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This review is from: Dualit 75015 Coffee Grinder, Black (Kitchen & Home)
I normally don't write reviews on day one, but this one is an exception for an exceptional quality appliance at its price!
I always thought that I may not get a good quality grinder for sub-100 price, but after dilly-dallying for some time decided to take my chances and what a pleasant surprise it has been.
Well the most important thing about a coffee grinder is the grind quality: grain size and uniformity; and this becomes even more important when you want to make an espresso. An ordinary fine grind (e.g. shop brands like Waitrose) don't give you good quality espresso because the grain size is larger and non-uniform, which means the coffee will not be tamped down very well and water will run through quickly. An extra fine grind (e.g. Lavazza) works quite satisfactory and a superfine grind (e.g. Illy) works marvellously well, gets tamped down very well, forms a compact layer through which water percolates slowly even under high pressure to get all the essential oils, extracts and flavour out of the coffee.
I used this one at its finest grind size, expecting somewhere between fine and extra fine grind, but voilà, the result was between extra and superfine uniform grind, closer to the Illy grind quality! What beautiful coffee comes out at its majestic pace, colour and aroma!
I use an ordinary espresso machine, which has crema device mechanism (i.e. filter, and further narrowing of exit channels in the group handle that allow mixing of air, which is a case with most up to mid range machines), so I cannot really comment on whether this is good enough for those high end (high pressure) machines which don't use filter. But if Illy works for you, this one will.
Now over to the things women notice. Being a guy, for me it does not really matter, how it looks or how much noise it makes, as long as it gives me the grind quality I want. But hey, it does well on both these counts, looks nice (as my wife says) and does not make a lot of noise, reasonably quiet. Footprint is also decent size, you can't expect it to be as small as a blade chopper.
It has become a rather long review, but I think it was worth covering all the bases.
For most coffee non-professionals, look no further. If you are in two minds, whether to get a grinder or not, this one is definitely worth a try!