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on October 15, 2005
The Krups Coffee/Spice Mill is a good value for the money. I use it primarily for grinding toasted seeds for Indian dishes (cardomman pods, cloves, cumin seed, peppercorns, coriander seed, mustard seed, chiles etc.). I read the reviews on how the plastic lid will 'cloud' from certain spices (e.g., cloves) and that doesn't matter to me. This grinder isn't a piece of artwork - it's a cooking tool. Where I used to spend 20 minutes with a hand-operated mill, the Krups does the same thing in about 5 seconds. It cleans up easily - it's all self-contained and there aren't any burrs to clean out - it's totally blade-operated. In a perfect world, it would grind more precisely (fine to coarse) - but that would require burrs and the cleaning associated with them. So for me and my needs, it's a good value for the money. The time I saved with the first usage more than pays for the machine.
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on September 13, 2005
I have had mine since 1997 (or maybe 1996?), when it cost a hefty $50 or so. I used it almost every day for a long time, for coffee. I got lazy a couple years ago & started using already ground coffee, so it was relegated to a high cupboard.

It has resumed a prominent place in my kitchen, as I have discovered the joy of cooking fresh, organic food for my growing family. I now use it for nuts, seeds and grains! I was using other grinders, then got a clue, pulled this out and VOILA! I am SOO impressed with it's simple design, speed, durability, versatility AND it's not as noisy as other grinders/blenders (I do my best work late at night, after the bumpkin is asleep).

In my very practical, no-frills little kitchen, this is a handsome, functional product that I have enjoyed for many years, and it has proved itself to be a great purchase.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon January 7, 2008
I've been grinding my own coffee beans since the early eighties and since then I've owned a few different grinders, including the Krups Fast Touch and a similarly priced model made by Braun. I also own a burr grinder, which is good when I want to grind enough beans to last a few days or a week. The Krups GX4100 is by far my favorite. It's quiet, the lid locks on during grinding, it grinds fast, it feels powerful, I like the high tech look, and ground coffee seems to stick to the inside of the lid and the grinder far less than with cheaper grinders. It is necessary for me to carefully brush the ground coffee from the lid and grinder into a coffee filter, but for me this is part of the ritual of preparing a nice cup of coffee from freshly ground beans. I'm glad I purchased this grinder.

Update 2/20/10: I've used this grinder daily (except when traveling) since getting it a little over 2 years ago, and it continues to run perfectly. I typically use it twice a day. By now I know exactly how many seconds to grind beans for drip, espresso, and French press coffee, and the results are perfect every time. So glad I have this powerful, "industrial strength" grinder.

Update 411/15: I bought this in 2007 and the motor continues to run like new, but because the blade has gotten dull over the years it takes longer to grind beans, though this is only a matter of seconds depending on the kind of grind I want. I researched replacing the blade and apparently there's no way to do that without sending the unit out, and after paying for shipping, labor, and a replacement blade, it would probably cost more than a new grinder of the same model. I could not find any place to buy a replacement blade online, and I'm not sure I could get this grinder apart and back together without damaging it (it seems designed in such a way that a special tool may be required to get it apart). I've read that grinding some rice can sharpen the blades and I've tried that, but with no noticeable difference. I continue to use it, and I'm considering buying a new one (same model). For the last six months or so I've also used a Hario hand grinder as well as an old Mister Coffee burr grinder, and those are great, but I keep coming back to this. The hand grinder takes a long time and I honestly do not taste any difference whatsoever in my coffee when I use it. The burr grinder is convenient (I don't taste any difference with that either), but unless I only grind enough for a cup at a time, some ground coffee sits in the container and I prefer to just grind enough beans at a time for the coffee I'm about to make. (I don't have a good empirical reason for having that preference; it's just how I like to do my coffee ritual.) And this type of grinder is perfect for that.

Based on my experience with this model grinder from 2007 to the present (2015), I still give it my highest recommendation (and as I said, I'm considering buying a new one, mainly so I can have one with a new blade).

Some "coffee snobs" (a term I use humorously rather than pejoratively) insist that this type of grinder "burns" the beans as it grinds them, unless you gently pulse the grinder as you use it. That may be true but I don't taste it and I don't bother to pulse the grinder.
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on September 5, 2005
I purchased this grinder specifically for pepper grinding which requires fairly fine powder. This grinder works great for this and was exactly what I had wanted. I am sure coffee is good as well, but if looking for an electric spice grinder, this one is one of the best expecially for the money.
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on July 13, 2006
This product has done everything it claimed to do in excellent fashion. I have used it primarily to grind spices and it has performed above my expectations. It would be a good buy at twice the price
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VINE VOICEon June 19, 2006
Ordered this a month ago from Amazon and have been very pleased with it! I use it to grind flax seeds. It is so easy to use! Just push the button and within seconds every one of these small fine seeds are done. It is so easy to clean also--just wipe the cutting arms and bowl with a damp paper towel and rinse the clear lid. I also like the way the cord wraps completely around the bottom so this looks nice on my countertop. Very well designed and easy tho use. Highest recommendation.
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on June 28, 2000
I love this grinder because it is an economical tool that provides excellent performance. The coffee is always evenly ground with no leftover beans going to waste. The blades are simple to keep clean with a grinder brush. A second one of these is a must for a pepper mill
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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.
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on November 19, 2012
I was so disappointed with this unit I had to show others. It's hard to believe it had all these problems - but it did.
I only used it a few time for some light grinding. It was on my kitchen counter across the room from the sink and dishwasher.
Can't understand how it rusted within a few months in sunny Southern California - in summer!
The motor seized up sometime between uses - not during grinding.
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on July 8, 2006
I have purchased a total of 6 of these. I've kept 2, one is at the summer cottage and one is for home. I gave the others as gifts and have always received gracious thank you's. Everyone, with out exception, loves the efficient way it works and most of all how QUIET it is. AND IT IS. This model is top drawer when it comes to grinding without waking everyone while making early morning coffee. If you are looking for a grinder that Works and does so Quietly.......get this, get this, get this!!
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