Grind And Brew Coffee Maker Reviews

Posted on 03. Sep, 2012 by

Welcome to the Grind and Brew coffee maker reviews section of Coffee Lovers 101.

Grind and brew coffee makers are a great hassle-free way of making great tasting coffee. Most are programmable and many people like to use them as an alarm-clock of sorts, setting them to start brewing just before they wake up so that they can rise to the aroma of a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

In this section we take a look at some of the most popular grind and brew coffee makers available today and the pros and cons of each so that you can be fully prepared to make a decision on which one might be the perfect accessory for your kitchen.

Grind And Brew Coffee Maker Reviews

We’ve also taken a look at a handful of regular drip coffee machines too which don’t feature a grinder, check them out here: (once we’ve built up a longer list of reviews we will separate them out on to their own product review page)

How To Choose The Best Grind And Brew Coffee Maker

There are a number of options you will need to consider when choosing the right grind and brew coffee maker. Here is a quick breakdown of the kind of things you will need to decide on:

Size / Capacity: One of the first considerations is the capacity of the carafe and how many cups of coffee you can make at a time. Coffee machines’ capacity is measured in cups that are only 5 ounces, so when you see a 10 cup coffee maker, it only makes 50 ounces which is equal to just two and a half “Venti” coffees from Starbucks.

The Grinder: The grinder is one of the most important aspects of any coffee maker. The more expensive grind and brews will use a built-in Burr grinder for the best possible grind and which allow you to adjust how fine or coarse you grind it, but the cheaper ones will have a fixed, non-burr grinder. If you want total control over your grind then you should be aware that not all grinders in these machines are the same.

Water Filter: Some grind and brew makers will have a built-in water filter that will allow you to use tap water rather than having to use filtered or bottled water. This can be a huge time-saver!

Thermal or Hot Plate: There are two main types of carafe on a grind and brew machine. Glass carafes are kept warm by a hotplate on which they sit and thermal carafes keep the coffee warm without extra heating. In any case, the best possible taste will come when you drink your coffee straight away but if you must leave it sitting after you’ve brewed it you will need to decide on which method of keeping it warm is best for you. Thermal carafes should be pre-heated before you brew which can nullify the point of using the machine on a timer, but glass carafes that are kept warm on a hotplate can cause the coffee to go bad if left for too long.

Coffee Filter Type: Most machines will either use a gold-tone filter or a paper filter – and some will give you the option of both. Gold-tone filters are designed to extract the best flavour from the beans but they can allow more sediment through to the cup. Paper filters can actually result in a weaker flavour and need to be replaced every time, but there is usually no sediment in your drink.

Programmable: All grind and brew machines are somewhat programmable, from a simple timer to start your brew to full control over the strength and amount of coffee that you can make. Make sure you take a proper look at exactly what options each model comes with.

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