Lifting the heavy, plastic container, you sigh a little. Opening the flat lid, you hope to catch the smell of fresh coffee grounds, but all you get is a stale imitation. Buying pre-ground coffee or even storing it after you’ve had it ground at the store compromises the freshness of the product and the flavor of your drink. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, then you know firsthand that fresh ground is a must.
The best way to bring this superior taste into your own kitchen is to purchase a coffee maker with grinder built right in. Far from a restaurant-only device, these can be purchased at your local home goods store. While coffee grinders have been sold separately for over a century, advancements in engineering (and electricity) have made it possible to put a compact, electric grinder directly into coffee brewers. They are not too large, nor is the noise horrendous. Plus, this combination allows for more convenience and cuts down on the mess while it provides the taste and sensations of your favorite local coffee shop.
If this sounds like something you need in your home, then you’ll want to take a few moments to consider the coffee makers with grinder options available on the market. There may be more than you think. First, establish what price you want to pay. Coffee makers with grinders range from economical (like the $40 Sanyo SACMST6) to outrageous (like the Jura-Capresso 13332 Impressa J5 which sells for almost $2000). Most makers range from $150 to $280, though there are those at both extremes of price.
But you don’t need to spend a grand to get good coffee. Invest enough to get a quality system, but anything over three hundred may not be worth the additional cost. What makes the entire purchase worthwhile are the features of the machines which add to your life. Consider the Cuisinart Grind & Brew which easily makes twelve cups and may save those with large families from waiting for another pot to brew. And then there’s the Krups KM7000 which allows you to serve mid-brew without any mess which may be a necessary benefit for those who are forced to rush out of the house at a moment’s notice.
There are even makers that come in your favorite colors! Other fun features include electronic controls, auto power settings, and Senseo’s interesting pod system which delivers flavors and eliminates loose grounds and the mess they cause. Any of these may be an asset in your kitchen. Though it may appear a superfluous purchase during a time of economic slowing, buying one item for yourself may be just what you need for motivation.
Finding the best coffee maker with grinder is not about finding the most expensive. Rather, it is about finding the coffee maker that fits your schedule and needs. Don’t get distracted by big brands or flashy signs; imagine the maker on your own kitchen cabinet. Does it fit there? Then maybe it’s the one for you.