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KitchenAid ProLine Grinder - Richard Abrams's Review
Posted: September 8, 2006, 1:17pm
review rating: 7.0
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Bill Miano 9.17
Robert Uy. 8.94
Gino Magnotta 8.67
Donny Raus 8.63
Randall Nortman 8.57

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 8
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: John Lewis Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Acceptable value well made machine which contributes to making Italian coffee bar standard home espresso.
Positive Product Points

Good looking, great quality, low speed grinder which delivers acceptable grind range for prosumer espresso, vacpot and filter.  Nice and heavy and satisfying to use.  Glass hopper and bin seem to elicit zero static cling.

Negative Product Points

A neat integrated handle on the coffee bin would have been nice!  Why on earth didn't they engineer a full grind range?

Detailed Commentary

Note that this is the first grinder I have bought for myself (being fairly new onto the serious coffee drinking scene), so bear that in mind with this review.  I should also point out, though, that I'm a bit of a cynic and not normally a 'I bought one of these so it must be the best' type of person.

I can't help thinking that the poor old ProLine (marketed in Europe as the Artisan) grinder has been a bit unlucky in having its overall CoffeeGeek average dragged down by some rather unforgiving reviews.  Most of these seem to have been due to faulty machines.

I had a similar experience to the CoffeeGeek reviewer, in that on full fine I clogged my machine.  Actually, having read the earlier user reviews of this machine on this site, complaining about the inadequate espresso grind, the first thing I did after unpacking it was adjust the grind to max fine, using the 'one notch back from touching burrs' method (it sounds like this had already been done by the importer in the case of the CoffeeGeek review machine).  Result:  My Elektra MC Semi-automatica blew the filter into the portafilter after about 20 seconds of huffing and puffing, which I guess says something about the power of Elektra diaphragm pumps.  OK, it wasn't a fully roll-edged official Elektra filter, but it had been fine up to that point.  I still can't get the filter out of the p/f, fortunately the machine came with a spare p/f.  So, if you need finer than that, well, I'm not sure what sort of machines you guys have!

So, one notch back, I compared the output with the pre-ground espresso which I had in the kitchen.  I noticed that the grind was quite even, but had the hint of fluffiness noted by the CG reviewer, which may well be due to the different configuration of the burrs.

Subsequent experimentation suggests that the grinder works well with the slightly oiler beans (Waitrose espresso roasted are quite good in this respect, no don't laugh, try some (UK only)).  Either way, I am drinking better coffee now than I was with shop ground.

I don't drink a lot of non-espresso, but have tried coarser grinds for French presses and vacpots once or twice and the results have been quite acceptable.

Only other point is that I have developed a habit of rattling the bin under the spring loaded grinder output seal just prior to withdrawing it, otherwise some grounds drop out onto the baseplate, which is noticeable as I went for the cream coloured version.  And, yes, beans do hang up occasionally in the hopper, but not particularly often.

Buying Experience

John Lewis in Southampton, England.  Generally regarded as a good retailer (staff are all shareholders) and did not quibble when I swapped the unused first one for a different colour after having second thoughts.

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