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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing results and now I understand why, 28 Sept. 2013
This review is from: De'Longhi Electric Coffee Grinder KG49, 90 g (Kitchen & Home)
After having acquired my Delonghi "grinder" I was sufficiently disappointed with the results that it gave to visit my local coffee roasting house to ask for their advice. It was explained to me that these types of bladed "grinder" do not actually grind the coffee but chop the beans up and it is impossible to get the consistent grind that is required for your particular method of brewing coffee. For espresso and filter coffees that are not in contact with water for very long you need a very fine grind so that all of the flavour and oils can be extracted from the coffee in a short time, if the grind is not fine and consistent enough your coffee will end up being too acidic as the components that give the caramel, chocolate and nutty tones will not have had sufficient time to be extracted from the courser grounds. For cafetieres where the coffee is submerged in water for a longer time you need a courser grind, too fine and you will get a bitter coffee as the bitter tones are brought out when coffee is over-brewed which happens when fine grounds are submerged for too long. Understanding this basic principle makes it obvious that a consistent grind is vital if you want to enjoy your coffee at it's best. I was recommended a manual ceramic burr grinder which I bought and asked for it to be set up for a good cafetiere grind, the difference is night and day, it's like my coffee has a whole new dimension and obviously I'm now enjoying my coffee drinking so much more.

The bottom line is, if you're going to the trouble of grinding your own beans you surely want the best results, a bladed "grinder" is never going to give you that.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2014 16:17:29 GMT
M. Dillon says:
Thank you for your very useful advice ..... it made me do a bit more reading and now I plan to start searching for a burr grinder :-))) it definitely seems the best way to go for quality ground coffee.

Posted on 5 Nov 2015 09:25:22 GMT
sunflowers says:
very useful info!
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