Cuisinart makes a burr coffee grinder with the DBM-8. It has a lot of nice features at a very reasonable price. This made us interested and we had to review it. Here are the main features.
Supreme Grind™ Automatic Burr Mill
- LWH: 6.00″ x 7.13″ x 10.75″
- UC Weight: 5.6
- UC Cubic Feet: 0.55
- UC LWH: 7.80″ x 8.80″ x 12.30″
- MC Quantity: 4
- MC Weight: 22.4
- MC Cubic Feet: 2.2
- MC LWH: 18.00″ x 16.00″ x 13.30″
Cuisinart DCG-12BC Blade Grinder
Grind Central™ Coffee Grinder
- Popular brushed stainless steel styling
- On/Off control for simple operation
- Built-in safety interlock prevents operation unless lid is securely closed
- Bowl holds up to 90 grams of beans, enough for up to 18 cups of coffee
- Heavy-duty motor and stainless steel blades
- Dishwasher-safe, removable stainless steel bowl
- Lid allows for extra coffee to be stored in grinding bowl
- Cord storage
- Storage lid
- Instruction book
- Limited 18-month warranty
- BPA Free
Coffee grinders can be of two types, blade grinders, and burr grinders.
This particular model works with burrs. The coffee beans run through a set of burrs that break them down into small particles. The design and adjustment of the burrs allows only particles of a certain size to go through. So the bigger particles are broken again and again until they can go through.
Burr coffee grinders create ground coffee with a very even distribution of particles. The importance of an even distribution of particle size becomes apparent when we look at the mechanics of brewing coffee.
During brewing, hot water extracts the flavors from the ground coffee. Extraction happens faster if the particles are smaller, and slower when they are bigger. If coffee is brewed too long (for its particle size) then undesirable flavors start to come out, such as too much bitterness.
So if you have a broad range of particle sizes in your ground coffee, then you are either over brewing the small ones or under brewing the bigger. In short, the coffee will taste less good. Most serious enthusiasts and professionals use burr grinders.
Our thoughts on The Cuisinart Burr Grinder
When we think about coffee, the days of cheap generic murky brew that has been slowly boiling away all day, are luckily over. Thank god for that. The interest in quality coffee makers and espresso machines has skyrocketed over the last years. And even supermarkets stock a large variety of coffee for every taste.
Creating good coffee is all about linking the right ingredients and processed together. Having great beans is not going to pay off when you have a crappy coffee maker. And a great coffee maker cannot turn mediocre beans into great coffee. To get a little metaphoric about coffee: making sure that you coffee chain has no weak links is more important than spending all your money on one great component.
So using a quality coffee grinder is paramount to fully benefitting from your gourmet beans and Italian-made or French press coffee maker. Let’s break the functionality down to basics. What does a coffee grinder need to do?
A coffee grinder needs to grind the beans so that you can make coffee with it. The grinding of the beans releases all the great flavors and allows them to dissolve in hot water.