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Kitchenaid Pro Line Burr Grinder Review

September 5, 2005

Kitchenaid Pro Line Burr GrinderThe Kitchenaid Pro Line Burr Grinder has been causing a bit of a stir on some of the serious coffee sites. The reason is that many people are beginning to feel that this is finally a consumer-oriented machine that seriously competes with some of the more expensive “pro” grinders such as the Rancillio Rocky or the Mazzer Mini. Since those machines go in the $300 – $600 range, an under $200 competitor is understandably quite a surprise.

On first impressions, the Kitchenaid Pro Line is beyond a doubt a Kitchenaid appliance — it will look right at home on your counter next to a Kitchenaid stand mixer. It has the same styling queues, the same rock-solid metal build, and the same excellent finish. This is a piece of gear that belongs in the kitchen, not a refugee from a coffee-shop somewhere.
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Starbucks Barista Burr Grinder (Solis 166) Review

September 5, 2005

Solis Maestro Conical Burr GrinderIt’s no real surprise that when people “step up” from blade grinders and poorly built home-store grinders, they often end up with a Starbucks grinder. Starbucks is omnipresent in most parts of the US, and although I’m ever more disenchanted with their coffee, they do sell some quite nice equipment.

The Starbucks Barista Burr Grinder is essentially a rebranded version of the Solis 166 Conical Burr Grinder. Solis is a well-known manufacturer of coffee and espresso equipment, and they make a nice grinder, particularly if you’re more interested in drip brew or press-pot brewing than high-end espresso. Solis has updated this grinder slightly in their own line, and market the updated version as the Solis Maestro (pictured above).

I spent about 6 months with the Barista Burr Grinder and was in general quite pleased with it.
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