Latherman87; It's been a couple of months now, how's it going? With a nickname like mine, I just had to weigh in here. There are two kinds of folks that consider themselves "Serious Coffee Drinkers". The first is the modern, classy, what-they-want-is-so-specific-it-takes-three-minutes-to-order-a-cup type that have a cup or two a day. The second is the couple of pots a day drink-it-black-because-it-would-take-up-too-much-of-my-day-to-stir-it type. Consider which type you are talking to, and guage their advice accordingly. I, for instance, am one of the latter. When my wife (one of the former) drags me into Starbucks, I stare at the menu and ask if they have any, like, you know, coffee? When you go through as much of it as I do, $4 is a ridiculous amount to pay for a cup, but I do enjoy it once in a while. I've discovered their "Italian Roast" is pretty good. Anyway, for most people "starting out", it seems to be more about what is added to it, than it is about the coffee itself. For instance: My wife was never much of a coffee drinker. When she "needed" a cup, she took it with sweetener, and milk or liquid creamer, whatever was available. She didn't even know what she took in it, I always made it for her. Then one day at a diner there was half&half on the counter so I made it with that. A new day dawned. I think she had 4 cups with breakfast that morning. When it comes time to buy the hardware to make it at home, again identify the type of coffee drinker you're talking to when listening to advice. I have a brother that drinks a couple of cups a day. He swears by his Keurig one-cup-at-a-time rig. It makes great coffee. It would cost me about $40 a day to own one. So consider the source!