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Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Grinder with 18 Custom Grinds, Silver, BMH23-RB-1
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- 18 Custom Grind Settings
- Removable Bean Hopper
- Holds up to 1/2 Pound of Coffee Beans
- Removable Grinding Chamber ; Watts: 160
- Cord Storage.Dual safety-locking switches
- Install the Bean Hopper onto the unit and turn clockwise (several rotations-will hear clicking as unit gets tighter) until it stops with the grind size indicator on Fine.
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From the manufacturer
Why Brew With Fresh Ground Beans?
Unlock the delicious characteristics of the roast right before brewing.
As coffee brews, its richness, complexity, and freshness slowly unfolds.
Extract the fullest flavor and enjoy the truest taste as it's meant to be.
Consistency Of Grounds:
The Burr Mill is designed for premium performance to uniformly grind whole beans to consistent, customized coffee grounds. 18 grind settings will produce everything from coarse all the way to very fine grounds necessary for Espresso brewing. In addition, unlike traditional blade grinders, burr mill technology doesn't generate heat, maintaining the original characteristics of the coffee bean.
Hands Free Operation:
Simply choose settings and then the Burr Mill grinds automatically for fast, convenient and fresh grounds.
1. Choose Grind Size -
Select from 18 pre-programmed settings to create fine, medium or coarse grounds.
2. Select How Much -
Choose exactly how much to grind, from 4 to 18 cups, with the Cup Size Auto-Selection setting. Once you have your grounds, the grinder automatically shuts off.
3. Easy Cleaning -
Removable chamber and combination coffee scoop/mini-brush are included to make clean up quick and easy.
Customized Grounds For Each Brewing Method
|Coffee Grinder||Coffee Grinder w/Chamber Maid Cleaning System||Burr Mill Coffee Grinder|
|Grinding Technology||Blade||Blade||Burr Mill for ultimate grind size control|
|Capacity||4-12 Cups||4-12 Cups||4-18 Cups|
|Safety On/Off Switch||✓||✓|
|Cup Size Auto-Selection||✓||✓|
|Cleaning Features||Exclusive Cleaning System||✓|
|Programmable Grind||3 Settings||18 Settings|
|Hands Free Operation||✓|
Enjoy the perfect cup of coffee right at home. By using burr plates instead of blades, the Mr. Coffee� Burr Mill produces a more uniform grind allowing for the optimal flavor from your favorite whole coffee beans. Enjoy exceptionally aromatic, great tasting coffee � and skip the coffee house prices.
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First, the "pros": The price tag is amazing - this is only about $5 bucks more than a cheap blade grinder, and requires significantly less work (which is important in a pre-caffeinated state). The hopper holds about half a pound of beans, and acts as a nice buffer to let you know when you need to buy more coffee. The dial makes it easy to make a consistent pot of coffee, regardless of who's brewing it - just set the dial to the number of cups you want to make and push the button. And the grind itself is very easy to adjust.
However, there are a few "cons", most of which could be fixed with some engineering changes. For starters, the lid to the ground coffee reservoir contains an indent for a cleaning brush/scoop. This little tool is not optional - if the reservoir and lid aren't cleaned after basically every use, finely ground coffee dust will build up and block the flow of coffee, preventing it from actually grinding any beans. However, this problem could be largely solved by moving the brush storage indent from the reservoir lid to the hopper lid, as the irregular shape of the indent on the under side of the reservoir lid is what creates a space for coffee dust to collect and build up on in the first place. It wouldn't completely eliminate the need to clean the reservoir with a brush periodically, but it would certainly lessen it.
Also, the hopper itself feels like it needs a little steeper angle. Occasionally, beans will get jammed, and you have to give the whole device a little shake in order to clear it. This isn't terribly frequent, but it's frequent enough that you can't start the beans grinding and leave the room to go do something else, or you might come back to find that it jammed up halfway through, and now you don't know how much coffee you have ground.
Another challenge with the hopper is that the lid simply rests on top of it. It doesn't screw on or fit tightly against any sort of gasket, and if you bump it or turn it upside down, coffee beans will spill out all over your counter and floor. It's a mistake you'll only make once, but it's a frustrating one to learn.
The biggest issue, though, is that the hole that ground coffee comes out of eventually gets clogged with coffee dust and needs to be cleaned. When this happens, there's no warning; your grinder just simply stops grinding coffee, even though you can hear the burrs spinning. Cleaning the reservoir (especially the lid) with the included brush after every use dramatically cuts down on how frequently this maintenance needs to be performed, but it doesn't eliminate it. And cleaning that little port isn't necessarily easy (especially when you're tired and trying to get ready for work). I've learned to keep a package of bamboo grilling skewers by my coffee supplies, as these tend to be about the diameter and sturdiness needed to clean it out and get things flowing again. You will inevitably dump espresso-fine coffee dust all over your counter when cleaning it... that's just sort of a fact of life.
Overall, I'd still buy this product again over a blade grinder, especially at this price. The convenience of being able to push a button and have the exact right amount of coffee grounds is vastly faster and easier than carefully measuring out the right quantity of beans into a blade grinder every morning. But this is a very entry level burr grinder, and at times it feels like the people who designed it didn't actually use it for more than a day or two before sending it off to market. If you can afford a higher-end model, it would be worth splurging. But if it's this or a $20 blade grinder, this burr mill is the way to go.
It is easy to use, looks good on the counter top, grinds fast and my coffee tastes great.
I'm glad I chose this one instead of one of the more expensive ones with good reviews, this one has all the functionality that I need to make delicious coffee.
I use it to grind coffee beans for espresso and french press, also for a drip machine (which I gladly tossed in the bin after getting a french press.)
**** UPDATE March 10th, 2012****
I've had this grinder now for about 7 months, and still going strong! Yes, it sometimes gets coffee grounds on the counter when scooping it out but I've never seen a grinder that doesn't do that.
However, I have regularly two problems with this grinder:
1. Sometimes the beans don't go through properly while grinding or get stuck, so I tend to shake it and hit the bottom gently against the counter top to get them to go on through. This is not a huge deal. Happened with my last grinder as well.
2. It likes to get clogged.
The opening where the grounds come out often just plugs up completely. This happens on a regular basis (every 6-10 weeks or so maybe), especially when I grind a lot of oily dark roasted beans. To solve the problem I unplug it, remove the beans, canister, and other parts. I take something to loosen the coffee grounds that are plugging up the hole. It'll work again after that, but to really get the job done I also make sure that the grinder elements are clear, and run some rice through the grinder a couple of times. The rice picks up a lot of those oils and residue that builds up on the inside of the machine. When I've done that it works like new again.
I will stick for now with my 5 star rating. We use our grinder twice every day and it is still working fine. For the really low price of this grinder I can't complain.
**** UPDATE January, 2015****
Still works! :-)