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Substantial, made to last construction.
on May 30, 2009
I chucked my old burr grinder in favor of something more substantial, and the KitchenAid steps up to the plate.
A couple of cons:
1) It is big. It comes close to the size of my coffee maker in terms of space. Fortunately, I have a big kitchen.
2) No automatic off. Simple Off/On toggle on the side.
1) Again, substantial glass and metal presentation. You get what you pay for. Did it ever occur to you all the old metal and glass mixers and appliances in grandma's kitchen that have been beaten within an inch of their life, but still work after all these years? Invest in something that's made to last, period. I wanted an anti-static glass coffee receptacle (I can't stand when the ground coffee flies all over the counter from a plastic container), and a metal appliance. Great presence on the countertop. Beam me up scotty.
2) Well constructed. Really not much to assemble, and the unit fits together well, unlike its plastic cousins. I like the way that the ground coffee falls 180 degrees downward from the grinder. Previous burr grinders that I've owned tend to have the hopper on top, grinder in the middle, and then will spit the ground coffee out at a 90 degree angle from the grinder. This creates pockets where ground coffee tends to gum up the mechanism (especially if you're using an oily bean). This design, although big in size, uses gravity to move the ground coffee through.
3) Quieter than a number of other burr grinders that I've owned. (a bonus for quelling caffeine-withdrawal headache issues in the AM)
4) Pretty uniform ground size. I'm not making espresso with this grinder, so I can't report how finely it grinds, but as a new owner, I'm in the process of titrating the perfect grind size for my metal cone filter. The manufacturer's book comes with setting suggestions. I'm not a complete coffee freak, but I do tend to use only "top shelf" coffees that I order direct from plantations. Coffee represents my daily luxury, and this grinder preserves the flavor of the bean.
5) Good resale value. I know this is an odd thing to look at as a pro, because, why re-sell it? But, not everything fits hand and glove. I was searching for a used one on e-bay and saw that the same model used was selling for about 60 cents on the dollar. Beats that "pre-owned" car you were looking at.
I looked around for coffee grinders and for the quality of materials and workmanship, this really is the best long-term deal on the market. I just couldn't see paying several hundred dollars more for an italian grinder when this machine is much better than adequate. I've had good luck with this manufacturer in the past.