We have had several kinds of coffee-makers, and it seems like each kind always has both good features and drawbacks. Right now, we are using one of the Hamilton Beach brewstations, and it seems to be doing a great job. I like it because you don't need a coffee pot. It holds the coffee inside and keeps it at a perfect temperature, and then you just dispense it a cup at a time as you want it. The little viewer in the front shows you how many cups are left in the server container. It also has all of the programmable stuff, so you can wake up to hot coffee; but we don't have any special time that we always get up, and Bobby generally wakes up ahead of me. He is the main coffee drinker in the house, and he makes coffee when he first gets up, and usually has finished off the firt pot by the time that I wake up. I really enjoy flavored coffee some mornings, and I have a small coffee maker that I can use to make a couple cups, which is usually all I drink. I have also used one of the little Melita filters that you put on top of your coffee mug, and then pour boiling water over the grounds and make your coffee that way. It makes excellent coffee and works fine if you only need one cup of coffee.