(2006? but still relevant--check out recent reviews) I saw this thing over at a friend's house and fell in love. It was pretty and it made fresh-ground coffee on a timer--you could wake up to (in theory, anyway) a house filled with the aroma of fresh-ground, fresh-brewed coffee. Instead, if I had the temerity to set the damned timer, I would wake up to a floorful and counterful of fresh-ground, fresh-brewed coffee and the smell of searing coffee on a wet warmer plate. Yum.
Apparently some of them do work the way they are intended. Mine does not. Almost immediately after buying the machine, I filled out the complaint form online and sent it in. That was probably a month ago at least. No response. I just did it again today, and have decided to put the whole story here and complain to them daily until they DO respond (or for 11 or 12 days, anyway). If I can't have satisfaction with the machine itself, I am at least going to get a Saint Report out of this.
Eventually, I did hear from them and received a new carafe lid which has solved the problem for the time being. I have decided, however, that if this thing dies one way or another a year from now, I'm just tossing it into the dump. Here are more reviews by disgruntleds online:
Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Codratus and Companions, Saint Marcarius of Jerusalem, Saint Simplicius, Saint Kessog, Saint Anastasia Patrician, Saint Droctoveus or Drotte, Saint Attalas, Saint Himelin, and Saint John Ogilvie.
Celebrating birthdays today are (among millions of others) Bob Greene (1947, Columbus, OH) and Sharon Stone (1958, Meadville, PA).
I like Sharon Stone because of the story of how her husband had his toe mauled by a giant monitor lizard (Komodo Dragon) at the Los Angeles Zoo. They aren't married anymore, incidentally. It is a classic story of a good deed gone bad.