We've owned one of these for well over 18 months now, but purchased ours from John Lewis (ours was black not red). At the outset that i will state that yes this is expensive but you get what you pay for in life. It's very heavy and extremely well made. At the top is a glass Jar which hold the coffee beans prior to grinding with the black lid which simply fits securely on top (please note that there is a rubber seal so as to keep the beans fresh). Half way down at the front is the giant grind control dial from which you adjust what level of grind you want ranging from:
1 - Coarse (french press) 2 3 4 5 - Medium 6 7 8 - Fine (Espresso)
You can of course play with this and pick the ideal grind level to suit your pallet. Now towards the bottom is another Glass jar which can simply be removed from where it sits to gain access to the ground beans, nothing more to be said although the jar is large enough to hold a substantial about of newly ground coffee! On the right hand side is the toggle switch that operates the grinder (no messing about it's either on or off), there is a vent above the switch finished in silver which gives a touch of class.
Now down to reviewing the product in action... Firstly it's quite loud when you switch it on because the grinding cogs are quite close together and i guess the friction of grinding whole beans into powder in mere seconds is bound to make some noise. You also get the nice smells of freshly ground coffee to go along with it. To give you an example of how fast and efficient this is, it can grind a whole 227g bag of coffee beans (grind level 5 medium) in 1 minute. To put that into perspective 227g of beans will fill the top jar to the lid. I can vouch for the differing grinding abilities too, fine is virtual powder and coarse looks like ground rock salt so the variation on offer is huge, we tend to find that 5- medium is best for everyday and seems to work if all you want is coffee with milk/cream. A scoop and brush are provided with the grinder for portioning the coffee and cleaning respectively.
PROS: The best domestic grinder I've come across, Huge variation between the grinding levels 1-8, extremely well made from solid metal, cleaning is easy, has a retro look and fits in the kitchen nicely!
CONS: Expensive (yet worth it), Loud in operation but no louder than any other grinder.
VERDICT: Some will say why don't you just buy ground coffee? Well, anyone that knows anything about coffee will tell you that by using whole beans rather than ground coffee you get a better taste because the beans locks the flavor and smell in until you release it. When you buy ground coffee most of the smell and goodness has already gone added to this you pay more because they include the cost of grinding it for you. Trust me and grind you're own i guarantee the coffee experience will be far better. This unit is well made and looks the business, sure there are other grinder out there but this is a burr grinder which is regarded as the best way to grind coffee beans to unlock the maximum taste. It may be expensive but it's worth the investment, besides all this you will then get the enjoyment of trying a whole host of different coffees that you never even thought existed!! Paired with a proper coffee machine you'll love every minute of owning this!
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!! (please don't hesitate to ask any questions by leaving a comment below and i will get back to you a.s.a.p!)