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Okay for a first grinder
on 31 August 2010
After only 2 weeks of use it has been resigned to the back of the cupboard. I tested this grinder with a Gaggia Classic espresso machine, a Vev Vigano Stovetop and a French Press. Only got consistently decent results with a French press, and the stovetop was very hit-or-miss:
Anything is Better than a Blade Grinder -
Using a blade grinder defeats the purpose because the even-ness of grind is much worse than shop-bought preground coffee.
The Burrs Are Cheap
China made, dull, and lack precision. Beans are chewed rather than evenly ground and compared to a decent electric grinder they are actually quite uneven. The poor burr quality really does show through when trying (yes, trying) to grind dark roast, which makes it constantly jam.
Although better than blade grinders I would hazard to say it was much better than preground.
The novelty of manually grinder the coffee quickly wears off. I'd consider myself to be physically quite fit, but having to turn that crank for a few minutes every morning becomes very tedious, very quickly - particularly if you're grinding more than one cup worth of beans.
Few Fineness Adjustments
There are probably about 6 settings within a 'useable' range - this is too limiting. The bottom two are too fine for a stovetop, too coarse for espresso.
Overall, I wouldn't say it was a terrible grinder - if you're not a coffee snob and looking for a basic, cheap grinder this isn't a bad choice. However, you will get vastly better results with an electric burr grinder and even some slightly more expensive manuals.