By JLP | July 31, 2009
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.