Cuisinart Automatic Digital Coffee Maker, Brushed Chrome

Grind & Brew Stainless Steel 12 Cup DGB900BC

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Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker From a coffeemaker perspective, this setup gives you everything you could ask for to get the job done. That is of course as long as you don't mind being woken up every morning to the sound of cats with their tails caught in a garbage disposal.

What could be better than a coffeemaker that only requires you to throw in the beans and water, and set the timer? This Cuisinart model comes complete with a burr grinder, which every coffee snob will tell you is the only way to grind the beans. Not only that, it uses a thermal carafe so you don't have to subject that fresh brew to the indignities of a glass carafe, and the inevitable degradation of quality on the hotplate. One thing about this thermal carafe- I have poured a drinkable warm cup from it on the second morning. Not too shabby.

This is an expensive coffeemaker. As always, convenience isn't cheap. Cuisinart has learned a thing or two about making coffee, however and this unit is no gimmicky toy. It is clad in brushed stainless steel; nothing here looks or feels cheap or flimsy. If I could add anything it would be a backlight for the small digital display for easier viewing. And, although this is advertised as a 12-cup coffeemaker, I noticed that they define "cups" as 5 oz. in size. Whats the deal? At least stick to a standard 8 oz. measure for a "cup". Don't lie to us. It makes us feel cheap, Cuisinart.

Really the only thing that takes getting used to is the horrible scream this makes when grinding beans. Guaranteed to wake up the soundest sleeper. That should really be the selling point. "Alarm Clock function at no extra charge". Hey, don't say I didn't warn ya.

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