The best baristas know that one of the secrets to great-tasting coffee is grinding the beans right before brewing. This high-quality grinder features a ceramic burr that cuts beans to a uniform consistency without pulverizing them for even extraction...Read More
The best baristas know that one of the secrets to great-tasting coffee is grinding the beans right before brewing. This high-quality grinder features a ceramic burr that cuts beans to a uniform consistency without pulverizing them for even extraction. Because ceramic burrs generate less heat than metallic blades, the grinder helps preserve the delicate, heat-sensitive flavors and aromas present in the beans. Ideal for drip, pour-over and press coffee as well as most pump espresso machines.
If you love coffee and want a very good entry level burr grinder I think this is a great value. I've now used this grinder for over 160 grinds and for me it's worked flawlessly. I haven't experienced any reliability issues or problems cleaning. At the regular price, it's a great grinder.
First, you really do get real ceramic burr grinder wheels. Perhaps not as good as conical (nor as expensive) these are a huge step up from the blades, and this takes very little counter space.
The grind is pretty consistent, certainly much better than blade grinders, but I haven't tried it with espresso grinds, an area where even expensive grinders get mediocre reviews.
One thing this grinder shares with a lot of grinders is the plastic bin doesn't let the static created during the grind to dissipate very well. With dark roasts this may hurl coffee particles. Your pets won't be injured, but may increase cleanup. Two good solutions. Wait a few minutes for the static to dissipate or use aluminum foil liner.
Ugh, I am on my second one of these and they both clog if you look at it the wrong way. I've used dry, un-oily beans, tried cleaning it out with rice and it doesn't matter. Smashing beans with a rolling pin works better than this product.
I used this about 15 times and it quit working. I called Capresso and they said maybe I was grinding the beans too fine (It was set to medium). Then they said maybe my beans were too oily and I should set them on a plate on the counter for a couple of hours. I sent the grinder in for warranty, it cost me $12 for shipping. They sent me a new one. I was sure to set my beans out before grinding them, and kept the grinder clean. After a couple of months it quit working again. So, unless you use old dried out beans that you like ground really coarsely (and unevenly) I would not suggest this product.
I've owned this coffee grinder since Christmas and have not had a single problem with it. I have only cleaned it a few times and it has never clogged despite the fact that I've used both oily and non-oily beans. I know that I'm compromising on taste by not cleaning it more often, but that is the only point of hassle I have with this item. Cleaning it requires taking it apart, and I haven't wanted to do that once a week, so I haven't. It may be that mine has worked so well because I always grind for a French press, which is the coarsest setting, but regardless, I'd buy this grinder again if I had the choice to do it over.
I knew I wanted a burr grinder. I read that ceramic burrs don't get as heated as metal ones, reducing the likelihood that my coffee beans will get burnt while being ground. I'm also interested in trying the Capresso brand.
Best Answer:The costlier ones typically have better grinders (like ceramic instead of metal) and can keep your grinds cool so they don't burn while grinding. Other great features are more grind settings, larger capacity and the ability to measure how much coffee you have ground.
Best Answer:As for measuring, no. This is not an auto-feeding model. I use a small kitchen scale, which lets me make any amount of coffee at consistent strengths. For instance, I use 6 grams per cup (the small european cups coffee makers use) so if I want to make 2 cups (really half of a cup for us!) I use 8 grams of coffee. To make 10 cups I use 40. There are markings on the hopper which you can use as a guide for yourself, so if you always make a cup, you'll get the hang of it quickly.
Best Answer:For the price this is an exceptional buy for a coffee grinder. I do not grind spices and therefore unable to help you with a knowledgable answer. My guess: if the spice is no harder or oiler than a coffee bean I suspect so.