Norpro Coffee Grinder, 1 EA, Shown
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- Capture the old-world charm of grinding coffee beans with the classic grinder from Norpro
- Features adjustable settings from fine to coarse and is easy to operate
- Put coffee beans inside bowl, steer handle, and ground coffee falls inside the drawer
- Not only functional but decorative, with a warm chestnut color; looks great on the countertop
- Makes a great gift idea for any kitchen enthusiast
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NORPRO Coffee Grinder, 1 EA
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When it came time to buy a new coffee grinder , I took one look at the electric coffee grinders and just shuddered and said no. My ancient grinder would not grind beans evenly unless I shook the whole unit as I pressed the on button. It was so loud I didn't want to use it in the morning. So I went with the manual .
Watch out for all the little parts. I almost returned it before I ran one last check through all the packaging materials and found the final knob buried in a corner.
The grinder works very well. The improvement in flavor over blade grinders is distinctly noticeable. I haven't tried to fine tune the grind yet since fiddling with the adjustment is annoying but the grind looks and tastes great in my coffee press. Not experiencing any urgent need to experiment.
It's easy to overload the grinder. The reservoir for the beans is much larger than the little drawer that holds the ground coffee.
Yes, it does take time to grind enough beans for 1-2 cups of coffee. However, it takes even longer for my water to boil. I just keep reminding myself: this is a great time to stop and smell the coffee.
Do I regret the difficulty making more than 2 cups of coffee at a time? Much less than I expected. The improvement in coffee flavor is so significant, I'm happier drinking less coffee. Better to have 1-2 cups of happiness than 3-4 cups of bitter disappointment.
The grinding action is reasonably easy. So far, it hasn't kicked off any of my carpal tunnel issues. You are better off going at a medium pace; grinding faster doesn't help much because gravity doesn't feed beans in fast enough. Grinding at a steady pace, there is no need to shake or tap the unit, the beans feed in smoothly..
You can't possibly grind fast enough to overheat the coffee.
The wood for the grinder is the weakest element of the build. It looks great but it's cheap, lightweight wood. It won't survive frequent washing or other forms of abuse. I just accept that and tap the drawer clean after each use.
What to do if you have guests? Err...., put them to work? They might find it amusing....
Overall, this is a very low cost option for a burr grinder. Unlike many burr grinders, it will produce grounds coarse enough for a french press.
Others have noted this, so I'll say it as well: coffee beans will get stuck in the hopper. That nice bowl you can see in the picture has a hole in the bottom, where the beans sit while they're being ground. There's a gap where whole beans can get shoved and they'll just sort of hang out there out of sight until you jar the whole contraption and make them pop back into focus. No big deal.
Because I'm making espresso, I need the grinder on the finest setting possible.There's a metal washer with an arm extending down that's (I think) supposed to keep the cog you adjust from turning as you grind beans. It doesn't do the job at all. I usually have to grind the beans, then take the handle off and completely re-tighten the cog because I've mostly just splintered them, instead of actually grinding them. Then I dump the coffee pieces back into the hopper, replace the drawer, and grind. I was not expecting this part and it can get very annoying when you're in a rush, especially since the big square drawer that holds the grounds is not designed for pouring.
One final note about the drawer: it will not catch everything. As I grind beans, the machine jostles a bit and this leads to coffee particles all over my counter. It's not a major loss, but it is a poor design feature. Also, about two tablespoons of coffee beans, finely ground, will just about fill up the drawer. You might be able to get away with three if you jostle it carefully - but just plan for two tbsp at a time and you won't have to worry about it.
Something to note- after you settle on a grind thickness you like, I would put some thread locker on the nut to prevent it from becoming a little loose after a few uses. its no big deal. But, when I find my setting, i'm going to lock it in.