I live alone and drink on average 1 cup of coffee per day, usually in the mornings. This "5-cup" maker will net about 3 normal sized coffee mugs per pot, which was exactly what I needed. Whether it's just me, or I have company it's always the right amount of coffee. Super easy to use, and the permanent filter is simple to empty, rinse clean, and throw back in. I broke the carafe and will now be purchasing another complete coffeemaker to replace it.