Perfect for the Coffee Addict and Makes a Great Gift
We have had the Cuisinart coffee maker in our home for more than 5 years and use it at least once if not twice every day. No parts have ever worn out and we prefer our home brewed coffee to all others. The metal carafe keeps the coffee warm for hours, even if you do not pre-heat it with hot water. Like most all the other reviews state, this machine requires cleaning after each use because of the built-in grinder. Plan to change the water filter about every 6 months, max.
Recently we were having a problem with the coffee dripping on the counter, rather than into the carafe. It turned out that the top of the carafe needed to be cleaned more thoroughly. We find that the grinder cup cannot be removed easily for cleaning unless you wait for a while until the condensation evaporates a bit. The access door to the filter basket gets a bit sticky with age, due to all the coffee residue that builds up inside the compartment. Again, regular cleaning after each use seems to be essential.
It makes quite a bit of noise when grinding the beans but the aroma of fresh ground beans and the flavour are a great trade off. Besides timer programming, you can set it up for either pre-ground or ground coffee. You can make just a few cups (special button setting) or a full 10 cups and yet get the same richness.
This coffee maker is highly recommended for coffee lovers and it makes a unique gift, too.
Update: The machine finally failed after 6 years. The water reservoir started leaking. Because we liked this coffee maker so much, we replaced it with an identical model.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Makes great coffee! Adds style to the countertop!
I bought this model to replace another Cuisinart Grind & Brew 12 cup coffee maker because I upgraded to granite counter tops and the stainless steel worked better. As far as performance, I wasn't sure the thermal carafe would keep the coffee hot for a long period like my previous model which has the warming plate, but I was amazed to find out the carafe kept the coffee hot throughout the morning and afternoon and even warm well into the late evening. Like many who have this unit, I frown when it comes time to cleaning all of the parts, but the process is not that bad if you clean them soon after making coffee saving the carafe for later when it is empty. In addition, I think the concept of grinding, filtering water, and brewing coffee in a single unit is great. I know the grinder is a bit loud, but most grinders are! In this unit, you don't have to have a separate grinder or have to grind before you're ready to brew. Freshly ground (beans) will make for a fresh pot of coffee. So, it you can get over the "turbo" sounds of the grinder and cleaning the many parts after each part, this coffee maker make be a great choice for you. And, it would make another nice addition to your other stainless steel appliances, if you have them.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Attractive Coffee Grinder/Maker But Pricey With Flaws
I acquired two model DGB-600's at the same time and have used both of them every day for over three years. I'll list the good and the bad in hopes that it may help some of you.
1. They look impressive.
2. The dual-insulated pot keeps the brewed coffee warm longer than regular glass containers.
3. You can conveniently grind and brew all in one machine.
4. The units are capable of brewing an excellent cup of coffee.
1. The purchase price is much higher than several other machines having the same or similar functions.
2. There is no heating element under the carafe and the brewed coffee is not exceptionally hot. If you want hot coffee, you will need to use other heating means (i.e. microwave).
3. The grinder motors do not hold up well. Both have broken on my machines even though I carefully cleaned them on a daily basis!
4. The units are more difficult and time-consuming to clean than comparable units.
5. Replacement water filters are pricy and need to be replaced often.
6. The lids on the carafes do not come apart for cleaning. Eventually the entry ball will collect small coffee particles and oils, stick, and therefore will NOT allow coffee to enter the carafe. Like coffee all over your kitchen counter? Well there it will be. I was able to eliminate this problem by inserting q-tips into the small entrance hole and removing the debris from the lid entrance ball. This MUST be done on a regular basis.
If you just want a fancy looking machine sitting on your counter-top to impress your friends and neighbors then this unit is for you. If not, there are far more reliable cheaper options that are capable of brewing as good if not a hotter better cup of coffee. I will not purchase one of these makers again.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Good for coffee.....great for convenience!
If you like to wake up in the morning and have freshly brewed coffee made with freshly ground beans all ready and waiting for you then this could be the machine for you!
This Cuisinart Coffee maker has a built in grinder....simply pop in the beans the night before, set the timer and you will wake up with a pot of steaming hot coffee....and it stays hot because another wonderful feature of this machine is the thermal carafe which keeps coffee warm well into the day!
It has a program that lets you determine how much coffee you want, and a built in charcoal filter so even if the water you start with isn't the greatest thing that should be coming out of the tap, it removes impurities such as chlorine which could affect the quality of your coffee.
The very feature that keeps your coffee so hot - the thermal carafe...does present problems in knowing exactly how much coffee you have left. It is not a problem for us as we fill it with enough to fill our travel mugs and do not care how much is left but if you had guests it may be tough to know how much is in the pot!
The grinder can be removed to clean....and PLEASE CLEAN THE GRINDER....if you do not remove all the internal parts on a regular basis this machine will clog and it breaks down very quickly thereafter...we had that happen, but liked it enough to purchase another one, but I do not think this will stand up to daily use long term as some of the internal parts are rather flimsy.
For the price however, the coffee and convenience of having it ready each morning, cannot be matched!
44 of 51 people found this review helpful.
Good Looking but Cusinart needs to redesign
I replaced my previous cuisinart grind and brew with the stainless steel as for re-doing my kitchen. I love the taste of freshly brewed coffee from fresh ground beans as for it gives FULL flavor, but I've never liked the clean up. You've got to remove the grinder and your have to wash the unit as for steam gets trapped in the grinder and makes it a wet mess. My previous black unit kept the coffee warm for hours and never had a burnt taste, but the stainless steel does not have a warmer plate, and unless you drink the pot fast, it gets cold fast. They recommend pre heating the carafe with hot water, well so much for setting it to have hot fresh coffee in the morning. And you MUST rinse out the lid to the carafe daily or it will malfunction. Don't judge this unit by the looks as for I think you'll be disapointed with the total outcome.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.