Finest setting DOES NOT create an espresso grind! Cannot put coffee grind container back into machine without having to press spring loaded button that should go down automatically.
Long ago, Cuisinart had a reputation for making quality products with high integrity; today, unfortunately, that is not the case.
This machine was purchased strictly for grinding beans for espresso.
I have been a lover of espresso coffee now for over 50 years and know what is the correct coarseness beans need to be ground to create a true espresso...well, this machine on it's finest setting does not even come close to grinding the beans correctly, making it a total waste for us.
Also, there is a small, spring loaded, button on the base that locks the grind container in automatically when pushed back into the machine...Ours does not work unless we press this button manually...not a real big deal, but definitely a sign of poor quality control on the part of Cuisinart.
I highly recommend staying away from this product and personally have lost all faith in Cuisinart products...This will be the last one we ever purchase.