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    • Nice machine! I didn't start with coffee until well into my 40's. I somehow survived a military career not smoking, drinking alcohol nor coffee. That changed when I moved to Savannah in the mid-2000's. I discovered craft beer...imagine that! Beer, with taste! It was then I discovered coffee made with good beans and in a way that enhanced the flavor. Growing up, my parents had the ubiquitous drip maker with mass market ground coffee which they further watered down (to drink more!). These days I liken the percolator and drip machines using mass market ground coffee akin to pulling used grounds from the trash and using a dirty sock as a filter (I'm kidding!). I'm not a coffee snob, really, I'm not. I just appreciate the subtlety of a good product prepared properly. Once, I bought my now departed old man some Starbucks brew; he declared it was the worst coffee he'd ever had! As it turns out, he much preferred the neutral tasting and weakly concentrated coffee I remembered from my youth. I reckon it's true, there's no accounting for (individual) tastes. My go-to setup is the Moka that is standard here in Italy in every household. The Aeropress and French Press get the duty when I have some really good beans. Luckily, just about every place of business here has a good machine and a supply of decent beans. Nirvana!