KitchenAid KCG0702ER Burr Coffee Grinder [Review]
A while ago, I wanted to experiment with the KitchenAid KCG0702ER Burr Coffee Grinder, partly because of its unique design, but also because I genuinely want to know how well it performs. Here’s what I think about it:
The KitchenAid Burr Grinder: Features
The KitchenAid Burr Grinder is visually stunning. The manufacturer created a sleek and streamlined exterior that mainly uses die-cast metal. They also made it more appealing by using glass hopper and a glass container (for the grinds). The machine weighs 12.1lbs (5.5kg) and measures 5.9 x 10 x 9.9’ (15 x 25.4 x 25.1cm), and a 7oz (198g) bean hopper.
The KitchenAid grinder comes with 15 adjustable stepped settings, which makes it possible to brew anything from a very fine espresso grind to a coarse press pot coffee. The machine also comes with a handheld scoop and burr cleaning brush, which makes your life a lot easier when you clean.
Inside, the device uses 40mm stainless steel conical burrs, with a rotation of 450 RPM. The slow speed is usually better for personal use because slower rotation generates less heat, which is crucial in maintaining the bean’s flavor before brewing.
Is The KitchenAid KCG0702ER
Right For Me?
If you’ve always been looking for a piece of stunning piece of equipment, one that’ll capture the attention of all your guests, you won’t go wrong with the KitchenAid Coffee Grinder. As I’ve said already, its sleek and beautiful. It comes in “contour” silver, “onyx” black, and “empire” red. If you’re going for the full blown WOW factor, going for the “empire” red one is the obvious choice.
Appearance aside, the machine is very durable and performs well. The coffee grinder produces pretty decent and consistent results across all grind range. It’ll be able to handle anything you throw at it, whether it’s an espresso, drip filter, or French press. At this price range, it’s an excellent choice for all coffee lovers, especially beginners who don’t want to spend too much but still want to impress.
You can currently buy the KitchenAid KCG0702ER Burr Coffee Grinder on Amazon. The customer reviews there are positive; you can read more about it here.
What's So Good About This Grinder?
- Visually stunning, it'll be the center of attention in any kitchen
- Glass reduces static build up
- Quite stable, which helps in keeping the grind consistent and keeping the noise down
- Parts seem to be affordable and easy to replace
What I really like about the KitchenAid Grinder is the value for money; it’s made by a renowned manufacturer, it’s a decent all-rounder that delivers quality grinds across all range, and most importantly, it looks exceptional.
Another thing I like about the grinder is that it’s quiet and doesn’t hop around when you use it. If you plan to make a fresh cup of coffee before the rest of the world wakes up, this is an important point to consider. From experience, there are very few grinders that don’t jump around with this weight and price range.
All-in-all, I think the grind performance by itself already makes the KitchenAid Burr Grinder good value for money. However, with the superior design (both internal and external), and the extra bells and whistles, it pushes it to the next level.
KitchenAid Grinder: Things We Disliked
- Glass breaks easily, especially if you're careless
- Grinds leak between the grinder and container
- Burrs seem to dull very quickly
- Poor customer service
While experimenting with the coffee grinder, other than calibrating the machine, I didn’t come across any major problems. The only one I have is that the burrs seem to deteriorate quite quickly, especially when they’re made from stainless steel. I think it might be because the burrs are made from molds and are not machine etched. However, I didn’t notice a tremendous impact on the grind performance. I’m not saying there’s none, just not significant enough to be noticeable for most.
Here’s a quick video guide on how to calibrate your machine:
After testing for a while, I gave the grinder to a close friend who was just starting out in home brewing. He had more problems with it. He accidentally smashed the bean hopper (don’t ask me how!), and had to go through the ordeal of KitchenAid’s customer service.
You can probably tell from the name, but KitchenAid doesn’t specialize in coffee gears. The lady at the call center had taken a while before she understood what a bean hopper is… It’s all good now though, in fact great from our perspective. From my friend’ valuable experience, I can now at least comment on KitchenAid’s customer service and know that parts are easily replaceable and very affordable.
Alternative & Similar Options
The KitchenAid Coffee Grinder is not the only machine that can wow people at its price range; the Breville Smart Grinder can too. With its on-board LED display, it looks high-tech and will definitely be a conversation starter when your guests see it. It also produces better grinds, so be sure to check it out!
If performance is important to you, then you might want to consider buying the Baratza Virtuoso instead. Unlike KitchenAid, Baratza focuses solely on developing products for coffee fans who want to brew at home.
If your budget allows it, then the last recommendation I have for you is the Rancilio Rocky. The Rocky is superior is every way. It delivers better grinds and is a lot more durable – maintains value! This is important if you want to resell it in the future.
Still unsure? No problem, read the blog’s detailed burr grinder guide to learn more,
The Coffee Barrister's Verdict
As the judge, jury, and barrister (or just the sole contributor) of this review, I award the KitchenAid KCG0702ER Burr Coffee Grinder 4 stars. The burr grinder simply looks amazing. It produces consistent grinds, easy to use, and comes with a few extra accessories. Taking all the price and features to consideration, this grinder is a splendid option for beginners.
I don’t think this will happen to most people (I’ve never even created a dent to any machine), but remember to be extra careful when you’re around the coffee grinder, or you might end up smashing the glass part like my friend haha…