Summary: I have had the same Cuisinart coffeemaker for 12 years and it was great, not a grind and brew though. I decided it was time to graduate to a grind and brew and I couldn't be any happier! Makes excellent coffee and I wake up to the smell of freshly ground and brewed coffee. Couldn't get better than this.
Summary: What a disappointment. My old Melita Grind & Brew died and it's killing me. Nothing is as good as that old coffee maker. The Cuisinart DGB-550 has a tiny bean container and when I make my joe I put in 4 large spoons of whole beans for one 12 ounce mug. I can only fit 8 large spoons max in this thing and I bought it as I'll have 9 peeople in the house for the holidays. Also, the auto brew failed to work, so it'll go back.
Best deal and flavore for the money for home brewing.
7 December 2013
Summary: First off my wife and I love fresh brewed coffee and buying whole beans is the way to go. Buying the whole beans is even cheaper and using the Cuisinart coffee maker lets us grind each brew for the ultimate fresh cup of coffee each morning. We tried pre-ground coffee's and they are not as good as whole bean , they lose some of the flavore being pre-ground for who knows how long?