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Krups GVX Grinders - Jeff Pitt's Review
Posted: January 24, 2006, 5:34pm
review rating: 5.0
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Krups Quality: 8
Average Price: $60.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Linens n' Things Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Mr. Coffee blade grinder
Bottom Line: Good burr grinder that is affordable and makes great drip and press pot coffee.  I would not recommend this machine for espresso due to lack of grind settings and lack of grind fineness.
Positive Product Points

I like the ability to control the grind consistency and have the machine automatically shut off when it reaches the amount of coffee you wanted to grind.

Negative Product Points

Grinder can frequently clog when operating, which is really annoying.

Detailed Commentary

I had a previous review of this product, but since I have owned it for longer I am re-writing a more detailed commentary.
The krups GVX is a flat-burr grinder that has one adjustable knob for controlling the coarseness or fineness of the grind; 17 settings in all.  Another knob on the front of the grinder allows you to select how many cups of coffee you want to grind beans for.  I really liked this feature as it took a lot of guesswork out of how many beans you had to grind.  When the Krups is finished grinding the amount of beans you want it shuts off automatically.  I actually found the cup setting on the Krups to work very well with my Phillips drip coffee machine.

I had previously mentioned that I thought this grinder was good for making espresso.  I take back that comment, but not all the way.  The GVX worked well for my small Krups "steam toy".  However, I recently purchased a Francis Francis! X5 espresso machine and the Krups just couldn't handle the commercial portafilter.  I do however, think this grinder will work well with espresso machines that have pressurized portafilters as you don't need such a fine grind for those.  If you want to use this grinder for a commercial style portafilter forget it, it does not have enough grind settings, nor does it possess the ability to grind fine enough.  I did think this grinder made excellent drip coffee and it can grind coarse enough for a press pot.  If you are looking for a grinder that does a good job with these two methods then I highly recommend the krups.  

One thing that really got on my nerves with this grinder was how often it would clog up when grinding beans.  At first it only happened on occassion, but after I had the grinder for 2 months I noticed that the beans would clog more and more often.  This is really annoying because it totally negates the convenience of the automatic grinding feature I mentioned earlier.  Another minor annoyance I had with this machine were the "safety" buttons that had to be depressed when operating the grinder.  On this grinder there is a small plastic button that is depressed when you put the lid on the hopper as well as another button that is depressed when you slide the grounds catcher into place.  If for any reason one of the buttons popped up the grinder would stop.  This was a small problem with the hopper, but it didn't make grinding coffee impossible.  It hardly ever gave me a problem.

All in all I feel that if you are looking for an affordable grinder that will make a great cup of drip or french press coffee I highly recommend the Krups GVX.  It is a good grinder despite a few small annoying features.  When I had it I used it daily, sometimes more than once.  The grinder never broke and always performed well.  The way it is designed (despite it being all plastic) really makes it difficult for pieces to break so you don't have to worry about the burr mount breaking or anything like that.  I was very pleased when I had this grinder and I think you will be too.

Buying Experience

Bought it at Linens n' Things for $50.00.  Didn't have any problems.  I also returned it to Linens n' Things,  Not because it is a bad grinder, but because it no longer meets my needs.  I have since purchased a Solis Maestro Plus so I can get a finer grind for my Francis! X5.  Didn't have any problems returning the grinder to LNT; service was excellent.

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