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.
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.
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