When you think about who's ruling the consumer coffee scene two brands come to mind: Nespresso and Breville. So what happens when the these two cosy up and share their technology? You get a love-child that's never existed before. Let's explore this baby further in this Creatista Plus By Breville review.
Want to know the secret for making stupidly delicious coffee?
The answer is simple: grind fresh coffee right before brewing! That's why finding the best coffee maker with grinder built in is essential.
In the past grinding fresh coffee meant whipping out your grinder, grinding, measuring, and fumbling to your coffee maker while making sure nothing spills.
But today there are coffee makers with internal grinders that streamline this process. With a press of a button you can grind your beans and brew your joe straight away.
Below we've put together a list of the best grind and brew coffee makers for making the freshest (streamlined) coffee. Click the product name to jump to their reviews.
Each of the above machines differs a little from the other -- mainly the type of coffee it makes: drip coffee, espresso, and latte. But they all share that one important feature, a built in coffee grinder.
Pick the one that makes the type of coffee you enjoy while balancing your budget and desired build quality.
Read on to read our barista review for each of them, including a handy buying guide about built-in grinders.
When it comes to buying a coffee maker with an inbuilt grinder the first thing you should look at is the grinder itself. Is it of good quality? And what type of grinder is it?
I already covered this topic in great detail in my post on the top external coffee grinders, however the same principles apply here.
There are two types of grinders you can choose from: burr and blade.
1. Burr Grinders: These are the best for making coffee. They work by having two burrs (disks with teeth) spinning to grind coffee in even particles. Most coffee makers utilize conical burrs as they're more compact, however some use flat as well. Both types make good coffee.
2. Blade Grinders: Blade grinders should be avoided unless you have a small budget as they produced coffee of lesser quality. They work by having a spinning blade cut and splice the coffee beans before extracting. This results in a uneven extraction, which greatly impacts the taste of your coffee.
The main reason why burr grinders are better than blade is because they actually grind the coffee into uniform particles, while blade grinders cut and splice the coffee beans. You can see the difference in the grind quality below.
An uniform grind results in a great tasting coffee as the coffee is extracted evenly. While an uneven grind means the extraction will be sporadic, with a big chance of grinds will finding their way into your cup.
So it makes sense to grab a coffee maker with burr grinder rather than blade - unless you're after a really cheap one.
All of the coffee makers that made our list are have burr coffee grinders except the budget Gourmia (it's good if you don't want to spend a lot of money).
Below you'll find reviews of the best coffee makers with grinders listed above. Each review has been divided to a category winner.
Our pick for the best grind and brew coffee maker is the Breville Grind Control. The Breville edged over its competitors thanks to its techy features, precision grinding and beautiful industrial design.
But what really sets the Breville apart from other the coffee makers on this list is that it's one of the few with an inbuilt conical burr coffee grinder. The grinder does a great job in making consistently tasty coffee with its gravity fed hopper and 8 strength settings. It's a no fuss coffee maker that looks great.
In terms of size the Breville is a little bigger than other coffee makers coming in at 14 x 9 x 17 inches. This is because it needs the extra space to fit the internal grinder, bean hopper, and most importantly the 12-cup thermal carafe that comes with the machine. The exterior is a brushed stainless steel and has to be the best looking coffee maker on the market today - a trend that Breville continues with all of its coffee machines.
Convenience wise the the Breville has all the techy features you would come to expect fro a modern coffee maker. First off it has the all important auto start up feature that allows you to program an auto-start and brew time. Yep, this means you'll be waking up to freshly made coffee every morning. It also has a digital LCD screen that gives you live feedback on your grind size, brew time and temperature - all of which are adjustable.
The Cuisinart Grind and Brew was a close runner up to the Breville. In fact it shares many of the same features: an inbuilt burr grinder, auto start functions and digital displays.
However the Breville won over due to its superior design and extra techy features. For example the Breville is a fully stainless steel build, while the Cuisinart uses a combination of plastic and stainless steel in its design.
But this isn't necessarily a bad thing as it helps reduce the cost of the machine. The other feature it lacks is the greater customization. Although the Grind and Brew has strength settings, it does not have has many as the Breville, nor can it brew one cup of coffee at a time like the Breville can. It's either a full pot or nothing.
But the last point you should compare between these two coffee makers is their price. The Grind and Brew is a good 40-50 bucks cheaper than the Breville most of the time. So if the few extra features and bit better design does not sway your mind, then we recommend picking up the Grind and Brew instead. It'll still look great in any kitchen, perhaps just a little less high tech looking - but not everyone likes the high-tech design anyway.
If you're looking for a cheap coffee maker with a grinder, the Gourmia Grind and Brew is a good option. It's the only coffee maker on this list under $100 and it packs in a lot of the features its more expensive counterparts have.
For example the Gourmia has a programmable auto start feature for the mornings, an inbuilt grinder, programable strength settings and digital display.
Now being more that half the price of our best grind and brew coffee maker there are obviously some compromises to be made. For example the build quality of the machine is not as good as the others on this list and it's carafe not a thermal, rather a glass build, which means it won't hold its heat for as long. But you can always but substitute carafe or use the one you may already have at home.
The biggest con of this machine is that it's internal grinder uses a "blade" system instead of a "burr grinder". This means that the grinder cuts and splices the coffee beans within the hopper instead of grinding them into even particles. This results in uneven extractions. However if you just want a strong drip coffee for a reasonable price and are not too fussed about consistency, then this machine should still be on your list.
If you're in the market for a super-automatic espresso machine that'll grind beans on command and make espresso, you should check out the Delonghi Magnifica.
Unlike the coffee makers above this is the first machine on this list that focuses on making espresso based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. If you prefer these over drip coffee then the Magnifica is a better fit for you. Note it is a single serve coffee maker with a grinder built in.
The Delonghi Magnifica is a partially automatic espresso machine, this means it only automates the coffee grinding and espresso making process. Instead it comes equipped with an assisted steaming wand if you want to make a frothy cappuccino. This makes the Magnifica much cheaper when compared to fully automatic coffee makers that end up costing in the $1000+ range.
The Breville Barista Express is one of my favourite espresso machines in general and I have written an in-depth review of it here. I like it because from an espresso making perspective it has everything the average coffee lover needs to make great barista style coffee at home.
Now in comparison to the coffee makers above there is one main difference you'll notice straight away - there's a bit more work involved. Even though it has an inbuilt grinder you'll still have to tamp the coffee yourself, extract the coffee, and steam the milk just like your local barista does.
If you enjoy getting more hands on with your coffee making this is a great option for you. Otherwise if you want an espresso maker with a grinder that's more automated then the above Delonghi would be the better option.
And that finishes off our coffee maker with internal grinder list. If you have any questions about buying a coffee maker, feel free to leave a comment below and I'll help you out.
A funny thing happened this Christmas, I was gifted an AeroPress from both my sister and girlfriend. So it means I have one to test out in this AeroPress review and one to give away to my email subscribers. I'll be sending out a blast soon.
The knock box is the overlooked accessory found next to every espresso machine. Even though its design is simple and function straight forward, I couldn't imagine making coffee at home without one.
That's why in this post we'll be listing the best knock box picks for home use. There's also a brief but nifty buying guide down below.
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