With a high-quality build featuring a stainless steel conical burr grinder and stainless steel exterior, the DeLonghi Dedica grinder is the best DeLonghi coffee grinder available.
The digital LCD display isn’t a touch screen, but it gives you easy access to the model’s various settings:
Small bone to pick: Are we getting too cute with things like a strength setting? You’ve already selected your grind size and your grind volume, so what does this strength setting actually do?
As mentioned above, it refines the volume of your ground coffee. If you select “Strong” you’ll get 25-30% more ground coffee. If you select “Light” you’ll get 25-30% less.
It seems like an unnecessary extra feature to me, but in the end it doesn’t harm anyone. Just leave it on one of the three settings and be done with it.
On top of the many available settings, the DeLonghi Dedica has a few other things going for it:
I live in a small apartment with my girlfriend, and I like making coffee at 5:00am some days. Thankfully she’s a heavy sleeper, but some days my grinder does wake her up, so I need the quietest grinder available. While I don’t have the DeLonghi Dedica (currently I have a Capresso coffee grinder) I think the Dedica is quiet enough even for early morning use.
That said, some people still don’t like grinding coffee early in the morning for fear of waking the household. If this is you, you have a few options:
I know, you’re not supposed to grind coffee before using it, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If this is something you do, the DeLonghi Dedica offers an airtight coffee storage container with a black top and shaded plastic sides to help keep light out.
The DeLonghi Dedica also offers super simple cleaning.
Cleaning your grinder is a necessary evil, but the Dedica’s top burr easily detaches to give you access to the entire grinding system. DeLonghi suggests you clean after every use — honestly, does anyone actually do this? — but you can probably get away with cleaning it every few weeks. If you use an oily bean, clean more frequently.
The biggest drawback of the DeLonghi Dedica is how large it is. Weighing 6 lbs and standing 15″ tall, it’s a pretty bulky grinder.