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.

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