The Ultimate Guide: 10 Reviews – Best Coffee Maker With Grinder

Sep 21, 2017 @ 10:43 pm

More and more people have realized the importance of grinding their coffee right before brewing. However, grinding the coffee and figuring out which grind setting to use is extra time some just cannot spare. If this sounds like your life a good grind and brew coffee maker can be a life save. Here is our ultimate guide to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your home!

 

cat town 2 - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

This ultimate guide is going to be similar to the one we put together for the Best Coffee Grinders on the market in 2017.

 

I’m going to be so thorough, and go over so many tiny little details that by the end of this guide you won’t want to hear the term ‘best coffee maker with grinder again’.

 

Joking aside.

 

The reason I am taking the time to be so thorough is that I truly believe everyone’s coffee brewing lifestyle is different. You might like your coffee smooth and less acidic, but your roommate or girlfriend might be the complete opposite.

 

You might like the convenience of waking up to coffee automatically brewed for you, while your coffee snob friend might think you’re lazy and is everything wrong with the coffee world.

 

Here is how this ultimate guide is going to play out!

 

The review is going to break out my 10 favorite grind and brew coffee makers across three different price categories. I’m confident out of these 10 we’ll be able to hook you up with the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Price Categories of Coffee Maker with Grinder

Price Categories - coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Then within each price category, I’m going to get into the pros, cons, favorite feature, and an overall score out of 10 for each coffee machine based on the following criteria.

 

Overall Score Criteria

 

  • Flexible Grind Settings:  An important criterion to have as the more flexible the grind settings, the more you’re able to adjust the strength of your final brew.
  • Grind Consistency: As you know, the more consistent your grind level, the more evenly you’re able to extract your coffee during the brew. Grind consistency will only be an issue for the under $100. The more expensive grind and brew coffee makers do not have as much of an issue because they come with a set of burr grinders.
  • Durability: This is obviously important. The last thing you want to happen after you spend your hard earned money on what you think is the best coffee maker with grinder for your home is for your machine to break after a few times using it.
  • Noisiness: Some people won’t care. For me, noisiness matters and the last thing I want is a grinder that shakes awake the whole house when it’s running.
  • Water Temperature: Brewing at the right temperature makes all the difference in your final cup of coffee. Too hot and you’ll over extract and too cold you’ll under extract. Only the best of grind and brew coffee machines get this one right.
  • Value – Duh, right? Before buying anything, you want to make sure you got the best value for your money.

 

Now that you know a little more about how the guide is set up, let’s get going!

 

There is one important thing to remember. The coffee makers in each section are not ranked in any particular order!

 

Like I’ve always said, each persons coffee lifestyle is different and the best coffee maker with grinder for one person’s life may not be the best fit for others. It’s up to you to decide.

 

 

Best Coffee Maker with Grinder Under $100

 

 

1.) Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup

 

Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

First up in our ultimate guide to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle is the Cuisinart DBG-650BC Grind and Brew Thermal Automatic Coffeemaker.

 

If I had to use some strange metaphor to describe the Cuisinart, I would compare it to a squirrel.

 

Yes, you heard that right. A squirrel. As in the squirrels of Central Park or the squirrel in my backyard.

 

You see, the reason why is because you don’t appreciate squirrels for what they are until you really look and study them.

 

Most of the time you’ll take them for granted.

 

If you have a dog or a cat, you might get a few laughs when they perk up after seeing a squirrel, but for the most part, you’ll take them for granted.

 

Makes sense too since they are so common in the world.

 

It’s only when you call a squirrel for what it is.

 

A squirrel.

 

Not a panda.

 

Or a Puffin

 

Or a seal.

 

And notice their weird yet endearing behavior, when you finally start appreciating them.

 

squirrel - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

The Cuisinart DBG-650BC is kind of like that. You know what I mean? Or maybe I’m not making any sense now.

 

What I mean is that to really appreciate the Cuisinart Grind and Brew coffee maker, you have to see it for what it is.

 

It’s an entry level, low-cost coffee maker with grinder which won’t break your bank and makes decent coffee.

 

Once you start comparing the Cuisinart DBG-650BC to higher end grind and brew coffee makers like the Breville Grind Control, you’re going to be disappointed.

 

That’s like if you went to the zoo and got disappointed because you only saw the squirrels on display.

 

Squirrels are cool.

 

The fact that any animal, even if it is a squirrel exists, is amazing to think about.

 

However, it’s when you start comparing squirrels to zebras or kangaroos, or cheetahs. That’s when you start to think they’re boring.

 

I bet people in Australia think kangaroos are nothing special. Same with people in Thailand, or Costa Rica with Monkeys.

 

You probably get the point now.

 

Like I was saying, if you’re looking for something cheaper, maybe for your vacation home, your office, or your studio, this might just be the best coffee maker with grinder for you.

 

Or maybe you just want an automatic coffee maker and you don’t want to spend more than $100.

 

This coffee machine might be for you.

 

Again, see it for what it is. It’s an entry level, low-cost grind and brew coffee maker that makes decent coffee.

 

Got it? Good. Let’s get started then.

 

First, let’s go over some subtle differences in the Cuisinart’s coffee maker with grinder lineup.

 

Then, after we get that out of the way I’ll get into the details of what there is to love and hate about this coffee maker.

 

During your research, you might have seen the Cuisinart DGB-900BC. The full review of this coffee maker with grinder is covered in the $100 – $200 section of this guide.

 

What you need to know is the main difference between the two models is automatic cup selection.

 

With the Cuisinart DGB-900BC, there is a bean hopper on the top of the machine which holds a half pound of coffee.

 

Cuisinart DGB-900BC - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

What the machine allows you to do is to choose the brew amount from between 2 -12 cups.

 

Since the beans are already in the machine, it’ll then measure, grind, and brew the coffee for you.

 

Cool, huh!

 

Well, it is cool, but it’s going to cost you more. So if you think the automatic measurement of your beans is gimmicky, then the DGB-650BC might be the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Save some money, measure your own beans, it’s not that difficult. However, it does kind of defeat the purpose of a grind a brew to a certain extent.

 

Anyways, like I said, the full review of the DGB-900BC is in this guide too, so let’s get back to the 650BC.

 

Alright, by now you know the Cuisinart DGB-650BC is an entry level, low-cost grind and brew coffee maker, which makes ok coffee.

 

So what do I like about this coffee maker with grinder?

 

Pros

 

  • The Low Price: Honestly, this is going to be one of the cheapest grind and brew machines with a burr set up you’ll find.
  • Included Charcoal Filter and Gold Tone Brew Basket: Like most other grind and brew coffee machine set ups, it includes a charcoal filter and gold tone brew basket. A plus because this machine is much cheaper.
  • Brew Pause + Grind Off Option: Want to drink some coffee before the entire batch is done brewing? No problem. Want to use pre-ground coffee (even though I highly don’t recommend this)? No problem either.

 

Remember squirrels are cool.

 

I was definitely pleasantly surprised to find the Brew Pause and Grind Off Option on this machine. Especially at this price point.

 

It’s a couple of nice features to have and adds to the overall value of the machine.

 

As for the Grind Off option, I don’t use pre-ground coffee often.

 

However, I can understand how useful it would be to turn off the grind feature to pour in some pre-ground coffee if needed.

 

What I’m trying to say is that although there are many shortcomings of this coffee grinder (I’ll get into them in one second), there is a good amount to like for the price point.

 

Why wouldn’t I recommend this as the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle?

 

Cons

 

  • The quality of the Final Brew: In my opinion, it’s not very good. A couple words to describe the final brew is watered down or weak. This is obviously subjective as everyone’s tastes are different.
  • Lack of Auto-Measurement: I put this as a con, but it can also be seen as a pro for the money saved. There’s no bean hopper in this machine and no automatic bean measurement. What this means for you is that you need to put in the exact amount of beans each time you brew.
  • Other Choices: There are better choices out there. Again, you get what you pay for when it comes to coffee equipment.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

This is an easy answer. My favorite feature on this grinder isn’t a feature at all. It’s the price.

 

Again, a squirrel, is a squirrel, is a squirrel.

 

If you’re looking for a low-cost entry into the world of grind and brew coffee makers, this could be the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Just remember, you get what you pay for. If I were you, I’d save a little money and go for the Capresso CoffeeTeam.

 

 

Cuisinart DGB-650BC - Is this the low cost coffee maker of your dreams?
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Grind Consistency - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Durability - 8/10
    8/10
  • Noisiness - 8/10
    8/10
  • Temperature Control - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
7.8/10

 

 

 

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2.) Gourmia GCM4500 Coffee Maker with Built In Coffee Grinder

 

Gourmia GCM4500 Coffee Maker with Built In Coffee Grinder - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Next up in the under $100 category on our mission to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle is the Gourmia GCM4500 Coffee Maker.

 

To continue on the squirrel metaphor. If the Cuisinart DGB-650BC is a regular squirrel, the Gourmia GCM4500 would be a baby squirrel.

 

A squirrel that just hasn’t grown-up enough to explore the world on its own.

 

Right from the start, I can tell you the Cuisinart is a better value for your money.

 

You know why?

 

It comes down to a couple basic things.

 

Why is the Cuisinart DGB-650BC a Better Value?

  • The Gourmia comes with a built-in blade grinder, while the Cuisinart comes with a built in burr grinder. If you’ve read any of our blog posts about how to make the best cup of coffee possible, you’ll know how important it is to use a burr grinder.
  • The Gourmia comes with a regular filter and no charcoal water filter. I find it surprising the Gourmia doesn’t come standard with these items given the price point is so similar.

 

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It’s not that the Gourmia isn’t a decent coffee maker in this category. There is still the possibility that this machine is the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

However, just from those two things: 1.) the use of a blade grinder versus burr grinder; 2.) the lack of a gold tone filter + charcoal water filter combo. You can tell that Gourmia isn’t really concerned with the full customer experience.

 

I understand they have a business to run, but the addition of these two items would not have drastically impacted their margins.

 

I mean, if Cuisinart can do it at roughly a similar price point, Gourmia should be able to too.

 

But with that said, there are still some things to like about the Gourmia GCM4500.

 

Pros

 

  • Low Price: Even with its shortcomings, the coffee maker is still one of the cheapest choices out there. If you’re just looking for a coffeemaker to brew some no frills, hotel room tasting coffee, you can’t go wrong.
  • Small Footprint: The Gourmia comes in at a nice size which won’t take up as much room on your kitchen counter as many of the other coffee makers featured here.
  • Easy to Clean: The machine is very easy to clean. At first, I thought it was a strange design to have the blade portion of the grinder removable and part of the filter, but it made sense from a cleaning perspective. The blade and filter portion are removable. so all you have to clean is remove this portion and you’re good to go.

 

I hate to sound like a broken record, but if you’re looking for the best coffee maker with grinder under $100, I strongly encourage you to consider the Cuisinart DGB-650BC.

 

There are just too many cons to this coffeemaker and its at roughly the same price point for me to recommend it.

 

Cons

 

  • Inaccurate Clock: I didn’t notice it as much but many others have complained about the built-in clocks inaccuracy. It seems like the clock runs slower, so over time, the programmed brew time can be way off. Not to mention the clock can only be set to military time, which is kind of weird.
  • Blade Grinder and Lack of Upgraded Filters: It’s worth repeating. This coffee maker, unfortunately, comes standard with a blade grinder. Plus, no gold tone filter or charcoal water filters.
  • Quality of the Coffee: There are other coffee makers at a similar price point which brew the same quality of the coffee.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

My favorite feature of the Gourmia GCM4500 is definitely its design. I like the small overall package it comes in and the fact it does not take up much room on the kitchen counter.

 

It ends there for me, though.

 

Again, for the price, the Cuisinart DGB-650BC is a greater value for your money. Especially since you ARE looking for the best coffee maker with grinder, not just an ok one.

 

Plus, if you’re willing to spend just a little more, you can get a much better coffee maker with the Capresso CoffeeTeam.

 

If you’re still considering the Gourmia, I’d offer up one last alternative.

 

Instead of investing in this machine which has a blade grinder, look for a cheap Mr. Coffee drip brewer and invest in an entry level burr grinder.

 

It’ll cost about the same and you’ll get a much tastier final brew.

 

 

Gourmia GCM 4500 - The cheaper alternative to an already cheap Cuisinart DGB-650BC?
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 6/10
    6/10
  • Grind Consistency - 6/10
    6/10
  • Durability - 8/10
    8/10
  • Noisiness - 8/10
    8/10
  • Temperature Control - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
7.0/10

 

 

 

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3.) BLACK+DECKER CM5000B

 

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Next up in this Ultimate Guide to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle is the Black and Decker CM5000B.

 

So far in the under $100 category, you have read about why I think the Cuisinart DGB-650BC is a better deal than the Gourmia GCM4500.

 

Does the Black and Decker have what it takes to take down the Cuisinart?

 

Unfortunately, it does not.

 

It’s a little bit more competitive than the Gourmia GCM4500, but the Cuisinart’s extra features and the set of burr grinders it comes with is what sets it apart again.

 

I mean, there is a strong argument for why you should get the Black and Decker coffee machine.

 

You can usually find it at about half the price of the Cuisinart and everyone likes saving a bit of money.

 

I mean with that money saved you could stock up on a decent amount of coffee that could last you a couple of months.

 

But, and here I go again with my buts. If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on the Black and Decker and you don’t want to spend extra money for the Cuisinart, I think the better route is a cheap Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker and an entry level burr grinder.

 

Like I was saying at the end of my review for the Gourmia GCM4500, I think a burr grinder is that important for the taste of your coffee. I think most people who love coffee would agree.

 

Yes, you might be spending a little more money and it will take up more kitchen space. But, the burr grinder will take you much farther as you grow into your coffee habit. Come on now, you’re looking for the best coffee maker with grinder aren’t you?

 

If I didn’t convince you and you still 100% want a grind and brew set up at the lowest price possible, that’s ok too. I still prefer the Cuisinart, but the Black and Decker still got some things right.

 

Pros

 

  • Very Low Price + Gold Tone Filter: Ok, this is probably the lowest you can get a coffee maker with grinder for. Any cheaper and I’d have to believe you’re buying straight from the manufacturer. You even get a Gold Tone filter with the Black & Decker, which is a nice surprise.
  • Small Footprint: The design of the Black and Decker is very similar to the Gourmia. The grinder blade and the filter sit in one removable piece, which saves space.
  • Easy to Clean: Again, the design is very similar to the Gourmia. Like the Gourmia, you’re able to remove the filter compartment and grinding blade. Making it very easy to clean.

 

BLACK+DECKER CM5000B - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

 

Cons

 

  • Blade Grinder: Like I always say, you get what you pay for when it comes to coffee equipment. A burr grinder will definitely produce a better cup of coffee and it’s unfortunate to see such a promising machine with a blade grinder. I know it comes down to making a cheaper product. Like I’ve said, I’d recommend spending the extra money to get the Cuisinart DGB-650BC which has a burr grinder.
  • The Quality of the Coffee: The coffee produced by this machine is not that great, but what do you expect? The poor quality has a lot to do with the blade grinder the machine comes with.
  • Better Choices Out There: Get a cheap 4 cup coffee maker and an entry level grinder or upgrade to the Cuisinart DGB-650BC. A machine with a blade grinder will never be the best coffee maker with grinder for anyone!

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

My favorite feature is definitely its design and low price point.

 

With that said, this is one of those times it’s better to spend a little extramoney. You’ll get such a better cup of coffee with a burr grinder set up.

 

Plus, like I was saying, as your coffee tastes grow, you’ll want a brewing set up that can grow with you.

 

The last thing you want to happen is to regret your decision of not spending more money in the first place.

 

Go with the Cuisinart DGB-650BC or get an entry level burr grinder and a Mr. Coffee 4-cup coffee maker.

 

I’m confident you’ll be much happier.

 

 

Black and Decker CM5000B - The best in the under$100 category?
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 6/10
    6/10
  • Grind Consistency - 6/10
    6/10
  • Durability - 8/10
    8/10
  • Noisiness - 8/10
    8/10
  • Temperature Control - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 7/10
    7/10
7.1/10

 

 

 

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4.) Mr. Coffee Grind and Brew Coffeemaker with Built-In Grinder and Travel Mug

 

Mr. Coffee Grind and Brew Coffeemaker with Built-In Grinder and Travel Mug - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Let’s change it up a little bit for the next review on our mission to find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

So far we have reviewed 3 different big batch grind and brew coffee makers. By big batch, I mean a coffee maker which can brew multiple cups of coffee at once.

 

For review #4 in the under $100 category, we have the Mr. Coffee Grind and Brew.

 

This grind and brew coffee machine is specifically made to brew one cup of coffee at a time. It comes with a travel mug too which only strengthens that point.

 

If you already know a one cup coffee maker will not be the best coffee maker with grinder for you, skip ahead. If you’re still intrigued, it’s worth reading about. Just to get a better idea of what’s out there.

 

At first, I was kind of hesitant when I saw this concept. A grind and brew coffee machine that brews only 1 cup?!

 

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The first thought that went through my head was “can this even be considered for the best coffee maker with grinder for anyone’s lifestyle?

 

Even though you can only brew one cup at a time, I do think for some people, a single cup grind and brew coffee maker could make sense.

 

However, the problem with the Mr. Coffee Grind and Brew Coffee Maker is that it does not execute on the concept.

 

Plus at this price point, the Cuisinart DGB-650BC is a much better value for your money.

 

I really wanted to like this coffee machine.

 

I really wanted to say this concept could be the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

But after comparing and contrasting, I just couldn’t recommend this coffee maker over the Cuisinart in this category.

 

Before I get into the specifics of what I didn’t like, let’s go over what I did like about the Mr. Coffee Grind and Brew.

 

Pros

 

  • Small Footprint: It’s no surprise, but this coffee machine does not take up a lot of space.
  • Included Stainless Steel Travel Mug: It’s nice that Mr. Coffee included a stainless steel coffee mug with the machine. In my opinion, they should have invested the money spent on the travel mug for grinder improvements, but it’s still nice.
  • Good for a Single Person: Because of its small size and the fact that it’s a single-cup brewer, it’s perfect for one person. You definitely won’t have to worry about brewing too much coffee with this machine.

 

Cons

 

  • Low Brewing Capacity for Price: I know what you’re going to say. How can this be a negative if it was specifically designed to be a single-cup brewer? It’s because of the price point. For this price, the Cuisinart DGB-650BC is a WAY better value for your money.
  • Blade Grinder: If you care about the quality of your final brew, please avoid blade grinders at all cost. If this grind and brew unit was half the price of where it is now, I might say go ahead, but it’s not.
  • Better Choices Out There: If you’re fixated on getting a coffee maker with grinder under $100 and there is nothing that will change your mind, please get the Cuisinart DGB-650BC. You’ll thank me later 🙂

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

My favorite feature of this grind and brew coffee machine is the included travel mug.

 

Of course, just because it includes a travel mug does not make this the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Here’s what I think. If you like the concept of a single-cup brewing experience, don’t mind paying a little more for it, and don’t care about the quality of your coffee, by all means, get this machine.

 

If however, you want the best value for your money in the under $100 category, get the Cuisinart DGB-650BC.

 

 

 

Mr. Coffee Grind and Brew - For real or just a gimimck?
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 6/10
    6/10
  • Grind Consistency - 6/10
    6/10
  • Durability - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Noisiness - 8/10
    8/10
  • Temperature Control - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 5/10
    5/10
6.7/10

 

 

 

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Best Coffee Maker with Grinder Between $100 – $200

 

 

5.) Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam Coffeemaker

 

Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam Coffeemaker - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

First up in the $100 – $200 category to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle is the Capresso Coffeeteam GS / TS digital coffee makers.

 

This is one of the best grinders in the category. Like always, the Capresso team delivers on value.

 

The first order of business is to clear up what the GS and TS acronyms mean.

 

Here’s what you have to remember when looking at the Capresso Coffeeteam. The ‘G’ in GS stands for ‘glass’ carafe, while the ‘T’ in TS stands for a thermal carafe.

 

Both will keep your coffee hot for hours after it has brewed, but it’s up to you to figure out which version will fit your lifestyle better.

 

Here’s what I would say.

 

Are you an entertainer and love the idea of throwing lavish dinner parties for your friends and family?

 

Or do you love to sit with friends after a meal, drink coffee, and chat the night away?

 

If either sound appealing to you, the TS version, so the thermal carafe version might be the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

You know why I say that?

 

Well, think about it this way.

 

If you have the thermal carafe version, you can brew your coffee and bring it to where ever you might be in your house and not have to worry about the coffee being too cold.

 

If you’re throwing a dinner party and you’ve set up the perfect outdoor dinner setting with candles, soft lights, music, and freshly trimmed landscaping, then bring that thermal carafe outside when dessert time comes and leave it there.

 

dinner party 2 - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

There’s no need to go back and forth, inside and outside. There’s no need to make sure you put the carafe on a heating plate to keep your coffee hot.

 

However, on the other hand, if you have a clean minimalist kitchen and the glass carafe fits better with the overall style, then the glass carafe will be perfect for you.

 

Now that we’ve covered the carafe choices, let’s see if it’s the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Like I was saying above, this really is one of the best values for your money in $100 – $200 price category.

 

The coffee maker is programmable, has a good set of burrs, has good capacity, is flexible, and most importantly brews a nice cup of coffee.

 

It’s not perfect though and I’ll get into that in a little bit.

 

First, let’s cover what I do like about this coffee maker with grinder.

 

Pros

  • Consistent Grind Level: The Capresso CoffeeTeam has a burr grinder set up which is apparent in the grind consistency. 
  • Included Charcoal Filter and Gold Tone Brew Basket: It’s not going to be the end all be all, but the charcoal filter and gold tone brew basket is a nice addition. Especially when you’re trying to brew the best cup possible.
  • Auto On and Off feature: The machine will automatically shut off the coffee maker if you take the carafe out. This even works mid-brew which is a big deal. Just think about it this way. What if you’re in a hurry one morning and all of sudden you can’t wait for your coffee to finish brewing. With the auto off feature, no worries. Just take the carafe off, and you’re good to go.

 

You can tell the Capresso team took the time to think through what the end user will need when using their products at home.

 

Some of the additional features I like about this coffee maker with grinder include.

 

Additional Features

  • Coffee to water ratio settings.
  • Brew method settings.

 

Here’s what I mean.

 

First up is the machine’s coffee to water ratio settings.

 

For example, if you brew a batch of coffee and think it’s too weak, you can easily control the coffee to water ratio settings.

 

To do this, all you need to do is hit the coffee maker’s aroma settings on the front panel.

 

apresso coffeeteam aroma settings- best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

 

By switching the aroma settings, you are telling the machine how many grams of coffee to use in your batch.

 

It’s timing based, though, so not the most accurate.

 

Based on the initial number of cups you choose, it’ll add 10 seconds of grind time for every step up in overall aroma.

 

And it’s kind of crazy.

 

If you set the machine to 10 cups of coffee and choose the strongest aroma setting, the machine will grind for around 45 seconds!

 

That’s literally a boat load of coffee!

 

Next up is the brew method setting.

 

I think there is another more official name for this setting but it’s what I came up with.

 

Like other coffee makers with this feature, it allows you to choose between grind and brew and pre-ground coffee with the push of a button.

 

This is nice to have as it allows you to manually turn off the built in grinder and use the Capresso like a regular drip coffee maker.

 

Let’s again put it in terms of scenario to see if this specific feature makes it the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Let’s say you have your favorite Ethiopian coffee bean in your bean hopper ready to go for the next morning. Your friend brings over a legit Costa Rican coffee straight from the Tarrazu region and you want to try out a batch for yourself!

 

The last thing you would want to do is empty out your bean hopper just to try out the Costa Rican coffee.

 

Well, the good news is with the Capresso Coffeeteam you don’t have to.

 

All you have to do is hit the ‘Brew’ setting on the front panel and you can use your coffee maker like a normal drip coffee machine.

 

But, Tom you might ask.

 

All the things you have said so far are positive. By the sound of it, this Capresso machine is definitely the best coffee machine with grinder out there.

 

Is it really that good?

 

To be honest, yes!

 

This is a great machine.

 

With that said though, there are a few minor negatives to watch out for.

 

Cons

  • Very Loud Noise Level: Dang! Is the grinder on this coffee maker loud or what. For, me this is a big deal because I don’t want to wake up the entire house when I’m brewing a pot of coffee. For others, it won’t matter. I mean you could use the coffee machine as an alarm clock too?
  • The Loud Noise Level: Seriously, the grinder on this machine is loud. Again, if you don’t care, it doesn’t matter because overall this is a great machine.
  • No Removable Bottom Plate: For many of us, when you’re talking about a large capacity drip brewer, you want to grab the coffee and go. It’s unfortunate this coffee maker doesn’t come with a removable bottom so you can directly brew into larger travel mugs.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

My favorite feature of this grinder would definitely have to be the quality of its final brew and ease of use.

 

Like I was saying, you’ll get a nice consistent grind level with the Capresso CoffeeTeam, which you can definitely tell in the quality of the final cup.

 

The grinder also has many easy to use, programmable settings which literally allows you to set it and forget it.

 

The only thing that bothers me about this grind and brew coffee maker is the noisiness.

 

If it wasn’t for the noise level, I’d recommend this machine to everyone out there.

 

 

 

Capresso CoffeeTeam - Good Coffee for the Value?
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Grind Consistency - 8.9/10
    8.9/10
  • Durability - 9/10
    9/10
  • Noisiness - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Temperature Control - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 8.9/10
    8.9/10
8.4/10

 

 

 

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6.) Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

 

Cuisinart DGB-900BC - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Up next in our guide to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle is the Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew.

 

I’m not going to get too crazy here since the DGB-900BC is not much different than the DGB-650BC, which we just went over.

 

With that said, although it is not much different, the differences are big enough to go through.

 

This is what you need to know if you’re debating between the DGB-900BC and the DGB-650BC as the best coffee maker with grinder for your home.

 

Continuing on the squirrel metaphor, the DGB-900BC is a bigger, meaner, more evolved squirrel with additional features you won’t find on the DGB-650BC.

 

Cuisinart DGB-900BC Versus DGB-650BC

  • Built In Bean Hopper: The DGB-900BC includes a built in bean hopper which holds 1/2 pounds of coffee. The hopper is nicely built, sealable and allows you to hold your beans without worrying about your beans being exposed to oxygen. Definitely, a nice to have in a grind and brew coffee maker.
  • Automatic Measurement: With this version of the Cuisinart, you can choose between 1 – 4 cups to brew. Because of this, you can also pre-program and set the coffee machine to brew for you at designated times. Remember, with the DGB-650BC you have to put the exact amount of beans each time.
  • Larger Capacity: This difference needs no explanation. 12 cup brewing capacity with the DGB-900BC versus a 10 cup brewing capacity with the DGB-650BC.

 

There’s a lot to like about the improvements to the DGB-900BC when you’re comparing it to the DGB-650BC.

 

A larger capacity, the ability to truly program the machine to brew automatically, and a decent price.

 

But, and this is a big but. In my opinion, there are better choices out there for you to call the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

Don’t get me wrong, there are still many things to like about this grinder.

 

Pros

 

  • Good Price: This coffee maker still comes in at a decent price. You get a gold tone filter, charcoal water filter, automatic brew capability, and a large capacity under $200.
  • Included Charcoal Filter and Gold Tone Brew Basket: Like many of the other coffee makers in the guide, this set up comes with a charcoal water filter and gold tone brew basket. Definitely nice to have.
  • Brew Pause + Grind Off Option: Just like the DGB-650BC, this grinder comes with the brew pause and grind off option. A really nice combo of features to have especially if you’re impatient like me.

 

With that said, I’m hesitant to recommend the DGB-900BC as the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle since it falls in the high-end of the $100 – $200 category in addition to some other negatives.

 

Cons

 

  • The Quality of the Brew: I don’t know if its just me but the cup of coffee this machine makes is not that flavorful. Kind of watered down and weak if you ask me. It might have been the coffee to water ratio I used, but my gut feeling says it’s the machine.
  • Weird Carafe Design: Because of how the carafe lid is designed if you want to get every drop out of your brew (which I’m sure most do) you have to take the lid off. It wasn’t too bad for me, but others have also complained that the carafe ‘dribbles’ when you pour coffee from it.
  • Better Choices in this Category: In my opinion, the Capresso CoffeeTeam is the better choice as it makes a better cup of coffee at the same price point. Not to mention for a little more money, you can get the Breville Grind Control.

cuisinart DGB-900BC carafen - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

Hmm, this one is hard to answer for me. It was easy to say my favorite feature of the Cuisinart DGB-650BC was the low price.

 

But since the DGB-900BC is almost 50% more expensive than the DGB-650BC I don’t have the low price to fall back on.

 

If I had to choose one feature it would be the burr grinder set up on this machine. I’m glad Cuisinart decided to make a high-end model of the DGB-650BC that would appeal to specialty coffee lovers.

 

However, like I said, it’s hard for me to recommend this machine as I think the Capresso CoffeeTeam is a better value for your money.

 

 

Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind and Brew - Is this the Capresso Killer?
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Grind Consistency - 6/10
    6/10
  • Durability - 8/10
    8/10
  • Noisiness - 8/10
    8/10
  • Temperature Control - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Value - 6/10
    6/10
7.0/10

 

 

 

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Best Coffee Maker with Grinder $200+

 

 

 

 

7.) Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control

 

breville grind control - best grind and brew coffee makers

 

Next up in the $200+ category on our mission to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle is the famed Breville Grind Control. Breville is one of the most respected brands in the coffee industry, and for good reason.

 

Their Grind Control grind and brew coffee maker is one of the best products of its kind, because of its very accurate grind adjustment.

 

The grinder sports stainless steel burrs that grind the coffee well but doesn’t generate too much heat. This preserves the oils in the beans and prevents the coffee from getting too hot.

 

In addition, the grinder features 6 distinct settings so you can get the grind level just right depending on which bean type you’re using.

 

Remember, you should be recalibrating each time you use a new coffee bean as each bean’s optimal grind setting is different.

 

The cool thing is that not only are you able to adjust the grind setting based on the bean you’re using, but you can also program the volume you want to brew.

 

By allowing you to do this, you’re better able to control the strength of your final brew.

 

Pros

 

  • Strength Settings: Includes 8 strength settings so you can brew your final cup to the taste that you desire.
  • Flexible Brewing Capacity: It ranges from a single cup to a 12-cup carafe. Keep in mind these are 5 oz cups.
  • Grind Consistency: You get the same grind consistency which you find on Breville’s stand alone coffee grinders which are what makes them so popular.

 

Cons

 

  • Only For Drip Coffee: You’re not going to be able to get a grind level coarse enough for french press or fine enough for espresso. It comes with the territory, though.
  • Other Brew Methods Available: For the same price point, you would be able to purchase a nice pour over setup including a burr grinder, pour over brewer and kettle.
  • Large Size: The coffee maker has a large footprint so it will take up a good amount of your kitchen counter space.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

You know why I’m such a big fan of Breville products?

 

It’s because I’m always thoroughly impressed with Breville’s attention to detail. So my favorite feature in this case, isn’t a particular feature per say, but the product in its entirety.

 

For example, some of the smaller details which I’m impressed about include:

 

  • Removable cup inserts on the bottom base plate so you can use up to a 20 oz coffee thermos to take your coffee to go.
  • The updated grinder and the burrs are much quieter than the old model.
  • The bean hopper and water reservoir design are slick. It’s kind of hard to explain in words, but it’s a minimalist, industrial type of design.

 

 

Breville Grind Control - Plain Amazing!
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 9/10
    9/10
  • Grind Consistency - 9.1/10
    9.1/10
  • Durability - 9.3/10
    9.3/10
  • Noisiness - 9/10
    9/10
  • Temperature Control - 9.3/10
    9.3/10
  • Value - 9/10
    9/10
9.1/10

 

 

 

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8.) Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe Espresso Machine

 

Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe Espresso Machine - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Ready for the next coffee machine on this quest to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle?

 

The next coffee machine on our list is a special one.

 

We’re getting high-end now. Into the world of super automatic coffee machines. Remember, the more you see, the better you’ll be able to decide which type of machine is the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

So far you have read about simple grind and brew setups for a single cup, basic entry level grind and brew coffee makers, and even advanced coffee makers with greater flexibility in customizing your final brew.

 

Again, it’s all to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle!

 

The Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe is one of the best coffee machines, not to mention best super automatic machines that money can buy.

 

Although the machine is on the more expensive side, the reason why it’s so good is pretty basic.

 

First, it makes a damn good cup of coffee. Whether that be an espresso, an americano, or a cappuccino.

 

Second, it’s super easy to use and if you don’t feel like tinkering, you don’t have to because of its nice default settings.

 

So what are some of the extra features you get once you get into a super automatic coffee machine of this caliber?

 

Coffee Machine Features

 

  • One Touch Brewing: When I say one touch brewing for this machine, I mean real, legit, one touch brewing for all your coffee needs. With a touch of a button, you can get a customized espresso all the way to a cappuccino just the way you like it.
  • Patented Dual Chamber Carafe for Frothing Milk: This is pretty cool. With this model of the Saeco, you truly get the one-touch brewing experience with a built in carafe for milk frothing. The carafe allows your milk to be frothed twice before being combined with your coffee. Plus, it’s refrigerator safe.
  • Ceramic Grinders: Come on now! Could you really expect anything else? To make the best cup possible, of course, the machine is going to come with a nice set of ceramic burr grinders.
  • Quick Heat Boiler: The boiler on this machine was specially made to get up and running fast.
  • 10 Adjustable Grind Settings: Like I’ve said before, you have to dial in each coffee you get. A Costa Rican coffee from the Tarrazu region will probably need different settings than your Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. Of course, Saeco being Saeco understands this need, which is why they have built their grinder with 10 adjustable grind settings.
  • Much More! I could go on and on with all the features this machine has. Pretty much, it has everything you need to make an awesome cappuccino or espresso with a touch of a button.

 

saeco philips carafe - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Think those are a lot of features?

 

Yeah, it is, but in reality, I only touched the surface.

 

Take this for example.

 

Have you heard the saying it’s the details that count? Or have you ever heard that the first thing your date will notice is your shoes?

 

It’s the same concept. If the the smallest details are taken care of, there is a good chance the overall package is top notch.

 

One of the things people in the coffee world hate the most is a cold cup of coffee caused by pouring hot coffee into a cold cup.

 

Well, get this!

 

The Saeco team being as obsessed with coffee as they are have taken this into consideration.

 

The very top front of the machine also acts as a cup warmer, so you can place cups on top of your machine and will never have to worry about a cold cup ruining your coffee again.

 

If that doesn’t get your coffee loving heart excited, I don’t know what else will!

 

Pros

 

  • Crazy Customization Options: There are so many options to customize on this machine its mind blowing. From the overall temperature of your final cup of coffee, to the amount of milk in your cappuccino, to the coffee dosage level in your drinks, it can all be customized!
  • Energy Saver Option: You can choose a standby time if you know you’ll be using your machine at a certain time of day. Just set the machine on standby until the time you think you’ll need it and it’ll be ready to go.
  • Easy and Intuitive to Use: Even the hard things, such as machine clean up is easier with this machine because of how it’s designed. For example, it even notifies you on the LCD screen which specific part of the machine needs to be closed in order to run the machine

 

Like I always say for coffee equipment, you get what you pay for. If you can afford this machine and think you’ll get use out of all the features, this could definitely be the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

However, not everyone is going to benefit from having this machine.

 

If you could care less for espresso, or cappuccino, and just want a nice cup of drip coffee, the Saeco would be overkill.

 

Something like the Breville Grind Control or the Capresso CoffeeTeam would be a better fit for you.

 

 

Cons

 

  • The High Price: Yes, this Saeco is cheaper than some of the other super automatic coffee machines out there. However, it is still on the expensive side.
  • Does Not Fit Your Coffee Lifestyle: Not everyone needs a fancy suit. Not everyone needs a super powerful computer set up. What I’m trying to say is first understand your coffee brewing lifestyle. If all you want is a nice drip coffee, there are much cheaper and better options for you.
  • Oily Beans Will Clog the Machine: Since much of the brewing is done internally, you have to watch out for how oily your beans are. Too oily and you could clog or damage your machine.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

By far my favorite feature of this machine is how much you can customize all your settings.

 

Just imagine this.

 

After picking up a fresh bag of Sulawesi coffee straight from your roaster, you come home to start tinkering with your Saeco.

 

Once you figure out the perfect grind settings, you move on to figure out the exact amount of milk to froth for your cappuccino.

 

Then, for the final touch, you dial in the precise temperature you want your cup to be.

 

Finally, you set it as a saved preference. The next morning without even thinking twice about it, the machine brews a cup using the settings you saved with a press of a button.

 

Dannng! That’s nice 🙂

 

 

Philips Intelia Deluxe Espresso Machine - Just wow! What a machine!
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 10/10
    10/10
  • Grind Consistency - 10/10
    10/10
  • Durability - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Noisiness - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Temperature Control - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Value - 6/10
    6/10
9.1/10

 

 

 

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9.) Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe

 

Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Let’s switch it up again for our next coffee maker.

 

I know you came here to find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle. However, I have to introduce this coffee maker to you even though it doesn’t have a grinder!

 

Yes, you heard me right. The Technivorm Moccamaster does not include a built in grinder.

 

Like I’ve said, my thought is that the more exposure you have to the different machines out there, the better you’ll be able to make a decision.

 

Even if it means breaking the rules of this guide a little bit.

 

The Technivorm Moccamaster comes to us hand-made, straight from the Netherlands.

 

Yes, the same country famous for artesian cheese, windmills, wooden shoes, canals, the Red Light District and a myriad of famous painters, also knows how to make a fine coffee machine.

 

holland - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

I know what you’re thinking.

 

Is this coffee machine so good that you have to include it on a list to help me find the best coffee maker with grinder?

 

Yes, it is.

 

I can confidently say it is capable of brewing an awe inspiring, amazingly delicious, best coffee you have ever tasted, cup of coffee, which more than makes up for the fact it does not have a grinder.

 

Don’t just take my word for it. Just check out the long list of awards it has won.

 

Awards / Designations the Moccamaster has Won

 

  • USA SCAA Certified
  • European Coffee Brewing Centre Seal of Approval
  • CNET Editor’s Choice Award
  • Reviewed.com 2016 Best Coffee Maker of the Year
  • Many more.

 

Just take the SCAA Certification for proof of how good this machine is.

 

If you haven’t heard of the SCAA Certification before, SCAA stands for Specialty Coffee Association of America, which is an organization that takes coffee very seriously.

 

They have strict standards when it comes to quality control, and they test each coffee maker submitted on several grounds to determine how good of a brew they make.

 

If any criterion is not met, the coffee maker will not get a passing grade and be marked SCAA Certified.

 

There are several categories that go into the SCAA certification test.

 

These include coffee volume, brewing time, brewing temperature, uniformity of performance, uniformity of extraction, beverage clarity, and even the holding receptacle & temperature.

 

SCAA determines that all of these categories are important to ensure the best possible end brew. If the brewing temperature is too low or high, it won’t result in the perfect cup. If a coffee maker takes too long to brew the coffee, it might over-extract the flavors and again, it won’t be a perfect cup.

 

Intense, huh?!

 

It is, but don’t forget! The Moccamaster did not just obtain the SCAA Certification, they also have the European Coffee Brewing Centre’s Seal of Approval. This is a similar certification from Norway.

 

With that said, there are many coffee makers which are not certified and still make an awesome cup of coffee.

 

It does show just how good the Technivorm Moccamaster is, though, and why I wanted to share this coffee maker with you.

 

So why do people like this coffee maker so much?

 

Pros

 

  • Quality of the Final Brew: The Moccamaster brews one of the best cups of drip coffee you’ll ever taste. It comes down to a great design and getting the details right. For example, the design of the drip head (where the water drips out from) is designed in a way that drips the water in the most efficient manner possible. It allows the water to cover the largest area of ground coffee feasible, and ensures the water does not drip too fast or too slow.
  • Temperature Control: You might have guessed this was coming. The Moccamaster uses a copper heating element which heats water and brews the coffee at an optimal brewing temperature between 196° F – 205° F. No surprise given the coffee maker’s SCAA status. Some say the temperature control of the machine is Technivorm’s secret ingredient to achieving such a delicious, smooth, and addicting final brew.
  • Quality Design: Dang, this is a sexy machine. It’s not just the good looks of the machine either. Each design element on the Moccamaster is functional. One of my favorite design features of the Moccamaster is also its simplest. They’ve designed what they call their ‘Brew-Thru’ lid, which looks more like a funnel than a lid. Think of an oil funnel, but with a smaller top opening. This lid helps direct the freshly brewed coffee directly to the bottom of the thermal or glass carafe. In doing so it helps maintain the coffee temperature and guarantees none of the coffee spills over.

 

moccamaster brew through lid - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

This only touches the surface of what makes this machine so good.

 

Since you’re here for a the best coffee maker with GRINDER, I didn’t want to get into too many of the details.

 

If I’ve caught your attention so far, though, keep in mind there are different models of the Moccamaster available.

 

Each model of the Moccamaster serves different purposes, but they all brew the same delicious cup of drip coffee.

 

Are you an entertainer and need a larger capacity? The CDT Grand  15-cup version might be the one for you.

 

Living in a small studio in LA, NYC, or Chicago? The smaller KBTS 32oz version might be a better fit for your place.

 

What Do Technivorm Moccamaster Model Numbers Mean?

 

moccamaster model graphic - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

 

 

Cons

 

  • The High Price: The Moccamaster does not have that high of a price point if you compare it to other high-end coffee makers of the same quality. However, it is expensive if you compare it to other grind and brew coffee makers out there.
  • Lack of Built In Grinder: For the purpose of this review, not having a built in grinder is an obvious negative. Especially when you consider how much money you’d be investing in this machine.
  • Unique Industrial Design: Take one look at the Moccamaster and you’ll know if it’ll fit with your home decor and design. I love the industrial look, clean lines, and uniqueness it brings to my kitchen. I understand, though, that it won’t fit everyone’s style.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

Oh man, there is so much to like about this coffee maker.

 

From the consistently pristine smooth cups of coffee, it produces. To the awe inspiring efficiency and accuracy of the machine stemming from its design.

 

It really is a privilege to be able to use one of these for your drip coffee needs.

 

Out of all the features and pros, I went over, my favorite by far is the coffee it makes.

 

Obviously, right?!

 

No matter how cool the design, or how many eye popping technologically advanced features a coffee maker has, it will all mean nothing if the coffee doesn’t taste good.

 

If you love your coffee. If you especially love your drip coffee, you owe it to yourself to try coffee brewed from a Technivorm Moccamaster once in your life.

 

It’s that good.

 

 

Technivorm Moccamaster - The Dutch wunderkind!
  • Durability - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Noisiness - 9/10
    9/10
  • Temperature Control - 10/10
    10/10
  • Value In Grind and Brew Category - 4/10
    4/10
8.1/10

 

 

 

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10.) Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine

 

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

If you liked the Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe Espresso Machine but didn’t care for all the bells and whistles, the one touch brewing functionality and the high price, I might have something for you.

 

The Gaggia Brera Super Automatic is one of the best low to middle-end super automatics on the market and could be the best coffee maker with grinder for you if you’re looking for a super automatic.

 

Put in another way, you’re pretty much getting the same scrumptious brewing capabilities as the Saeco Philips Intelia Deluxe, but without the extras and at half the price.

 

As the name states, the Gaggia Brera is still a super automatic. So when you want to brew up an espresso, all you have to do is press a button.

 

The machine will precisely measure the amount of coffee for each drink, automatically pre-infuse the coffee, and pull the shot for you.

 

But since the Brera is low to middle-end super automatics, you won’t get the fully automated one-touch brewing experience, additional customizable settings for different drink types, and will have to foam your own milk.

 

However, this will be more than enough machine for most people.

 

Coffee Machine Features

 

  • Burr Grinder Set Up: A nice set of quality ceramic burrs. You get 5 grind settings versus the 10 on the Saeco Philips, but that is understandable given the price difference.
  • Programmable Features: This is cool. Do you like your latte with 2 1/2 shots of espresso? Or maybe you know for lattes you like the espresso to fill until the end of the cats tail on your favorite blue mug? Cool, just program it into the machine and use the same setting next time.
  • Quick Brew Buttons: Another cool feature which allows you to choose the amount of espresso you need. After you have customized your settings for your espresso and long coffee (lungo), you can easily brew a double by pushing either of the buttons twice.
  • Rapid Steam Technology: You don’t have the convenience of pushing one button and having the machine froth your milk for you like the Saeco, but at least you have rapid steam technology. This gets the steam wand up and running in no time.
  • Airtight Coffee Bean Hopper: The airtight bean hopper gives you the convenience of storing up to 8.8 oz of coffee beans. Plus the airtight design will keep your beans fresh over time.

 

 

gaggia brera front panel - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

gaggia brera bean hopper - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Wowow isn’t that a feature set to drool over?

 

From programmable settings, to a burr grinder with 5 adjustable settings, and rapid steam technology to get your latte game up and running in no time.

 

It’s crazy to think that this is just a small selection of the features.

 

Funny thing is that although there are some amazing features, my favorite parts, are the most boring.

 

Here’s what I’m talking about.

 

Pros

 

  • Good Value for Your Money: In the super automatic coffee machine world, the Gaggia is at a reasonable price point. Not only do you get a machine from one of the most trusted names in coffee, you also get a feature packed, straight forward machine in a compact size.
  • Easy Accessibility: This is one of those things you don’t think you need until you see it. One of the nicest things about the design of the machine is that the water reservoir and dreg container is accessible from the front.
  • Compact Size: My favorite part about this super automatic is how small it. The Gaggia Brera comes in at about 12 inches tall, which will fit under most cabinets. Plus, unlike some of the other super automatics out there, you don’t have to worry about extra clearance on the top of the machine to access your water or empty out the used coffee.

 

gaggia brera front loading - best coffee maker with grinder - blue penguin coffee

 

Cons:

 

  • Might Be Overkill: Similar to the Saeco or Moccamaster, if you’re looking to just brew a basic cup of drip coffee, the Gaggia is probably overkill.
  • Water Filter Not Included: I’m getting a little picky here, but you would think for the price, Gaggia could include a $13 water filter.
  • Expensive Compared to Other Grind and Brew Coffee Makers: If you don’t care for espresso and just want a grind a brew coffee maker for drip coffee, you have no need for the Gaggia. If you’re looking high-end, go with the Breville Grind Control. Or else the Capresso CoffeeTeam is a fine machine too.

 

Our Favorite Feature

 

There is so much to like about the Gaggia and so many reasons why it could be the best coffee maker with grinder for your home.

 

I can honestly say after checking out the Gaggia and Saeco side by side for countless hours, I would pick the Gaggia.

 

I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Gaggia’s brand and story or the timeless, classic design, but I just don’t think I need all the extra features the Saeco comes with.

 

Like I’ve said already, you can’t go wrong when the Gaggia is only half the price.

 

My favorite feature?

 

It would have to be the minimalist way the Gaggia allows you to program the settings.

 

Remember, there is no fancy display on this machine and you only have 3 buttons to customize your drink.

 

I think it’s pretty cool that through 3 buttons, you’re able to customize so much.

 

 

Gaggia Brera - A timeless super automatic classic.
  • Flexible Grind Settings - 9/10
    9/10
  • Grind Consistency - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Durability - 9/10
    9/10
  • Noisiness - 9/10
    9/10
  • Temperature Control - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Value - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
9.1/10

 

 

 

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Conclusion

 

There you have it!

 

10 reviews on the quest to help you find the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle.

 

I hope by now you have a much better understanding of the different coffee makers with grinders on the market in 2017.

 

Here’s what I will say.

 

If you’re looking for the best coffee maker with grinder you can afford and you don’t care about espresso, go with the Breville Grind Control.

 

Not only will you get flexible grind settings on a nice set of burr grinders, you’ll also have a machine which controls the temperature of your brew very accurately.

 

If you want the best coffee maker with grinder for your lifestyle and you think at some point you will want espresso, or you already have the interest to do so, get the Gaggia Brera.

 

I am tempted to recommend the Saeco Philips Intelia, but I honestly don’t think you will use all the features.

 

Yes, you get fully automated one-touch latte brewing, but come on now, don’t be so lazy!

 

The Gaggia can froth up milk with the best of them and it doesn’t take too long to do it. Plus, it’s half the price of the Saeco.

 

That’s all I got for now. Like always, if you have any questions, just let me or any of the Penguins know!

 

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