Once you begin using the goodness that is a french press, you will not be able to go back to a traditional coffee maker. The great thing about the press is that it allows the coffee to stay submerged in the water allowing the full flavor to come our. The metal press allows the oils to remain in the coffee verses a paper coffee filter. If you don't have a coffee grinder, don't worry. You can use also use ground coffee. If you are in the market for one, check out Bed Bath & Beyond or etsy which is where I purchased my vintage one. I hope this helps you get started!