Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker Review

Posted on 22. Apr, 2012 by in Product Reviews

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The Good:

  • Fully Automatic grind and brew for one-button coffee from beans to cup
  • Thermal jug keeps your coffee warm without using a hot plate (heating coffee after it’s made can spoil the flavour)
  • Built-in water filtration system so you can use water straight from the tap for great tasting coffee
  • Well-known and trusted brand

The  Bad:

  • Quite small at 10 cups (actually only enough for around 2-3 decent sized mugs)
  • Grinder is not a burr grinder – grind cannot be adjusted
  • Has a tendency to overflow and spill unless very good care is taken to line the carafe up with the spout before brewing
  • Instructions state that you should pre-heat the thermal carafe which defeats the point of using the timer to make your coffee later

Bottom Line:

A good “starter” grind and brew coffee maker for someone looking to try out this type of coffee and wanting to make only one or two cups at a time. The thermal carafe is a good idea but the need to pre-heat it can render using a timer pointless, although many users say that the coffee is warm enough even without pre-heating it. The Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker is on the lower end of the price scale so it is more attainable for folks on a budget and you can expect a few good years of service from it given that cuisinart offer a 3 year limited warranty too.


Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker Review

The DGB-650BC grind and brew coffee maker from Cuisinart is a small, tidy and stylish addition to your kitchen with a fully programmable timer which you can use to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee every morning! It makes 10 cups at a time, although in coffee terms a cup is only 5oz, meaning this will give you around 2-3 good sized mugs of coffee. A Starbucks “Venti” is 20 oz, or 4 cups for example.

This is one of the most affordable programmable grind and brew coffee makers and as a result the built in grinder is not a burr grinder and you do not get to adjust your grind to suit your taste. While this may be a problem for coffee enthusiasts, it shouldn’t prevent the casual coffee drinker who just wants to make a no-hassle cup of coffee from taking a serious interest in this machine.

The commercial gold-tone coffee filter basket is designed to allow the best flavours through and it also removes the need for purchasing extra paper filters.

The water is sprayed over the coffee grinds with a shower head for even distribution so that the temperature loss in the water is reduced and that the maximum flavour is extracted from the beans.


Who Should Buy This Coffee Maker?

The Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker is a good, basic grind and brew machine that will serve the causal coffee drinker well. It is cheaper than other models with more advanced features which makes it good for someone on a budget too.

If you are just looking to make a decent cup of coffee with the least amount of effort then you should not look past this machine but if you are the kind of coffee drinker who likes to tinker with your brew and adjust all the variables, or if you will be wanting to make more than a couple of cups at a time then you should consider an alternative, such as one of these.

To take a look at the DGB-650BC in more detail and to see what hundreds of other users had to say about it see below, including the link to all the user reviews:

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In summary, the Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker will not be for everybody, but it is a solid machine for the price and is great for the casual coffee drinker.

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