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As a true lover of Costa cinammon latte but not liking the price I pay for each cup, this grinder was the perfect accompaniment for the espresso maker we received as a wedding present.
It's very easy to use and is sturdy enough to survive a lot of use. The clear container for the beans needs to be turned into the correct position for it to work but it is simple to do as a soft click can be heard once it is in the correct position. Symbols on the inside rim clearly show which way to turn it to lock or unlock it. Once you put your beans in you click the lid into place and press down on the top. I have found it is easy to tell when the beans are thoroughly ground as you can hear when the blades stop hitting lumps of beans and the sound of it grinding becomes "smoother". I still occasionally get a few lumps but not enough to detract from the quality and taste of the coffee.
The base is very sturdy with non-slip feet which gives it all a very solid feel. It also allows you to leave a certain amount of the cord reeled inside the base so you only need to expose enough to allow you to plug it in without lots of cord trailing across your worktop.
The container is very easy to use for cleaning and the little brush that comes with it is just right for sweeping out the few grounds that cling to the inside.
I know you can store the coffee grounds in the machine but I prefer to grind a whole bag of beans each time and store them in a tin. I have found this is perfectly acceptable and the flavour is still always good.
At £24.99 from Amazon I feel this is a good price for a quality product. I have been using mine regularly for about 18 months now and it still works as good as new and I believe it will last a long while yet.
As a coffee addict this is a further addition to my ever expanding range of coffee making apparatus that is slowly taking over my kitchen.
The grinder consists of a base unit which contains the motor and adjustment switches and a clear upper unit which contains the blades and coffee bean container. Is is operated by filling the clear plastic part with coffee beans, clicking into position and pressing down to activate.
The deLongi coffee grinder grinds beans from bean shape to a fine coffee powder for use in espresso machines, cafetieres or as my girlfriend has introduced me too, just putting ground coffee in a cup and letting it settle. Settling the coffee is apparently the Lithuanian style (although maybe just the lazy way it seems to work).
The grinder claims to grind enough beans for up to 12 cups which seems to be approximatley right using an espresso machine but slightly less than 12 when used in a caffettiere.
The powder produced is quite fine and there are minimal lumps. If there are lumps a few more seconds of grinding does remove them.
The container of the beans can be removed which is ideal for cleaning and moving the coffee about rather than having to spoon it out directly from the machine.
Non slip pads on the base mean that it doesn't move around ata ll when grinding are are a wel l thought out addition.
A reel on the base means that you can let out as much of the wire to the plug as required and removes unsightly wires from cluttering the kitchen.
An adjustment ring around the base section is used to select the amount of beans that you wish to grind. This mostly affects how fine you want your powdered coffee to be. The finer the better in my opinion, so after setting this when i bought the item I have never moved it.
A brush is included. I don't really see the point of this as most of the powder can be removed by tipping the main container on it's side and it needs running under the tap to get it really clean.
I have a few issues with the grinder, but overall am very happy with it and they don;t detract from me rating it highly.
Firstly, the container could be better sealed so that you could leave unused coffee inside without it going stale. Maybe tricky to produce but would be a huge avantage in my opinion.
Secondly, it's quite hard to get the container into position. If it's not clicked in properly it will not switch on. Whilst this is a good safety feature it could be made a bit easier.
Lastly, the grinder requires quite a hard push on the top to get it to grind. This might be hard for some people and could be made easier.
--Quality and build---
The grinder is a bit larger than other grinders around measuring about 8" tall, however this gives it a sturdy and well built feel. Its a bit noisy but no worse than any other grinder. The plastic is well built and the switches operate easily.
The DeLongi grinder sells currently for £30.74 on amazon. I bought it from Argos for £24.99, so a good idea to shop around for a bargin.
A well built good quality coffee grinder that makes great coffee. A few improvements could be made but they don't make the product a bad one. 5 stars as depite the issues I still really like the product.
I have a delonghi espresso maker so then obviously I need a coffee bean grinder. This item is very useful. I used it everytime I have a latte. I wanted one made by delonghi for the obvious reason (I personally think) they make the best coffee machines. If your a bit weak then you should probably get a different one, because to grind the beans you have to push and hold really hard on the lid. Luckily I get someone else to do it. It has a few lights to show you how grinded they are, so say you didnt want it completely grinded finely then you could stop before then. It has a portion dial, but I dont really understand how it works. I bought mine on offer from curry's for £25. You can get it cheaper though from argos for £22. It comes with a brush... not really sure why. Its easy to clean out because it little tub comes out. It has a 90g capacity. Its useful if you want a bean grinder. Its cheaper than buying a coffee machine with one in-built. It doesnt take too long to grind.
Very little beats the smell of freshly ground coffee and that is one of the reasons why the Delonghi KG49 Coffee Grinder represents the best £25 I have spent as it is a very effective coffee grinder which will not break the bank when you buy it but is very good at breaking up coffee beans. It can be a little bit of hard work when grinding some coffee beans as you need to apply quite a bit of downward force and it is also rather noisy as well but for me this is part of the fun, especially if my other half is trying to have a lie in and is too lazy to get up and make the coffee, this little baby spoils his slumber a bit. You press down hard on the top of the grinder to activate it and allow the stainless stell blades to do their job. The grinder can produce enough coffee to make twelve cups in all, or at least that is what it claims, I must say we have never tried to use it to its full capacity, catering for eight at a dinner party is about the limit. It has four different settings to select the consistency of the coffee grounds which is useful if you are making espressos or latte. I also like the fact that this is easy to clean, the ground up beans come out easily and often there is very little residue left behind which is easily removed using the brush that comes with the grinder. The beans sit in a clear plastic container so you can see clearly inside while they are ground. It is a stylish enough product in my opinion without being stunning in the looks department, slightly functional in fact but it would not be something I would describe as ugly and certainly the end product is worth having hence I do recommend it.
I love coffee. For me it's an art form. There is nothing quite like pouring hot water on freshly ground beans first thing in the morning and getting the kick and the taste of a perfect cup. I even get specialist beans sent to me every month, which is either very sad or very cool depending on your point of view.
Having said all that, putting a new grinder on my Christmas list did not fill me with joy. Our old one fails to stop. You're happily grinding and then you take your hand off the button and the lid off and the whole thing continues whizzing, covering the kitchen in bean mess. It was not fun. But I still had things that would make me more excited opening on Christmas day than a grinder. To me its too functional to be fun.
But despite that it a grinder was asked for and I am thankful for getting it. And I unwrapped a De Longhi KG49 and more than politely said my thank yous.
De Longhi are an Italian company who say they specialise in 'technology, style, quality and innovation.' Well, which electrical company wouldn't say that? They appear to be best known for their coffee machines although they also do a range of toasters, dehumidifiers, irons and other exciting household appliances. In fact they don't just make irons, they make ironing systems!
No matter, they seem to pride themselves in producing slightly more funky and better designed items than your average electrical company.
Most grinders I've used and seen stand at an average of 6" tall and are fairly light. So I was a little surprised to open the De Longhi and discover something which is more like 8" tall and has a hefty weight to go with it. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it gives them impression of being sturdy and reliable. Time will tell whether it is or not but there are a number of aspects which suggest it may be more lasting, which will become clear as I go through its features. But it has meant rearranging our kitchen cupboards. This is not exactly De Longhi's fault and no great reason to grumble.
What is clear is that they have thought about most parts of the coffee grinding process. Perhaps they have consulted the 'coffee grinding community' to discover 'coffee grinding solutions'?
1) Firstly, starting at the base they have provided non slip pads. Interesting but, due the means of grinding which I will come to, not actually that useful.
2) Secondly, the base has an insert to coil the flex around meaning you can have just as much flex as you wish. This is really helpful. After all if it is to become a regular feature on your worktop it would be very annoying to have excess cable. How thoughtful of them.
3) Thirdly the base also includes the settings for how many beans you want to grind for. Essentially this just adjusts a timer which will affect when the red lights come on for 'Coarse', 'Medium' and 'Fine'. But De Longhi have made this integral to the machine rather than just having a button to flip up and down. This has no practical benefit but makes the item sleeker. The grinder can do 90g which is 12 cups or 6 mugs but I've never filled it that full. What it does struggle with is small amounts. It is quite frustrating when trying to grind enough for one cup as it simply does grind them evenly in this amount.
4) Fourthly, there is a brush neatly stored behind the grinding area. This is for brushing out the coffee, making sure there is as little as possible left to go stale for your next cup. This is a useful, but not essential, addition and is one that I am currently employing.
5) Fifthly, the grinding area is a removable cup. This is a great idea, particularly with a grinder of this size, as the normal procedure is to turn the whole grinder upside down and bang it around a bit, which I'm sure does the electrics no good at all. My problem begins here, though. There always seems to be a little bit of coffee grinds which escapes the cup and ends up beneath it, in the workings of the grinder. This simply means that I have to turn it upside down and bang it about a bit anyway!
6) The sixth feature is how the grinding is done. Once you have filled the beans and replaced the removable cup and twisted it to the lock position you then put the top cap on and twist into place and depress the top. The odd thing about this is that you need to apply a huge amount of pressure to get it to work, and in just the right direction (hence the lack of need for sticky pads, this beast isn't going anywhere). More often than not it will take me three or four attempts and sometimes, if I adjust my position mid-grind, it will stop and I'll have to start again which defeats the purpose of the timer to tell me when its done. I will probably get the hang of it but it has taken a while already. Having said all this it does give me hope that this machine will last longer. Often with previous grinders the means of getting to the point of grinding meant making sure the lid was on with a small plastic part inserted into the correct hole. Often the small piece of plastic would break off and that would be the end of the grinder. The De Longhi takes a completely different approach which does not rely on such small parts which might break.
De Longhi and De Shorti of it
So how does the KG49 stack up? Well for me, it's a mixed affair; I have mixed feelings about the look and the style; mixed feelings about how effective it is. And ultimately it is quite a noisy machine; some grinders seem to retain a real sense of hush, believe it or not.
For these reasons I give this machine a mediocre 3 stars. It does the job, but not with the promise that it sells itself with. I'll carry on using it as it is better than having the grinds flying across the kitchen when I lift the lid.
Also published on Ciao.
As a coffee lover, I have a terrible confession to make: I actually prefer instant to the 'proper' stuff. I know, I know, there's something wrong with me, I should be ashamed to admit it, etc. Maybe even worse is that I now only drink decaffeinated. However, with regard to the former admission, this is something I am working on. Since so many people proclaim real coffee to be the superior type, I have taken it upon myself to experiment with a variety of different makes of decaf coffee and see whether any of them can rid me of the awful instant habit. That is why I purchased the grinder.
The KG49 measures 15.2 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm and is cylindrical in shape. Not having purchased a coffee grinder before I was unsure of how it would work but assumed that you would place the coffee beans inside it, close the lid and hit a button to start it. On the first two counts I was correct, but to operate the device you must push down on the lid. This is easier said than done, and you must actually place it under quite a lot of pressure to ensure it succeeds. I am not sure what the thinking behind this is, and am sure there must be some easier method. However, I went along with it and soon got the hang of using this mechanism. The grinder is very durable and reminded me of a food processor in appearance. The transparent upper part is mounted on a black plastic base, on which there exists a variety of settings for grinding your coffee beans. You can select how coarse you would like your grounds based on your personal preference and how you are going to be using the coffee. It can grind the beans to super-fine grounds, and this demonstrates the extreme sharpness of the blades. This could potentially be a very dangerous machine, and those with children should be mindful of this.
The grinder can process up to 90g of beans at one time, and this translates as around six cups of coffee. The machine also comes with a handy cleaning brush, for sweeping grounds debris from the inside. This is particularly useful if you are hesitant about getting too close to the sharp blades, and for this reason I make extensive use of the brush. As the machine runs off the mains however, you cannot use it in the dishwasher. Its smooth surfaces are fairly easy to clean with a damp cloth on the outside, and as you are not using wet ingredients within it, it can usually be effectively cleaned by merely swilling it under the tap.
Despite the incessant racket the grinder emits during use, it is a fantastic little gadget, and would make an ideal gift for coffee lovers. Retailing at just under £30 you will get a lot of use out of it, and it is fairly compact, so can be stored in a cupboard when not in use. The push-down mechanism is a bit of a pain to use, but this is not too troublesome when you consider the lovely grounds it can produce.
It is absolutely fatal to let me anywhere near a cook shop! I love kitchen gadgets! I'd like to be able to say that I am a Cordon Bleu standard cook, alas, the closest I get to being a top chef is the ability to swear fluently at the aforementioned gadgets and hope my guests or family don't hear me.
This particular gadget is the creme de la creme of coffee grinders! Unfortunately I don't own one. Working with a logic that many of you will recognise, I coveted this machine for myself but own a perfectly good grinder already. Inspiration stuck! I bought it for my Son and Daughter in Law. As they only live six doors away I get to play with it regularly, they love it, I love it, they love me for buying it for them and I get a rosy feeling of satisfaction with no guilt attached! Sorted!
Coffee grinders are not quiet and this one is no exception. It rates about 7 on the Richter Scale and the waking up effect is has on you is a bonus. (If you are in the humour to look at it that way!) It also serves as a wake up call to those slugabed kids of mine. "Urrrghhh! What's that din? It's only 11am! Oh God! Mum's playing with the coffee grinder again! At least I'll get some decent coffee when I get down there to b******k her!"
The really gadgety thing about this gadget is that it has a grind selector near the base so you can choose the consistency of coffee. You can select 'fine' for espressos and coarser for cafetiers or really strong beans that you want to temper a bit.
It boasts a 12 cup bean capacity, but actually it's more like 4 mugs. We don't really do cups in our households. The blade is stainless steel and very tough. It is showing no signs of wear or scratching after about nine months of regular use. You start the grinder by pushing hard down on the whole lid (so you can't accidentally turn it on and do your fingers lasting damage whilst you are cleaning it.) The coffee grounds don't seem to compact under the blades as they do on my grinder, so cleaning it after use is easy and there is very little stuck to the inside of the grinder and wasted. I like the little brush that is provided which clips into the lid.
I found that you have to push down quite firmly to get it to work but I think this is a good safety feature. The electrical cord is just the right length to plug into the socket and there isn't an annoying yard and a half left over to get in the way of other items on your work surface.
The grinder works on a pulse which means that the coffee beans have more of a chance of being evenly ground, this makes good economic sense because the whole batch of beans gets ground more quickly. (Good news for your ears too!)
The bean chamber is a transparent plastic and it lifts away when the coffee is ground. This makes it easier to get the grounds in the pot without spillage. It is dishwasher safe and doesn't show any signs of dulling with age. (Unlike me)
The base of the grinder has a non slip rubber ring on it. I am not sure that this is necessary because you have to hold on to it anyway! I can imagine the scene if you let go and it carried on grinding, the thing would vibrate it's way off the work surface and brain the ever hopeful dogs waiting below whilst giving them a liberal dousing of coffee grinds. It doesn't bear thinking about! However it doesn't do that so we are safe.
It is an unusual shape for a grinder, I am used to the straight up and down variety. It does make it marginally easier to hold but I don't think it adds anything to the aesthetics.
I paid £24.99 for this at Cheshire Oaks retail park, it seems to have gone up in price a bit so I'd shop around if I were you.
I don't think that there is a pleasanter smell than freshly ground coffee and this machine really adds to the morning ritual of "Waking up and smelling the coffee!"
The Delonghi KG49 is an Electric Grinder with 3 different grind settings and indicator lights allowing you to choose your perfect grind setting. The easy to use Push to Grind system quickly and easily grinds your Coffee Beans along with the On/Off pulse lid. Additional features include Stainless Steel grinding blades transparent and removable bean/ground coffee container integrated cleaning brush self-contained cord storage and rubber feet for the unit to stay in place.