I am thrilled with this purchase! I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, and like having a cup or two throughout the day. I can brew 12 cups in the morning and the carafe keeps it warm well into the afternoon. Add in the options for how many cups and how strong you want it, and you can't go wrong with this coffee maker. Plus, it stores a goodly amount of beans so that it's one less step with every pot! I, too, had the predecessor to this new model, and it lasted a good 3 years before I broke a piece off the grinder while trying to clean it :( But had I known how well this new one performs, I would have retired the old one for back-up and ordered this one much sooner!