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3.0 out of 5 stars Grinding by the seat of your pants, 16 Dec. 2012
This review is from: De'Longhi Electric Coffee Grinder KG49, 90 g (Kitchen & Home)
There are two types of coffee grinders in this world --blade grinders and burr grinders. Burr grinders are the better option, but blade grinders are a lot cheaper. The main difference between the two is that burr grinders tend to provide more consistent results and blade grinders will often chop the beans up unevenly. They also put the coffee quite close to the hot, spinning motor, potentially cooking the coffee if you're not careful.

That being said, you CAN get a decent grind suitable for an espresso machine with a blade grinder like this. You just have to put a bit more effort into it than you would with a decent burr grinder. To start with, measure out enough coffee (a large tablespoon full of beans for each cup, for example). Put the top on and grind the beans in 10 second bursts. Check the results, pause for a short while to allow the motor to cool, then repeat until the coffee starts to resemble coarse flour.

Ultimately, if an espresso grind is what you are after, you should really consider budgeting for a decent burr grinder. Results can be inconsistent and channeling can occur with an uneven grind. A burr grinder will allow you to get consistent, repeatable results that you just can't get with a blade grinder that has no timer and no settings of any description.

I have a KG49 and have achieved some decent results with it, but I'm looking to buy one of these instead, mainly to take the guesswork out of grinding coffee.
Dualit 75015 Coffee Grinder, Black
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Bazza says:
A good honest review and very helpful. Thanks.

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