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Delonghi Grinders - Nancy Padberg's Review
Posted: August 8, 2005, 10:56pm
review rating: 6.5
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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: 2.4
Product Reviewed: Retro Burr Grinder
Manufacturer: Delonghi Quality: 3
Average Price: Varies Usability: 1
Price Paid: $37.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 6 months Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Capresso Infinity, Braun blade grinder
Bottom Line: Don't buy this grinder.  Save your money to buy a better quality burr grinder.
Positive Product Points

It looks nice.
It grinds finer and more even than my 20 yr old Braun blade grinder.

Negative Product Points

Has to be cleaned after EVERY use.
Static Cling.
Wasted coffee lodged in the grounds container lid.
Quite noisy.
Powder, powder, powder!

Detailed Commentary

I started home roasting in March.  My Braun grinder ground so unevenly, I needed a new one.  Of course, I needed a burr grinder.   I read the online reviews, but didn't want to pay too much as I had the new expenses of home roasting and also bought a new drip brewer.  It wasn't as if I was making espresso.

The grinder created so much powder, it clogged up the Swiss Gold filter on my new Zojiushi.  This caused coffee and hot water to spill out of the filter cone onto the counter.  If I used a coarser grind, I couldn't get a strong enough cup of coffee.  I thought I needed a new brewer.

So, I bought a new coffee maker, a Krups Moka Brew.  It uses a finer grind and produces a strong and delicious, but not bitter cup of coffee.  We still use the SS carafe from the Zojirushi to keep the coffee warm.  

But still, I had problems with the Delonghi burr grinder.   I think the design of the grounds container lid caused the problem.  There is a "plug" in the top of the lid that allows you to close the grounds container.  I only ground what I need, so I would never use this feature.  The grounds and powder coming out of the chute are blasted into that plug and get packed in. Depending on the beans,  the chute would become completely plugged, sometimes after just two uses.  Since home roasting, I don't roast as dark, so these are not oily beans.  And the static cling was unbelievable! I got sick and tired of taking a tooth pick and digging the powder out of this plug and out of the chute after every use.  

I would have been better off buying a new, good quality, blade grinder for less money and save up for a better burr grinder.  This grinder is history. I now have a Capresso Infinity and am awed at the difference. No powder, no clogged chute and half the noise of the Delonghi.  And the coffee tastes better!  But if it was the Delonghi that caused me to buy the Krups Moka Brew, then I'm eternally grateful.

Buying Experience

I almost always like my experiences with Amazon.  They usually give $25 or $30 off if you purchase $125 or $150 and free shipping.  You wait a little longer for delivery, but I'm cheap and patient.

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