Outstanding machine for french press and drip coffee grinding!
Positive Product Points
Outstanding quality, grind setting adjustments very easy, relative ease of cleaning.
Negative Product Points
Glass catcher basin is thin and, fortunately, have not broken it so far. Beans hang in hopper but can be easily pushed in to the grinder.
Purchased this grinder and have used daily for over a year. Used a Maestro Plus (older version) previously for nearly two years. The Proline was a replacement for the Maestro as I started having problems with the grind quality even after sending it back for repair. The Proline is built like a tank and is working as well today as it was when brand new. It grinds at 450 rpm (advertised but I haven't verified) to prevent burning of the beans. The motor is very strong and does not bog down or sound like it is overloaded when grinding. I try to clean it monthly although I have overlooked the monthly cleaning several times and it continues to perform. Cleaning does require removal of some parts but other than a small coin or a screw driver, cleaning brush and cloths, no other tools are required and only takes about 10-15 minutes. I use it for french press and drip coffee as I haven't upgraded to espresso yet. When I first started using it, experimented with different grind settings. A couple of times, got the grind too fine and clogged the drip basket which overflowed. I found the "5" setting the best for drip and "2" for the press. The grinds are consistent and grind size is very easy to set between coarse for a french press and for drip coffee. I use a chopstick to ensure any stray beans are fed in to the hopper. I have only ground dark beans several times and haven't encountered any difficulty with it handling the more oily beans. I recently found a modification that can easily be done here: http://www.mattcaron.net/interests/coffee/kitchenaid_grinder/ Between the two mods shown, I removed the finger protector and also filed off the overhanging "lips" to end up with a modification that is a cross between the two. Very easy to do and as a result, the beans feed better. Only very mild complaint that I have is the upper hopper is heavy glass and the bottom catcher is somewhat thin. Fortunately, I've come close but haven't broken it. It does clash with the Technivorm but the substance of a great cup of coffee is more important to me than style, particularly at 5:30am. Eventually, I'll probably start brewing espresso and am not sure of the capability of this machine for espresso grind but for press and drip, this machine is hard to beat for durability and consistency.
Bought from Amazon and, at the time, offered free shipping. Shipping time was reasonable given that it was free.