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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2010
This is a great idea with very poor engineering. Don't get me wrong, the machine works pretty well; you put in your beans, it grinds, then brews. The thermal carafe is nice as you can let the coffee sit and it keeps warm pretty well, without burning due to an external heating element. How can you mess that up, right? Well, there are several ways that Cuisinart has, and here they are:
1) the grinder does not hold enough beans, unless you like weak coffee. When making 10 cups you really need to add pre ground coffee to the filter to make coffee strong enough.
2) steam from the system backs up into the grinder so much of the grinds just get stuck in the grinder, making a messy goo. The whole thing has to be taken apart, thoroughly cleaned and fully dried before making any more coffee with the grinder. It's a pain!
3) it only holds enough beans for one brewing (see item 1). But then even if it held more beans you still cold not use it for more than one brew at a time (see item 2).
I sold my Grind & Brew after having it for a couple of years; I purchased a coffee maker with a burr grinder which holds plenty of beans and does not have the steam issue this machine does, and I have not regretted it one bit!
My recommendation, save your money, and frustration and don't buy this machine. If you really want a coffee maker that grinds and brews, look at the Capresso CoffeeTeam.