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Cuisinart 600 Series Grind & Brew - Phil Rose's Review
Posted: January 2, 2002, 4:01pm
review rating: 7.3
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 1.6
Manufacturer: Cuisinart Quality: 2
Average Price: $60.00 Usability: 0
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 1
Where Bought: Lechters Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 1 year Overall 0
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Krups AromaTime
Bottom Line: I gave this away to a friend. After a few months, they threw it out.
Positive Product Points

I'm really reaching to find a positive feature, but here it goes. The
hotplate is programmable. You can set it so it will reduce to a lower
temperature after a specified period, allowing you to keep the heat at full
strength for a while, then turn it down but not off, before it would burn.

Negative Product Points

Coffee is weak; cleaning is a nightmare. Stock-sized grinder can only
grind enough beans for half a pot.

Detailed Commentary

The concept for this machine is great. Add water and whole beans and it
does the rest. It grinds the beans, dumps them in a Melitta-style funnel,
heats the water and pours it through. Add adjustment dials that promise
to micromanage brew strength and it seems a dream come true for
convenience-oriented and techie coffee lovers. Unfortunately nothing
works as planned. First of all, the grinder is a standard blade grinder, less
than ideal. Worst, it is a stock-sized unit - - the same hopper and blade
as standard $30 standalone grinders. This can only grind about half as
much coffee as needed to make a full pot of full-strength coffee. To
cover this up, the maker pretends that 1 Tbs. per cup is all you could
want. Second, everything, including the grinder section and the shoot
that dumps the coffee into the cone gets doused in steam as the coffee
is being made. This means cleanup is not of dry powder, but of caked-on
gunk. It takes direct water blast assisted with your hands, to clean the 3
main parts. My dishwasher would both leave grounds then cake them on.
Plus, with so much coffee stuck to the equipment when I put it in the
dishwasher, it turned the rinsewater into a light-brew and never
quite washed clear. Perhaps a stronger dishwasher could manage, but I
ended up having to spend 5 minutes cleaning it by hand every day. Third,
the dials that claimed to allow control did nothing discernable. The only
positive feature is a hotplate that will reduce to a lower temperature
after a specified period, allowing you to keep the heat at full strength for
a while, then turn it down but not off before it would burn.

All in all, a disaster no wonder they are being dumped for 30 bucks
these days. Unfortunately, I spent $100 year before last. I gave mine
away to a friend, who eventually gave up themselves and threw it out.

Buying Experience

Standard Lechters discount store experience -- take box off shelf, pay at
counter.

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