Beautiful design Solid build Glass, glass, and cast iron No static!! I love this! Consistent grind Inexpensive as far as high end coffee grinders go Low RPM operation
Negative Product Points
Forged burrs, instead of machined burrs Only grinds so fine.. Must be modified for optimal performance Retains old grounds in burrs
I purchased this grinder off of Craigslist in a bundle deal (I got my kitchenaid proline espresso machine and this grinder for a grand total of $120). I'll attribute $50 of that to the grinder. It's an excellent grinder. It looks beautiful. It's smaller than most high end coffee grinders, and much less expensive (even if you buy it new). I love that it is made of glass and not cheap plastic (some people have complained that it is too fragile, but I'd hate for it to be made of plastic. No problems so far, and I don't anticipate any problems with the glass breaking). There is absolutely no static in the coffee grounds, so you can go straight into your portafilter from the glass receptacle.
Although this is an excellent quality machine, the burrs are not machined. This has caused me to upgrade to a Mazzer Super Jolly grinder. If only kitchenaid had gone the extra step and gotten those burrs extra sharp, this would have been the end all of grinders. As it is, it's a great deal for your average coffee geek, but won't keep you satisfied if you're a die hard coffee fanatic. It is possible to enhance performance by making the machine stepless and reinforcing the grind setting with teflon tape. Do the mod if you buy this grinder, it's an excellent upgrade.
I purchased it on Craigslist.. not much to say. It was a smooth transaction and the grinder worked like new.