I was not a huge fan of this, I too received it as a gift and after one try I returned it.
I received this coffee maker as a gift and it has not disappointed me yet. This machine grinds whole beans and then brews them for you with the push of a button. It then keeps your coffee hot in a very well crafted thermal carafe. It comes with a water filter and is programmable so it can be ready for you when you wake up. You also have the option of turning the grinder off and using preground coffee. If I had to list complaints it would be that the stainless is hard to keep clean and the grind function is loud. Frankly, I could care less about the noise when I get freshly ground and brewed coffee.
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