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Good for coffee, not so good for some spices
on January 8, 2012
We found this at a thrift store for about $10. Other than what I consider a design flaw, it is very well made, far better than our other mill we use for coffee. It's quiet as far as grinders go. The cord wrap is very handy.
My issue (and part of the reason why it is probably so quiet) is a design "flaw". Most grinders I have used have two or more "stops" in the plastic cap. These look like sharp "speed bumps" on the sides of the cap. When the contents are swirling about, they hit these stops, which help to further break them up AND also to send them back down to the grinding blades. This Krups 4100 lacks those stops. For softer items, such as coffee beans, this is no problem. With small amounts of harder spices, such as cumin, fennel seeds or fenugreek,they don't ever really grind up completely. They tend to spin around and around in the chamber. My other grinder does have these stops the times I used it (prior to acquiring this one), it works just fine. If I am doing hard spices now, I just use a pestle and mortar, which does a much better job than the Krups 4100.