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When it is all about making the perfect cup of coffee, a real addict will kill to get. But there’s a definite difference between a coffee-addict and a coffee-enthusiast. Where a coffee addict loves coffee for what it does for him/her: keeping sleep away, a coffee enthusiast would gulp nothing but the finest coffee. So, you might find a coffee enthusiast trying out some of the most expensive coffees in the world, but a coffee-addict gulping down on anything they can find.
But why are we talking about the differences between a coffee enthusiast and a coffee-addict in a Coffee grinder review? Mainly because this is the one grinder that draws a stark contrast between the two with its features and functions. As this article progresses and we dive into the features, pros, and cons, you will understand what I mean when I say this grinder draws a contrast. For now, let’s begin our review of Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill by first exploring the mechanism behind a Burr Mill Grinder.
The Burr Mill Mechanism vs. The Blade
Unlike most kitchen appliances used to grind spices – blades – a Burr mill uses a different approach. A Burr mill makes use of two revolving, abrasive surfaces. These are used to grind the coffee. How? The coffee beans are set between these two grinders as they revolve. The fineness of the grind can be changed by varying the distance between the two grinders.
The process sounds simple but is often very well-suited for coffee-making as it makes a consistent grind, without adding too much heat to the process. While using a blade grinder, the coffee is not only unevenly ground, but also paler. This happens as a result of the continuous hitting of coffee beans that have already been ground. In a burr mechanism, the ground coffee is dropped into a cup, so it does not continue to be ground and loses its flavor.
This is why so many coffee-lovers avoid blade grinding. It just is not worth it.
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Features and Settings
With the mechanism of a burr grinder in your mind clearer now, we can move on to the specifics of the Cuisinart DBM – 8.
The Cuisinart-8 is a relatively good-looking coffee grinder with a stainless-steel finish that helps it find its place in any kitchen. Also, the functional design with its removable parts is a plus when it comes to a small kitchen. So, if you want to put it away after every use, you could merely tuck-in the power cord into its storage. The Cuisinart looks precisely like a coffee grinder should.
The significant features of this grinder costing below $150 include:
- Removable grind chamber with dimensions 4 x 7.13 x 10.75 inches.
- Total weight of 4.5 lbs.
- An 8 oz. removable bean hopper.
- A scoop and cleaning brush with the bean hopper.
- Operational settings for 18-position grind selector with its slide dial.
- Heavy-duty motor with a great user interface power-bar.
- Electric timer to shut down the unit after completion of grind cycle saves electricity.
- Easy pour.
- BPA free.
- Storage capacity up to 32 cups (not recommended)
- Comes with an 18-month warranty.
Of these features, one that needs particular elaboration is its 18-grind setting. This setting refers to the degree of fineness Cuisinart DBM-8 can offer you. Why is this important? This is important because every different type of coffee requires a different grind. For instance, take espresso and French press; espresso requires a fine grind while a French press requires a coarse grind, so the coffee does not pass through the filter.
But while grinding, the quantity and grinding time settings will play a huge part in defining how good your coffee is. A feature that complicates these settings is the quantity that you need. For Cuisinart DBM-8, you can make as little as 4 cups, to as many as 18 cups at a time. The grinder allows automatic time settings for 4 cups (20 seconds), 12 cups (40 seconds), and 18 cups (55 seconds). You can use the DBM-8 quantity seconds to sort out how much coffee to put in for how many cups. So, half of your problems are already solved.
Most grinders come with safety features to make sure that you do not hurt yourself. However, being unaware of these features renders you incapable of taking full advantage of the operational capabilities of any grinder. When it comes to Cuisinart DBM-8, the safety features primarily include:
- Automatic turn-off as the time for the grind finishes. This means that you can leave your coffee beans on grind while you go and take a shower. The grinder not running for extra time means that it will not cost you excess electricity, not ruin the taste of your coffee and will not overheat or melt.
- Unless everything is correctly set and assembled, you cannot operate the grinder. This safety feature is meant to ensure that you set the hopper and chamber perfectly hence avoiding any safety hazards.
- An 18-month warranty with swift customer service means that you can get your device checked the moment you think something is wrong with the device. This means that you do not risk operating malfunctioning parts that create safety hazards.
With the safety features, specifications, and settings of Cuisinart DBM-8 clearer now, we can move on to all the good that it brings us. These form the crux of our review of this coffee grinder. So, without further ado, here is all that is good about Cuisinart DBM-8:
1. Easy to Use
The easiest thing to do with Cuisinart DBM-8 is to grind your coffee. It does not get simpler than this. Many would say that it is so easy to grind coffee with the DBM-8 because it does not have so many features like the more expensive grinders, but say what you will, the ease of use with the DBM 8, is unlike any other.
Using the DBM-8 is pretty straightforward. You should follow three simple steps. Choose the grind size from among 18 different settings, pick the number of cups you want the coffee for from the slider just below and press the start button just below it. You will have your coffee ground within no time.
The simple fact that the Cuisinart has one button and a dial that determines how coarse your grind will be makes the Supreme extremely easy to use. The simplicity means that you have to make an effort to misuse it rather than using it. Then when you are done, you can clean the grinder relatively easy with the removable bean hopper and chamber.
As you have already been told, the adjustment for the number of cups is relatively easy. But did I tell you that it has considerable capacity? The grinder can be used for up to 18 cups of coffee at one time. Also, it can hold up to 32 cups of coffee at a time. Of course, it is not recommendable.
How could it be true that something so easy to operate and that can hold so much, be time-consuming to bear results? Well, you can use the machine to get your coffee grind for 18 cups in under a minute! What are you even going to do with all that time you saved?
4. Sturdy Build Quality Offers Longer Lifespan
Most people tend to believe that the price point that the Supreme is available at means that it compromises on quality. But does it? No!
The Supreme DBM-8 can outlast several other grinders in the same category. But (of course, there is a “but”) for this extended lifespan, you must ensure that you undertake regular cleaning and maintenance. However, many coffee enthusiasts tend to agree that the quality of function for this high quality is not as excellent as it should be, especially criticizing the poor quality of plastic, but nobody can deny how long the Supreme DBM-8 lasts.
5. Price Effectiveness
We saved the Unique Selling Point of the Supreme DBM-8 for the very last so as not to overwhelm you with the very first point. The Supreme DBM-8 is one of the most inexpensive grinders that you can find on the market at present. Not just that, the grinder is continuously found on sale at most electronic stores.
But the fact is that you get the most value out of the price that you pay for the Supreme DBM-8. Plus, as a matter of fact, Supreme DBM-8 is available at a price that will continuously reinforce your decision to buy a burr Mill rather than a blade grinder even if a blade grinder is usually less expensive than a Burr Mill.
Of course, every good thing has a bad side and so does Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill. Of course, to give a review, you need to find out everything about a Grinder. So, here is where we talk about the bad of the DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill:
The biggest drawback of the Cuisinart Supreme is that it creates a mess that can be extremely difficult to handle. This is usually because the DBM-8 adds the coffee into the chamber from the side. As a result, the chamber creates an absolute mess when it creates the coffee powder because it spreads evenly across the entire compartment.
This means that all the coffee powder is also on the lid. So, when the lid is opened, no matter how carefully that might be, the mess spatters across your kitchen counter. You are in a for a long evening of cleaning after this happens.
Inconsistent Grind Quality
The very reason why I explained the distinction between a Coffee addict and a coffee enthusiast would be revealed here. The speed, the capacity, the build, and the ease of use means that every coffee lover should get this grinder. Then why don’t coffee enthusiasts get it?
The main reason for this is that Cuisinart DBM-8 uses a very inferior quality burr set. This inferior quality set means that the grind quality is compromised. So, you cannot get the perfect grind for every kind of coffee, especially an espresso.
Perhaps it is the very quality of the Grind set that causes the grinding process to be extremely noisy, so you cannot enjoy your calm while you grind your coffee with Cuisinart DBM-8.
Having underlined all of the goods and the bads of Cuisinart DBM-8, I can now go on to give you a final verdict on the grinder. So, here it is.
When it comes to comparison with a blade grinder, the DBM-8 is a pretty great grinder. The value that it provides for your money is also great, and that is the one point where it can beat most grinders. However, that is all that it can do. When it comes to offering quality and a consistent grind, Cuisinart DBM-8 fails miserably.
This is where the contrast between a coffee enthusiast and an addict becomes even more apparent because the only reason that you should use this grinder is if you are a coffee addict and do not care as much about the quality of your drink. Here is a list of why you should not buy the DBM-8:
- Espressos or pour-overs are your friends. These are the coffees that require absolute consistency and perfection. The DBM-8 cannot offer you this consistency.
- You want the perfect cup every time. When the DBM-8 cannot provide you a consistent grind, it cannot provide you with a similar coffee every time you use it too. So, if you can not get your measurements of water to coffee ratio right every time, you most probably will have to forget getting the consistency with the DBM-8.
Frequently asked questions
1. Is this a Conical Burr Grinder or a Flat One?
Cuisinart DBM-8 is not a conical burr grinder. It is a flat one that uses flat metal grinding disks. Although this will produce a relatively fine grind, you will need a conical burr grinder to make the perfect grind for your espresso.
2. Can I add just some coffee in the hopper to make one cup?
Well, technically, you can. However, it will take a little time for you to understand how much coffee is enough to make a single cup of coffee.
3. How many ounces of coffee will fill the hopper?
The hopper will be completely full at around 10 ounces of coffee. Although this is enough for a lot of coffee, it is not recommended to completely fill the hopper.
4. How much sound will the grinder make?
Honestly, the sound that this grinder makes is beyond compare. If you look at the bright side though, you can wake up the entire house on time in the morning by running the grinder.
5. How do I clear the gunk buildup in the interior parts of the grinder?
To make sure that you get all the gunk, you must unscrew the container by turning it counter-clockwise to open the container. Once done, you can open and clean the unit.
6. Would you recommend using Cuisinart DBM-8 for grinding spices?
Although the grinder can handle spice grinding beautifully, it really is not recommended. This is because the residue is impossible to clean and will interfere with taste and also because the warranty states that spices will ruin the grinding mechanism.
The final verdict is that if you are a coffee addict, you could not find better value for money for your everyday coffee thirst. However, if you are a coffee enthusiast, do not ever make the mistake of getting the DBM-8 just because it is inexpensive.