A Review of the Cuisinart Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Coffeemaker

July 31, 2009

Cuisinart Fully Automatic Grind & BrewThermal

On July 7, I decided to program my old Cuisinart Grind & Brew so that I would have coffee ready when I woke up the next morning. I had noticed for several months that water would pool under the coffeemaker after I brewed a pot of coffee. I thought the water leaked during the brewing process. I was wrong. The water was leaking from the reservoir. I found that out because I woke up the next morning to find lots of water all over the countertop, and the coffeemaker totally jacked up—they tend to do that when they try to heat water that isn’t there. The water had all leaked out of the resevoir overnight so there was none for brewing the next morning.

My coffeemaker was dead…

So, my wife and I headed out to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up the Cuisinart Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Thermal Coffeemaker that I had had my eye on for months but couldn’t justify purchasing when my current coffeemaker worked. At around $200, it’s a little pricey (I did have a 20% off coupon, which brought the price down to $160). But, I have to say that this thing is AWESOME! I love it and it is so much better than the old Grind & Brew for several reasons:

1. It has a bean hopper on the top that holds about half a pound of beans. You simply set the grind control to the number of cups you desire, choose the strength control (mild, medium, or strong), make sure the filter or basket is ready, add your water, hit the on switch, and let it go to work.

2. It has burr grinder rather than the standard rotating grinder, which has the potential to burn the coffee beans and gives you uneven cut beans (see here). The burr grinder is a superior way to grind coffee beans.

3. It has fewer parts to wash. With the old coffeemaker, the grinder was exposed to the steam created when the coffee was brewed, which made a coffee-ground coating on the grinder. It had to be washed after every use. That was a pain. With the new coffeemaker, the only thing that must be washed is the basket and basket holder. I also wipe down the inside of the maker each time and rinse out the carafe.

4. Because of the bean hopper, I don’t have to count out scoops of coffee each time I want to brew a pot. That’s a nice time-saver.

It is important to note that Cuisinart recommends cleaning out the shoot fairly often as ground coffee tends to accumulate and can cause clogging. I haven’t had that problem yet.

One thing I don’t like about this maker is that it is hard to pour the coffee from the carafe. Other than that, it works like a charm (not everyone is as impressed by this coffeemaker as I am). One of the 1-star ratings came from a person who hadn’t even used the coffeemaker. How do you review something you’ve never used?

Anyway, I’ll be sure and let you know if I come across any issues.

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14 responses to A Review of the Cuisinart Fully Automatic Burr Grind & Brew Coffeemaker

  1. Oh sure, try to talk me into a new coffee maker 😀

    We have the older style Cuisinart grind and brew like you, but I HATE the tiny little rotating grinder in it. Otherwise it’s a fantastic coffee machine and has been going strong for 4 years. But I’ve given up on actually grinding in it any more.

    This thing looks awesome and I’d love to have the hopper for bean storage. Now I wish my machine would break…

    One question, does the grinder get all steamed up and gunky like the old one? It would be nice if it was sealed off from the moisture somehow so you didn’t have to clean the damn thing between every brew. Yes, I’m lazy.

  2. I’d love a new coffee pot, so I’m curious as to what you think over the next few days or weeks. Is it worth the money (the prices seems high for a coffee pot, but I haven’t priced them too recently)?

  3. I have an older version and have had no problems with it at all. In fact, I love it. Sounds like the new version is even better. Probably one of the best features is the thermal carafe which keeps the coffee amazingly hot without having to worry about a hot plate burning your house down. As for price…have you checked out Costco or Sam’s??? Got mine there for a substantial savings.

  4. I have this coffee machine:
    good coffee too. If you don’t like the coffee, keep the maker free of charge.

  5. Jeremy, as far as I know, the grinder will not gunk up. It is sealed off much better than the older version. Ground coffee still gathers in the chamber, which requires brushing it out. So far though, this maker is great.

    LOL, my sis has one of those too.

  6. My boyfriend just got the Mr. Coffee 12 cup programmable JWX27 which we found highly reviewed in Consumer Reports (and everywhere else). It was $39 at Walmart, but they were sold out in the store AND online. We had to order from Amazon.

    He LOVES it. It doesn’t have a grinder, but it does filter the water. If you’re just looking for a basic coffee maker, this one is the way to go.

  7. My husband and I bought the Grind and Brew DGB700 and today, two weeks exactly after we bought it the grinder quit working. At first it was making a grinding sound, but the beans weren’t grinding. Then it was doing nothing. I had to get my old bean grinder out and do the ‘old fashioned’ way. Despite to say I am so angry right now. Not a good way to start off my morning.

  8. I have the same problem as Ana. The thing worked for about a month, but now the grinder stopped working so all I’m left with is a cool looking piece of crap.

  9. If Ana and John haven’t contacted Cuisinart about this do so quickly. The number is 800-726-0190.

  10. this coffee maker sucks if you like strong coffee. We’ve had it for 2 months and I swear i’ve only had 2 good cups of coffee from it. The ‘strong’ setting is a joke. we have to add say, 6 cups of water and put it on 8 cups of beans to be ground. Somewhere along the way it stops, maybe because it thinks it doesn’t have enough water, and we end up with really weak coffee. IF we clean it out thoroughly, every single use it sometimes works. we are pissed.

  11. I’ve had this machine for less than a year and the grinder crapped out today. It was spinning really slowly…and didn’t grind anything.
    Needless to say, I will call Cuisinart in the morning. If I remember correctly, it has a 3 year warranty.

    Weak coffee- YES, it’s difficult to get a STRONG cup out of it.

  12. I bought the new improved automatic Grind and Brew to replace my previous one which had given sterling service for 3 years, then the grinder packed up. The new one is a pain, the shute between the coffee beans and basket gets blocked regularly, the instructions say clean every two weeks but two days is more like it. When it gets blocked, the gunk in the shute is wet, which it shouldn´t be and the beans in the holder get sticky. Why I don´t know because the water is nowhere near the beans or grounds.

    I would think that Ana and John had the same problems which the shute getting blocked.

  13. After making aprox 3 pots the shute gets blocked
    It actually takes a tooth pick and vacuum cleaner to clean
    This is a design flaw that should be fixed. Other than that, we love it.
    Please respond
    Jim Panke

    • I’m not sure how you would fix that, Jim. I clean mine out every couple of days. Not a big deal to me. I’m more concerned with the processor malfunctions.