I used a portable Krupps coffee blender for years and was none the wiser, until it packed up and I had to find a new one. Something caught my eye with the deLonghi coffee grinder and, despite the higher price, I went for it.
I am extremely happy with my decision. The difference in taste is really significant!
Even though the Krupps is classified as a coffee grinder, it really is more of a coffee blender. It uses blades to slice up the beans at high speed. You don’t really get much control over the coarseness, either. You simply press down to activate the motor and the more you grind, the finer the coffee grinds get.
The deLonghi, on the other had, does things very differently. First, it uses actual gears to grind the coffee down, instead of using blades to cut the beans. They call the gears a burr grinding wheel. On the side of the grinder is a knob that allows you to select how fine or coarse you want your beans. By turning the knob, you are adjusting the space between the burr grinding wheels. This means you always get exactly the coarseness that you want, every time.
On the front of the unit is a knob that determines how many ‘cups of coffee’ worth of grinds you want. When you press the grind button, the machine will do its thing and deposit the exact amount you requested into the dispenser container at the bottom of the machine.
The deLonghi isn’t without its ticks, however. There have been times when it stopped working and I had to investigate for a bit, before I figured out why. Often, it’s because the clear plastic shield that goes down over the bean container on the top of the unit is not firmly in place, possibly because coffee grinds have landed between the seal. By re-seating the cover, this usually solves the problem. There are also times when you press the button to grind and it stops short of finishing. I find that fiddling with the grinds dispenser container on the bottom of the unit does the trick (I remove it, check the lid and put it back). It has a detachable lid that, again, can have a problem sitting firmly when coffee dust gets in the way. Sometimes, after re-seating the dispenser, I have to push the buttons a couple of times (or press down more firmly) to get it to go all the way through its cycle.
You might wonder, then, if the machine has a few nigglies, why I even bother with it at all. Quite simple. It makes far, far better coffee! The reason being that when the beans are crushed in this way, they exude more oil, which results in better tasting coffee, as opposed to blades that chop the beans but don’t squeeze out the oil.
Now that you’ve prepared the beans, check out our article on the Osaka Titanium Coffee Cone. This will help you brew the perfect cup.