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Braun KM 30 - Rick Andrusz's Review
Posted: February 10, 2002, 9:36am
review rating: 7.8
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Braun KM 30
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Arrow The Braun KM 30 has 34 Reviews
Arrow The Braun KM 30 has been rated 6.55 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Name Ranking
Bob Trancho 8.20
Sheri Richardson 8.00
Rick Andrusz 7.80
Daniel Marsalone 7.66
Lance Goffinet 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 7
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Meijers Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Save up for a Solis Maestro instead.
Positive Product Points

This grinder is a big step up from a whirly-blade. It's adequate for drip brewing.

Negative Product Points

The Braun KM30 generates a lot of coffee dust, which results in a more bitter cup. Depending on the bean, I could rarely tolerate press pot coffee ground with this machine without adding sweetener to the cup, and the last two to three ounces in a 10 ounce cup would be undrinkable sludge.

This grinder is also very loud, which means that since I'm the earliest riser in the house, I had to grind my morning brew the night before to avoid waking everyone else. When grinding in the evening, any conversation taking place in the kitchen would have to pause while the Braun was in operation.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this grinder as a step up from the whirly-blade. It improved the flaver of my drip coffee considerably, but I'd often go back to the bean-banger when grinding for press post because of the dust (and resulting bitterness and sludge) that the Braun generated.

Considering the price, I can't complain about the mechanics of the machine: it held up through several years of daily use, until the burrs finally wore out and the chamber for the grounds developed a crack after one-too-many times through the dishwasher. The plastic housing has a simple, clean design as far as esthetics goes, but access to the burrs for cleaning is awkward. The delivery chute tends to gum up with compacted dust unless brushed out after every use, for which I found using an old toohbrush much more effective than the blade-like tool at the end of the supplyed scoop.

I was happy with this grinder for as long as it lasted. Now that I've replaced it with a Solis Maestro, I see (taste) what I've been missing.

Buying Experience

I bought this off the shelf at Meijers. There was nothing note-worthy about the experiance.

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