Originally Posted by Gretchen
Costco has Cuisinart burr grinders for $29.95. They are very cute.
My very first burr grinder was this very model, I'm always looking for the best deal so I was hoping I could avoid all of the expensive burr grinders I saw. Unfortunately, the one from Costco produced a very inconsistent grind in my experience. I can get that from my $10 whirly blade grinder. :)
I took apart the Costco one (I'm not 100% certain it was a Cuisinart or if they were selling a different one at the time) and found that the burrs looked very cheap and put together with low tolerances. You can see some pictures of what good burrs look like here
. IIRC the Costco one had the style that has the two square protrusions like the top one pictured.
I don't mean to diminish anyones choice to get a cheap burr grinder, rather I'm just trying to point out the significant value of something a (big) step up like this KA. I really enjoy my morning drip coffee with even just a blade grinder, so at the KA price tag I can certainly understand anyone passing that is already enjoying their brew! :)
FWIW, I roast my own coffee
from green beans
so I would probably label myself a coffee snob ;)