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loki
09-20-2010, 07:36 PM
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/regProduct.asp?WRN=-2025596398&sku=13265020&

Cuisinart® Supreme Grind™ Automatic Burr Mill

For those that enjoy extra rich flavored coffee made from freshly ground beans, this is the appliance to have in your kitchen. Burr mill consistently grinds beans which provides optimum flavor and aroma. Grind selector provides 18 selections from ultra-fine to extra-coarse. Includes 4-18 cup slide dial, removable 8-ounce bean hopper, removable 32-cup grind chamber and separate one-touch power bar. Electronic timer automatically shuts off unit when grind cycle is complete. Stainless steel grinder has a limited 18-month warranty. UL listed. Model # DBM-8.

ChicagoWhiteSox
09-20-2010, 07:45 PM
It will work fine for drip, maybe light press, but nothing else.

What are you brewing with?

loki
09-20-2010, 07:48 PM
It will work fine for drip, maybe light press, but nothing else.

What are you brewing with?

was looking to get my espresso machine up and running, just a small Krups one

http://imgur.com/9SKHb.jpg

ashtonlady
09-20-2010, 07:56 PM
Not good for Expesso.

loki
09-20-2010, 07:58 PM
Not good for Expesso.

well that makes me sad

ChicagoWhiteSox
09-20-2010, 07:58 PM
You always want the best grinder you can afford. That said, I guess I would say that that grinder would work ok, just because your machine won't get you much to begin with even with a better grinder:2 Maybe look at the Baratza Maestro. It's a $100.

replicant_argent
09-20-2010, 08:36 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DBM-8-Supreme-Automatic-CCM-16PC1/dp/B00018RRRK
been there, had one.
Better than a whirly, and as a stop gap measure without a huge amount of dough invested, it will suffice until you burn it out or break part of it.
You will get sludge with a french press, and not great or horribly uniform espresso grind. If you think you need high quality espresso at home, you will need muuuuuch better (a few hundred more, at least) for the equipment (grinder/machine).
That being said, if you like espresso-ish shots, you can turn out some decent coffee with the combo.
You would get better quality moka than with a whirly blade, and a moka pot than the krups machine on the lower end like that one, IMO. I do also have a krups machine, but one in their midrange, and it turns out decent shots, but not multiple fast production shots for company. That machine gathers dust most of the time, and I use my Saeco daily/weekly.

floydpink
09-20-2010, 09:01 PM
I have a Krups machine, and it sure isn't midrange, but grinds my wife's drip just fine. It's the ugly one on the right...

Wouldn't dare try to grind espresso on it.

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc266/rastapete69/DSC01157.jpg

loki
09-20-2010, 09:09 PM
thanks for the help guys, I'll end up using the bed bath and beyond gift cards from my wedding on something else.

floydpink
09-20-2010, 09:13 PM
There's a ton of used Rocky grinders to be had for very reasonable prices all over places like coffeegeek or new for not much more than a couple boxes of cigars.

loki
09-20-2010, 09:19 PM
There's a ton of used Rocky grinders to be had for very reasonable prices all over places like coffeegeek or new for not much more than a couple boxes of cigars.

not worth it at this point in time, i'll keep that in mind, thanks though

replicant_argent
09-20-2010, 09:20 PM
and keep your eye out on craigslist as well. That is how I got my Mazzer for much less than a box of (decent) cigars.

DocLogic77
09-22-2010, 11:46 AM
There's a ton of used Rocky grinders to be had for very reasonable prices all over places like coffeegeek or new for not much more than a couple boxes of cigars.
Yup Rocky is the way to go. I love my Rocky grinder.

gvarsity
09-22-2010, 11:49 AM
Had one of these for about a week and I returned it. You can get just as good a grind from any blade grinder IMHO. I have a armand trosser hand burr grinder for my french press and have my beans ground for my espresso maker.

Tripp
09-22-2010, 11:52 AM
I know Kevin's probably not still shopping for one, but I thought I'd add that I've had one of these for a couple years, and was always disappointed with the grind size for the smallest setting. A couple months ago, I got a slightly nicer espresso machine, adn the thick grind just wouldn't cut it anymore. I went to town on this thing with just a pocketknife, and a toothpick and the size adjustment now goes as far down as I need it to, with no need to upgrade to a fancy grinder, which I really cant afford.

floydpink
09-22-2010, 08:23 PM
I know Kevin's probably not still shopping for one, but I thought I'd add that I've had one of these for a couple years, and was always disappointed with the grind size for the smallest setting. A couple months ago, I got a slightly nicer espresso machine, adn the thick grind just wouldn't cut it anymore. I went to town on this thing with just a pocketknife, and a toothpick and the size adjustment now goes as far down as I need it to, with no need to upgrade to a fancy grinder, which I really cant afford.

Could you elaborate on the modification using the pocketknife and toothpick?

Tripp
09-22-2010, 11:23 PM
Could you elaborate on the modification using the pocketknife and toothpick?

There's a rail that pushes a button down as a failsafe in case the hopper isn't ratcheted down far enough, with a stopper at the end of the rail so that it can't ratchet down too far. I just filed the stopper off of the rail, and wedged the tip of a toothpick to keep the button pressed down when the hopper is ratcheted down too far for the rail to push the button.

Obviously, this would void any warranty, and be careful, because you have the potential to grind the burrs together if you screw the hopper down too far. That being said, its a pretty easy way to get this cheap grinder to perform a little bit better, keeping him out of the dump for at least a few more years.

Mister Moo
09-23-2010, 06:25 AM
What they said. If you really love coffee, you plan to make coffee for the next 10-years or more and you're considering espresso then get the best grinder you can afford. If you want more than casual longevity (Baratza) the Rocky is the ablest entry machine for espresso; consider Macap or Mazzer if you have enough money to burn a wet mule.