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Kitchen Equipment Expert Shares Top Pick for Burr Grinders



Equipment expert Adam Ried reviews burr grinders with Bridget.

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  1. Forget these. Look at a Eureka Mignon. The inexpensive Filtro is excellent for consistent grind for drip coffee, and they have other models that do drip and espresso or espresso. I threw away my Rancilio Rocky and love the Eureka Mignon Filtro. I'd also look at the Fellow Ode now that it has new burrs that allow it to grind finer than the original burrs. There's a lot more on the market than this would have you believe, and I considered all of these and ended up going with the Eureka Mignon Filtro when I bought my Moccamaster KBGV Select. Perfect pairing. If you want a timer so you don't have to hold in a power button on the side, upgrade to the Eureka Mignon Crono. I bought my Filtro from Seattle Coffee Gear because they offered the smoked black hopper, so it always looks clean. And unlike the Rancilio Rocky I struggled with for years, the Filtro takes the beans in evenly without any need to stop and move the beans around.

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  2. Plastic breaks on a tile floor as well. Plastic also tends to have more static cling issues than glass. KitchenAid replacement glass was $13 last I checked.

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  3. I've been using my Encore for about eighten months. I use it with my Moccamaster. Moka Pot or AeroPress. It's a joy to use and produces great results every time…

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  4. I had two Capresso's purchased at Costco. In my experience they last around 18 to 24 months. I end up returning both due to Costco's great return policy. The problem was always the shoot getting clogged and even after cleaning r=several times, it would not grind the coffee. When it was working it was great but this seems to be a flaw they have in the long run.

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  5. Noise is a huge factor for me…I had Cuisinart for 21 years, and for much if that time I drank 2 cups of coffee a day, grind end ough fir 2-3 days in one CLICK, and never have too wake up my whole house by doing it at 5am. My Cuisinart Supreme broke and I bought one identical to it…but it apparently from reading learned it is a flat Burr grinder and plastic all in it. It stopped already but was not usable for jump. Each click even set to 14 cups, only spinner/grinds for about 1 minute, a teaspoon of powder, and after 3 times, still not a scoop even, it us so hot it shuts off. ARE THERE ANY GRINDERS THAT WILL GRIND A HALF A POUND ST S TIME ANYMORE? I am shocked, this is ruining my life–I was clicking it everytime I walked by just to have enough for 1 cup in the
    morning? It was so hot for about an hour after say, 3 in a row, it flipped my breaker! Where us the timer on it–if want it off?L

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  6. Kind of a disappointing lackluster videos. I'd have rather seen a long form going over every pro an con of each grinder and not just a, "we think these are the best". User preferences and usage can widely vary between a professional and your average Joe. Some may be looking for a quieter machine. Durabilty be damned, some prefer glass over plastic because of static. Some might be looking for small batches over large. Some are looking for the easiest to clean or is the most beginner user friendly. Ones that don't rely on computer electronics that might break. Machines that can handle oily beans or hell, even the long term durability of the parts and motor.

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  7. I bought the Capresso based on the ATK review. It does a great job of grinding but has a horrible static electricity problem when grinding dark roasted coffee beans. The instructions say to tap the container to dispel the static charge but it doesn't do any good. When you pull the container of ground coffee out, it spews them all over the counter top. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent this? It's fine with lighter roasted beans.

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  8. Hello I would like to know which meat grinder is best in quality n price too thank you?

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  9. I have had a Bodum Bistro for about a year now and am very happy with the results I get from it. It's not a grinder for espresso (I have a Baratza Sette 270 Wi for espresso) but for single dose French Press and pour over grinds it is serving me well. I have not experienced it throwing grinds all over the counter and suspect the reason your test kitchen had that issue was because of static which is easily remedied by adding a few drops of water (or mist) to your beans and giving them a quick stir. Also when I watched your test kitchen video https://youtu.be/O7LAzSKgeoQ it looks as if you tried to grind more coffee into the bin than what it is designed to hold thus you had some overflow. To anyone on the fence about the Bodum I would say buy it from Amazon (but not for espresso), and return it in within 30 days if you dont like it, but I am having a hard time justifying replacing mine with anything else in that price range right now.

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  10. Our Capresso just totally died after about a year and a half. Not impressed. Customer service only offered to have us pay $65 for a new one. No thanks 🙂

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  11. I own the Kitchen-Aid grinder. I bought it specifically because of the glass receptacle, not in spite of it. Static is not a problem as with some plastic receptacle units. Unfortunately there was no information given as to its grinding abilities. This was a very lazy review video. Not very informative at all. There were 10 burr grinders but they only commented on 5 of them, and most of the comments were minimal or not pertaining to the grinding ability, eg. a glass receptacle that you might break if you're a klutz. You'd better not use glasses or plates at home either, just stick with paper products.

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  12. I’ve used the Capresso 565 (metal body) for 10 years. It performs well for french press and Aeropress grinds. I don’t have an espresso maker. I grind three or days worth at a time because cleanup is a pain and I’d rather not do that every morning. Some gripes: 1. The hopper, bin and timer knobs are all fragile. I’ve had to order replacements for all three. 2. The timer/switch failed in the ON position after about eight years, so I now must unplug it to to turn off. The safety switch actuated by the hopper failed in the OFF position. It’s impossible to buy a replacement, so I bypassed the switch to get it working again. If I weren’t the only user I would have thrown the unit out. When it’s time to replace it I’ll see if I can find something a bit more robust.

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  13. https://youtu.be/O7LAzSKgeoQ

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  14. Best lower cost models are which ?

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  15. One issue I find with asking "random people" is they often can't tell anything apart anyway. You need to ask chefs and people who taste for a living because there's a lot that isn't noticed by normies lol.

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  16. The glass container has no static problem like plastic does.

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  17. After this review Baratza increased the price by 21%. Hopefully a new update will be along soon

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  18. The problem with this review is it didn't cover the topic of espresso grind which MANY users use.

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  19. Capresso…having trouble doing course grind, would love to see america's test kitchen on the results of the capresso grinding at course/medium…my results are not good :/

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  20. Hi — I love you guys and have been watching for several years. I just need to report that your top pick for burr grinders, the Baratza Encore, needs to be revisited. Ours worked three times and then stopped working, and I have read reviews at Amazon that state the same problem. I wonder if it is a recent problem due to a change in manufacturing or some such. Anyway, I trust you guys, so can you investigate? Other reviewers at Amazon say that they bought the Baratza because they trust ATK, like I do and still do.

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  21. After watching this and doing further research, I bought the Capresso Infinity PLUS, at $159, which does a very good job of even extra fine grind, all the way to coarse. It also works very well for a single cup. So, it was a compromise between the Baratza and the Capresso Infinity. Very pleased.

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  22. test Kitchen 2018 – best grinder 130.00…. 2021 same grinder 139.00…… 2022 same grinder 170.00. We are getting dupped on EVERYTHING. Good times. 😉

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  23. I'm somewhat skeptical about your findings. Other reviews from your test kitchen don't compare apples to apples. You don't include all options with your tests and this seems more like a repeat of a past test you had from 2018. I still appreciate your reviews even though I don't feel your findings or information is totally accurate.

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  24. I bought an expensive knife sharpener based on this channel. It was garbage

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  25. Somehow we missed the boat. My favorite Burr Grinder is a manual model. They didn't even have one in the lineup. Takes less space as it is very small compared to the electric lineup. I wouldn't trade mine for any of the ones in this lineup. Mine is a TIMEMORE Chestnut C2 MAX Manual Coffee Grinder. It has quite a few selections for fineness of grind. I was impressed the minute I pulled it out of the box as it is a lot heavier than I expected.

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  26. this is like the main stream media version of youtube coffee channels

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  27. I wish they would have mentioned loudness I've had the Capresso Stainless for 5 years and it's the quietest grinder I've ever owned.

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  28. I want a spice grinder,one that can grind harder spices,coffee without breaking

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  29. Price went up but what do you do?
    I ordered the winner.
    Thanks for the review!!!

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  30. No matter what your pick,clean them by grinding white rice thru them once in a while,it removes the build up of oils within the burrs.

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  31. Also when tasting coffee if it’s not espresso you’re not going to notice the tiny differences in the beans and grind size

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  32. I love my breville !!!!!!!!

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  33. I wonder why Kitchen Aid stand mixers don't make an attachment burr grinder? That would be great! It works for grinding meats, wy not something for coffee beans?

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