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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise! It actually works., October 26, 2006
This review is from: Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77 (Kitchen)
This coffee grinder was an impulse purchase and I was fully prepared to return it because I didn't expect it to work as advertised. To my astonishment, the darned thing actually does a pretty good job. I have tried several coffee grinders over the years and have ended up giving all of them away to friends and family. I gave up on burr grinders because they are messy, hard to clean, produce a bitter powder, and are so noisy you almost need earplugs to use them. The blade grinders I have tried produced an inconsistent grind size and you have to experiment with the number of seconds it takes to get the grind right for the quantity of coffee you want to make. If you want to make more cups or less, you have to experiment all over again with the number of seconds you need to grind the beans. I ended up just having the coffee shop grind my Kenya AA beans for me and I buy smaller amounts so the coffee won't go stale before I can use it all.

This Mr.Coffee grinder is the only one I've ever tried that I think I can live with. First of all, this is a $19.95 grinder and not a $300 precision instrument designed to produce a perfect cup of expresso. Within those parameters, it does a really good job. The electronic grind and cup quantity settings take all of the guess work out of using a blade grinder. With this grinder, you use the guide on the side of the unit to measure your beans, choose a grind setting and the number of cups of coffee you want to make and a processor apparently calculates everything for you. You just hold the grind button down and the machine turns itself off after the correct number of seconds. No grind time experimentation is needed and the machine seems to get the grind just right all by itself. Cleanup is a snap, just remove the bowl from the base unit and put it on the top rack of your dishwasher. The ground coffee is actually easier to empty from the bowl than with most blade grinders. Rather than having to turn the entire unit upside down and shaking the grounds into your coffeemaker, you just remove the grinder bowl, turn it upside down in a small plastic bowl, and tap it against the counter to get the coffee out.

The reviewer who complained about the short cord length apparently did not realize there is 3 feet of hidden cord wrapped around the inside of the base of the unit. All you have to do is pull it out.

While durability must be proven over time, I'm most impressed with this $19.95 grinder. Even if it only lasts for 2 years, you could afford to buy 30 of them for what a small professional grade burr grinder would cost and it's actually easier to live with than the pro grade grinder would be.
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2007, 9:52:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2007, 9:59:47 PM PDT
Don Eylat says:
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Posted on Nov 21, 2007, 10:40:31 AM PST
ice says:
Haha thanks! I didn't know you could pull the cord out either until now.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2008, 6:19:24 AM PST
Molsonice says:
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Posted on Feb 5, 2009, 4:50:15 AM PST
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Posted on May 13, 2009, 6:09:35 AM PDT
O Shepard says:
This a decent blade grinder and the reviewer is correct that the electrical cord is longer than the 12 inches initially available. However nowhere in the manual does it indicate that there is more cord in the base. In fact, it is implied that the cord is purposely short for safety reasons. If it weren't for this post, I too would have returned this grinder.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009, 7:17:00 PM PST
I have had this grinder for years and my only complaint is that the cord is too short, I was looking to buy one for my dad when I saw the reviews stating that there is additional cord in the base...What! Thanks guys.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010, 10:40:13 AM PST
NewsView says:
Some of the people commenting on this review evidently don't read. The reviewer is not making any claims as to the superiority of this grinder relative to the burr method. He's saying that *For the Money* and given the type of grinder it is -- a blade -- it does the job well. Not only are some people rude, but they need to read rather than skim so fast that they miss the point. Compare apples to apples and orange to oranges!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2010, 6:15:08 PM PDT
J. Scott says:
I've just about given up on manual nut (almonds, pistachios, etc) grinders. They are not expensive, but they do not last. Will this grinder do nuts? Or is this not realistic?

Posted on Oct 8, 2010, 6:04:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 10, 2010, 7:12:44 AM PDT
Rufus Quail says:
The main advantage is the detachable basin. With fine grind, the grounds don't readily pour into an espresso receptacle. The fine setting grinds the beans practically to powder. Still, it is an improvement over the typical grinder that requires you to shake the grounds into the lid.

The user manual says this device is NOT for nuts.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2010, 1:58:51 PM PDT
The manual specifically says NOT to use it to grind nuts. So I use this grinder for my coffee, and my small Krups grinder for nuts and spices which works well.
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