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Braun KM 30 - Mr. Munson's Review
Posted: December 19, 2006, 5:51pm
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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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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: 7.8
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 10
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $35.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Marbeck Appliance Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Braun blade grinder, Krups GVX-1 burr grinder
Bottom Line: Forget about the noise and the mess; just go buy this thing and use it for the next ten years.
Positive Product Points

Built to last a long time; grinds very consistently for something in this price range; generous size hopper for beans.

Negative Product Points

So anoyingly loud that you may want to put a toaster mitt over it; messy, coffee grinds jump from resevoir onto counter due to static; not very easy to clean thoroughly.

Detailed Commentary

I miss my Braun KM-30.  I bought it in 1999 for $35 at an appliance store that specializes in factory reconditioned small appliances.  So, it was factory reconditioned then, and it worked right up to the present day.  However, I was never very diligent about cleaning it, and years of rancid coffee dust had accumulated to the point that, once it was cleaned, it just smelled horrible.  I bleached and oxy-ed the hopper and removable parts, but it still managed to impart that horrid smell and taste to my coffee.  So I bade farewell to my good friend.

In seven years of hard use (three pots of coffee a day) it never once gave me any trouble.  My mother has the same model, and she's been using it for about ten years.  It always ground consistent uniform granules.  I never tried grinding ultra-fine espresso with it, so I cannot speak to its abilities there.  I used it for auto-drip, my Krups moka brew, and press pot.  And it did great for that.

This grinder has a resevoir for the grinds that attaches to the base of the grinder, butting it up against the housing of the grinder.  This is where it was messy; removing the resevoir always resulted in fine grinds flying out onto the kitchen counter.  And this grinder was the noisiest thing I ever owned, and I own a Harley.  My wife used to throw a kitchen towel over it when grinding coffee.  And if someone was on the phone, they would have to go upstairs so they could hear their conversation.    The big complaint I have about this machine is that it is not very easy to clean.  The hopper detaches from the adjustable base, and the base unscrews.  But, there are a lot of crevices and crannies for coffee dust to hide, and cleaning is such a chore that it is easy for one to simply not do it properly.  

All in all, this grinder had a helluva run.  I bought it reconditioned over seven years ago, and got great coffee out of it.  Had I been more aggressive in keeping it clean I would be using it today.  However, due to its relative scarcity in my area (and the noise and cleaning) I opted for the Krups GVX1 to replace it.  But, had it been readily available I likely would have bought another one (I don't buy appliances online-hands on kind of guy).

Buying Experience

Purchased from a small, locally owned business that specializes in customer service; so buying experience was great.

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