This is something I probably would never buy, but I was given one so I'm trying it out. I have used one a lot at work with the little pods but I doubt that I will use those because they are expensive and I'm a tightwad. I have a reusable pod that I can put my own coffee in and that works pretty well except for cleaning it out after each use. I'm thinking of getting a carafe so that I can make more than 12 ounces at a time. So does any one have any tips or tricks on the use and maintenance of one of these rigs?