The bloom stage is something baristas like to see. It happens in the intitial pouring of water over the grounds – just enough – to allow that special “thing” to happen.
If you are into that sort of thing, Oxo has a coffee drinder(brewer for you! Wired gives a review.
Two main complaints – it is a big machine on your counter, and it makes relatively small cups (around half of a mug). That may be a deal breaker for power drinkers.