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5.0 out of 5 stars I purchased the thermal carafe version 10 cup, September 14, 2003
This review is from: Cuisinart DGB-600BC Grind & Brew, Brushed Chrome (Kitchen)
- previous was the typical old plastic type with glass carafe
Good Points:
- much considerable improvement in coffee taste now
- the thermal carafe with autoseal until poured keeps coffee hot and no stale or burnt taste, it is double lined with stainless steel
- auto shutoff of heating element immediately after brewing prevents burning of coffee and electricity bills
- the 1-4 cup extra heat excellent idea
- the built-in grinding process
- choice of using paper filter or gold filter basket
- beeping tells you when coffee is ready
- does not have that ugly water level marker, it has a built-in marker where you pour water, a 3-D step ladder sort of speak
- does not expell any heat or humidity from unit, well sealed
- nice design and looks
Bad Points:
- cannot tell amount coffee left in carafe
- pours out slowly from carafe
- carafe autoseal feature requires you to pour at a steeper angle to get faster flow output which still isn't fast enough for me
- grinder howls for about 30 seconds when running, it does not adjust grind-time for amount of coffee beans inside, it defaults to a 10 cup grind, solving this would require some clever engineering idea
- I find I have to clean more than my old machine, I clean the grinder and lid, basket and basket lid, ... the grinder does create a lot fine coffee dust which does get packed into every nook and cranny
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2007, 6:06:07 PM PST
I swore after putting up with the quirks in my DGB-300 coffee maker that I would NEVER buy another Cuisinart! A "thoughtful" friend gave me this DGB-600 Grind & Brew Thermal and I can appreciate the improvements. With the older coffee maker, I had to replace two glass carafes (at $20 a pop) and then the machine goes on one of its tempermental dry-me-out-upside-down stages and refuses to brew. ( I found that if any amount of water gets into the inside of the unit it will not work unless I used the dry-out procedure). The buttons were those squissy rubbery things and the grinder stopped working altogether. The directions were written by a sadist. I really hated this machine, but it did brew a great cup of coffee in between its tantrums. So now I am starting a new life with this Grind & Brew and so far I have none of the problems of the old model. My only frustration is with the screwy measuring "ladder" on the inside of the unit. What were they thinking? A really short person would have to measure out the water by putting the unit on the floor. But at least they will get a decent cup of coffee. I'm looking forward to a longer life-span with this model....I'm using the older one as a pinata!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2008, 6:19:35 AM PST
John Murr says:
I have found that after a year the grinder stopped working. A local repair facility said the coffee dust got down alongside the "spinner" for the grinder and eventually stopped it,and it was not covered by the so-called warranty. I have also had it overflow numerous times when making "10" cups, because the water flowed faster than it could drip through the fine ground coffee. Using canned pre-ground coffee with a courser grind does not cause this problem, but does not taste as good. The so-called maximum of 10 cups in mine is actually 10 5-oz portions, or 50 oz, and is in actuality 6 of my china cups, or 3 auto hot cups.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2008, 8:27:28 PM PST
VOW says:
ROFL!!! I would love to buy this coffee maker, but better yet would pay $200 to see this person on stage as a stand-up comic. Missed your calling unless you are one.

Posted on May 24, 2010, 8:06:05 PM PDT
Meredith says:
We have the Cuisinart Cuisinart DCC-1400 Coffee Maker, Brew Central 10-Cup Thermal and one distinct advantage to it is the Cone Shape (the filter looks like this: Cuisinart GTF Gold Tone Filter instead of like this: Cuisinart GTF-B Gold Tone Coffee Filter ), which, as I understand it from reading and even from Alton Brown on Food Network, makes a better tasting cup of coffee. My experience reiterates that.

I had considered the grind-and-brews, but it seems, after reading people's feedback, that overall, we have the better machine. It has the cone shape, along with the thermal carafe.

I do take a minute each morning to put hot water in the carafe and let it sit one or two minutes before brewing (I grind the beans and pour water in the well after putting the hot water in the carafe, so it has a couple of warm-up minutes).

I figure if that action is preferred by baristas I like, it's good enough for me. I do find that preheating keeps the flavor better, longer, just in case I put my coffee down for a bit longer than I had intended - and also if it sits in the carafe a bit longer than I had intended. The thermal carafe does a good job of keeping the coffee hot and better-tasting, and preheated, it does an even better job.
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