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Thanks. What makes that machine different, or special, and worth more than twice this cuisinart? Just curious.
Also, if i am grinding my beans as i brew, does that mean i now would need to start weighing them prior to grinding, as opposed to grinding too much, and measuring by scoop? (Which would inevitably lead to leftovers.)
I'm gonna hijack this to ask a question. I have this grinder. I think it works fine except for maybe a some more fines than I would like (I use it for a French Press). I've never seen it or any other budget grinder recommended on /r/Coffee, so I want to ask why?
I second a Chemex. You will eventually want to get a gooseneck kettle and a burr grinder as well. Arguably, I would say you should get a nice grinder before replacing your brewing method. A consistent grind will make a world of difference in your cup.
I know a lot of people are super into Baratzas and Krups grinders... but I have had a Cuisinart for several years and it has been great to me. They are often pretty cheap, too.
How much coffee do you normally make? You can get decent manual burr grinders for under $50, but if you're making a pot, it might take awhile to grind enough coffee.
The low-end "good" electric burr grinders will be ~$99-$129 USD. The price is so "high" because the grind size of these machines is much more uniform than what you'll get with a blade chopper or cheaper burr grinders. The leads to more even extraction from the grounds.
That being said, if you're just making drip coffee in a relatively cheap maker, then your cup quality probably won't improve that drastically with a better grinder. Cuisinart has a burr grinder right at $50 which will probably do you just fine.
Yes, the very high end ones are flat. That's not the kind of grinder people in the noob-tastic question fest are looking at. If you tell someone like that (which used to be all of us) to get a burr grinder, they'll find one like this; it's decidedly worse than a conical burr grinder like the Encore or the Infinity. I know because I had one for two years.
I never tried.
I just realized that I now have this grinder, and that is what I was describing:
I'm not sure what you're looking to spend? She can proclaim her love for coffee, and love Tim Hortons there's nothing wrong with that. If she doesn't have a grinder I'd certainly start there.
Someone that loves coffee, and makes drip at home will drastically benefit from just a basic burr grinder. I've gifted a grinder a couple of times, going from pre ground to ground right before brew can be a game changer for a lot of people. This is the grinder I usually gift. It's an entry level burr grinder, won't break the bank and if/when they want to upgrade it won't be a huge loss!
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill [link]
I use this Cuisinart Burr Grinder. It’s cheap (I technically got it for free due to a miscommunication with Amazon, who thought the package got lost for some reason) and I could probably use an upgrade sometime soon, but it gets the job done.
I’ve considered an Aeropress. I’m usually a pour-over guy but I like using the press for darker roasts. That should be better for me.
oof, that's a rough one.
Now I'm going to get down voted for this, but if around $40 is your max, I'd get this one if you must have electric, or a Hario hand grinder if you're willing to hand grind.
Listen, that grinder is not great. It produces a lot of fines and can get staticky. I have one, SIL gave it to us (she doesn't know, guys). BUT, it's built well and will last a long time. Would not recommend for French press, definitely not for espresso, but for pourover or drip it will do ok and fits your budget.
Sorry there's not something better.
Just about any local coffee shop will grind and sell their beans, I used Grounds for Coffee up north - try their Highlander Grog.
Or just buy a grinder, this is one of the recommendations on r/coffee and has worked great for me: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill [link]
Yeah it's a old Cuisinart... cheap thing, but hey it gets the job done. I might look for one on amazon. Any sub-$100 recommendations?
^this is my current grinder. Is it that bad? It seems pretty decent to me.
Is this a common problem?
Whenever I use my grinder I almost always get a super fine dust.
This is the grinder I have. Its nothing too fancy, but it is getting pretty old.
Will replacing the burrs get rid of the dust? I try to clean it out often, but it's difficult to get to the chamber where the burrs are.
I feel like whenever I use the aeripress it gets bitter from the dust, could that be the problem?
The burr grinder I have is not the best and produces some fines that can end up at the bottom of the cup. I plan on upgrading it some day, but I've pretty much gotten used to not drinking the last few drops.
Since we're on the topic of automatic burr grinders, what are your opinions on the Cuisinart DBM-8 grinder? I've been thinking of picking this up, for much the same reason as OP.
Currently using the Capresso Infinity Burr and its great. Its not in the budget range ($90) you are looking for but take a look anyway. Many of the lower budget electric grinders didn't have that many great reviews.
I did find this however which fits in your budget: [link]
I will completely agree with the above statements. I have used a Krups express maker which is really cheap and went through a phase where I would make expresso and steam milk. I'll be honest I really enjoyed the results. It wasn't high quality but you get can more extreme acidic notes when using a normal roast of coffee in the espresso machine and that I enjoyed. Not to mention a decent latte.
With that said the clean up sucked for the espresso and it took a while to make which are both big draw backs! The hand grinder as always nice and a good no electric option! I used a Burr electric grinder with 18 setting which is more the enough for the average coffee drinker who wants control over grind settings.
I had one before this and an unroasted green been we had from a sample feel in and got ground and broke it. The Cuisinart seems to be a slightly higher quality then the one before which was a Mr.Coffee. Hope this helps.
Overall the above ���� post is spot on. If you want to get into espresso I say go for it and expierement and have fun!
Ethiopian, freshly roasted by a local roaster in town almost 2 weeks ago. Grinder is nothing special but it had good reviews - #1 best seller actually: [link]
Grind setting is set right in the middle. I think I'm gonna try setting it closer to "fine" next time I try.
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While saying "I'm too old" points to other issues, I have this grinder and it works perfectly fine. Once you've set the grind fineness, and the timer for the amount of grounds you need, it's just one button push. Refill the hopper once a week or so and you have freshly ground coffee from here on out.
You would need a smaller or different grinder if using a variety of beans everyday, but that doesn't sound like it's the case.
This one? If so, it has quite a reputation for creating fines.
I most recently had a Capresso Infinity, and the reduction of fines from my previous Delonghi KG89 made static basically negligible (except for beans with lots of chaff). The Infinity still has ground retention issues due to the inefficient path from the grinding area to the catcher, but it's decent enough.
I have a Cuisinart and I can't figure out how to link it on mobile even though I've done it a thousand times so it's this thing: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill [link]
I think I've fixed the problem now, but I'd still like to hear your theory.
Boiling coffee is going to get you pretty rough tasting coffee.
I'd suggest getting a burr grinder. A manual hario grinder would be fine. Or if you want an electric and can't spend a lot of money this one is okay although most would recommend a Baratza Encore
For consistency start weighing. The best way is to get a scale but even volumetric measuring would be better than nothing.
I currently use this Cuisinart Burr Grinder:
It's okay but not great. Pretty inconsistent. Would it be worth buying a capresso infinity or is that not really that big of a jump? How about the encore?
I ground it on the coarsest grind I could set my grinder to. Granted, it's a 40 dollar grinder I got from Costco. [link]
It's a burr grinder, but it winds up doing 80% coarse grind and the rest is a fine powder byproduct. Not sure if getting one of the hand grinders would be better. IIRC when I first was getting into the french press I saw mods you could do to the Hazio ones to make them super awesome, but I didn't have the motivation. Either way, I seemed to end up getting grinds stuck between the metal mesh and the outer whisk-looking ring.
So, as that noob who has just recently learned that an abstract concept called "burr" makes for a better coffee grinder, could you please explain what makes one burr grinder better than another, and how it affects the taste of the coffee? This is the model I have, purchased proudly from Good Will. What would my incentive be for investing $200 in a better model?
Do you think something like this would be good enough:
Burr grinders can get very expensive it seems.
You might be tempted to get this Cuisinart grinder, thinking it's a burr grinder. Don't do it. It is not. I had one, and it threw fines like crazy. I'd imagine the hand grinders are way, way better.
Right now I'm using a Cuisinart burr grinder. It's actually on sale on Amazon for ~$50 (down from $90).
This works really well with my chemex. Maybe /r/coffee has a good reason that you should spend $250 on a grinder, but I don't personally see any reason to. My coffee tastes perfect.
No my French press makes two cups so I always just pour both cups at the same time and give one to my girlfriend.
For water temps, see my reply to another comment. I have a Bonavita kettle with variable temperature
Try not to use pre-ground beans, and never a blade grinder (which really it isn't a grinder, but a pulverizer) because of the inconsistencies in size of grind. Pick up a simple burr grinder for $40.00 and set it to the coarsest grind and play with it from there.
All around great advice dr, thank you!
I prefer a slightly stronger cup and do about 3.5 tbs for a 16oz cup.
To catch the temp of the water just let it go into a hot boil then take it off for about 30sec. By the time you've started pouring and extracting it will come down and moderate to the 195-200 range.
And here is an pretty good electric burr grinder.
hey kate. that's not a coffee grinder, that's a coffee bean pulverizer. here's a coffee grinder. you clean it with an old toothbrush.
I promise you that you're coffee will be noticeably better when ground fresh.
Don't worry too much about the cost. Something like this works just fine:
Lido 3 or cuisinart
I agree with getting a good drip to keep it convenient and to also step up the coffee game a little. Adding timed outlets is a great idea too!
Some bonavitas have a holder for the drip cup, and others the drip cup sits right on the pot, so they seem less convenient. If I were to choose between the two, I would choose a technivorm. The folks at Seattle Coffee review and test a lot of drip machines, and they even did a blind test between the technivorm moccamaster and bonavita, and it seems they mostly agree the techivorm tastes nicer. A grinder would help too, my dad likes to keep things easy, but he LOVES his grinder. He's had 30 years or more.
Grinders: The concensus is get a baratza encore. I don't have one, but they are just loved everywhere. I just recently returned a 200$ breville grinder and bought a 43$ cuisinart grinder and have been extremely pleased with it. I know everyone says to put your money in a good grinder, but I am quite content with the cuisinart for now! https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DBM-8-Supreme-Grind-Automatic/dp/B00018RRRK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1541103820&sr=8-2&keywords=Cuisinart+DBM-8
I got this one from Cusinart.
Works pretty well- have had it for over 2 years.
This is NOT a recommended grinder by this sub. Cuisinart I have one though, and probably better than a blade grinder, which is not saying much.
Grab a Capresso Infinity off of ebay for $55
Best bet is to get a Refurb Baratza Encore directly from Baratza for $99
Hmmmm like this one? Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill [link]
Yeah I french press so I've been playing with the course settings and water ratios. Still getting used to it! This is my model
Do you think this one is good enough:
I agree with the others. The Cuisinart will be a small improvement over the blade grinder, but it will be noticeable. The Encore or the Infinity will be a massive improvement. Then I'd try to talk you into a pour-over cone and filters ($18 combined!), and I don't think you'd ever go back to your drip machine.
I got a (cuisinart grinder)[[link]] . it's been pretty good so far!
I usually do 8 tablespoons in my 32oz french press. Is this the grinder you have?
That was my first grinder and fines were a big problem. The problem is the results are extremely inconsistent, and even on the coarsest setting you're going to get a lot of very finely ground coffee in the mix. You can live with it for now, but a better grinder would make a good investment.
After you press are you pouring it all into a mug or carafe? Don't leave the coffee in the french press, it's going to continue extracting and turn bitter even after you press.
Hate to be preaching to the choir, but if you really want fresh coffee, you shouldn't be using a Keurig. But I understand why you have it, it's quick and easy. With that said...
Grinders aren't cheap, but mine was about $50 and gets the job done pretty well. With the way you're brewing, you don't need to spend too much money, this is what I have.
Reusable filters? I've seen these things everywhere, so I imagine they work well.
Hopefully in the near future you get rid of it and begin to move up the coffee-brewing ladder. Next step, French Press!
Honestly I just look at reviews first and then price. I have a Cuisinart Burr Mill grinder. It works like it should and has a wide spectrum for your grind type:
Coarse for your French press, fine for your espresso grind and everything in between.
Whatever. My $40 Cuisinart grinder is the shit. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill [link]