Spent a lot of time researching for the perfect coffee machine. Didnt want all the mess with an espresso machine and not a fan of the nespresso pod type things. This is perfect as you can choose the strength etc and it has 2 separate 'containers' so I can have Decaff in one and Normal in the other. It does require some regular maintenance such as emptying the drip tray etc as it periodically cleans itself. Also reminds you to descale it etc which I would recommend doing (and to get the correct cleaning tablets etc) Worth every penny.