Product Type: DeLonghi electrical appliances
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Great piece of coffee making apparatus for caffine addicts
DeLonghi KG49 Coffee Grinder
Member Name: chrisheels
DeLonghi KG49 Coffee Grinder
Advantages: Simple, good quality
Disadvantages: See 'issues'
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.
Summary: A Great Coffee grinder