I'm an occasional coffee drinker. I go in spurts where I drink it more often, but in general, it's a once in awhile treat. DH drinks it even more rarely than I do. So I had an ongoing frustration with my drip coffee maker. On the one hand, if I tucked it away in a cupboard (or the basement shelving, since my kitchen cupboards tend to not have room for the "once in awhile appliances") then even if I wanted coffee, I tended to not want to have to mess w/ getting the coffee maker out (yes, I'm lazy). On the other hand, it annoyed me to have something I used only occasionally taking up space on my counter.
So last year I noticed that someone who orders co-op items through me, had ordered a French Press. I liked that it's all glass & metal (not plastic), and that it's compact. I did abit more research & decided to try one. I LOVE it!!! Since I generally only make one cup of coffee at a time anyway, I got a small french press. it doesn't take up any more room than a mug, in my cupboard. I did find that it works better w/ a more course grind of coffee, so I have a small coffee grinder as well (& buy whole coffee beans), but even so, both the grinder & the french press fit easily in my "tea & coffee cupboard", they're easy to pull out when I want coffee, and they're out of my way the rest of the time. And, the coffee is YUMMY!!!
And that's what works for me.