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Braun KM 30 - Jason Virtue's Review
Posted: April 5, 2003, 4:28pm
review rating: 7.5
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Braun KM 30
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Arrow The Braun KM 30 has 34 Reviews
Arrow The Braun KM 30 has been rated 6.55 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Bob Trancho 8.20
Sheri Richardson 8.00
Rick Andrusz 7.80
Daniel Marsalone 7.66
Lance Goffinet 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.6
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 2
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $43.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: The Bay Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 1 month Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: Very simply: If you want good coffee don't buy this grinder.
Positive Product Points

Good points:
1.) Cheap entry level grinder
2.) Better than a whirley blade
3.) For an all plastic machine, it's built ok
4.) Makes a good learning lesson for why one should pay the extra money and get a good grinder

Negative Product Points

Negative points:
1.) Loud
2.) Inconsistant grind
3.) Too much static buildup
4.) A fine grind is produced at all grind settings

Detailed Commentary

After many years of drinking stale pre-ground coffee I decided that grinding my own coffee would be the only way I could avoid poor coffee. After reading several coffee sites I decided to narrow my focus to burr grinders.

After reading many reviews on CoffeeGeek.com I was shocked to find out that a good grinder would cost me ten times what I paid for my Bodum Chambrod french press. Agast, my first thought was: I'm no proffessional, I just want a grinder that will deliver a good cup of coffee. So after a little more research, it seemed that the Braun KMM30 grinder was the most popular grinder within my price range.

After a quick trip to the store I was set to grind my first cup of coffee. First impressions were good. I liked the timer know, and although the entire thing was made out of plastic it seemed to be resonably well constructed. I clicked in a setting of 12 and started grinding.

After 30 seconds of grinding the first thing I noticed was an annoying buildup of very fine particles on the front of the collection tray. I quickly scrapped the dust from the side into the garbage and dumped the rest of the grindings into a bowl. A closer revealed a wide variety of different sized particles. 50% were about the right size, 40% were either too big or too small and 10% was just plain dust.

The rule is simple, grind size is directly proportional to extration time. Uneven grinds mean the smaller particles are over-extraced and the larger particles are under-extracted. The result bad coffee. The only way I could think to fix the problem was to purchase 3 cooking sifters to sift out the size I wanted. What a pain in the ass.

Then it hit me, so that's why people pay so much for a grinder! I'm going to continue to use the grinder until I can find and order one of the more expensive grinders I mentioned at the start of this review.

Conclusion:

This grinder *CAN NOT* be used to make french presses. Please don't try to prove me wrong. This grinder might be acceptable for drip machines, I don't know, my drip got the boot when I bought my Bodum.

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