3 Comments on “KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, 3-Ounce, Black Review
  1. 2,029 of 2,092 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    If you like a fine grind, look no further, January 9, 2005
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    michaelb1968 (Philadelphia, PA) –

    This review is from: KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, 3-Ounce, Black (Kitchen)
    I have had my grinder for 12 years now. It works the same today as it did new, and I use it about 10 times a week. For the money, it can’t be beat. That said, this grinder is not for everybody.

    This grinder is perfect for anybody with a coffee maker that uses #4 paper CONE filters (or slightly bigger or smaller). I emphasize PAPER because a permanent filter is not good for this grinder. Like any blade grinder, it will produce some dust. That creeps through the permafilter and into your pot is makes sludge. It sloppies up your coffee. Nothing gets through paper filters though.

    It also grinds coffee fine. You really don’t have a choice. It is ok for espresso as well if you are not a connoisseur. If you try a coarse grind with this unit, you will be out of luck. If you don’t grind long enough, you will leave a few beans whole or in large pieces.

    If you need anything other than a fine grind and don’t mind using paper filters (I prefer them), then look no further.

    I deducted a star because it has limitations, but the truth is, for probably 80% of the coffee drinkers out there, this grinder is all you need.

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  2. 550 of 582 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    the standard, April 28, 2000
    By A Customer
    This review is from: KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, 3-Ounce, Black (Kitchen)
    This is an excellent grinder for home use and the one that I use on a daily basis. It is relatively quiet (so I can grind my beans in the morning without waking the kids) and large enough to process 8 or so cups (a full pot) of coffee. The only downside is that you have to practice the knack of when to stop grinding due to the lack of coarse control, but it makes up for it with ease of use. In my mind the quietness, ease of use and ease of cleaning (the black model is easier to clean than white) make this a must-have for coffee lovers.

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  3. 1,190 of 1,283 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best & most efficient for the $$$!!!, May 22, 2001
    By 
    Amazon Customer (Canton, OH) –

    This review is from: KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades, 3-Ounce, Black (Kitchen)
    There are two things I take very seriously in this life: one is books, the other is coffee (not surprisingly, the often go together). While the bulk of my reviews are children’s books, I felt it necessary to go against type and review this coffee grinder. Most coffee experts as well as everyday, casual drinkers agree that the best tasting coffee is brewed with freshly ground beans. Once beans are ground, they begin to oxidize, much like an opened bottle of wine. Old preground coffee has a tendency to taste bitter, and with the proliferation of inexpensive grinders, more and more people are buying whole bean coffee to grind right before they brew. Of course, finding the RIGHT grinder for the price is the tough part. Grinders exist in every form and size and expense bracket. Quite a lot of round, domed grinders I’ve used have unsharpened blades on a mount that is too high to really grind beans fine enough for specialty coffee like espresso or Turkish. The Krups has a few advantages over other grinders, namely these: ** The blades are sharp and mounted low in the housing. Maybe other manufactures are saving a few pennies by putting flat tongues of metal in their grinders, but they don’t have the edge to pulverize beans like the Krups can. ** The machine has a higher RPM than other machines. This makes it easier to reduce grind times and with additional speed, can reduce whole beans to powder in less than a minute (I’ve had a Black n’ Decker that couldn’t grind beans for Turkish coffee if you held the button for half an hour). ** the housing is oval and the lid is flat. I’m not an engineer or physicist, but I think the flat lid and oval shape allow the beans to fall back towards the blades for further grinding (again, my Black n’ Decker allowed the beans to spin around the lid in a whirlpool pattern that was pretty to look at, but pointless for actually reducing the grounds to the small particles I wanted). ** it has a large capacity. Do you like strong coffee?? Use more grounds, then!! The box says that you can grind up to 20 cups of java at a time. I don’t know about the sorts of demitasses they must be using to gauge the volume of a “cup”, but I do know that this machine can grind up enough beans for a number of very stiff MUGS of coffee. In the disadvantages column, the only one I could site is that the housing cup is slanted down, I’m assuming for decorative purposes. Hence, I’m forever spilling beans out of the lower side. My new secret is to measure the beans out in the LID, first, then turn the whole thing upside down and put the housing into the lid. Since I only use it to grind coffee (and while I drink my fair share, I don’t have the thing running nonstop day and night), I can’t speak with any aplomb about how sturdy a machine is or how long it lasts. I once dropped one after a year and broke it, but it seemed nowhere near quitting, so I can’t vouch for how long it would work under normal, non-butterfingered conditions. My assumption is that anything with such a high RPM rate isn’t intended to be kept running for long periods of time– creates too much heat and friction– so if you plan to grind coffee night and day, it’s probably best that you spend the money on a professional model intended for cafes. All in all, a fine piece of workmanship and definitely worth the extra few dollars over many of the other, cheaper, more poorly-designed grinders on the market today.

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