BrewIQ™ System doses the right amount of coffee with the right amount of water while heating water to the optimum temperature
0.5lb bean hopper and integrated burr grinder
12-Cup (60oz) top-fill water tank
Angled control panel for easy viewing
Large, backlit LCD with brewing progress and water level indicator
Swing-out door with safety interlock prevents operation if the door is not closed
Removable coffee basket for easy filling and cleaning
Adjustable strength settings - 7
Adjustable flavor settings (only available in 'Single Cup' setting) - 5
'Carafe' setting with brew pause feature - up to 12 cups (60oz)
'Single Cup' setting - from regular to extra-large cup size
7.5" clearance for tall cups and travel mugs
Adjustable 'Ready' signal - high, low, mute
Programmable clock and Auto-Start feature
*BPA Free Materials - all parts that come into contact with coffee and water
12-Cup (60oz) double-wall stainless steel thermal carafe
Gold-tone coffee filter
Cleaning brush for burr grinder and coffee chute
110 - 120 Volts
1 Year Limited Product Warranty
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October 23, 2012Perfect except for the carafe
"First I must say that for the past six months this machine has given us the best coffee we've ever made. It loses a star just for the carafe.
First the positive:
The coffee is hot -- I too measured it with an instant read thermometer at 200 degrees. And the one thing the carafe does right is keep it hot. Just follow directions and fill the carafe with hot water (hot tap water works fine) and let it stand for about 30 seconds. We have found that after even three hours the coffee does not need reheating.
The coffee can be as strong (or weak) as you like it. If you can't get your coffee strong enough you either have a defective machine or you need to just eat the beans! After much experimenting with different beans and settings, we have settled on just the third (out of seven) strength setting. In the single cup mode at the most intense and bold settings, the coffee was so strong as to be undrinkable to us.
The coffee tastes great! The flavor released from the coffee being ground immediately prior to brewing is incomparable. That said, as another reviewer noted, you must choose your beans carefully. The old supermarket standard (what time is it?) turned out bitter. We did not have to resort to gourmet suppliers however -- we achieved excellent results with the local wholesale club's store brand.
Brewing in carafe mode is fast -- less than one minute per cup. Single cup mode takes longer due to the steeping step. Brewing four cups (20 oz.) in carafe mode is faster than brewing directly into a 16 oz. cup.
Once you've read the directions, the machine is easy to use. Clean-up also could not be easier -- just be sure to dry the brew basket thoroughly before you brew again.
And now the negative:
Other than the fact that it keeps the coffee hot, the carafe is the worst design ever! As many have noted it is impossible to pour the last few cups without completely inverting it and watching coffee splatter on the counter. It is also the only difficult part to clean since the opening is too small for any adult hand. The carafe is such a major flaw that Breville needs to redesign it and offer replacements to current owners at a discount.
One other small gripe: In this day and age it is almost inexcusable to have removable parts that are not dishwasher safe (everything is "hand wash only.")
All in all, we are incredibly happy with the YouBrew. We've had no problems in six months of daily use and it appears to be built to last a lifetime.
October 11, 2012Issues with design
"I liked the machine. Wish they had resolved a few more kinks before putting it on the market.
Here are a few that I would like to have been better.
1. Carafe should be redesigned. Apart from what others have listed, one cannot empty the carafe completely. There is always residual liquid even when it is held upside down.
2. The coffee basket after brewing does not drain into the pot fully. It leaves a fair amount of water/coffee in the left over grind that when one removes it. Would have preferred a drier ground left behind in the filter.
3. The machine being tall, when a short person tries to fill the water, tends to splash all over. Relook at the "adding water" container. Not the best design.
September 23, 2012Awesome machine, possibly overly complex instruction manual
"I am not a seasoned coffeemaker user - this is my first grinder, and my first fancy machine. I started reading the instruction manual at about noon on Sunday, and by 10 o'clock that night finally felt competent enough to attempt to use it.
I'm not kidding - the manual is incredibly explicit and even a little strident. For a coffee maker this expensive, it makes sense that you would want to use and clean it with care. On the other hand, a key point in the instructions for setting the timer was missing, and that was disappointing. Ending up with six cups of coffee at 10:30 p.m. wasn't the end of the world (and you better believe we refrigerated it for iced coffee the next day), but that one little error seems uncharacteristic.
I agree with the other reviewers: the design of the carafe is terrible. Certainly don't use it to fill the water tank - you'll be very frustrated and will wind up wasting a lot of water. Filtered water, too. And then the wasted coffee is tragic, especially when the coffee that emerges from this machine is truly amazing.
My final comment is that you're advised to run warm water into the carafe prior to brewing your coffee. My problem with this is that because I program my machine to start while I'm still asleep, I can't do that. Is it truly necessary? Why not just make a carafe that keeps the coffee warmer, if that's the issue? For the money you pay for this (beautiful) machine, making getting that carafe right doesn't seem like rocket science.
All that said, I am confident that this well-made coffeemaker, if I use and maintain it as instructed, will last me forever. I look forward to many years of delicious coffee. "
September 5, 2012Did Not Like the Carafe
"I bought the You Brew in November 2011 when it first came out. I mostly used the one cup feature but occasionally used the carafe, especially when having guests for dinner. Although I really loved the machine, the carafe was a pain. It was difficult to clean and almost impossible to dry the inside of it. What was worse was trying to pour coffee out of the carafe. Terrible! Today I finally gave up and bought the new You Brew with the glass carafe. That carafe works beautifully so I am happy about that in spite of having to spend so much money. The coffee the new machine makes seems to be stronger even on the lowest setting and I don't like truly strong coffee. It's easy to fix since I just add more half and half. Breville does for the most part make really great products, and I have a lot of them. They should have offered a choice at the beginning of either a thermal carafe or a glass carafe, but I assume they only went the glass route when they discovered a lot of people didn't like the thermal carafe. I hope I can sell my thermal version. "
August 29, 2012No Coffee Comes Out
"I bought this unit in late July 2012, and used it until Aug 29, 2012. It worked fine. Love the single cup feature and the ability to custom blend the coffee until I found perfection.
However, on Aug 29, it stopped working. No water would come out. I tried all the troubleshooting, and called for support. The coffee maker was exchanged very quickly. Now I have the new one, and will have to remember what my custom brew settings were. Not a problem, I will have fun finding them again.
One thing I did notice with my first unit was that about 70% of the time, I did not get a full cup of coffee. Then other times it would be full to the brim. I am using paper filters, maybe they are just too tight. Don't know. I will see if my new one has same issue.
This is the best grind and brew coffee maker I have ever owned, and I would recommend it to anyone that likes freshly ground coffee.
July 21, 2012Splash, splash, splash!
"I love this brewer. I'm very picky about my coffee. I have a subscription for beans from a small local roaster who ships green beans in person all over the coffee world, and the quality of drink this brewer produces is up to the quality of those beans.
Now for the downside;
The last two cups in the carafe won't pour correctly. It doesn't pour in a stream like it should, but splashes and dribbles out making it near impossible to fill my thermos so I can take it to work. The coffee at work is pretty bad. Even pouring a mug is problematic.
I'm trying to find a suitable non-thermal carafe, but not having much luck.
I give it a five for the brew and one for the carafe, which averages at three.
July 19, 2012High End Coffee Maker
"I bought the YouBrew right after returning a new Cuisinart Grind & Brew (not hot & not good tasting compared to the two previous Cuisinart makers that I have had over 9 years). I noticed that something was not right on day 2. It seems that the chute disk was not fully opening causing the grinder not to push out the ground beans. I emailed Breville as the instructions clearly say not to return the unit to the place where you bought it and they had FedEx email a prepaid label for mailing. It took 14 days for the new unit to arrive from the time that I dropped it off at FedEx. This new unit has a /A after the model number - I do not know what that indicates.
The single cup brewing (adjustable from 7.5 to 21 ounces) is EXCELLENT. There is a phase in the brewing cycle called "steeping". The pre-heated brewing water is held in the basket with the grounds for a certain period of time (determined by user settings) to "steep" the coffee and then released into the cup below. This steeping phase is not available when the carafe is selected (the basket could never hold up to 12 cups of coffee). This just means that the coffee made in the carafe will not be as flavorful as when an individual cup is made.
I have also found that with this high end coffee machine, I need "high end" beans. It's similar to an expensive car requiring premium fuel. The DD coffee beans that I used in the Cuisinart do not taste very good in the YouBrew. Now, I am buying gourmet type or highly rated beans as I can brew an "outstanding" cup of coffee. Along with that, I also buy bottled water in the grocery store as the coffee is only as good as the water.
I would highly recommend this coffee maker if you can justify the initial price, the cost of very good beans and bottled water. I have never had a coffee maker like this before. Five stars!
June 10, 2012Best on the market
"This is a great product. It functions as described by Breville... it's the cadillac of coffee brewers. I tried others and took them all back within a few days, but I kept the Breville You Brew and I am enjoying really well brewed coffee.
Read the manual carefully before using and follow the instructions. You will get good results unless you picked up a bad unit,which happens occasionally even with good manufacturers.
I like that it:
a) It is an attractive stainless steel unit that is very well designed;
b) It allows you to choose variable size single cups, custom or use of the carafe to make coffee for many.
c) It is programmable
d) It permits choice of blend and strength
d) Easy to wash immediately after use
e) Has facility for cleaning
f) Signals to prevent overfill and calls when coffee has been brewed
g) Does a good grinding of coffee beans
h) Allows choice of using pre-ground coffee.
What I don't like:
a) It does not come with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee... the best.
a) No experience yet with servicing/ support from Breville.
May 13, 2012New to YouBrew... No More Keurig
"After returning 4-5 Keurigs (forget the amount) I've decided to go back to a regular coffee maker. I did a lot of research on all the coffee makers available. Selling points of the YouBrew were:
1. Ability to make various size cups to a carafe.
2. Ability to use fresh beans or regular ground coffee(which I grind myself separately or store bought if desperate) .
3. Ability to set different strengths depending on my mood and for others.
4. EASY CLEAN UP compared to other reviews on other coffee makers.
5. Grinding my own bean separately allows me to adjust the strength of the coffee when making a 12 cup carafe.
6. If you use a 10/12 oz Tervis Tumbler and use a single cup setting and then click until you see 3 bars, set to intense.. that is one strong cup of coffee and fills almost to the top of the Tervis. Perfection !
**Others have complained that the burr grinder is loud... it's fine.
*** Others have said there is a plastic taste.. Just wash the gold filter and plastic housing it sits in, wash that with soap and water a bit and it's just fine ! No plastic flavor.
**Others have complained that the coffee is not hot in the carafe. The coffee is very hot and that was with a cold carafe. I do not see the need to warm it up.
*** Set up was a breeze I didn't even need the manual.
The only issue I have is I can't set up the auto start. If anyone knows how to do this PLEASE let me know.
May 8, 2012COMPLETELY SATISFIED
"I did a lot of research on both the Technivorm and the You Brew. I walked into Sur La Table and they were demonstrating the You Brew and I was so impressed by the coffee maker itself and the taste. I quickly went and bought my own You Brew and completely love it! Not only is it a beautiful machine, it really makes great coffee. Of course, only use the best coffee and filtered water. It does take a while to brew a single cup, but great coffee should never be rushed. Brewing a carafe of coffee is faster and so far I feel it tastes even better. All the concerns and complaints I read about I found not to be true for me. The coffee is not hot enough - false. It takes too long to brew the coffee, true, but why does that matter? Again, great coffee should never be rushed! The grinder is too loud - false, you should hear the Cuisanart burr grinder, I would have to wait until 9 a.m. to start it up or wake the neighbors. Heating up your carafe is not a big deal - really. I am so happy I bought this machine and can't wait to use it every weekend. The bottom line is if you can walk into a store and test the coffee maker, do it. A great cup of coffee is different for everyone and everyone has different expectations of what makes a great coffee maker, it's really what makes you happy. I am an avid lover of coffee and out to taste the best cup of coffee and I am completely satisfied with my Breville You Brew."
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