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Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central

You know you're dealing with some seriously flimsy manufacturing when you have the exact same part on the exact same item break repeatedly, the first time you use it. And so it goes with the Cuisinart DCG-12BC Grind Central coffee grinder. Cuisinart is supposed to have a better reputation than this, but I was astounded that the first one I got home from Bed Bath & Beyond had its trigger mechanism pop out the first time I used it; I returned it to the store and exchanged it for another one.

This one also had a broken trigger; although it was a little easier to work around because if you pressed it in the right place it would actually grind the coffee and not fly across the room. Which brings us to our next problem. It sucks for grinding coffee. Uneven grind unless you're holding the button down for like 30 seconds at a time to make espresso sludge.

If you're any kind of precision coffee maker this is not the product for you. There are a couple of positives, although they are in no way shape or form outweighed by the negatives. First of all, the thing looks great. I’ve got a stainless steel and black style motif in my kitchen, which is a big part of the reason I selected this particular grinder in the first place. Also, it comes with a cup so that you can grind more than you need and keep the rest of the freshly ground coffee from going stale before you use it.

Still, on the whole, this coffee grinder sucks and I can’t recommend it to anyone, except for people who don’t like coffee.

- Stylish design
- Capacity to store extra coffee;

- Flimsy construction
- Inconsistent grind

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Nov 12, 2009
It does a good job of producing a fairly equal sized grinds on the beans
by: Anonymous

- Great quality for the price
- Easy to clean

- Weight takes some getting used to when grinding
- Loud when used I don’t consider myself to be a total coffee snob, but I also can’t just drink anything dark brown and accept it as coffee

I like to buy my own blend of beans and grind them when I’m ready to make a fresh pot of coffee. Living in a house with a small kitchen, space is always an issue. I know that there are bigger, better grinders out there but you have to have a place for them.

Thus I chose to go with one of the smaller blade type models that could be tucked away in a cabinet when not in use. The first model I tried was a generic mega-mart model that made lots of noise and turned my fine coffee beans into a mix of powder and still whole beans. Determined to find a small but workable model I went to one of the local kitchen specialty stores and told them what my needs and limitations were.

The compact Cuisinart model was their recommendation. They even offered to let me test it out before I bought it. The DCG-12BC is well built; the weight that I complain of is no doubt the stronger, more powerful motor than the cheaper models. It’s a trade=off I can live with. It does a good job of producing a fairly equal sized grinds on the beans so that you don’t wind up with sediment in the bottom of your coffee cup, and it is very easy to clean-up.

The final feature worth mentioning is that you can grind two pots worth of grounds at one time, so if you know you’re going to be in rush the next day you can just add a few more beans in and go to it.

Oct 14, 2009
One of the Worst Grinders???
by: Anonymous

I recently purchased a Cuisinart Grind Central from a local mega mart. Primarily used for the grinding of coffee beans it works fine. It has an acrylic top which aids in controlling your grind, and it has a cord storage area built into it.

Aside from that though this is one of the worst grinders I have personally ever used. It's removable grinding receptacle which you would at first think is a plus can not be removed after being used for only a short period of time due to the expanding, tight fitting parts under the duress of heat build up.

It is also no good at powdering spices as many people tend to use coffee grinders for. Cuisinart is a good brand name but unless you are looking for a classy looking uni-tasker take heed and skip over this one.

Oct 13, 2009
This Coffee Grinder is Great
by: Anonymous

I have been using Cuisinart appliances in my home for years and thought it was time for a new coffee grinder since the one I had didn't go with the look of my newly renovated kitchen. The stainless steel look and compact size makes for a perfect look in my kitchen.

This coffee grinder is great due to the fact that the any extra coffee I grind up I can keep in the container for later use. Stays fresh with the air tight lid on all day. Its very simple to use and clean up is as easy as well.

The downfalls of this little machine is the fact that sometimes it takes a bit of time to grind the beans to my liking, sometimes up to a minute+ to get it where its good enough. Sometimes the beans on top have to be pushed down with a spoon or fork to get a consistent grind. Sometimes no matter how long I grind the beans for I still get different size grounds, in the morning that's the last thing I want to worry about.

I give it a 3 out 5, Does the job but not too much for my liking.

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