Whole beans need to be ground before the brewing process.
There are two different types of grinders in the grind and brew coffee makers: blade and burr.
Blade grinders spin with high speeds and slice the beans until they are finely ground. Those types of coffee makers are usually cheaper.
Burr grinders crush the beans at low speed. This decreases heat and, as a result reduces the burning and bitter flavor in the brewed coffee.
Burr grinders are definitely recommended among the experts so we will focus on them in this guide.
If you are on a budget and need a cheap but still high-quality coffee maker with grinder built-in look further below in the chapter Best Coffee Maker with Grinder On A Budget”.
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Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind and Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker
The Cuisinart DGB-900 Grind and Brew Coffeemaker is probably the best programmable coffee maker with built in grinder currently on the market.
The integrated burr grinder crushes the beans to a consistent and ideal grind for a true coffee flavor.
What I like best is the insulated stainless steel thermal carafe because it keeps your coffee hot for a long time without the burning taste that can occur in glass carafes.
With the Grind- and Strength Control Buttons you have total flexibility in case you can’t look straight in the morning and need a quick and super strong caffeine infusion but later the day you prefer more a weak cup of Joe.
Included is a charcoal water filter that eliminates unpleasant tastes if you have no reverse osmosis system or do not use bottled water.
The Breville BDC650BSS is the upgraded model of the BDC600XL which was already a pretty good coffee maker with built-in grinder.
Well, it just got even better.
As with the previous model you get a great looking machine but now it has even more functionality and intelligence under the hood. The improved location of the temperature sensor and heating element give you more accurate control of the water temperature to make sure that you hit that sweet spot of 200 degrees with every brew.
Breville BDC650BSS can brew a single cup of coffee right into your mug.
Coffee on the go - no problem with the Breville BDC650BSS.
The grinder now has adjustable burrs so you can vary your grind coarseness depending on the beans you’re working with and the flavor you’re after. As with the previous model, you get an adjustable strength control which varies the coffee to water ratio for each brew.
This machine is really smart in the way it optimizes the amount of beans needed to get the strength you want. Different beans don’t all grind the same so there’s even a calibration feature so you get it just right.
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During calibration it will grind the beans for 10 seconds, weigh the grinds and then adjust the coffee to water ratio accordingly. If you change the beans you’re using then simply do the calibration again.
The LCD panel has an uncluttered look about it and clearly displays information like the water level, strength selected, grind size and brewing time.
I really liked the flexibility in serving capacity. It will make as many as 12 cups (8 if you like it strong) but also gives you a single cup option. Some higher capacity machines struggle to make a single cup of coffee with enough flavor because so little water is dripping through the grinds.
This machine first lets the water steep in the brew basket a while before letting it drip through which results in a great tasting, full bodied cup.
With the Coffee Team Pro Plus Capresso has taken the Team TS/GS version and made it even better.
You still get an integrated solid steel conical burr grinder but now it only has 3 grind settings as opposed to the 5 that the Team TS/GS has. The great thing about this grinder though is that the top burr is now removable which makes it a lot easier to clean.
The two-step grind and clean chamber will also automatically clean the grinder after each cycle. This prevents any buildup in the grinder so you get consistent quantities of coffee deposited into the brew basket each time.
While the Team TS/GS struggles a little with oily beans the Pro Plus has an “oily bean” setting which accommodates the extra time it takes for oily beans to move through the chute. At 7 ounces the bean container is slightly bigger than the one in the Team TS/GS and is fully removable so you won’t end up spilling beans all over the place.
Another improvement is that the water reservoir is also fully removable. They’ve done away with the 3 strength setting and the amount of coffee it grinds is determined by the quantity of cups you choose to brew.
The cup quantity setting only regulates the how many beans are ground and not how much water is used. It will empty the reservoir each time so you have to regulate the amount of water you use manually.
Whether you go for the glass or thermal carafe option you’re going to get an attractive machine that makes good coffee. The removable bean and water containers and the self cleaning grinder make it worth the extra $40.
If you prefer a bit more control on the grind coarseness and use mainly drier beans then the Team TS/GS might be a better bet.
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The Capresso Coffee Team combines a conical burr grinder and coffee maker into a compact, attractive package which weighs 4 pounds lighter than its 14lb big brother Pro Plus model.
The GS option comes with a glass carafe while the TS option comes with a stainless steel thermal carafe, which would be our preference. The grinder has 5 grind settings from coarse to fine but the fact that the top grind head can’t be removed makes it a little difficult to clean.
It also doesn’t have the grinder self clean function that the Pro Plus has. If you’re using oily beans this can be a bit of a pain because more and more of the grinds remain on the burrs and your brews eventually get progressively weaker as a result.
Besides the grind adjustment you also have 3 different strength settings. The strength settings just regulate how much coffee grounds are used and don’t regulate water usage. It will empty the water reservoir each time you do a brew.
The 6 ounce bean container is slightly smaller than the one you get in the Pro Plus and oily beans will sometimes need some coaxing with your finger to get them all to go through the grinder. This and the absence of oily bean settings makes this machine better suited to dry beans.
The bean container isn’t removable so getting leftover beans out when you’re switching beans is a bit of a pain. The water tank also isn’t removable so it takes a little finesse to refill without spilling.
Aside from some of the fiddly issues this is a well constructed coffee maker with a decent grinder that produces a respectable carafe of coffee. If you don’t mind spending an extra $40 then I’d rather go for the Pro Plus (check section above).
The disadvantage of coffee makers with grinder built-in is that they are usually quite expensive means you won't find a lot of cheap ones.
For this reason, I searched the world wide web if there are any budget grind and brew coffee machines and I found two of them.
Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind And Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker
The entry level Cuisinart coffee maker with grinder is equipped with a blade grinder and glass carafe.
The warming plate keeps the coffee hot and can be adjusted to automatically shut off from zero to four hours.
The display features an integrated digital clock and easy to read buttons with useful extra features.
You can set a timer to automatically start the brewing process at any time within the next 24 hours. The 1-4 cup setting is especially helpful when you don't want to brew a whole 12-cup carafe of coffee. In this case, the machine automatically slows down the brewing process and thus increases the steeping time of the coffee.
I have had one of the previous models of this Cuisinart Grind And Brew Coffee Makers and I got to admit one thing.
Cleaning the inner parts, especially the funnel between the grinder and the basket is messy and inconvenient because it's simply hard to reach. But other than that I can recommend this machine because it's reliable and brews a consistently good and hot cup of Joe.
The Black & Decker CM5000R 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffee Machine is available in four different colors: black, white, red and gray.
What I haven't seen before is the attached grinder to the bronze tone coffee filter. You pour coffee beans into the filter and the blade grinder automatically grinds them inside the filter.
You can turn off the grinder when you are using pre-ground coffee.
It's important to know that the filter can be removed easily to wash it in the sink or put it in the dishwasher.
My only concern with this new technique is, how to replace the filter when it's too dirty or old. I couldn't find any replacement parts at Black & Deckers' website yet. So I don't know how expensive it will be to replace this unit.
But I'll keep my eyes open. If you find it before me, why not adding it to the comments section below? Kudos to you!
Back to the features of the Black And Decker Mill and Brew Coffee Machine.
The large backlit display has buttons for brew strength, grind settings for lighter or stronger flavor and an auto brew function to set a timer to start the brewing cycle automatically.
The Auto Shutoff feature is a nice to have in case you rush out in the morning without turning the coffee maker off.
Cuisinart DGB-1 Single Cup Grind & Brew Coffeemaker
This is single cup brewer with integrated blade grinder and is ideal for singles who only drink one or two cups a day.
Even if you drink a few cups a day but always insist on freshly ground beans then this is a better bet than a larger capacity machine that stores the brewed coffee in a carafe. It grinds and brews up to 16 ounces at a time and is very easy to use.
There aren’t a lot of dials and buttons or multitudes of settings. Simply add the water, add the beans and then press the “Grind and Brew” button. If you want to use some pre-ground coffee then it also has a grind-off feature that allows for this.
The space below the brew basket will accommodate most regular size mugs and the drip tray can be removed if you want to fit your taller travel mug in.
This is not the coffee machine you want to be using when you get guests but it’s perfect for getting a single fresh cup of just-ground coffee every time.
Krups EA8250 Espresseria Super Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder
When manufacturers claim their espresso machine is “fully-automatic” I always take it with a pinch of salt.
With the Krups EA8250 that moniker is completely justified though. Once you’ve got your settings dialed in just the way you like it all you need to do is add beans and water and press “brew”. It will grind your beans, tamp the coffee down and deliver a great cup of espresso all in under 2 minutes.
Their Thermoblock System is the main reason for this super fast delivery and ensures a hot cup of coffee every time instead of the almost-hot shots that you get from some machines.
The grinder is a solidly built conical burr grinder but as with most integrated grinders you’ll get better results with less oily beans. I would have preferred a removable bean hopper but that’s about all I can complain about.
The grinder of the Krups EA8250 is a solidly built conical burr grinder.
The integrated steam nozzle does a great job of turning milk into froth if you’re into lattes and I liked that the machine comes supplied with its own stainless steel milk container.
I enjoy drinking coffee, not cleaning coffee machines. The EA8250 only needs to run through its automatic cleaning cycle every 360 cycles and leaves you with very little to do yourself. Every few months you’re going to need to replace the water filter and that will set you back around $20.
If you use pre-filtered water then you can get away with doing this less often. This is not a cheap coffee machine by any stretch of the imagination but the fact that it makes a great cup of hot espresso so quickly and easily makes it worth every cent.
What’s especially impressive is how they’ve managed to fit all the mechanical wizardry and what must be at least 3 little barista elves inside such a compact and attractive housing.
If you like the idea of making espresso the way the pros do but you’re still learning the ropes then this entry level machine is ideal.
It offers a great automatic function while still allowing you a few manual adjustments if you want them. Not only does it look the part but it produces a great espresso really fast. From grind to brew to in the cup all takes just under a minute.
It won’t automatically tamp the grounds for you but the magnetized tamper spot storage makes it a breeze to remove and store the tamper.
The stainless steel conical burr grinder is fed by a removable half-pound bean hopper. The attractive control interface allows you to vary the grind anywhere from fine to coarse and how much coffee you want dispensed into the filter basket.
This machine is solidly built and very stable with the non-slip feet ensuring that the machine stays put when the grinder is doing its thing. Once tamped down the Italian made pump produces 15 Bar of pressure to drive the hot water produced by the 1600W Thermo coil system.
A flat head water spigot then dispenses water evenly across the coffee puck for maximum coffee extraction. If you’re a bit of a newbie then the dual-wall pressurized filters will automatically regulate the pressure so that you get the best extraction.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can use the included single-wall non-pressurized filters and then the pressure regulation is all up to you. It’s easy to select to brew either one or two cups and you can even override this selection manually if you change your mind halfway through.
Another very detailed and informative video, not only about the Breville Espresso Machine but also tips and tricks about how to make a good espresso.
Eventually the “clean me” light will come on but it’s easily done with the supplied cleaning kit that stores in a hidden compartment. This machine makes great coffee really fast and even when not in use is an attractive feature in your kitchen.
DeLonghi ESAM3500.N Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso And Coffee Machine With Built-In Grinder
If you think espressos are too boring or sometimes just want a bit of variety then this may be the machine for you.
They call it a “super-automatic” machine and they’re not kidding. Do you want an espresso, Americano, cappuccino or latte? No problem. Press a button, take your beverage.
The preset latte or cappuccino button means that once you’ve dialed in your strength, amount of shots, amount of milk and froth preferences the machine will deliver your drink just the way you like it with a single button press.
You don’t even need to hold the contained while frothing the milk. This is as hands-free as it gets.
Had your tenth cup of coffee for the day and want to dial back the caffeine buzz? No problem.
It has a hot water spigot for when you just want some hot water to make tea or cocoa. I also liked that the spouts are height adjustable to accommodate the size cup you’re using.
The ESAM3500.N uses an integrated conical burr grinder to grind the beans for each brew. The grind fineness is adjustable and the grinder is fed by a 7-ounce hopper. You have to make sure there are beans in the hopper though because the machine doesn’t check.
While the grinding and brewing process is really quick the machine does take around 5 minutes to warm up once switched on. Use the auto on and auto off timer wisely so you don’t have to wait. Even when the power goes off the battery backup will ensure that it comes back to life with the correct time and your settings intact.
The machine does a great job of keeping itself clean but you’re going to need to clean out the coffee grounds yourself and you’ll need to do a descale cycle about once a year depending on the hardness of your water.
They’ve made a lot of the parts removable and they’re all dishwasher safe which makes cleaning and maintenance a lot easier than other machines.
Coffee lover and Dad on a budget. Since the wishes of my beautiful wife and two charming kids are of course of much higher priority than my own ones, I always keep an eye out for coffee products which give me the biggest bang for the buck!