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Burr grinders, again--am I doing something wrong?

lqf | Feb 15, 2005 12:48 PM

I am ready to return the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Burr Grinder I just purchased and go back to my reliable Bosch blade grinder. The Cuisinart unit is heavy and well-designed, the motor is smooth and not too noisy--but the resulting coffee has been consistently watery and flavorless, far less satisfactory than when using an *identical* amount of grounds from the blade grinder. The Cuisinart grinds are too large and irregular: Medium setting produces grinds the size of cracked peppercorns, second-to-Finest setting produces grinds suitable for a Melitta drip but still too coarse for espresso machines. The bottom line, however, is that even with the finest available grind, the resulting coffee is very weak-tasting unless I double the amount of grinds otherwise called for (which is unacceptably costly). Is it the Cuisinart model, my method of preparation,or something else?

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