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I love the smell of coffee, and burning, in the morning
on 31 March 2013
We buy ground coffee for the office, and over time people have picked up bags of coffee beans instead of ground coffee by accident, so I was looking for something cheap to use to grind the beans.
The bags of coffee we get are the standard 227g from a supermarket. This grinder can blend the whole bag by doing it four times.
The instructions say that you should run the grinder for no more than 20 seconds, and then let it stand for 1 minute. However, I find that 10 seconds is good enough to blend the beans, and after the first run you do start to smell burning from the motor inside. It's not a terrible smell, and at no time do I feel that the device is about to explode in my hands, but it's there and it can often overpower the smell of the freshly ground coffee.
Viewing the product image, you place the beans into the black section at the top, cover with the see through section which is the lid, and hold down the white part with your finger to make it start the blend. It's not the finest of pourers, so once I have blended the beans I tend to use a scoop to take out a few spoonfuls prior to tipping the remaining beans into a storage jar; if I don't take out the few scoops first it can get a little messy.
The device is a blender, more than a grinder, and simply uses two blades spinning to cut up the beans (it says you can also use this for spices, but I have not attempted that).
Once done, the cleaning it pretty straightforward. You can't submerge the black section in water as that's where the motor is, but I put some in the top section where the beans go and wipe clean with kitchen towel, and then the top see through section can be washed in the sink normally.
I would not recommend this product as something you bring to the table after a dinner party, but for a quick and functional piece of kit for occasional home use, it's decent enough for the price.