When the cheapo pot I had was recalled (for overheating, which was somewhat ironic because I loathed the thing for not keeping the coffee hot), I decided to bite the bullet and buy this somewhat pricey coffee pot as the word HOT COFFEE was in big letters all over the packaging and it had a thermal carafe, which in theory should keep it hot.
I got it home, thrilled with my purchase. Because it had a timer and the carafe, my ultra hot coffee would be waiting for me whether I was up with the sun or slept in.
Sad was I when I woke up the next morning to find no coffee. There was nothing in the carafe. Half of the water was left in the reservoir. I found the other half all over the countertop, hard to face without the benefit of a single droplet of coffee.
I then made a pot of coffee. No problems, not a drop of water out of place. And that first cup was great. Even with the cream I add to it, it was piping hot and just what I needed. The second cup was still hot. Not as hot as the first, but still pretty good. However, by the time I got to the last cup (which with the cup size I use, is really about four cups), it was lukewarm at best, and I was again forced to microwave my coffee to get it up to a palatable temperature.
Oh, well, I tell myself. I'll just drink faster tomorrow. Silly me. I woke up again to the half pot of water in the reservoir and the other half all over the countertop. Again nuking the last couple of cups to get them hot.
For a week I tried it. Obviously I was doing something right because I could make coffee on the normal 'on' situation, but the use of the timer eluded me, and every morning for six days I woke to find a wet countertop. In disgust, I have boxed the whole thing up and it's going back tomorrow.
In summary, this is a beautiful looking pot. If you drink your coffee very fast or have multiple people drinking out of the pot, it may be hot enough to get you through to the end of the pot. And if you don't need the auto-on timer, you may actually get your coffee without wiping down the counter first.
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