KRUPS GVX1-14 Coffee Grinder with Grid Size and Cup Selection and Stainless Steel Conical Burr, Black
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- Anti-static bean container with lid holds up to 8 oz of ground coffee, avoids overheating and preserves aroma
- Quantity selector for 2 to 12 cups, fineness selector of 17 different settings
- Auto shut off safety feature
- Constructed of durable black plastic
- Measures 10 by 4-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches; 2-year worldwide limited warranty
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Krups GVX1-14 Burr Grinder, Black. Grinding beans just before brewing ensures the best flavor. The best method of grinding is with a Krups burr grinder which produces a highly controllable texture without overheating the beans, 17 position fineness select
This smartly designed, finely tunable burr coffee grinder from Krups is built on the premise that good coffee starts with the freshest, most appropriate grind. Equipped with an expert-quality burr milling system, the machine turns out very consistent grounds with minimal heat for the best-tasting coffee. Its coarseness dial offers 17 distinct settings to create precisely the right grind for the occasion, brewing method, and kind of bean. In addition, the quantity dial, ranging from 2 to 12 cups, lets you grind no more coffee than you need, which helps preserve fresh aroma and flavor.
Structurally handsome and easy to use, the grinder features a large transparent bean hopper with a clearly marked "max" line. The grounds container, also transparent, is lidded and removable for tidy transport to the espresso machine or French press. Simple maintenance is also a boon here--the burr removes for easy cleanup and Krups includes a cleaning brush for the hopper. Shiny and matte black with silver accents, the grinder looks dashing on the countertop without drawing excess attention to itself. It stands 10-1/2 by 4-3/4 by 5-3/4 inches and carries a one-year warranty. --Emily Bedard
Top Customer Reviews
As for the complaints of size, I think we've pretty much come to a consensus among the reviewers that it's NOT freakishly huge, or whatever that one reviewer said. It's modestly sized, and certainly less blockish and imposing than, say, the Rancilio Rocky, for which you'll pay 5-10 times as much.
The noise is not an issue for me, because it's no noisier than the old blade grinder I had. You've got to look at these kinds of issues like you would evaluate a car. Yes, a Rolls Royce is going to have less road noise than a subcompact Toyota, but the Toyota isn't going to set you back $50,000, and it's going to use less gas, AND it's going to get you there in just as much time. So there might be some noise (particularly when the beans get lodged funny), but it's no worse than the KitchenAid blade grinder that will wake up not only your partner, but also your dog and the local fire department.
Lastly, the grind itself. I will agree with the complaints that have been lodged previously. First, the grind is generally too fine for the setting. I haven't tried french press yet, but I get the suspicion that it'll be too fine even on the coarsest setting. Additionally, there's a little bit of overground powder that comes through with every grind. This shows up as a very thin layer of sludge at the bottom of a brewed pot. And finally, the cup dial does not accurately reflect everything I've learned and been taught about how much bean goes into one cup of coffee. It does grind too long for the cup setting. But you learn this quickly, and it's a pretty easy fix. If you're making 4 cups, set the dial to JUST above 3 cups. Voila. And if you're making fewer than 3 cups of coffee, you should find a roommate. There's no good way to make coffee in that small an amount.
My final thought on this grinder is that people who give it one star are being way too hard on it. I'd honestly give it 3 and a half, but I'll go with 4 just to boost its self-esteem a bit. You're paying $50 people. It's not a Rancilio. It's not a Mazzer, it's not an Isomac, it's not even a Starbucks Barista. But it's pretty good, and affordably priced, and it's a hell of a lot better than a blade grinder.
For those of you who might WANT to spend $350-500 on a burr grinder, but know you reasonably SHOULDN'T, this is the grinder for you. Just learn to live with its quirks, and you have a fantastic bargain on your countertop.
French press works great. My favorite use for this setting: I grind up a baggie-full before I go camping, and with my Lexan French press, I get a spectacular cup of coffee, which makes my fellow campers extremely jealous.
Grinder worked well for about one month. Coffee started overheating to the point that, after 3 months, acrid smoke emanates from the hopper. At five months there was fear that it would catch on fire. At six months the grinder completely jammed and will no longer run. After having a Braun give us 12 years of service for this Krups to crater after 6 months is a total failure in this product class.
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This grinder replaced a Braun that we had used for over 12 years, but the change in the Braun to a fixed hopper left us looking for something else. The Krups is incredibly quiet compared to the Braun and the settings are even easier to use. Grind coarseness is set by a knob on the side and can be changed at will. The amount of coffee ground is set by a knob on the front and is very accurate for the way we like our coffee. The hopper slides out and is narrower making it easier to empty into our coffee machine without spilling grounds. Yes, coffee sticks to the plastic hopper, but it rinses off easily and is ready for the next grinding chore quickly. We are very happy with this machine.