Krups Coffee Grinder Review
Buying a coffee grinder should be a fairly straight forward process but with so many to choose from it can be difficult to know which one to opt for. We got our hands on the Krups Expert Coffee Grinder and managed to give it a thorough testing.
Here we bring you our full verdict in our impartial Krups coffee grinder review.
Krups Coffee Grinder Key Features
The Krups Coffeee Grinder is a relatively small but still substantial looking machine that takes care of all your coffee grinding needs. It stands at 21cm (l) x 17cm (w) x 30cm (h) which means if you intend to leave it on the kitchen worktop all day every day it is not going to take up a huge amount of space. Equally, this machine can be stored in a cupboard pretty easily. This model from Krups looks pretty nifty though so for those who do have space in their kitchen it is worth displaying it as it features an eye-catching two tone black and stainless steel design.
The Krups Expert actually features two burr grinders which allows for a range of fineness in your ground coffee. There are 17 coarseness settings in total to choose from and these are controlled by a dial on the side of the machine. The only other setting you need to select when grinding your coffee is the amount of cup’s worth of ground coffee you want to create – and this can be anything between 2 and 12 cups of ground coffee. This high capacity is a particularly impressive feature of the Krups Burr Grinder as there are more expensive grinders that can’t match 12 cups of ground coffee. There is a selector on the front of the machine to choose the appropriate amount.
The bean hopper can hold 225g of beans which is about the standard amount you will find on most coffee machines with integrated grinders – and this is plenty for most users. The hopper is located at the top of the machine as you might expect and the ground coffee is then produced and deposited in to an air tight container at the bottom – this also holds 225g of ground coffee.
The Krups Grinder has a an automatic shut off when grinding but you can also control it manually if you prefer. It works at a power of 110 watts and has an A energy rating meaning it won’t cost you a fortune to run.
Using The Krups Expert Coffee Grinder
Using the Krups Grinder is pretty simple and we were very impressed during our testing of this budget friendly model. Although it’s not the cheapest electric grinder on the market, it is certainly not at the top end when it comes to cost. But we found that it stacked up really well against the competition, not just those at its own price level but also the classes above.
The 2-12 cup settings make a huge difference if you are brewing for a crowd or if you are just looking to have enough coffee ground for that day. Choosing the appropriate level couldn’t be simpler with the handy front facing selector. Selecting the fineness of the coffee is also pretty simple to do by just selecting one of the 17 settings on the side of the machine. The only problem with this is if you want to keep your grinder on the worktop in a permanent position and you have it against a wall or another unit – having this selector on the left hand side can be problematic or mildly irritating.
We found that the finest setting was good enough for espresso style coffee and the coarsest setting was ideal for French press coffee. The key here is to keep your grinder clean and this too is relatively easy to do as the bean hopper and the lower container are fully removable and can be cleaned under warm running water. This allows good access to the internal components (be sure to switch the machine off at the plug before you do this) which can be cleaned with a soft cloth or even a soft dry brush.
The grinding process is swift and it is quite mesmeric to watch the coffee grinds fall to the lower container as they grind away. It is not the noisiest grinder we have tested but we certainly wouldn’t call it quiet either – so if this is important to you then you might want to look at a quieter model.
The Krups Burr Grinder is pretty safe to use as it has a built in safety mechanism which means the machine will not switch on unless the top cover and all pieces are in place.
The Good & The Bad
There’s not a lot to dislike about the Krups Expert Burr Grinder and all in all it is one of the better options out there. There are a couple of niggles with it though that are worth mentioning. Some users have reported that they struggle to get their coffee ground fine enough for true coffee shop style espresso. We would say that if you are looking for coffee that is ground to the absolute finest then this is probably not the machine for you, but as far as standard domestic home use grinders go this does a very good job – and for us, the coffee for espresso was absolutely fine.
The only other negative is with regards to the location of the grinding fineness and as this is located on the side of the machine it can make finding the perfect spot for it in your kitchen a little more challenging.
The positives far outweigh any possible negatives though in our view and when you consider the overall quality of this grinder in relation to its price it is a top performer. It looks great with its stainless steel and black moulded finish and the quality of the buttons and control knobs are all of a sound build quality.
The impressive capacity of both the bean hopper and ground coffee container are a great touch and it does all of this in a neat and tidy but bold package. The automatic grinding is also ideal for home use as it means you can set it to grind and then leave it which is convenient for those in busy households.
The Krups Coffee Grinder is a top effort from this well respected manufacturer and we found it to be able to perform on a par with more expensive models. If you are looking for a coffee grinder that has good capacity and produces good quality coffee then this would be a wise choice.