The Bodum Bean French Press 10945 is easy to use: pour hot water over the ground coffee beans, let it steep, then push down the plunger-type plate to hold the beans at the bottom, then pour out the coffee. Positives: you can vary the time that your beans are steeping, so you can have strong coffee without using extra beans. You can also vary flavors (I've mixed dark roast and Colombian) that you can't do with pods. Since you grind the beans, this is the freshest coffee and therefore the best taste, in my opinion. It's also relatively inexpensive. Negatives: Time-consuming, therefore not great for morning rush time. I also found that I had to buy another food chopper just for the coffee beans (spice mills are the cheapest) because even after cleaning, the chopper retains a coffee odor and flavor that transfers to any other food you grind in it. The trickiest part of using the Bodum is getting the beans ground to the right size so that they don't slip through the holes when you press the plate down, because the holes are different sizes. The instructions say to grind the beans for about 6 seconds, but every time I've tried that, there are still some smaller pieces that escape from beneath the plate. There is a filter on the top that catches some of them, but I'm still left with a few grounds in my coffee. Overall, the Bodum is worth it if you have the time and like to be able to brew very fresh coffee and whatever strength you like. Design Sleek design, but loses points for the different sizes of holes in the plate that never seem to catch all the coffee grounds.