KRUPS 203-42 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, Black
Great Single Unit with Multiplicity
The KRUPS 203-42 electric grinder consists of a handy grinding arrangement that provide you great ease and you will definitely love using it.
I bought KRUPS 203-42 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, Black to see what is different in it and how proper this product worked. Does it provide KRUPS’s users many more choices, when it arises to save money and making their favorites? I found it so useful and reliable product with efficient working ability.
Special Working Features
The KRUPS 203-42 Electric spice and coffee grinder is the ultimate source for whatever you want to grind like coffee beans etc. It provides you with smoother consistency by stainless steel blade designed unit. It provides you with best ground food and makes you to achieve a healthiest life ever possible before.
Unique usage features
Usage of this grinder is so easy that anyone can control it so quickly, and it is so simple to clean. The unit is designed in such a way that it is even safe to use for kids.
- Electric grinder using 200-watt motor delivers profligate grinding
- Grinds 3 ounces coffee beans at one time
- Oval scheme and stainless steel knife-edges confirm even grinding
- It can simply be used for spices, nuts, grains etc.
Nothing beats a freshly ground, freshly brewed cuppa joe to start the day, and with this grinder, you can have up to 20 cups’ worth of beans at a time. The understated black color and contemporary oval design fit in well with any kitchen décor, while the small size (just 6 inches high) doesn’t take up too much premium counter space. Stainless-steel blades guarantee a long life and an even grind, whether you use this grinder for coffee, spices, nuts, or even whole grains. –Jill Lightner
- Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3 x 6.8 inches ; 1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B00004SPEU
- Item model number: 203-425
If you like a fine grind, look no further
This grinder is perfect for anybody with a coffee maker that uses #4 paper CONE filters (or slightly bigger or smaller). I emphasize PAPER because a permanent filter is not good for this grinder. Like any blade grinder, it will produce some dust. That creeps through the permafilter and into your pot is makes sludge. It sloppies up your coffee. Nothing gets through paper filters though.
It also grinds coffee fine. You really don’t have a choice. It is ok for espresso as well if you are not a connoisseur. If you try a coarse grind with this unit, you will be out of luck. If you don’t grind long enough, you will leave a few beans whole or in large pieces.
If you need anything other than a fine grind and don’t mind using paper filters (I prefer them), then look no further.
I deducted a star because it has limitations, but the truth is, for probably 80% of the coffee drinkers out there, this grinder is all you need.
Best & most efficient for the $$$!!!
What else do you want for $.01 per pot ‘o joe?
As for the coffee, this little [U.S. currency with Andrew Jackson's portrait] gadget grinds from coarse to espresso, and all you have to do is a “one-mississippi, two-mississippi” until you get it down which mississippi gives you the coffee you want. Yes, blades will heat up the beans, but keeping the beans in the freezer mitigates that, and that’s where you really oughta keep ‘em anyway, for freshness’ sake. As for coffee dust on the sides, I only get that anymore when I come home with a brand new can of Sumatra Lintong from Trader Joe’s, and just won’t wait for the beans to cool down! Otherwise, cold beans = no caked-on dust. As for getting grounds all over the counter, here’s a little trick: when you’re done grinding, turn it over (lid still on, please!) and give the whole thing a tap or two on the countertop. Bingo – lid now full of grounds, ready to carry to your coffee maker. (Speaking of… based in no small part on reviews here, we’re getting a Braun KF187, and I can’t wait to see if it really makes coffee as well as everyone raves. But I digress…)
We also bought a second one of these for spices, and recently even used it to bail us out of a no-confectioner’s-sugar bind. Threw in some raw turbinado sugar, crossed fingers, gave it a whirl, and pressed on, MacGyver style…
To sum up, it’s been a great little tool that has cost us less than a penny a day if you amortize the cost over 7+ years. I’ll take it, and if it “blows up” tomorrow, I’ll go buy another one in a heartbeat.
A fine grinder
The single word of advice that I would attach to this would be that you might wish a good, fairly long-handled and firm-bristled brush to clean it with: the shape of the lid and of the unit’s base is such that grounds seem to adhere to the crevices. This is nothing that a washing of the lid can’t address, but dunking the base in the sink has always seemed, well…inadvisable? It’s a dependable machine: worth the money.
Best on the market
I had two, one for spices. (we got an extra as a present, so I dedicated the older one to spice grinding.) But I don’t recommend it for spices, and wish I could recommend something other than my marble mortar and pestle, but that’s what I use. Why? The cover of the Krups grinder gets scarred from the tough stems of cloves, and I noticed even the edge of the plastic cover got nicked and chipped. Question: where did those plastic chips go? So now I pound away on the mortar and use the grinder for coffee.
Indestructible Coffee Grinder — Can Survive a Nuclear War
The only downsides to this grinder (which is why it loses a star) are (1) the base cannot be put in water, it needs to be wiped out; and (2) it lacks some of the “bells and whistles” of newer models. Nonetheless, I have owned my grinder for about 15 years and have been pleased with it since the day I bought it. It is nearly indestructible and will probably outlive me.
Makes your ordinary coffee maker shine. Buy another for spices.
I like this machine so much – it makes short work of beans or grinding spices. The only problem is, unless you’re willing to super-clean the chamber, you don’t want to be grinding coffee AND spices in the same machine.
So, since I cook a lot and like to start from scratch when possible, I just bought myself a second grinder. One will be exclusively for coffee, and the other will be for spices. Here’s the spice grinder part of the review:
- When freshly ground pepper is called for, look no further. Saves wear on your peppermill especially if you need a tablespoon or similar quantity.
- Ground cumin is WAY better in salsas and guacamole, even more so than grinding your own coffee vs pre-ground coffee.
- Larger grinders throw spice powders all over the place and there’s more surface to clean. This one, just wash the top and use a damp cloth for the metal chamber on the bottom.
- The speed and sharp blades, and possibly the smaller volume of air inside the chamber all contribute to fresher smelling spices. Larger machines distribute the aroma and air-rinse a lot of it off, I think. The “masala” coming out of the grinder has a much fresher smell than anything I’ve made in a grinder/chopper or Vita-mix grinder
- To fill or empty, be sure to start upside-down. When emptying, gentle taps will clear the spice off the blades
- Avoid the temptation to try parmesan blocks or bread in this. This machine was not designed for moistness at any level.
- Other ideas: Mustard powder, white peppercorn powder (great in soups), coriander-cumin mix (aromatic in many Indian dishes), nut meals (please roast dry first), fennel seed powder (a friend suggested a heavy pinch of this for an excellent pizza sauce)… the list goes on.
———Original review ———
After all my coffee machine researching (they go into the tens of thousands of $$) I ended up with a $15 Mr Coffee from a clearance sale. Then I got this grinder to go with the machine and started buying coffee in bean form. The results were amazing. Once you go fresh ground, you don’t go back. Now about the grinder:
- I remain surprised how fast it turns beans into ground coffee
- For finer ground coffee, simply keep it on a few seconds longer
- The chamber size, blade, and RPM take down those beans near-instantly
- No clumps of ground coffee remain in niches, a big plus
- After grinding, flip the machine over and use the lid as the holder from which you scoop the ground coffee out
- Keep a brush around to dust out the stray grinds and keep it clean
- I tried using a grinder attachment on my blender for a while, but nothing beats this in versatility
Keep your beans in an opaque ceramic container at room temperature and buy only a week’s (tops two weeks) supply, use this grinder and any old coffee machine, and get excellent coffee every morning.