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This review is from: Cuisinart CBM-18C Cuisinart Programmable Conical Burr Mill
Pros: This is a conical burr grinder, which is generally accepted to be the best way of grinding coffee without damaging the flavour of the beans.
You can easily adjust the coarseness of the grounds depending on how you are making your coffee. You can make a very fine grind for espresso, or a medium grind for drip coffee, or a coarse grind for a french press. There are actually 18 different settings which are selectable by simply twisting the hopper at the top. It also comes off for easy cleaning with the included brush.
Cons: It is a little messy. Grinds often stick to the sides of the container and come flying out when opened because of static electricity generated by the grinder, but this can be avoided with careful handling.
Other Thoughts: If you're serious about coffee, you should have one of these.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Cuisinart EM-100IHR Espresso Maker Silver
Pros: Easy to use. The ability to grind my own espresso beans means this machine will pay for itself in short order, since I will no longer have to purchase overpriced single-serve pods. It's fairly compact and doesn't take up too much space on the counter. Looks nice with the stainless steel finish and matches my other Cuisinart appliances.
Cons: It is a little loud, but no louder than any other espresso machine I've used. I was a little worried since the unit is refurbished, but I have had no problems with it. It only comes with a 90-day warranty.
Other Thoughts: If you like the idea of making your own espresso at home but balk at the obscene prices of automatic espresso makers, a manual machine like this one is a good compromise. It takes a bit more work and is more messy, but it requires less maintenance and you can make everything from a simple espresso to cappuccinos and lattes. There are some good recipes in the product manual too.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap drive for bulk storage.
Cons: Slow spin-up time makes the system hang for a moment when the drive needs to be accessed. Then the drive failed altogether and since this was refurbished, you get hardly any warranty. I wish I had just bought a new drive and got the full warranty.
Other Thoughts: It's not worth the paltry savings to get a refurbished drive.READ FULL REVIEW