Every six months or so, I break the glass carafe that goes with my coffee maker. I've done it with a Melitta model and a Capresso. Most recently, the casualty was my Kitchenaid carafe. I was washing it in the late night/early morning, when I should have been in bed, and it slipped.
A trip to the retailer where I bought the coffee maker was futile. The clerks said they hadn't gotten a shipment from Kitchenaid in ages and gave me a number to call. When I contacted the manufacturer, I was told it is discontinuing the four-cup model. One cannot live in the Pacific Northwest without imbibing, particularly in fall and winter. (Why do you think Starbucks started here?) This was indeed a crisis.
In the process of finding a new coffee maker, I learned a thing or two about the industry. The availability of small coffee makers, hard to find to for some time, is getting worse. All three of my former choices in manufacturers have now abandoned those of us who are not seeking maximum caffeine coverage. My habit is to drink a couple cups at home and supplement them with a tall, skinny double latte at Starbucks later in the day.
The new status quo does have some good news, though. My affinity for breaking carafes may have been remedied. Newer models feature stainless steel 'pots' that can be dented at most. They come in two types. There is just plain stainless steel, which gets pretty warm on the outside and does not particularly keep the coffee hot. Alternatively, one can purchase thermal stainless steel, which is cooler to the touch and maintains the coffee's just brewed temperature.