Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 54
Rated 5 out of 5 by Coffeeloverno1 Brilliant for really fresh coffee
This machine produces a fantastic fresh coffee from bean to jug in only a few minutes. Can do small to large amounts and different levels of strength really easily. Themal jug keeps coffee warm for ages. Only downside is that you have to take the lid off the jug to get the last bit of coffee out. Absolutely love it.
03 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simon7424 Extremely pleased
After lots of prior re-search on coffee machines, we are very pleased with our purchase, great value for money, easy to use and clean. Makes excellent coffee, we love waking up on a Sunday morning to the gorgeous aroma of fresh ground coffee. Love it.
10 February 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by philippa1 nice looking, but thats it :-(
I researched this product for some time as it was a lot of money to pay out. everyone said how good it was. sadly, i beg to differ. looks lovely and stylish and would suit any kitchen style. The one downside, the filter housing opened up everytime the coffee was done. it would just ping open, throwing coffee all over the place. Took straight back to john lewis for full refund - as ever john lewis couldn't be more helpful and issued refund,
04 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Claree2000 Had it 3 years, No problems yet!
As says above, I have had this product for 3 years and haven't had any problems with it. I love that it grinds the coffee beans automatically before brewing the coffee and the keep warm function is a handy addition. Very pleased.
01 December 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jayne33 cuisinart grind and brew
can only agree with the others - in fact one star is generous. I am on my 3rd machine [having returned each one to JL for replacement]. Initially thought , is it me...? But now the 3rd one has just failed. Each has failed within 3 months, 6 months and now 12 months. Same fault ie complete flood of coffee all over the place as for some reason it's not flowing through to the jug fast enough. By now I have checked and double checked the complicated instructions . I even bought new parts for the first one. This will be coming back to JL and I will be getting something else entirely. Meanwhile am back to my top of the stove job.
18 October 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by JohnDavid57 Disappointing
We have other Cuisinart products that work perfectly, so this Grind & Brew is a major disappointment.
I did reference the many reviews posted on this site and discussed them with the salesperson at John Lewis Oxford St. before buying.
With her recommendation - a vigilant cleaning regime - and the 3 year warranty, I took a gamble.
31 days later, it looks like I lost as the water pump mechanism has failed and the machine is broken.
I will be returning this product and wouldn't recommend it to other customers until Cuisinart improve the engineering/manufacturing.
John Lewis should consider withdrawing the product until it is proven to be reliable.
01 October 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by doginabag Brilliant machine
I've owned this machine for 3 weeks now and have used it once a day to brew various quantities of coffee. I love being able to make coffee straight from the bean. Setting the machine to operate automatically in the morning fills the house with a lovely aroma, and the noise of the grinder doubles as an alarm clock!
The instructions could be clearer, but in operation the machine is actually very simple, with dials to select quantity and strength of the coffee, and separate buttons to either start straightaway or come on at a set time in the morning.
The machine makes up to 12 cups of coffee at once, but it's worth remembering that these are 'cups', i.e. not large mugs, so if you drink a lot of coffee you'll need to bear that in mind. Having said that, the coffee is so nice and strong that I have started to enjoy it in smaller quantities anyway.
Cleaning is very simple. It's slightly more time-consuming than cleaning out a cafetiere but less messy because the grinds are caught in the filter. All the bits can be put in the dishwasher too. Once a week you need to clean out the bean hopper which is a 5 minute job and a small brush is provided. It's worth taking time to read the instructions here as it has useful tips like keeping it dry to avoid blockages.
The thermal jug keeps the coffee hot for a long time but the design means you need to tip it up disconcertingly far to get the last drops out. They also recommend giving the coffee a stir or shake to redistribute the stronger coffee that settles at the bottom of the jug.
Overall I'm really pleased with the product and would definitely recommend it.
30 September 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by UsernameGoesHere Jack of all, master of none.
There seems to be a couple of fundamental problems with this appliance so I can't recommend it.
I wanted the convenience of a days worth of coffee (I drink a lot of it), from freshly roasted beans, without much hassle.
What I got instead was the convenience of a days worth of coffee, from pre-ground coffee, without much hassle.
As usual with most devices that try to do everything for everyone, it fails to do anything particularly well.
To cut to the chase, if you grind beans with this device you might find yourself with some problems.
The steam/condensation from the brewing process is able to get up into the grind chute. If it doesn't dry out before your next grind, you'll end up with a clogged mess.
Now, the "answer" is to clean it out every time you use it and let it dry, but that means you should really remove the hopper from the top as well and ultimately renders it pointless.
Fortunately, you can use pre-ground coffee.
This works OK, if a little weak and under flavoured unless you stack in more coffee grinds than you usually would.
Lastly, the design of the carafe is really quite annoying. It does keep coffee nice and warm for a long time (up to 12 hours in my experience) but it's really quite difficult to get the last cup full out without spilling it everywhere.
Since I'm beyond the returnable period, I'll probably have to eBay or gift/charity shop it which is a shame as it's only 2 months old.
In summary, this makes adequate coffee from pre-ground but for this price you can get the same results with a MUCH cheaper filter machine.
Perhaps my expectations were too grand.
I've bought a separate, proper burr grinder (Baratza Encore - the difference in flavour from this change alone is remarkable btw) and now I'm looking for a decent filter machine.
22 September 2014