Being disappointed so many times in the past with weak brews from run-of-the-mill coffee makers, I did my research and finally settled on a super-automatic Expresso Machine, the Gaggia Accademia. After 4 months usage I've never been so completely satisfied with a coffee maker. Don't let the word 'Expresso' fool you as with just a push of a button this machine does it all with several variety of brews, and the result of each brew being constantly perfect. The aromas, flavors, and a consistently hot brew each time exceeded my expectations. Fully automatic means just that: this machine tells you when it needs to be clean (just push the 'Clean' button), when the water tank needs to be filled, when the whole beans tray is low etc. Finally, not only does it grind whole beans, but also has a pre-ground coffee bean chute as well. This machine does it all. I'm so happy I made this investment. Love it!