Coffee is a very subjective thing. It’s a popular drink for sure, but every person enjoys it differently. From sugar, milk, cream or any other additives. Or roasts from light to dark, we like our coffee in many different ways.

If you ask someone who dislikes coffee for a reason why, their answer will most likely be the fact that it is a bitter drink. But is coffee is supposed to be bitter? What contributes to its bitterness? and if you don’t like it, then how can coffee be less bitter?

What Makes Coffee Bitter and How To Fix It

  • You’re using the wrong roast: when buying coffee ground, you could be buying a dark roast which is known to be on the bitter side. A dark roast is basically coffee beans that are roasted for a longer time. The beans are darker and therefore taste stronger and bitter. If you don’t like this, simply go for a medium or light roast for a more balanced taste.
  • Coffee Ground Is Not Fresh: If coffee has been roasted long before its use, it will most likely taste bitter. Make sure you buy beans that have been freshly roasted and use them within a month of roasting time.
  • You’re brewing the coffee for too long: this is especially true if you’re using a manual brewing method (french press for example). If the coffee ground is steeping for longer than 5 minutes, the taste will start getting and more and more bitter. Make sure to use a timer when steeping, the less you steep your coffee, the lighter it will taste.
  • Coffee Grind Size Is Wrong: Believe it or not, the size of the coffee grind you’re using influences the taste of the coffee brew. Using the wrong grind size, or an inconsistent grind will make the coffee taste either bitter or sour. That’s why investing a good quality grinder is an important thing.
  • Water Issues: There are two water related issues that you could be doing. First, the water could be too hot (yes, that’s a thing – believe me!) The best water temperature for brewing coffee is 195f to 205F, while boiling water temperature is 212F. So, let your water set for 30 seconds or so to cool down a little before use. The second water related issue is that you might be using less water for the amount of coffee you’re brewing, which results in a very strong brew.

Try one or two of the tweaks above to your next coffee brew and we’re sure you’ll enjoy a delicious and less bitter coffee!

 

A coffee maker that makes both single serve and carafe servings, also known as a 2-way coffee maker, is a very convenient choice for anyone looking for the best of two worlds. Lucky for anyone who’s looking for this type of coffee maker, many choices are available. You can get a two-way coffee maker that uses ground coffee, coffee pods, or both. Even a coffee maker with built-in grinder that does both a single cup and carafe serving is available. All which we will be listing below.

What To Consider Before Choosing a Single Serve and Carafe Coffee Maker:

  • Do you want to use ground coffee or single serve pods? There are brands that use both and others that rely on pods only.
  • Cup sizes: many people want to brew right into a travel mug when choosing the single serve option. If that’s something you want, make sure the coffee maker you’re buying can accommodate a travel mug and support this brewing size.

Best Rated 2-Way Single Serve and Carafe Coffee Makers:

Hamilton Beach Flex Brew 2-Way Coffee Maker:

  • coffee maker with two brewing spouts: one for carafe and another for single serve.
  • Single serve side can accommodate a travel mug up to 8” tall.
  • Carafe side features auto on/off.
  • Brew single serve cups using ground coffee or K-Cup pods.
  • Brew up to 10 oz using K-Cups or up to 14 oz using ground coffee. (for single serve side).
  • Choose from 2 strength settings.
  • Uses two separate reservoirs for each side.
  • Automatically pausing brewing when you remove the carafe.
  • Carafe capacity: 12-cups.

Click here to learn more about the Hamilton Beach Flex Brew, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Cuisinart SS-15 12-cup Coffee Maker and Single Cup Brewer:

  • Fully programmable coffee maker with 12-cup glass carafe.
  • Single-serve side brews sizes: 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz.
  • Single serve can brew ground coffee or K-Cup pods.
  • Programs include auto on/off (for carafe side), strength control and temperature settings.
  • Single serve side can accommodate travel mugs.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz on the carafe side, 40 oz on the single-serve side.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart SS-15, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Keurig 2.0 K-Cup Coffee Maker:

  • Keurig 2.0 is the first Keurig machine that can brew single serve and  full pot using K-Cup pods.
  • Available in different sizes, from small to large water reservoir.
  • Can brew up to 18 oz mug/travel mug or up to 30 oz carafe – depending on the model.
  • Brews K-Cup pods or can brew your own coffee ground using a refillable K-Cup filter.
  • Easy to use touch LCD display allows you to program volume, strength or temperature settings.

Click here to learn more about Keurig 2.0 and the difference between models.

Ninja Coffee Bar System:

 

  • A full coffee bar system with a variety of coffee sizes and options:
  • Single serve sizes: Cup, XL Cup, XL Multi Serve and Travel Mug, up to 22 oz.
  • Carafe Sizes: Full carafe, half carafe.
  • Choose from brew types: classic, rich, specialty, over-ice or Cafe Forte (exclusive to Ninja).
  • Uses ground coffee only, for both single serve and carafe.
  • Built-in milk frother allows you to create creamy milk froth for specialty coffee drinks.
  • You can read our comparisons of Ninja Coffee Bar models here.

Click here to learn more about the Ninja Coffee Bar, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:

  • Choose to brew a single cup or a full carafe up to 12 sizes.
  • Built-in coffee grinder for a grind and brew coffee experience.
  • Grinder can be shut off to use pre-ground coffee.
  • Choose from 8 coffee strength settings
  • LCD screen gives you realtime feedback on your water level, brew time, grind size, strength settings and other selected settings.
  • Auto start settings starts the grind and brew process at your selected time.
  • Does not use any coffee pods. Only ground coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Grind Control, read the customer reviews and buy it.

 

Which Of These Coffee Makers Is Best To Buy?

There are lots of variation in features in the coffee makers we listed above. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Budget: If you have a budget under $100, the Hamilton Beach Flex Brew and Cuisinart SS-15 are budget-friendly. Although they lack the extra features that the other two (Ninja and Breville) can offer.
  • Do you want a coffee maker that uses K-Cup Pods? Then again, your choices would be either the Hamilton Beach or Cuisinart.
  • If you want a coffee maker with the most serve size options, then it’s the Ninja Coffee Bar. It has the most single serve size options, brewing up to 22 oz travel mug size. It also has the option for making specialty coffee drinks like Cappuccino and Latte, thanks to its built-in frother. However we do have to note that, since espresso – which is the base of these coffee drinks – requires a pump machine, the Ninja bar doesn’t make an authentic espresso. What it brews is a coffee concentrate that is the next best thing and delivers a similar taste.
  • If you want the freshest coffee, then the Breville Grind Control is your best bet as it brews coffee from freshly ground coffee with its built-in conical burr grinder. If you don’t already have a grinder, this coffee maker makes a great all in one option.
  • Neither the Breville Grind Control or Ninja Coffee Bar use pods, but ONLY coffee ground.

Video Reviews

Review of Cuisinart SS-15:

Review of Ninja Coffee Bar System:

Review of the Breville Grind Control:

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Keurig Vue is a one of Keurig’s versatile brewers that has been eventually discontinued and replaced by the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. As Vue uses its own pods called Vue Packs, it limits the type of coffee you can enjoy using the machine. Vue Packs should be available from most brands, but as the machine has been discontinued, you might find less and less Vue packs available. The Vue packs are also more expensive, so using K-Cup pod instead will save you money.

Does that mean it is time to upgrade your machine? Not necessarily. Read on…

Should You Upgrade From a Keurig Vue to Keurig 2.0?

We’ve covered the difference between Keurig Vue and Keurig 2.0 in a previous post. What made a Vue brewer special is the touch screen display and its ability to brew cup sizes up to 18 oz. Both of these things are available in the newer Keurig 2.0 brewers and more. Keurig 2.0 can even brew a full carafe, which is something Vue brewers didn’t do.

If it’s within your budget to upgrade to a new Keurig 2.0, then that would be a great option as it would serve you for a long time to come. But if you’re not in the market for a new machine. There’s a solution.

How To Use K-Cup Pods in a Keurig Vue Brewer:

In order to use any K-Cup pod in a Keurig Vue brewer, you will need a special adapter that you can get for mostly less than $20. Using this adapter, which looks like a refillable K-Cup pod but it’s shaped like a Vue pack. You place the K-cup pod inside the adapter and it will fit into your Vue brewer.

Pros of using a K-Cup to Vue Adapter:

  • You’ll finally be able to use k-cups in a Vue machine.
  • It is an affordable way to to continue to use your Vue machine with any K-Cup.

Cons:

  • It is not always reliable.
  • It can sometimes clog your machine (not all adapters, some).

Best Rated K-Cup to Vue Adapters:

K2V-Cup is a 2-in-1 adapter that allows you to use any K-Cup pod in your Vue machine and it can be used as a refillable pod to brew your own coffee ground. It works with Vue machines model: V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255.

Click here to learn more about the K2V-Cup and read the customer reviews.

Tikkes Cup For Keurig Vue is another 2-in-1 option that allows you yo use K-Cups in your Vue machine and to refill the pod with your own coffee. Compatible with machines: V500, V600, V700, V1200 and V1255.

Click here to learn more about the Tikkes Cup and read the customer reviews.

If you don’t want to use K-Cup pods for your Vue machine, this Solofill V1 is a refillable Vue pod only. This option is the cheapest on the long run since you won’t be buying any pods but simply using coffee ground to brew your cup.

Click here to learn more about the Solofill V1 reusable Vue pod and read the customer reviews.

 

Cuisinart is a brand that is leading in the coffee maker world. We’ve reviewed and compared many of their coffee makers like the Cuisinart Grind and Brew, Cuisinart DCC-3200 vs DCC-2650, Cuisinart DGB-900BC and more. All of these make a great drip coffee maker, but none of them so far makes pour-over coffee, not until the model we’ll be focusing on today.

The Pure Precision (CPO-800 & CPO850) is an automatic pour-over coffee maker from Cuisinart that is SCAA-certfied. That means it meets the requirement for a home brewer that Specialty Coffee Association of America has set, that includes brew time and temperature.

Features of the Cuisinart Pure Precision Coffee Maker

  • Premium pour over coffee maker with coffee strength and temperature control
  • Precision brewing technique mimics manual pour-over brewing method in a fully automated operation.
  • Pre-wet coffee grounds for an even saturation and extraction, and to bloom freshly ground coffee.
  • Choose from three flavor strength: mild, medium, bold.
  • Choose from two temperature settings: hot and extra hot.
  • Includes an 8-cup carafe.
  • Brew-Pause feature allows you to pour a cup before brewing cycle is complete.
  • 24-hour programmable with auto start and adjustable auto off.
  • Includes charcoal water filter, laser-etched stainless steel permanent filter and #4 paper filter starter pack.

Click here to learn more about Cuisinart Pure Precision, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Cuisinart Pure Precision CPO-800 vs. CPO-850, Is There a Difference?

The only difference between the CPO-800 and CPO-850 models is the carafe. Both carafes are 8-cup capacity, but the CPO-800 is a glass carafe and the CPO-850 is a thermal carafe.

Why You Should Consider the Cuisinart Pure Precision Pour Over Coffee Maker

You’ve probably heard many coffee snobs rave about pour over coffee and how it is a lot better than any coffee a drip machine can ever make. Guess what? They are absolutely right. Pour Over produces a cup of coffee that is better than any home coffee maker because of two things: temperature and how the coffee ground is saturated.

  • With automatic pour-over coffee makers, the coffee maker is able to bring the water temperature up to 205F, which is the optimal brewing temperature.
  • The other thing is the brewing method itself. In drip coffee makers, you have a single stream of water going down through the coffee ground to fill it up with water. But that doesn’t always guarantee that it will fill up the entire basket of coffee ground, so sometimes you end up with coffee ground that isn’t fully saturated and therefore, not fully extracted. A pour-over coffee maker has a showerhead-like water action, the shower water first blooms your coffee, meaning it wets it before the full extraction to ensure that it is all wet and saturated and release any gas from fresh coffee beans. After that, the brewing process starts with the same showerhead water action that fully covers and extracts a flavorful cup of coffee.

One of the biggest downsides to the pour-over brewing method is that it is time consuming and it is not the best choice for someone who wants to rush out with a cup of coffee in hand. This problem is solved with an automatic machine like the Cuisinart Pure Precision.

How Long Does The Cuisinart Pure Precision Take to Make Coffee?

It is hard to estimate how long it will take to brew your coffee because it is fully reliant on your settings. For example: Extra Hot and Bold coffee will take longer to make than a Hot Medium or Mild coffee. Coffee strength refers to how long the coffee steeps in the machine, so the strong the coffee the longer it takes. We can guess though, based on customer feedback, that it shouldn’t take longer than 7 minutes.

Which Cuisinart Pure Precision Has a Hot Plate?

As with other coffee makers, only models with a glass carafe have a hot plate to keep your coffee hot. So, with the Cuisinart Pure Precision, the CPO-800 model is the one that comes with a glass carafe and features a hot plate that can stay on for up to 2 hours. The CPO-850 model has a thermal carafe, so there’s no hot plate on it as it is not needed.

Other Automatic Pour Over Coffee Makers To Consider

Like we said, we’ve covered many automatic pour over coffee makers in the past. But the Pure Precision is the first to come from Cuisinart. If you want to have a look at pour-over coffee makers from other brands, here are some suggestions:

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In the battle of Grind and Brew coffee makers, two exceptionally good coffee makers stand from the crowd: The Breville Grind Control and Cuisinart Grind and Brew.

How do you choose between different models of Grind and Brew coffee makers? Here are some pointers:

  • Your budget will most likely be the first thing to dictate which coffee maker to choose. Although it sounds like these machines perform the same task, they actually vary in price (for different reasons we will be listing in our comparison).
  • Know exactly what you need. Don’t go for the fancy features if you’re not going to use them.
  • Newer isn’t necessarily better. Don’t be afraid to go for an old model if it has everything you need. Although we do not recommend you go for a discontinued model since it will make it difficult to find parts or support for it when needed.

In the beginning, let’s talk about the features of each of these coffee makers before we compare them to each other.

Features of the Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker:

  • Coffee maker with built-in conical burr grinder.
  • Brew into a single cup, a travel mug or up to 12-cup carafe.
  • Choose from 8 strength settings.
  • Adjustable grind size.
  • You can choose to brew pre-ground coffee.
  • Calibration function allows to adjust the grind to suit different type of beans.
  • Steep and Release function ensures the best tasting cup.
  • Pre-brew temperature control ensures your water is the at optimal temperature for brewing.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 0.5 lbs.
  • LCD display shows you water level, grind size, strength settings, grinding time, brew time and other selected settings.
  • Auto-start program.
  • Includes a thermal carafe and a gold-tone reusable filter.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Grind Control, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Features of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker:

 

  • Coffee maker with built-in burr grinder.
  • 8 oz bean hopper capacity.
  • Choose from three coffee strength settings: Strong, Medium and Mild.
  • Grind control program allows you to set the best setting for the amount of coffee you’re brewing.
  • Choose from 2 cups and up to 12 cups.
  • Brew-pause filter allows you to pause the brewing process to enjoy coffee before the full brewing process is finished.
  • Grind-off option, you can use pre-ground coffee.
  • 24hr programmability. Auto-start option.
  • Includes a thermal carafe and gold-tone filter.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart Grind and Brew, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Grind Control vs. Cuisinart Grind and Brew – What’s The Difference?

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TitleBreville BGC650BSS Grind Control, SilverCuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker, Brushed Stainless/Black
FeatureAdjust between 6 different grind settings for lighter or darker roast coffee beans
Pre-brew temperature control
Brew a single serving or full carafe
Programmable Auto-Start to brew coffee at your selected time
LCD display: Carafe/Single Serve, Water Level, Count Down Timer
24-hour fully programmable coffeemaker with auto shutoff, brew-pause feature, and Grind off function
Double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe with comfort grip handle holds up to 12 cups of coffee
Built-in automatic burr grinder and 8-ounce bean hopper holds a half pound of beans. Strength selector and grind control fine-tune intensity and volume
Includes: Charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. Measuring scoop. Instruction book
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Similarities:

  • Both coffee makers have built-in stainless steel burr grinders.
  • Both can brew up to 12-cup carafe.
  • Both include a thermal carafe and gold-tone reusable filters.
  • Auto-start function.

Differences:

  • Breville’s Grind Control gives you the option to brew a single-cup, travel mug or different quantities up to 12-cup carafe. Cuisinart’s Grind and Brew can brew a minimum of 2 cups and up to 12-cups.
  • The adjustments on the Breville Grind Control are more advanced. For example: you can choose from 8 strength settings, 6 grind settings and you can calibrate your grind to match the type of roast you’re brewing. On the Grind and Brew, you can choose from 3 strength options, and the grind setting is tied to the amount of cups you’re brewing.
  • The Breville Grind Control has an LCD display that makes programming the coffee maker a breeze. It gives you instant feedback on the water level, grind and strength settings, grind time and more. The Grind and Brew by Cuisinart has a simple clock display, and everything else is programmed by buttons on the front panel of the machine.

Which Should You Buy? Breville Grind Control or Cuisinart Grind and Brew?

The best question to ask yourself here is, what is your brewing habit?

Do you brew full carafe daily? Do you prefer to brew a single cup instead?

If you brew different amount of coffee each time, you’ll appreciate Breville’s Grind Control ability to brew various cup sizes: single, travel mug, or up to 12 cups carafe, without compromise to the taste. And you’ll be happy to not waste any coffee because you’ll brew just what you need!

Another thing to consider the Breville for is if you enjoy different type of coffee roasts. No other coffee maker can calibrate its settings based on coffee bean type! This, in addition to 8 strength adjustable settings will ensure you have a cup of coffee that never fails you.

If you’re not interested in all the advanced features of the Breville, then you’ll find the Cuisinart Grind and Brew to be very functional, although it doesn’t make a cup as customized as the Breville.

Breville Grind Control vs. Bonavita BV1900, What’s The Difference?

The Bonavita is a a popular choice for a high-quality coffee maker, but it is not comparable to the Breville Grind Control in anyway.

The Bonavita is a coffee maker that brews coffee in a way similar to the pour-over coffee method, but in an automatic way. There are no settings or special programs on the Bonativa, and most importantly, it doesn’t have a built-in grinder like the Grind Control does. With the Bonavita, brewing is a simple as switching on the power button.

What makes the Bonavita special is:

  • Its flat bottom filter and showerhead that saturates the coffee ground with water before brewing (pre-infusion) and while brewing. So even bit of coffee ground is evenly extracted.
  • It brews coffee at optimal water temperature of 195F to 205F.

The Bonavita is a great coffee maker, but it’s entirely different than the Breville Grind Control. If you want to learn more about it, you can read our post on it here.

Cuisinart Grind and Brew vs. Capresso CoffeeTeam TS, What’s The Difference?

Capresso CoffeeTeam coffee maker with Built-in grinder makes a valid competitor to the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. Here are its features:

  • It makes up to 10 cups of coffee.
  • Available with a thermal carafe or glass carafe.
  • Built-in burr grinder.
  • Fully programmable.
  • Choose from 5 grind settings, 5 cup sizes, and 3 coffee strength.
  • It has a 6 oz coffee bean hopper.
  • Can be used with the grinder off.

So the Capresso is fairly neck to neck with the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. The differences are:

  • It brews less coffee – 10 cups vs. 12-cups for the Cuisinart.
  • It has a smaller bean hopper.
  • On the other hand:
  • It has 5 grind settings (fine to coarse)
  • It is available with the option of a glass carafe and warming plate.

You can read our review of the Capresso CoffeeTeam here.

Common Questions:

Do I Have to Use the Built-In Grinder?

No, with both models, there is a grinder-off option that allows you to brew pre-ground coffee. This comes in handy when you want to brew coffee that’s different than the one in the hopper.

Do I Have To Use the Included Gold-Tone Filter?

No, that’s not necessary. You can use any store-bought paper filter too.

Do These Coffee Makers Have Warming Plates?

No, because in this case, a warming plate isn’t required. They include a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot for a long time. Having no warming plate also saves on electric usage.

With the Breville Grind Control, Can I Brew Directly Into a Mug or Travel Mug?

Yes, if you’re brewing a single cup or travel mug, you don’t have to use the carafe. The machine can accommodate a tall travel mug or a cup in its tray.

Video Reviews:

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