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Krups GVX231

Coffee Grinders, Hot Beverage Makers - Plastic

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Review of "Krups GVX231"

published 23/10/2005 | phoenixbbs
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Pro Small, looks great, works a treat
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Lets start with a short tale of outstanding customer service - I bought one of these cheap while I was in Canada, but on returning home it didn't work properly (I have a voltage adaptor) - it was just a broken, possibly even refurbished, grinder. That's cheap shopping malls for you :-}

I emailed Krups from their website, and received an email telling me to return the broken one to them for a replacement, which arrived a few days later. Sue, if you ever happen to read this, thanks :-)

The grinder looks quite smart, the main body is black, and it has a brushed chrome control panel and a silver grind control lever. It also has a control to allow it to automatically grind however many cups worth you want.

When you start it grinding, it has a rather funky looking blue LED, but the noise lets you know its working anyway (lets face it, no grinder is quiet). This is a burr grinder, rather than a blade grinder, so it works like a pepper mill, rather than a liquidiser.

Burr grinders are reputedly the best type for coffee lovers, as the resulting coffee "meal" is consistent, whereas a blade grinder just roughly chops the beans.

This is quite an important difference if you want to use a "proper" espresso machine, as the quality of the coffee you get out depends on the quality of the bean and the coarseness of the grind you put in. Too thick a grind will result in a weak coffee with little or no crema (the thick frothy foam you should be getting on the top) - and this grinder works a treat !

The upper half of the burr can be removed easily for cleaning (twist to lock / remove), and the container for collecting the meal fits neatly underneath with a satisfying click of a safety switch.

The lid of the hopper you put the beans into also has a safety switch, and you may find you need to keep this held in place while it grinds (which takes maybe 20 seconds for 4 cups) - this is probably as close as I can get to criticising it in any way.

Would I recommend it ? - i'm off for another coffee ! :-)

Note: the picture for the review is wrong, but I wasn't given the option of specifying the correct one - if I get chance i'll put a proper picture on my website at http://www.phoenixbbs.co.uk/krups.jpg" target="blank" class="content-image-link"> krups.jpg" class="content-image" />

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  • pgn0 published 21/08/2009
    After the demise of our 15+ year-old Siemens coffee mill last month, I am looking for a replacement - and this is on Amazon for a gnats whisker less than 40quid, so off we go...
  • Nar published 25/10/2005
    Sadly in the UK consumers have yet to get the chance of American style filter coffee machines - so we dont get the grinder unlike American & Canadian markets do - you just get a filter for ready prepared powder and boil water system into a carafe jug with a thermoplate underneath. Ive always wanted one so that I can get my own beans and choose what I want to drink because not all coffee companies offer the vast families of beans ready to grind and drink.
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Product Information : Krups GVX231

Manufacturer's product description

Coffee Grinders, Hot Beverage Makers - Plastic

Product Details

EAN: 3045388132155

Colour: Black

Manufacturer: Krups

Maximum Capacity in Grams: 200

Maximum Wattage: 1100

Housing Material: Plastic

Type of Grinder: Flat Burr

Aroma Switch: without Aroma Switch

Type of Jug: Glass Jug

Pad/Capsules System: No

Milk Foamer: No

Maximum Volume in Cups: 12

Filter System: Swing Filter

Water Filter: without Water Filter

Integrated Coffee Grinder: with Integrated Coffee Grinder

Type: Filter Coffee Maker

Pressure System: No Pressure System

Timer: without Timer

Cup Warmer: without Cup Warmer

Type of Electronic Infoscreen: No

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