Preview
Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder reviewed by Skillet Director
Cuisinart DCG-20BKN Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder, Black reviewed by Skillet Director
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill reviewed by Skillet Director
Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder, Stainless/Black reviewed by Skillet Director
Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder reviewed by Skillet Director
Title
Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder
Cuisinart DCG-20BKN Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder
Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder
Brand
Cuisinart
Cuisinart
Cuisinart
Cuisinart
Cuisinart
Prime Benefits
-
Price
$23.00
$19.20
$81.68
$39.95
$26.00
Preview
Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder reviewed by Skillet Director
Title
Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central Coffee Grinder
Brand
Cuisinart
Prime Benefits
Price
$23.00
Checkout
Preview
Cuisinart DCG-20BKN Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder, Black reviewed by Skillet Director
Title
Cuisinart DCG-20BKN Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder
Brand
Cuisinart
Prime Benefits
Price
$19.20
Checkout
Preview
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill reviewed by Skillet Director
Title
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Brand
Cuisinart
Prime Benefits
-
Price
$81.68
Checkout
Preview
Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder, Stainless/Black reviewed by Skillet Director
Title
Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder
Brand
Cuisinart
Prime Benefits
Price
$39.95
Checkout
Preview
Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder reviewed by Skillet Director
Title
Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder
Brand
Cuisinart
Prime Benefits
Price
$26.00
Checkout

The Flawed Cuisinart Burr Grinder (DBM-8)

all right I had a wee bit of a problem
with the coffee grinder this morning I
thought it’d be a perfect time to take
it apart and see what’s going on with it
I actually kind of do know already what
the problem was this is a Cuisinart DB
m8 I think it’s uh Hubbard grinder which
means you know takes the beans in and
then crushes them between a set of teeth
there’s a set of teeth on the inside set
a teeth on this side this is stationary
and the one inside spins and then you
know centripetal force flings those
beans into the into the blades now these
aren’t actually blades although you
probably would like to see them be
plates so you can see that they are
slightly shaped but there’s no real
cutting edge to them it’s I I would
suspect that this is just masticating
the beans you know masticating them and
spitting them out the beans will come in
and get pressed into here and then start
get ground by these metal chunks and
then get finer and finer as they get to
the edge and so depending on the gap
between this and the other blade that’s
how fine your your coffee grounds will
be uh I’m not super pleased with this
thing but you know it was cheap in
comparison to like a serious Berg rind
or so you know you get what you pay for
so the problem with I had this morning
was I went to start it and it just made
a little bit of a mur whiny noise and
just completely stopped and when I taken
the container out and Hetal peak down
the hole down the gullet here this thing
was all jammed up with real a really
really fine coffee
you know grind I don’t grind on super
fine because I’m pouring through on a
cone so that should give you an
indication that this burr grinders is
not all that it’s made out to be the
consistency of the grind I don’t find is
that good and maybe I can demonstrate
that after I’ve got this back together
so I just picked out most of the coffee
from there and I think I just want to
take it apart and have a little clean
out in the in the motor area and make
sure that that doesn’t happen again for
a little while so if you have some
screws here I can probably well let’s
start at the bottom manufacturers like
to hide their screws underneath the legs
so if you’re looking word where’d it
take something apart that’s a good place
to start you can see they’re in there so
it’s pretty clean inside yeah so I’m
guessing this is fairly well sealed from
whatever grinding is going on and so I
did have and this is actually my second
DB m8 not because I love it but because
I took the first one back because I
didn’t think it was doing the right job
and all right then we have one last
screw just up in the top of the housing
here
I wanted to come out very easily so my
my feeling was that it wasn’t actually
producing very consistent grind and a
burr grinder should because that’s the
whole freaking point of those things and
so I got a replacement one maybe six
months after I had gotten the first one
and yeah you know I take it home exactly
the same thing happened so it’s like
just a function of this grinder will
take apart yours we’ll try and get these
this housing off put that ring same size
screw actually no we’ve got a little bit
of Loctite on the bottom there something
all right
they actually reinforced that is a bit
of oh maybe not oh you know I think it’s
it’s bits of plastic I was gonna say
coffee but don’t think so
so is it biting into the very end of the
plastic and that’s what’s holding it in
jeez oh no I would make it a one-time
shot pretty much all right spring-loaded
as well okay let’s bring us brewing it
careful with this okay so we got well
there’s two there’s three Springs and
then the question is what is this thing
doing does appear to be a switch in
there oh I bet naughty so what happens
is if this is not engaged I assume it
will not work
but this slides in here and engages that
switch piece of but not much of a
piece of be nice to get sick no
it’s it would be nice to get a little
bit more purchase than this thing here
and I just found another damn pin frak
did you come from this is gonna kill me
man Fred can tell me what the hell
alright that was a right pain in the ass
to get back together I would highly
suggest not doing that and in the
process I managed to tear all the ground
lead off of that switch however I did
get it back together and now I know how
she works
so I’ll just explain that as best as I
can
these detectable buttons I think just
provide upward pressure on the this cone
to keep the gap correct
that’s my guess I don’t know tirely
about that there’s also a little clicky
switch here and that engages with these
little detents on the bottom to give you
the click click click click as you turn
it the switch tells the computer or
whatever is controlling this that this
is engaged so once this is engaged down
well oh yeah see there’s a ridge here
there’s a ridge along here so once that
is engaged along this grooc
this which is deactivated and that tells
it that this is on there and we’re good
to go
alright this as we got here it’s simply
a slide switch oh it’s actually got a
lot of variation here but when you have
it on the thing it’s tough but clicky
clicks oh yeah interesting and a start
button so nothing complicated on that
part so what I have to do here is I I’m
gonna put it back together half-assed
and maybe rethought of that lead on
before I go any further so leave it that
for now
alright Dam is repaired nobody’s the
wiser a little bit of a saw patch job on
that wire there got the control board
back on I think seems you working okay
so let’s get into the meter for a little
bit more here this is what we came for
in the first place I clean out that
second plate and whatever is causing
this thing to gum up just all the
organics no doubt retaining ring oh and
there’s still there’s still oh yeah okay
alright so this is all actually just
jammed up with a really really fine
coffee that’s the problem
that’s why this thing sucks is because
it does produce this super fine material
normally it gets stuck on the inside
here on the inside of this tray as it
gets blasted out that hole it just gets
stuck there and then it ends up in your
girl you like in your coffee grinds
so and it is brutally fine so from a
coffee standpoint I think this stuff
clogs your filter and then the routine
you know the retention time of the
coffee in the in the filter is really
high and that ends up you know making a
bitter cup of coffee which is what I’ve
been experiencing lately so no doubt
something either something is wrong and
it is simply creating too much fine
grind or I don’t know anyway let’s click
that out
if you don’t have a nice smooth surface
for this coffee to fly off of what’s
gonna happen is just gonna continually
clog up so damn a
we have to get in there with a rag and
maybe some isopropyl alcohol or
something to just clean that out a bit
okay that’s better but it’s not clean we
would pretty much have to pull the whole
thing out and I’m actually not entirely
sure how this is engaged on the motor
shaft it may simply be it’s probably
just threaded on yeah it’s just totally
jammed up with coffee that’s a real
frickin shame you know that is a real
shame it’s such a shitty design flaw and
most likely it comes down to these
blades just being masticating so you
can’t really get a completely consistent
grind out of this thing and over time
all that material just accumulates until
at some point that’s it it’s so jammed
up it won’t move anymore
and I don’t know it if they used a
different material in here without
making a difference some sort of
different plastic maybe perhaps a little
stainless steel insert might have been
better there or alternatively of course
have it user serviceable something that
you can just take apart and clean every
once in a while yeah but you know it’s
what 60 bucks
so the is gonna do that 60 bucks
you don’t really give a at that
point in fact they’re probably hoping
you liked it the first time around so
you’ll come around four seconds a
okay I think I’m about as as sparkly as
I’m gonna get in there not great not
great at all move on okay so it’s just
now a matter of putting this back
together I was gonna take the motor out
but I’m kind of pissed off about it now
so I’m just gonna leave that no point
doing that right now I don’t think
wasted enough time on this thing it’ll
go again so if something happens to your
Cuisinart
dbm a8 grinder and it just stops working
one day this is where you want to end up
is in here poking it out from this side
might get it going for a little bit but
not for long because there’s so much
material jammed up on the inside it’s
just it’s gonna continually happen so
you really have to get in there and
clean it out so yeah thanks Cuisinart
that was fun
I’ll put this back together and we’ll
see if she goes parts missing or lost
zero extra parts zero so I’m pretty good
shape here I think let’s just do a
little test
there’s nothing okay that was actually
on the finest grind you can do oops I
didn’t really want to do that okay let’s
go you know something you might normally
use in a drip
now first of all okay so when when you
first take it off take it out you’ll
notice there’s always gonna be material
collecting where it shoots out of that
hole and what I find is that stuff is
super fine now I’m gonna try and here
let’s see here see if we can’t get a
better picture of this I’m just gonna
scoop that off put that there and then
I’m gonna take stuff from the bottom and
put that there all right I hope the
light is good enough here to see this
because this is exactly what I’m talking
about so this is normal like it’s quite
nice it’s a nice everything is got a
nice even grain size it’s quite good but
that that fires out of that hole
and smacks against the side is deadly
fine like it’s super fine so if you are
I’m almost certain that this clogs up
your filter you know it ends up at the
bottom and it clogs up your filter and
slows down the rate of transfer you know
through the filter that’s why this
thing’s piece of actually but I
guess the thing is if you even want to
try and avoid that try and scrape that
off the side before you dump it into
your filter it’s a huge difference I
think they know they have a problem but
I don’t think they give a if you
don’t like this do not buy this machine
that’s for sure so anyway I hope you
found that helpful thanks for watching
and I’ll talk to you in later

A product price updated on 2020-04-04 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate a Skillet Director team earns from qualifying purchases.

Author: Emily Howard

I have about 300 different recipes in my collection, and I try to look for new tastes every week. I love to learn dishes from around the world and pamper my big family with a signature Italian cheese pie and my favorite Ukrainian borsch.