So you’ve decided to go for a coffee grinder. The first thing you will learn is that there are two types – blades and burrs grinder. Quality-wise it is almost exclusively a burr grinder. However, from a price perspective, blade grinders are always better. KitchenAid offers both of the coffee grinders at excellent quality and price. So the next question is which and why should you choose one from KitchenAid?
Since KitchenAid offers both quality and budget in their items we should go with their burr grinders. A burr grinder will give you better consistency, quality cups, and longevity. Hence this KitchenAid KCG8433BM review is upon you.
- 70 Precise Settings for your perfect grind - from coarse for Cold Brew and French Press, to fine for Espresso. Easy reference brew method icons help to easily match the grind size to the brew method.
- Automatic Smart Dosing Technology to seelect the cups or shots desired; grind-time is adjusted accordingly for perfect dosing, regardless of grind size or brew method.
- Built-In Adjustable Portafilter Holder to grind directly into 54-mm or 58-mm portafilters, perfect for espresso making.
- Anti-Static Technology helps reduce static charge for a clean coffee grinding experience, with less mess.
- 10 oz* Removable Top Hopper to save and transfer unused beans back into a sealed container for fresh keeping and to easily switch beans between brews. *Capacity varies based on bean type and roast.
kitchenaid burr coffee grinder review: Key Features
KitchenAid KCG8433BM offers consistent grind, every time. This coffee grinder renowned for giving exceptionally consistent grind sizes. Ranges for all brew modes from French Press to Espresso and so much more. From coarse grind for Cold Brew and French Press to fine/finer grind for Espresso with 70 altogether precise settings. An array of benefits other than 70 grind settings are automatic smart Dosing Technology, Anti-Static Technology, Built-In Adjustable Portafilter Holder, and more. The compact design fits into most kitchen cabinets, it’s easy to use and access for everyday use.
Burr Grinder And Settings
With its whopping 70 grind settings, you’re set for any kind of brewing method (from French press to espresso). Right underneath the hopper, you’ll see there are icons that reference brewing methods. Just to help you get started. French press (coarse), Percolator (Medium-coarse), Drip (Medium), and Espresso (Fine) are the general settings. Adjustments between these settings will let you get even more grind precision.
Although it’s worth mentioning that you’ll need to understand what grind setting these icons refer to. Because the grind setting you desire will not always match with the brewing method you want to do. For example, applying the French Press grind setting, which is a coarse grind, will also be used for many other methods, namely Cold Brew. Thus, it tops our KitchenAid coffee grinder review key feature’s list.
Smart And Perfect Dosing
When it comes to dosing, this burr grinder does it automatically. Using its LCD display, you can select the number of shots (for espresso) or cups that will get you the right dose. The automatic smart Dosing Technology will allow you to choose the cups or shots you desire. Its grind-time is adjustable accordingly, regardless of brew method or grind size.
Built-In Adjustable Portafilter Holder
If you’re grinding for espresso, the KCG8433BM comes with a built-in portafilter holder. This allows for hands-free grinding. Works both for a 54mm or 58mm portafilter size. There’s also a built-In adjustable Portafilter Holder. So you can grind directly into 54-mm or 58-mm portafilters. Magically perfect setup for your espresso making.
KitchenAid coffee grinder review’s one of the underrated points. Burr grinders are naturally loud. Some more than the others. They all make quite a bit of noise, that’s just the way it’s. Until you meet this KitchenAid KCG8433 model. It might be the quietest burr grinder you will ever see. Of course, it’s not what you would by definition call quiet. But it’s significantly quieter than most of its competitors. Not sure why how they have achieved it. It can be speculated that KitchenAid KCG8433 burr grinds at a low RPM. No, it doesn’t mean that it grinds slowly. Lower RPM burrs mean the beans are exposed to less heat. Any excess heat can defect flavors from the beans prematurely.
Anti- Static Technology
Let’s ask ourselves a question – if we have owned a burr grinder, what is the most annoying thing about it? I bet most of you thought of the static cling and the mess it brings. So many burr grinders claim to have no static. But fails to deliver on that promise anyway. It is a difficult task to find a burr grinder with no static cling. Frankly, at this price point, you will not have many options. The KitchenAid KCG8433 is one of them.
KitchenAid KCG8433 really has no static cling. It won’t make any mess at all when you decide to make a cup of coffee every single time.
Ease Of Use
KitchenAid KCG8433 has an LCD display. So you will be able to see your selected grind size as well as the amount of cups/shots and grind time. Grind size is selected by a rotating grind size knob. It’s located under the bean hopper. The amount of cups/shots knob is on the right. Once you have selected desired settings you just have to press the “Start/Stop” button. Voila! It starts to grind.
If it grinds too little or too much (might happen depending on the coffee beans you will be using) you can adjust grind time. It has an adjustment knob located between buttons (“Program” and ”Start/Stop”) and the ground container. KitchenAid KCG8433 has programming functionality. It allows you to save grind settings. Settings based on grinding time. Once you have selected desired settings (size, cups/shots, and time), just press the “Program” button. Now the burr grinder will automatically calibrate grind time based on cups/shots you select. If you need to restore back to factory setting, press and hold the “Program” button for 3 seconds.
KCG8433BM Pros And Cons
- Less Messy.
- 70 grind settings.
- 12-oz bean capacity.
- Easy to use machine.
- Anti-static technology.
- Comes in a variety of colors.
- Automatic smart dosing technology.
- Sleek design with detachable bean hopper.
- Stainless steel burrs for durability and precision.
- Low 450 RPM speed generates less friction and heat.
- Not completely silent.
- There are some claims of grinder jamming.
- The grind quality in different settings can be inconsistent.
How To Use
Once you get your hands on this machine it’s only logical to understand what and how to operate with it. Even if you’re thinking about buying one, it’s only fair to tell you how simple it is to use. Hence, our KitchenAid burr grinder review explains some key aspects that you should know beforehand.
Before The First Use
- First, clean all the separate and removable parts and accessories. (See “Care and Cleaning” section for more). Place the machine on a dry, flat, level surface. Example: a countertop or a table.
- Place the Top hopper onto the machine. Fit it in properly with the ‘Lock icon’ facing front. Rotate the hopper until it clicks into the place. Add whole coffee beans into it. Place and close with the top hopper lid onto the top hopper.
- For grinding into the bottom hopper just open the rubber stopper. Then slide the bottom hopper into the position.
- If you want to grind into a Portafilter you need to remove the grounds catcher tray first. Then remove the Portafilter holder from its default storage location. Now, insert the Portafilter holder into the Portafilter holder guide. Replace the grounds catcher tray.
- When you will be grinding into the Portafilter use a standard residential Portafilter (54 mm). Insert it along with the top guides of the machine’s Portafilter holder. If you are using a commercial Portafilter (58 mm) then insert it into the middle guides of your Portafilter holder.
Grind Settings And Adjustments
- Select Grind Size – Please refer to the brew method icons on this machine. Rotate the grind size knob to select a size and within the brew method range. The selected grind size will be displayed on the LCD display. As grind size number increment means the grind size is decreasing (1 means Coarse and 70 means fine).
- Select Coffee Dose – Rotate the Dose selection knob, select the number of shots or cups. Follow the “Coffee Grind Setting Chart” below.
- Start Grinding – Press Start/Stop button to begin. The grinder will stop automatically when the timer reaches zero.
- Pause During Grinding – Just press the Start/Stop button. To resume grinding again press Start/Stop. This grinder can stay paused for up to 15 seconds. After that, the cycle will cancel fully and it will show the current selection on the screen.
- Cancel The Grinding Cycle – Press and hold the Start/Stop button for 3 seconds and you’re done.
- Alter Coffee Amount For A Dose – If you want, for a particular selected dose, you can rotate the time adjustment knob to modify the desired amount of coffee. Increase the grinding time to inflate the coffee ground amount. Or decrease the time to reduce the coffee ground amount.
- Save Dose Setting – Once you have selected a desire dose time, press the Program button. It saves the grind time. Once you do a new grind time for a dose within that saved brew method, the machine will automatically adjust the grind time (up or down) for all other doses within that method accordingly.
- If the grind size knob is hard for you to rotate then run the machine while you adjust the size. It removes any grounds caught between the burrs.
- This grinder is equipped with programming functionality. It allows you to save customized doses (based on grinding time) for each different brew method.
- To restore all factory dosage settings just press and hold (for 3 seconds) the Program button.
Coffee Grind Setting Chart
|French Press||Percolation (Prec.)||Drip Coffee||Espresso|
|Grind Size||Coarse||Medium Coarse||Medium||Fine|
|Grind Size Range||1-24||25-35||36-54||55-70|
|Dose Selection||1-12 cups||1-12 cups||1-12 cups||1-2 shots|
|Use setting with||Bottom hopper||Bottom hopper||Bottom hopper||Portafilter holder|
Caring And Cleaning
Cleaning The Burrs
- Twist and lift up the top hopper to remove it. Twist the bottom lock. Empty out the top hopper into a different container.
- Replace the empty top hopper and its lid. Press Start/Stop to run the grinder (until empty). Unplug the burr grinder then.
- Remove the top hopper. Find the wire handle on the upper burr. To remove the upper burr rotate and lift the handle.
- Clean the upper burr with the given cleaning brush. Clean the Lower burr either with a brush or a vacuum cleaner. It removes coffee residue.
- Align the upper burr back in its place. Twist clockwise to fit securely. Replace the top hopper and the lid also.
- To avoid any damage, never wash or immerse the main body, burrs, or power cord in water. Do not place them in a dishwasher also.
- The top hopper (with lid), bottom hopper (with lid), grounds catcher tray, and Portafilter holder can be cleaned with soapy warm water. Then rinse them with clean water. Dry with a clean soft cloth.
- Wipe clean the main body. Use a soft, damp cloth. Dry the machine thoroughly.
We must inform in our KitchenAid burr grinder review, please read and follow the original user manual for any troubleshooting issues (they have a dedicated section for it).
Why You Should Buy It
After reviewing many other burr grinders, this KitchenAid coffee grinder appealed to us the most. And it did not disappoint on many crucial fronts.
70 different grind settings with all important brew methods elevated this grinder to a whole new level. It’s a fun way to learn your way into the craft of grinding with this setup. It makes your efforts are worthwhile behind every perfect cup whether be it in a pour-over, French press, or Aero Press.
An incredible feat for this machine is how not so loud it is. It generates a nice low hum when it grinds. Very soothing to the ear and positively adds to the experience of coffee brewing from start to finish.
Also, they did very well on striking the right balance between design and functionality. It is one of the easy to fit in your kitchen and adds to the aesthetics.
This grinder can compete with $400-$700 so-called “barista” recommended models. Even grind particles for medium grind levels. Adjustments for various grind sizes and amounts are consistent. Amazingly efficient and quiet!
Easy to save, modify, or even restore back to default settings with this machine. Most trustworthy anti-static machine. Minimal grounds retention and less wastage.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy It
Sadly, the coarse grind performance sometimes can be poor. The grind turns uneven for the French press. The brew can come out with fine levels (sludge). Yes, sludge is a normal part of a French press. But still, it’s a bit disappointing when other similarly expensive grinders lack this. Setting 1 (coarsest) can make coffee on the bitter side as well.
The large dial that adjusts the grind size feels great. The serving size control wheel looks and feels flimsy, cheap, and rough while turning.
The Turkish coffee grind setting needs a lot of work on this machine.
To be honest, this is a great-looking, quality grinder. It will do fine for 90% of its users. The rest 10% that require a precise grinder should look somewhere else.
Customers and critics were so impressed with this grinders’ very well-made construction. Also its grind consistency, durability, and zero static! Users were more excited about grinding and brewing coffee in the morning after having this machine.
Customers who have already used using burr grinder from KitchenAid, also happy to see this machine manufactured. If grinds all the beans evenly. And wastage is the least. The slender aesthetic also is an eye-catcher in a kitchen.
The critics loved the attention to detail such as instructions were right on. And no one had any trouble setting up the grinder. The grinder with 450 rpm was so quiet that you can hear a pin drop. This low rpm grinding does not harm the beans and the smell of the coffee will fill your kitchen.
Overwhelming KCG8433BM reviews, both by critics and customers alike loved the programmable feature. So all one has to do in the morning is hit the grind button. Critics found no major flaws in this machine and highly recommended this grinder. It grinds the perfect amount of coffee and based on the setting.
New users are so amazed how much quieter and static-free than many other grinders. The anti-static technology works 100% and makes it so easy to clean. No wastage of your expensive coffee and not a lot of sediment. You need some tweaking to get the grind setting just right to match your tastes.
Is A Kitchenaid Coffee Grinder Good For Espresso?
Yes. You can be able to pull a perfect shot of espresso with the right level of grind on a lighter roast. And the KitchenAid burr grinder can definitely let you have that consistently for you.
Does The Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Have A Coffee Grinder Attachment?
KitchenAid stand mixer attachments can do everything. From peeling an apple to sifting flour, they can grind meat, wheat also. But they can’t grind any coffee. Because they make standalone coffee bean grinders.
Is The Kitchenaid Coffee Grinder Dishwasher Safe?
Not all of their models are equally dishwasher safe. For example, this KCG8433BM model is not dishwasher safe. But some other models will be partially or fully dishwasher safe.
Where Are Baratza Coffee Grinders Made?
Baratza design their grinders in Seattle. Then they got a built-in factory situated in Taiwan. The precision burrs come from Europe. Baratza sells and delivers its products worldwide.
Blade Or Burr Grinders For Coffee Grounds?
Most coffee connoisseurs will tell you that a burr grinder is way superior to a blade grinder when it comes to grinding flavor and size. A Burr grinder generally costs more than a blade grinder. Burr mills are widely known for their quality, lifespan, consistency, and overall uniformity.
The KCG8433BM is designed to pair perfectly with the KitchenAid Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine which is sold separately. But performs excellently for other brew methods, too. The ultimate takeaway from this KitchenAid Burr Coffee Grinder review is that it checks all the right boxes.
This machine is a winner for the money’s worth. If your utmost concern is to purchase a reasonably precise and tidy grinder, rather than looking at other options in this price range we hope our KitchenAid KCG8433BM Burr Grinder review persuades you to go for one.