The first one of these I returned because in use coffee shot out of the top of the pot, when following the instructions in the booklet, with the lid open and also with the lid closed Very messy. The handle was not aligned properly, but I did not know this until I received the replacement one.
The replacement was not quite as messy as the first one, if used with the lid shut but as messy if open, it had a better fitting lid and the central tube was slightly different. The funnel and separate filter plate were not as well made as in the previous one. The interior of the replacement pot was much better than the first one. I have returned the replacement for a refund.
The coffee was hot and tasted fine. So one star. Shame it was not only in my mug.
Have bought the Stellar Art Deco 10 cup which is about half the price of the Alessi, it works perfectly and is easier to clean as well.