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Grind your beans until they squeak
on 5 February 2015
I purchased mine from an independent department store as an ex display unit, so got it at a very attractive price and took a chance without reading any reviews. I'm pleased I didn't as some of the reviews on Amazon are criticising wrong plugs and faulty units etc, nothing I can identify with having purchased what has been a very reliable, well made coffee grinder.
I originally purchased a spice grinder type unit to grind the coffee and to be fair I had success in getting the grind OK at times, but this method really lacked consistency, as you were relying on judging the grind each time as there was no way to preset, you just had to hold the top down until you thought it was about right! Now I have moved on in my quest to make the perfect espresso and I must say the Graef has been a major plus in helping me achieve this.
The grinder is very straight forward to use and holds apprx 250g of beans in the hopper (the pack size sold at Starbucks etc). You simply adjust the grind by turning the unit at the top to click in to your preferred grind setting. I dial into 9/10 which is about half way and fine enough to produce great espresso results with my gaggia cubica. My gaggia might not be the most expensive unit, but it does seem to pair up well with the graef and my espresso is creamy and rich every time. No more inconsistent espresso and truly better than you would get in the average coffee shop.
The only drawback I have found is that it can be a bit messy and the static builds up on the container that holds your grinds.
You can push the group head against the manual button directly under the shute and fill exactly what you need (set on manual) as it stops when you move the head away, or you can just flip the switch to on and this grinds until you switch it off!
Not really any more mess than others I have used and certainly as noisy ( not sure there is such a thing as a quite grinder!)
All in all this is a very stylish, well built grinder that has so far delivered a totally consistent grind that means I just tamp with the same pressure each time and can be assured of great espresso whenever I want!