Best Coffee Maker with Grinder (Reviews of 2019)

We all need our coffee, right? But the problem is, when you enjoy a few cups per day at your local coffee shop, the price soon starts to add up.

One solution is to brew at home, but some coffee makers don’t give that coffee shop freshness, while others are just a pain to operate. What’s the solution?

If you want the freshest coffee with the minimum of fuss, perhaps what you are looking for is a grind and brew coffee maker. Here we look at six great options to help you choose the best coffee maker with grinder built in.

Best Grind and Brew Coffee Maker Reviews of 2019

Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL

Specs and Features

This is a home-based grind and brew espresso machine. It measures 13.2” x 12.5” x 15.8” and weighs 23lbs. The sealed bean hopper holds up to 1/2lb of coffee beans and the machine features a removable 67oz water reservoir.

The grinder itself is a burr grinder with adjustable grind size so you can experiment with different consistencies of coffee when making your espressos.

The machine also features a precision dosing system and a digital temperature control for accurate monitoring of water temperature while pulling your espresso. There is a pressure gauge and the machine can reach up to 15 bar.

This espresso maker can make single or double shots, and the size of each is programmable, so you can set the size of your choice.

Review

If you are looking for a high-quality espresso machine for your home with the added convenience of a build in grinder, this could be a worthy option.

First of all – and obviously most importantly – this machine can produce excellent coffee-shop grade espresso. Furthermore, it’s easy to maintain, and it comes with a cleaning kit. We particularly like the light that reminds you when the machine needs cleaning.

The layout of the controls is clear and easy to use. The grind control is a dial on the left-hand side of the machine, while to the right is a simple one-touch button to select either a single or double shot. We also love how you have the option to pre-choose the size of the shots you prefer.

A large and easy to read pressure gauge is located in the center of the machine, between the grind control and the shot size buttons. Overall, we love the way this machine looks and you’re sure to receive compliments on it from anyone who comes to visit.

There are a couple of other features that make this machine a winner. There is a great frother that works well, allowing you to experiment with cappuccinos, lattes and other espresso-based drinks, and the hot water dispenser is also a welcome addition.

If we have to make a criticism, it might be that the hopper doesn’t really isolate the beans from the heat of the machine when it is being operated. This may mean your beans won’t stay in the best possible condition if you choose to store them in the hopper and not separately

Good for

An ideal choice for someone who wants coffee shop-quality espresso at home with the convenience of a two-in-one.

What We Like

  • Makes espresso just like in a coffee shop
  • Super-convenient way to make espresso with the built-in grinder
  • Easy to maintain and includes cleaning kit
  • Precision dosing and precision temperature features
  • Good frother

What We Didn't Like

  • Beans in hopper not isolated from heat of brewing
  • Not a cheap choice – although we think it’s worth it
DELONGHI ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Specs and Features

This DeLonghi grind and brew coffee maker measures 17” x 13” x 18”. It weighs 27lbs and features a 60oz water reservoir. The bean hopper holds 7oz of beans.

The grinder is a conical low pitch burr grinder that is marketed as “professional quality”. DeLonghi’s patented “direct-to-brew” grinding system is designed to ensure you brew your espressos using the freshest-possible grinds.

The controls are both rotary and push-button, and the water volume and grind of the coffee are both adjustable. The machine offers four strength settings and five size settings, offering a decent amount of drink customization for an automatic espresso machine.

This machine can accommodate cups of up to 4.25”. It also features settings for making cappuccinos and other espresso-based drinks.

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DELONGHI ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

This is another two-in-one espresso machine that we love. First, it makes great espresso with rich and frothy crema, as you would expect at this price point.

The patented “Cappuccino System” is a great addition for those who enjoy drinks other than just espressos since it makes producing all your other coffee shop favorites so much simpler – you don’t need the skills of a trained barista to produce authentic espresso-based drinks.

With this being an automatic machine, pulling espressos is just as easy. As long as it has beans and water, the machine will do everything from grind to tamp to pour. All you need to do is enjoy the drink it gives you.

We like the design of the machine. The placement of the buttons and dials is simple and uncluttered. The compact design is a plus too, and this machine shouldn’t take up too much space in your kitchen or living room.

Another plus with this machine is that it is a lot quieter than some other machines.

The only real problems that we have with this machine is that it is not so intuitive to use. You might find yourself studying the instruction manual for a while before you start pulling your first espressos. Purists may also prefer the artistic freedom of a manual espresso machine.

Good for

This would work well for someone who loves espressos and other espresso-based drinks but who doesn’t want the bother of using a manual machine.

What We Like

  • Great espresso with wonderful crema
  • Patented “Cappuccino System” makes creating other espresso-based drinks so easy
  • Compact design and uncluttered look
  • Less noisy than other machines
  • Convenience of an automatic espresso machine

What We Didn't Like

  • Not completely intuitive to use
  • Does not give you freedom of a manual espresso machine
Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel

Specs and Features

The Oracle from Breville measures 16.2” x 15” x 18”, weighs 34.5lbs and has a large water reservoir of 84oz.

Its many features include dual stainless-steel boilers, one for drinks and one for steam, which allows you to pull shots and steam milk at the same time.

There is a one-touch Americano feature with three pre-set sizes and six customizable sizes, allowing you to customize how your drinks come out.

The machine grinds, doses and tamps automatically, and the Oracle includes a pre-infusion feature that increases pressure gradually when you start to pull a shot. This ensures a uniform infusion, avoiding the over-extracted bitter, bitter taste common with less expensive machines.

The Oracle’s frother has an auto-texturing capability, meaning you can easily create the milk texture required for cappuccinos, lattes or any other espresso-based drinks you wish to prepare.

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Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel

This is a fantastic machine with plenty of extra features that helps you create many types of coffee shop-quality beverages in the comfort of your own home.

While this is an automatic grind and brew espresso maker, it still includes plenty of adjustable controls that allow you to customize your drinks and make coffee exactly the way you want it.

These include brew temperature, pressure, Americano size, shot temperature and volume, and many others.

We particularly appreciate the pre-infusion feature. One of the differences between many cheaper home espresso machines and coffee shop-grade brewers is the fact that home machines often force the pressurized water through the grounds unevenly.

This is not the case here, and the result is a richer and more refined cup of espresso.

Another great feature is the automatic milk frother. If you are buying a machine for home use, you will probably want to use it for more than just espressos; this system allows you to create all your coffee shop favorites without having to master the frothing skills of a professional barista.

Finally, we love this machine’s aesthetics – it is elegant and professional-looking and will surely be the envy of any visitors to your home.

On the downside, it is not a small piece of equipment, so if you don’t have lots of space, it might not be appropriate. Also, a machine of this quality does not come cheap, and there are certainly other decent options available at a fraction of the price.

Good for

This is a machine for someone looking for a top-of-the-range machine capable of producing coffee shop-quality drinks and who doesn’t mind paying the price for premium quality.

What We Like

  • Simple and convenient to use
  • Effortlessly makes coffee shop-quality drinks
  • Automatic frother gives you any style of frothed milk you required
  • Plenty of scope for customizing drinks
  • Pre-infusion allows consistent extraction – avoiding bitter, over-extracted espressos

What We Didn't Like

  • Price – this machine represents a serious investment
  • Size – very large footprint, not ideal for smaller spaces
Cuisinart DGB-550BK Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker, 12 Cup, Black

Specs and Features

This two-in-one grind and brew coffee maker from Cuisinart has dimensions of 7.5” x 11.2” x 15.2” and weighs 10.2lbs. It includes a 12-cup, 60oz carafe with a knuckle protector and a dripless spout.

Features include brew pause – which allows you to pour your first cup before the brewing cycle is complete – programmable auto-shut-off, and a “grinder off” function that allows you to use pre-ground coffee instead of beans.

There are several adjustable settings, allowing you to customize your coffee. These include brew strength and a 1-4-cup setting which you should choose when preparing smaller quantities.

The unit features a 24-hour programmable function, allowing you to set the brewer to start automatically at a predesignated time, meaning the machine can have your coffee ready and waiting for you in the morning when your alarm sounds.

The brewer comes with a measuring scoop and a brush. It also includes a charcoal filter to help you enjoy coffee brewed with water free of impurities.

This unit has a three-year limited warranty.

Review

Cuisinart DGB-550BK Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker, 12 Cup, Black

This machine is great value for money. It does everything you would expect from a two-in-one coffee machine and sells at a very reasonable price.

We like the simple display and the ease of use. You can customize your drinks to a certain extent – meaning you can brew coffee just the way you like it – but this machine doesn’t over-complicate matters.

This means this machine is suitable even for those who have no love for excessive amounts of buttons and options.

One of the best features this machine includes is the fact that it’s programmable. We love the idea of telling the machine what time you want your drink and then having a steaming hot brew waiting for you when your alarm sounds and you need it most.

Another positive is the machine’s small size. It is much smaller than some other two-in-one machines available, making this an ideal choice if you are a little short on space.

There is one frustrating drawback. With this machine, you really need to clean it practically every time you use it and certainly after every two or three times. This is because steam from the brewing process reaches the grinder, and any grounds left there become wet.

This also means beans stored in the hopper will deteriorate quickly, so it’s better to store them elsewhere and place them in the hopper as needed.

Good for

This is the ideal machine for someone who wants an inexpensive two-in-one coffee brewing system that is simple to operate and that consistently makes good coffee.

What We Like

  • Very reasonable price
  • Simple to operate
  • Programmable to have your coffee ready and waiting whenever you want it
  • 1-4-cup option for making less coffee
  • “Grind off” function allows you to use pre-ground coffee

What We Didn't Like

  • Needs to be cleaned after every use or at least after every two or three times
  • Does not keep beans in optimum condition so you should store them elsewhere
Jura ENA 9 One Touch

Specs and Features

The measurements of this machine are 9” x 17.5” x 14” and it weighs 20lbs. It is a “super-automatic” coffee brewing system, meaning it is capable of producing a range of drinks at the touch of a button.

The grinder is a conical burr grinder and it uses Themoblock heating technology. Coffee is brewed under 15 bar of pressure, providing extraction similar to that of a professional espresso machine.

The Jura includes technology to produce milk foam of a superior, professional quality with a fine and light texture. The dual spout system ensures the machine is compatible with a range of different cup sizes. It is also designed to be simple and painless to clean and maintain.

Although it is a “super-automatic” coffee brewing system, parameters are fully adjustable, allowing you some control over the amount of water, the coffee strength and temperature of the beverages the machine makes.

There is a hot water feature, but the machine does not have an external frother. Frothing is done automatically, but you cannot use this machine to make foam manually.

It includes a three-year warranty.

Review

Jura ENA 9 One Touch

This is a fantastic machine for those who want all the drinks you can order in your favorite coffee shop in the comfort of your own home – and without having how to learn how to make them.

With this “super-automatic” brewing system, you don’t need to know how to pull espressos or make foam for lattes or cappuccinos like a trained barista, you just need to position your cup and press the button. The machine will do the rest.

Even though the machine does everything, there are still some adjustable controls, leaving some scope for customizing your drinks. If you want your coffee a bit stronger or a bit hotter, this is all possible – an important consideration in our opinion.

Apart from the ease of use, we also like the way this machine is easy to clean and maintain. The integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling program means that with only minimal effort, you will be able to keep this machine in good working order for an extended period.

Some people might not like the fact that there is no external frothing wand, meaning you cannot froth your own milk. This is because the machine is designed to do it all for you when preparing drinks.

Another minor inconvenience is the fact that you do need to clean the nozzle each time you make a drink using milk, although this is standard on most machines.

Good for

Perfect if you want a range of high-quality drinks including espressos, cappuccinos and lattes with the absolute minimum of effort.

What We Like

  • Simplest way to make a variety of coffee drinks with minimal effort
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Reliable brewing system that always makes great coffee
  • Smaller than some other machines with similar capabilities
  • Several adjustable parameters to make drinks the way you choose

What We Didn't Like

  • No wand for​​​​ manual frothing of milk
  • Requires cleaning whenever you make drinks with milk
KRUPS KM785D50 Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black

Specs and Features

This is a mid-range two-in-one grinder and brewer with dimensions of 13.8” x 11.6” x 17.5”. It weighs 12.55lbs.

This machine is capable of brewing up to ten cups in the carafe, although it can be set to brew anything between two and ten.

The grinder is a conical burr with five coarseness settings, from fine to coarse. The brew selector also allows you to choose the strength of your coffee, with three options, mild, medium and strong.

The hopper has a capacity of 5.3oz of beans, and the machine also has a “keep warm” feature that can maintain the temperature of your coffee once it is brewed for up to two hours.

This machine also features a handy programmable function that allows the brewer to switch itself on and start brewing at any time you choose, meaning you can set it to have your coffee ready for when your alarm goes off in the morning.

The machine can also be used with pre-ground coffee.

Review

KRUPS KM785D50 Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder, 10-Cups, Black

This brewing system is very simple to use. The design is fairly minimalist, and the controls are easy and intuitive. We like the way there are several adjustable settings that allow you to customize your drink – size, grind and strength – but not so many it becomes it complicated.

In particular, the fact that the burr grinder on this machine has five coarseness levels sets this machine apart from some of the competition. Very often, since machines like this only make one style of coffee, there is little scope for controlling the size of the grind manually.

One of our favorite features is the programmable start. We love the idea of getting up in the early hours still in zombie mode and having a brew ready and waiting to help clear that morning fog. This is a luxury we could easily get used to.

The other plus is the “keep warm” feature. You can program the machine to have your coffee waiting for you when you wake up, but then the machine will also keep it hot, so you don’t need to guzzle the whole pot in one go.

This is also ideal for families who will be sharing the pot, especially if you don’t all wake up at the same time.

On the downside, once the beans are in the hopper, it’s not so easy to remove them again. This means you will always have some less fresh beans in the bottom and you also can’t easily switch to a different kind.

Another issue is that this machine might be a little louder than some other machines on the market.

Good for

This would be the ideal option for someone looking for a mid-range two-in-one that allows for a certain amount of customization but nothing too complicated.

What We Like

  • Clear digital display
  • Very simple to use
  • Several functions allow you to customize your drink
  • Programmable to have coffee ready when you wake up
  • Relatively compact size and shape, suitable for smaller homes

What We Didn't Like

  • Hard to remove beans once inside the hopper
  • Makes more noise than some other options

What to look for before you buy a coffee maker with grinder?

best grind and brew coffee maker Reviews

When shopping for a coffee maker with a built-in grinder, there are many factors to take into consideration. Some of these are related to the grinder itself, but you shouldn’t forget the other features of the coffee maker either.

Here are some of the most important points to note.

a). Type of grinder

Burr Grinder

Blade Grinder

Speed

Slow

Fast

Uniform Consistency

Yes

No

Heat

No

Yes

There are two types of grinder, burr grinders and blade grinders. Blade grinders are essentially the same as a food blender; they grind the coffee beans by chopping them using rotating blades that spin at high speeds.

Blade grinders are the cheaper option, but they don’t grind the coffee to a uniform consistency. The grind is one of the most important ways we control the extraction process, and coffee that is not ground uniformly makes it harder to brew top quality coffee.

Blade grinders can sometimes heat the coffee during grinding, also affecting the taste of the final brew.

Burr grinders are more expensive but grind the coffee more slowly and produce grounds of a more uniform consistency. They also don’t heat the coffee during grinding.

If you care about drinking the best quality coffee and don’t mind spending a bit extra, a burr grinder is the recommended option.

b). Grind options

How easy is it to change the grind of the coffee? How much choice do you have over the coarseness of the grind? These are important questions to consider before buying a machine.

Also, if the machine is only able to make one style of coffee (for example, drip coffee) you may not need to adjust the grind so much since it will be set up to make coffee using that particular method.

c). Size of hopper

The hopper is the part of the coffee maker where the beans are placed for grinding. You should pay attention to the size of the hopper, especially if you expect to consume larger quantities of beans.

However, remember that coffee beans are only at their best for a couple of weeks after roasting and they should be stored in a cool, dark place to maximize their lifespan.

You should ideally keep your coffee beans in an airtight container, so filling up a huge hopper with beans and then keeping them there for long periods means you will end up drinking stale coffee before you finish the beans.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of great-tasting coffee from freshly ground beans, it is better to buy coffee in smaller batches that you will use up within a week or two.

d). Disable grind feature

While the purpose of buying a two-in-one coffee and grinder machine is to be able to conveniently grind your beans, there may still be times when you prefer to use pre-ground coffee.

Many machines include a feature that allows you to switch off the grinder and use pre-ground coffee instead.

e). Size of drinks, single-serve function, carafe function

For maximum versatility, you should look for a machine that allows you to make different sized servings of coffee.

A single-serve function is useful for when there is only one coffee drinker. This means you will not waste grounds making a pot of coffee just for one. Many coffee machines allow you to adjust the size of the single serving and may offer cup sizes of between 4oz and 12oz or bigger.

On the other hand, when more people want coffee, you should also be able to brew enough for everybody. Most coffee machines allow you to brew a pot or a carafe of coffee which is much more practical when you have guests for example.

f). Adjustable drink strength

Not everybody likes their coffee the same way, so an essential feature is adjustable drink strength which allows you to choose how strong the coffee you are brewing will be.

This also allows you to control your consumption since making stronger coffee uses up the beans faster.

g). Display and ease of use

Pay attention to how the coffee machine is operated. Does it have a touch screen control or buttons? Are there lots of setting and controls to master or is it easy to understand and operate?

If you want lots of control over how you brew your coffee, you might prefer a machine with more options. However, some people might prefer something simpler and faster to use.

h). Programmable timer

Some modern coffee machines now include a programmable timer that allows you to tell the machine to make you a cup of coffee at a predesignated time.

This means your coffee machine will automatically grind the beans and make your brew just in time for when your alarm goes off in the morning, ideal for early starts.


Q&A:What is a coffee maker with grinder?

There are many ways of making coffee but all of them involve extracting the flavors and aromas from ground coffee beans. You may choose to buy pre-ground coffee for your coffee maker, but if you want the best, freshest coffee possible, you need to grind your own beans each time.

If you choose to grind your own beans, you have two choices. Either you can use a separate grinder to grind your beans or you can invest in a two-in-one machine that grinds the beans and makes the coffee.

Q&A: The advantages and disadvantages of grind and brew coffee maker

If you decide to go for a two-in-one machine, there are several advantages, and the main one is convenience.

Rather than grind the beans each time in a separate grinder, the beans are simply poured into the hopper. The machine will then grind the beans and make the coffee, making the whole operation much simpler.

The hopper also serves as a convenient place for you to store your coffee beans. Having everything ready in one place will save you a few moments that you would normally spend fetching the beans from wherever you store them, measuring them out and so on.

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is the fact that a hopper is not generally the ideal place to store coffee beans. To keep them in their optimum condition, beans should be sealed in an airtight container and protected from heat, light and moisture.

Unless the machine has a hopper that is specially designed to create these conditions, your beans are likely to deteriorate more rapidly than would otherwise be the case.

Another disadvantage can be that two-in-one machines can limit the types of coffee you can drink. Machines can often only make one style of coffee whereas with a separate grinder, you can make any type of coffee you wish.

Q&A: Things to consider with grind and brew coffee maker

Do you value convenience or versatility more highly? If you want the most convenient solution, a two-in-one machine could be ideal choice. However, if you prefer the freedom to experiment with different grinds and different styles of coffee, a separate grinder might be more appropriate.

Does your family tend to consume a lot of coffee? If not, leaving beans to go stale in the hopper might not be the best way to enjoy the benefits of grinding your own beans.

Finally, you might also consider a pod-based machine instead. Pods are more expensive than beans or ground coffee, but machines that use pods offer the utmost in convenience and the coffee stays fresher for longer.

Conclusion

We’ve enjoyed reviewing these brewing systems, and there are certainly some great machines on the market, from budget machines to top-of-the-range versions for those willing to spend the big bucks.

However, with a combination of great value, ease of use and reliability, our top pick is the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, and this is our choice for the best coffee maker with grinder.

19 thoughts on “Best Coffee Maker with Grinder (Reviews of 2019)”

  1. I am a coffee lover, not much of a morning person and still lazy. Tell me who has time to wake up and start fixing a cup for yourself now when you can actually get it done for you. This Cuisinart machine really makes all these very easy and is totally very affordable for all.

    • Yeah, this one is a great choice for the budget conscious consumer who still wants high-quality coffee. This Cuisinart DGB-550BK offers good convenience to fix up your coffee without sweat and also give you a quality coffee.

  2. Anyone used this Cuisinart DGB-550BK for a while? Would really like to know what it’s like and want to hear that from a user.

    • Just to add, the coffee maker is very pocket-friendly so you are sure that you are getting the best quality coffee and didn’t even spend much to get it. Totally cool

    • Yeah, it’s very cool and comes in handy. Just like the post says, you can just wake up and have your coffee without having to fiddle with measurements, grinding beans or even pouring it. I really believe it is very important for people who already have a tight schedule but still want to enjoy their coffee without having to wake up earlier.

    • It’s simply awesome. Now I can actually choose how weak or strong I want my coffee and I’ll still get a perfect quality. There’s also a programmability option, and as a busy person, I can actually set the timer and wake up to freshly brewed coffee without having to take the time to do much. It really helps a lot and I totally recommend it.

  3. This Breville BES870XL machine gives really incredible value for the price. It’s a very good option and for people who are lazy like me, just know that it is super easy to clean not to mention it has a high-quality adjustable grinder that guarantees a consistent grind. It’s a must-have.

  4. Well, I’m more of the ‘pick anyone and make it work’ type so I’ve always used any machine that comes across me. But recently I’ve seen that there are quite a few things to note when picking one and a lot on this list just fits exactly what I want and they are even more affordable than most regular ones I’ve picked.

  5. Anyone looking for the best coffee maker machine out there and have no idea which to go for, I’ll recommend this Semi-Automatic Grind and Brew Espresso Maker – Breville BES870XL! It has got lots of cool features that make it the best grind and brew maker. You’ll be glad how your coffee would turn out.

    • Well, I’ll agree it is a very good machine but trust me, if you have no patience like myself, then you’ll honestly get frustrated using this. The machine is just more difficult to get the hang of that fully automatic machines and if you aren’t patient you’ll find yourself skipping it most times.

  6. If you have known Cuisinart products, you’ll know that this one is an amazing choice. The Best Grind and Brew Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe – Cuisinart DGB-900BC is that machine everyone needs in their kitchen that would definitely save you time and effort. It has a hopper that is quite on the large size so you are sure you won’t run out of coffee beans anytime soon. It also has some other good things you’ll like. I totally recommend this.

    • Let me just add that if you are single and eat alone and not too much most times, you may not enjoy this one. This is because there’s no option to brew just one cup and this may not really work too well for you.

    • Well, for me I don’t regret anything about the machine. Unless you can count taking ages to clean it because I am that person that just wants everything to go fast and easy for me, so that could be it for me.

  7. Woah. This list is amazing. Just like all the best coffee makers hand-picked and shown here. I think I’ll just go for one that is not too pricey because they all look like very good options to me.

  8. I’ll just say I’m not too eager to read through the list and go through the process of picking one so I’ll appreciate it if someone would tell me which they have tried and would recommend.

    • If you are okay with having a machine making noise in your kitchen then the Automatic Grind and Brew Espresso Maker – DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3300 should be your best choice because there are a lot of things about it that would make you love it. If you want another one, I can suggest any of the Cuisinart products and you’ll also like it.

  9. One amazing feature I like about this DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3300 machine is that it is able to quickly produce multiple shots of espresso without pausing to reheat and you’ll think you’ll get a poorly made coffee but trust me, it would taste even better than you imagined.

    • Yes, that, and for an automatic machine, it is super easy to clean and also has an easy to understand interface which is one of the most user-friendly available to anyone. Not to mention it is pocket-friendly.

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