While it does brew a really nice cup (or should I say, pot) of tea (it tastes great) it's really a ridiculous idea just for tea! We bought this for our son and new wife as a house warming gift since they' LOVE tea. We've been over their house numerous times, and when my daughter in law showed us how complicated the tea making process was (and how many parts this little machine has) I was overwhelmed. However, now that she's used to it, they still use it more than once a day and love the taste the tea it makes. Performance It makes a wonderful pot of tea, but it does require putting a lot of parts together, measuring, and knowing what you're doing and using the right amount of loose tea. Safety Hot water is hot water. You can get burned. But if you have things lined up okay, you should be fine. Ease of Cleaning LOTS of parts to clean on this item. A tea press would probably be a bit easier. Durability Is lasting up to two uses per day for more than six months already. Design Silly concept having so many parts just to brew a good cup of tea (which is does). Great idea. Ridiculous design. Good outcome.