Coffee brews at hot temperatures, even when you use the slower brew function of "bold" that allows the water to flow through the coffee grinds at a slower rate. The coffee stays hot even on the medium setting for the hot plate beneath the carafe. Also love the audible beeps for brewing cycle completing and later for warming plate auto-shutoff. The brewing machine isn't too big which is important with limited counter-space. This was the first time I've ever purchased a refurbished item and I'm very happy with the purchase!