The Grind and Brew does exactly what it sounds like it will do- grind and then brew your coffee for you. If it got any easier, it would have a drive up window with it! Its very simple to use- simply add your beans to the grinding hopper, place a filter in the basket, fill with water and then you can either turn it on or set the timer for it to come on up to 24 hours later! And if you have pre-ground coffee, that's not a problem, simply hit the "grind off" button and the machine will automatically skip this step and move on to brewing your coffee. However, if you are an infrequent drinker of coffee who is trying to impress your friends who love freshly ground coffee and forget to clean out the machine after each use, you will find that over time, the grinding part of the coffee maker will cease to work. I have unfortunately gotten the grinding blade stuck with gunk, the motor tries to turn, but nothing happens. However, I got such a bargain on this machine, that I simply went out and bought a little separate electric grinder and simply added a step to my morning- which means I'm loving the "grind off" button!