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    Just having a look in the local kitchen shop I can get a good deal on a Cusinart Coffee Auto Burr grinder, Just wondering if anybody has an experience with this grinder, or am i better off going a bit pricier for the sunbeam cafe series, my little krups grinder has finally given up the ghost

    http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_bar/cbm-18.html is the link for it.

  • #2
    Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

    I know someone who uses it and is happy with it but he is not a CS at all. If you are using it for espresso then I would spend the extra dollars and go with the sunbeam as it will dose directly into the grouphandle = less mess and less wastage. I would also think that the grind quality would be better but that is not based anything but a gut feel.

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    • #3
      Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

      Hi there,

      not mentioned but I am assuming you want a grinder that will handle espresso? If so minimum Sunbeam 480. Cuisenart for Plunger or stovetop might be OK.

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      • #4
        Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

        Sorry yes for espresso, i was going to get a sunbeam until i saw this cuisinart but couldnt find any info on it hence the question

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        • #5
          Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

          Originally posted by 4D48495C581E1E2C0 link=1268964476/3#3 date=1268980834
          couldnt find any info on it
          Theres usually a reason for that.

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          • #6
            Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

            Ok then instead of the Sunbeam 480 at around 170, if i paid an extra 100 and got an isomac professionale am i better off, as i cant find much info or reviews for that either, it looks like it might be better as it seems easier to get replacement burrs & parts for it.

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            • #7
              Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

              Originally posted by 5A5F5E4B4F09093B0 link=1268964476/5#5 date=1269056857
              Ok then instead of the Sunbeam 480 at around 170, if i paid an extra 100 and got an isomac professionale am i better off, as i cant find much info or reviews for that either, it looks like it might be better as it seems easier to get replacement burrs & parts for it.
              Hmm....I think that unless you went as far as a Rocky, not really- altough it would look better :-/

              As far as I know, many of these cheapies use the tre spade burr set, so its pretty much 6 of one or half a doz of the other.....

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              • #8
                Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

                As someone who has just done a deal on a second hand 480, I did that only to use on Plunger or brewed coffees, I wouldnt and wont be using it on Espresso. Much as we are a bunch of snobs the higher $$ spend on a better grinder is almost always better in the flavour and consistancy department.

                Like with what Chris said above the grind performance for espresso at the Isomac, Ibiteral, Ascaso is only a small improvement at best over the 480 (shinier cases : ) as the internals are very similar. The Rocky is a reasonable step up but at nearly twice the price of the 480. From there everything better will be upward of $500 even second hand for good higher end domestics.

                Your only other options on price are then off to the bay of evil and take a punt on larger second hand grinders with unknown historys. I did buy two that way and have been really happy with them but I did talk to the guy I was buying off (coffee roaster) and they did come with a new set of burrs each (not that I have fitted them yet). Just remember Caveat Emptor at the evil place if you go down that path

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                • #9
                  Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

                  Thanks, Yeh i did do the evil bay thing and picked up a nice La cimbali commercial grinder which worked a absolute treat, but i had to give it up as it was too big the bench space, or so the wife thought anyway hence the look for a smaller one, i think i could just get away with a machine the size of the rocky but no bigger Its a shame i cant seem to find anywhere in perth that has a decent selection of good domestic grinders to see in action, unless somebody can reccomend somewhere in perth?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Cuisinart Coffee Grinder

                    Yep WAF is important with bench usage. My DRM/Cimbalis are huge but work really well.

                    You could try five senses their website shows them as having the Mazzer range. Either that or I am sure one of the Sponsors here would happily post you a Rocky. The other one that might work for you might be the Compak K3 but its a fair bit taller than the Rocky.

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