Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker
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- Brewing system doses the right amount of coffee with the right amount of water while heating water to the optimum temperature
- Built-in 0.5-lb bean hopper and integrated burr grinder
- Carafe' setting with brew pause feature and makes up to 12 cups of coffee
- Single Cup' setting from regular to extra-large cup size
- Adjustable strength settings
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Why the Breville YouBrew?
Most drip machines simply drip water over the coffee grounds to make coffee, but coffee needs to be steeped in hot water for full-bodied taste. The Breville YouBrew began with the question: how do you brew the perfect cup of coffee from a drip coffee machine?
The Breville YouBrew makes it possible for you to make your ideal cup of coffee with its unique coffee brewing system. In the single cup mode, the Breville YouBrew holds the coffee and water together for a stronger, more flavorful cup. The process is similar to how a French Press coffeemaker works, which allows the coffee and water to steep together for 4 minutes before drinking. This gives you more control over the flavor of your coffee. Simply choose your favorite bean and roast, choose your preferred strength, and choose your ideal flavor profile, and the YouBrew’s intelligent Brew IQ system does the rest. Your choice, your coffee nirvana, Breville’s YouBrew.
This is how the Breville YouBrew stands apart: it simplifies coffee-making but still makes it possible for you to customize your perfect cup.
A single-serve coffee machine that can multi-task
Single-serve coffee machines have made brewing coffee more convenient, but many of them don’t offer much flexibility in cup size, steeping time, or the amount of grounds used (especially if you’re using pre-manufactured coffee pods). The YouBrew navigates all the variables that make the perfect cup of coffee, from customizing brew strength (by adjusting the amount of coffee grounds used) and flavor (by varying the steeping time) to measuring and heating the right amount of water.
You’re also not limited to just one cup of coffee; the YouBrew can be used to brew both single-cup servings and multi-cup servings. The Breville YouBrew can brew from around 7.5 oz up to 12 cups of coffee, ensuring that you’ll never have more—or less—coffee than you need. No matter how much water or how many coffee beans you put in the machine, you can adjust the amount of coffee made since the YouBrew measures the volume of water and beans used before making each batch. No more arguments over the last cup, no more wasted coffee. You can brew into a cup, travel mug, or carafe—the YouBrew makes it easy no matter the size.
Coffee how you like it...
People who love coffee know what they love: whether it’s strong, bold, smooth, or delicate, coffee aficionados have their preferences. How can one coffee machine cater to their needs? The YouBrew allows you to adjust the strength and flavor profile of your single-cup serving. Seven different strength settings from mild to strong to intense and a choice of five different flavor profiles from light to bold give you more control over how much flavor is extracted from the grounds. Based on your preferences, the YouBrew adjusts the volume of coffee beans ground and the steeping time needed for your perfect cup. Don’t know what you like, or change your mind frequently? With the YouBrew, you can experiment with different strengths and flavors until you find the one that’s just right for you.
|Carafe||12-cup double wall stainless steel thermal||12-cup glass|
|Warming plate?||No||Yes, 2 hour auto shut-off or manual off|
|Bean hopper||0.5 lbs||0.5 lbs|
|Water tank capacity||12 cups||12 cups|
|Ability to select less than in tank?||Yes||No|
|Strength settings (varies amount of grinds)||7||7|
|Flavor settings (varies steeping time)||5 (only in 'Single Cup' setting)||5 (only in 'Single Cup' setting)|
|Compatible with the glass replacement carafe?||No||Yes|
|Accessories||Gold tone filter, cleaning brush for grinder and coffee chute||Gold tone filter, cleaning brush for grinder and coffee chute|
|Brews into a cup, travel mug, and carafe?||Yes||Yes|
|Housing||Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water and coffee are BPA free||Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water and coffee are BPA free|
...Coffee when you want it
Some like it hot, some like it even hotter—and with the YouBrew thermal carafe, even coffee from the pot several hours old is still hot. Brew a pot when you get up and you can keep drinking it all morning. Not a morning person? The YouBrew can be programmed to start making coffee at a specific time, making it easy to get started in the morning. Simply program it the night before, make sure that it is full of water and coffee beans, and coffee will be waiting for you when you get up. The YouBrew’s built-in burr grinder measures out and grinds the amount of beans necessary for the size and strength that you’ve selected, so no matter when you brew it, your coffee is as fresh as possible (though it’s still an option to use pre-ground coffee, if that’s your preference). If you’re in a hurry when you’re making a carafe of coffee, the Brew Pause feature allows you to pour a cup for yourself in the middle of the brew cycle so you don’t have to wait for the whole carafe to finish. It’s coffee that’s ready to go when you are.
Designed with the consumer in mind
Save money with the YouBrew: the YouBrew was designed to deliver freshly brewed coffee with none of the added cost (or waste) of coffee pods, so it's friendly to your pocket and the environment. The YouBrew is made from attractive stainless steel, making it not only durable but beautiful. Though taller than the average coffee machine to accommodate the burr grinder, the YouBrew can brew into a variety of cups, including tall travel mugs. And even with the YouBrew’s numerous options, it is easy to use. The blue back-lit LCD display is intuitive to use, showing size, strength, and flavor preferences in addition to the amount of water left in the reservoir and the time left until brewing is complete. The YouBrew is also easy to clean, reminding you to clean the filter and notifying you when it is necessary to go through the cleaning process of descaling. Coffee has never been simpler: enter your favorite settings and a fresh cup of coffee is literally a button push away.
- Built-in burr grinder grinds the perfect amount of beans for your preferred coffee strength, so your coffee is as fresh as possible every time you brew. A cleaning brush for cleaning the grinds chute (stored under the hopper), and a removable grinds catcher makes cleanup easy.
- Easy-fill water tank. Red float shows when the tank is full, and the amount of water in the tank is displayed on the LCD screen.
- LCD display with easy-to-understand graphics informs you of the phase of the brewing cycle (pre-heating, steeping, or brewing), counts down the brewing time, shows the amount of water in the tank, and notifies you if the machine needs to be cleaned.
- Single cup or carafe buttons allow you to choose the amount of coffee brewed, from around 7.5 oz. to 12 cups
- Adjustable brew strength and flavor profile, to tailor each cup to your specifications
- Autostart program allows you to program the YouBrew Glass to automatically start brewing your coffee in the morning
- Gold foil filter is included with the machine, but a paper filter can be used as well
- 12-cup glass carafe is included with the machine for larger servings. Built-in warming plate keeps the carafe warm after brewing.
- All the materials that come in contact with coffee or water are guaranteed to be BPA free
Your coffee, your way
Top customer reviews
At first I thought I may have been doing something wrong, and just needed to "Dial in" the machine. But, after spending 3 hours of time playing with it the other night, I still cannot get consistent or desired results.
My primary desire for this machine was to have an automatic machine that will produce a cup of freshly ground/brewed coffee first thing in the morning. During other times of the day I make coffee with other methods (Press pot, pour over/Chemex, Clever coffee dripper)
For reference, I am using mix of Columbian Supremo (City+ roast) and Starbucks Verona and Yukon blend. A ratio of 2/1/1.
- Uses flat burr grinder. Looks fairly "off the shelf" type of part.
- Moderately Consistent grind size. Though more variation than my dedicated grinder (Barzata Precisio)
- Grinds are larger than normally used for drip. Larger than I normally use for Press Pot (French Press)
- Use approximately 50% more grinds then standard. For example, For 20 oz of water, generally you should use 32 grams of coffee. The machine dispensed 53-65 grams when set to dispense approximately 20 oz.
- This grinder is LOUD. I wake up every morning, an make a cup of coffee. Fresh grinding. Normally nobody else wakes up. When this machine started the grind cycle, it literally startled us awake, I sat straight up in bed and she grabbed my arm in shock at the noise. This is in a ~1800 sq ft house and the kitchen is on the opposite side. I think, that if some type of internal sound dampening medium was in the machine, that might resolve some of the noise. The sides are stainless steel, and rapping on the side produces a hollow thumping sound. Like a speaker. But, I haven't experimented with that yet. But Breville should consider this in their next iteration. Another option may be to slow the grinder down. The water is still in the preheating phase when it finishes grinding, so there is plenty of time.
- The grounds have more fines then I think should be produced in a machine of this price. Maybe better designed burrs are called for. Using the included mesh filter basket left sediment comparable to a French Press. Of course, if you used paper filters, this would not be an issue. Since the machine has no variability in grind size, a purpose designed burr set may be called for to resolve this. But, over all, this is not a major issue.
2) Brewing and dispensing
- Brewing pot of coffee, this machine does a fairly decent job. It produced a dark and rich coffee. Good aroma and flavor.
- Brewing a cup of coffee. This fails in a number of ways.
- Cup: On the highest setting (the most grounds) the machine made coffee that was flat tasting but strong. And used an obscene amount of grounds.
- Cup: Set down it to a middle setting produces a weak cup. Less flat, but, still weak and watery.
- Cup: Water dispensed. I actually wonder if this is a defect or a broken machine. If it is, then it is probably a common failure since I have seen this in other reviews. Brew for 17 oz water. Get almost 30. The machine overflowed every cup I put in it. to fill a 20 oz cup (the same cup used in their demo video) - I had to set it on 8 oz. This resulted is a cup literally filled to the brim.
- Setting it this low resulted in less grounds than needed to produce a strong cup of coffee.
- I gave up using a cup. I brew the cup setting into the pot, then decant into a cup.
- In testing, the amount of water varied dramatically. Set on 20 oz, I got results ranging between 27-60 ounces. Of course this results in a very inconsistent cup of coffee.
- In summary, if you are brewing a pot, 9 -12 cups, well, then this machine is fairly good. But, then it is way over priced if you already own a decent grinder. There are number of better choices for a drip brewer.
- While brewing and afterwards, the front display turns on. This is a large light blue display. It will light up a dark room very well. It will not turn off until you press power or open the ground basket to clean it.
3) After brew, cleanup, and general comments
- The cleanup is fairly easy. The solution they came up with for blooming the coffee is interesting. It makes the system seem a bit "complicated" for cleaning, but, honestly, it's pretty quick.
- I do worry about one thing. The gasket that connect to the grinder, this seems flimsy, Since this area needs to be dried to prevent grounds from sticking, unless you are air drying I am convinced that I would eventually rip this if I didn't take special care every time. It is thin and floppy.
- Everything else in the system seems to be built solid. The machine is sturdy and heavy. Fit and finish was fairly good.
- The bean hopper seals very tightly. Nicely sealed. Of course, it holds so little, you will be pulling this off often.
- The machine looks impressive and stylish. It is large. And fairly heavy. I've read some reviews commenting on the difficulty using it under cabinets. I do not have cabinets above my coffee area, so I can't comment here.
- The interface could be better designed. I wish you could press a function, and then use the arrow buttons to modify the settings. For example, if you want to change the "Single Cup Size" you have the repeatedly press the button and cycle through the sizes. It would be nice to press "Single Cup" and then use the arrows to quickly choose the size.
- The carafe is a pain to pour from. You must practically tip it completely vertical, almost upside down to get it to pour anything once you have emptied half the pot. But, it does pour in a nice straight and tight stream. No drips or splashiness.
- The temperature control of the water seemed consistent and correct, but this was difficult to test. I placed a thermoplastic color changing thermometer into the brew basket and let the steep cycle run. Then canceled it. I fished it out of the water and it was at 199f. The second time it was at 201f. This was at the beginning of the brew cycle only. It was just too much of a bother to test at the end of the cycle. But, appears to tentatively be consistent ~200
But still, the large quantity of grounds, noise of grinder, and poor single cup performance, would make me rate this a 2. Along with the other more minor issues.
The consistency of the full pot, the ability to regulate strength, the temperature consistency, and a decent full pot taste would make me give this a 4. Minor issues dropping it from a 5.
Overall, I would rate this a 2.5 since my focus is the single cup in the morning.
I will personally be returning the pot. The inability to properly dispense the correct amount of water must be a defect or broken sensor. I can't see this type of failure being accepted by most people. Having to clean a counter often from overflowing isn't fun. I don't count this issue in my 3 star rating. I never include a defect as part of the rating unless it is a design defect. No product is ever perfect 100% of the time, so I think that is unfair to use as a judgment criteria.
UPDATE March 2015. Not much of an update really - this coffee maker still rocks my mornings. I can't imagine how I got along with mediocre coffee for so many years before I got this. I take care of it, descale it when it says to, clean out the grinding burrs now and then, and that's really it. One thing I have been doing for the descale that I don't know if it helps or not, but it makes sense (to me) - I put the vinegar in the water hopper, add the remaining water, start the brew cycle, and about half way through the cycle I turn off the coffee maker. I let it sit with the vinegar/water in the lines for about 20 minutes, then turn it on and resume the remainder of the brew cycle. I figured letting the heated vinegar/water solution sit in the lines would give it time to soften any stubborn lime deposits (I have really hard water, even when it is softened). So for what it's worth, I'm still enjoying good coffee from this maker, going on 2.5 years.
UPDATE December 2013: I still love my Coffee Maker! Yes, I think it uses more beans than it should. Yes it is loud. But it makes coffee that I look forward to - Every. Single. Morning.
Not only that, but Breville Customer Service is the best I have ever experienced. My first unit had a slight issue where the clock would lose a couple minutes a week - irritating, but not a showstopper. Nonetheless, I contacted Breville, who acknowledged the issue, and put me on a waitlist for a replacement when the software fix was finalized. Sure enough, they called me (albeit several months later) to inform me the new/improved maker was available, and arranged for a swap. So that was great.
Then came my issue 3 weeks ago. I accidentally dropped my thermal carafe while transporting the coffee maker to work to show it off to some co-workers. The plastic rim/pour spout shattered. I was very angry (at myself). When I got home, I started shopping for a replacement carafe - they want $60 JUST FOR THE CARAFE!!! I could not see shelling out more than the cost of an average coffee maker just for a carafe. I decided to contact Breville, and see if they had a used carafe from one of their warranty returns - a long shot, but what did I have to lose? Breville wrote me back within a couple minutes asking for proof of ownership (serial # of my unit, and copy of receipt). I asked why, since this was not a warranty issue - it was an issue of my own doing. They wrote back again within one minute confirming that the issue was my doing, but they needed to confirm my ownership so they could ship me a BRAND NEW CARAFE!! I just received the new carafe in the mail, and am very happy. Thank you Breville!
I read every review on this and other combination Grinder/Brewers. This one had what I was looking for - a burr grinder (instead of the inferior blade), and decent reviews. Although the YouBrew is almost twice the price of some of the competition, I saw a recurring theme across all the reviews - You get what you pay for.
So I took the leap, and spent more on this coffee maker than I have spent on all my previous coffee makers and grinders combined,times about 4. And I'm glad I did.
Here are my thoughts after using it for a couple weeks:
It is big. It is a beast. It weighs a ton. But it is sure a conversation starter sitting there on my counter top.
The stainless steel does show fingerprints. So I wipe it down to keep it looking nice. We'll see how long that lasts...
Previous reviews talk about how loud the grinder is - and they aren't kidding. It sounds like I did something terrible when I push the start button and this very loud grinding noise starts up. But I'm getting used to it. Plus, I've been using it in program mode, where it grinds beans and brews before I get up, and apparently the grinder noise is not loud enough to carry up the stairs and wake anybody up.
I tried the gold-tone filter it came with - Meh. It made a decent enough cup of coffee, but what a mess to clean up afterward. I made a full carafe using the gold-tone filter, and the grounds completely filled the filter basket, and overflowed some into the removable housing. Then I had to wait until the thing cooled down so I could dig around in the grinds for the little handle on the gold-tone filter, and then I had to dump it upside down to empty it into the kitchen garbage, making a hell of a mess. So I switched to paper filters, and it's back to simply upending the housing and discarding the filter full of grounds into the garbage, then giving the housing a rinse.
This thing make the most awesome cup of coffee I've ever made! I've been roasting my own coffee for a while now, so I really enjoy fresh roasted beans. This maker really does a beautiful job of grinding and extracting the coffee-goodness out of my beans.
You can make a single cup (in something like 8 different sizes, from 7.5oz up to a healthy 21oz bladder buster.
You can program the strength (amount of coffee used) and flavor (amount of time the ground beans steep in the water). Or you can program to make a carafe of between 2 and 12 cups (of course, a "cup" is really small. 2 cups = one normal mug of coffee)
The LCD screen really is easy to understand. It's well laid out, and very intuitive.
You can turn it completely off when it's not in use (so no little LEDs lighting up the kitchen in the dark)
It holds 60oz of water and a half pound of beans, so you can go a day or 2 without reloading (at least I can...)
There is an automated "door" that rotates closed after grinding, to keep steam and moisture from entering the grinding chamber. Great idea.
It is solid. It has a nice fit and finish to it. There is nothing cheap about it. It has a satisfying click when you shut the filter door.
One point I found to be helpful - I put little felt discs on the bottom - it comes with a rubber non-skid bottom, so it stays put. But I like being able to slide it out from under the cabinet when I am filling it, or to let steam vent while it is brewing, and then sliding it back when it's not in use. The felt pads definitely help from marking up the counter top, and makes the sliding smoother.
In summary, as I mentioned at the start - you get what you pay for. And I'm happy.
Update - February 2013: I have had my YouBrew for 6 months. I have read the growing number of reviews (both good and bad) and have come to this conclusion: when the YouBrew works, it works very well. Unfortunately, it appears, Breville does not turn out 100% good product, thus the bad reviews. My advice for anyone who has had a unit that does not work (i.e. does not make hot coffee, grinder breaks, water stops pumping, whatever), contact Breville and get a new one. It's unfortunate that their output of good units is less than 100%, but it's got to be above 90%, so your odds of getting back-to-back defective units is slim. After 6 months, I can state that I have a unit that operates as it should. I have hot coffee. The carafe keeps the coffee hot for several hours - it keeps it warm for more than 12 hours. Yes it's awkward to get that last 1/2 cup out, but I don't dwell on it. The loud grinding doesn't bother me - it's kind of like an alarm clock - it goes off at 5:45am, and I know I will have amazing coffee in about 12 minutes. The only minor irritation I have with my unit is that it loses about 1 minute a day on the clock - So I have to reset the clock a couple times a month. No big deal, it takes all of 10 seconds. Breville has stated they are aware of this issue and are working to correct it. All in all, the YouBrew remains one of my favorite appliances, and I really enjoy great coffee now.
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