Summary: This product was horrible. I saw it on the shelf at Wal-Mart and decided to buy it. I thought that a burr mill grinder for under 30 dollars was too good to be true....It was. I bought it to use for espresso, which requires an extremely fine grind of coffee. The grind came out the same no matter what setting you put it on. Everything came out from coffee dust to (literally) whole coffee beans. This machine is useless for almost every type of coffee.
Summary: Can make great consistent ground coffee if you add a homemade gasket per reviewer suggestions of "Champagne on a budget" and "K. Lewis." Cut out a plastic gasket to put between the screwed in grind stone and plastic insert holder and you have fixed the problem of inconsistent ground coffee. Took me ten minutes tops to fix the problem per instructions of those two reviewers and it was easy to do.
Summary: This grinder, set to near the finest grind, does a great job of grinding coffee consistently. This doesn't mean that all of the particles are the same size, but every time you use it you get the same mix of slightly coarse to fine grind. About 20% of the beans get ground finely, the rest are consistently sized coarse particles. This is actually very good for my Bunn drip coffee pot.
Great Grinder for very little $ (needs a little DIY tweaking)
Brian Fox, Amazon
3 June 2010
Summary: Here is the deal with this grinder: It is NOT a hand crafted, military spec, Italian made device with an individual serial number. It IS mass produced by the tens of thousands in a Chinese factory. In order to push it out the door without defects they don't make the burrs close enough for a really fine grind. Better that the coffee is ground a little coarse than to have the burrs grind together and ruin the machine.
MagnoliaSouth "As soon go kindle fire with sn..., Amazon
21 May 2010
Summary: I am a spoiled coffee drinker and like it freshly ground daily. I do not splurge on anything, except my coffee. That said, I am not one to shell out a hundred dollars for a professional grinder either. I drink only one cup (maybe two) of coffee per day, and just want a simple inexpensive grinder. I have gone through about 6 coffee grinders in the past 13 years. I've come to learn a lot about what causes basic grinders to stop working, outside of user faults.
Summary: After buying for $19 at target, I immediately modified per champagne's (previous reviewer) instructions. It grinds really well now. Uniformity is pretty consistent. I dont drink espresso drinks but I would think that the consistancy and fineness of the grind would be adequate. It's perfect for drip or plunger. It is a great upgrade from propeller. However it does take some time to grind and is moderately noisy. It's not perfect or even great, but it's only $19.