I started using the pod coffee makers because I hated the mess of cleaning regular coffee makers, I would leave half a pot to waste, and when you are in a hurry sometimes making coffee is a pain. I bought a Bunn My Cafe, which I am pretty happy with, but sometimes if you do not put the pod on the right side it makes a complete mess. Now the big thing with the Java one pods that makes it different is that on one side it says "This side down" and believe it or not there is a big difference. This one little feature makes it so much better than some of the other pods that I have used. The water flows through a coffee pod one way when it is laid on its side, and if you do not have it in the machine the correct way it can make a mess, the pod backs up the water and there is a BIG mess. The flavor is good but the reason it is 5 stars is because of the "This side down" feature.