Mr. Coffee GBX23 Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
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- 12-cup programmable coffeemaker with removable grinding chamber
- Brews fresh, whole coffee beans or pre-ground coffee; brew-strength selector
- Brew-pause function for pouring a cup midbrew; 2-hour auto shut-off
- Dual-water windows; dishwasher-safe filter basket and grinding chamber
- Measures 12 by 9 by 13 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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I get a call from my wife stating that all this place sold was hamilton beach and Mr C. She said "they have one that grinds" and I automatically said get it.
When I opened it up and made my first pot of water, you know - to clean it, I was surprised to see that they actually fixed the fluid release where the coffee goes into the pot. I had HIGH hopes for this one. It seemed that it would actually work.
Man was i completely wrong. It is a pain to clean every time. Even when you don't use it to grind beans, you have to clean the compartment because of all the moisture. The compartment is too small for beans so you get a weak cup of coffee. This is also due to how the water filters over the grain. It only seems to hit half of the grinds. I opened it up to inspect why my Starbucks Sumatra roast (one of the strongest coffees) tasted like brown water. Half of the grinds were still dry. Not to mention that so much grind gets stuck in the bean chamber and area where it is supposed to enter the filter. There is no grind setting so i get mostly larges grains.
What are the engineers at mr coffee doing. Do they sit around and walk next door to starbucks for their coffee. DO they EVEN TEST THEIR OWN STUFF? I am utterly shocked.Read more ›
1. The whole grind and brew idea is a bad one in my opinion, I mean what's the point? Are you trying to save time? Because the clean up you have to do with all the parts of the machine takes way way longer than the time it takes to grind coffee in a grinder and then scoop it into a filter. Or is the point supposed to be counter space because it seems to me grinders themselves usually are not that big and can easily be stowed away in a cabinet inbetween uses.
2. The grinds go everywhere but the filter. At first I thought my girlfriend simply wasn't putting in enough beans and that was why the coffee was so weak and had that strange metallic burnt taste, but then I took a look inside and realized that probably about 25% of the grinds were coating all the plastic parts inside the machine rather than in the filter.
3. Even without using the grind and brew feature this thing makes horrible coffee. The coffee usually has the metallic taste I mentioned before, I think this may have to do with all the cheap metallic parts in the grinder compartment. Also the coffee somehow always manages to taste burnt even though I turned the heating plate all the way down to low.
4. The price is insane. I mean for 85-90 bucks you can get an excellent coffee maker and an excellent grinder.
About two years ago I went out and purchased the cheapest coffee maker I could find for my work office, it was a braun that cost about $20. That thing consistently made coffee 20 times better than this machine ever could.Read more ›
I was hoping for better with Mr. Coffee's grind and brew. Sadly, was not to be.
So, what are the big problems here?
1) The grinder capacity. If you make more than 8 cups, you really can't get enough beans in this thing to make a decently strong cup of coffee. Very annoying.
2) Clean-up. This thing is a mess. The grinder and channel is a royal pain to clean, and must be cleaned after each use. Ugh.
3) The lid latch looks like it was designed by the same monkeys who designed the Melitta latch. I'm expecting it to go crunch roughly 2 months after the warranty expires.
4) A return to paper filters. Oh my goodness, does anyone use paper filters anymore? Yeah, I freshly grind my beans just so I can strip out all the coffee flavor by running it all through paper! Good gosh.
This all being said, it brews an OK cup of coffee. Not great, not terrible.
I would have happily continued on with my Melitta had the latch not been such an issue, though. And since Salton's support is so awful, I decided to travel down a different road. This one, not so good. Oh well.
I do agree that in order to get a good cup of coffee you really need to brew this on the strong setting when grinding. I don't find it terrible to push an extra button though! (You won't need it if you use pre-ground coffee.)
The one thing that puts this over the top vs using a seperate grinder is that it can be pre-set to start grinding & brewing the night before. Let's see....a more beans in the coffee maker - five bucks a month, 15 more minutes sleeping in bed with my nice warm blanket - PRICELESS!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was excited to get this coffeepot. I enjoy fresh coffee and nothing is better than fresh ground beans to make a fresh pot of coffee; so I was enthusiastic about this pot. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Alen Harris
The greatest drawback to this coffee maker is the loudness of its grinding function, like a plane taking off in our kitchen. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by mazy
I normally only review really good or really bad products, and this one is REALLY BAD! I've had this coffeemaker for six months, (and actually didn't use it at all for half of... Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by F. Reynolds
First, let's stipulate that no one NEEDS a grind and brew coffee maker at home. Those of us who have them want them because we love very good, fresh coffee - especially first... Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Chris
I have owned several grind and brew model coffeemakers: Mr. Coffee, Miletta, Cuisinart, and back to Mr. Coffee. Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by Maryrose90
The auto shut-off feature is fantastic; the built-in grinder is a tad but loud but soooo handy! Also it's very attractive in appearance and has a very ergonomical design. Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by Sarah
Like most of the other reviewers, I've had some problems with this machine. After my old Melitta fell apart, I got one of these at Walmart on sale for under 40 dollars. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by ProfCough
I had a Cuisanart grind and brew before this (which had design flaws too believe me!) and after a few days of this I thought I was going to have to buy another one. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by J. S. Carr
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