Coffee is a big deal with me. I even roast my own coffee beans, and take great care to brew coffee to bring out it's best qualities. This Cuisinart is hands-down the best automated coffee maker I have found, and short of the more labor-intensive Chemex (and other pour methods) produces the best, most reliable cup of coffee. If mine ever wears out, I will buy another Brew Performance Produces an excellent cup of coffee dependably. I am speaking as a coffee geek, who purchases roasts green coffee beans, and roasts them myself. Ease of Cleaning Humidity gets into the coffee grinding area, making this a little cumbersome to clean. Using a soft-bristle brush makes this much easier to accomplish. Ease of Use Couldn't be easier: add whole beans, water, hit button, come back in 10 minutes, pour a cup of delicious coffee. The thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for at least four hours Design One limitation - minimum brew is four cups. Not a problem for me. Durability I have had this coffee maker for almost 10 years. and it has performed flawlessly - if it ever wears out, I will not hesitate to buy another.