Gives me full satisfaction of my espressos, and leaves me with money over for good coffee beans.
Positive Product Points
Decent looks, concistent result, great value for money. Works great with my Krups FNC154 espresso maker!
Negative Product Points
Needs maintenance on a regular basis, somewhat difficult to figure out what coarseness setting is needed.
So, I had the opportunity to actually tell my wife what I wanted for christmas, and since I've had problems lately with my previous grinder I decide to make a wish for a new coffee grinder. My choice went for the Krups GVX based on basically the looks aswell as the pricerange. Afterall, I am one of those that rather spend my money buying decent coffee beans, rather than fancy gear to make my daily shots of the black magic. No sooner then the night after it was bought, I found Coffeegeek on the web, and to my sadness I saw that this grinder was judged by others supposedly marginally better then using a hammer and a bag for having the beans grinded for espresso making. So it was with mixed feelings I opened the package brought by Santa himself, longing for the first attempts of Espresso.
I know from my previous years of experience (The last 7 years that I've been attempting to stay in Espresso-Wonderland), that for making a great espresso, it's really more to it, than just placing coffee in the holder and activating the machine. What I did find out with this grinder, is that it will produce a good espresso of moderate to high quality beans, but it forced me to rethink in how to set up the coarse level of my favourite coffees. Discouraged from previous reviews I tried the finest setting from the beginning, but as it turned out, that was way to dusty for making espresso on my machine. Time has tought me that the right setting for my beans would be at around 3-5 depending on the coffee. For my best beans I will need the somewhat coarse setting, whilst for the more economically priced beans I will have to use a slightly finer setting.
I do not agree with previous reviews that there is no significant changes to the coarseness of the coffee useless of what setting is choosen, at least on my grinder the coarseness setting works well, and will give me anything from way to dusty all the way to really coarse coffee for boiling in a pot, Nordic style.
Works well for espresso in my Krups FNC154, no problems for a 20-25 sec throughput time, and a nice thick crema.
Only flaws worth mentioning, is that you have to take care of maintenance, and clean the grinder as dust build-up can cause undesireable sudden coffee-dust mess around the unit if you leave it uncleaned. I do it once a week, and since then, no problems. It has a slight tendency to attempt to grind the air, but to me that is not a serious problem, a friendly shake and you are away again.
Supermarket in Sweden... Get in, pick your box, pay, and get out. Don't bother the staff, since there is none availible for help anyhow... I choosed this vendor because of that they were the cheapest for this product, and they had it in stock. Otherwise I prefer others.