Because this coffeemaker doesn't use a hotplate to heat the carafe, the coffee is never hot to begin with. The instructions tell you, instead, to fill the carafe with hot water first and let it warm up for 5 minutes. Then you will have a warm carafe to receive the hot brewed coffee and it supposedly stays warm because it's a thermal steel carafe. I tried this, and even though the coffee is a little warmer, it's still not hot as you would expect. There's no way anyone would go through the trouble of warming a carafe with hot water. I just wanted my coffee. This was disappointing as I was really looking forward to having a stainless steel coffeemaker. It functioned properly well but that's about it.