Cuisinart has been a dependable brand for kitchen appliances for years, and they did not disappoint with their espresso machines and coffee makers.
Here, we look at the Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew, what makes it a standout, its cons, and answer some of the questions about this coffee maker.
- Built-in grinder for whole bean coffee
- Convenient different brew time options
- Very affordable price tag
- Should be cleaned regularly
- The coffee paste can build up on the grinder
- The grinder is louder than normal
- Elegant Italian Styling
- Dimensions: 7.5″ x 11.20″ x 15.2″
- Item Weight: 10.8 pounds
- Warranty: 3 years
- Carafe Capacity: 12 cups of 5 fluid ounces each
- Settings: Manual
- Warranty: 3 years
The Cuisinart DGB 550 Grind & Brew comes in a compact packaging that will easily fit in your counter space, albeit be in an apartment for a single go-getter or a homey family house.
The glass carafe is ergonomically designed with a handle, a no-drip, and an easy-to-pour snout with helpful markings that correspond coffee amount.
To be able to keep your coffee warm for hours, an excellent heating plate that has a nonstick coating and is scratch resistant is also featured in this coffee maker.
The Cuisinart DGB 550 Grind & Brew coffee maker has a convenient coffee grinder that makes the brewing process easy as pie.
To relish in a cup of fresh coffee every morning, all you have to do is pour your favorite coffee beans on the grinder basket, and the coffee maker automatically grinds the whole beans for you!
Waking up to freshly made coffee is also possible because the Grind and Brew let you pre-program the coffee maker to start automatically grinding and brewing the beans an hour or two in advance for a fresh cup the moment you wake up.
The Grind and Brew also have a practical “grind off” control for your favorite pre-ground coffee beans.
The Cuisinart DGB 550 Grind and Brew’s Brew Pause feature is there to let you sneak a taste of your aromatic coffee before the brewing cycle is even finished.
This is a good coffee maker feature for people on the go wanting a quick cup before they go and seize the day (or for people running against the clock.)
With the Cuisinart Brew Pause, you can easily exchange the glass carafe in the heater plate with your cherished coffee or to-go cup for freshly ground brewed coffee.
In cases of a blackout or a power outage and your Grind and Brew coffee maker is in the middle of making your coffee for you, the 60-Second Reset feature of this coffee maker will remember your brew settings and what steps and how long the beans have been brewing for!
Now, that is an innovative technology for an affordable coffee machine.
Single Brew Setting
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew has a Singe Brew setting that lets you brew coffee good for one to four persons.
The glass carafe holds freshly brewed coffee of up to 12 cups but with the single brew setting—if you are alone or not entertaining guests— the Grind and Brew coffee maker will make brew just enough for you.
Who is it for?
The Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee maker is for everyone wanting that reliable and adequate coffee machine that will give them a perfect cup of coffee every time they use it.
This coffee maker is also for a big household, but it is most convenient for apartment living as the size and ergonomics of the coffee machine are compact enough not to take up too much space on your countertops.
It is also for small business that serves freshly brewed coffee, the carafe that could carry up the amount of up to twelve glasses is convenient.
As coffee makers with grinder go, the Grind and Brew can be a bit loud, especially in the morning but think of it as a substitute to your morning alarm with the promise of a fresh cup as soon as you wake up, and this drawback is forgivable.
The Cuisinart DGB 550 Grind & Brew is more than a value for your money.
Its convenient design and easy-to-use mechanism would not call for a separate coffee grinder; everything is in this handy coffee maker.
How to use the Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew?
The Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew is easy to use because the machine quickly does more than half of the job for you.
In the first step, you have to fill the water reservoir with your desired amount of water that you can easily decipher with the water level indicator, then add the beans.
Cuisinart recommends 1 1/2 scoops per cup, so if you’re going to fill the entire carafe, a maximum of 14 level scoops is the maximum for this coffee machine.
After that, you place a #4 basket paper filter or the permanent filter on the basket, then press the ‘on’ button for immediate grinding.
Select the cup setting desired if you will be brewing for a big batch or just for you, then watch as the coffee pours on the carafe!
Pour some on your glass and enjoy!
Do I have to regularly clean my Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew?
It is advisable to clean the grinder every day or even after every use for optimum coffee flavor each time you brew.
The good news is the cleaning process is made easier as almost all the washable parts of the Grind and Brew coffee maker are dishwasher safe.
Use a bristle brush and lightly scrub to get rid of any coffee beans stuck on the grinder basket.
Is the Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew worth it?
For a coffee maker under a hundred dollars, the Cuisinart BGB-550 Grind & Brew is worth it.
All the features of this coffee maker are advanced and fool-proof, giving you more usability and benefits than what you paid for.