Just use a cheap blade grinder and a Mr. Coffee for similar coffee. Look elsewhere if you really want a quality cup.
Positive Product Points
On a positive note, this machine got me away from pre-ground coffee to grinding my own. The coffee it makes is better than your typical "Folgers" pot if you start with whole beans.
Negative Product Points
The grinding chamber collects condensation during use, thus requiring a thorough washing after each use. Blade grinder. The cup level markers are difficult to see.
The overall idea of this coffee maker is a good one, in my opinion. However, in use, I believe it falls short of cheaper and better alternatives. The blade grinder mechanism doesn't do near as good a job as a dedicated burr grinder. Also, the grinding chamber collects condensation with every pot. Since the grinder is a blade grinder - and as a result, produces some level of powder with each use - it requires a thorough washing after each use.
I migrated from this coffee pot, after a few months use, to a dedicated burr grinder and a press pot. This combination, although not "automatic" like the Cuisinart, produce much better coffee. If I would have known this prior to purchasing the Cusinart, I would have saved $99. If all you are after is some way to grind beans and make a drip cup, buy a cheap blade grinder and use a Mr. Coffee. You'll save money in the long run and get as good a cup as the Cusinart can produce.