I've used various models for several years. One had a spring-loaded plug at the bottom of the basket, designed to close if you pulled out the carafe to steal a cup before brewing was finished, but on more than one occasion, it never opened during brewing, causing the entire batch to fill up and overflow the basket, getting grounds and coffee all over the counter, down the sides of the cabinet and onto the floor. So, I never bought one like that again until last year. I was using a Proctor-Silex and broke the carafe, so I went to a few stores to look for a new carafe and couldn't find one. I went to one of the Dollar stores and the had a Continental Electric drip coffee maker (cheap - make in China) for $15, about the price I was expecting to pay for the carafe only. It has plug in the bottom, which works flawlessly and came with a fine screen basket, which I've never had. I didn't use it, going with the paper filters and a fine grind from my burr grinder instead. About a month ago, I watched an old Alton Brown "Good Eats" show about making coffee and it got me rethinking my technique. First, I fill the carafe with water for the amount I need. Then I almost fill the basket with water from the carafe and pour that water into the coffee maker, reserving the rest of the water in the carafe. I switched to a very coarse grind and put it in the screen, place the screen in the basket and turn on the coffee make, with no carafe in place. When that water is gone and the coffee maker starts the gurgling sound, I turn off the coffee maker for about a minute. Then, I add the rest of the water from the carafe, place the carafe under the basket to allow the coffee to drain and turn the coffee maker back on to finish brewing. This soaking in the screen basket with coarse grind is almost like using the French press. While there are a few fine grounds that get through, the coffee made like this is superior to what I had been making using fine grind and paper filters.
Chico - Hey! This Bottle is empty!
Groucho - That's because it's dry Champagne.