Originally Posted by kitchengoddess8
Yes, I asked Cuisinart and they said it has both chop and grind functions. Chopping is "low" and grinding is "high." I just looked at the manual and you can grind coffee beans and spices with it if you insert the blade a certain way. You can't do this with the KitchenAid 3.5 cup chopper.
I just looked at the manual. It's suggested that you chop on low speed and grind on high speed -- but high/low speed doesn't = chop/grind
Chopping is done with the sharp side of the blade and grinding with the flat side of the blade.
The model you are looking to buy turns the blade in one direction only. Thus, it requires you to remove the blade and mount accordingly for either chopping or grinding.
The model Andy and I have reverses the blade direction with a push of a button so that in one direction the sharp side of the blade is leading ("chop") and in the reverse the flat side of the blade is leading (grind).
Plus being able to reverse the blade helps for more even chopping/grinding/mixing.
Just make sure you are ok with having to pull out the blade and fiddle with it.
I have had one with the low/high speed versus the chop and grind and MUCH prefer the chop/grind reversing action.