Cuisinart Professional Burr Coffee Mill, The best coffee mill I ever owned for Espresso or Cafetiere

Great overall, fair price for good quality. Even for french press the finest setting is the only one i’ll use, which makes me wonder why make a coffee grinder with such hugely coarse highest setting.

Good product solid with very good motor but. Does not grind to a very fine level not great for espresso.

After almost 4 years of usage (bought nov 2014) i’m looking to replace this grinder. It has some good points (4 years of daily usage with not a single failure) but also some bad points, namely the mess. The way this is designed will let fine particles fly out of the machine every time you remove or insert the collecting tub thing. Which means frequent cleanings are necessary. In addition the amount of grind it produces is very volatile as the slider is prone to knocking easily. On top of that some days it just decides to grind barely anything or way too much.

Key specs for Cuisinart Professional Burr Coffee Mill:

  • 5 year guarantee
  • Heavy duty coffee grinder with burr plates for maximum flavour & aroma
  • 18 position grind selector from Espresso to Cafetire
  • Cup quantity selector with auto shut off
  • Holds up to 250g/1/2lb of coffee beans
  • Robust & durable brushed stainless steel housing
  • Dishwasher safe removable parts
  • 4-18 cup capacity

Comments from buyers

“4 years of use, solid unit but messy, A very good coffee mill, A Little Dissapointed”

Quick and easy to use and good range of different grinds.

I have used the cuisenart burr grinder now for 2 weeks , a little dissapointed. The grinder has many settings from course to fine , the fine setting is not as fine as i expected. I have a gaggia espresso machine and find that the grind on the fine setting is not fine enogh,hence the brew is not as strong as it should be. The beans need to be well ground for a good espresso coffee but unfortunately the cuisenart burr grinder does not grind the beans fine enough to achive the results i expected.

We have had this coffee mill for several years and we are very happy with it. It is used at least once a day, often more frequently. We use ours with a bodum coffee press. I have to say though that it seems to be becoming more difficult to buy real coffee beans in supermarkets, as everyone is going for those ‘added value’ rubbishy dosette things (watch for the machines in charity shops in a year or two, like teasmaids and carmen rollers before them) so there is no shelf space allocated to bags of beans. You adjust the grind by twisting the hopper on the top. My only beef with that is that if you move the grinder across the worktop or wipe the dust off it you can inadvertently change the grind setting. You start it by pressing down on the bar above the hopper at the front. This is also a sliding switch which governs what dose of beans gets ground, so as per my comment above, if you dust it the setting can get moved. 6 on the slider gives us 4 heaped scoops of ground coffee which makes a large pot of coffee (5 or so china mugs of black ‘americano’)the ground beans are fed into the clear hopper on the front which slides out and has a lid on the top.

I bought this to replace my krupps grinder which died after 2 years (the start button snapped)krups expert, gvx231, burr coffee grinder the cuisinart is not much bigger, has a larger hopper which takes 250 gm of beans (though you may still only want to put a few in and leave opened package in the fridge). The motor sounds and appears to grind faster than the krupps. I think the variation of grind appears greater at a set grind setting than the krupps but it doesn’t appear to affect the taste of the coffee. On a medium setting the size varies from large clumps of very fine powder to some large grounds as well as a wide range of different ground sizes in the middle.On the minimum 4 cup setting, i get about 2. 5 heaped scoops of ground coffee. There is less spill and less static than the krupps, which means the worktop remains cleaner. The container is larger so easier to get the scoop in and slides nicely in place over a base. This has a 5 year guarentee so it will be interesting to see how long it lasts. The start switch certainly seems better designed.

Large capacity container for the beans and the ground coffee. Has a wide range of settings. Provides for fine to course milling as well as variable quantities. Even the fact that the container sometimes drops a residue of powdered coffee when removing it from the mill is not a problem,it gives one the opportunity of dampening a finger to pick up the residue and taste it.

From the moment this went on to the worktop it has been used every day, often several times a day. It’s easy to use and the coffee produced is so much better for a cafetiere. You can choose the fineness of the grains and, with a slightly coarser setting, we no longer get grit in the dregs. It’s easy to clean the two plastic containers, for the beans and the ground coffee, and by grinding only the amount needed your coffee is absolutely fresh each time. It’s as easy to buy beans as it is ground coffee, maybe less expensive?. I am dead against kitchen clutter and have few appliances but, after initial misgivings – oh, just another piece of junk.

This grinder is brilliant for the money. The grind is perfect for what i use it for (moka pot, drip brew and french press). Don’t think it would suit espresso but not far off. The grind is very consistent and i couldn’t be happier after sending back my 3 day old broken delonghi which was terrible compared to this. This is superior in every way. First impressions i thought ‘oh no’ as the burr grind mechanism was very similar to the delonghi but soon as i used it you could hear the difference in power. This has a more powerful motor and actually ground the beans with ease as opposed to crushing the beans and struggling like the delonghi. This grinder looks the part, but my only negative remark would be on close inspection the cup number select and start button don’t match the quality of the rest of the grinder, that’s it. What more can i say ‘5 year warranty’.If you need a cheap burr grinder this is your best buy by far.

I bought this grinder because i could not afford a propper doser at around £150-£200 i had already splashed out quite alot on a la’pavoni manual coffee maker and could not afford the hefty price a espresso quality grinder was going to set me back, when i got this machine i put it on the finest setting and ground my beans filled the filter on my machine and made a coffee, i was dissapointed because the grind was not fine enough and the coffee quality was poor, i was going to send the machine back and buy espresso grade pre-ground coffee until i could afford a good grinder, then i had a idea, i would pass the coffee through the grinder again, this did the job and i was pleased with the coffee produced by my machine. Its not the best grinder out there but for the price?.

Apparently this is brilliant. I bought it as a present for my sister and she tells me it is just great to be able to have freshly ground coffee when she and her family want it. She keeps saying i should get one. So far she has not worked out that i am waiting for her to repay my gift to her with one of these for myself.

I like the grinder as easy to use. When grinding fine, which i like, it could be finer.

This is a great burr coffee mill’ it does what it says. You can mill it as rough or smooth as you like.

For the price this is a great machine, very, very happy with this product.

I’ve had it shipped to india. It arrived perfectly packed and sealed. It’s small and compact, looks good on my kitchen counter. Importantly it’s grinding my coffee to a coarse consistency perfectly for my french press. Noisy but not unbearable, it’s barely a month old so let’s hope it stays this way.

This is the perfect grinder for my modest needs. Starting from the appearance up to how it works. It grinds fine enough to make espresso in the geyser coffee maker, and more that enough options of coarsness for the cafetière. As mentioned below, the container does give off a bit of a static charge, but it absolutely doesn’t bother me. A small tap before opening it usually does the trick. The only thing that i have to complain about is that the selection for amount of coffee to grind stars at 4 cups. With a bit of tweaking i figured the setting for 1 cup and it leaves a bit extra. In conclusion i’m really glad to have purchased this grinder and can only recommend it further.

I will start my comment do not trust the people commented as it is not suitable for espresso. It is perfectly suitable for espresso and it does grind coffee fine enough for espresso. I am saying this because i bought this machine and i read the negative comments. I thought oh my god another bad machinei tried to cancel my order before the delivery but i couldn’t cancel as i was too late. I then thought i will give it a try by not hoping so much. Aaand walaa it does grind coffee fine enough for espresso. After returning 3 russell hobbs grinder due to not capable to grind the coffee fine enough, i am very happy finally with this grinder. I am a coffee lover and i have been using an espresso machine for about 10 years. Believe me i know what is enough fine and not enough fine coffee.

Great gift for good coffee lovers.

Bought to replace one we’d had for years. Works perfectly every morning – reassuring sound of grinding coffee – mmm – a good start to the day.

The best coffee mill i ever owned for espresso or cafetiere fresh mill great aroma and flavour(you can buy more expensive coffee as you mill just what you need, leave open pack in the fridge keep is from drying out)risada.

This little machine produces good, evenly milled coffee with little dust. It has worked several times a day, every day for the last year and shows no sign of giving upit is far better than using a spinning blade grinder , and well worth the extra cost.

This produces nicely ground coffee with a wide variety of coarseness. I’ve had a much more expensive grinder that didn’t work nearly as well.

Having had cheaper coffee grinders, i can recommend this one over most of it’s more expensive counterparts, as it’s simple function over form design is classy and sits well next to most silver and black esspresso and coffee makers (russel hobbs and the like). It’s rather loud, but that’s to be expected and it’s been running faultlessly for over a year and shows no sign of faultering or wear and the funnel and grind holders are easy to remove and clean.

Comments

  1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
    This is my second grinder of the same manufacturer and make but the second one (the newest) went up in a puff of smoke within a week so i had to buy another make and model. I will of course send the broken one for repair and this feedback is not a negative one but my first one worked great but i was disappointed after only a week of use.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      This is my second grinder of the same manufacturer and make but the second one (the newest) went up in a puff of smoke within a week so i had to buy another make and model. I will of course send the broken one for repair and this feedback is not a negative one but my first one worked great but i was disappointed after only a week of use.
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    I had one of these but took it back as didn’t grind fine enough for espresso. Couple years later, i bought another as no others in the shop and really thought the first was prob faulty (why would it not grind fine enough for espresso??). So i ran a few beans through at diff settings and disappointingly, it wouldn’t go fine enough (like medium sand at finest)a few other points – motor sounds horrific – thin plasticy switches – static in the ground coffee container (coffee sticks all over it)it would probably do ok for french press / courser grind coffees and poss good for the money but surely many buyers would need this for espressos?. I felt guilty explaining my problem to the salesperson but really, fine grind is just the basics if what we need from a grindersorry for harsh review here cuisinart, i have a couple of your products, but this has wasted a lot of my time and fuel, and your customer service team just bounced my questions – twice.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr
      I had one of these but took it back as didn’t grind fine enough for espresso. Couple years later, i bought another as no others in the shop and really thought the first was prob faulty (why would it not grind fine enough for espresso??). So i ran a few beans through at diff settings and disappointingly, it wouldn’t go fine enough (like medium sand at finest)a few other points – motor sounds horrific – thin plasticy switches – static in the ground coffee container (coffee sticks all over it)it would probably do ok for french press / courser grind coffees and poss good for the money but surely many buyers would need this for espressos?. I felt guilty explaining my problem to the salesperson but really, fine grind is just the basics if what we need from a grindersorry for harsh review here cuisinart, i have a couple of your products, but this has wasted a lot of my time and fuel, and your customer service team just bounced my questions – twice.
  3. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    Bought because of previous experience with cuisinart products and their usual quality build. This machine is not up to their usual standards. Espresso setting gives poor results. Machine feels cheap and tacky. Liked look of machine but compared to vonshef which i purchased for £35 does not compare either in quality or performance. My only hope is it breaks down soon so i can get rid of it. Big, big disappointment cuisinart, what are you playing at.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      Bought because of previous experience with cuisinart products and their usual quality build. This machine is not up to their usual standards. Espresso setting gives poor results. Machine feels cheap and tacky. Liked look of machine but compared to vonshef which i purchased for £35 does not compare either in quality or performance. My only hope is it breaks down soon so i can get rid of it. Big, big disappointment cuisinart, what are you playing at.
  4. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    For the price, you can’t really go wrong unless you want to use this for a fine espresso grind. However, if you’ve spent thousands on a decent coffee machine, you’re hopefully not going to skimp on getting yourself a decent grinder, are you?. In my humble opinion, and i’m no coffee expert, i’d say this does the job for everything except espresso. My reason for getting this was to get a slightly better grind compared to the one i was getting with my gaggia brera’s internal grinder. And for this, it has worked perfectly. It’s noisy, messy and static is a bit of a problem as others have commented but, that aside, it works exactly as described and has enough settings to find the level of grind suitable for whatever you’re grinding coffee for (except espresso). However, if you’re willing to invalidate your warranty, there is a simple mod you can make (look on youtube) to it to improve the fine grind setting and this has worked for me to achieve a grind, good enough for espresso. How much additional strain this will put on the grinder, only time will tell. All in all, you get what you pay for and this is a great little, cheap, reliable, entry level grinder.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      For the price, you can’t really go wrong unless you want to use this for a fine espresso grind. However, if you’ve spent thousands on a decent coffee machine, you’re hopefully not going to skimp on getting yourself a decent grinder, are you?. In my humble opinion, and i’m no coffee expert, i’d say this does the job for everything except espresso. My reason for getting this was to get a slightly better grind compared to the one i was getting with my gaggia brera’s internal grinder. And for this, it has worked perfectly. It’s noisy, messy and static is a bit of a problem as others have commented but, that aside, it works exactly as described and has enough settings to find the level of grind suitable for whatever you’re grinding coffee for (except espresso). However, if you’re willing to invalidate your warranty, there is a simple mod you can make (look on youtube) to it to improve the fine grind setting and this has worked for me to achieve a grind, good enough for espresso. How much additional strain this will put on the grinder, only time will tell. All in all, you get what you pay for and this is a great little, cheap, reliable, entry level grinder.
  5. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    As supplied, it’s only really good for pour over, moka pot or pressurised basket machines. But very easily modified for espresso machine with a non pressurised basket.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      As supplied, it’s only really good for pour over, moka pot or pressurised basket machines. But very easily modified for espresso machine with a non pressurised basket.
      1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
        Noisy, does not grind well and unnecessarily large for most domestic situations. When the dispenser broke i couldn’t source parts either. Hence bought a krups burr grinder which is a huge improvement in every way.
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    Noisy, does not grind well and unnecessarily large for most domestic situations. When the dispenser broke i couldn’t source parts either. Hence bought a krups burr grinder which is a huge improvement in every way.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr
      This isn’t great for an espresso fine grind. If you are looking for that i’d buy another brand. I have had this for over two years, its ok but for cafetiere type coffee, not good in my fantastic baby gaggia – now in its 6th year. Now that’s a great budget espresso machine.
      1. Style Name: Professional Burr
        This isn’t great for an espresso fine grind. If you are looking for that i’d buy another brand. I have had this for over two years, its ok but for cafetiere type coffee, not good in my fantastic baby gaggia – now in its 6th year. Now that’s a great budget espresso machine.
  7. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
    It claims the fine grind is “ideal for espresso”. I assume the coarse grind just lets the beans fall through unharmed. If you just want a grinder to make filter coffee then you still shouldn’t buy it, because the controls feel like they have about 6m worth of use in them.
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    It claims the fine grind is “ideal for espresso”. I assume the coarse grind just lets the beans fall through unharmed. If you just want a grinder to make filter coffee then you still shouldn’t buy it, because the controls feel like they have about 6m worth of use in them.
  9. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    Initially our machine did grind fine enough for a decent espresso , but with time the grind has grown coarser, and now suitable only for cafetiere – however – if you do a really coarse grind you can then hand grind it much finer more easily than with whole beans ( and if that’s too fine going in even a hand grinder , it just clogs)so , ok for a few months , with time less so – have had a gaggia with the same problem , used shims on that ( plastic milk “bottle) is just about the right thickness, and easy to cut) – not sure if i can be bothered again. Probably worth buying a different design. ( or maybe manufacturer could make thicker grinding rings??).
  10. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    Initially our machine did grind fine enough for a decent espresso , but with time the grind has grown coarser, and now suitable only for cafetiere – however – if you do a really coarse grind you can then hand grind it much finer more easily than with whole beans ( and if that’s too fine going in even a hand grinder , it just clogs)so , ok for a few months , with time less so – have had a gaggia with the same problem , used shims on that ( plastic milk “bottle) is just about the right thickness, and easy to cut) – not sure if i can be bothered again. Probably worth buying a different design. ( or maybe manufacturer could make thicker grinding rings??).
  11. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    The unit is very sturdy and more to the point grinds coffee very very well. You need to get used to the coarseness scale and set this to your requirement, compact unit that does exactly what it says on the box.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      The unit is very sturdy and more to the point grinds coffee very very well. You need to get used to the coarseness scale and set this to your requirement, compact unit that does exactly what it says on the box.
      1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
        This is a piece of junk, do not buy. I bought this as a gift, and have since found out that it does not grind to an espresso grind, in fact the grind seems to be the same on all settings. And its too late to send back. So please don’t waste your money.
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    This is a piece of junk, do not buy. I bought this as a gift, and have since found out that it does not grind to an espresso grind, in fact the grind seems to be the same on all settings. And its too late to send back. So please don’t waste your money.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      Still going strong almost after two years of regular grinding.
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        Still going strong almost after two years of regular grinding.
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    Worst grinder i ever bought. It grinds from course to very course. I use a dualit percolator and have to have the settings on number one and even this is too course. Unfortunately i bought this straight from harts of stur and as i have used it i cannot return for a refund.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr
      Worst grinder i ever bought. It grinds from course to very course. I use a dualit percolator and have to have the settings on number one and even this is too course. Unfortunately i bought this straight from harts of stur and as i have used it i cannot return for a refund.
      1. Style Name: Professional Burr
        I bought this hoping it was going to have a good grind but unfortunately i was wrong. The finest grind isn’t fine enough for an aeropress which leaves a weak coffee as the grind is still coarse.
  14. Style Name: Professional Burr
    I bought this hoping it was going to have a good grind but unfortunately i was wrong. The finest grind isn’t fine enough for an aeropress which leaves a weak coffee as the grind is still coarse.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      Does a great job at grinding the beans to whatever coarseness you want and is quick too. My only comment, would be that it is a quite noisy. I’m hoping that once it’s been used a little more, that the noise will die down.
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    Does a great job at grinding the beans to whatever coarseness you want and is quick too. My only comment, would be that it is a quite noisy. I’m hoping that once it’s been used a little more, that the noise will die down.
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    This would be a good grinder if you could adjust low enough to a fine grind for expresso. I will try the shimmering modification outlined below.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr
      This would be a good grinder if you could adjust low enough to a fine grind for expresso. I will try the shimmering modification outlined below.
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    We really love this product, really easy to use and grinds our coffee perfectly.
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      We really love this product, really easy to use and grinds our coffee perfectly.
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    I’ve been using this mill most mornings for the past 6 months with a few different beans,and am very very pleased with it. Similar to those reviews earlier i feel that this product produces a fine enough grind perfect for paper filter and for cafétière coffee but is not quite fine enough for a proper espresso. After a bit of trial and error, suitable cafétière grind appears to around medium. The grind is very even, with a minimal amount of residue in the cup when ground. It looks like a very even grind, and is very easy to use. Simply set the cup selector (8 to make 4 mugs of coffee, 4 to make 2 mugs), press the button, and it grinds. It’s certainly not quiet, but it’s grinding coffee so what do you expect?. It’s no louder than ‘professional’ grinders but it is a small price to pay for grinding coffee fresh each day and having the kitchen full of the smell coffee. The problems with static on the collecting has not been a problem for me and i have never received a shock.
  19. Style Name: Professional Burr

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    I’ve been using this mill most mornings for the past 6 months with a few different beans,and am very very pleased with it. Similar to those reviews earlier i feel that this product produces a fine enough grind perfect for paper filter and for cafétière coffee but is not quite fine enough for a proper espresso. After a bit of trial and error, suitable cafétière grind appears to around medium. The grind is very even, with a minimal amount of residue in the cup when ground. It looks like a very even grind, and is very easy to use. Simply set the cup selector (8 to make 4 mugs of coffee, 4 to make 2 mugs), press the button, and it grinds. It’s certainly not quiet, but it’s grinding coffee so what do you expect?. It’s no louder than ‘professional’ grinders but it is a small price to pay for grinding coffee fresh each day and having the kitchen full of the smell coffee. The problems with static on the collecting has not been a problem for me and i have never received a shock.
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    As several other reviewers have found, the grind produced by this machine is far too course for making espresso. Even at it’s finest setting, the grind is only just good enough for cafetiere coffee. If this is what you want it for, there are better, cheaper grinders available.
  21. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase

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    As several other reviewers have found, the grind produced by this machine is far too course for making espresso. Even at it’s finest setting, the grind is only just good enough for cafetiere coffee. If this is what you want it for, there are better, cheaper grinders available.
    1. Style Name: Professional Burr Verified Purchase
      Just what it says, came on time stated, only problem no invoice with product.
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    Just what it says, came on time stated, only problem no invoice with product.

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