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Briel Java Grinder - James Schulman's Review
Posted: September 25, 2001, 6:33am
review rating: 6.0
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Briel Java Grinder
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Arrow The Briel Java Grinder has 10 Reviews
Arrow The Briel Java Grinder has been rated 5.66 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
James Schulman 6.00
Antony Prince 6.00
Kirby 6.00
John Green 5.00
Peter 4.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 3.8
Manufacturer: Briel Quality: 4
Average Price: $75.00 Usability: 2
Price Paid: $60.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: can't remember Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 2 years Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Solis Mulino
Bottom Line: It works; you'll wish it didn't
Positive Product Points

Inexpensive, full & adjustable range of grinds, consistent grinds, reliable

Negative Product Points

Not suitable for single dose grinding, hard to clean, noisy, spews coffee grounds, doser doesn‘t work.

Detailed Commentary

I hated this grinder - it worked well enough so that I didn‘t want to ditch it, but it was really unpleasant to use.  It sounds like an airraid siren, and it generates so much static that you can use it for a science experiment. Finally, the thing has to be disassembled at 1/2 lb grind intervals for cleaning.  Cleaning consists mainly of using a metal pick to lever out coffee beans stuck into the slotted sides of the upper burr grinder (why these slots were there I don‘t know)

Although it'll grind everything from french press to turkish, about 15 - 20 grams of coffee gets stuck in the works.  So it won't do for single dose espresso grinding -- you'll be getting the last dose you ground

I know it‘s only sixty dollars, but if you value your time & ears, buy something more expensive. I use the Solis Mulino now, and I'm a happy camper. The "would buy again" marker seems to be stuck on yes, please ignore it

Buying Experience

Internet order, but I don't remember from where.

Three Month Followup

My comments stand with one small proviso. Most grinders at this pricepoint don't work at all, so the Briel isn't quite as awful as I said. I guess my basic advice is to avoid all grinders at this price point, and to either spend more on a new grinder or hunt for a bargain price on a used one.

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