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on February 10, 2014
I'd gone through three Black & Decker under-cabinet mounts in about 25 years. When the last one broke, I found they are no longer made, and searching for anything that fills from the front brought me to DeLonghi. I cannot move the maker to fill it because it sits on a shelf that is only 12 inches deep. I've used it now for several days and am quite pleased (though I'd still prefer an under-cabinet mount). It's easy to fill. I do not use the gold basket; I still prefer paper filters and they work fine in this unit. Some folks have written that they have problems with leaks and spills, not me. That sort of thing usually happens with any coffee maker when you're not careful to place the carafe in the proper position. Others complained the coffee wasn't hot enough but, since I like mine black, I always have to wait for it to cool a bit; it was plenty hot.
Everything was fine and then I decided to try the Aroma button. Ah!, this is coffee! It DOES make a better cup of coffee. I would not say it is stronger; it just has fuller body. It makes the coffee more velvety, nullifying some of the acidity. The book suggests using better grades of coffee but I find this improves the grade of whatever brand you use. I do not know if it takes longer to brew because I start the coffee and then take my shower and it's ready when I come back to the kitchen.
And, the price was right!
PS -- My sister hates the taste of F**g**s coffee. I served her F**g**s made with the aroma button and she asked what brand I'd used because it was so smooth! So it is true, it makes better coffee.