I really love this coffee maker. Not only is it SO easy to set up the coffee maker to have fresh coffee made when you wake up, it keeps the made coffee tasting so fresh. As the only coffee drinker in the house, I rarely use the grind feature (unless I buy a bag of wonderful flavored coffee beans like I do on occassion) but I do love how easy it is to make the coffee and how quickly it gets made (the machine beeps quietly when coffee is ready). This coffee maker is really idiot proof...if you don't fully close teh top, if the baske tisn't set right, things like that trigger a quiet "beeping" alarm and the coffee doesn't begin brewing until the problem gets corrected. It holds enough water for 12 cups of coffee and the thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot, without scorching, for quite a bit of time. Overall, a rally great little machine!