Market Roundup: Today’s Best Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

Roast preference, acidity level, brew method, existential purpose…Coffee connoisseurs can get into heated debates on all such matters. But there’s one thing they’ll agree on pretty much every time: freshness is key. And in order to score maximum freshness at home, you’re gonna need to grind it yourself.

Enter, the all-in-one machine that lets you grind your own beans without a fuss. There’s a load of such products on the market, so we’ve rounded up a few of today’s best grind and brew coffee makers to help you settle on the best.

In no particular order, we present some goodies:

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker ($280): This sleek chrome and black beauty wins for most customizable options. Seriously, with five settings alone for your personal “flavor profile,” you can get really specific with things like grind size and brew strength—of which there are another seven options. It’s uber-versatile, since you can set the brew amount for a single cup, travel mug, or whatever amount of the regular thermal carafe you wish to use. In fact, we’re thinking this single cup option could give K-cups a little run for their money in terms of convenience. Speaking of the C word, you can pack up to a half a pound of beans in the hopper without measuring it, because the integrated burr grinder figures out how much to use for the brew strength and amount of coffee you select. And, as most other good picks in its class do, the Breville YouBrew also has a programmable timer, brew-pause function, and gold-tone filter. The only downside is that the option-packed LED screen can get a little overwhelming for indecisive folks.

Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker ($169). It’s slightly less customizable than the Breville mentioned above, and yet, this Cuisinart favorite has its own bells and whistles to brag about. The brushed chrome and black machine is slightly smaller than the YouDrip, a plus for small kitchens. And though it has fewer options overall, it does have a strength selector with strong, medium, or mild options. It’s preset for medium grind, which Cuisinart says is the best type of grind for this type of machine, but you can adjust that if you want. It’s also got a sealed lid on the 8-ounce bean hopper to prevent moisture, a programmable clock with adjustable automatic shutoff, a gold-tone coffee filter and charcoal water filter, and a grind-off option. It doesn’t have the single-cup option, but it starts at two cups, which is pretty close, and goes up to 12.

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder ($199): A simpler pick for a simpler time, the two- to ten-cup Capresso made our cut because it’s got the whole grinding/brewing thing down to a tee, but makes it a tiny bit easier on you, decision-wise. You won’t have to spend as much time figuring out just how to customize it because it’s got fewer customizable options than the other two on our list—but you can still trust it to make a great cuppa fresh joe. That said, there are still more decisions to make here than with others you may be used to, with mild, medium, or strong brew options and five grind settings. The programmable machine also includes a charcoal water filter, two-hour safety shutoff, and Stop-and-Serve function. Bonus: it’s pretty snazzy looking, with stainless steel accents and a tiny tower on top for the built-in conical burr grinder.

Of course, you could always go with a standalone grinder and standalone coffee maker—but what’s the fun in that? If it’s time for a new maker and you don’t already have a grinder, do yourself a favor and consider one of today’s best grind and brew coffee makers.

The Best Custom Grind: Putting Burr Coffee Grinder Ratings to the Test

For many coffee buffs, the search for the perfectly ground coffee is a little like the quest for the Holy Grail: treacherous, exhausting, and demoralizing at times—but so worth the effort. Many have found their journey’s end with a conical burr coffee grinder, which allows for a much more customized blend than your run-of-the-mill one-setting coffee grinder.

But for those on the hunt for a new one, sludging through piles of burr coffee grinder ratings can be more than a little tedious. With more and more products hitting the market than ever, we decided to take a little guesswork out of your search by narrowing the field down to two solid picks. Read on for our conical burr coffee grinder review of the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder and the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder.

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Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder

Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder

First up, we have the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder ($250). With 25 brew settings from extra fine to extra coarse (and every possibility in between), this puppy grinds up beans for brew press, percolator, and French press coffee.

So let’s talk features. The Breville’s air-tight bean hopper allows for easy removal, storage, and transfer of coffee, while a backlit LCD screen shows each grind setting and amount. An auto-dosing system calibrates each and every grind amount to your spec, so you can kiss those measuring spoons goodbye. It’s also outfitted with two portafilter cradles, a glass grind container, and a conical burr cleaning brush. And as far as countertop space, it doesn’t take up too much real estate widthwise (six by eight inches). But coffee lovers with low-hanging cabinets should note that it’s a bit taller than competitors, ringing in just shy of 16 inches tall.

All in all, you can definitely expect smoothly, consistently ground beans and zero clumping from this appliance. Another perk: it’s much quieter than the usual noisy suspects.

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

And in the other court, we’ve got the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder ($134). This is a more basic model, but one that still performs very well in burr coffee grinder ratings and that outperforms other lower-priced models.

The Bodum is user-friendly, but with fewer bells and whistles than the pricier Breville. It has 14 different grind settings and a timed grinding feature. Instead of featuring an LCD screen for settings control, the Bodum opts for a more old-school technique: just twist the upper bean container to the desired setting. It’s also no giant—you’ll just need a seven-by-seven spot and a little over a foot for height clearance.

Another perk you won’t find in most burr grinders: the Bodum comes in your choice of black, orange, red, white, and green.

And the verdict is…

Both burr grinders are sound bets, depending on where you are in your quest for the perfect coffee grounds. Entry-level coffee aficionados would do well with the Bodum burr grinder—a giant step up from one-grind-fits-all blenders. But for more discerning coffee drinkers, the fact that the Breville can grind at almost twice as many settings as the Bodum may be worth the extra money.