Adjustable grind and strength settings
Affordable for machine with burr grinder
Small water reservoir opening
Confusing instruction manual
Gevi Grind and Brew Automatic Drip Coffee Maker
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With a built-in burr grinder, the 10-cup Gevi Grind and Brew Automatic Drip Coffee Maker is a two-in-one device that you may be considering for brewing fresh coffee at home. Combining a grinder and brewer is not only convenient, but it also saves time, kitchen space, and money. That’s why an increasing number of brands are designing drip machines and espresso makers with grinders. I tested this Gevi model myself to assess its grinding power, ease of cleaning, value for money, and, of course, the quality of the coffee it brews. Check out my thoughts below to see if the item is right for you.
Setup Process: Rinse and it’s ready to go
Setting up the Gevi Grind and Brew is quick and easy. It comes fully assembled out of the box, including the grinder. The brand recommends running three brew cycles with just water (no beans or grounds) before making your first pot. After that simple step, coffee is waiting on the other side.
My favorite aspect is its ease of use. It’s simpler and more intuitive than many grinder-less drip machines.
Design: Easy to use despite some drawbacks
I focused on two areas when evaluating the coffee maker’s design: its physical features and how user friendly it is. As for the first part, I was pleasantly surprised by the item’s slimness. Measuring 10.2 x 8.3 x 16.9 inches, it’s no wider than a standard drip coffee maker. Some customers may face issues with the height, however. It barely fit underneath my cupboards, and I had to slide it out to fill the water reservoir and bean hopper. Make sure to measure the height of your cupboards beforehand, just in case.
Regarding its aesthetic, the brewer is not exactly a fashion piece in the kitchen, but it’s sleek enough and versatile enough to suit most décor. Overall, the exterior, which is made of black plastic and stainless steel, feels solid. The carafe, on the other hand, is pretty flimsy, and the lid has a habit of flopping up and down when in use. A few other quick criticisms worth mentioning: The water reservoir opening is small and difficult to fill, the filter arm does not open smoothly when the carafe is in place, and I do not believe the clock can be changed out of 24-hour notation, also known as military time.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of the Gevi Grind and Brew is its ease of use. Before it arrived, I worried the grinder would complicate the brewing process, but I was happy to discover an interface that is simpler and more intuitive than many grinder-less drip machines. There are seven total buttons on the front, each clearly labeled for programming brew time, adjusting coffee strength, etc., although the setting for ground coffee is labeled “powder,” which I found odd. Changing the grind size is also made easy by the lone dial on top.
Performance: Highly customizable, but the flavor doesn’t stand out
Now we get to the most important question when deciding if a coffee maker is worth buying: How does the coffee actually taste? Unfortunately, it fell a little short of my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, the coffee was decent and I finished every drop, but it wasn’t the rich, freshly ground experience I hoped for. There was little difference between it and coffee from a cheaper drip machine, even one without a grinder. I brewed two different medium-roast coffees, and both ended up tasting smoky, almost as if they were dark roasts. Even when I adjusted the grind size and upped the strength setting, the individual tasting notes did not stand out as much as they would have with a higher-quality device.
That said, the burr grinder performed well. It works quickly and, when I checked the filter basket after brewing, the grounds appeared even in size. Like most grinders, it’s fairly loud, which is something to keep in mind for parents who make a pot of joe while the kids are still asleep.
One last detail to note is that the brew time will vary depending on grind size, coffee strength, and the amount of cups you brew. It took 17 minutes to brew a full pot on the highest strength setting—longer than when it was on the default strength setting I first used.
The coffee was decent, but it fell short of the rich, freshly ground experience I hoped for.
Cleaning: Standard for a drip machine
Gevi gives quick, straightforward instructions for maintaining the device. Empty the coffee filter and rinse it, as well as the other parts of the funnel, after each use. Use a soft, dry cloth to remove stains from the machine’s exterior and a damp cloth when cleaning the warming plate. The item should be descaled as often as other drip machines, which we recommend doing once every three months. No instructions are provided for cleaning the grinder itself, however, which I find worrisome for longtime use.
Price: Fair, but not a flat-out steal
I think the price of this machine will appeal to customers specifically interested in a burr grinder, which experts consider superior to blade grinders. After all, some burr grinders by themselves cost as much as this brewer-grinder combo. Despite my criticisms of the device overall, I don’t think it’s one to entirely avoid buying. My main caveat is that there are similar devices in the same price range that may produce better coffee and have higher-quality materials than the Gevi Grind and Brew.
Competition: Grinding and brewing without breaking the bank
Krups FCM Grind and Brew 785: The Krups Grind and Brew comes at a similar price to the Gevi model, so users may end up deciding between the two. I give the Gevi Grind and Brew an edge as far as design and ease of use goes, but that doesn’t mean it necessarily makes tastier coffee.
Capresso CoffeeTEAM GS: This option is also comparable to the Gevi brewer in price, capacity, and performance. A decision between the two may come down to your preference of the aesthetic, but if it does tip the scales, several reviewers say the Capresso model is rather messy.
Black and Decker 12-Cup Mill and Brew: If your main goal is to save money on a coffee maker with a grinder, the Mill and Brew may be your best bet. It’s also more compact than the Gevi coffee maker. The downside is that it’s lower in quality because it has a blade grinder instead of burr grinder.
Consider all your options first
The Gevi Grind and Brew (view at Amazon) shines in a couple areas: It simplifies the coffee-making process and is affordably priced for a drip machine with a built-in burr grinder. But its minor design flaws and good (not great) coffee means there are other options customers may prefer.
- Product Name 10-Cup Grind and Brew Automatic Drip Coffee Maker
- Product Brand Gevi
- Price $155
- Weight 9.9 lbs.
- Material Plastic and stainless steel
- Wattage 900
- Voltage 120
- Warranty Two years
- What's included Coffee scoop and instruction booklet