Been used daily for 5 years - hasn't skipped a beat.
You probably need to be wary about reviews on the sunbeam cafe series grinder and em6910 coffee machine. This is a manual coffee machine and it takes a lot of practice to get a good brew happening. It probably took me months to find the best grind and tamping method before my coffee was decent. Reviewers that have had the machines for a short time and complain probably aren't doing it right. These are great machines and produce wonderful coffee if you're prepared to practice - I've had the grinder for 5 years, and yes it's messy - mine sits on ...a rectangular ceramic tray that catches all the flyaway coffee - but it grinds perfectly after daily use (up to 8 coffees per day in a busy household of 5 adults). If you decide to buy one, make use of the plentiful information about the product on coffee websites and youtube. Reliable, long lasting, good grind. A bit messy
Broken after two uses
We recently bought the EM0440 coffee grinder as part of a deal at The Good Guys. We have used it twice. After that the button that starts the actual grinding of the coffee no longer worked when we attached the arm that the grinds would go into. We now have a coffee machine without a grinder. What a waste of money.
Shocking quality, broke after two uses.
I bought one of these today 07/07/2013 brand new and I took it home looking forward to a better cup of coffee. I could hardly grind half a teaspoon of coffee grind with it as the coffee would not come out and it just built up in the been holder and around the burrs. I followed the assembly instructions in the booklet that came with it. Thinking I had done something wrong I emptied it and took out the top burr to check it, then re-assembled as per the instruction booklet. I then put beans into the hopper and retried to get it to work but to no avail. I got the same result as before.
I won't be buying this product again and will save to buy a decent grinder.
Effective but messy
This grinder has now probably ground 3-4 shots of coffee every day for three years and really lends to making a good espresso, so it has been extremely reliable and not malfunctioned in any way. My only peeve is the amount of mess it makes and how much coffee stays stuck in the spout. A gentle thump or wibble of the grinder gets rid of most of this, but unfortunately it feels like such a waste of coffee. Also would be nice if it had a function that lets you set how much coffee to grind.
Messy, but wasteful.
Another negative Sunbeam experience
I purchased this to go with a Sunbeam coffee machine, both of which have now been returned.
Does this grinder grind coffee beans? Yes, but not well. I found that it couldn't grind fine enough for espresso on my machine (now a Gaggia Classic), and there was not good consistency in the grind at any of the settings I tried.
Another huge flaw of this grinder was its retention of ground coffee in the unit after the grind. I tried tips as suggested by others - stopping early, shaking the grinder violently so the remaining ground coffee would co...me out into my portafilter - but still heaps of coffee remains behind. As a result, you inevitably get stale coffee grinds in every future cup of coffee you brew unless you empty and clean the grinder after every single use. NOT user-friendly. I have now purchased a Baratza for only $23 more, and the difference in quality is astounding. Might be OK for those look to grind for french press and like brewing methods, but avoid for shots of espresso. If you do take a risk on this grinder, be sure to buy it from somewhere with a liberal return policy. David Jones were great about it. Price, until I realised you get what you pay for. Brand - same as my initial coffee machine - until I realised it is rubbish. Poor grind - not fine enough for true espresso; inconsistent. So messy and retains waaaaaaaay to much ground coffee, giving you a dose of stale grind with every future use (unless you spend ages emptying and cleaning it - no thanks).
The best Burr grinder on the market for under $100.
This grinder is absolutely fantastic! No mess, if you've had the rubber nozzle included which limits the grind mess to almost nothing. Produces a fantastic espresso grind (set to 11) and above average espresso with my Delonghi ECO310BK :)
Recommend to anyone who wants a good cafe style grinder, that doesnt want to settle for blade, and also doesnt want to splash out on a $200+ grinder! You'll get good, creamy espresso every time if you set your grind to 11, tamp properly, and dose the right amount of coffee into your Portafilter :D
Consistent grind, fast and easy, little to no mess (make sure the rubber nozzle is included), bang for buck!
I would recommend this grinder to anyone. It is reasonably priced (but not super cheap) and it has worked really well over time. Holds a good amount of beans for home use and grinds on demand which I love.
Fantastic home grinder that has multiple settings (grind how you want, depending on what you are making the coffee with).
I love that it grinds on demand by simply laying the coffee basket/handle in it.
I really can't think of any. Ours is always messy but that is because coffee grinds are hard to clean up at the best of times!
Overall I think this is a fantastic grinder. You can almost set it up intuitively out of the box without reading the instructions. This is my first grinder (after previously using pre-ground beans) and the coffee tastes great. It has a ton of settings for how fine you want the grind depending on the use. I would recommend this machine to anyone.
So easy to use, looks great, nothing complicated about it. Works well every time.
None yet- though it was given to me as a gift so I don't know what the price was. Noise level can be a little loud sometimes, but then again you are grinding beans!
I never knew I wanted a grinder until I used this, it grinds great coffee, which makes great coffee. I would heartily recommend it as a purchase.
An even grind is the result of this grinder, which produces perfect, well ground coffee, for a fantastic taste after brewing. It is so handy to be able to place the 'group head'(okay the thing that holds the ground coffee beans) directly under the grinder, and go straight to the expresso machine.
It does splay a little ground coffee under the grinder, and around the frame, so a little messy, but I can put up with that.
Perfect grinding machine that does not crash coffee beans, but really grind them to perfection
We own this machine for about 3 years and we used it minimum once a day.
It has variable grinding adjustment and we can finally have real good Turkish
When it comes to hopper, if you call Sunbeam, they post you free plastic extension. I found it very practical. This stopped spill of coffee dust around my appliance cabinet. I thing, that the plastic extension should have been included in box, when I bought it.
This coffee grinder was obviously not designed for occasional use! This is everyday use item and that is the reason why you don’t have to clean it after every use.
Reliable real grinding machine with 24 setting adjustments
The plastic extension should have been included in box, when I bought it.
Grinds perfectly, but makes a hell of a mess!
Came free with my Sunbeam coffee machine (it's what sealed the deal when deciding which to choose).
You can easily change the grind size to suit. The coffee we get out is delicious with a rich crema.
But when grinding into the group handle the coffee goes everywhere!! Our bench is constantly covered with ground coffee.
good grind, great coffee
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Good grinder but poor hopper and messy
I got the 0480 conical burr grinder a few years ago after trying a couple of cheaper Sunbeam grinders.
The cheaper machines would not grind fine enough on the finest setting and were basically useless.
This machine is relatively low cost but feels very robust (solid) and has a great range of 30 odd settings.
It grinds nice and slow and the big burrs dissipate the heat so doesn't burn the coffee.
I used to grind at 13 for the Sunbeam Cafe machine but now use number 4 for the Rancillio Silvia which needs a fine grind.
The hopper is ...
I got this cheap ($90 delivered to a rural area in 2009) I wanted the conical burr and didn't want to splash out for something more expensive when I wasn't considering upgrading my Sunbeam EM6910.
For the Sunbeam or other home machines in the lower price bracket, this grinder does a fine job. It seems reliable after more than two years of service and seems consistent in grind also.
My main complaint is the design! It is SOOOOOO messy, if you are not super gentle and careful when grinding you will knock the holder off and spill your coffee...everywhere, the tray won't catch the coffee because it is not attached and so is never where you want it to be (i.e. it doesn't stay tucked into the base of the grinder) Taking off the hopper is very hazardous as the lid does not stay on, rather, it just sits on top - as noted previously the beans also fall out of the bottom which does not close properly. Cleaning is a nightmare - the amount of ground coffee left in the machine is unacceptable - you don't want this in you cup the next day so it needs to be cleaned out.
Questions & Answers
Frequently Asked Questions about Sunbeam GrindFresh EM0440
Why is my grinder making a loud noise?
Check for any blockages.
My coffee gets caught in the chute and sprays everywhere, what should I do?
Clean the residue from the chute. Try grinding into a container closer to the spout, then pour into the group handle. This will catch the grinds which are statically charged and going in all directions.
Why is there no difference to my grind despite adjusting the settings?
Check the grinder burr is seated properly.
My burrs are not aligned, how do I fix it?
Make sure everything is clean, with no obstructions.
How do I achieve consistency in my grind?
- Use beans from the same brand, blend and volume. Ensure beans are fresh before use.
- Make sure all parts are clean before each use.
- Experiment with the amount of time in which you grind the coffee beans.
- Over time as blades start to wear, slowly adjust your grinding time.
Latest Consumer Questions
I bought two grinders one for normal coffee one for decaf. The decaf will only do a course grind, no matter what setting, I have disassembled it and checked all assembly against the correctly operating grinder, but can only get a course grind. Whats happening?
Firsty can I ask how old is the grinder?.
I have just sent you a private message if you could kindly respond via that please.
Was just cleaning the burrs....I have accidentally placed and turned the collar on my grinder before replacing the hopper.Now it is stuck tight, the lock button is depressed and I cannot move it or remove it to put the hopper on. How can I remedy this please!
on my grind fresh clean and put head back on turn half way round and has jammed
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|Category||Coffee Grinders / Roasters|
|Grinding Mechanism||Conical Burr|
|Coffee Bean Capacity||250 g|
|Number of Grind Settings||25 settings|
|Dimensions||382 x 135 x 262 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Release date||Oct 2008|
- MPN: 2327, EM0440 and SEM0440
- GTIN13: 9311445018682
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