I noticed the Krups GX610050 Professional Die Cast Conical Burr Grinder a while ago on Amazon but haven't seen any posts about them in the wild. I ordered one to see what it is about.
I thought it looked like the Graef CM80 which some of our European members might be familiar with. I also thought it looks a lot like the Sunbeam EM0480 - but the burrs are a different design on that Australian product compared to the Krups and Graef - the Sunbeam uses a burr set similar to the Ascaso Mini 38mm conical burr grinder while the Graef and Krups uses a burr set similar to the Maestro Plus in appearance.
Those grinders are considered to be entry level yet espresso capable grinders - if the Krups can too for only $99 then the entry price for a capable electric espresso grinder would drop from the $250 - $299 range to only $99 - a huge drop.
150 watts - strong enough for light home use.
A grounds bin, brush, rubber snout, and two sizes of portafilter holders - looks like 53mm & 58mm
The spring loaded hopper closes when you take it off the grinder.
The mount for the inner/lower burr:
Close up of the burrs - coffee dust, not rust
Grind retention - 17.1g in and 16.7g out - The beans got into second crack by mistake...
Powdery grinds (Preciso bin, btw) - but is it fine enough?
Yep - it's fine enough.
Tasty home roasted Sumatra Aceh Dry hulled Burkit coffee in the glass.
In conclusion, this grinder is capable. I can't speak to the longevity but the build quality is good - the body is metal, the metal toggle power switch (looks like the ones on my Quick Mill Silvano) has a nice feel, a removable rubber black mat under the portafilter holder makes clean up easy, and the grind quality is acceptable for espresso.
I did have to create a spacer to gain enough range to grind fine enough for espresso - Krups doesn't offer any information online but the Sunbeam pdf (from the manufacturer - not a mod) I found on Coffeesnobs.au shows how to install these and it took all of five minutes tops to complete. here is a link to the file:http://coffeesnobs.com.au/attachments/E..._Guide.PDF
Here is a link to a 76 page thread about the Graef CM80 (Google translate is wonderful, btw) from the European coffee enthusiast site Kaffee-Netz:http://www.kaffee-netz.de/m-hlen/33530-...-cm80.html