Very easy to clean, double-walled pitcher insulates coffee very well - stays hot for very long. The booklet that comes with the coffeemaker is very knowledgable and easy to understand, could help a first-time coffee maker make his or her first brew or could help a seasoned coffee vet perfect their favorite brew. Versatility is amazing, as the pitcher can be used for virtually any drink hot or cold.
As the only coffee drinker in the house, I wanted something to use when I have others over (not just my two-cup pour-over cone). The carafe is utterly gorgeous, and the french press is excellent. I really wanted to give this five stars--I'd give it three and a half if I could, but the pour over, my primary use, is slower than any I've ever used. After the first half cup, it takes about forty minutes to almost fill the carafe--maybe 4/5 full. By then, it's not completely hot. I really wanted to love it--I love the idea, and only make French press or filter pour-over coffee, but it isn't quite there yet--perhaps it's the angle of the ceramic (I'm using melitta filters) or the size of the holes. If you just want French Press--it would be perfect.
My negative reaction is that I don't feel the French press wand presses enough - it stops before squeezing or pressing the grounds. However, I still use it but wonder what it would be like otherwise.
Somerset County NJ
I purchased this item as a gift for a co-worker's birthday. He loves all things coffee and wanted a pour-over or a French press for his birthday. I knew he wanted both items so I was enthustiac when I discovered this product! The combination of the French press and pour over with the added bonus of the cold brew feature was fantastic. The sleek and modern design is also aesthetically pleasing and fits in perfectly in his brand new kitchen on his coffee bar! He said the craftsmanship is superior to other products he has used and raves about the item constantly, so much so that I have been thinking about getting myself one! And I don't even drink coffee!
I treated myself to this coffeemaker "just because," and I love it! It makes excellent coffee, using both the french press and pour over methods. Although it is more time consuming and laborious compared to traditional, electric coffee pots, the results are well worth it in my opinion. It certainly impresses guests, and would make an excellent gift!
Los Gatos, CA