When lid is opened, anyway.
I bought this for $4 at a hotel furniture liquidator across the street from my office. I rarely need to make more than one or two cups so it works out great. I bought it despite the fact that my friend Hope told me that her fellow flight attendants wash their pantyhose in these things when staying at motels. Hopefully in the carafe part, but I still don't get it - like, the boiling water cleans them? I don't care, a bargain's a bargain.