Update- Next Day
This morning the additional timer worked like a charm and my coffee was waiting for me at 7:00am.
Very good coffee. I found the trick is to use way less coffee then you'd normally use. The pressure extraction leaches every
last bit of flavor from the beans.
I used a 2 2 Tablespoon Scoops slightly heaping and filled with 16 ounces of coffee and it came out perfect!
When finished brewing the left over coffee grounds are hard and dry. Absolutely the minimum of moisture is left in the coffee grounds. I've also noticed that
near the end of the brewing process the liquid coming out is clear. This maker really extracts the complete coffee flavor.
I'm a very happy camper.
Just received and ran it through a dry run.
Since there have been some inconsistencies in the reviews, I'm going to clarify a few things.
1. This is definitely a Pressure Brewing System. Not just a drip coffee maker. You can see it forcing the water through the filter during the last 1/4 of the brewing cycle. This is an ingenous take on a traditional Moka style pot .
2. It definitely has a Warmer that stays on for 20 Minutes
3.The approximately 1 1/2 foot cord wraps around the base and can be extended to around 3 feet.
You will not be able to get around the limitation of 20 minutes keep coffee warm.
No it doesn't have a new fangled timer built in, which in my opinion is just something more to break. To get around this I just bought Sunlite 05005-SU T300 7 Day Heavy Duty Digital Timer
timed it to go off at 6:50am Mon - Fri. Hey the advantage is that if the timer breaks then I don't have replace the whole maker. This Krups maker uses a rocker switch that will be compatible with any manual or digital timer.
The Chamber sides etc.. are all Stainless Steel. The only part that is plastic is the brew basket. From a health standpoint most Moka Pots are aluminum and with this Krups model you avoid health negatives of aluminum. I've been going through a cheapy [ARound $40.00-$50.00] pot at the rate of 2 per year. The seals don't hold up. The Krups is an investment but assuming this model has the same longevity as it's precursor then it will provide many years of service. So over the long run it will save money.
In addition: Compared to the average Electric Moka Pot this has a huge capacity.
I used a 1 liter which measures 4.22 Cups] and it filled it to the 7 cup mark it seemed that to fill to the full it was around 1/3 more so I estimate that this pot will accept around 5 1/2 U.S Cups [8 Ounce Cups] and probably with absorption brew around 5 1/4 U.S Cups or 42 Ounces. In my opinion plenty big for 2 people. But maybe not enough for 3-4 people. I'll be operating it at around 1/2 capacity, I'm just looking for a large mug.
That is way more than any other Moka Pot I've seen, but not as big as the larger american pots.
I just made my first Cups of Coffee. I filled to the 7 Cup mark which as mentioned before is a Liter and then
filled the basket to the top with Fine* Ground Decaf Coffee around 6 scoops. [*Ground at Sprouts on fine setting]
Took around 12 minutes to brew. I lost around 1/4 cup to the grounds. Came out way too strong. It's going to take a few more times to dial this in. I think that if I had filled the water to the top that it would have brewed perfectly.
One other thing, I made the coffee at my office and after done put the brew basket on a desk. The brew basket Burned a circle on to the desk. I looked down and the finish was bubbling up. Luckily it's an old desk and no one will care. But you are warned.! Be careful where you lay the brew basket after brewing your coffee. I was tricked because it looked like you had to remove it, but therir is space to pour while the top is on.