I’ve had my old Mr. Coffee bean grinder for a couple years now and every day I used it at least twice, once in the morning, once in the afternoon. The grinder doesn’t get moved around the counter a lot so I never noticed before now that whenever it gets moved, it leaves a little footprint of grounds behind.
Not long ago while cleaning the counter, I moved the grinder to another part of the counter top and realized that coffee grounds were actually coming out of two little holes in the bottom of the grinder. I shook the little machine and more grounds came out. After just a couple of shakes, I had a small pile of ground coffee about the size of a coffee scoop and there was no sign of it stopping.
I decided to investigate further and went to fetch a screwdriver. This is what I found:
Apparently this little bastard has been stealing a little bit of my coffee every single time I used it. It wouldn’t irk me so much if I drank cheap coffee regularly, but some of these grounds cost upward of $40/lb. Such a waste.
Hal and I tried to figure out what the problem with it was or if perhaps I may have been using it improperly, but a one-button coffee grinder is not exactly rocket science. At first I thought I hadn’t been pushing the grind receptacle all the way into the dock, but that would have spewed coffee on the counter and not internally. Clearly there is some sort of manufacturer defect going on here.
At any rate, this thing is obviously in the trash now and I promise I will never use such low-brow consumer goods again. The new coffee grinder is a very well made Capresso which is much quieter and more accurate, even if it isn’t quite as simple as pressing a single button.