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Braun KM 30 - Stanley Zolenski's Review
Posted: August 17, 2004, 5:06pm
review rating: 7.0
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Braun KM 30
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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: 3.6
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 2
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $43.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Bed Bath and Beyond Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 2 months Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Braun model before this one.
Bottom Line: Ear plugs should have been included.  I guess if you "had" to have this grinder based on price, it's better than canned coffee.
Positive Product Points
  1.  Smooth fitting covers and edges.
  2.  Low height.
  3.  Removable grounds bin.
Negative Product Points
  1.  L O U D !!!
  2.  Non removable "hopper".
  3.  Non replacable burs.
  4.  Inconsistent grind.
  5.  Broke after 2 months use.
  6.  Did I mention L O U D?
Detailed Commentary

Our previous burr grinder went "south".  We went with the Braun burr due to the fact that we were pleased with the previous Braun burr we had, using it only for drip coffee we bought this model.

The first thing I noticed after setting it up was I was unable to remove the hopper.  It has a sort of plastic locking collar inside the unit during manufacturing, preventing you from removing it.  Two things came to mind.  First, I would be unable to properly clean out the burrs, and second, I am unable to change the burrs.
When we put beans into the hopper and turned it on, I thought it was going to eat itself.  The grinder produced an irritating high whinned pitch and was extremely loud.
The next morning I woke up, went into the kitchen and ground some coffee to make a pot and bring the wife a cup.  Before the grinding stopped, the wife came into the kitchen and indicated she never wanted to hear that "thing" again in the morning.

We adjusted the times we used the grinder however, it simply broke within 2 months and we threw it away.

Now for drip, we use a Kitchen Aid A-9 and love it to death...For drip of course.  We have a "proper" grinder for our espresso, and Rocky does not complain a bit.

Buying Experience

Bed, Bath and Beyond.  What can you say.  Walked in, paid for it, walked out.

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