Mike - I have to disagree with you about Bunn's reputation. I've been a tech for years and I hate working on Bunn equipment. I think it's poorly made, the electronics are poorly protected, and oftentimes the unit is simply poorly thought out. Like a french press grinder that won't do a grind any courser than drip or an under powered grinder motor fitted with an un-resetable thermal breaker. Or coffee brewer thermostats that won't go any higher than 195. Or coffee/tea brewers with no safety circuit that will turn the heaters on as soon as the unit is plugged in. The list is endless. I will agree that Bunn equipment is cheaper.
The other question you have to ask yourself is how much better will a unit like this(or even a Clover) be than a Clever Dripper or a Harrio cone station. It looks like the units will sell for $2800. Will they really be $2780 better/faster/easier than a Mellita? The chemistry of coffee is what it is. It takes four minutes to properly extract the grounds when the water isn't under pressure. I'm not sure the minimal vacuum the Trifecta uses counts and it sounds like the cycle time is only 1:30. I bet it's leaving a lot of the good stuff untouched. And for practicality just imagine you have a line out the door in the morning and everybody wants espresso or coffee. How fast are you going to move that line by brewing one cup at a time? That's really the same issue that sank Clover. You can't run a busy morning coffee business one cup at a time. Especially when it will require some baby sitting by one of your employees. That's either one more person you have to staff just to run that machine or one more process that your already busy morning crew has to absorb. Clover isn't working at Starbucks for just that reason.
It does have glowing blue lights. I'll give it that. But since it is made by Bunn I'm sure the transformer has been placed where water can get to it so the blue lights will short out in the first month of use.
I bet it turns out to be a gadgety gadget thing with burbally bubbles and flashing lights and actually doesn't add anything to the art, science or business of brewing coffee.
...Those questions have been popping into my head a LOT since getting my hands on this machine. Mostly because of the completely unfounded (read: inexperienced) bashing this machine is getting. I get it, I'm a fairly cynical guy myself. Funny little creatures we humans are.
I'm no tech, but I have spent a fair amount of time around all different kinds of coffee equipment. Never had issues that stemmed from faulty manufacturing, poor design, or anything of the like with Bunn equipment...
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