The best coffee maker I have ever used would be the French press. I get perfect coffee, just to my liking with ever pot. This is the most reliable way to make fresh coffee.
There are no mechanical parts to break or wear out and does not require electricity. Clean up is as simple as rinsing out. For me, used grounds go to the compost bin. The French press does not take up valuable counter space and stores conveniently in the cupboard. I can make coffee as strong or as weak as I like by adjusting the amount of fresh ground beans I use.
Coffee is made by placing fresh ground beans into the press. Boiling water is then poured over the beans. I set the plunger loosely on top of the water and let it seep for a few minutes. After the coffee has "brewed" I slowly press the plunger down extracting the flavor from the beans. The coffee can be poured straight from the press or transfered to a carafe.French presses are available at almost all department stores and also specialty shops or the larger chain coffee shops.
I haver been using one for nearly 20 years and I won't go back to a drip maker again.