Cuisinart Grind & Brew 12-cup 24 Hour Programmable Coffee Maker
Cuisinart have been active in the food preparation industry since the 1970s, when they launched their first food processor. Over the years they have diversified and expanded their product range and as well as food processors, they are now manufacturing a wide range of other kitchen appliances such as slow cookers and coffee makers.
Features and Benefits
One of the best models of coffee makers that Cuisinart is currently producing is the Grind & Brew Automatic machine. The machine both grinds the beans and makes the coffee, guaranteeing a fresh cup every time. It is fully automatic and as it is programmable, you can set it so there is a freshly brewed cup of coffee waiting for you when you get up in the morning or when you come home from work. If you’d prefer to buy pre-ground coffee the machine can cope with that too, and a simple flick of a switch allows the maker to bypass the grinding stage. It can make up to 12 cups of coffee in 8 minutes and has an automatic shut off facility. The machine also uses a gold tone filter, which can be removed for cleaning but does not need to be replaced with each use like a paper filter. It’s not too large or bulky, and the silver finish makes it look modern and sleek in the kitchen.
On the whole, reviews of this product are overwhelmingly positive. Users are very happy with the coffee that the machine produces and love the automatic timer facility, although some feel that the machine can be a little noisy. The machine is reviewed as easy to use, including the way to set the timer for automatic brewing. The jug keeps the coffee hot all day, and you can leave the coffee safely all day without risk of overheating. The coffee machine is not the most expensive on the market, and for a mid-range product it offers a great balance between performance and value for money. As Cuisinart is a well-known brand the whole product range is widely available and the machines are stocked in most stores and on internet discounting sites also.
Most of the negatives about the machine tend to be a matter of personal taste. Many reviewers complain that the coffee is not strong enough, and that finding the correct balance of coffee and water is a matter of trial and error. This is probably true, but everyone has different tastes and it is impossible to give the quantities which will produce the perfect coffee for everyone. The other main complaints are around cleaning with many people saying that the machine is tricky to take to pieces and clean, and that it’s inconvenient to have to do this every time the machine is used.