This press pot delivers a fantastic coffee drink possibly perfect and not bitter if done right with good beans, that is how coffee should be, but can be improved, though not much in cup quality. If possible try to buy the swiss gold filter for easy clean, though haven't found one, or a nylon for less sludge, even if you have a burr grinder, they are like 2 bucks for nylon things. If your clumsy you'll find a way to break it, or maybe some one else will. If you want to save even more money buy the Brazil model, not as nice but cheaper, or if you want maybe the Columbian to keep a constant temperature and less need to warm pot before brewing for best result. Mine can with a cool timer at 4 minutes that clips on. Try finding the optimal brew time with temperature combination, and brew somewhere around 200 +or- 5 degrees, my favorite is 201. Can be a hassle to clean but worth taste.if you don't have a thermometer a good way to reach a nice temperature is to put 3/4 water in the pot a boiling, let it sit for 30-60 secs, pour it back in with the rest of water, and the water should around a good temperature to brew, that way you have a warmed pot and correct water. I also stir at the beginning, at 1 minute and 2.5 minutes in to the brew for better extraction. Almost always delicious even if done wrong.
Don't let the coffee sit in the pot after its pressed or it will go bad quickly from over extraction, just pour it in a thermos or in a mug. Don't plunge too hard 20-330 seconds, and when making coffee and angle spout away from you and closed, but do it straight. Don't drink the last drop unless you like gritty coffee. If too gritty try a courser grind, always courser than drip, and adjust brew time, courser longer, finer less, just keep one reaching for the perfect cup, it will come. Don't use super fresh coffee or you might have too much foam during brewing, which could spill or not brew enough or correctly, plus 1-3 day old coffee taste better.
Loose leaf tea is delicious and allows you to reach correct temperature and time as well, and frothing, just put warm milk and plunge up and down a bit. Can also be taken for travel, unlike other coffee making devices just add hot water with coffee.
In all a recommended buy unless you want either the Brazil, cheaper, or Columbian model, warms coffee, or a different looking model for a more hipper look. All negatives are minor. Also comes in a variety of sized from 48 oz to 12 oz and almost anywhere in between. If you don't have a press pot buy one, it taste better than manual drips, vacuum pots and electric drips, though the first ones are good, a press pot is slightly better tasting than the best of all 3, and more flexible, and can be as simple as boil water, grind coffee and put in pot, pour water and stir, wait four minutes and serve, still delicious.