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De’Longhi Coffee Grinder Review & Buyer’s Guide

Published by: Chef Braam Botha • Updated: February 28, 2024 • Checked By: Chef Matty Riedel

First things first, when looking for a coffee grinder, the first consideration you will encounter would be the burr vs blade grinder conundrum. 

In my review of the Krups coffee grinder, I explained the difference between a blade and a burr grinder. Let’s go over the most important concept we must understand. Blade grinders usually have two rotating blades that chop your beans to smithereens. They tend to produce a very inconsistent grind. The blades will do some chopping on some beans and potentially less on others, leaving you with some fine grounds and others not so fine. Burr grinders, on the other hand, work with two gears, one stationary and the other revolving. They both have teeth like (those found on a gear) which trap the beans between them, grinding them to a fine powder. Only the fine powder can escape to the bottom compartment where you will collect them, leaving you with evenly sized granules. 

De Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder Review

The De Longhi KG79 is a burr grinder therefore deserves a review. Although the people over at the De Longhi marketing department have cleverly labelled this grinder as a ‘professional grinder’ I disagree with them. I say this because it is very important to understand that this is not a commercial grinder. Commercial grinders are specifically built for grinding enough beans to sustain a busy restaurant. We are talking hundreds of cups a day. No household grinder will be able to keep up with those numbers. However, this is a great machine to have in your home. That being said, all in all, this grinder is perfect for the average home user. 

What I look for in a good coffee grinder is value for money, adjustable grind size & portion control delivering consistent results, and good quality steel burrs. Because I like pretty things, it should not be an eyesore on my kitchen counter.  

Although this is a burr coffee grinder, the coarseness of the grind is not very consistent due to the teeth on the burrs being rather dull; however, I must mention that this will be a problem with most grinders in this price class. If you are looking for a perfectly consistent grind, I would suggest looking for a professional grinder keep in mind that they will have a much larger price tag. 

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of this machine. 

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  • The De'Longhi Coffee grinder is a budget appliance.
  • It, however, packs a ton of excellent features, making it very attractive to consumers.
  • A transparent bean container with a lid on the top allows seeing the number of beans available at a particular time. 
  • The bean container holds 120 grams.
  • The appliance's black colour makes it blend nicely with the coffee beans, coffee drinks, and other kitchen appliances. 
  • Affordable
  • Burr Grinder
  • Value for money
  • Built in powercord storage
  • Adjustable grind size
  • Sleek and compact design
  • Consistent adjustable portion size
  • Loud grind
  • Not very fast
  • Minimum of 2 cups
  • Coarseness not very consistent
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De Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder: Specifications

  • De Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder

  • Capacity:

    150 grams

  • Max. number of ground cups:

    12 cups

  • Bean Hopper Capacity:

    120 grams

  • Weight (net with accessories):

    1.5 kg

  • Input Power:

    170 watts

  • Rated Voltage/Frequency:

    120~60 volts

De Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder – Features & Benefits 

Like many of its competitors, this machine comes with a bean hopper (top compartment) where the beans go and a grounds compartment (bottom compartment) to catch the ground beans. These compartments have a safety lock to prevent the motor from engaging if the containers aren’t secured. This will not only prevent you or your children from losing a finger but also ensure that the machine won’t spew out ground coffee all over your kitchen counter. 

The grind adjustment works quite well; however, when it comes to very fine grinding, this machine will not satisfy the strong espresso lover as it should, but hey, this comes with the price tag. For any other brew, this machine will work just fine.  

Another feature on most of the machines in this class is the volume selector. Unfortunately, there is no switch to reduce the noise this machine makes; however, I am referring to the volume of grounds you want to grind at the press of the start button. Although I can’t remember the last time I had to make 12 cups at a time, I guess this is a cool feature to have if you are regularly entertaining your friends. My only issue with this function is the minimum amount you can set the machine to grind is 2 – WHY!? I don’t understand why they wouldn’t set the minimum amount it can grind to enough for 1 cup, not that I have ever just had one cup of coffee in the morning. I believe it’s just my misguided logic screwing with me. 

Best Used For? 

It goes without saying that this machine is best used for grinding coffee, although it is worth noting that it would make a brilliant spice grinder as well. I would not suggest you use your coffee grinder as your spice grinder. Rather, have a separate machine for each job. Just as accumulated spices might negatively impact the flavour and aroma of your morning brew, the built-up coffee could impact the food you are making. You could follow a thorough cleaning before and after each different use, but let’s be honest, who in their right mind would do that? A better approach to this would be to have two different machines, one for coffee and one for spices. 

Reasons To Buy 

If you are still grinding your coffee with a blade grinder or buying pre-ground coffee, you must buy this machine immediately. The joy of submerging yourself into the coffee-making process and the sheer improvement of aroma and quality of grinding your own coffee will make this buy one you won’t regret.  

I absolutely love the modern design of this machine; the sleek edges and matt black colour will look amazing in any modern kitchen. If you have limited space on your kitchen counter, this machine has a built-in cord compartment that will help minimise the clutter in your cupboard. 

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This machine is perfect for the home user who enjoys a properly brewed cup of coffee like me. Made by De Longhi, a well-known brand that delivers quality appliances, this machine also comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty

If you are a restaurant owner or manager looking to buy a new grinder for your bar, this is definitely not the one for you. This machine is made for personal home use. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What Functionalities Does This Machine Have? 

Apart from smaller design features and built-in power cord management, this machine has few bells and whistles. The two main features are the cup selector, which enables you to select the number of grounds to make (up to 12), and the coarseness selector, which enables you to adjust the coarseness of each grind. I don’t believe there should be much more to a coffee grinder than this. After all, you only want to grind coffee beans, not make toast. 

What Brewing Methods Will This Machine Be Suitable For? 

Filter coffee is one of the methods in which very coarse grounds are required. With this machine’s 17 settings, you can make anything from coarse grounds to fairly fine for a decent espresso. However, if you prefer only to drink high-quality and strong espressos, I suggest looking for a grinder to produce a more consistent grind at the very fine end of the spectrum. 

Is This Machine Able To Grind Large Quantities? 

Although the De Longhi company has cleverly decided to market this product as a ‘professional coffee grinder’, this machine is definitely not suited to handle restaurant demands, this machine will last a good few years if properly cared for in a home environment and probably in a restaurant where coffee isn’t a popular item. 

Which Parts Of This Machine Is Dishwasher Safe?

According to the manufacturer’s guide, only the lid of the ground coffee container and the lid of the coffee bean hopper can be washed in the top rack of a dishwasher. A damp cloth is recommended to wipe the machine clean for the rest of the machine. The manufacturer also includes a handy little brush for those pesky grooves and tiny crevices. 

How To Clean A DeLonghi KG79?

Before cleaning any appliance, always unplug it from the power source. Avoid using strong detergents or abrasive scourers when cleaning. Detergents can have a dire effect on your coffee’s aromas. 

First, remove the grounds container, its lid and the bean hopper lid and wash them in warm, soapy water.

Remove the upper burr by first setting the coarseness selector to the fine position, then firmly grasping the top of the burr, turning clockwise and pulling. Gently clean the inside of the coffee dispenser with a damp cloth, ensuring you remove all built-up pieces of coffee (note: you can use the provided brush to remove particles from small crevices).  
After ensuring the inside of the machine is thoroughly cleaned, replace the top burr by setting the coarseness selector to the coarse position, insert the burr and turn it counterclockwise. Clean the body of the machine with a damp towel, and voila! 

Other Coffee Grinders We Have Reviewed:

> Sage
> Krup

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De’Longhi Coffee Grinder Review: Summing Up

There you have it. The De’longhi KG79 burr grinder is a great product for personal home use (it does a great job!). Still, you might consider paying more for a professional model suitable for commercial kitchens!

Where To Buy The De’Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder

De’Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder

  • Affordable 
  • Burr Grinder 
  • Value for money

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Chef Braam Botha