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KitchenAid Artisan Burr Coffee Grinder Red
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- All metal construction
- Fifteen adjustable grind settings
- Glass 'grind container' minimises static cling, and the sealing ring reduces spillages
- Dimensions approximately: 30cm deep, 34cm high, 15cm wide
- 2 year guarantee
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Top quality Kitchenaid burr grinder constructed in die cast metal and finished in red boasts 15 grind settings, a 198 gram capacity glass bean hopper and 241 gram capacity glass coffee grounds container, along with a 2 year guarantee
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On the box it states in large letters that the burr grinders are made of stainless steel. You can unscrew the grind control dial and look at the burr grinders and they also provide a brush for cleaning them. Because the motor is on the side rather than underneath, there is nowhere for stale ground coffee to lurk, and the beans fall straight onto the grinders and then the ground coffee falls straight into the container directly underneath and there is no need for a shoot.
This was almost three times more expensive than the Dualit grinder but in my opinion it is well worth the money. The whole thing seems to me to be designed to grind coffee well. The instruction book says you can recalibrate the grinders if you need to if they wear and even states what micron size the grind settings should produce (250-1250 microns). It seems to be well made, out of good quality materials (not cheap plastic and mild steel) and it is quite weighty.
From the book "Large 5.72 diameter flat cutting burrs provide long life and superb grind consistency. Burrs can be adjusted to compensate for wear, or calibrated to meet stringent grind-size specifications for espresso and French Press grinds. A special DC motor and gear reduction system slows the rotation of the cutting burrs, minimizing the frictional heating of the grinds and preserving coffee flavour and aroma".
I have just used the KitchenAid Artisan 5KCG100 Coffee Grinder to grind some freshly roasted beans and the coffee is delicious.
Despite the price, I do think it is good value for money because of the excellent design and the build quality.
First of all, it's a very pleasing device to have on a counter top, and the hammered grey paint has kept its looks well with no special treatment. The big selector dial and the on-off toggle switch both feel satisfyingly old-school. While I'm not especially keen on the glass collector - it needs to be perfectly aligned to slot under the chute and I'm convinced I'll manage to break it one day - it does reduce the problem of coffee grounds clinging to a plastic container, and it (and the top hopper) will clean up in the dishwasher.
How does it grind? Out of the box, not perfectly, but there are a couple of easy adjustments to improve that. First of all, do as the manual says and select the finest range of grind options; even in this range, 4 (out of 8) is plenty coarse enough for a cafetiere, and much past 7 will choke the espresso machine. Then train yourself always to wind the dial back to zero before approaching your grind setting from below; there is some backlash in the mechanism and this method gives a much more consistent setting. Incidentally, you don't have to be constrained by the click-stops on the dial - it will work quite happily between clicks, which is sometimes where the optimum setting lies.
The stock Artisan has a couple of other quirks that can be reduced or eliminated with a little fiddling. The worst offender is the sprung plastic disc through which grounds emerge.Read more ›
So, a reality check first. This may seem like a lot of money for a grinder if all you've had before is a little thing with whirly blades, but unfortunately in the world of espresso it is only just above the bargain basement. You are going to be at the limits of its fineness. It may depend on the machine you have and the beans you buy whether it works or fails. The rule of thumb is 'spend as much on the grinder as you do on the espresso machine'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is unquestionably the best coffee bean grinder on the market it gives a perfect
grind for espresso and a good creme BUT and this is a big BUT you cannot find any... Read more
1-star translates as "I hate it" - but I don't....
....it shouldn't really be sold because it has a major design flaw (also mentioned by the other 1-star... Read more
I did a lot of research before buying this grinder, in fact I did TOO much research prior to buying this grinder. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pinkybanks
I have had two of these cease up on me now. Kitchenaid are very good at replacing them but both have died after two years moderate use.Published 24 months ago by G. Naughton
Without question, KitchenAid makes the best coffee grinder on the market. Not only in the machine a masterpiece of design, but it's a joy to use. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2014 by sargoxyz
Excellent in every way. And here's a helpful (I hope) tip. If, like me you're nervous of the beautifully made but highly vulnerable glass coffee container provided, there is a... Read morePublished on 29 April 2014 by oobopshi
Had mine for over a year now. I use mine on its mid grind setting - fairly coarse for French Press. Although it will go finer, it's not the best for making espresso that needs... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by busb
My machine functioned perfectly for over 4 years, then while grinding finely for my espresso machine, there was a bang and, though the motor ran, there was no drive. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Blott
Purchased this item for use with our coffee press. As it is quite pricey we were anxious that it would do the job. I can report that it is an excellent item. Read morePublished on 1 May 2013 by Dalec