One of the most common questions on grinders asked by potential buyers is this: Does it also grind spice? Maybe Kitchenaid has heard the message loud and clear, so they’ve come up with the BCG211OB, a multi-functional grinder advertised to work on both coffee beans and spices.
But before you go ahead and buy yourself a unit, it’s important to know what previous buyers have said about their KitchenAid BCG211OB. What are its pros and cons? Does it give you consistent grounds? In this KitchenAid BCG211OB coffee and spice grinder review, we give you some answers.
Feature Highlights: What to Expect
Let’s have a look.
In the image on your right, you can clearly see that the KitchenAid BCG211OB is equipped with 2 blades that spin when you push down the cover, grinding your beans and spices. The size – how fine or coarse you want the beans to be – depends on how long you hold the cover down.
The blades are made of stainless steel, and the top cover is clear and transparent so that you can see your grounds clearly.
What is the capacity of this grinder?
4 ounces, as advertised. It should be enough to grind beans that can make up to 12 cups of coffee.
What else can we expect from this grinder?
It comes with a heavy-duty motor housing, a removable stainless steel bowl, and a spice-grinder accessory kit. It also weighs 2 pounds and has the following measurements: 3.8 x 3.8 x 8.8 inches.
Now, let’s focus on consumer feedback…
As a Coffee Grinder
First, let’s talk about consistency of the grounds. As previously mentioned, this grinder doesn’t come with a grind setting option, but since it’s a blade grinder, the longer you hold the button/top down, the finer the resulting grounds should be.
What are the comments of previous buyers?
It does the job done. However, you may have to grind beans in small batches because of two reasons. One, you may find the bowl to be small. Two, since it’s a blade grinder, it can get quite hot especially if you’d like finer grounds (thereby pressing down the stainless steel bowl longer).
As a Spice Grinder
The general feedback is that the KitchenAid BCG211OB is able to grind spices and even non-spice and non-coffee items such as flax seeds. The results?
Let’s borrow the words of one person: it can go from coarsely ground to a flour-like consistency.
However, you may have to make some extra effort if you want really consistent result. One person said he grinds the spices, stops and shakes it halfway, and then grinds them again.
Note that there’s a separate spice grinding kit, so don’t worry about spice flavor transferring and affecting the taste of your coffee brew.
Is this easy to clean? Yes, it’s relatively easy to clean. The stainless bowl separates easily from the base. The only disadvantage, however, is that the blades are fixed.
There are no grind size options to choose from. The way to get around this is to be consistent with the time it takes you to hold down the stainless steel bowl.
This isn’t for large spices. The cups may not be big enough to accommodate them.
Our Final Word: KitchenAid BCG211OB Coffee and Spice Grinder Review
Do we recommend this grinder? Let’s end this KitchenAid BCG211OB coffee and spice grinder review with this.
The KitchenAid BCG211OB works in grinding spices and coffee beans, but it’s not a perfect machine. It’s perfect for small grinding tasks.