Okay, you have probably read some of my previous rants about coffee. Lucky you! Here is another one, and more specifically, a rant about grinding your own coffee beans. If you consider yourself to be a coffee lover there is no excuse for not grinding your own beans. Pre ground coffee cannot deliver the same results as freshly ground coffee and to get the job done well you need a proper electric grinder, here are my findings and opinion on the Krups GVX231 Expert Burr Grinder
- Krups Coffee Grinder Review
- Best Used For?
- Reasons To Buy
- Krups Coffee Grinder Review: Summing Up
Krups Coffee Grinder Review
First off, we have to understand the difference between a burr grinder and a normal blade grinder. Blade grinders, as the name suggests, usually works with two or more blades spinning extremely fast, essentially ‘chopping' your beans to smithereens. These grinders are generally much cheaper and although I do not like to chop my beans, a blade grinder is still better than having to buy pre ground coffee. Or even worse – instant coffee – eeew. The main concern when it comes to blade grinders are that they produce inconsistent sized grounds. I prefer using my blade grinder for grinding spices.
Burr grinders such as the Krups GVX231, make use of two burrs. The burrs found in a coffee grinder reminds me of the teeth found on a gear, the coffee is grinded between these two revolving ‘gears'. These burrs produce a more precise and consistent grind and can usually be adjusted to achieve a finer or coarser grind, I will dive a bit deeper into the different uses of fine vs coarse grounds a bit later in this article.
Any coffee loving household should have a Krups grinder on their countertop. I was a little worried about the build quality when I first looked at photos online however, the build quality really surprised me. Along with its sturdy build this grinder offered a few nifty features which I have now grown accustomed to. The ability to adjust the coarseness of the grind as well as the amount of beans it grinds, really makes this grinder a winner in my books. Other grinders with the same build quality all come in at almost double the price, making this product great value for money.
Although the grinders finest setting is fine enough to make a decent espresso, you might want to opt for a machine that can grind even finer if you are an espresso aficionado and would like to go the extra length for an even strong coffee, I have a dedicated mortar and pestle for those occasions.
- Solid build
- Grinds quickly
- Compact design
- Great bang for buck
- Consistent adjustable grind size
- Consistent adjustable portion size
- Quite noisy – luckily it is quick
- Heats up when grinding larger quantities
- Cannot function without the grounds container
- Doesn't grind fine enough for very strong espresso
Features & Benefits
Besides this machine being made mostly out of plastic, its weight surprised me the first time I picked it up – a very good sign indeed. The burrs are made from solid steel which explains the weight, needless to say, if it were a plastic burr, it would have caused a mighty purr break easily.
I like to experiment with different types and styles of coffee, therefore the fact that this machine offers a whopping 17 different coarseness settings really impressed me. The possibilities are endless, be it a very fine grind for a Turkish style coffee or a bit coarser grind for your French-press you can make them all by the turn of a button.
Another amazing feature that I have failed to find in most other grinders in this price point is portion control. On the front is a built-in knob which you can adjust from 1 to 12 portions, delivering perfectly precise amounts each time inherently reducing waste – because we all know that wasting coffee is a cardinal sin.
The hopper on the top of the machine (where the beans go) and the grounds container both have built in safety locks which prevents the machine from grinding if not properly secured. Although I would have liked it if I could directly fill my portafilter instead of first filling the grounds container and having to scoop it in, this safety feature has stopped an almost cataclysmic event that would have spewed coffee grounds all over my kitchen so, to the safety team over at Krups, I salute you.
Cleaning this machine was surprisingly not too difficult. As with anything that has small nooks and crannies, dirt or in this case, coffee can easily build up in the small crevices and should be properly cleaned regularly. Luckily on this machine the top burr is easily detachable, and they provide you with a handy little brush making the cleaning process so much easier.
Best Used For?
As I've mentioned earlier the finest setting on this machine will make a decent espresso, however if you prefer making super strong espressos then you should probably go for another grinder which will probably be more on the expensive side.
This grinder is perfect to make a decent espresso which requires relatively fine grounds through to grinding beans for your French press which will require a coarser grind.
Reasons To Buy
You are a coffee enthusiast looking for a good quality grinder without breaking the bank. You can adjust the grind size and select how many cups you would like to make at a time (up to 12) and this machine will produce it appropriately and consistently. The burrs instead of blades truly produces a much better grind. Krups offers a limited one-year guarantee.
28.4 x 20.3 x 16.3cm
17 degrees of granularity
Stainless steel burr grinder
How Do I Clean My Krups Burr Grinder?
Remove the hopper and unscrew the top burr grinder, wash these two items separately.
I use an air compressor to clean out my grinder as this is the quickest and easiest way to remove all the clogged-up pieces of coffee from all the crevices.
If you don't have an air compressor you can use the provided brush or if you tend to lose these types of items like me, a clean paintbrush will do. Using the dry brush, brush away all excess pieces of coffee.
Finally, clean the container compartment by also brushing/blowing away excess coffee. Reassemble and treat yourself to a fresh cup of coffee.
Can You Use Rice To Clean A Coffee Grinder?
YES, you can use rice, in fact I would recommend doing so every second or third time you clean them out. All you have to do is grind some rice to a powder, dispose of the rice powder * and clean as usual. The natural oils in coffee tend to build up in the grinder over time, there are a variety of cleaning products made for this job, but they are quite pricey. Rice works just a well and is, as we all know, very affordable.
*Instead of disposing the rice powder add water to the powder to form a thick paste and apply it to your face, leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse #freebeautytipsbybraam
Can You Grind Peppercorns Or Spices In This Grinder?
You certainly can grind your peppercorns in this grinder, it will give you a perfect grind every time. However, it is worthy to note the natural oils in coffee that build up inside the grinder may affect the taste of the dish you are adding the pepper to. Or worse your spices can affect the taste of your next brew. I prefer using a mortar and pestle for grinding spices and when I am lazy, I use my old coffee grinder which has now been repurposed for grinding spices.
Burr Vs Blade Coffee Grinder?
Burr for the win. Blade grinders do not actually ‘grind' your beans, the spinning blade essentially chop your beans into smithereens. Whereas the burr grinder compresses the beans against its grooves therefore truly grinding the beans.
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Krups Coffee Grinder Review: Summing Up
The Krups GVX231 Expert Burr Grinder is an excellent value for money product for the home coffee enthusiast. This machine is not designed for high volume use and does tend to heat up when using for extended periods, but for most home users this is an excellent machine.
If you are an espresso aficionado looking to make extremely strong espressos this machine might not be for you. If you are not a fan of very strong espressos, this machine will do the job for almost any other everyday style of coffee.
Spending a little more money on getting a burr grinder like this one instead of a blade grinder is truly worth every penny. As with anything in life, taking care of your grinder will ensure proper functionality and extend its use life.