Coffee should never be made in a pot that sits on a hot plate. This coffee pot brews coffee into a thermal carafe that really keeps the coffee hot. I wake up about an hour and a half before my husband and his coffee is still piping hot from when I brewed it in the morning. Zojirushi has been making thermal carafes and food storage in Japan for decades so they know how to keep coffee hot! Plus, it's all stainless, not glass (some fancy thermal pot coffee makers have glass liners), so you don't have to worry about the carafe breaking. Brew Performance Brews quickly and deliciously. Ease of Cleaning While everything does come apart easily, the carafe opening is narrow and hard to fit a hand into to clean the inside with a sponge. Ease of Use Set it and forget it. Design Very well designed carafe but hot water does run through cold water reservoir in a tube that is not super insulated so that can affect resulting taste of brew if you stick in ice cold water. I prefer it using ice cold water (which cools tube slightly when boiling water is piping through) but some reviews have stated they don't like the taste. Durability I've had mine for over two years and it's still kicking strong brew out.