Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill Review

Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 by in Articles, Product Reviews

Amazon Image The Cuisinart DBM-8 Burr Grinder is an entry-level burr grinder that folks who are stepping up from a blade grinder for the first time or who are now purchasing their first grinder should consider.

It comes at a very reasonable price (and is currently discounted at around half price at the time of writing – scroll down for more info) but the quality of the grind does suffer slightly for this.

It’s a very popular grinder amongst casual home coffee makers as it has all the options of its more expensive counterparts. Lets take a look at the main features now.

 

Main Features

The unit has 18 grind settings from fine to coarse for a range of different types of coffee and can be set to produce enough grind for between 4 and 18 cups (keeping in mind of course that one cup in the coffee world is only 5 ounces!). To grind for 12 cups on a medium setting takes around 40 seconds

All removable parts are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe. It’s stainless steel design is fairly attractive and at 6.00 x 7.13 x 10.75 inches it won’t hog your kitchen counter space.

The hopper holds a half-pound of beans which should be just enough so that you can use them all up whilst not having them sit around for too long going stale.

 

The Pro’s

  • Basic burr grinding functionality to give a more consistent grind than a blade grinder
  • A very affordable option
  • 18 month manufacturer warranty

The Con’s

  • The biggest downside to this grinder is the amount of powder that is created in the grind due to the inexpensive construction of the burr. Many people do not mind this however.
  • Grind may not be high enough quality for some espresso machines
  • Inexpensive build quality has led to a few reports of this unit becoming faulty close to the 18 month warranty period, which is ok if it happens before but not if it’s just after.

Who Should Buy This Grinder?

If you are looking to buy your first burr grinder, either you’ve used a blade grinder up until now or you are now starting to get into your coffee making, and you are on a budget then you should consider getting this grinder. It does a decent, basic job of making sure you get a fairly consistent grind but the side effect is some powder coming through into your grind.

If however you are shopping for something to go with your high-end espresso machines, then this will not be the grinder for you.

Summary

This is a decent budget option for anyone looking to step up from a blade grinder and who doesn’t necessarily mind a little bit of powder in their grind. For the price, this is an OK grinder.

If you can afford to step up to the next level you would definitely be able to consider it an investment as you will be much happier with the quality of the grind from a more expensive machine. Take a look at some of the other burr grinders that we have reviewed here.

 

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