For some reason I have noted that musicians, but especially bass players, are often very much into coffee. I don't drink as much as I used to, but here in my home office a cup sits on my little electric warmer so I can suck on it into the early afternoon. Anywho, if you could care less, move on, but if you share the same "quality, good-tasting coffee" bug as I, read on. I am no connoisseur, am frugal so you'll find neither my machine or coffee exotic (expensive). My mass-market cheapie was getting scrungy, so I decided to toss it and buy a new one. It's amazing how much you can spend on an essentially simple machine that heats water. Did some research and settled on a relatively inexpensive (due to Internet source) machine that has turned out to be an immediate favorite. The review I found on-line along with some other contenders: Cuisinart Classic Coffee Bar Coffeemaker Cuisinart offers three versions of this model, each with added features to reflect the increased cost. I found I enjoyed these cups of coffee a lot more than most of the others that I had tried. -- Model DCC-100 (10 cup) and Model DCC-240 (12 cup) Cost: $50 and $60 respectively I didn't find the hourglass shape of the cabinet and rounded design of the carafe visually appealing. The cabinet is a bit smaller than other coffeemakers so it may fit more easily on your counter. I liked the sturdy, comfortable feel of the ergonomically designed carafe handle on this and the other Cuisinart models. Cuisinart touts a commercial style coffeemaking system by setting the number of cups needed. Even if you may have mistakenly added too much water, the water is automatically metered into the brew basket by the setting. The control panel is not programmable and offers toggle switches for on/off and 1-4 cup and 5-10 cup brew selections. The carafe lid is designed to capture all the coffee aromas. The filter basket swings out and has a removable liner. All models come in black or white plastic, are top-filling with large, easy-to-read side-view water-level indicators. -- I got the DCC-100 for $30+$6 UPS ground at http://www.brandsmall.com - got here in four business days. The only thing I wish it had is an automatic shut-off, but other than that, it's easy to clean and the coffee is so much better than my other machine. I typically grind the beans once a week, just the plain old Eight O'Clock Columbian. That's what happens when you're alone in a home office all day You have nobody to talk to except on the PC -- yesterday's events brought my phone inquiries and orders almost to a standstill, so it's pretty quiet around here.