You will never go back to your mediocre drip coffee maker after having a cup of coffee from a French press. By not using a paper filter you get all the good quality oils that are otherwise absorbed. The press also requires coarse grounds which give you better aroma and flavor. I love this travel size press. It is double walled and keeps coffee hot. Also, by using hot water from a kettle, your coffee is automatically much hotter than from your ordinary coffee maker. The virtually unbreakable 14 oz carafe travels well and fits in your cupholder. Mine goes wherever I go. This is a cheap model and I am sure there are better ones out there. But for good coffee in the middle of nowhere (or where electricity is scarce) you don't want to leave home without it.