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KitchenAid ProLine Grinder - Doug Dollahan's Review
Posted: November 14, 2005, 11:54pm
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Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine Grinder has 74 Reviews
Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine Grinder has been rated 8.01 overall by our member reviewers
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 8
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $159.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: EverythingHome Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Aesthetic, heavy duty, easy to use, great support...worth every penny!
Positive Product Points

Functionality is most important, the style is also a plus. Heavy duty. Nice overall machine.

Negative Product Points

Hmmm, well considering the other reviews I read, the ledge on the hopper is noticable, but not bad. The worst part about this model is that it drops grounds when removing the ground coffee from the unit...that isn't too bad at all.

Detailed Commentary

I read the other reviews, including the one that was featured on the first page of this website. I tried the factory settings and they seemed to do a fine job grinding beans for my press pot. When I tried to dial it in to grind espresso, I had to (follow the instructions) and remove the front dial and calibrate the unit.  My experience, being new to the home coffee scene is that there is alot of experimentation involved.  I played with my Saeco Classico for two weeks before deciding that it wasn't my fault that the portafilter was leaking.  

The same applies to getting a good espresso grind. Using several brands of beans and buying a new portafilter, it was apparent how important the tamping is.  The first several dozen shots I pulled had an almost non-exisistent crema.  Upon reading several comments on various forums I tried some of the suggestions on tamping. I am looking for a good tamper as what I am using isn't really made to do the job. I'm very happy with this grinder, thanks to good advice and some patience.

Buying Experience

I'll rate it 7...Everythinghome had this machine listed at $159, with shipping was $162, not bad although I had to wait two weeks as it wasn't in stock.  They didn't charge my CC until it shipped though.  No troubles here.

Three Month Followup

Following instructions on this website, I taped the plastic wheel with teflon tape. The grinder consistently gives great results.

One Year Followup

Still going srong, keeping me in coffee, great machine.

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