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Topic: more on automatic drip (2 msgs / 45 lines)
1) From: MS
I know there was a recent discussion of automatic drip machines and i did go back and look through the archives.  At the time of the discussion i did not need one and in fact was beginning to use a French Press and I didn't follow the thread very carefully.  But I still use the automatic drip most days; I still find it the easiest thing (short of instant coffee, which I have not had for many years), and now my old one is beginning to die (slowing down; water is not hot enough... or maybe this new interest in coffee is just making me more sensitive :) ).  I have gone back and read the archives and have taken a look at coffeegeek.com.  It seems to me that the best deal is the Melitta Clarity (assuming I can get it programmable and a 12 cup maker).  The other ones that came up most frequently in the discussion seemed to be the Cuisinart, though the version with the grinder is out of the running.  The Tehcniv... (I can't remember the name... the one that is hand made in Holland d
 id not
 seem worth the money, if I read the Coffeegeek review correctly).  Somehow, I got it into my mind that the Krupps Thermal Electric was also of interest; but the first choice based on value and quality seems to be the Melitta Clarity. 
But when I look up Melita Coffee makers on line all I see is Melitta.  Some of the online descriptions reference Salton.  Is this the Melitta Clarity that was mentioned during this list's discussion?  Also, Melitta makes a thermal maker also.  While I know that many people do not like the thermal units for fear that they will bake the coffee, is there any opinion on the Melitta thermal; is it any better? Mostly, though, I would like to know exactly which Melitta is the "Clarity".
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2) From: Gary Townsend
Salton makes the Clarity, it's badged under the Melitta Name, I
contacted Melitta Customer Service, they no longer list or carry it.
Maybe Salton still produces it.
However it's not programmable, or 12 cup. it's a 10 cup and it's an
on/off deal. Even I can manage that one at 6 am. Grind immediately
before brewing for best results.
The Technovorm is solid and built like a WWII tank, it appears that it
will last a very long time. Quality. The Clarity is lower grade
plastic, and I don't expect it to last me a lifetime...just long
enough for me to afford a Technovorm...
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