Breville BDC550XL & BDC600XL Coffee Makers Full Review
Most drip coffee makers drip heated water over coffee. This makes a great tasting brew many of us can’t function without. However, the taste of that brew can be enhanced by using freshly ground coffee beans. But, in that case you need a coffee grinder plus a coffee maker. Well, not anymore! The Breville Coffee Maker grinds whole roasted coffee beans and then steeps the grounds in hot water to perfection. Unlike simply running water over the grounds, the steeping process draws out every last bit of full coffee flavor. The Breville is available in two styles – YouBrew and YouBrew Glass. We’ll take a closer look at the differences between the two later.
The Breville allows you to customize your coffee. You choose the strength, the flavor profile and the amount to brew. From a single cup to a full pot of 12 cups, you choose exactly how much coffee the machine will make. The longer the coffee steeps, the more full bodied the coffee becomes. This means that you can adjust the machine to produce coffee exactly the way you like it. Program the machine and the Breville IQ System takes care of the rest.
- Built-in conical burr grinder freshly grinds the beans of your choice – hopper holds ½ pound of beans.
- Automatically heats the water to the optimal temperature and dispenses just the right amount for your selected strength and size.
- Seven strength settings.
- Single serving setting has five flavor selections.
- Included 12-cup carafe, based on 5 ounce cups.
- Accommodates travel mugs up to 7 ½ inches tall.
- Large LCD display.
- Top filling water reservoir.
- Easily programmable clock with auto-start.
- Permanent coffee filter, compatible with paper filters.
- Easy access front swing coffee basket.
- Use whole beans or ground coffee.
- Can be set to beep when brewing is done.
- Option for ground coffee.
- Easy to use.
- Excellent customer service.
YouBrew (BDC600XL) vs. YouBrew Glass (BDC550XL)
The YouBrew has a 12-cup double wall stainless steel thermal carafe, which means that it doesn’t have a warming plate. You can place any type of vessel under the spout – travel mug, coffee cup – and adjust the machine to brew just the amount of coffee you need. The machine shuts off after the brewing is complete, and the carafe keeps the coffee hot and fresh all day because of the tight sealing lid.
YouBrew Glass (BDC550XL)
The YouBrew Glass has a glass carafe, which means it has a warming plate. The machine automatically shuts off after two hours.
Note: Carafes are not interchangeable. You can’t put the thermal carafe on the warming plate.
- Both machines have basically the same features, including pause and serve, programmable start time and cleaning alert.
- Differences – with the YouBrew, brewing a full tank is not necessary. With the YouBrew Glass, you must brew a full pot or a single cup.
- Both units measure 9 x 14 x 16.25 inches.
- Both machines come with a gold tone permanent filter, cleaning brush for grinder and coffee chute.
Use and Care
- The carafes should be hand washed, however the glass carafe may be okay on the top shelf of the dishwasher. The same goes for the filter and coffee basket of both units.
- Wipe the unit on the outside with a damp cloth.
- Clean thoroughly by running through a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water when needed.
Questions About the Breville Coffee Maker
“Is the heating element aluminum?”
Yes, the heating element is made of aluminum.
“Can I use K-cups with this machine?”
No, K-cups don’t work
“Where is this coffee maker made?”
According to the label on the bottom, the parts are designed in Australia but the machines are made in China.
“Can ground coffee be put into the hopper?”
No. The hopper is for grinding coffee. Coffee that is already ground should be put into the basket.
“How long it take to brew just one cup of coffee?”
About four to five minutes.
“Does the coffee taste better with the thermal carafe coffee maker or the glass one?”
The taste of the coffee is not influenced by the material of the carafe.
“Which version keeps the coffee hot longer?”
The stainless steel carafe keeps the coffee hot for several hours. The glass version has a warming plate that keeps the coffee hot for several hours, as well.
“Is it possible to just run water through to make it hot enough for tea?”
Yes, it is possible. But, it would be easier to put tea bags into the basket and brew tea, instead of just heating the water.
“Do you have to clean the basket before using it again?”
Yes, you should clean out all the old grounds before brewing a new batch of coffee.
“I read that cleaning this machine is a real hassle.”
You must be referring to cleaning the burr grinder and shoot. It really isn’t complicated, and you don’t have to clean it every time you use the machine. The instruction manual has detailed instructions on how to clean it properly.
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