This coffee maker can do more than just brew coffee, it can be used to make iced-tea, apple cider, gourmet beverages, hot chocolate and others. It was designed by Germans and they did a good job, it is reliable and durable. Use it day-in, day-out, all week long with no issues. There is nothing special about the design and mode of operation but it has some features that make it endearing. The water tank and the cup stand is removable, so you don't have water spillage when trying to refill the tank. It has an LED that shows when to descale(clean) the unit and when to refill the tank. You press a button to brew, and the same button can be used to adjust coffee strength. Tassimo has bar-coded catridges that control the brewing so you get very nice coffee. Tassimo uses real milk for cappucinos and lattes and the frothing is just right. The machine permits multiple catridge brewing incase you want to make something assorted. There are limited variety of catridges, if you do not mind limiting yourself to the few available coffee houses, Tassimo is a great choice.