Cuisinart Grind & Brew
10 Cup Thermal Automatic Coffeemaker
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew is my personal favorite home coffee maker! Cuisinart has a reputation for innovative, luxury, home brand coffee makers. This Cuisinart coffee machine does have advantages and disadvantages, but for taste.woweee!
Cuisinart Grind & Brew
One of the most innovative and stylish coffee makers is the Cuisinart Grind & Brew 10 cup Thermal Automatic Coffeemaker. I purchased this model because of a number of features:
- You set the timer and not only does it make your morning coffee, you wake up to the sound and smell of coffee beans grinding.and you really get a great fresh cup of coffee. Sometimes this is the only reason to get up in the morning!
- It has a pause & brew feature so you can steal a cup before it's done. Although, a 10 cup (the maximum) pot only takes less than 5 min to brew.
- It beeps when the full pot is done, so there is no guesswork or mess and you don't have to keep checking when you are having a dinner party (remember your Mother told you a watched pot never boils).
- It comes with a stainless steel double walled thermal carafe, which, in my experience, stays warm for over 2 hours. The carafe is better than the heating element at the bottom of a usual coffee pot because I find the heating element eventually burns the coffee.
- This programmable Cuisinart Coffee Maker automatically shuts off after brewing, saving electricity and your sanity. With my other coffee makers, it would be mid morning at work and you'd suddenly think, “Did I turn the coffee maker off.” If only my iron was so easy.
- It comes with a charcoal filter to ensure your water tastes good and is free of impurities like chlorine. I change mine about every 2 months because I have hard water. A two pack of filters costs less than $10 bucks.
- It has a commercial, gold, permanent coffee filter, so there's no expense for the paper variety (I know, like they cost a fortune) and you never run out of them (and use a sock instead). Alternatively, you can use # 4 Basket- type paper filters.
- It is easy to program (much easier than the VCR!), it has a clock and settings for 1 - 4 cups, so you don't have to brew a whole pot each time.
- The downside is the time spent cleaning it. You should really clean out the removable grinder after every use because the water swooshes up into it to grab the grinds rendering it sludgy. It really isn't that time consuming, but sometimes I do miss the days of just throwing out the paper filter as maintenance. All plastic inside parts are dishwasher safe.
- The other downside is you never really know how much coffee is left in the pot (unless you are an addict, like me, and can tell you likely the ounces left due to the weight of the carafe). Also, sometimes I leave the lid off because the steam in the machine doesn't get vented anywhere so it looks sweaty.
- Another point worth mentioning is the coffee grinder only has one speed, medium. Sometimes, I think my coffee beans would taste a bit better if the grind were finer. But, to compensate I have a burr grinder, so I can grind the coffee beans first. This wonderous Cuisinart coffee maker has a button to switch off the grind option making it very versatile.
- The Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee machine looks high tech and is quite tall and a bit bulky. It measures 15 x 8 x 7 ½ inches. It is stainless steel and sturdy with black plastic “innards.” Because of the height and weight, I advise getting a water pitcher to fill it each time (there is a water gauge on the inside). It really stands out in my country-ish kitchen because of the high tech brushed chrome color. My Mom offered to knit a tea cosy for it since it doesn't fit in my cupboards, but that would just be wrong. It is very high tech looking and I like diversity.
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal Stainless Steel Coffee Maker costs about $150 and is worth every penny. It has a 3 year limited warranty, for which you can register online.