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Unconventional looks, luxurious design

For  almost $600, the Ratio Eight coffee maker sports premium materials such as nickel, aluminum, glass and wood.

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A ceramic and metal finished surface

The Ratio Eight has a skin of ceramic nickel covering its aluminum body.

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This lid means business

Protecting the water tank opening is a large, heavy metal lid.

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Fill it up with water

Pour the water you'd like to brew with in the Ratio Eight's hand-blown glass water tank.

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A fancy filter for extra cash

Ratio will bundle a custom-made aluminum Kone filter for an extra $60.

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Just one button to press

There's only one button to press to kick off  the Ratio Eight's brewing process.

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Shower with piping hot water

The Ratio Eight has the power to heat water to ideal brewing temperatures.

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Bloom comes before the full brew

The first step in the Ratio Eight's brewing cycle is the bloom mode when the grounds are saturated with hot water.

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Opening up the tap in earnest

Once the bloom is complete the Ratio Eight drips hot water at a fast pace during the full brew mode.

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Lovely to watch in action

Thanks to the Ratio Eight's transparent hand-blown carafe you get to see all your lovely java come to life.

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Lights up when it's ready

A white "ready" light switches on when your brew is done.

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The time has come to pour

Since the contents of the fancy glass carafe cools quickly you'd better drink up right away.

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Taste, drink, and repeat

I can vouch that the Ratio Eight consistently made excellently brewed coffee.

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