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KitchenAid Pro Line Series Burr Coffee Mill, Onyx Black
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||6 x 10.25 x 13.5 inches|
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- Die cast metal construction
- Precision stainless steel cutting burrs
- 15 Selectable Grinds for a Wide Variety of Coffee Beverages
- Glass hopper and Coffee bin
- Burr cleaning brush
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 10.25 x 13.5 inches||10.75 x 7.13 x 6 inches||6 x 7 x 11 inches||7.6 x 7.1 x 12.5 inches||5.3 x 7.75 x 12.8 inches||8.4 x 7.9 x 12.8 inches|
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Designed to the highest standards of commercial performance and reliability, the KitchenAid PRO LINE Series Burr Coffee Mill is your key to making the finest coffee and espresso possible. Two precision, flat cutting burrs will grind your coffee to superb consistency, while the low-noise DC motor and gear reduction system work to minimize the frictional heating of the grinds, maximizing your coffee’s flavor and aroma. The all-metal housing and glass hoppers are not only durable, stylish, and easily cleaned, they help reduce the static “cling” of coffee grinds common with plastic components. The PRO LINE™ Series Burr Coffee Mill has been designed for years of heavy use: the durable stainless steel cutting burrs can be easily adjusted to compensate for wear or replaced if damaged. Like the famous KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, the PRO LINE™ Series Burr Coffee Mill features performance that can be enjoyed from generation to generation. The KitchenAid® PRO LINE™ Series: commercial quality for the discriminating home chef. From the company distinguished by its legendary craftsmanship.
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First and foremost, it gets clogged and stops grinding the beans. This necessitates removing the bottom container, half-full of freshly ground coffee, removing the lid from the hopper on top, lifting the whole machine up and dumping out the beans into a bowl or something (and this machine is HEAVY for my older parents), and finally re-starting the whole thing. The problem essentially fixes itself, but going through the steps necessary to do this is aggravating, time-consuming, and frustrating, especially considering that this is a fairly expensive unit. Sometimes stirring the beans around is enough to dislodge whatever is blocking the intake to the grinder, but more often than not, you have to "dump" the whole machine. This is no fun at 6 am. This is no fun at any time.
In addition, the beans themselves get hung up on a ridge between the glass hopper and the grinding mechanism so they always have to be manually dislodged (usually while the grinder is still running) which is also very frustrating, and potentially dangerous. The glass container that collects the ground coffee is very thin, lightweight glass, awkwardly shaped, and likely to break within a short period of time. Static causes the ground coffee to cling to the glass as well so you have to use a brush or something to empty it completely. This is harder than it sounds, especially given the fragile nature of the container. There is a lot of static built up during the grinding and this causes the grounds to "jump out" all over when removing the container. This last problem is endemic for burr grinders, and not specific for this unit, but it needs to be mentioned.
The quality of the grinding mechanism appears to be VERY high, and the ground coffee produced by this unit is EXCELLENT from fine to coarse settings.
I know the problems with this machine seem rather small, but for a >$300 unit, I'd expect much better. It's so frustrating that I went ahead and bought my folks a Capresso grinder just now, replacing this $350 space-waster I bought for them this Spring. This grinder is HEAVY, awkward, frustrating, and EXPENSIVE. Despite the high quality of the grind, I would absolutely NOT RECOMMEND this product.
There's lots of coffee grinders out there. Some, naturally, work better than others. Some do a better job of certain grinds than others.
If you want good coffee, you can start by crossing off all the whirling-blade "grinders"; they don't grind the beans, they smash them into a mix of fine dust and irregular fragments of widely varying sizes. Nope, you want a burr grinder.
But which burr grinder? There are so many!
Yes, there are. But the KitchenAid Pro Line isn't like the rest. Its bean hopper is glass, not plastic, and comes with an airtight lid, so you can store a cup of beans in there for a day or two and grind them on demand. Its grounds hopper is also glass, which means static charges won't stick half of what you grind to the hopper. Better yet, the Pro Line is one of only two grinders on the home market in which the path from the bean hopper to the grounds hopper is a straight line down through the machine, instead of expecting finely ground coffee to obediently make a 90-degree turn and neatly exit out of a little hole in the side of the grind chamber (as most consumer burr grinders do).
How does it do with different grinds? Well, it does pretty well straight out of the box with grind sizes from 325 microns (a slightly coarse espresso grind) to 1250 microns (on the finer end of French-press grind). But KitchenAid not only EXPECTS you to recalibrate it if you're a purist, they provide the calibration procedure right there in the user guide. Set fully coarse, the Pro Line will deliver a real 1350 micron French-press grind; adjust it fully fine, and it will *easily* achieve a proper 250 micron espresso grind and go on from there to produce a superfine Turkish grind.
How is it physically? Well, it's quiet compared to other grinders, almost all metal construction, and a nice looking piece of hardware. Just pick it up and you can tell it's solidly built. Controls are a large, easy-to-turn dial right up front (no little half-hidden thumbwheels) and a positive toggle switch (no plastic push-buttons that you have to hold down while it grinds). It comes in several colors, but if you're the kind of person who's serious about good coffee, you probably want the elegant, understated basic glossy black.
So, in summary, yeah: If you're going to buy one coffee grinder, this is the one to buy. Because it does it ALL, and does it WELL; and yet it won't cost you the earth, unlike some of the Italian imports.