Cuisinart Coffee Maker & Grinder - Thermal Carafe - Stainless steel
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In fact, it's so bad that after about 4 brewing cycles, you'll pack the stupid thing up and give it to some poor, unsuspecting friend or family member, who, after about 4 brewing cycles, will realize why you gave it to them. Then they'll cuss you, and pass the coffee maker off to some other poor sap. Eventually the damn thing will make the rounds and get re-gifted back to you, and you'll be exactly where you started.
So, to save yourself, your friends, and your family a whole lot of time and heartache playing hot-potato with this stupid machine, take my advice... PICK OUT A DIFFERENT COFFEE MAKER!!!!!
By the way, every time you make coffee, you will swear the machine is going to explode. It makes the most violent, disturbing sounds I've ever heard come out of a healthy piece of kitchen equipment. Seriously. Horror-movie quality sound effects...
NOTE: this is a true story, up to and including the re-gifting part... when I got the damn thing offered back to me, I had to post this review. CAVEAT EMPTOR! (or TEMPUS FUGIT or QUID PRO QUO or some other goofy Latin phrase))
Lastly the grinder is extremely noisy, and doesn't shut off immediatly when the grinding process is complete, which can be a problem if your kitchen is close to your bedroom and you set the auto feature to brew coffee before you get up.
Strangely, my carafe also leaks from the top when I pour. Even without the top screwed in. So smaller messes on regular basis. Finally, as others note, the unit *requires* cleaning every time. The build up of grinds is such that you can't really get away with skipping a cleaning. In fact, I took to drying the bean grinder compartment before use as, when it is damp or wet, more grinds stick to the walls of the grinding compartment (wasting coffee and making the next clean up a little messier).
I have been pleased with the all-in-one aspect of the coffee maker, the quality of the coffee has never been a problem, and thermal carafes are the only way to go as far as I can see. I just went with a Zojirushi maker with a thermal carafe and find that it retains heat better/longer than this make (and doesn't spill!).
1- The grind is TERRIBLE. There are fine grounds, as well as whole beans left in the grinder.
2- Because there are always a lot of grounds as well as whole beans left in the grinder, they get moist after the coffee brews which makes the grinder difficult to clean.
3- The grinder needs to be cleaned after every use.
4- Because of the unevenness of the grind the coffee doesn't really taste that great. It's not terrible, but it is not a lovely fresh robust cup of coffee that you get from a nice evenly ground bean.
5- I'm not sure why, but recently my coffee pot has been 'exploding'. The coffee goes everywhere but into the pot while it is brewing.
Because of this, I will probably replace this machine soon with a burr grinder and separate brewer. I do love to buy whole beans. I was hoping that this machine would be convenient and brew tasty coffee. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely the most expensive piece of junk you could buy! Ground coffee disaster! Machine needs to be cleaned regularly or you will have coffee on your counter. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven Schindel
I must agree with everyone else who has contributed to this one-star category. We've owned this machine for about six months, and this morning was the last straw. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Benosaurus
We had ours for 5 years. Was a great coffee maker grinder. Make sure you keep the water well free of coffee beans. In the end the grinder kept grinding towards the end. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by THA
I am taking this back to Costco ASAP the grinder is broken after just two weeks what a piece. Of crap! I loved it when it worked,Published on July 15, 2012 by Mary
I have owned the machine about 2 1/2 yrs. I haven't been annoyed by the noise or the cleaning because of the convenience. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Rosemary S, Gonzales
Not sure about some of these other reviews. Unless you're terribly anal retentive, this is a good coffee maker. The comments about cleaning the grinder... Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by Randy
We got this brewer when we were married back in 2006, and though we had the first one replaced (under warranty), it was because we neglected to clean the thing that it broke. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Katie
We've had it for several years now. The grinder is useless; it grinds coffee so coarsely that you need to waste beans to make a decent pot. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by John Ballew
The grinder portion of the maker is not working well after a few months. Not what I would expect. I either get a new coffee maker or buy a separate grinder.Published on February 9, 2011 by D. Moore
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