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KitchenAid Retro Burr - C. A. Brooks's Review
Posted: April 21, 2006, 2:57am
review rating: 7.6
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Arrow The KitchenAid Retro Burr has 35 Reviews
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Name Ranking
Lance Goffinet 8.07
Eric Nager 7.66
C. A. Brooks 7.60
Jason Ashbaugh 7.40
Marietta VB 7.17

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 3.8
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 3
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $120.00 Cost vs. Value 3
Where Bought: Williams-Sonoma Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 3 years Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: If you like big messy grinders that don't deliver consistency,  you gotta try this one ! ! !
Positive Product Points

alright  for light use  NOT ESPRESSO   Looks pretty cool,  that's about it.

Negative Product Points

Messy,  not built to last,  uneven grind

Detailed Commentary

When I first got this machine I really liked it.  Even though it shot grounds everywhere, I was pleased with the grind I got from the Kitchen-Aid A-9 Retro burr mill.  As my knowledge of espresso is growing, I have come to realize that the grind I was getting for my Francis Francis! X1 was less than incredible.  Crema is hard to build in the cup with grinds out of this burr mill.  I also see now that the grind is less than consistent.
    The grinder is not suitably sized for small operation home use, and the quality is not commercial.     On a store shelf, the machine looks great.   On the countertop it is pretty looming.   The hopper on top holds enough beans to make coffee for a small villiage (or pueblo).  If you grind just enough to brew, look forward to lots of room in the hopper.
    Cleaning the A-9 is a real nightmare.  You have to literally probe the never-ending chute that dispenses the coffee grounds with a long sharp object.  You cannot reach the burrs and cleaning them is impossible.  In my experience, coffee grounds got lodged inside the grind-selecting mechanism and it became impossible to turn without putting the thing in a vice, literally!!

Buying Experience

Bought it in a store.  Went inside, bought the machine, took it home.  Great experience all around ! ! !

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