I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my countertops.. My husband and I were building our dream Log home. I went with the "black opal" from www.Getcookinginc.com
You do not use grout, but comes with a smooth caulk that is put into a microbevel. The tiles go from front to back of the countertop, and but completely together. I cannot tell you how happy I am with them. I have "sold" many who have come to tour the house and they have installed the product also. The folks at the company were very helpful, and even gave me a cell phone number to call for questions If I needed it. I was intimidated at first, but when i really pulled it out of the box and started it went so smoothly. The easiest tile i have ever installed, and I have installed plenty, just not on a countertop. I sent them a template of my sink and they cut the holes for the undermount sink and the faucets. I will always no matter where I live install this product.. It is a fabulous price and looks and feels sooo good. I used the slate edge trim package. It will take the heat and does not scratch. I use comet on them for a good cleaning once in a while. I give this product a triple A+. I installed ours in 2006 and now it is 2012. order the sample if your not sure.