Rather a pointless system for brewing coffee, when it only provides the first step!
Positive Product Points
As for "Positive Points"....... this machine was inexpensive for what it's supposed to do. Unfortunately, mine didn't last long enough for me to really find out much more than that!
Negative Product Points
Seriously speaking, from my own ideas as to "what a coffeemaker is and what it's supposed to do", this machine is pretty decent for what it was designed for. But, as a "coffeemaker"........ as far as what I think one should do, this machine is pretty well pointless.
For some reason........... that still remains vague to me, I saw this machine and thought at the time "It just might make sense and actually be useful for quickly brewing an average cup of coffee, keeping it ready to drink and with no carafe, and/or, hot plate to deal with!" Well, if there's "at least one lemon" in a production run of anything, I'm usually the one that's going to buy it. Obviously that's due to my Karma, or my Ghia, I'm never sure which. And, when purchasing THIS machine I again, wasn't disappointed.............. it lasted about an hour short of a month before it stopped working all together! I'd put in my grounds, fill the water reservoir, hit the "go" button and it would just sit there, staring at me. Nothing. Nada. End of its lifespan evidently!? However, even when it was in its youth, (of about a week), I came to realize that for the $30.00 I'd spent for this appliance, I would have been far better off to have purchased a Mr.Coffee or like product. Yes, it does brew fairly fast and with a very good soak and even play out to the grounds. But, within a VERY SHORT TIME of ending the brew cycle, ( as in, LESS than 7-8 minutes!), the coffee has already cooled way, way, down to a very noticeable temperature change. Basically and maybe it's just me as usual again and I missed the whole point of why you'd want this coffeemaker to begin with, it is simply a "really quick way to make a pot of coffee, as long as you plan to IMMEDIATELY transfer it to another container to keep it drinkable"! I think the manufacture would have made a more appealing product had they simply added a carafe to the whole thing then made it obvious a to what they were selling.............. "This is a machine to MAKE your coffee and we're also including something to KEEP THAT COFFEE IN when it's done brewing!" For "what it does" and "the taste of the coffee" I suppose this machine does exactly what it was designed to do, (except for me, designed to LAST LONGER would have been a plus!), "make coffee fairly quickly with so-so extraction to equal the taste of canned coffee, Gagbucks coffee, etc. But to buy a machine, that merely "makes" the coffee, when you still have to fool with pouring it up into something else to keep it drinkable, that just seems sort of pointless in the long run.
"Buying Experience"? At COSTCO? Well, I suppose..........just as exciting as it usually is, to shop at a warehouse store!?
Three Month Followup
Well, now at 3 months my opinion hasn't changed and if ANYTHING I've become even MORE NEGATIVE about this "coffee making wonder machine"! Since my initial review, of this product, I've been invited into 2 other homes that have ALSO, either "had" or "still have" this unit and it was interesting to hear that MY opinions on this machine were nearly IDENTICAL to those of the homes I visited! To me, this means obviously................... that my first review of this machine, were evidently somewhat "accurate", all the way around!?