Coffee Grinder Review: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Cuisinart DBM-8 Automatic Coffee Grinder Review, Features And FAQ’s
We have said it before and will start this review out saying it once more, the first item coffee enthusiast should invest after the have got there brewer, is a coffee grinder. The Cuisinart DBM-8 “Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill” is a very formidable, and budget friendly pick (you can pick up this Cuisinart for less the $50!) to serve as your 1st coffee grinder, or just to replace your old machine without to breaking the bank. But really whatever your needs are, just get a freakin coffee grinder and start grinding your own beans, the impact on taste is enormous, and when you use freshly ground coffee, the packaged pre-ground coffee will never compare.
OK enough of why you need a coffee grinder, lets get on to to breakdown of the features and our overall review of Cuisinart DBM-8 so you can see if its the right choice for you. The one DBM-8 from Cuisinart is a feature rich burr grinder/mill that has 18-grind setting and quantity grind settings, that make it stand out and look great on you counter top or brewing station.
Cuisinart DBM-8 Features
With a grinder like this one it’s not hard to find features we love. We try to keep the features to only the big ones, so we left out the built in power cord storage (in case you put your grinder away after each use) or the easy to pour grind chamber (pouring grinds can be messy).
Aside from the small bells and whistles, the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill has a few features that caught our eye.
DBM 8 Features
- Removable 8-ounce hopper
- Stainless steel “styling”
- Auto shut-off at the end of grind cycle
- Convenient cord storage
- Heavy-duty motor
DBM 8 Specs
- Size: 6.00″ x 7.13″ x 10.75″
- Weight: 5.60lb
- Limited 18-Month warranty
- BPA Free
- Make 4-18 cups
- Model # DBM-8
18 Grind Settings
Depending on how you brew your coffee, espresso or French press or whatever, you’ll have to grind your coffee to different sizes. For example the French press needs a coarse grind so that coffee doesn’t pass through the filter and create sediment in the brew.
Cuisinart’s DBM-8’s grind settings range from “extra-coarse” all the way down to “fine” as in an espresso “type” of grind, giving you a huge amount of control over the quality and on coarse or fineness of the grind you desire. You’re able to try different settings for your brew, allowing you to find the exact settings to get the best flavor from whatever coffee you make.
**Please take note, if you are grinding for espresso, this really, really is just NOT the grinder for you, a conical burr grinder will get you where you need to go, but at a little bit higher price tag, as for a superb quality grinder for espresso one sure bet is the Rancilio Rocky coffee grinder (see our full review) however they are in the $350. to $400 ranger
Cuisinart DBM-8 Quantity Settings And Grinding Time
This Cuisinart model grinder instead has a quantity setting that runs from 4 cups to 18 cups. Set how much you need to brew and the grinder will run for that long, giving you enough ground for approximately that many cups.
- 4 Cups – 20 seconds
- 12 Cups – 40 seconds
- 18 Cups – 55 seconds
The settings aren’t perfect, obviously, since people can choose to put more beans in to brew stronger coffee or use less ground coffee. Nonetheless, the DBM-8 quantity settings gives you a pretty approximate idea of how much coffee you need to grind.
The Overall Kitchen Aesthetics Of The DBM-8
An often-overlooked feature of a coffee grinder is its looks. You should be glad to keep it out on your countertop; the coffee grinder should look great, and this little grinder is one of those you won’t want to put away.
It’s stainless steel and modern look makes it fit most kitchens. It’s definitely a grinder that would look great next to ayn elegant coffee maker.
If you decide you don’t want to keep it out, there is power cord storage in the base and the major chambers come apart for easy storage.
There are so many coffee grinders on the market that it’s important to find the key differences before investing in one. This Cuisinart grinder has a number of features that we already outlined, but the below differentiate it from others.
Large Grind Chamber
If you’re brewing a lot of coffee for large groups, a large grind chamber will be a blessing. The Cuisinart DBM-8 has an extremely large grind chamber. With a total capacity to hold beans for 32 cups and with grind setting goes all the way up to 18 cups, that means the chamber has to be large enough to hold it all, and it does so wonderfully.
Although most grinders have safety features of some sort, it’s important to explore the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind’s safety features.
- The most important of the features is that the grinder will not run unless the hopper and chamber are in place. This means you won’t be able to run the grinder unless everything is set, keeping pieces from flying off.
- Secondly, Cuisinart has done us a real service on the DBM-8 as the quantity setting allows the grinder to turn off automatically when it has completed its duty in our coffee ritual. This is important because it means you won’t be able to forget about the grinder and have it overheat or melt.
Aside from the actual grinding, the next most important feature for a grinder is the cleanup. If you don’t invest in an easily cleaned grinder, you’ll be investing a lot of time in cleaning the very difficult to clean coffee grinds.
The grinder comes apart (the hopper, hopper lid, grinding burr, and grinding chamber) for easy cleaning. Once everything is taken apart, use the included brush to clean left-behind grounds.
The only downside, is that because of its use of plastic, grinding can cause static – leading to grounds clinging to the plastic parts. Although not a deal breaker, the amount of static created is definitely something to keep in mind.
FAQs About The Cuisinart DBM-8
Is the DBM-8 a conical burr grinder?
No the DBM-8 is not conical burr grinder, it’s a disc burr – blade hybrid coffee grinder. Conical grinders are a lot more expensive, but are worth it if you are grinding coffee for espresso.
Can I Grind Coffee For A Single Serve Coffee Maker, As In Only One Cup At A Time?
YES! Trial and error, will get you to the correct amount of beans you need one cup of coffee. That being said it will kinda suck if you plan to clean the grinder after each “grind.”
Can the Cuisinart DBM-8 be used as a grain mill?
Yes you can, its should work well. I Just make sure to properly clean before your next coffee use
In what country is this Cuisinart unit made?
Is the Cuisinart DBM-8 grinder loud and is there a way to make it quiet?
Yep it is loud….. and No you can not make them quieter. For any coffee grinder it is a normal for them to be loud, you know they are grinding the beans with blades and strong motors, its just part of the process.
Will the Cuisinart DBM-8 Grind Coffee For My French Press?
Absolutely YES! Work with the grinds try the coarser grind 1st for use in french press. Do a little trial and error, as some fine grinds will willow a bit of grit to passes through the metal filter.
Can I grind coffee to put in a reusable k-cup with the Cuisinart DBM-8? What setting should be used?
Yes, using this coffee grinder for making you own fresh ground K- Cup coffee to brew in your Keurig or any single server pod style coffee maker is a prefect usage. I’d start with a medium grind and work your way finer to adjust to your taste, the finer the grind the stronger coffee, just don’t pack the reusable K-Cups to heavy or you will not allow the coffee to pass through.
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Final Thoughts On The DBM-8 Burr Coffee Grinder
Cuisinart has produced a really a great grinder at a really good price. It won’t give you the perfect grind for your espresso, but if you’re grinding coffee beans for your French press, drip coffee, or single server machine and just getting started, then it’s a great investment that you wont be disappointed with.
Cuisinart DBM-8 Coffee Grinder Review
Convenience/Ease of Use8/10
- Price, cant beat less then $50
- Hopper capacity
- Plastic Construction
- Will Not Get a Espresso Grind
- Extremely noisy, but expected
- Not a true conical burr grinder