looking for a few good ideas

  amongst the irregular verbiage

Not the same old grind

Our little blade coffee grinder burnt out the other week. Although we had a backup, I decided that it was time for a new coffee grinder. Many coffee addicts^H^H^H^H afficionados do not recommend the blade kind because they say it is hard to get a consistent grind with them, and they have a tendency to burn the coffee with heat.

KitchenAid Burr GrinderI am, naturally, skeptical, but we went shopping for the recommended "burr" grinder and found one we liked in Bloomingdales: the Kitchenaid Coffee Mill, in fire-engine red. (The embarassing fact that the whole time we were in the shop we thought we were actually in Macys is beside the point, and will not be mentioned. Oops.)

The grinder fits under our kitchen cupboards perfectly, and so far I can say that I am coming around to the same opinion as the experts. We've set the grind to "fine" for our espresso machine, and so far three different varieties of coffee beans have been put through the machine and the grind has been very good each time, with no adjustment required. Also, I think I can detect the difference  with respect to the lack of "scorching". It may be just a smell thing, rather than taste, but lets face it, that's what 80% of coffee is about.

So - a burr grinder is recommended, and so far I have nothing bad to say about the KitchenAid Coffee Mill.

[Update: Lisa pointed out that it looks almost exactly like Tom Servo]