We bought this to replace an old Melitta Grind & Brew that we loved, but was starting to show its age. We decieded to take a risk and try this Cuisinart unit and so far we are very very happy. We have been using it now everyday for over a month and every cup is as good as the first. The thermal pot is an added bonus, keeping the coffe hot for hours without burning or degrading its taste. Cleaning and maintenance are easy and reasonable. Looks like this will be our favorite morning friend for years to come.