Excellent device, easily operated and cleaned, works well, priced right.
Positive Product Points
Quietest quality grinder available. Inexpensive compared to similar quality motored grinders. Excellent grind for Espresso. Easy to use. Easy to clean. Looks good. Takes no permanent counter space, can be placed in cabinet and is completely portable. No power cords or batteries required. Can be used outdoors.
Negative Product Points
Requires muscle power. Hopper could use a filling chute. Coarse grinds such as for French press are not as consistant in size.
Don't listen to these guys tell you you need to spend hundreds of dollars for a quality espresso grinder. There are better, but not at this price. This one goes for $70 US range. Conical burr grinder works best at finer grinds. Coarser grinds are relatively uneven but nowhere near as uneven as a whirly blade. My grinder appears to be manufactured of Maple and brushed stainless steel. Adjustment is made by way of a rotating lever inside the box under the works. No need to concern with heating the beans by way of a too fast motor speed, so that arguement becomes mute. Cleaning is easily done without disassembly, remove the drawer and brush it all out. A little canned air will do the trick as well. The grind box will hold enough grounds for at least 5 doubles. The input hopper will hold about 9 tablespoons. Static is not a problem. There is a 10 year factory warranty. Limiting factors are size of grind collection box, input hopper and the 10 seconds or so it takes to grind sufficiently for a double. Handicapped or arthritic persons may have problems operating the grinder. This review and associated numbers are not couched by any concerns except that it is aimed at a non-commercial environment If you are on a budget, looking to reduce noise, counter space is a premium, need a grinder for camping, like nostalgic look, not into the techno thing or like the quirky offbeat, this is the grinder for you.
Three Month Followup
After more than 2years of daily use, this machine, which was purchased used, has begun to show it's age. It still produces a nice ground but would not be suitable for the afficianado or espresso. The grind is a bit uneven but fine for press pots and certainly suitable for drip. I have not tried grind from this on vacuum pot. Perhaps a new grinder would last longer as I do not know how it was treated by it's previous owner.