Cuisinart DGB-550BK 12 Cup Automatic Coffeemaker Grind

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Grind and Brew Coffeemaker Retire your alarm clock and wake up instead to the rich aroma of freshly ground, just brewed coffee, with the Cuisinart Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker. One of the Premier Series, this deluxe 12-cup model offers the best of Cuisinart’s expert coffeemaking technology to deliver unsurpassed ease of use and rich

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Grind and Brew Coffeemaker


Retire your alarm clock and wake up instead to the rich aroma of freshly ground, just brewed coffee, with the Cuisinart Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker. One of the Premier Series, this deluxe 12-cup model offers the best of Cuisinart’s expert coffeemaking technology to deliver unsurpassed ease of use and rich full-bodied coffee flavor. With streamlined European styling and a graceful carafe, it’s a beautiful addition to any kitchen.

The Grind & Brew Coffeemaker features a separate grinding assembly and filter chamber to make beans easy to add and used grounds easy to remove. A convenient “grind off” control turns the grinder off when preground coffee is used.

A nice addition to any modern kitchen, this 12-cup automatic coffeemaker automatically grinds whole beans right before brewing to produce a fresh and flavorful pot of coffee. The 24-hour fully programmable unit allows for “wake-up” coffee, plus its brew-pause function makes it simple to enjoy a cup of coffee before the end of the brewing cycle. The included 60-ounce glass carafe offers an ergonomic handle, knuckle guard, and dripless pour spout for graceful serving. Other highlights include adjustable auto shutoff for up to four hours, a grind-off option, a charcoal water filter to remove impurities, and a separate grinder chamber and filter area to ensure simple cleanup. Housed in elegant Italian styling, the coffeemaker measures approximately 12 by 10 by 17 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty.

A charcoal water filter and a permanent commercial-style gold tone coffee filter allow only pure flavor to flow through, and the popular Brew Pause feature lets you sneak a cup before the cycle is finished.

Dishwasher safe parts. Separate grind and filter chambers for easy cleanup. The freshest tasting coffee outside a coffee bar. What more could a coffee lover as for?

Product Parts and Benefits

Reservoir Cover
Flips back for easy filling, Removable for easy cleaning. A safety Interlock System prevents operation of the unit if the Reservoir Cover is open.

Distributes water evenly over coffee, reducing temperature loss as water passes through grounds.

Filter Basket Compartment
Contains filter basket, filter basket cover, and Cuisinart gold tone commercial style filter

Brew Pause
Stops flow of coffee from basket when carafe is removed from heater plate so a cup can be poured in mid-brew, if desired

Heating Plate
Scratch resistant with nonstick coating

The easy-pour, no-drip 12-cup carafe has an ergonomic handle and brewed coffee markings for two to twelve cups

Measuring Scoop and Brush

#4 Basket Paper Filters

Grinder Basket and Lid
Use the recess on each side of the lid to remove lid for easy addition of beans

Cord Storage

Charcoal Water Filter
Charcoal water filter eliminates chlorine, bad tastes, and ordors from tap water

Control Panel
On/Off/Set Auto-Shutoff Switch with LED Indicator: Audible Tone which will sound 5 times when the coffee has completed brewing and Auto-Shutoff Tone which will sound twice at end of programmed auto-shutoff period Low Cups Setting with LED Indicator: set to 1-4 cup to imporove extraction and flavor when making fewer than 5 cups of coffee Hours Set/Minutes Set: press and hold either hour or minute button for approximately 2 seconds to enter Time Set Mode Clock Display Grind Off with LED Indicator: use to turn off the grinder when using pre-ground coffee Program Setting with LED Indicator: press to display program setting or to set programmed brewing Control Panel Coffee

Product Features

Elegant Italian Styling Automatically grinds whole beans before brewing 24 hour fully programmable Brew Pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished Adjustable auto shutoff – 0-4 hours Grind off feature 1-4 cup feature 12 (5 oz. each) cup carafe with ergonomic handle, dripless spout and knuckle guard Gold tone commercial filter Charcoal water filter removes impurities Separate grinder chamber and filter area make for easy cleanup Limited 3-year warranty

Easy Operation

Fully programmable, this is the ultimate user-friendly coffeemaker. Simply add beans and water, set the flavor control to 1-4 or 5+ cups, and program start time up to 24 hours in advance. An auto-shutoff feature even lets you set the unit to turn off up to 4 hours after the brew cycle ends.

The Perfect Cup of Coffee


Element 1: Water
Coffee is 98% water. The quality of that water is as important as the quality of your coffee. If water doesn’t taste good from the tap, it won’t taste good in your coffee. That’s why Cuisinart has added a water filter to the Grind & Brew Coffeemaker. The charcoal filter removes chlorine, bad tastes, and odors, for the purest coffee flavor, every time you brew.

Element 2: Coffee
While coffee is 98% water, all of the flavor comes from the beans. To achieve the same great taste you enjoy at a coffee bar, you need to use the same quality of coffee.

Buy the beans fresh and whole, only about two weeks’ supply at a time for maximum freshness. Once the coffee bean is broken, its flavor degrades very quickly. That’s why the Grind & Brew grinds your coffee just prior to brewing. If it is not practical to buy small supplies, separate larger amounts of beans into one to two week portions immediately after purchase, and freeze them in airtight containers.

The best way to maximize freshness is to minimize exposure to air, light, and moisture. So, once beans have been removed from the freezer, maintain them in a sealed container at room temperature, since damaging condensation occurs every time the beans are removed from the freezer or refrigerator. Note that some coffee experts advise against freezing dark-roast beans, because freezing can cause the oils to coagulate. Other experts disagree. We suggest you experiment and decide for yourself.

Element 3: Grind
The grind is critical for proper flavor extraction. If the grind is too fine, over-extraction and bitterness will result. Too fine a grind may also clog the filter. If grind is too coarse, the water will pass through too quickly and the maximum flavor will not be extracted. The Grind & Brew is preset for a medium grind, the optimal grind for this type of coffeemaker.

Element 4: Proportion
Coffee that is too strong or too weak is always a disappointment. Follow the recommended portions of ground coffee in the instructions included with every Grind & Brew, and later adjust the amount to suit your taste. The Grind & Brew makes up to twelve (12) 5-ounce cups of coffee

Product Features

  • 24-hour programmability with 12-Cup glass carafe featuring an ergonomic handle, dripless pour spout and knuckle guard
  • Grinds whole beans right before brewing to produce fresh and flavorful coffee. Grind off feature for pre ground coffee
  • Brew-pause feature, auto shutoff from 0 to 4 hours, and 1- to 4-Cup feature
  • Please make sure the 1-4 setting button is pushed on. This setting does make a stronger cup of coffee due to the slower brewing process
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards. Separate grinder chamber and filter area make for easy cleanup


Summer says:

Merry Christmas to me 🙂 I have wanted a grind & brew coffee pot for well over a year. My brother ordered one last summer, & it was the best cup of coffee I’d ever had… Until I ordered this one! It does exactly what it says, & the coffee is amazingly fresh! I love that it grinds right before brewing even on program mode.You do need to adjust the amount of beans per your liking b/c I found the suggested amount with the measuring spoon it comes with to be way too weak. The grinding is quite loud, but it is short…

M says:

Solid coffeemaker with some annoyances After doing extensive research on a grind-and-brew coffeemaker, we settled on this. The pros? It works great! Awesome cup of coffee, and love the “turn of grinder” option. Timer works, and although some have complained about the carafe, we don’t mind it. We’re not big coffee aficionados, though we prefer freshly ground beans and wanted an all-in-one machine to save space on our countertop. This definitely accomplishes that goal.Downside? the cleaning! You basically have to…

Amazon Customer says:

you might as well spring for the Breville which has better quality and longevity We have had grind and brew units of different brands (Melitta, Breville, Cuisinart) over many years. None of them have lasted longer than 2-3 years, but this one did not even last one year. It died after 10 months. First it started itself up grinding randomly and then all of the indicator lights came on and it would not reset or start. Customer service has had me on hold for over an hour, so I am not sure yet if they will replace it or not. It has a slightly quieter grind than the other…

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