We had an old Cuisinart K-cup machine several years ago. Worked flawlessly and felt like a tank compared to the Keurig brand machines -- and most importantly, the coffee tasted wonderful. After 5 years of great performance, and probably our neglect of descaling it as much as we should have, the machine didn't pump the coffee out very well. So, we began the journey of selecting a new machine. We did miss making full pots of coffee, and at the time, Cuisinart didn't offer a duo machine such as this one, so we first bought a Keurig brand machine that made both pots and singles. No matter what we did, the coffee tasted like plastic. So, we returned and tried another brand which made both pots and single Kcups. We were fairly happy with it, but it broke after a year, and it was replaced by the company. After several months, the replacement broke again and they wouldn't replace, so we decided to look for the same Cuisinart machine we had before (and not make full pots). Well, we found this machine that makes both singles and full pots and we are more than thrilled! No plastic taste at all, FAST K-cup brewing (faster than any other machine we have had), solid performance drip brewing (as with all Cuisinart drip-brewers), solid construction, and a space saver as well! On the K-cup side, the distance between where the coffee pumps out to the mug is long, therefore the only thing I would add is to include an optional adapter for the K-cup side that allows the coffee mug to sit higher toward where the coffee pumps out. This will prevent the coffee from splattering on the machine and counter when using a standard coffee mug or smaller coffee cups. We use a square plastic container to prop the mug higher, but something that fits the machine would look nicer. Other than that, this machine is better than anything out there, and well worth the slightly higher price.