No mesh filter - you have to use filter paper - type 4. (I like to use both to get an extra smooth cup) No ability to alter the brew stage strength. Coffee is just a little too much on the strong/bitter side for me. Quite difficult to fill with water if you have cupboards over the coffee machine. Output Coffee just ok - not nice and smooth.
Well the plus points;
HUGE MASSIVE coffee making ability - 12 cups 1.5L. Great for a office. The hot plate does keep it hot enough IMO. Simple operation - also good for an office. With no settings to twiddle - consistant output - also great for an office.