The 8 Best Grind And Brews
8. Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS
- fully programmable
- clear led readout
- operation is very noisy
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
7. Breville BDC650BSS
- 8 different strength settings
- pre-brew temperature control
- hopper often gets jammed
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
6. Krups KM785D50
- requires no paper filters
- keeps warm for up to 2 hours
- grinder has only 5 settings
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
5. Cuisinart DGB-700BC
- grinding indicator light
- keeps beans moist in storage
- has a lot of parts to wash
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
4. Black+Decker CM5000WD
- large backlit display
- button functions are clearly marked
- does not make piping hot coffee
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
3. Cuisinart DGB-550BK
- dripless pour spout
- scratch-resistant heating plate
- makes up to 12 cups
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
2. Gourmia GCM4700
- removable parts for easy cleaning
- works with beans or grounds
- water level indicator
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
1. Breville BCG820BSSXL
- holds 16 ounces of beans
- grinds container seals with a cap
- comes with cleaning brush
|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 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!