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Braun KM 30 - Vasily R's Review
Posted: August 28, 2009, 12:21am
review rating: 6.0
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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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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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: 7.6
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 7
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Local MediaMarkt Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: BOSCH MKM 7000
Bottom Line: Can be tricked to work acceptably - read how
Positive Product Points

-OK, it can be had for cheap
-It's burr grinder. I.e grinds beans
-I like the Bauhaus design of it
-can be modded to work OK

Negative Product Points

- Pretty useless out of the box

Detailed Commentary

OK, so this is not really a review, because the KMM30 is the most-reviewed burr grinder out there.
Go ahead and read 90 pages of Amazon reviews for it, I dare you.
I double dare you to buy the thing after you are finished with the reviews, then
So it has problems with static and dust, and grind unevenness, and everybody knows that
Some people are intent that an old shoe or a bag of stones works better than the KMM30

But IF you have bought it to use for espresso, here is the secret recipe.

#1: do the mod: remove bean hopper by puling it up with your thumbs , reseat the white indicator collar (unclip the 3 clips all around with a thin screwdriver), and set it to a new zero point by ear - i.e. until the burrs touch, then back up a click. NO cutting, NO screws, NO breaking anything is ever necessary. Proceed slow, it's really simple

#2: this I have not been able to find anywhere, but this is IMPORTANT-
to cure problems with static and dust, do the following - take a tablespoon of ground coffee in one hand, take the KMM30 in the other. Feed the ground coffee into the coffee chute like you are feeding a baby or a cat. Make sure it stays there, but do not tamp. Now carefully put it back on the table and never clean the chute with the provided spoon.

What happens is that the coffee in the chute does not allow the new ground coffee to fly out and stick to the bin, making it all a static charged-mess. Also, the grind gets more even because coffee passes more slowly and accurately through the grinder.

So basically it need to stay semi-clogged, or lightly "stuffed". Cleaning it is a bad idea. When it unclogs by itself, repeat the procedure #2

#3 save up for a Gaggia MDF or Rancilio Rocky, enjoy your espressi in the meantime

Have fun!

Buying Experience

Local MediaMarkt - pretty good. They had like 5-6 cheap awful burr grinders, I still think the KMM30 is the least awful out there

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