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Cuisinart CBM-18N Programmable Conical Burr Mill
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- Fully programmable 1/2 pound capacity hopper
- Cup selector from 1-14 for your precise amount of coffee
- 18 position grind selector from ultra-fine for espresso to extra coarse for French press.
- Removable grind chamber, heavy duty motor, cord storage
- Conical burr grinder delivers a full-flavor, uniform grind without heating the beans.
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|Item Dimensions||12.12 x 8.37 x 7.62 in||7.13 x 10.75 x 6 in||7.75 x 5 x 10.5 in||7.1 x 7.6 x 12.5 in||7.24 x 4.29 x 10.4 in||4.72 x 6.29 x 13.77 in|
|Item Weight||4.75 lbs||4.5 lbs||3 lbs||—||3.2 lbs||0.66 lb|
|Material Type||man-made-material||Stainless Steel||ABS and stainless steel||Stainless-Steel||Plastic||Stainless Steel|
The perfect grind will be yours every time with this elegant brushed stainless programmable conical burr mill. The easy to read LCD display shows time, fineness and number of cups to ensure that every grind is just right. The 18 position conical burr grinder grinds the coffee beans uniformly while maintaining their natural flavors and oils, and automatically stops grinding after the correct amount has been ground. It packs away neatly with the convenient cord storage and scoop/cleaning brush.
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I've realized that the problem with turning to any Internet reviews, be they for products or restaurants, is that people are way, WAY too picky. Maybe it's just me, but it isn't helpful when people find it necessary to highlight anything and everything that could be seen as a possible flaw, thereby picking apart what is probably a suitable option for most people. So I want to begin by addressing two of the biggest complaints I've seen in these reviews: the unit makes a mess, there's a static problem with the grounds cartridge, and it's too hard to clean. I've also noticed a lot of people don't really understand why one would buy a conical burr mill as opposed to a plain ol' blade grinder (which are way cheaper.)
I've had the grinder for about 8 months now, and I have not experienced any of those issues to the extent that many people describe. If you give the unit a little tap on the side before removing the grounds cartridge after you grind, you're not going to have surprise grounds coming out of the chute. I have not found the static issue to be that big of a deal. The grounds cartridge is plastic, so yes, there is some sticking of the grounds to the sides of the cartridge, but it's usually the finer bits and dust (which I don't want anyway), and it really isn't that much. The cartridge is very easy to rinse out and dry. I brew using a Chemex, so uniformity of the grounds is really key for me. I brew every day, sometimes twice a day, so as long as I clean the burr every few days, the grind stays really uniform. It's not that difficult to clean. The hopper comes right off when you turn it all the way to the coarsest setting, and the inner burr pulls right out. I use the brush that comes with the unit and a lightly damp paper towel.
Regarding the functionality of the unit: the LED screen is nice (I haven't had any problems with it.) I weigh out my grounds, so I haven't used the cup presets that much. The variable grind settings are pretty accurate, especially for a coarser grind (as long as you make sure to clean it regularly as I've said.) I've noticed that some people don't think it can grind fine enough for espresso; unfortunately, I can't speak to that since I don't have an espresso machine. Overall, I've been very happy with the basic functionality of the unit.
You buy a burr mill primarily for two reasons: uniformity of the grind and no inadvertent heat imparted to the beans from rapidly spinning blades. If you use an auto-drip machine, the first reason isn't that big of a deal. If you're using any other method (i.e. French press, Chemex, vacuum, etc.), it matters a lot so that the coffee isn't over-infused, to keep your coffee from having too much sediment, and so on. Blade grinders chop the beans, creating all different sizes of grounds, and creating a lot of very fine dust which can be a problem for non-autodrip methods. (Burr mills crush the beans.) From what I've found, this burr mill provides a good uniformity especially for the price. I have two friends each with conical burr mills that were over $200 (a Baratza Virtuoso and a Breville Smart Grinder) and I really feel like my Cuisinart is quite comparable in ground uniformity. The second reason for a burr grinder is important no matter how you brew your coffee. The beans are quite sensitive to temperature, and blades spinning at the speed necessary to chop the beans (20k - 30k rpm) imparts heat to the grind. If you brew one or two cups at a time, chances are you're not running your grinder long enough for this to be a problem. But if you're doing a 10 or 12-cup pot each morning, the amount of aroma you lose using a blade grinder is significant. A conical burr mill runs at under 500rpm, imparting a negligible amount of frictional heat. This ensures that you're tasting your coffee the way it was meant to be tasted (assuming your brew is good.)
As the title says, this is a great grinder for the price. If you've been looking to get a conical burr mill, you've probably noticed that you can spend anywhere from $40 to over $450. So if you're new to this, it can seem like you could be spending $80 on a unit that isn't as good as ones that are more expensive but also might not be any better than one of the cheaper grinders. I'm pretty confident that this grinder is comparable to others that cost twice as much and (given reviews of cheaper burr grinders), it's worth spending the extra money for it.
Maybe should have lost one star because the motor is weak. I accidentally under roasted some beans (start of 1st crack) which meant they were still very hard. This machine froze on them. I tried several times, even with a "running start".I had to take them to my ex's house and use my old grinder (current model of that runs over $200 and is so heavy my ex can't move it hardly). Maybe predict shorter motor life? But I saved over $100 on this vs. the next best, it's worth it!
Yes the chamber has static electricity that causes some grind dust to stick. No big deal,...live with it. Or spend at least twice the price. The chamber is large and fits snuggly in place. Large hopper. Easy to move the unit. Looks nice. Does have blue LED screen facing the ceiling which is always on, unfortunately.
It is quite easy to use, turn the base to select the grind and choose how many cups on digital display, press start and it times out for what you need. 12 seemed a little strong for our drip coffee maker and 10 seemed more to everyones liking, it will depend on the kind of beans you are using. As far as static in the receptacle bin, yes there is some but if you tap it as other have suggested before pulling it out it does seem to help and the humidity in our house is at about 35%. I found pouring it into the coffee filter then placing it in the coffee maker works best. If you have a plastic coffee maker it may be the difference in static charge between grinder and coffee maker that causes grounds to go all over, as we had that happen to us the first time so this is my solution!
For noise it is ok, makes more noise than I like I would guess in 80db range which is loud and I have some hearing loss and tinnitus so try to avoid exposure to loud sounds. They could make quieter but for 25 seconds of use it is bearable.