USE THE PAPER FILTER, not the brass basket. The coffee will be stronger and tastier. There are two downsides to this coffee maker, though on the whole it makes some darn good coffee. First downside is cleaning it. It must be thoroughly cleaned every single time and you must completely dry the grinder before use, requiring more work than I desire. Secondly, the coffee was tasteless and watery when using the brass screen basket (included) versus the PAPER BASKET WHICH DELIVERED A GREAT TASTING CUP OF COFFEE. If I hadn't tried the paper filter, I would've returned the coffee-maker.