There is no finer smell than that of freshly brewed coffee, except perhaps freshly baked bread. The time-honoured coffee-making ritual of grinding the beans, preparing the bew and standing waiting for it to finish doing the magical stuff, what better?
It used to be that you needed to grind the beans in one machine, then transfer the grounds to another for the brewing process, but in recent time a range of all in one machines have come onto the market. As expected some offer great value for money, while some seem to rely more on good looks.
As dedicated amateur baristas, wedded to the search for the ultimate mug of coffee, we’ve compiled a list of machines hitting the market in 2014 that we have exhaustively tested until our eyeballs popped out from a caffeine overload.
Table of Contents
- 1 Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Metal
- 2 Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
- 3 Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
- 4 Conair Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker
- 5 Cuisinart DGB-475BK Grind & Brew 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Black
- 6 KRUPS KM7005 Grind and Brew Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Conical Burr Grinder, 10-cup, Black
- 7 Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black
- 8 Lello 45920 Ariete Cafe Roma Deluxe Espresso/Cappuccino Maker with Built-In Coffee Grinder
- 9 KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder, Black
- 10 Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder
Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Metal
This superb machine does exactly what it claims, it grinds and it brews for around $185. Add the beans, add the water, press the button and in a few minutes sip at one of 12 cups of coffee made from freshly ground beans and charcoal filtered water. If you find exactly the blend and strength that hits the button, program it in.
It looks good and does exactly what it should do with poise and grace. One definitely to consider.
Capresso 465 CoffeeTeam TS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder and Thermal Carafe
Another worth contender allowing the inexperienced to hit and go, and the experienced to try a range of different grinding and brewing settings. You can even operate it with pre-ground coffee. The water is charcoal filtered, and the 10 cup finished brew is decanted into a thermal carafe. Five grinder settings make sure that you have the optimal grade of ground beans, from fine to coarse. If you need to answer the phone you can pause the brewing process.
Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
On for the definite consideration. Breville market a wide range of different kitchen accessories and devices, and this complements the range perfectly at a competitive price. It offers 25 different grind settings, a backlit LCD display, an automatic dosing system, a host of accessories, a container for coffee grounds along with an air tight lid and a conical burr cleaning brush.
Very good value, and it makes good coffee.
Conair Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker
Similar to the Capresso, it offers a superior coffee grinding and brewing experience. It grinds according to your instructions, then brews and decants the coffee into a thermal carafe. Simple, good looking, effective and just what you want.
A useful feature is the timer, so you set up the unit to deliver a freshly brewed cup of coffee just as you are waking.
Cuisinart DGB-475BK Grind & Brew 10-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Black
Cuisinart need no introduction as manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality kitchen appliances. We’ve already looked at the DGB-625BC and it’s little sister the 475 provides a similar high level of functionality. Ten cup capacity, a grind and brew or brew only operation, autoshut-off and brew pause functions all feature in this device.
Again pre-programming allows you to wake up to the luxury of freshly ground and brewed coffee.
When it comes to automatic coffeemaker with a grinding function embedded, Cuisinart is
KRUPS KM7005 Grind and Brew Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Conical Burr Grinder, 10-cup, Black
Another worthy contender for your attention at the keen price. With a 10 cup capacity, it can grind at 5 different levels from fine to coarse and three different strengths
Add in the brew pause function and an automated shut-off and the Krups machine will meet all your needs.
Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black
Yet another Cuisinart offering, this time the top of the range at a affordable price. A 12 cup capacity gives just that little bit more, and it carries on with auto-shut-off and introduces a thermal carafe to keep the brew warm.
Lello 45920 Ariete Cafe Roma Deluxe Espresso/Cappuccino Maker with Built-In Coffee Grinder
We are now getting to the business end of grinders/brewers, and units that could easily find in cafes and coffee bars.
. It is rated at 1150 Watts has a 15 bar pressure system to get the most from your beans. Other features include a dual dispensing system to allow continued grinding for storage or limited grinding for immediate use. The expresso/cappuccino system offers a frothing wand for the perfect topping. All in all an expresso/cappuccino maker well worth a look.
KRUPS EA8250 Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder, Black
This bean to cup unit will set you back, so you would expect a range of great features, and this unit does not disappoint. It is a worthy No 2 on our list. It is completely automatic so all you basically do is to supply the ingredients, push a button, wait a bit, then an excellent cup of Joe. With this one, an added bonus is that you will have the ability to produce cappuccinos, espressos, rich coffees, scrumptious hot cocoa, or even flavored teas.
Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder
This one is for the real coffee addict. It is cheaper than the Krups , it offers better value for money. The Barista Espresso has the features one would expect for the price. You can make the perfect espresso shotat home with this easy-to-use appliance. It offers a pre-infusion cycle, an innovative dose adjustment tool to make the perfect strength and weight expresso. It also provides barista-friendly features like an integrated burr grinder, cup warmer and removable tamper. This value for money unit allows you to deliver a café quality smooth and satisfying rich bean-to-cup crema espresso in under a minute.