3. Cuisinart Grind & Brew DGB-650BC
Coffee maker with a built-in grinder
Cup capacity: 10 cups | Size: 15 x 8 x 8 inches | Features: Programmable, permanent filter, charcoal water filter
If you like to grind the beans right before you brew, the Cuisinart Grind & Brew is the best coffee maker for the task. It has a built-in grinder that after grinding, transfers the ground coffee directly into the filter. However, be forewarned that when the grinder goes off in the morning, it’s loud enough to wake up anyone who’s still sleeping, even one floor above the kitchen. And occasionally, you’ll have to clean the grinder, which is an additional chore. If you sometimes want to use pre-ground coffee, you have the option to turn the grinder off.
As you would expect, you you get the ability to program it to start the brewing process just when you wake up or walk in the door. It has a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot without a heating element and that’s attractive enough to bring to the table for company dinners.