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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
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 25.10.2005 18:26
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.
The new Krups GVX242 Expert Pro Combi Grinder has been designed to give coffee lovers the ... more
results they deserve and expect. It's burr milling system is just a smaller version of that used in professional coffee shops and thanks to the ground size selector you can choose the right level of grinding for your desired coffee drink. An updated version of the already best selling GVX231 model.