- It’s a conical burr grinder
- High-quality build
- Sturdy die-cast metal construction
- 15 variable grind settings
- Low RPM motor to reduce heat and static
- Small hopper volume could be a downside for you
- Bottom container is an odd shape for pouring out small volumes of coffee
- Despite the low RPM motor, it’s pretty loud
Let me get this out of the way: I’m a sucker for KitchenAid’s awesomely retro design and sturdy die-cast metal construction.
The KitchenAid capsule-based Nespresso machine? Easily one of my personal favorites.
Design aside, the KitchenAid Burr Grinder is a high-quality model from a reputable brand. It’s KitchenAid’s only conical burr grinder, which easily makes it worlds better than the blade grinders below.
It comes in three colors. I think this grinder performs well enough that we can turn our heads to how it looks. Stunning design aside, it also comes in three colors:
- Onyx black (OB)
- Contour silver (CS)
- Empire red (ER)
Depending on which color you get, the model number will append the letters in parentheses above. So an empire red model will be the KCG0702ER.
Overall, the KitchenAid Burr Grinder is worthy of it’s great reviews on Amazon and has all the features you’d want in a quality coffee grinder.
- Small and inexpensive
- Easy to operate
- Extremely durable
- Not much mess
- Uneven grind
- Tons of heat and static, which impart off-flavors on your roast
KitchenAid Burr Grinder review, we discussed the difference between burr and blade grinders.
- Burr grinders produce a more consistent, predictable grind
- Blade grinders are cheaper
This KitchenAid BCG111 is a blade grinder, and it’s about as basic of a coffee grinder as you’ll find:
- Lift the top off
- Pour in some coffee beans
- Put the top back on and press down to activate the grinder
- Hold to continue chopping
- Release when you’re done
And voila! Chopped coffee.
Notice I didn’t say “ground coffee” because that’s not what this is. It’s very obviously chopped. You’ll have an amalgamation of coarsely chopped coffee perfect for french roasts, medium ground coffee perfect or pour over, and plenty of fines like you’d want for espresso.
Because of the grind size inconsistency, this grinder isn’t going to give you a great cup of coffee.
But that’s not why you’re considering the KitchenAid BCG111.
You’re considering it because it’s cheap, small, and easy to operate.