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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars style and substance, 8 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: KitchenAid Artisan Burr Coffee Grinder Red (Kitchen & Home)
well, appearances are a matter of taste, but this looks pretty cool in my kitchen, and would grace many others likewise. The 50's cadillac, fins'n'all effect is matched with a robst, and well-fitted quality (fine tolerances, lovely touch to the materials, and heavy, solid, construction) that the pictures do no justice. furthermore, the whole unit is fairly serviceable, with easy access to the burrs via some well placed bolts (no clips and rivets here, this is sensible stuff)

Furthermore, it does the job it should. Big burrs and a powerful motor rip through coffee giving an even and fragrant grind in no time. There is a slight ozone smell from the motor when left running too long; i don't like the way this mixes with the coffee aroma, but suppose it's inevitable from a powered unit.

I genereally drink coffee from a press, and the coarsest setting is coarser than i would need. I have used this occasionally to make espresso, and the finest setting is powder-fine, producing a rich, sweet, coffee, with rich thick crema; clearly superior to the pre-ground brands i have tried.

the catch, however, is that in order to reach the finest/coarsest grinds it is necessary to take the unit apart a little, and adjust the internals. with a 4mm allen key, this is a 2 minute job, so not impossible to achieve at all; but still not what one might wish to do after dinner with guests (my credentials as a nerd are well enough established that i don't need to get my toolkit out over dessert) As I keep it set to coarsest grind most of the time, it's no matter (and in fact the limits on default setting are adequate for most purposes anyway: but this costs more than "adequate" money imho) For those who drink lots of either coffee, this might be vexing.

If this were a necessity, then I'd understand, but as far as i can see, there's not reason the grind settings couldn't be wider without the operation, except for the appearance of the front dial. I think, then, that there is a little too much bias to the form, rather than function of this machine.

On the other hand; I can't see a better all-round alternative.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2011 09:56:26 BDT
P. Jeffery says:
great review, balanced, tempered and helpful. thanks.
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