The object of my desire is at Sears for less than $50. It only makes 8 cups, not that I ever make more than 3 on average unless we have house guests, that means you Mom. The stainless steel (thermal is the word the manufacturer uses) carafe is what sealed the deal for me, and of course programmable, it has to be programmable, I'm a geek.
I've actually done pretty well this week considering I go two and a half hours before my first espresso at work, ok double espresso at work. Not too cranky, not too sleepy during the bus ride in, at least I think I'm not, you'd have to ask other passengers to make sure.