I like this coffee grinder!

I like this coffee grinder. I has all the grind settings anyone could ever need, grinds consistently and evenly and is not too noisy. I use it to grind espresso which is a fine grind that requires a lot of consistency, and it does that very well with the right kind of bean.

It will not, however, handle oily beans. If you put an oily, deep roasted bean in it, it will jam constantly. Mine arrived in good shape, with no damage to the packing, but the chute was installed by someone who tightened the screws too much and is cracked on both sides and the wire that holds the portafilter underneath the chute holds it slightly to one side so my grounds tend to pile up on the right side and spill out before I have enough to fill the filter.

grinding coffee

Over all I am mostly please with this coffee  grinder. It seems sturdy and has functioned well on a daily basis for about a year now. And, if you don’t mind the drawbacks mentioned above, this grinder is probably the best coffee grinder for the money that you can buy. If you do mind the drawbacks mentioned above (or like oily, dark roasts) be prepared to spend more money. A good grinder makes all the difference in the world to coffee, and I personally am only sorry that I waited so long to buy one.

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Excellent espresso machine for a coffee lover

Excellent espresso machine. I love espresso and wanted to learn how to make them at home. This just about as much as I could justify spending. The next step up features double boilers and is more automatic, but start at 2X-4X the cost. Lots of research later and I decided to get this one. Very happy with this machine and would not hesitate to buy it again. If you’re new to pulling espresso shots there is a learning curve and some variables that you have to learn to control besides the beans quality.

More on espresso: The Sweet Home: Buying the best espresso machine grinder

However, that is precisely what intrigued me. I typically shy away from fully automatic things that take away the element of art and user control. I love to learn how and why things work and don’t work. After a little while, you’ll learn to recognize pretty quickly what you did wrong and why the taste is off. And you’ll also feel pretty good about yourself when you begin to consistently pull very tasty shots. This machine has not disappointed me anyway and exceeded my expectations.

Other resources: http://lavues.com/espresso-machine