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KitchenAid ProLine Grinder - Benson Tongue's Review
Posted: January 3, 2004, 6:44pm
review rating: 6.3
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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: 5.6
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 8
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Williams Sonoma Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Krups and Braun blade grinder
Bottom Line: Relatively expensive and unable to produce a fine grind.
Positive Product Points

Looks and build quality

Negative Product Points

Coarseness of grinds, difficulty of cleaning, amount of ground build-up in machine.

Detailed Commentary

There are quite a few bad points- enough that I just returned it to where I purchased it. The grind is very coarse. Even after taking the front piece off and manually adjusting the burr grinders to their minimum clearance it wouldn't produce anything finer than a fine drip grind. Nowhere close to, to take a specific examply, Illy preground espresso. So that's point one (and a big one). The machine is also rather poorly designed for coffee throughput. There are multiple ledges above the vertical throat on which beans can, and do, sit. Whole beans can and do get lodged within the inner workings. Ground beans also accumulate within the workings. It's difficult and messy to clean all the old grinds out when switching coffees.After removing the glass catch basket extra grinds will always fall out onto the machine base. The glass catch basket is not solidly attached in any way and it is very easy to knock it off the base. I am certain it would have eventually been broken had I kept the unit. The final negative point is that the coffee I brewed with it was "good" but when I went out and bought a different brand (Solis Maestro) the results improved dramatically due to the uniformity and fineness of the grind.

As a point of reference, I'm a mechanical engineer and have no problem with mechanisms. I'm very confident, after having pulled the unit apart and then put it back together, that the results I got couldn't be improved upon with the unit I had. It's conceivable that this was a "lemon" but I wasn't interested in finding out by getting a different unit.

Buying Experience

Buying from Williams Sonoma is always a pleasure. They are completely accommodating and took back the grind without a question.

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