The Melitta 46893 works better than advertised, super price for the value,
very hot coffee, can use less ground coffee when using the Robust setting
or keep the coffee amount the same and produce very nice strong coffee.
This unit doesn't burn the coffee, and pulls out all the flavor it can from standard coffee, & brings higher end coffee to the maximum flavor, the heating element is why! 190 to 210 degrees which is why all flavor is produced.
The Bad news is the coffee POT is made of glass with a plastic lid, and pour spout with anti spill lip, it works only when holding the coffee pot at about a 40 degree angle, The problems happens when the coffee pot is held at 180 degrees to pour the last cup or so, the plastic and glass connection is not sealed very well, creating a very small drip along this interface between plastic and glass, BUT seems to go away when the pot is hot, most likely due to expansion of the two materials, yes, I think this is a design flaw, minor in nature, but needs to be addressed by the manufacture of the coffee pot.
I fixed the problem with a little amount of food safe clear silicone caulk, cleaned the pot very well, made sure the area was very dry, then placed a very small amount along the plastic to glass seam, smoothed the area, let dry over night, used it in the morning, no problems with the coffee pot dripping ever again.
yes, no one should have to do this to a new unit, but such is life,,, it seems many design flaws are in every product, these days, Our last coffee maker was twice the cost and a name brand unit, had more problems & only lasted 14 months.
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