Breville BDC550XL YouBrew Review

If you are a serious coffee lover that simply won’t accept pre-ground or capsule-type makers, and like the convenience of an all in one coffee bean grinder and exceptionally “smart” brewing machine, take a look at the Breville BDC550XL YouBrew Glass Drip Coffee Maker.

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Coffee makers typically work by passing hot water over and through the grounds, without allowing the coffee to remain in contact long enough with the water for the brew to reach its full flavor. Moreover, the average coffee maker does not accept whole beans, and requires pre-ground coffee, which is not ideal given how quickly ground coffee oxidizes and loses its freshness.  Of course, you could grind your own beans just before brewing, but this is time consuming.

The Breville BDC550XL YouBrew system is a hot new product that takes coffee makers in a new direction.  The BDC550XL allows the user to load their favorite whole coffee beans and simply choose the size, strength and intensity of the brew desired.  The unit’s built-in burr grinder then grinds the right amount of coffee beans based on the intensity of the cup chosen, and with the unit’s Brew IQ, water is heated to an optimum temperature and is combined in exact amounts, resulting in a brew that is steeped for a period of time according to the flavor setting chosen.  The result is a very fresh cup of coffee that does not waste beans, and is made exactly to your taste and flavor preferences.  If desired, the unit’s grinder can be shut off so that the Youbrew can accept pre-ground coffee as well.

The YouBrew is also fully programmable, coming with a blue back-lit LCD control panel that allows you to select all of the variables that go into brewing. You can pick from among seven strength settings that range from mild to intense, and five flavor settings ranging from light to bold. In addition, the unit comes with an programmable auto-start function, and also has settings that let you select the size and type of cup, whether its cup, carafe or travel mug.  The YouBrew comes encased in an attractive, contemporary stainless steel finish and with a 12-cup glass carafe.

This is definitely a Cadillac-quality coffee making system that is not for everybody.  If you are a serious coffee lover – or snob – this is a great piece of cutting edge brewing technology. It allows you to pick and chose pretty much all of the variables that go into coffee brewing; it steeps the brew mixture rather than filters through it, extracting the maximum amount of flavor from the bans and resulting in less waste, and utilizes whole coffee beans, which is extremely convenient and produces the freshest, most flavorful coffee possible.  On the other hand, if you are a casual coffee-drinker, or don’t have discriminating tastes, we recommend you pass on the Breville BDC550XL YouBrew Glass Drip Coffee Maker and go for a typical coffee maker – they are a heck of lot cheaper!

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