Is it better to have a Coffee Machine that has a built-in Grinder? What are the Pros and Cons?
If you’re wondering if you should buy a Coffee Machine with a built-in Grinder, we’re happy to point out some of the Pros and Cons of a “Grind and Brew Maker” machine.
Having an integrated grinder / coffee machine has both advantages and disadvantages:
Less Space is used on your kitchen counter top and you only have to use one electrical outlet.
Cleaner because you won’t have to move coffee grounds from the grinder to the machine and sometimes this can get a little messy.
Price is usually lower than if you bought these items separately.
Breakage can be a big problem because if one of the two devices within the unit breaks, you’re stuck with a big box that does nothing. Because there are more moving parts, there’s a higher chance that the combined units break.
Adjustability for Grind Size is usually much more constrained (less Flexibility) than if you have an independent Coffee Grinder.
Quality for built-in grinders is usually lower than if they were separate units. Look at it from the manufacturers’ point of view – customers with less counter-top space, looking for a lower price that dedicated independent machines, and willingness to compromise on grinding options are probably not in he market for high-end equipment.
All this being said, depending on your needs, this might be the perfect option for you. I have customers who’ve had all-in-one machines for years and they’re completely happy with them.
If you’re on the more convenient and pragmatic end of the coffee drinker’s spectrum, then maybe buying a coffee machine with a built-in grinder is the prefect solution for you.