Dependable, nice looking grinder that gives inconsistent grind size.
Positive Product Points
• Aesthetically pleasing - looks nice sitting on the counter. • Has been used daily for years and has always worked.
Negative Product Points
• Inconsistent grind. • Head-splittingly noisy.
I picked up this grinder for 10 bucks at a thrift store - a product of what I call "the Keurig effect"...which is lots of people donating all of their traditional coffee making equipment to a thrift store when they opt for the convenience of a Keurig coffee maker. I read about of the benefits of a blade grinder over a blade grinder, and thought I'd give it a whirl for 10 bucks.
On the bright side, I've been using the grinder for a few years now. Since it was a thrift store find - I have no idea how long it'd been in service when I acquired it. It has always ground coffee when I hit the start button, and so the unit gets a few points for consistent service. It also gets the nod for appearance - nice stainless trim and pleasing design. In addition, it's easy to use. Since mine was a thrift store find - it had no manual...but I had no problem figuring out how to operate it.
On the not so bright side: functionality. As many other reviewers reported, the grinds container always contains a high amount of dust stuck to the inside. I most often grind for drip, and this dust is much finer than the medium grind I seek for drip. Twisting the hopper is the way to adjust the grind size - and it does have an effect on what ends up in the bottom of the grind container....but the dust accumulation is always there. This is most irritating when trying to make a coarse grind for french press, as the dust passes easily through the metal screen and creates a pile of black goo in the bottom of the cup. Also, I have a Breville espresso machine - and use the Cuisinart grinder for espresso, as well. Most reviewers say this grinder isn't appropriate for espresso. I'm still learning proper coffee making technique, and so if I believe what I read - I'm not getting the most out of my espresso machine when I use this grinder....or any other method of extraction, for that matter. However - I've used the grinder for french press, pourover, drip, cold brew, and espresso - and always felt like the inconsistent grinds were something I could deal with...but I'm still learning.
Anything I find in a thrift store at a fraction of the original price makes for a great buying experience.