@tartanknickers So the timer base controls a magnet. That magnet is supposed to move a ball valve in place at the bottom of the steeping vessel when engaged, and then release it after a length of time you set to let the brew pour into whatever is below the timer base (apparently sometimes this comes with a pitcher, but mine didn’t and this one doesn’t either). So I just use whatever I’m going to pour the coffee into eventually to pour water over the top of the thing. Well…if the ball valve doesn’t seal (as it is wont to do), weak coffee goes running everywhere. Or if you have it sitting on a separate vessel…you get really shitty see-through coffee. It sucks.
Complete junk. I ordered the coffee version sans carafe. It was shockingly bad quality. If I got (another) one in an IRK I’d throw it out unopened. That’s how horrid they are. The carafe (not included in this set, it seems, but which I got in an IRK after tossing the top part) is great for filling my cat’s fountain.
@mehmoth I had a tea one but the glass decided to commit suicide. I really liked it too. By the time they offered them again, only coffee ones left. I ordered that one but haven’t used it yet. If you still have the tea one, I’ll trade you.
It’s a bit of a gimmick. I just broke my French press AND glass stovetop kettle, so I am forced to use this instead, with similar results. Too much coffee grinds ends up clogging the mesh filter, and you leave some of the coffee behind. The battery compartment, accessible from the bottom, where the vessel it releases coffee into, is very non waterproof, and either from spillage or from the steam, is starting to corrode a bit, and give issues powering on or responding to the button presses. I don’t give it much longer to live, and I’ll be forced to find another coffee apparatus.
@ongware I pulled out the one that didn’t work- the number up button wasn’t responding. Ran it through a one minute cycle and it’s fine now. Still needs a gasket. I wonder of I should put a piece of duct tape on there?