I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to develop sort of a love/hate relationship with coffee grinders.
Meaning, I need to have one, but it feels like it can be such a gamble getting a new one and can cost a whole lot of money for one that you’re not even sure will be so good.
I can really love a good one, and really hate a bad one…
And that low end Wilfa that I used for some years is exactly why I was hesitant about the Wilfa Uniform grinder, that I’ll be reviewing for you in this article today.
But I’ll say right from the start, the Wilfa Uniform is a great coffee grinder that’s worth the price… it’s quite expensive.
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Even the legendary coffee aficionado James Hoffmann says in this video that he uses the Wilfa Uniform to make filter coffee every day.
That’s saying something.
Overall, I’d rate this rate this coffee grinder 8 out of 10!
So read on to find out why, along with my full review of the Wilfa Uniform coffee grinder!
Some General Info
Before I dive into the nitty gritty of the pros and cons and all that, let’s just look at some basic info about this coffee grinder.
This coffee grinder is a collaboration between the Norwegian coffee guru Tim Wendelboe and the company Wilfa, and it was released in 2019.
The Wilfa Uniform has a pair of 58mm flat steel burrs, which is pretty heavy duty when it comes to home coffee grinding, where most use smaller conical burrs.
The flat burrs are effective for giving a consistent grind size.
There are also 40 grind steps cover the full range of coffee brewing, from espresso to cold brew.
It’s a pretty wide range that this coffee grinder offers in terms of grind size.
There’s a hopper capacity of 75 grams of whole bean coffee that can be ground at a time.
It’s also equipped with an auto shut-off feature so that if you happen to push the button and forget or just don’t want to have to turn it off, you’re covered.
The Uniform weighs 7.4 pounds and is 15 x 8 inches.
Pros & Cons
From my perspective and after owning it for just some months now, here are the pros and cons of the Uniform, and I’ll elaborate on them after…
- sturdy, quality design with quality burrs
- gives a consistent grind
- adjusting grind size works well and smoothly
- fairly quiet
- wide range and can grind for espresso (but not ideal if you’re making espresso)
- low bean capacity
- grinds a little slow
So let’s expand on these.
First off, on the plus side of things, this machine has a good sturdy build and good burrs.
As mentioned above, the flat steel burrs are a great feature here, as they are more heavy duty than most home coffee grinders are equipped with.
This comes out in the consistency, which is one of the most important factors of a coffee mill.
Also, as opposed to the other cheap Wilfa grinder I had before, adjusting the grind size is easy and you can do it with the container full of beans, no problem.
And this doesn’t ruin the grinder or anything.
This should be a given for any coffee grinder, but with the one I had before it obviously wasn’t.
When it comes to electric grinders, this one is fairly quiet, especially for its size.
It’s not nearly as quiet as a hand mill, and it’s not quite as quiet as as small blade grinder, but it’s almost as quiet as one.
But again, comparing it to the previous Wilfa I owned, it’s much quieter than that… thankfully.
The auto shut-off feature is also a nice item on the Uniform.
And lastly, there’s a wide range of grind settings.
This makes it an ideal grinder for the home coffee brewer who really wants the whole spectrum of coffee brewing.
What’s of note here is that you can dial in the espresso grind pretty well, but also be aware of the fact that it simply won’t get the job done like a real espresso grinder; you can’t substitute it if you’re serious about espresso brewing.
And there’s also the cons…
Definitely the first one that I noticed when I used this machine is that there’s a pretty low bean capacity.
Not like that’s the biggest deal ever, but it’s of note and it’s what I could consider a negative thing.
The hopper has a capacity of 75 grams, and most of the time you probably won’t need more than that if you’re brewing with most any home coffee brewer for yourself or for one or two more people.
But it’s also not the end of the world to just put some more beans in and then grind some more.
The other one is that it grinds a bit slower than many other electric coffee grinders.
It’s not noticeable enough to where I end up staring at it and tapping my foot and humming the Jeopardy theme song or anything, but it’s not lightning fast.
There are always things you can do while your coffee is grinding.
So these are the two “cons” I see in this coffee grinder.
They’re not bad enough to be deal breakers of any sort in my opinion, but they are noticeable sometimes.
Let’s Talk Espresso
People have been talking about the Uniform and how well it does for espresso.
Let me try to answer as simply as possible on the question of, can the Wilfa Uniform grind for espresso?
Yes it can.
It certainly goes fine enough.
But you can’t do nearly enough fine tuning for your espresso as you can for a grinder that’s made for espresso.
Around numbers 4 and 5 you can get some nice espresso, but you can’t dial it in much further than that.
If you go lower, like down to 3, it starts getting just too fine, and more than 5 and it becomes a little too fast.
So if you’re not an espresso freak and you’re maybe just using something like a Minipresso, this coffee grinder should work just fine and you don’t need to do much dialing in.
But if you have a nice espresso machine, you’re going to want to get a nice espresso grinder to go along with it.
After only owning this coffee grinder for about 3 months at the time of first writing this article, this is how I see the Wilfa Uniform so far.
It’s an expensive grinder to be sure, but in my opinion, it’s a high quality machine that gives a good, consistent grind, which are the most important things when it comes to a coffee grinder.
Everything counts when you’re wanting to buy a new piece of equipment, but those things are certainly high on my list, and the Uniform delivers when it comes to those.
Unlike it’s cousin from the same brand… the cheap and unfortunate il Solito CG 110.
It’s kind of exciting and nerve-wracking to see how this coffee grinder will hold after a year or two, or the same amount of time my other cheap Wilfa grinder started to fall apart.
But James Hoffmann said that after a few years, his Uniform grinder has held up really well, so I’m counting on the same.
Is this grinder worth the money?
So far I’d say yes certainly it is, as it works very well and smoothly and gives a great consistent grind for your coffee beans… our black gold!
So I hope that this review was helpful and that if you choose to get it, that you’ll love it too!
“You get what you pay for”, people say… and that’s the case with this grinder.
If you have any questions about this article or about the Uniform grinder, please feel free to write in the comments section below and I’ll be happy to hear from you and help you out!
And as always… coffee cheers!