IKEA is known for providing affordable design to the masses. Or is that Target? In any case, IKEA appears to be proud of the design that goes its products. Walk into any IKEA and there on the wall you will find enormous portraits of the bespectacled, sweater-clad Swedes responsible for the sleek couches, bookcases, tables, desks, chairs, lighting fixtures, colanders, and egg timers found in each warehouse-store. If the photographs could speak they might say, "That $15 Lerberg shelving unit that you are seeing there? Yes, I produced that in in my office one frigid, overcast day in December over a large glass of Julmust."
This emphasis on design makes it all the more difficult to understand the shoddy performance of my Skaffa vacuum flask, purchased some months ago (for a very reasonable sum). As I see it, a vessel such as this should, at a minimum, fulfill the following functional requirements:
The Skaffa succeeds admirably in the former case, but fails miserably in the latter. The first and second cups pour elegantly from the spout in a compact, reliable stream. But beyond that, getting coffee in your mug, and not on your newspaper, is remarkably challenging. It is as if one has purchased a gag item from a novelty store. "Watch their faces as the coffee splatters unpredictably in all directions!"
As best I can tell, there is a critical parameter involving the angle of inclination needed for the liquid to reach the spout. Beyond that angle the fluid overshoots the spout, hits the bottom of the screw-on cap, and then leaves the Skaffa in what can only be described as a stochastic process. The defect may be intimately related to the shape of the curve forming the inner profile of the thermos, but that is a guess.
If anyone can recommend a better product, available in the United States, I would be most grateful.Posted by cradle at May 9, 2009 4:14 PM