• Stainless Steel Blade
• Fingertip Control
• 4 oz. Stainless Steel bowl
• 160 watt motor
• Bowl etched markings for bean amount
• Manufactured by Kitchen-Aid in Ohio
• KitchenAid Model BCC111ER
• Blade style coffee grinder
It just so happens that my good friend runs this site and he saw in my kitchen my 1 year old blade coffee grinder.
Its the KitchenAid (model BCG111ER) blade grinder in empire red that I purchased for around $30, about 11 months ago. He asked if I would review it for his website, and I replied with a resounding “Do I have to?” (I’m not the best friend, I know…)
Anyway, one roast beef dinner (with lemon meringue pie) later, here I am happy, content, and ready to deliver this review! But first, since I’m an old guy (going on 70 this year), you’re getting a bit of back-story…
For most of my adult life, I went by the assumption that coffee was nothing but a bitter drink that kept you up all night.
For the past few years, my wife and I have been spending the winters in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
One warm and sunny market day, while my wife was buying fresh fruit and veggies at the local market, I was watching the tourists swarming around a very busy coffee stand.
The aroma was enticing and for the first time since I can recall, I decided to buy a cup of coffee. I didn’t want to admit it at first, but it was delicious!
I asked the vendor for his recipe. He told me that the coffee came from a small village in the Sierra Madre mountains about 2 and 1/2 hours from Vallarta. I asked my wife if she wanted to go on a road trip to learn about the history of the area. She was excited and so was I! (Yummy…)
The Journey To Great Coffee
San Sebastian is a small town frozen in time, an interesting rural drive inland from the busy tourist town of Vallarta.
Taking a tour to historic San Sebastian, Mexico, is like exploring a well-kept museum. San Sebastian is also home to several small boutique hotels and authentic Mexican restaurants.
We were fascinated with the Mexican history of San Sebastian del Oeste (meaning San Sebastian of the West), one of the gold and silver mining centers of Mexico in the 17th century.
San Sebastian del Oeste was founded in 1605. Known historically as a mining town, San Sebastian was once home to 40,000 inhabitants, who were interested in the harvesting of gold and silver. They now humbly claim less than 1,200 residents with no working mines, but they do have coffee.
It wasn’t hard for us to locate the coffee plantation and they did have the special coffee I was after the day we were there. The proprietors were nice enough to let us in on their secret. They did mention something about the high altitude of the village having something to do with their award winning coffee.
“Just add a touch of salt, cinnamon, and chocolate to your favourite grinds”, they told us. “Make sure you invest in a good quality coffee grinder and grind your favourite beans prior to each brewing. Everything will be fresher that way.” Who was I to question these Mexican brew-masters?
As soon as we returned to the desolate icy wasteland that is Canada, I began the hunt for the grinder that reminded me of my fun adventures in Mexico.
The KitchenAid BCG111ER blade grinder was my choice, mainly because of the price, to be quite honest. Plus, after reading several customer reviews, I was convinced it was the one for me. People, we live in some amazing times! I placed an order for this grinder on Amazon and in a couple of days, there it was on my porch.
KitchenAid Knows Their Grinders
Whether you enjoy freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning, as a refresher in the afternoon, KitchenAid coffee grinders are designed to grind rich flavorful coffee at the touch of a button. This is what I like best about this grinder is that its no-nonsense. It does the job fast and there’s nothing to fiddle with. You plug it in and off you go!
This coffee grinder has a four ounce stainless steel bowl and comes with a long lasting stainless steel blade. As far as blade grinders go, I so far can find nothing wrong with this grinder. It does everything just as I like it!
While I’m not the biggest coffee expert in the world, I can only speak from my experience and I think this coffee grinder is great. It has a great design, I love the color, and my coffee at home tastes better than ever. A lot of snobby people have taken it upon themselves to tell me how coffee should be made, using machines that are hundreds of dollars, but I must say I’m pretty happy with what I have currently. I clean it once every two weeks. I’m not what you’d call a clean freak, but some say you should clean them more often. That said, I always use the same type of coffee.
I prepare drip coffee at home every day now and I have graduated to, if not addict, let’s say appreciator of coffee. Now that I own a grinder like this one, I wouldn’t go back to pre-ground coffee. I’ve tried, and I notice a difference in taste and I don’t really like it. Overall, I would highly recommend the KitchenAid BCG111ER blade grinder.