I have used the grinder about five times now, and I have discovered a new problem every time I've used it. The first time, I tried a small amount of beans, and the grind consistency was horrible - some very fine pieces mixed with large chunks. No matter how many times I continued to grind, it didn't improve. So the second time, I tried filling the cup to the "max" line. When I ground the coffee this time, it spilled over the edges of the cup and ended up all over the place. So now I only fill it about halfway, and that seems to work ok, although the grind consistency is still terrible. The third time I used it, I noticed that the contact in the lid is starting to rust. The book says that all removable parts are dishwasher safe in the top rack. Apparently they aren't water-safe, however. The fourth time I used it, I started to notice dishwasher soap inside the clear plastic on the front (where you can't get to it to clean it). Again, problems with the term "dishwasher safe." I guess it's safe as long as you don't mind soap residue on your appliances. The fifth time was the kicker. I ground my coffee, then went to remove the cup, and it was stuck. It unlocked, but the blade seemed to be somehow suctioned onto the base, and no amount of tugging and pulling could get it off. After going online and reading that many other people have had the same problem, I called Cuisinart customer service. They tried to troubleshoot but didn't seem to be aware of this problem. I received this grinder as a gift and didn't use it for about a year, so it is more than 18 months old now on my fifth use, which means it's out of warranty. So Cuisinart didn't care that it's defective and that I've only used it 5 times. They said I could buy a new one. Right, like I'd buy another one. I finally managed to remove the cup by putting ice cubes inside to loosen up whatever was stuck, so I can still use the grinder, but the benefit of being able to remove the cup and store it in the refrigerator is gone.
DO NOT BUY THIS GRINDER. IT IS DEFECTIVE, AND CUISINART DOESN'T CARE!!