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Solis Mulino - Lin Phillips's Review
Posted: September 22, 2002, 8:52am
review rating: 6.7
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Arrow The Solis Mulino has 20 Reviews
Arrow The Solis Mulino has been rated 6.58 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Scott Rothstein 8.00
Ben Alpers 8.00
Eli Castro 8.00
David Marley 7.83
James Schulman 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 1.8
Manufacturer: Solis Quality: 2
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 2
Price Paid: $120.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Fantes.com Aesthetics 1
Owned for: 1 year Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: Advanced Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Starbucks Barista
Bottom Line: Don't even spare this grinder a glance
Positive Product Points

Bean chamber holds a lot and the lid fits securely.  Receiving cup snaps firmly in place.  Easy to adjust fineness of grind.  I guess it beats a non-electric hand-crank grinder.

Negative Product Points

This gadget is just plain ugly, old-fashioned and cumbersome-looking.  Construction isn't terribly sound.  Those grounds that get stuck in the innards exasperate me to no end.  Static.

Detailed Commentary

I hate this thing! I hate it! I've been dying to tell somebody for ages now, how much this detestable gadget irks me!

Okay. *deep breath* First of all, this isn't even on the market anymore. Well, ain't that just spiffy, that I managed to buy this gadget before an improved model was introduced. My bad luck.

Let me tell you what I go through every morning. I set my water boiling for my Hario Nouveau vacuum brewer. Then I go to grind my coffee. I turn the knob (which arrived from the retailer with the numbers already worn off). I hear the grinder working (who can miss it?) and I see the beans in the chamber funneling downward. But there are no grounds emerging! In desperation, I pick up the grinder and slap it, shake it, and pummel it in an effort to get those grounds to come out. They do, but only reluctantly, and for all I know that's the coffee I ground yesterday and which by now is stale. Hello! That negates the advantage of buying a grinder in the first place! And I ask you, is this a nice way to start the day?

Oh, and in regards to durability, I dropped this once (not on purpose--I swear) and a crack appeared on that round thingy in the bean chamber right where the beans fall to the burrs. Sorry for my technical jargon.

I'd ditch this thing and buy another model, but I just don't have another $120 to throw away right now.

Buying Experience

I've bought a couple of things from Fantes.com and their service and timeliness were more than satisfactory.

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