KitchenAid Artisan Burr (coffee) Grinder
Is Kitchen Aid still selling this?
Amazon says unavailable and I can't see it on the Kitchen Aid site??
Can anyone recommend a good burr grinder which does not cost a fortune.
Depends a little on what you want to use it for. I have a Baratzo Maestro that I use daily, great for filter/drip/moka pot, reputedly not so good for a very fine espresso grind. I paid $80 on ebay, you could get a refurbed one from Baratzo for a similar price last time I looked. There have been several other threads on burr grinders recently.
Mistral, we purchased the big ProLine grinder as a Christmas gift for our (adult) son three or four years ago. He was here in our home over Christmas, so we put it alongside our own (less expensive) Solis Maestro (importer: Baratza), and ran comparative taste tests over a period of a week or so with various grinds and brewing methods. (We tried vac-pot -- our usual brewing method -- auto-drip, and French press, each with appropriate coarseness/fineness grinds.)
Personal opinion: you can do better for a lower price.
The KitchenAid ProLine looks great on the counter. Its build quality is obviously very high. It grinds very consistently. But, on a taste basis, I preferred coffee ground with the familiar Solis Maestro (which I was used to, which may have influenced my judgment, and the settings of which I already knew well) over coffee ground with the ProLine. (I think our son did, too, but was too polite to say so after having thanked us profusely for an expensive gift.)
The slightly better successor (and upgrade) to the Solis Maestro grinder is the Refurbished Starbucks Barista grinder (also imported by Baratza for resale to Starbucks), available directly from the importer and refurbisher, Baratza, here: http://www.baratza.com/cgi-bin/commer... It is a genuine bargain.
We now have the newer Baratza grinder on our counter where the Solis Maestro (wore out) used to reside. For non-espresso coffee, I can recommend it without any reservation whatsoever. (We do not brew espresso here, so I must say that I cannot say on the basis of personal experience how it would fare as an espresso grinder.)
When you think about it...I suspect the "refurbished" tag is just to fulfill contract terms relating to not dumping the units and not competing with "new" items.
SB no longer caries this grinder.
It is an excellent machine and I find it hard to believe a lot of "refurbished" units were generated in the normal course of business... I have a 10 year old "Solis" similar style same manufacturer. Excellent customer service.
Mistral: "Would I be correct in thinking that if one wants a good quality grind without paying a fortune rather choose a manual grinder (ex Japan?) than the cheaper brands of electric?"
I am not sure. As a long-time follower of the (now effectively deceased) sainted alt.coffee Usenet goup, were I to get a manual grider, I probably would not settle for less than a Zassenhaus. The price of a Zassenhaus is not very different from the price of a Baratza Refurbished Starbucks Barista, and the convenience factor of the Baratza product is impossible to ignore. For non-espresso brewing, the quality of the grind from the Baratza is superb.