Whenever you're thinking about making coffee, typically you want to go the easy route, as we all just want coffee NOW! More often than not, the grinder gets overlooked. No-one will be overlooking this DeLonghi Dedica Grinder!
This thing is a monster. A good looking, well thought out monster! Stainless steel and black plastic construction, with a stainless steel adjustable burr grinder, packing a punch. This grinder means business, but does it in a very thoughtful and butler-like way. What I mean by that is that the grinder itself is very robust and does a great job grinding beans, but it's the 'sophistication' with which it does it.
The burr is adjustable for different size of coffee grounds, from coarse to fine, and there is also an adjustment for the amount of coffee that you want to grind each time, measured in cups (how many cups of coffee do you wish to make, not full cups of ground coffee!).
The machine is relatively quiet as well. Sure, it's not silent, but it's not as harsh and abrasive as I thought it would be.
The top 'hopper' is plastic, with a hole in the bottom for the beans to drain into the grinder. It has a nice rubber and stainless steel lid. You pour your beans in the top, and then shut the lid. Please, please, please make sure that the hopper is securely fastened to the grinder. I turned it to the first 'click' and set the grinder going. It automatically shut off. Tried again, it shut off. Tried again, again, it shut off. The vibration from the grinder was causing the hopper to spin, and in turn it activated the auto shut-off feature on the grinder. I ended up needing to be a little more forceful with the hopper when locking it in place. I was just being cautious with it being plastic.
And to that end, do not, I repeat, do not lift up the hopper with unground beans in it. When trying to reseat the hopper securely, I accidentally lifted it up, and beans went everywhere. Into the burr of the grinder, onto the counter, everywhere! You have been warned!
The collection vessel for the grounds is clear plastic with a rubber and stainless steel sealable lid. That means if you choose to grind 4 cups worth of coffee and then only use two of them, the rest of the grounds remain stored and sealed till the next time you need them.
Cleaning the machine is really quite easy. A damp cloth gets rid of most of the grounds, and then a quick blast of canned air cleans out the other parts.
This is a nicely featured machine with many different options of grind, quantity and strength. The stainless steel and black casing is very attractive on the countertop.
And it was good to see the auto shut-off safety feature in action, and the notification on the LCD screen on the machine.
I would heartily recommend this grinder to anyone who is interested in a slightly more higher end model of grinder.