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KitchenAid Retro Burr - Purple Pig's Review
Posted: March 27, 2005, 11:57am
review rating: 6.0
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Arrow The KitchenAid Retro Burr has 35 Reviews
Arrow The KitchenAid Retro Burr has been rated 6.21 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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Lance Goffinet 8.07
Eric Nager 7.66
C. A. Brooks 7.60
Jason Ashbaugh 7.40
Marietta VB 7.17

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.0
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 6
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 0
Price Paid: $90.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: herbergers Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: la pavoni PABURR
Bottom Line: I don't like it ( was - Good burr grinder for under $100. Good looks, no plastic and easy to clean)
Positive Product Points

Seems good for drip and french press. Easy to adjust. Holds 1 lb of beans. No plastic.

Negative Product Points

Failure mode causes coffee to spray all over (3-5 ft). Eek!

It has static. Leaves a small mess after grinding. It requires cleaning to prevent clogging up on a periodic basis. I do this between 1 lb loads.

Detailed Commentary

I like this machine for now. I plan to buy another if I ever get the espresso bug. I haven't read up on the mod to this machine yet, but I think I will probably want a dedicated espresso grinder rather than switching back and forth. I probably will get a Solis or Rancillio some time in the future.

I put a special hook under the counter to hold the brush that comes with it, This is essential because this machine generates a lot of static (like my old LaPavoni PA-BURR did). If I let the machine set for a few minutes, most of it dissipates, but I still have to sweep up.

It has a nice counter appeal that made it an easy sell for my wife.

Buying Experience

Item was low enough price to get me to buy. I was planning for a Solis Maeastro+ but had not tracked one down.

Ah yes - caveat emptor

Three Month Followup


One Year Followup

In the year I have owned this machine, it has progressed from a slightly finicky drip coffee grinder to an erratic coffee ground sprayer.

It still looks good on the counter, but thats only because I have not replaced it yet. I am using my old whirlyblade as I am tired of sweeping up coffee sprayed all over.

Perhaps I will start a web page where I show others how to convert this machine for use in applying textured ceilings.

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