We buy Starbucks ground coffee and like our morning coffee much stronger than average. When I was researching coffee makers I kept looking for reviews that told me if it made good strong coffee, but could't find hardly any that covered that aspect. Many say it makes "good" coffee, but that is a very broad interpretation since everyone has their own preferences on coffee strength (or weakness). So I am offering my two cents here.
When our last coffeemaker was retired, we used the manual cone filter method (pour boiling water over coffee grounds in a paper filter in a cone which drips into a pot). This makes really full-flavored rich coffee, but is a bit time consuming, and the coffee doesn't stay hot once its made. So we decided to get a coffee maker that mimicked the paper cone drip method but would heat the water for you, and keep it hot. (This Zojirushi model was #2 on my list, but #1 was twice the price!) It makes coffee darn near as strong as the manual method, VERY good flavor, and the carafe keeps it piping hot for hours. No problems with turning the lid - just don't put it on really tight. I draw filtered water into the carafe the night before and let it sit on the counter so the water will be closer to room temp.
I ordered it about a week before Christmas, but it was not a present, so we didn't need it or expect it by Christmas day; but it got here just 2 or 3 days after I placed the order! A pleasant surprise from cooking.com. Very happy with this Zojirushi so far.