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Cuisinart 600 Series Grind & Brew - Vernon Bishop's Review
Posted: February 21, 2009, 3:22am
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Product Reviewed: DGB600BC
Manufacturer: Cuisinart Quality: 8
Average Price: $60.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Gift Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Mr.Coffee, B&D
Bottom Line: Good stepup, will buy a Capresso next time
Positive Product Points

Able to grind the beans fresh in the machine
Makes a mean cup of coffee
Looks really nice on my countertop
Matches my kitchen nicely

Negative Product Points

Cannot use too fine of a grind
Slow pouring
Grind feature too loud for my taste
Lots of parts to clean
Replacement parts are relatively expensive

Detailed Commentary

This machine was a wonderful gift from my friend for Christmas, (I was looking for a nicer drip machine than my Mr. Coffee that I was using and this fit the bill nicely.)  I knew what I was in for when I got this, as I did some research online when my friend told me about the choice that she made for my gift.  I knew that there were some things about this machine that some people did not like and I prepared myself for the worst.

When I got the machine, it was well packed and my friend even included some things that did not come with it when she bought it, (it was a refurbished product and it originally did not come with the gold tone filter and she was nice enough to get one for me, along with a year's supply of water filters.)  I was amazed with the double boxes it came packed in, as I never have seen a coffee maker packed in two boxes before, (since reading this site, I have seen more examples).  UPS did a nice job of getting the machine to me in one piece and not broken.

I did read the manual, as there were features on  this machine that I needed to get used to.  This thing had more bells and whistles than I was accustomed to and this took a while to get used to.  The manual was really well written and to the point.    

The more I got used to the machine, (and its many quirks), the more I loved it.  I felt very happy with it, except when I used too fine of a grind and the machine clogged.  I almost threw it away, when I deduced that I needed to use a coarser grind.  I have since gotten used to using the machine with auto-drip grinds and no finer.

I do not use the grinder, because the grind coming out of it was not decent enough to make a good cup of coffee, and it was awful loud, (I live in an apartment building and I get up between 2 and 3 AM for work, so it does not make sense to use it).

I like the temperature of the coffee and the fact that I can have hot coffee when I come home from work later, (I have a thermal carafe and this has been a major reason that I kept it so long).  I also like not having burnt coffee with no hot plate underneath.

I like the water filtration feature and how my coffee tastes.  I do not like the price of the filters and the other replacement parts, (a new carafe is $48.00 (!!))

Overall, I like this product, however, I would like to step up to a Capresso next time...  :-D


Buying Experience

This was a gift from a good friend, so I was not the one purchasing this product...

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