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Delonghi Grinders - Dave McLaren's Review
Posted: February 27, 2002, 8:42pm
review rating: 7.8
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Pete Thompson 10.00
Paul Wilmoth 10.00
Lance Goffinet 8.20
Dave McLaren 7.80
Robert Uy. 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.2
Product Reviewed: HW Burr Grinder
Manufacturer: Delonghi Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $35.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: Wal Mart Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Braun KM30, Melitta Burr Grinder, Salton Burr
Bottom Line: Too much powder.  You'll waste 1/2 of your coffee.   Don't buy it.
Positive Product Points

Tablespoon measurements on the side of the recepticle
Looks nice, sorta
Nice and easy (and stable) adjustment for grind coarseness
Not too much static
Does an okay French Press if you're willing to sieve the powder out from the grinds before brewing.

Negative Product Points

Lots of fines
Not even remotely usable for espresso
No timer (though I've seen newer ones with timer)
Does an okay French Press if you're willing to sieve the powder out from the grinds before brewing.
Did I mention powder?

Detailed Commentary

I've had this coffee grinder for well over a year now.  When I first got it, I thought it was pretty good.  I guess I simply didn't notice the powder problem.  Tried it once for espresso (that's what I'm using the KM 30 for... modified, of course) but it wasn't up to the task at all.  I use it for press and drip coffee.  For press I find that if I don't want a massive amount of sediment, I have to shake the grinds in a large sieve.  For drip coffee, I grind about 3-4 TBSPs worth then I open it up and scrape the accumulated flour-consistency powder from the side of the recepticle before it falls in with the grinds.  I repeat this until I have enough grinds for my coffee.  One thing I guess I kinda dig is the simple on-off button on the side.  Also, changing grind coarseness is nice and simple (not like the Melitta! ACK!!).  I hate all the powder though.  If you're in the market for a grinder of this type at this price, go with the Braun KM30.  It's better (but slightly more money).

Followup:  I removed the hopper and top burr (all one piece) and scraped the innards out until it was spotless.   This *helped* the powder problem but certainly didn't cure it.  This grinder is very sensitive to being dirty.  Maybe it's not so bad, but I'd still recommend the Braun instead.

Buying Experience

Those folks at Wal Mart are ever-so-helpful.  ;)

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