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Cute and effective - Argh! See updates.
on December 15, 2012
I love this grinder. I bought it in red and it's a really pretty, vibrant, true red. I like the looks of it so much that I tend to 'forget' to put it back in the cabinet after use.
As for function, there's a lot to like there as well. I bought it for grinding spices and flax seed. I've used it almost daily for one or the other (mainly flax). Some reviewers complained that the stainless steel didn't go all the way to the top but there would be no point - the lid fits inside and rests on top of the stainless edge.
I personally wouldn't recommend this for grinding coffee. I use the Krups burr grinder for coffee beans (close to 10 years now) and it works great. However, this little blade grinder is perfect for quickly pulsing spices and seeds.
I think the cord is the perfect length, on par with that of my slow cooker, blender, and similar appliances. Any longer and it would just be a hassle wrapping it up for storing in the cupboard.
Update Feb 2013: I've also started using this to make powdered sugar out of xylitol. Wow. It does a wonderful job, resulting in a very fine powder. Be careful removing the lid afterwards and try to tap down some of the powder first or some will waft out and make a mess on the counter. I'm sure it would powder regular sugar equally as well. I don't use powdered sugar very often so it's nice to be able to make a small batch for the occasional pancake or crepe. Another use I've found is grinding oats into oat flour or rice into rice flour for those occasions when I need just a couple of T of a flour for one thing or another. Very handy.
Update March 2013: After grinding some cloves, the plastic lid became quite cloudy and embedded with the clove and its oil. It seems impossible to remove (even tried Barkeepers Friend on it, which usually gets out anything). The clouding inhibits viewing so it makes it difficult to tell when you've ground something well enough. Worse, the lid now smells strongly of cloves (despite the aforementioned cleaning attempts and soaking in white vinegar).
I still really like this grinder, but think it is only suited for dry (non-oily) spices and seeds only. Anything oily, such as cloves and (I assume) coffee beans are going to embed into the lid permanently - hampering viewing of contents and lending an odor to anything you subsequently grind.