Great coffee maker, makes excellent fresh ground coffee, looks good, easy to use and to Clean! (Unless you are really lazy. )
Positive Product Points
I love coffee. I have been grinding my own beans for many many years. This machine looks great and makes fantastic coffee. It is EASY to clean.
Negative Product Points
Very loud Makes small batches (If you have two coffee junkies in the house) only 10 cups.
I have a friend that bought this product in about 2002 very soon after it hit the market. He and his wife had been raving about it for years. So a few weeks ago when our Braun coffer maker died after about 8 years ( Another great coffee maker) we decided to go with the Grind and Brew. Another factor was that I have made friends with a manager of a Second Cup coffee shop in Calgary (Best coffee chain in Canada) and I have gotten an fantastic deal on a Seasonal coffee blend that they only sell around Christmas. So I have almost 8 5lb vac packed foil bags of this blend in my freezer and I wanted to enjoy it as much as I can. I came to coffee geek to check out the reviews on this coffee maker and I was surprised by the amount of people that had negative reviews. The one thing that keeps coming up is what a pain it is to clean. If I did not have friends that had this machine I think I may have decided to go with a different brand. Cleaning this thing is so easy. You pop out the grinder, rinse it and its lid under the tap, give it a quick dry with a towel and your done. Add more beans and you are ready to go. I have made more mess grinding beans and then transferring them to the coffee maker then I have ever had with this unit. Also the coffee filter can never over flow and dump grounds into the reservoir and clog the machine due to the design of the grinder. (This is what killed our old machine, because we really fill the filter with coffee. You also have to dump the grounds from the filter basket but that's normal. We have been using it every day for the past few weeks and we have never had a problem. Personally I don't hear it when it goes off, but I may be just a sound sleeper, but we live in a 2 bed room apartment condo with a 18 month old and she has never been woken up by it either.
Great , could not have been easier. In and out of Costco. This unit also came with two very nice thermal travel mugs that I use for my drive to work.
Three Month Followup
Coffee maker was working great after 3 months no problems. I bit extra work to keep clean but well worth the extra effort.
One Year Followup
After one year this coffee maker has been great over all. There have been a couple of problems. On a couple of occasions during the grinding process the vibration have unlatched the grind basket. This is very bad when you have set the coffee maker to come on automatically. I walked into the kitchen to see coffee and grounds pouring all over the counter. I would suggest a product improvement that if the basket comes unlatched the coffee maker should shut off. That has happened only twice and most likely occurred from not fully securing the basket. We have found the easiest why to keep the components clean is to put them all in the dishwasher every day. Then it is just a matter of loading it up with coffee and a fresh filter. This coffee maker does require a bit more work then the average coffee maker, however it produces a fantastic cup of coffee that is well worth the effort.