I did a lot of research before deciding on this coffee machine. What I love about it is that you can either use fresh coffee beans, and it does a great job grinding them, or you can use grounds and adjust the settings. Before use I let it run with just water to clean it out. The first batch of coffee I made didn't taste of plastic after this. The machine only makes 2 cups worth, which is perfect for me. If you need more coffee, this machine might not be for you. It is really easy to clean and I set it up in the evening with the timer, so that I wake up to fresh coffee. Would definitely recommend!