The Bottom Line: For the money, look at another model. The Cuisinart seems to be a good brand, but they missed the mark on this coffee maker.
I bought the Cuisinart Grind and Brew for around $80-90 with a coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond to replace my Capresso (which I LOVED). I was looking for a good quality coffee maker with a stainless steel insulated thermos because I generally am rather clumsy with glass and hate finding replacement carafes.
When I did my research this machine rated pretty highly, so I bought it. Here is my experience:
The coffee maker is not capable of actually making a 10-cup capacity. It will allow you to add water to the 10-cup water line, but when you turn the machine on, it starts overflowing at cup 6. The coffee filter is a fine sieve gold mesh filter (great), but apparently it does not allow the water to move through the filter fast enough to prevent overflow. I buy pre-ground coffee from the super market, so we're not talking about espresso-ground coffee. The insulated thermos does not keep the coffee hot at all. To my point, I microwave my first cup of coffee because it does not brew or keep the coffee hot.
This machine will grind beans and make your coffee fresh; however, I gave up on this method because the grinder was too difficult to keep clean. In fact, you have to dis-assemble the entire until every time you make a pot of coffee to prevent clogging.
The lid to the carafe is very difficult to remove (think child-proof cap meets tightly sealed spagetti sauce jar). Yeah, it takes some serious wrist action to open the carafe to clean. This would certainly be a problem for anyone with weak wrists.
I cannot be the only user who has had this experience, but from the reviews I read prior to my purchase, I am disappointed in this machine. I hate unnecessary waste, but I don’t feel right about even donating this machine to Goodwill. I don’t want to give someone else this problem.