A couple of day ago I knocked over the 'Bodum' and it smashed. I dug out the old aluminum steamer. http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-37377... l had used this old timer twenty+ years ago. I tried it and WOW! what a good cup of coffee. Maybe way back when, when we used to buy Maxwell house in gallon tins the quality of the coffee meant we never had a descent cup. Now we buy small amounts from a local coffee roaster who imports all sorts of beans in small amounts. Is it the coffee or the way it's brewed? Opinions please.