Shardor 35 Level Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder Review

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You’ll receive the coffee grinder and an instruction manual. When fully assembled, the unit measures 11 inches tall, 5 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. It weighs about 4.5 lbs without any beans in it. The grinder consists or three main parts: a coffee grounds container, hopper, and the main body of the unit. The hopper has a clear, plastic body and drop-in lid. On the underside of the lid you’ll find a 1 Tablespoon coffee scoop and cleaning brush neatly stored and attached with clips, though they can be a little tricky to line up and put back. In the middle of the hopper is a guide cone, which directs the beans on top towards the walls of the hopper which are then funneled down the center into the burr grinder. Note along the bottom ring there is a narrow lock tab and a wide lock tab on the opposite side for proper alignment and installation on the main body. The lid simply drops back into place and does not lock or snap in tightly.

The grounds collection cup is dark but translucent, so you can see the contents without exposing your grounds to too much light which can degrade quality and flavor over time. The lid is made of a hard black plastic, but the plug in the middle is silicone rubber, to prevent oxidation and spoilage of your freshly ground coffee. The lid simply pops off with a slight tug and is not completely airtight, so you won’t want to store your grounds in here for long periods of time. The interior of the cup is anti-static, making it easier to clean since the grounds won’t cling to it. There’s a max fill line on the container which is marked at about 1.5 cups by volume.

The main body of the grinder is made of a lightweight black plastic with silver chrome trim. After installing the hopper, gently turn it so that the arrow on the right-hand side moves towards the front of the machine. You’ll notice gradations for grind size marked 1 through 35 around the base of the hopper, and these sections are labeled for appropriate brewing style suited for size of the grounds, from very coarse grounds for French press, medium grounds for Drip or pour over coffee makers, and fine grounds for espresso. In front of the hopper, the button with the power symbol starts operation of the machine, and the silver dial points to the dosage or quantity of grounds you want to end up with, provided enough beans are in the hopper. These are set in increments of 2 up to 12, ostensibly to tell you how many cups of coffee you can make with the grounds, though it’s more of an approximation of quantity based on a set amount of time the grinder runs for.

Note that with the rubber flap closed, the container can still fit under the grind head for storage, however, it’s a pretty tight fit and stray grounds may deposit on top of the lid after use. Before first use, I recommend washing all the plastic parts of the hopper and grounds cup in warm soapy water. After several uses, you may want to clean out the grinding chamber to prevent clogging. You can also wipe the interior with a dry clean cloth, but avoid using soap or water inside the machine.

Note that the max capacity of the hopper is about 1.5 cups of beans, but I only like to put the amount of bean that I’ll be grinding into the machine rather than store them in the grinder. The grinder is a bit loud, almost like running a blender, which isn’t surprising given the power of the motor and the fact that it’s crushing hard beans. The 2 dose setting runs for about 18 seconds and the amount of grounds you end up with is proportional to the grind size: the larger the grounds, to more volume it produces for that dosage. For me, a 15 grind size was very close to the size grounds and texture of store bought coffee, but you can play around with the different settings to find the grind size that works best for you.

When used at the 1 grind size, I found that despite using the two cup setting, I actually ended up with only 12 grams of powder, which is only enough for a single espresso shot. Also, after distributing the powder and tamping, it was clear to me that the grounds were too fine as they compressed a lot and the espresso machine wasn’t able to push enough water through it. I achieved much better results using the 6 grind setting.

Overall, I really like this coffee grinder. You can grind your favorite beans to suit multiple brewing styles with consistent even results and uniform grind size, from extra fine to extra coarse. Whether you’re making coffee in the morning or pulling espresso shots, you can easily adjust the machine to find the perfect size grind for your brewing method.

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