Like most of America, we love the taste of a freshly grounded cup of coffee in the morning. However for coffee enthusiasts like us, it can be a little tiresome having to grind the beans, and then transfer them across to the coffee maker first thing in the morning. But the good news is that today there are many different coffee maker and grinder combo models available, so you can wake up to freshly ground coffee with out any hassle at all! On this site we will be talking about some of the features you should consider before you run out and buy one of these fantastic machines. After that we will have a look at some of the top rated models currently available. You can skip to that sectionif you want. Now lets talk about what you should look for before you make any purchases.
What features should you look for?
There are a couple of features that you will need to decide on before you choose a suitable model, so lets begin by talking about some of those features. The ability to make a great tasting up of coffee is more or less top of the list, but how do you ensure the machine can do that? One of the important ways we think is the ability to adjust the coarseness of the grinder. If you have too coarse a grinder, then you end up with a weak cup of coffee and end up wasting valuable beans. The ability to adjust how fine the coffee comes out is an important option in our humble opinion, as everyone likes their coffee done in a certain way. Most cheaper coffee makers grinders do not have this option, and they only have the one preset. If you plan on getting a cheaper machine, we recommend you read a few reviews to get an idea if the grade of coffee produced will be suitable for your tastes. Otherwise perhaps look into spending a little extra, and getting a machine that has adjustable settings for the grinder.
The next feature you will need to think about is what capacity coffee maker you need. Most models these days range in the size of 10-12 cups, which should be enough to suit any size family, and provide you with more than enough energy to get going in the morning! For those of you living alone, you do find slightly smaller models which come a little cheaper. 10 cups seems to be the average though, so remember to think about what size you need for starters.
Next up you should consider what kind of automation the coffee maker will have. Many units these days come with a 24 hour programmable time. This allows you to set up a timer which can produce coffee at certain hours of the day. Waking up to a freshly ground cup of coffee in the morning is the main advantage of these machines. With an automatic timer you could also set it to have a fresh cup ready when you get home from work, so be sure to check if the coffee maker & grinder you choose has such a function for ultimate convenience.
What else do you need to consider?
Thinking about what is known as “wake up” coffee, there is another factor which you will need to consider. This is the noise factor, which can be an issue if there are bedrooms located near the kitchen. The last thing you want is to be woken up early from your sleep by the sounds of coffee beans being crushed and ground up. Those of you with coffee grinders will have some idea of this noise level already, so should know what to expect. If your kitchen is far away from your bedroom, then this won’t be too much of an issue. Either way we recommend you look at some user reviews first of the machine to get an idea of how noisy it might be. You can always switch on the machine when you wake up if you think this could be a problem. Most machines take on average about 10 minutes to make a fresh pot of coffee from scratch, so don’t let the noise factor be a deal breaker for you.
For those of you often in a rush, and need you coffee in a hurry at times, you will find that some of these coffee makers grinders will come with the option to bypass the grinding phase. This means you can use instant coffee if you are in a rush, to make a quick and easy cup of coffee. It certainly won’t taste as great as a freshly ground cup, but it is a very handy feature to have. This feature is often referred to as a “grind off” function, so be sure to keep an eye out for this if you think it will come in handy to you.
Something else that might interest you is the brew pause function. This is another handy feature if you are in a rush, as it allows you to take out what coffee has been brewed already, even if the machine is still busy making the rest of the pot. This seems to be quit a common feature these days, so most newer models come with this particular setting by default.
It is not only the features of the machine you should think about, you should also have a close look at some of the included components. The carafe is one of the key parts of the machine, and a leaky or substandard one will cause many issues. Many machines come with an insulated carafe to help keep the coffee warmer for longer. Some come with stainless steel carafes, which tend to retain heat a little better than the glass ones.
If there are long periods between your cups of coffee, then you might also want to look out for a machine with a keep warm function. This keeps the coffee at a drink-able temperature for a few hours, so you don’t need to worry about microwaving your coffee when it is time for your next brew.
So what is the best coffee maker with grinder? That’s a bit hard to say, but we will look at some of the current top rated models on the market right below.