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Topic: A bit on the retro style Kitchen aid grinder (72 lines)
1) From: Clifton Burkett
I was given the retro style Kitchen aid grinder as a gift a year ago and =
so
far I like it. Models are called KCG200 or A-9 depending where you look. =
I
have only used it for grinds in my vacuum brewer, French press and =
standard
drip so it has never really been down on the fine settings. It seems to =
have
fairly even grinds as I can leave it three clicks off of the medium =
setting
and it works fine for French press. The Solis Master 5K grinds it's own =
so I
still don't use it for espresso. Coming from an old Capresso model 551 =
it
was a huge step up, but you would expect that for the price difference. =
The
Capresso had to be set on full coarse to use with the French press and =
it
still made a lot of dust. I was never happy with the Capresso, jammed a =
lot
and was very messy. That being said, I did raise the door on the Kitchen =
Aid
to watch the grounds come out and made the mess supreme! Its looks =
matches
my Kitchenaid stand mixer quite well so it seems to fit my kitchen. I do
like the little beaker that comes with it. Has graduated marks on the =
side
in tablespoons so you know how much you have ground. Looking at the base
plate it has a 200 watt motor which is evident when you turn the thing =
on,
sounds more like a stand mixer than a whirly blade grinder. I never keep =
it
more than half full of beans or they will go stale as it has a full =
pound
capacity. A pound of beans is a bit much for a single person household,
especially since vacuum brewed is now having to compete with the Solis
Master 5K and Americano's! I will probably start putting 4 oz in it from =
now
on. Without having an espresso machine so I can time the shots I'm not =
for
sure how well it will do. The grinds seem to be even, but with only =
eight
clicks between medium, i.e. drip, and fine I think it would be luck if =
the
finer settings happened to work for an exact espresso shot time. Course =
if
the grinds are even enough you may be able to make up for slight =
variations
with changing the tamp pressure, the jury is out on this one. I like the
simplicity of the controls. A single toggle switch. Turn it on wait =
until
you get the measure glass full to the amount of tablespoons coffee you =
are
after and flip it off.
Course if I ever talk myself into the Pasquini I can probably talk =
myself
into the Mazzer as well! 
Clif - SomeWhere in Florida
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