Years ago I was gifted an awesome coffee maker for Christmas. My family will never forget the moment I opened the wrapping, hugged the box, and exclaimed “It grinds AND it brews!” Well, seven years later that coffee maker died on me. It had been giving me warning signs of its impeding demise — stopping mid-brew, refusing to turn on, etc. — then one day I woke up, and my coffee maker didn’t.
Yup, it was sad day in the Finley household. That coffee maker had been with me for a long time. But it was time for a new one. And oh boy did I find a spectacular replacement!
See, it’s important to me to have a coffee maker that grinds and brews because I always buy my favorite coffee beans in a big ol’ bag, and I really don’t want to grind them all myself. So I asked my father, the patron saint of Consumer Reports, to do some research for me, and his results told him that the by far the best grind and brew was this guy: Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew. Then he found it on sale on Amazon, from $305 to $135!
So I Amazon Primed that fucker, and had it in my shake-y caffeine-withdrawing hands in two days.
I was delighted to find that this coffee maker has a bin on top that stores half a pound (plus a little more) of coffee beans! That means I can store more beans in my air-tight container and in my coffee maker, and have fewer bags of coffee taking up space in my freezer!
Then you set the number of cups of coffee you’re making, and the machine knows how many beans to grind! Like a god-damned wizard.
This coffee maker also lets you set the strength of your coffee — mild, medium, and strong. And strong is STRONG. I love it!
I’ve been using it for a week and I’m still playing with the settings, but so far this grind and brew coffee maker is helping me forget all about the loss of my old one. (Update: It’s now been three years and I’m still just as in love with it as ever.)
If you’re looking for a grind and brew, get thee to Amazon. Now who wants to hear about my new toaster?