Grind and Brew Coffee Makers
There are certain features you need to look out for when looking for grind and brew coffee makers. First, try and find a brand that does not grind the beans too loudly. The last thing you want to hear in the morning is the loud, grating sound of beans being crushed.
Look for a mild whirring sound rather than a firecracker sounding grinder. Especially for families that have new babies, or pets such as dogs or cats, the loud grinding noise will be quite a nuisance.
Inquire if stores will let you do a demo of the actual grinding, and if they will, then go ahead and take along some coffee beans in your quest for perfect sounding grind and brew coffee makers. Also, look out for machines that shake as they grind the beans.
Newer, more affordable models and unfamiliar brands may look really efficient and up to par with the latest good brands, until you grind some beans. Make sure the machine’s vibrations are well-contained in a stable base which holds the machine steady as the beans get ground.
Shaking, vibrating machines are an indication that the base is not heavy enough, and the machine will be sure to break in the not so distant future. Next, choose whether you prefer a burr grinder or a blade grinder.
Everyone knows that the secret to a mean cup of coffee is the uniform grinding of the beans. Burr grinders are more expensive but also grind your coffee evenly, without leaving small pieces and big pieces in one mound.
Blade grinders are less expensive but do not grind the coffee as evenly as the burr grinders do. Blade grinders leave smaller pieces flying off to the side and leaving the larger coffee bean pieces flying towards the middle of the pile.
The other thing to consider when looking around for some grind and brew coffee makers is the ease you get when cleaning the different parts. Look for grind and brew coffee makers that are either self-cleaning or have dishwasher-safe parts.
Look out for sturdy durable materials used in the body and the compartments of the coffee machine. Cleaning should not take much more time than coffee brewing.
Make sure the unit you do end up getting is not too sensitive and needs its own brand of cleaning solution. You should be able to use regular kitchen dishwasher soap, if not the dishwasher itself to clean the compartments.
Do not use abrasive chemicals or rough scour pads to wash grind and brew coffee makers’ parts.
Make sure you don’t wet the base of the machine, where the wiring sits, either. Be sure to read the manual carefully regarding cleaning instructions.
Grind and brew coffee makers take up much more space than the regular coffee maker.
If you live in a studio type or a one bedroom apartment, chances are you will need to clear out some counter space and make room for this hefty new appliance.
Although many new brands are coming out with some new colors, the basic grind and brew coffee maker is still the black and stainless steel variety.
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