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Braun KM 30 - Sheri Richardson's Review
Posted: August 19, 2001, 12:54pm
review rating: 8.0
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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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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: 4.8
Manufacturer: Braun Quality: 2
Average Price: $65.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 6 months Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Good overall; some quirks; knob breakage
Positive Product Points

Step up from blade grinder.
Adequate bean storage.
Twenty-two (22) grind settings.
Easy to use.
Includes combination scoop/scraper.
Measure accurate at one level scoop per cup.

Negative Product Points

Burr inaccessible for cleaning.
Lid pops off during grinding.
Grinds clump on recepticleís side.
Knob falls off, breaks.

Detailed Commentary

Braun KMM 30 G, black, purchased 2/2001 from WebVan (RIP), US$59.95.

This was my first step up from a blade grinder. Daily needs are for six to ten (6-10) cups of coffee. Havenít moved up to espresso yet, so can offer no comments in that regard.

First thing I learned when using this grinder was to keep a firm hand atop the recepticle during grinding, otherwise the force of output could pop off the lid and scatter grounds everywhere. Second was that the grounds adhered to the inside of the output container and needed a firm rap on the lid to dislodge them before opening. Care was also needed getting grounds from the container due to the large opening at its back. Third, that the only facility for cleaning the burr was the scraper provided to clear any clogs.

Grinder isnít quiet but that wasnít an issue for me. The variety of grind settings was and I have yet to find the level that doesnít produce sediment with a gold filter (currently up to 10; even the finest espresso setting was okay with paper filters).

With these quirks learned, Iíve been happy enough with the Braun KMM 30 grinder. I prefer very strong coffee, so the scoopís one-level-measure-per-cup worked well.

The biggest problem Iíve had with this grinder is its knob. Whether from poor-quality materials or an ill fit, the knob fell off regularly and slivers shaved off its plastic, the knob eventually cracking and today finally breaking completely. Braun doesnít list a replacement part on its website and the only local service center isnít open Sundays, so Iím reduced to using pliers until I can find a part or replace the grinder. Buying a backup knob is recommended if youíre considering this grinder.

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