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Cuisinart 600 Series Grind & Brew - Erick Carpenter's Review
Posted: December 12, 2005, 10:32am
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Michael Harmon 8.00
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Russ Benblatt 7.80
David Paulsen 7.50
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Manufacturer: Cuisinart Quality: 4
Average Price: $60.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $80.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: Kitchens Etc. Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 3 years Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: It certainly grinds and brews....but may not do either with extended use.
Positive Product Points

No one can fault Cuisanart for their product doing with it explicitly states it does.  Yes, it grinds.  Yes, it brews.  No doubt about it.  Right out of the box you're probably 15 minutes away from witnessing the sheer fury of both grinding and brewing in a very simple process.  It's nice for it to be as easy as it is; controls are intuitive, buttons are easy to push and I've veen managed to figure out how to change the clock on it for a few years when Daylight Savings hits without the need to get the manual.  Not bad!

Negative Product Points

Plastic tabs with spring-loaded receptors break off.  The motor for the grind burns out.  The hot plate starts to burn the coffee after about 90 minutes.  The front panel picks up grime and scum like a magnet.  The seal on the grind portion of the unit isn't always 100% and scatters grounds.  The tabs that secure the top to the caraffe to the unit snap.

Detailed Commentary

It's a decent machine all in all, but it's everything in between where the Grind and Brew falls short.  The coffee isn't all that spectacular.  The grind can be messy at times and the available amount of it isn't all that large.  As someone who equates a fine dust to a good rich cup this machine rarely delivered anything as satisfactory.  It made decent "junk" coffee reasonably well.

The first thing to go was the motor for the grinder.  Seeing as I use standard beans and have never felt the need to try, say, gravel, in there I'm a bit awestruck by this.  Problems with this area prior to it just ceasing to work entirely were the connection to the blade not connecting right and causing hot water to be brrewed, scattering of grounds inside of the machine and my favorite, grounds left behind that need to be dug out manually.  The flawed system of "grinding at high speed and chucking them through a filter" is inelegant and low-tech.  It's awfully dirty too.

Once until it has some time on it and then it seemed to slowly degenerate.  The plastic spring-loaded tabs that hold the top of the unit on it broke and required manual resetting every time I made coffee.  Then one of the tabs on the top of the caraffe went which caused it to come off when I would bring it all the way back. Then the other one went and it now drops off if brought about halfway through it's intended range of motion.

The machine still functions....it doesn't grind and it requires something heavy on the top of it to defeat the sensor that checks for the top to be down.  Weirdly enough, this is only on during the brewing phase and after the last drop has hit the caraffe then the object can be removed.

It has almost become a thing of comedy; what could possibly go wrong next.  I keep my duct tape handy until I decide this one has given up the ghost and drop the cash on a new unit....which will not be a Grind and Brew.

Buying Experience

This was a gift...so top-notch!

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