Very consistent grind Step-less adjustment Sturdy and robust Nice polished stainless steel finish Small footprint Low cost
Negative Product Points
Difficult to single-dose because of shape of exit chute Sharp edges Dedicated espresso grinder
I simply love this grinder. I can't understand why it isn't the darling of the home-barista community.
It has conical burrs that produce a very consistent and forgiving grind. I can use almost any coffee on the same setting and it is always a drinkable shot. If you want to adjust the grind size you can do so with truly infinite precision due to the worm gear adjustment. I use a bottomless portafilter with this grinder and get beautiful pours every time with no signs of channeling.
The small size of the grinder is great for home use where it fits nicely under cabinets. Furthermore, it is built like a tank. I have one in the office that takes a lot of abuse from clueless espresso drinkers, and the think keeps plugging along like the day it was new. There is very little plastic on this thing, and I can't imagine that it will ever break.
To try and be critical, there are a few small issues. It is designed to dose directly into the portafilter, and is reasonably well designed to do so. However, as the filter basket fills there is a tendency for static to fling grounds outside of the basket. I personally prefer to dose into a small paper cup in which I weight the grounds before filling my portafilter. However, doing so requires some slightly tricky hand positions to hold the cup and activate the grinder.
Others have complained about the chute being difficult to remove and re-attach, but I have not had this problem. However, the shape of the chute means that you have to remove it if you want to single dose. As a result, I usually waste a few grams of coffee to purge the stale grounds instead of fussing with the chute.
I have bought three of these things for home/work and I am having a really hard time considering any other grinder.