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Burr Coffee Grinders: Recs?

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Burr Coffee Grinders: Recs?

Will Owen | Mar 28, 2008 10:20 AM

Shopping for yet another item I'd like some advice on - coffee grinders this time. I have a little Braun chopper, but I have to agree with those who disparage the performance of these things, at least for coffee. For spices the blade works okay, but for coffee I want the consistent and controllable grind that only a burr-grinder can give.

SmallAppliance.com has several reputable brands for sale at decent prices - Krups, Cuisinart, Capresso and Bodum. The Krups and Cuisinart are offered at around $60, while the Bodum and Capresso, both much larger machines, are around $130. So unless there are good reasons to avoid either or both, I'm leaning towards the Krups and Cuisinart. The Krups GVX2 is $60, down from a list price of $90; the Cuisinart DBM-8 is $50, marked down from $60. The Cuisinart is both bigger and fancier, meaning more complex, and both of those things make me lean towards the Krups.

Does anyone have any experience with these or similar machines? I'm in no great hurry, but a friend just back from Guatemala presented me with a bag of coffee from there that she says is "fabulous," which set me to looking for a grinder worthy of it. And thanks for any advice y'all can give.

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