Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew Coffee Maker Review
Cuisinart makes a lot of coffee makers. Each has varying features and performance levels, and its often difficult to know what exactly you are going to get. The Cuisinart DGB-625BC is fortunately a model that not only comes packed with lots of features, but even more importantly, a consistent level of performance.
However, even with top rated coffee makers you are going to find upsides and downsides. So let's take a look at the pros and cons and break down this review one step at a time.
The main appeal to this model is its built-in grinder. We all know by now (right!?) that the best way to brew coffee is with freshly ground beans. So having a built-in grinder is definitely a huge plus for any home coffee maker. But often times having a built-in grinder can be more of a headache than a time-saver. Is this the case with the DGB-625BC? Keep reading!
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- Built-in grinder
- Programmable with timer
- Auto shut-off is programmable
- Easy setup
- Pause and serve
- 1-4 cup brew option
- Looks good
- Water filter compatible
- Makes great-tasting coffee
- Cumbersome to clean with more than 6 removable parts
- Built-in grinder is very noisy (but what grinder isn't?)
- Grind setting is not adjustable
- Manual dosing
- Coffee is weak (for 12 cups and a hopper full of beans)
- Ground coffee does not transfer well to filter basket
- Tall machine at 15 inches (can't fit under most cupboards)
This machine can seemingly do everything. One particularly feature that we found impressive is the programmable auto shut-off. You can set the machine to turn off immediately after brewing or 2 hours later. None of the top rated coffee makers we've reviewed up to this point have featured anything like this. The machine also has a programmable timer and 1-4 cup brewing option.
One more thing, you can turn off the grinder if you just want to use pre-ground coffee…but why on earth would you want to do that?!
Noisy grinder? Blasphemy!
The noisy grinder is one of the most frequently cited complaints reviewers make about this machine. In all honesty though, we think this is a bit nit-picky, as every grinder we have ever used was noisy. If coffee grinding noise is a major issue for you, then we recommend you stick with pre-ground coffee (which you can still use with this machine, but what would be the point?).
Dosing must be done manually
One of the minor nuisances we found with this coffee maker is that you must measure out the exact amount of beans you want depending on the size of the pot you are brewing. The machine comes with a scoop to measure out a spoonful of beans for every cup of coffee, but many reviewers found that this produced coffee that was too weak for their taste buds.
It would have been cool if you could select the number of cups to brew and then have the machine automatically grind the perfect amount. Maybe in the next model?
Many reviewers also noted how critical it is to keep the machine clean in order to avoid weak coffee. You may also want to test out paper filters if you still find that your coffee is too weak.
No adjustable grind setting
To us, this was probably the biggest downside of the machine. Previous models allowed the user to adjust the grind setting to their taste, but the DGB-625BC only has one grind setting that Cuisinart deems to be ideal. It may very well the ideal grind setting, but it would have still been nice to adjust the grind for experimentation. After all, everybody has their own unique taste preferences.
For the most part, this coffee maker is a winner. Let's break down each of the ratings one at a time.
The DGB-625BC is quite a good deal considering all of its features. Good individual burr grinders will cost you about $100 a pop, so this is a good deal considering that the built-in grinder on this machine seems to be good enough.
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Score: 4 stars
The Coffee Quality
For those who had never ground their own beans before, this machine will be a very pleasant surprise as far as coffee quality goes. However, with many users experiencing weak coffee, the overall rating suffers a little bit.
Score: 4 stars
The Coffee Maker Quality
The DGB-625BC is pretty well-crafted compared to many of its auto drip counterparts. With a stainless steel body it gets style points, and with its long-lasting durability it gets functionality points. But at 15 inches tall and a high-maintenance cleaning process, this machine is by no means perfect.
Score: 4 stars
Ease of Use
It's easy to set up and Cuisinart products almost always come with great instruction manuals. You do need to be aware of some quirks however, such as securing the latch on the water reservoir cover before brewing. If you don't follow this step you will be met with incessant beeps. Also very important is keeping the machine clean. If it isn't cleaned after each use the coffee maker will become more difficult to use.
Score: 3.5 stars
While it is easy to clean, it is certainly a time-consuming process. With 6 removable parts everything needs to be rinsed and dried after each individual use. If you don't do this, not everything will function as it should. Also, while Cuisinart claims that all of the parts are dishwasher safe, some users experienced leaking issues with the carafe after running it in the dishwasher. Just something to watch out for.
Score: 2 stars
While many Cuisinart coffee makers have experienced durability issues, this model seems to be a bit better in the durability department. However, it still not great. Many reviewers reported machines that lasted under a year. Good news is that the coffee maker comes with a 3 year limited warranty in case you run into a dud.
Score: 2.5 stars
It is actually a really nice-looking coffee maker. Stainless steel body with a digital clock on the front…would look great in just about any kitchen. Of course, we will let you be the judge on this one.
Score: 4.5 stars
There were hardly any comments on the actual brew speed during our research, but our guess is that it's a relatively quick process when discounting the amount of time it takes to clean (5-10 minutes).
Score: Not Rated
We already talked about this coffee maker's versatility earlier, so there really isn't that much more to say. Well, there actually is (because it does so much), but we will let you trust us on this one.
Score: 5 stars
The Bottom Line
If you like tons of features this is the coffee maker for you. By having a built-in grinder you save yourself the hassle of keeping a separate device on the counter. It also saves you money in the end because individual burr grinders are quite pricey. If you must have a grind and brew coffee maker (without breaking your wallet), then this is definitely one of the best choices out there right now.
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