Grind And Brew Coffee Makers
Choosing a Coffee Maker with Built-in Grinder
Programmable grind and brew coffee makers are absolutely great for those of us who love to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. They combine rich and tasty brew with great convenience.
It is well known that grinding the coffee beans just before brewing is the key to making delicious coffee. However, not all of us have the time and patience to place the beans into a coffee grinder, wait until they are ground, transfer them into a coffee maker and then wait until the brewing is done. And that is exactly the reason why grind and brew coffee makers are becoming so popular these days.
Now let us have a look at several popular grind and brew coffee makers. The major brands are Cuisinart, Capresso, Krups and Saeco.
We start with Cuisinart, because it is the most popular brand when it comes to bean to cup coffee makers. There are actually many different models around.
First of all, we have the Cuisinart DGB-625BC. It has a glass carafe and a warming plate. This the best selling coffee maker with grinder. It is also considerably cheaper than other models that I will talk about and it has very good customer reviews. If you like to drink your coffee immediately after it is made, then DGB-625BC may well be your best choice.
If you want to pre-program the coffee maker to get the coffee ready before you get up, it may be better to get a model with a thermal carafe. Leaving brewed coffee on the warming plate for a prolonged period of time is going to impact the flavor and that simply seems to defeat the purpose of having a grind and brew coffee maker in the first place. The thermal coffee makers are a bit more expensive, but well worth the price difference.
If you have a look at Amazon's list of bestsellers, you will see that the most popular model with a thermal carafe is the Cuisinart DGB-900BC, followed closely by Cuisinart DGB-650BC and Cuisinart DGB-600BC.
All these Cuisinart grind and brew coffee makers are fully programmable and they have a number of useful features: the grind-off option allows you to use pre-ground coffee, the 4-cup setting allows you to brew small amounts of coffee and with the brew-pause feature you can have a cup of coffee before the brewing is finished. All these coffee makers also come with a gold-tone permanent filter (flat-based) and a charcoal water filter.
The next manufacturer we will talk about is Capresso. Capresso coffee makers are known for making excellent coffee and they are one of a few brands that brew coffee at just the right temperature - around 200°F . Their grind and brew coffee makers are called quite appropriately: CoffeeTeam.
Again there are two different models, one with a glass carafe, Capresso CoffeeTeam GS, and another one with a thermal carafe, Capresso CoffeeTeam TS. They both come with a built-in conical burr grinder and 10-cup capacity. The grinder on these machines has 5 different settings for the coarseness of the grind. If you like stronger coffee set the grind to fine and, similarly, if you prefer weaker cup set the grind to coarse. There is also another feature that allows you to select the required strength of your coffee: mild, medium or strong. In addition, you can also program 5 different brew amounts ranging from 2 to 10 cups. As you can see, this coffee maker gives you a lot of flexibility. Other features include the grind-off option, water filter, flat-based gold-tone filter, drip stop and stop-and-serve.A note about the filter basket: People sometimes ask if the CoffeeTeam's filter basket is conical or flat based. The latest models - namely CoffeeTeam GS and CoffeeTeam TS have a flat based filter. However, some of the older models, such as CoffeeTeam Therm, had a conical filter.
As you can see, the Capresso coffee makers give you a lot of control about the way you make your coffee. They are in general more expensive than the Cuisinart coffee makers, but they do make excellent coffee.
The Krups KM7000 is a fully programmable 10-cup coffee maker with glass carafe. The feature list is quite similar to the Capresso coffee makers. There is a 5 different grind levels as well as a 3 settings for coffee strength. You can also choose how much coffee you want to brew (10, 8, 6, 4 or 2 cups). There is a water filter, pause-and-serve function, and automatic shut-off.
A great thing about the coffee maker is that it uses a conical filter basket. In fact, it is the only coffee maker on this page that does so - a big plus for that. However, if you read through the customer reviews you will see that a number of reviewers raise concerns about the reliability of the unit.
Saeco Bean to Brew
The latest addition to bean to cup coffee makers come from Saeco, a company well known for making great bean to cup espresso machines. Saeco bean to cup coffee makers come again in two versions, one with a glass carafe - Saeco Bean To Brew, and another second one with a thermal carafe - Saeco Bean To Brew Thermal.
These units come with sturdy conical burr grinder that has 8 different grind settings. There is also aroma selector that can be set to strong, medium or mild. You can also choose how much coffee you want to brew, so overall, you have got a lot of control over the taste of your coffee. You can also use pre-ground coffee if you need. The coffee makers are fully programmable.
One great feature on these units is the steam vent, which channels the steam away from the unit. This protects the coffee beans from heat and moisture and it also reduces condensation of water on the unit. Another plus is the sealed lid on the bean hopper, which again helps to keep the coffee beans fresh.
As usual, if you want to buy one of these, read through the customer reviews.
As you can see there are many different grind and brew coffee makers around. I hope that one of these units will be just right for you.
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