Krups Expert Burr Coffee Grinder GVX231

9.0 out of 10
9.0 out of 10

Krups are well known in the coffee machine market but they are better at grinders. They sell more coffee and spice grinders than anyone else.

Whenever you find a brand that is number 1 in any market you know that it is unlikely that you will make a bad decision because there are already thousands of people that vouch for them.

Krups is that brand in the coffee grinder market.

There are 3 primary methods for grinding coffee. Manually (not with a rock, there are machines for that now), burr grinders and blade grinders.

For manual imagine a pepper mill but different. You put the coffee in and then turn a handle and out pops the ground coffee ready for brewing. If that sounds like a bit too much hard work then you may wish to try an electric grinder which comes in two formats.

Burr grinders are the most expensive because they crush the beans in between two disks providing consistency of grind.

If you are not that bothered then you can go for a blade grinder which will do the job but the coffee will be in variable sizes. It really depends on how fussy you are and what type of coffee machine you use.

Coarser coffee works best in a catetiere for example so ground coffee which is not exactly the same size is fine, therefore a blade grinder would be ok but if you have an espresso machine then finely ground coffee the same size is important so you probably want to go for a burr grinder

You can pay hundreds for a burr grinder but they also come at a fraction of that price so if you haven’t had one before, this kind of price will get you something that does the job perfectly well.

For a burr grinder, the Krups expert sits at the lower end of the pricing scale so let’s see if it is cut out for the job.

Overall Score 9.0/10

Design 8/10

Just holding a product like this in your hands can often give you a feel for the quality of the component used in the manufacturing process. The cheaper blade grinders can be feather light suggesting low cost parts that could indicate a shorter life.

This weighs in at just under 2kg which is pretty substantial for an appliance of this size. Its feels sturdy and well built in your hands.

Despite being a very functional item (it grinds beans after all), Krups have made an effort to create something that will look pretty good on the kitchen worktop

It has a brushed stainless steel front panel which sits above the coffee container and a dial used to select the number of cups of ground coffee required. The dial is a little chunky and could have been a little smaller in our opinion.

A dial on the side to select grind fineness finishes off this neat and compact grinder

It measures in at 21cm wide, 17cm deep and 30cm tall so there should be no problem putting this alongside your coffee machine.

Functionality 8/10

The bean hopper can hold up to 225g of fresh coffee beans. It is airtight so as long as it is in a cool try spot away from sunlight then you can leave any unground beans inside the grinder for a good few days ready to be ground next time.

On the side of the grinder is where you select the fineness of the grind. With 17 individual grind settings you will always be able to find the correct setting for your needs. Use a very low setting for espresso (very fine) and a high setting for cafetiere (very coarse)

The dial on the front allows you to select the exact number of cups of coffee to be ground from 2-12 so the judging by the eye gets taken away from you with this grinder.

Ease of use 10/10

This is a device where you just want to efficiently do what it says on the front of the box which is to grind beans according to your specifications.

Once you have set the grind fineness it does just that in a simple and easy to use manner.

Add the beans and turn it on. Grinding begins.

Value For Money 9/10

For a burr grinder at this price point it does what it should do. Consistent ground coffee at the touch of a button

For flavour of what you get if you want to up the ante and pay a bit more have a look at the  Sage “the smart grinder pro”