Krups GX500050 Review
Pros: Inexpensive, small footprint
Cons: Inconsistant grind-sizes, heavy static
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Krups GX500050 is the least expensive and most basic burr grinder in our lineup. This model offers a small footprint; however, it produces an incredible amount of static. Grounds and chaff stick to the grounds bin and inevitably create spills on your countertop.
We ran the grounds from the GX500050 through a series of sieves and discovered 51% of the coffee fell into the perfect pour-over range, impressively higher than any blade grinder in our review. Additionally, we found this grinder has no trouble grinding for stovetop espresso makers. However, it struggles with grinding fine enough for an espresso machine. The espresso shots we pulled with Krups' grounds poured too quickly, tasting under-extracted.
The GX500050 also comes with a dose timer. This feature allows you to set your desired daily dosage by turning a dial to select the number of cups you wish to brew. While this is a nice feature, we noted 52 grams worth of inconsistencies over three doses of grinding.
Another fun feature of this grinder is a self-containing brush. Unfortunately, the brush proves to be more stealthy than functional. It does not work well for wiping up loose grounds or cleaning the burrs.
Our biggest complaint with the GX500050 is the static it produces. The grinder stays relatively clean during operation, but when you remove the grounds bin or accidentally bump the machine, grounds fall from the chute making a mess. The corners of the grounds bin help funnel coffee in the right direction, but you need to drum on the bin to fully release your coffee.
Another drawback is the burrs themselves. Our team couldn't find what the burrs are made from anywhere, although the manufacturer refers to them as "metallic." As a result of static combined with the material of the burrs, coffee sticks heavily to them. For proper cleaning, you have to turn the grind setting to fine (the opposite of most grinders), turn further, and then the upper burr releases. Unfortunately, the lower burr is not removable.
The audible sound of the GX500050 is very annoying and has an uneven pitch. It sounds like it's struggling, especially if it runs out of beans.
This grinder is the least expensive burr grinder we tested. With just above average grind consistency, we might suggest this model if you do not often make coffee or are on a strict budget. For just a little more investment, the Baratza Encore offers superior grind quality.
Although we likely would not recommend the Krups GX500050 to friends or family, it does produce better tasting coffees than a blade grinder. If you're looking for a cheap burr grinder as you enter the world of pour-over coffee brewing, this one performed better in finer ranges than the coarser ranges ideal for a French press.
— Liz Nelson and Michelle Powell
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