In today’s review I’m going to take a look at the Mr. Coffee Coffee Bean Grinder, model IDS77. I enjoy good, fresh, coffee and I finally got this grinder for Christmas. I had wondered if inexpensive grinders produced as good a coffee experience as commercial grinders and more expensive home ones. How did this Mr. Coffee grinder measure up? Read more to find out…
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As always, let’s take a look at the features of the Mr. Coffee IDS77 grinder. It’s a blade grinder, which means it uses a set of high speed metal blades to grind up the coffee, much like a blender. It features the ‘Chamber Maid’ system which are plastic arms that sweep the coffee back into the blades. There are 3 grind settings, coarse, medium and fine, and amount settings for 4-12 cups. These settings determine the grind time. The grind bowl is removable and can be washed separately. The unit is rather small, about 4 1/2 by 4 by 8 inches and includes a retractable 3 foot cord. It can easily be stored in most cabinets.
Grinding coffee well requires a consistent grind size. Inexpensive blade grinders, like the Mr. Coffee IDS77, simply don’t do this as well as more costly burr grinders. If you don’t want to spend $100+ on a burr grinder, blade grinders or having your coffee ground for you are your choices. I like the smell of fresh coffee beans and fresh coffee but I’m also cheap so the blade grinder was my choice.
Operating the Mr. Coffee IDS77 grinder is pretty simple. Just measure out your coffee beans, put them in the grinding chamber, lock it down, select your grind and amount, press and hold the button until it stops when it’s done. The unit is a little loud when grinding but not more than your typical blinder. The pour spout is a little clumsy to use, especially when filling an espresso container, and some coffee, about a teaspoon, always seems to get stuck in the chamber in spite of the ‘Chamber Maid’ system. A quick tap or two shakes most of this loose.
As for the grind size and consistency, it does a decent enough job for regular drip brewed coffee. For espresso, I didn’t think it was quite as good as store ground espresso blends but it was close enough. The concern here though is that if the grains aren’t consistent, this can cause clogging problems with some espresso systems, especially pump based ones, and French press coffee.
One concern I have about this Mr. Coffee grinder is the long term durability. While the grinding chamber and blades are metal, the rest of the unit is plastic, including the ‘Chamber Maid’ arms. Breaking plastic parts from wear is common in cheap appliances. There’s also the chance that wear on the cleaning arms might result in tiny plastic bits ending up in your coffee. I would recommend assuming that you’ll have to replace this unit sooner or later. However, given the typical sub $25 price, this isn’t too big of a deal.
All in all, I recommend the Mr. Coffee Coffee Bean Grinder, model IDS77 to anyone who’s looking for a cheap way to enjoy freshly ground coffee at home. It isn’t perfect, but I think the price and enjoyment factors are just right.