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Braun KM 30 - Clif Swinford's Review
Posted: February 12, 2003, 8:49pm
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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: 1.8
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 1
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 2
Price Paid: $39.95 Cost vs. Value 1
Where Bought: Bed, Bath & Beyond Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 1 year Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Melitta CG-4
Bottom Line: It beats putting your beans in a bag of rocks and backing over them. Just.
Positive Product Points

A fair price for a burr grinder. It does a decent job of grinding in the moderately-fine (home espresso) to moderately-coarse (drip basket) range.

Negative Product Points

The knob will not stay on. It spits grinds from the joint between the hopper and the machine body. It's impossible to clean properly. It refuses to feed beans consistently. It makes a mess of your counter no matter what you do. It will not do a coarse enough grind for a French press.

Detailed Commentary

If it weren't for the fact that I'm just on too tight a budget to afford a decent grinder, this device would be looking for a sucker on ebay right now. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I don't really think that you should have to hover over your grinder just to make sure that the beans keep descending from the hopper. Really, this wouldn't even be a problem if you could just take off the hopper to clean the mechanism, as I'm pretty sure the cause is a bottleneck of sediment and oils down in the part the can't be reached. If it weren't for that, I could put up with the constant spray of fine grounds on the counter and the timer knob that refuses to stay in place, but when you put it all together you come up with someone who's on the prowl for a new grinder -- NOT a Braun.

Buying Experience

I hunted all over town for a new, inexpensive grinder when my Melitta died, and this was the ONLY model I found anywhere. I found it practically EVERYWHERE -- every kitchen gadget shop and department store in town carried it, and all at exactly the same price. So when I got tired of looking and of not being able to grind my own coffee, I bought it at the nearest place.

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