The 8 Best Grind And Brews

Updated March 21, 2018 by Gregg Parker

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Between making breakfast for the kids, getting dressed, and nudging everyone out the door, you don't always have time to create a gourmet espresso. Luckily, these grinding coffeemakers do all the work for you, so you can shower and get ready while they prepare a piping hot cup of your favorite blend. Some even feature automatic timers, so you can sleep in a bit. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best grind and brew on Amazon.

8. Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS

With solid steel conical burrs for a finer and more uniform grind than combination machines that utilize blades, the Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS can produce up to 10 cups at a time. On the down side, the carafe pours a bit messily.
  • fully programmable
  • clear led readout
  • operation is very noisy
Brand Capresso
Model 465.05
Weight 13.7 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Breville BDC650BSS

The Breville BDC650BSS can brew directly into a cup, a travel mug, or a full-sized carafe, so it's easy to switch between your weekday thermos and a weekend pot for two. The display provides real-time feedback on the coarseness and water level.
  • 8 different strength settings
  • pre-brew temperature control
  • hopper often gets jammed
Brand Breville
Model BDC650BSS
Weight 21.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

6. Krups KM785D50

Drip coffee loyalists will appreciate the wealth of options on the Krups KM785D50. You can choose between mild, medium, or strong brews, and select from two to ten cups, so there's no waste if you're home alone for a few days.
  • requires no paper filters
  • keeps warm for up to 2 hours
  • grinder has only 5 settings
Model KM785D50
Weight 12.6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Cuisinart DGB-700BC

For a consistent cup each time, the Cuisinart DGB-700BC uses a charcoal water purifier and a permanent gold-tone coffee filter, which work together to remove impurities effectively. Plus, the large bean hopper can hold up to 1/2 a pound.
  • grinding indicator light
  • keeps beans moist in storage
  • has a lot of parts to wash
Brand Cuisinart
Model DGB700V2
Weight 14.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Black+Decker CM5000WD

The Black+Decker CM5000WD offers a user-friendly design with a streamlined grind-to-brew process that captures essential oils and aromas for a full, rich flavor. A single brew basket makes the unit exceptionally easy to clean.
  • large backlit display
  • button functions are clearly marked
  • does not make piping hot coffee
Model CM5000WD
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Cuisinart DGB-550BK

Bringing versatility and convenience to those busy mornings, the Cuisinart DGB-550BK has a pause feature that lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has actually finished, and its automatic shutoff is adjustable from 0-4 hours.
  • dripless pour spout
  • scratch-resistant heating plate
  • makes up to 12 cups
Brand Cuisinart
Model DGB-550BK
Weight 10.4 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Gourmia GCM4700

Since your eyes probably won't be all the way open when you first get up, the Gourmia GCM4700 has a large LCD screen and big buttons for getting it started. You can also preprogram the machine the night before, so it'll be ready as soon as you stumble into the kitchen.
  • removable parts for easy cleaning
  • works with beans or grounds
  • water level indicator
Brand Gourmia
Model pending
Weight 8.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Breville BCG820BSSXL

For those who know what they want and need their beverage exactly the same every day, the Breville BCG820BSSXL offers 60 different grind settings. The time can be adjusted in increments of two-tenths of a second, so it'll be consistent and precisely as you like it.
  • holds 16 ounces of beans
  • grinds container seals with a cap
  • comes with cleaning brush
Brand Breville
Weight 9.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Rise and Grind

Welcome to the future of coffee! Finally we have married two classic inventions to create a one stop shop for gourmet coffee making. I am referring to the grind and brew; which is a single machine that both grinds beans and brews coffee. It's the best of both worlds and it's extremely convenient for the on-the-go commuter who prefers homemade coffee to large chain operations.

Why is the grind feature included you might ask? Can't you just buy vacuum sealed pre-ground coffee and brew it with a traditional drip coffeemaker? Of course you can, but you will sacrifice freshness. After a bean is roasted, for up to two weeks the bean releases carbon dioxide, forming a shield that prevents the bean from becoming stale. When the bean is ground, that protective bubble bursts and the bean becomes stale in minutes.

This is why shrewd coffee makers vacuum seal the coffee to lock in freshness. However, after the bag is open, the pre-ground blend you bought will be stale after the first cup. The grind and brew solves this conundrum by offering to grind only the amount used in the cup today; preventing ground coffee to sit around and grow stale and lose its aroma.

Also, the grind feature allows for a level of customization. The settings permit you to chose from a fine grind to a course grind. Supposing you like weaker coffee, chose a courser grind and the result will be achieved because less flavor will be extracted for the grounds. Espresso drinkers and lovers of Turkish coffee can be satisfied by a very fine grind which highlights a bitter taste.

The machine will also keep the brew hot; as opposed to a french press or pot, which will dissipate heat. Lastly, some grind and brews will brew the coffee directly into a travel mug, making it ultra convenient with no clean up.

The Features

The grind and brew is the new kid on the market; competing with the wealth of competition and it is tough out there. The grind and brew succeeds in convenience and adaptability over its competitors.

A great cup of coffee is the work of many parts coming together in a beautiful, caffeine-enhanced way. What places the grind and brew above other brewing methods is the grinder and the heating mechanism that keeps the coffee at optimal temperature.

The grind function might be the most important feature when choosing your machine. It will have either a blade mill or a burr grinder. The blade mill will be cheaper, but it produces more heat which can alter the taste of the coffee. Not to mention the beans will not be ground at a consistent size. A burr grinder is more slow and thorough because is accounts for proper uniform grain size; too large and the coffee won't be fully extracted, resulting in weaker coffee.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, most of these machines offer a level of programmability. Setting the coffee to grind and brew for you every morning at 8:00 is highly convenient. It can be your reality. Most machines will also have an auto shut off feature.

The coffee will be brewed into a carafe that is made of either glass or an insulated metal. The glass carafe is the traditional glass you see at diners. Many consumers fear leaving unattended glass carafes will lead to burnt coffee. The thermal cafe addresses this issue. It will insulate the hot coffee for hours without the use of a hot plate. Personally I feel that while the flavor is locked in with the thermal carafe, I prefer the extra hot temperature that only the glass carafe can offer.

If the primarily reason you chose to purchase a grind and brew is convenience and speed, the last thing you want is to be cleaning it out on a daily basis. Check with the model to see if a filter is needed. A filter can easily be disposed of and is simpler than cleaning the unit.

A Brief History of Brewing Coffee

Coffee is one of the oldest beverages enjoyed by the modern world. For years cultures roasted and brewed coffee beans simply by heating water over a pot and adding beans. Over the course of time, the process became refined.

The coffee percolator is one of the oldest methods and it was invented in 1885, before electricity. The process works by boiling water and using gravity to seep the grounds in the boiled water repeatedly.

The Moka pot, designed by Alredo Buletti, gained popularity in Italy in the 1930's. The pot uses steam to brew and it is still the favorite method in Latin and South American countries.

The electric drip coffeemaker was next and upset all the coffee methods previously. The way it works is cold water from a reservoir goes through a tube be to heated by a metal plate via an electric current. The hot water is then dripped over coffee grounds into a glass carafe below. The grind and brew operates in a similar fashion, and most see it as an advancement to the drip coffeemaker.

The grind and brew is the standard for coffee professionals and you deserve a professional brew. Cheers!

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Last updated on March 21, 2018 by Gregg Parker

Gregg Parker is an author, screenwriter, and comedian who divides his time between Los Angeles, California, and Osaka, Japan. When he’s not watching sports, he spends most of his free time on his artistic pursuits or collecting miles for his next international journey.

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