Café Invento, EB104
(Oude Tonge, Zuid-holland, NL)
Some two years ago I bought the Inventum Café Invento, type HK1, model EB 104. It was then a new model. Although I had to bring it back to the store once, while I just had it, (the lit got stuck, never happened again) it has proven to be a fine coffee maker.
The design is not just modern, stainless steel and rounded, it is also clever and functional. The steel has a special coating that makes it very easy to clean. Dirt seems to have no grip on it, it shows no finger prints. The water reservoir is quite large so you won't have to refill it every few cups.
It takes the usual coffee pads, it doesn't need it's own special type. You can also use tea pads, but I never tried that.
The strength of the coffee can be adjusted by a slide button on the front. This regulates the amount of water used. There are also button for on/off, making one cup and making two cups of coffee. When making two cups, you can just fit two coffee pads in the holder instead of one.
The only complaint I have about this apparatus, is that when you use the 'two cup button' a little less water is used, compared to two separate cups. This can be adjusted with the slide button though.
It has a 1500 Watt heating element which explains why it never takes long to make coffee. If you leave it on, unused, it automaticly switches off after some time. The water reservoir can be taken out to fill under the tab. It fits securely and easily back in the Invento, gives a sturdy feeling.
The Invento is extremely very expensive, yet looks very luxurious in our kitchen. It blends well in against the stainless steel on the wall. It is also available in black and more chroom kind of look.
Verdict: I would definitely buy this one again.