Cuisinart Coffee Maker

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Cuisinart Coffee Maker

Back in December of 2008, I had some very complimentary things to say in our Cuisinart Coffee Pot Review. Weeks later, I complained that the Cuisinart Coffee Maker / Grinder product was too big and cumbersome, too difficult to clean, too difficult to pour and didn’t make the coffee hot enough. Since then, I’ve tried the Westbend Percolator and the Presto Percolator. Don’t get me wrong, both of these percolators do make a piping hot, good cup of coffee, but it’s not perfect. The taste does not measure up to the freshness at Starbucks. I’ve come to realize that the taste of the coffee out of the percolator is so darn hot that it almost fools me into thinking it tastes as good as Starbucks, but it does not. Also, as fun and festive as the percolator might be, it’s not quite as convenient and easy to use as a Drip Coffee Maker. One of the other complaints I had about my Stainless Steel Cuisinart Coffee Maker is that it only makes 10 cups of coffee as opposed to 12. For that reason, I purchased a 12 Cup Mr. Coffee Pot and I’ve been suffering with inferior coffee ever since. What’s wrong with the Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker?

My 12-Cup Mr. Coffee Maker brews the most plastic, weak tasting cup of coffee I’ve ever had. I forced and brainwashed myself to tolerate the Mr. Coffee after a while because it is convenient and easy to use and clean. Recently I noticed that the coffee being brewed from the Mr. Coffee seems to vary from one day to the next. One day it will taste slightly plastic-like; the next day it will taste extremely plastic-like – as if I’m drinking melted plastic right from the cup! I said to myself, enough is enough! With visions of a brand new, $100 Zorijushi Coffee Maker dancing in my head, I gathered up the pieces to my Mr. Coffee and brought it downstairs. Once there, I noticed the old reliable, but forgotten Cuisinart Coffee Pot sitting on my bar. The reflection of my bitter-coffee face glared back at me off of the stainless steel cabinet. “The Stainless Steel Cuisinart Coffee Maker really is a nice looking machine”, I reminded myself. And I remembered, “I never had a bad tasting coffee from my Cuisinart Coffee Pot.” Game over. I lugged the old Cuisinart Coffee Machine / Grinder upstairs back to it’s abandoned place in the kitchen. I meticulously cleaned out the little brewing cup, lid and grinder cup and dried them out with a dish towel. After reassembling the dried pieces back together, I poured a heaping cup full of coffee into the grinder compartment and closed the lid. I filled the reservoir up to the 10-cup market, plugged in the machine and set the clock and program timer for 6:20AM the next morning. I remembered thinking that if my alarm clock didn’t go off, The Cuisinart Coffee Maker Grinder would surely wake me up in time – it is very loud!

As promised, my Cuisinart Coffee Pot woke me up at exactly 6:20AM. By the time I was dressed and downstairs the Cuisinart Coffee Maker had already finished brewing and safely turned itself off while the coffee was being kept fresh in the thermal carafe. This was something nice about the Cuisinart I had forgotten. The Cuisinart brews Coffee in about half the time required of my Mr. Plastic, err., Mr. Coffee. The best part was tasting that first sip of coffee. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was drinking a slightly cooler version of a freshly brewed cup of Starbucks. The taste was enormously better than the Mr. Coffee and slightly better than the Percolator, though not quite as hot. The downside is that it is the stainless steel carafe is somewhat difficult and slow to pour. In order to finish pouring the pot into my coffee thermos for work, I had to remove the lid. To my surprise, I seemed to have as much coffee from the 10-Cup Cuisinart Coffee Pot as I did with the 12-Cup Mr. Coffee/Plastic Machine.

I won’t mind doing a little extra work cleaning the grinder and compartments of the Cuisinart coffee pot for a while. The taste is worth the extra effort, and the stainless steel structure does make any kitchen look like a Euro Espresso Bar. I will hold off on the expensive Zorijushi for now. This Cuisinart has earned its place back in my kitchen.

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Cuisinart Coffee Maker with Grinder

Cuisinart DGB-600BC
Cuisinart DGB-600BC

This Cuisinart Coffee Maker with Grinder is an all-in-one way to get coffee ground and brewed fresh every morning. $129 is a lot of money for a coffee maker. I was the lucky recipient of a Cuisinart DGB-600BC Coffee Maker for my wife’s birthday.  For the full review, scroll below to Read the Rest of the entry. Or…….
Forget the review, I’m sold!

The lesson, here, is that a generous father-in-law is the most affordable way of obtaining a high quality coffee maker. I probably wouldn’t spend over $100 for any type of coffee maker, myself. Well, maybe if I knew it was the best coffee maker in the world. The Cuisinart DGB-600BC Coffee Maker is a stylish, European-Coffee-Bar. It may not be the best coffee maker in the world, but it beats every other one I’ve tried. I’ve had 1 Krups Coffee Maker, 1 Braun Coffee Maker, and several Mr. Coffee Coffee Makers, as well as a few other, off-brand coffee makers. So, I think I’ve had more than enough coffee makers to do have an entire coffee ratings column or entire website devoted to coffee maker reviews. As far as features and looks, the Cuisinart Model DGB-600BC has them all beat, hands-down. First, the pros and cons, then we’ll discuss how well this good-looking machine actually does at making good coffee.

DGB-600BC Pros and Cons


Pros

Nice-Looking, Italian-style design. (Makes your counter look like a real coffee bar)
Built-in Automatic Coffee Been Grinder.
Easy-to-clean, removable coffee basket, grinder and other parts.
Thermal Carafe keeps Coffee Hot.
Programmable 24-hour timer.

Cons

Coffee Carafe only holds 10 cups. 12 would be better
$129 may be expensive for some who don’t want the best coffee maker in the world.


Cuisinart DGB-600BC Introduction

I love dark-roasted Starbucks coffee and though it is expensive, I really haven’t found anything else that I would rather buy. I have learned to buy it in the most affordable way possible.  Costco, sells a “roasted by Starbucks brand” in 2lb bags for $9.95. The price is reasonable, but I grow tired of grinding the beans every time I prepare the coffee.  Imagine my excitement when my wife opened up her birthday present from her Dad and I saw that it was a really cool-looking coffee machine with a built-in Coffee Grinder. The Cuisinart DGB-600BC is a 10-cup coffee maker/grinder with thermal carafe. The price, according to the tag on the box, was $129.00. Hhmmm, looks like I got myself a pretty nice gift, for my wife’s birthday.

DGB-600BC Appearance and Setup

Taking the Cuisinart DGB-600BC out of the box and setting it on your counter will instantly make you crave a cup of hot java. This Cuisinart Coffee Maker is one good-looking machine. Just having one of these in your kitchen will make your friends think you are really serious about coffee.  If you don’t believe me, close your eyes and take a second look at the picture above.  Doesn’t this look like the kind of equipment you would see in a genuine Coffee Bar?  The Cuisinart DGB-600BC is made from double-walled, brushed metal. It looks and feels like a quality machine, rather than the plastico-Mr. Coffees,  Krups or Braun Coffee maker that I had become accustomed to over the last 3 decades of my coffee drinking days.  At 15″, The Cuisinart stands a little taller than your typical Braun or Krups Coffee Maker.  Assembly is only a matter of inserting the coffee grinder and plastic basket. All parts are very easy to insert, remove,  and clean.  A charcoal filter is included and needs to be soaked 10 minutes prior to using. The charcoal filter easily snaps into the water reservoir. The included measuring scoop has a handy little cleaning brush on the reverse end.  The 10 oz thermal carafe includes a locking lid, which is brewed and poured from the same locked position. The coffee filter basket comes with a permanent gold, re-usable filter, or you can use paper filters. (two are included).

Cuisinart DGB-600BC Operation and Use

You wont find a lot of useless digital electronics and lights on the Cuisinart Coffee machine, which suits me just fine. Simplicity is one of the benefits of this product. The electronics consist of one small, LCD clock and a total of 6 buttons: on-off, 1-4 cup setting, hours, minutes, grinder-off and program.   To make  coffee, remove the lid on the removable plastic coffee grinder and insert a few scoops of coffee beens. The instructions recommend 1 scoop for every 2 cups of water, but I like mine quite a bit stronger than that. In fact, I don’t even use the measuring scoop at all. I’ve found that 6 cups of coffee tastes best to me when the coffee grinder is about 2/3rds full. Insert the coffee grinder into it’s compartment at the top of the machine. Next, press a button on the left side and the filter basket comes forward. If you don’t mind having some sludge and grinds at the bottom of your cup, go ahead and use the permanent, re-usable gold filter. Otherwise, use one of the basket shaped paper filters, and push the basket forward until it snaps into place. All pieces are well made, and fit into place nicely. If you are only making 1-4 cups,  pressing the “1-4 cups button” will provide double-heat to your water to compensate for the shorter brewing time and insure that your coffee is just as hot as it would be if you made a full pot. This is a great idea. You can make regular ground coffee as you normally would by putting the grounds in the filter basket, and pressing the ‘grinder-off’ button before pushing power. Programming the coffee pot is as as simple as pressing the program button and choosing your on-time. When you first use the grinder, beware that it will run for about 20 seconds, grinding the beans very finely. When I first tried it, I wondered if it was stuck or something, but it takes a good 20 seconds to complete the job.  When the coffee is done brewing, a subtle couple of beeps will let you know it’s ready; a pleasant improvement over some of the other appliances I’ve tried that double as a full scale fire-alarm.

DGB-600BC Performance

This Cuisinart coffee maker with grinder makes a good, hot pot of coffee, and the thermal carafe keeps it hot for at least 2 hours. I could see plenty of steam coming out of the pot, after my late-sleeping daughter poured herself a cup 2 hours after it was made. I wasn’t crazy about the way the locking lid makes it rather slow to pour. 10 cups is plenty for 2 or 3 coffee drinkers, but when guests come, we’ll be digging out the 2nd hand, $19.00 Braun coffee maker. The built-in-grinder makes it a worthwhile wife’s birthday present for me. I got sick of digging out the bag of beans and grinding them before bed every night. Now, I simply pour the beans into the grinder, put a filter in the basket, add water, and push the timer button. Voila… The coffee self-grinds and brews at 6AM every morning.
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