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Cuisinart DBM-8 - Chad Beauford's Review
Posted: December 10, 2007, 9:32pm
review rating: 8.0
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Matt Johnson 10.00
Jonathan Friedes 9.50
Larry Schwarcz 9.50
Jeff Dubrule 9.50
Aaron Corey 8.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Manufacturer: Unknown (third party rebranding) Quality: 6
Average Price: $60.00 Usability: 4
Price Paid: $49.99 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Bed Bath and Beyond Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Rossi RR45, B&D Blade grinder
Bottom Line: Stylish good looks and counter-friendly compactness will not overcome the fine powder included at every grind setting.
Positive Product Points

Fashionable black & brushed stainless, nice size bean hopper, easy to use, compact, and readily available.

Negative Product Points

Static electricity encourages grounds to cling, fine powder is included at every grind setting, and burrs wear within a year with regular use, and it's quite noisy.

Detailed Commentary

I purchased the Cuisinart DBM-8 about a year ago from Bed Bath and Beyond to make drip and french press coffee, about 7 or 8 pots per week.  Out of the box, not only was it loud, but the first grind (and all subsequent uses)  left a clump of powdered coffee attached to the front of the grounds container.  It also peppered the sides of the container with grounds, courtesy of static electricity.  The included scoop/brush is handy and required to get the coffee clump out of the container.  After you've ground coffee, you have an option:  either brush the clump of powdered into your filter basket, or brush it into a waste basket.  I would encourage the latter.  It's disappointing to waste a tablespoon of coffee for every grind, but the overextracted bitterness it adds to the cup is a much greater disappointment.

I can't comment about using this grinder for espresso.  I didn't, and I wouldn't recommend it due to the variations in grind included at every setting I tried.

With a french press, I used a slightly different technique.  Of course, I ground a little coarser than I would with drip, and this grinder can grind coarse enough.  The problem lies with the fine powder mixed in with the grind.  After I wiped the powder clump out of the container (be careful, because you don't want to knock it off into the grounds) I tapped the side of the container for 20 seconds or so.  This let some of the finer grinds settle to the bottom, while the coarse grounds were at the top.  Now, I used the included scoop/brush to scoop only the coarse grounds out, leaving the finer ones at the bottom for the waste basket.  This technique worked fairly well, but it really is not acceptable.  Oh, and don't pour the last half inch out of the press, due to the excess particles donated by this grinder.

After about 12 months of ownership, I noticed an occasional bean would seem "stuck" in the burrs while grinding.  After a few seconds it would grind up.  I unscrewed the hopper to find the blades obviously worn, much like the bottom of a tennis shoe with a few too many miles on it.  Fortunately, though, I purchased from a retailer with an exceptional return policy.  I bought a different grinder for espresso, which I'm quite excited to jump into, but had planned on keeping the Cuisinart for drip.  This just won't do.  My new grinder (Rossi RR45) allowed me to notice the inconsistencies I tasted in the cup, but never knew about.  My best efforts to remove the finer grounds from the DBM-8 helped some, but a consistent grinder is a necessity I've found, even for drip.

Buying Experience

Bed Bath and Beyond.  Keep the receipt and they'll always give at least store credit back.

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