers comparable pricing and warranty.
I use 2 scoops of coffee for every cup of water as measured by the cup measure markings on the water reservoir. The scoop is the one which comes with the machine. The coffee I tried was many different varieties, from medium roast with aroma, to very dark roast, to medium dark... about 6 different kinds of coffee! Each time, the taste was strong (the most important thing for me) rich, tasty and consistent!
Regarding the thermal stainless steel carafe: Yes, pouring the last cup or so of coffee is difficult, but to be honest, one can remove the lid at that point, because it means you will finish all the coffee in the carafe and don't need the lid to keep it warm anymore. As someone mentioned already, this design may be deliberate by Cuisinart, to leave a little bit of coffee in the carafe, which may contain sediment. However, I use the built-in gold metal filter and never had a trace of sediment at all.
The buttons are large and easy to press. The water container is in the back of the coffee filter/container and needs to be filled preferably with a measuring cup so you don't spill water into the coffee or out of the machine to its sides. Just need to be careful and pour slowly and you will be fine and not spill a drop. Using the carafe will most likely spill water due to the spout issue already mentioned, but this is a tiny issue for me, not a heart-stopper like for some commenters here!
Time will tell about the reliability of this machine since I only got it 3 days ago but have already made coffee 2-3 times a day.
**NOTE: I returned an overpriced, and abolute rip-off Breville "YouBrew" 600XL coffee machine, costing $200 MORE than this one. The Breville coffee is horribly weak and bad tasting, even if I use my own grind and quantity. But why pay so much only to use the Breville at its manual "pre-ground" setting when even at that setting, it makes lousy coffee?
**UPDATE MAY 8, 2014: After about 9 months, the machine is still making the same quality coffee as when I first purchased it and has had no breakdowns at all. Working perfectly so far FYI... :))