Longest lasting coffee maker we have had – just replaced first one as it was knocked off the counter while painting – no fault of it’s own 🙂 only drawback is the grinding chamber must be cleaned after every use so more up-keep required than other makers.
My husband and i absolutely love waking up to the fresh brew this coffee maker makes.
This is the best coffee maker that i have owned to date. However, this is not perfect, here are some of the good/bad things that i find important:the good:* easy to use — just pop in the beans and hit go. Does a good job at throughly grinding the beans. * good coffee — the coffee seems weak when only brewing a small amount, you can offset this by adding one extra cup worth of beans to the grinder before starting. The coffee that is made is very good, though. * built in water filter — very nice for those of us with lots of lime in our water. Other coffee makers make you pre-filter the water, or you have to be ready to use some archaic means of cleaning out the lime, not fun. The bad:* loud — when it is grinding, sounds like armageddon is on its way. Of course, this is somewhat expected, but my other grinders are quieter. * wire filter — leaves lots of very tiny grains in the bottom of the pot. Here are the specifications for the Cuisinart DGB500BK Grind & Brew:
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- Grinds coffee beans and brews coffee at preset time
- Charcoal filter eliminates chlorine and odors from tap water
- Glass carafe holds 12 5-ounce cups of brewed coffee
- Grinder removes for easy clean-up; brew-pause for mid-brew pour
- Measures 15 by 8 by 7-1/2 inches, 3-year warranty
I absolutely love the grind and brew. We are so spoiled by having the super fresh coffee every day. I find the price is fine as these coffee makers were ridiculously high priced a few years ago. Getting replacement parts is easy. These type of coffee makers are a little bit of a pain to clean, but worth it due to the great coffee that comes from the fresh beans. I had a white one before and like the black because it is easier to keep clean.
We have had two cuisinart grind-and-brew pots, not nice looking at all, horrid to keep clean, and we bought the second when the first died because there were no other good pots out there. Well, for over $900 we could have gotten such a deal. In spite of the story of the pot that blew up, we decided to try it. We drink two pots of coffee a day, we want our beans ground just before the coffee is made, and the price on this wasn’t awful. We had it shipped next-day (a prohibitive cost, but we were desperate) and my husband ‘made do’ with cups from my little pod coffeemaker, which is just great but not meant for heavy-duty. Yaaayi washed the pieces, ran vinegar and three rinses through it, washed the parts again, and put together the makings of our first pot of coffee in three days. The grinder sounded more civilized than the former two pots; the fragrance emitted was divine. We poured our first cups and toasted each other. At last, we’d found the perfect coffee pot for us. We drink our coffee black, we prefer kona beans, and what we had in our mugs was as close to the perfect cup of cofee as we figure we’ll get on the mainland. Here’s what’s improved mechanically: the grinder is wider and larger–we think that’s what keeps the grounds from spitting into the water holding area; the cover over the paper filter (because the gold filter that comes with the pot allows sludge through) fits in such a way that you’ll never worry about the filter slipping and an entire pot being ruined with coffee grounds in each cup; it’s a 12-cup poti say cuisinart has listened to customer comments and refined the pluses of their machine while doing better with areas that were in the minus category. This is a win-win pot and i highly recommend it.
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I bought my wife this cuisinart coffee maker for her birthday. She’s a coffee fanatic, and the krups coffee maker we had was driving me insane. It was slow and didn’t have much capacity. There were no legible fill level markings and the carafe drooled coffee all over our tile countertop with every pour. My wife would grind the beans with a separate machine, then pour the grounds into the krup’s filter. I felt the cuisinart would solve several problems at once, and it has. A quick scan of the comments regarding this machine can lead one to the obvious conclusion that you’ll either love it or hate it. Having lived with this coffee maker for well over a year, i’ll add my comments to the heap, for what they’re worth. No question, but any affordable, coffee bean grinding device is going to be, in my experience. If you choose to use the grind option, you have to clean the mechanism after every use. This isn’t a six minute task but, understandably, it can be way too much work and hassle for some people. The machine is very user friendly. The fill marks are large and easy to read for older eyes. It has a 12 cup capacity, a large, comfy handle and i can pour it as fast as i want, without coffee dribbling across the rim, all over the place. The timer is a welcomed and often used feature. We like the automatic shut-off too. Did i mention this machine makes a makes a fabulous cup of coffee?.
Best coffee maker i have ever used .
The cuisinart grind and brew. . Contrary, to the lame reviews that the 1 and 2 star people have given to this coffee maker, i have found this maker to brew the best and hottest cup of coffee i have ever had out of a home coffee maker. Yes, great taste, that we couldn’t get out of our past mr. Yes, you have to clean it and there are a few hidden spots that you have to find at first. After cleaning it a couple times, it takes 2 minutes max to get the job done and ready for the next cup of coffee. There has never been an issue with cleaning the coffee filter area as others seem to have had a problem with. We’re using it in a work environment.
I was suprised to read the poor reviews that people have given this machine. I have had mine for about 2 years and i am satisified with it. Yes, it is noisy when grinding, but i just have it start while i am in the shower. I would recommend ditching the metal basket for regular paper filters, that makes clean up easier. There are more parts to clean, but i usually rinse them by hand daily and run them through the dishwasher a couple times a week. The extra parts take perhaps 30-45 seconds to rinse off, not a big deal in my mind. Every couple of weeks it is good to wipe off the entire base. Some coffee grounds seems to get on the edge of the base and they will harden over time. A warm wet dish towel will clean it up. Somebody mentioned that the grinder cup got stuck.
The grinder works great and the coffee tastes fantastic. Reason why it scared me was i had set up the timer for 6:45 am and my 8 month old woke me up at 6:30 am. Standing in the kitchen at that time half asleep and the grinder goes off. Take my word for it, it rocks.
I had many unfortunate experiences with coffee makers (ranging from mr. Coffee to bunn) and could not understand why i could not get a good tasting hot cup of coffee with a machine that would not cost an arm and a leg in the price range of $100. I remember when coffee makers cost $20. 00, so the prices of many of the coffee makers i looked at were a surprise, to say the least (not to mention culture shock). However, in my quest for the best coffee maker, i found this cuisinart central brew coffee maker. It is reasonably priced, makes good hot coffee and every pot is perfect. I especially like the timer feature on it, which gives me the added benefit of waking up to a hot pot of coffee in the morning, brewed before my alarm clock sounds. This coffee maker is the best value for the money and makes the best coffee (and hot too). I would recommend the cuisinart brew central coffee maker to anyone. Good product, good price, good coffee. By the way, a friend has the stainless steel cuisinart brew central coffee maker that grinds the coffee beans and she loves it. The one i purchased is not the stainless steel model and does not grind the coffee beans, but it is exactly what i wanted and i love this coffee maker (i didn’t want the coffee bean grinder, stainless steel or thermal pot.
Excellent coffeemaker – can’t find a thing wrong with it. Would recommend this to anyone. Nothing like a freshly ground cup of coffee each morning.
We’ve been making one or two full pots of coffee a day with our bright red coffee maker for two years. Yes, it takes a little longer to set up since the grinder assembly needs rinsing, we try to do this after finishing off a pot of coffee and letting the parts air dry the rest of the day. This way, setting it up before going to bed doesn’t take any longer than a non-grinding coffee maker. We fill the bottom half of the grinder basket to the top with beans and it makes great tasting coffee. This is the fastest brewing coffee maker i’ve ever had. The other day the heating element stopped working, i called cuisinart and a few days later a brand new unit was delivered to my door. The cost for the replacement was $10 for shipping the new unit and it cost me $7 to ship the old unit back in the same box. The three year warranty is a big plus since i’ve rarely had a coffee maker last for more than two years.
Works great wish i could buy more.
I have owned the dgb-500 for 18-months which equates to well-over 500 pots of coffee. I purchased it as a replacement for the dgb-300 that i liked but was dissapointed at its durability. Pros: great cup of coffee (i like a full-bodied, strong cup served hot). Convenience of programmability, built-in grinder, charcoal filters and dishwasher safe.I also love that you can grab a cup while it is brewing without making a mess (automatic flow stopper – but see cons below). Easier to clean and more durable then the dgb-300. Cons: user errors exaserbated by the fact that you make coffee early in the am when not all of your faculties are operational. Well once i forgot to put in the basket before pressing ‘on’ and the grinder threw ground coffee everywhere. Second brewing catastrophe, i forgot to put the top on the carafe (note that the top has a raised center that depresses a valve on the bottom of the basket-see ‘automatic flow-stopper’ under pros) resulting in coffee and grounds over-flowing the basket. I am thrilled with the dgb-500 and would not hesitate to purchase the same model again.
Pros:~simple to use~keeps coffee hot, not scorched, with warming plate~saves counter space and simplifies coffeemaking with built in grinder~comes with gold permanent filter, as well as option of paper filter use~ground coffee goes straight into filter, with no complex mechanisms that may cause oilier bean grinds to clog on their way to the filter like some other grind and brews docons:~grinder grinds for a preset amount of time, whether there are still beans in the grinder or not. My previous grind and brew had the option of grinding based on the number of cups being brewed. This means that after beans are ground and have already passed into the filter, the grinder continues to whir. ~loud grinder, particularly when it continues to grind after beans are no longer in the chamber. But a noisy grinder isn’t something that’s unusual for a grind and brew, i have yet to find one that’s reasonably priced that’s not noisy. ~steam enters the grinder chamber, since the water and grinder are under the same cover. This doesn’t cause problems, just makes a bit of coffee goo in the grinder chamber that’s easy to clean out.
I’m surprised to see so many bad reviews for this item. I registered for it for my wedding and i adore it. Yes, because of the built-in grinder there are 2 extra pieces to clean, but they rinse clean pretty easily, every couple of days i scrub them well – i don’t have a dishawasher, but they are dishwasher-safe as well. And if you don’t always feel like dealing with the pieces, you don’t have to use the grinder – you can use ground coffee as well. The piece that is a pain to clean is the metal filter it comes with, but so is any metal filter and if you don’t want to have to clean it, you can just use regular paper – i switched back to paper as i am often rushing in the morning and don’t have time to rinse out the metal one. I’m also very pleased with the taste of the coffee, some have said it’s weak, i like mine rather strong and i don’t think so – it came out a little weak at first but that’s because i wasn’t used to using whole beans, only ground, so i adjusted the amount accordingly and it was fine. I’m not buying another coffeemaker until this one dies.
I’m not a great one for writing online reviews, but for this unit, i just had to. If you love fresh-ground coffee first thing in the morning, and are not a morning person, this is the coffeemaker for you. When my old coffeemaker was showing it’s age and i was looking for an upgrade, my son-in-law suggested that i check these out. After checking the online reviews, here and elsewhere, for several cuisinart models, i wasn’t convinced. But my son, who has one, was insistant, so i bought this one. It made me a believer very quickly. While i had a coffee grinder, and used it with my old pot as often as possible, more often than not, i just used ground because i couldn’t deal with a grinder first thing in the morning. Once i got used to the routine, i can now clean, set up, and program this unit for the morning in 2-3 minutes.(i’m sorry, but anyone who thinks that’s too much effort doesn’t need to be grinding beans at all) i also often reuse it a couple of times a day without cleaning it, and see no loss of performance or quality.
Grinder is much quieter than my old grind &brew. I also like the clean look of the all white. Not into the now-so-popular black and stainless steel look. This is my 3rd cuisinart grind and brew. My first one was refurbished and it lasted a year. My second one (new) lasted two years and was replaced because it was still under warranty. The replacement for that lasted a year (i’m pretty sure it was also refurbished). So just be aware that the 3 year warranty on your grind and brew only applies from original purchase date.
This makes great tasting coffee but it is a pain to clean and dry the grinder, filter basket, carafe and the parts of the machine that hold these parts every time you make a pot of coffee. The white plastic parts also discolor and stain from the coffee. I would go with a black or stainless coffee maker if that option is available. I have had it for a year and the coffee is still great tasting. Just be prepared to clean it a lot. You also have to be careful that the paper filter is correctly fitted into the basket. If it folds over when you close the door you will have coffee and grounds all over the counter. This has happened to me several times.
The quality is owing in part to the fact that even the worst whole beans are much better than the folgers we drank before. That being the case, this coffee maker makes whole bean coffee a reality for someone who doesn’t have the time or desire to do much more than drink coffee in the morning. Yes, this machine requires more cleaning than a normal coffee maker, because you’re really dealing with two machines – a grinder and a brewer. Of course the grinder needs to be cleaned daily, so would a stand-alone unit. Also, if you use the gold filter, it needs to be cleaned as well. All told, i spend 5 minutes in the evening cleaning (i. , rinsing) a total of four parts and filling the machine for the next day. The result is the best coffee i have ever had.