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Dec 1, 2006 05:15 PM

Grind and brew coffee maker

I've done a little research on the topic, including here, and it seems that there is a lot of dissent on the Cuisinart models and some mixed reviews on Capresso. I'm looking for a grind and brew for my BF around the $200 or so range. He likes freshly ground coffee beans and always complains that "no one" ever makes him coffee. "No one" refers to guess who - so i'm looking for a grind and brew that is easy to clean (b/c i will be the one cleaning it) but that makes a mean cup of coffee. I've seen reviews that the Capresso model leaves ground coffee in the bin so the next time you make a pot, a portion of the coffee beans are left over from the last time. I would only be making 2 cups most of the time - if that makes a difference in the coffee maker. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I'm glad you posted this, because we've also been researching this and I'd like some opinions. One of our big issues in addition to this is that the thermal carafe we have now with our coffee maker doesn't keep coffee HOT for very long. It's lukewarm after about 30 minutes.

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    1. re: Andiereid

      Our G&B thermal is amazing. My husband is convinced that there must be a heating element under the pot (there isn't).

      When I am on call, I set the coffee to be ready at 0345 since I have to be out the door at 4. On Mondays, my hubby doesn't have to leave until 1100. Even after 7 hours the coffee is still piping hot. In fact the first morning, he called to thank me for making another pot and setting it to "make" just before he got up!

    2. I was shopping for the same recently and ended up buying a regular coffee maker (Cuisinart) and a Krups Burr Grinder. Reasons: 1)many grind and brew machines are so integrated, if the grinder breaks, you can't make coffee 2)Burr grinder produces a better, more even grind of the beans for better cup of coffee.

      1. We had a Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal for four years; it just died (the tank started to leak and then it shorted itself out with a nasty burning smell). My husband thinks four years is a short life for a coffeemaker that cost $150 but I think that's not terrible. I always thought the convenience of the Grind & Brew was just about equal to the annoyance of cleaning it out--the way the bean dust would form a sludge in the (blade) grinder and have to be scraped out or put through the DW every day. It also makes comparatively weak coffee relative to how many beans you put in. We were thinking of shelling out for the Capresso (can't remember the model name, but also programmable, grind & brew, thermal), but I just watched the product video on the website and it looks very delicate and vulnerable to breaking (the grounds/filter container thing that has to swing over from the grinder to the coffeepot; the small parts like the cover over the grounds chute). The video also reveals that you can't put beans straight from the freezer into the grinder (frozen beans gum up the works, apparently), which is a negative, since like most people we store our beans in the freezer for freshness. So perhaps we will also get a quality thermal non-grinding coffeemaker plus a separate burr grinder.

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        1. re: veryveryrosalind

          I have a Capresso although it doesn't have a thermal container. Have had it over a year and it makes coffee every morning. Have had zero problems with it, none. I don't freeze my beans so have no comment on that aspect. It makes great coffee.

          1. re: rtmonty

            FYI...Capresso has come out with a new model this year WITH a Thermal vacuum container.....
            here's a link...


          2. re: veryveryrosalind

            You should NEVER, EVER store any coffee or coffee beans in the refrigerator or freezer. Roasted coffee has many enemies. In order of importance: oxygen, moisture, change in temperature, light and/or odors! Instead, get yourself an airtight container and store your coffee (ground or whole beans) in a cool, dark and dry area of your kitchen or pantry. Many people have never had a perfectly brewed cup of coffee and the taste in the difference is astronomical. Most if not all of grocery bought coffee gets shipped in a refrigerated or freezer truck-then it is stored in a warm and humid stock room before it makes its way to the shelves in your favorite grocer's isle. And stay clear of the whole bean dispensers at your local retail store as well--it just hangs out in the light and air all day (horrible taste). Find a reputable coffee wholesaler or retailer to purchase your coffee. I buy mine online--check out "Bad Ass Coffee" in LA, California. Hope this helps. You will be able to taste the difference immediately--but most Americans are used to terrible tasting coffee which in turn would lead them to believe that the really good stuff tastes bad!

          3. We are also in the market for a grind and brew. My husband is sick of the French press and drinking lukewarm coffee. I read a lot, and they have tons of great reviews. I'm currently leaning toward the Technivorm Clubline. It has lots of consumer reviews on coffeegeek and people seem to love it.

            The Capresso that the OP mentioned also appeals to me.

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            1. re: Atomica

              Have you considered a thermal french press?

            2. The various Cuisinart Grind and Brews are somewhat similar; nobody seems to really like them! I bought one about three years ago when Costco was selling them off at $50. It was noisy, messy, and only gave a coarse grind, so I had to use lots more beans. It brews at 185F, a bit low, but holds themp in the carafe well.
              A year ago I got a KitchenAid burr grinder, and now I just use the brewing section on the Cuisinart.
              And guess what? The Cuisinart grinding motor has packed up from dis-use, and too much moisture. I think I'd be happier with the Technivorm and the KA burr grider.