SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Precision Electronic Timer

Published on Sept. 2, 2023, 1:04 p.m.

Coffee, as one of the world’s most popular beverages, is more than just a drink to refresh and awaken the mind; it’s a culture, a way of life. From the Ethiopian plateau in the 9th century to its introduction to Europe in the 15th century, coffee has played a significant role in human history. Coffeehouses became hubs for intellectuals and artists, fostering exchanges in science, politics, and culture. Today, over two billion cups of coffee are consumed daily, demonstrating its immense popularity.

In pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee, coffee enthusiasts are constantly exploring and innovating. From the initial simple grinding tools to today’s electric grinders, coffee grinding technology is also continuously evolving. Among them, conical burr grinders are favored by coffee lovers for their uniform grinding and ability to preserve the coffee’s flavor to the greatest extent.

The SHARDOR CG203S is precisely such a high-quality conical burr grinder. It not only boasts powerful features like 48 grind settings, a precision electronic timer, and anti-static technology but also has a stylish appearance and robust construction. Whether you’re a coffee novice or a seasoned enthusiast, the SHARDOR CG203S can provide you with an exceptional coffee grinding experience.

 SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Key Features

  • 40mm stainless steel conical burrs
  • 48 precise grind settings
  • Precision electronic timer
  • Anti-static technology
  • 9.7oz hopper capacity

 SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Sleek and Sturdy Design

The CG203S features a sleek brushed stainless steel exterior that will look elegant on any kitchen countertop. The build quality feels very solid and durable, with the hopper locking securely into place during grinding. The push button controls and LED display are straightforward to operate. This model is relatively compact at just 7.1 x 4.5 x 13.9 inches, making it easy to store away in a cabinet after use.

Convenient Features

This grinder is designed for convenience and customizability. The precision electronic timer allows you to set grind times down to the second, from 1 to 40 seconds maximum. This helps achieve perfect dosing and consistency with each use. The CG203S also has 48 precise grind settings to accommodate everything from espresso to french press. The settings are clearly marked from fine to coarse, taking the guesswork out of dialing in the right size.

Grinding Performance

After lots of testing with light, medium, and dark roasts, I’m satisfied with the grinding performance. The motor isn’t super powerful but has adequate torque to grind beans at a reasonable pace. It’s actually one of the quieter models I’ve used. The anti-static technology works well to keep grounds from sticking inside the container, though a few clumps are inevitable. Overall the grounds come out with a very consistent texture.

Different brewing methods require different grind sizes for optimal coffee extraction. For example, French press requires coarsely ground coffee to avoid over-extraction and bitterness. Pour-over coffee needs medium-fine ground coffee to achieve a balanced flavor extraction. Espresso requires very finely ground coffee for quick extraction under high pressure. The SHARDOR CG203S’s 48 precise grind settings can cater to all brewing methods, from the finest espresso to the coarsest French press.

Potent 40mm Steel Burrs

At the heart of this grinder are commercial grade 40mm stainless steel conical burrs. The uniquely shaped burrs minimize friction and heat during grinding to protect the beans’ essential oils and aroma. In my experience, the steel burrs are very effective for producing uniform grinds without excessive powder or fines. Compared to flat burr grinders, conical burr grinders generate less heat during the grinding process, which helps preserve the coffee’s flavor. Additionally, conical burr grinders are generally quieter than flat burr grinders, which is a bonus for those who enjoy a cup of coffee in the early morning. The SHARDOR CG203S’s 40mm stainless steel conical burrs utilize these advantages to provide users with even and consistent grinds while minimizing damage to the coffee beans’ flavor.

The Role of Anti-Static Technology

Static electricity is a major cause of coffee grounds flying around and distributing unevenly during grinding. The anti-static technology used in the SHARDOR CG203S reduces the buildup of static electricity during grinding, effectively preventing the grounds from scattering. This not only helps keep the work area clean but also ensures the uniformity of the coffee grounds, allowing for optimal taste and flavor extraction in every cup of coffee.

Static electricity can affect coffee grinding in several ways:

  1. Coffee Ground Scatter: Static can cause coffee grounds to scatter during grinding, making a mess on the countertop and increasing the hassle of cleaning.
  2. Uneven Grinding: Static can cause coffee grounds to stick to the grinding chamber, resulting in uneven grinding, which affects coffee extraction and flavor.
  3. Coffee Ground Waste: Coffee grounds stuck to the grinding chamber cannot be fully utilized, resulting in waste.

The SHARDOR CG203S’s anti-static technology effectively addresses these issues by reducing the generation of static electricity, thus improving the coffee grinding experience.

Coffee Bean Types and the Impact of Roasting

Selecting the right type of coffee beans is crucial for the final flavor of the coffee. The main types are Arabica and Robusta, with Arabica being favored for its sweet and complex flavor profile, while Robusta is used for its strong bitterness and higher caffeine content. Besides Arabica and Robusta, there are other coffee bean varieties, such as Liberica and Excelsa. Liberica beans have a unique fruity and woody aroma, while Excelsa beans have a citrusy and floral flavor. The SHARDOR CG203S’s grinding settings can accommodate a variety of coffee bean types, whether it’s the common Arabica or the uniquely flavored Liberica, you can find the right grind size.

The SHARDOR CG203S’s grinding settings can accommodate beans roasted to different levels, from light to dark roast. This is key to preserving the original flavors of the beans, as different roasting levels affect the flavor characteristics and extraction efficiency of the beans. Light roast beans typically have brighter acidity and more complex flavors, while dark roast beans have richer caramel and chocolate notes.

Coffee Grinding Tips

For optimal coffee grinding results, it is recommended that users adjust the grind size according to the type of coffee being made (e.g., espresso or Americano). Coarse grinds are suitable for French presses, while finer grinds work better for espresso. Ensure the freshness of the beans before grinding and aim to brew immediately after grinding to maintain the best flavor.

To maximize the flavor of your coffee beans, it is recommended to store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Coffee beans oxidize quickly after grinding, so it’s best to grind them only when needed. The SHARDOR CG203S’s locking system bean hopper can be easily removed and stored, helping to maintain the freshness of the coffee beans.

 SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Operation, Cleaning, and Maintenance

The SHARDOR CG203S is designed for ease of use and simple cleaning. The grinder features removable upper burrs and bean hopper, with an included cleaning brush for easy residue removal. It is recommended to clean the burrs at least once a week and the hopper as per the frequency of use. To maintain optimal performance, regularly check if the burrs need replacing. Avoid using water to clean the motor or electronic panel directly. Store the grinder in a dry and cool place away from direct sunlight and moisture.

In addition to regular cleaning, daily maintenance is also important. After each use, the bean hopper and grinding chamber should be emptied, and any residual coffee grounds should be cleaned with a brush. Regularly check the power cord for wear and tear to avoid safety hazards. The SHARDOR CG203S’s built-in cleaning brush makes it easy to clean the upper burr and grinding chamber, simplifying the maintenance process.

Great for All Brew Methods

I enjoy using this grinder for my daily pourover, as well as for occasional french press and cold brew. The precise grind settings allow you to seamlessly transition between coarse and fine as needed. It excels at filter coffee but also holds its own for espresso when you go fine enough. The only downside is the 9.7 oz hopper which requires frequent refilling if grinding for multiple cups or people.

 SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Low Noise

This is one of the quieter burr grinders I’ve used. The conical burrs and slower RPM motor result in less noise and friction heat. It’s much quieter than a traditional blade grinder. The noise level is reasonable for early morning grinding.

Ideal For

The SHARDOR CG203S is a great choice for brewing filter coffee, espresso, french press, and cold brew. It can produce grinds fine enough for turkish coffee as well. The precision settings allow you to customize for any brew method.

User Feedback

Based on over 100 customer reviews, the SHARDOR CG203S earns an impressive average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

The vast majority of users are very satisfied with its grind consistency and low noise operation. Many mention the uniform grind size and minimized static make for a very pleasant grinding experience. Coffee enthusiasts note the flavor is significantly improved compared to blade grinders.

Regarding grind settings, most reviewers find the range can accommodate everything from fine espresso to coarse french press grinds. Some would prefer even more precision in the grind size adjustment between settings. However, the 48 settings cover the basics for common brew methods.

In terms of capacity, the 9.7oz hopper and grounds bin are smaller than some competitors. This requires frequent refilling and emptying if grinding large batches. For those brewing 1-2 cups at a time, the capacities are likely sufficient. But heavier users will want to opt for larger models.

There are a few reports of the grinder jamming over time, likely due to the burrs wearing down. However, SHARDOR customer service is very responsive in providing troubleshooting tips, replacement parts, or entire new units if needed. The included 2 year warranty provides peace of mind.

Considering the commercial grade conical burrs, quiet performance, and versatile grind sizes, most agree this model provides stellar value for the price. It outperforms many competitors costing over twice as much. The SHARDOR CG203S punches far above its class for under $70.

Pros

  • Excellent grind consistency
  • Low noise operation
  • Durable stainless steel burrs
  • Anti-static design
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Small 9.7oz hopper capacity
  • Grounds bin could be larger
  • Not the most powerful motor

 SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Price and Value

The SHARDOR CG203S is typically priced under $70, which is a very competitive price for a grinder with commercial-grade conical burrs, quiet operation, and a wide range of grind settings. Compared to brands with similar features and performance, such as Baratza and Breville, which are often priced above $200, the SHARDOR CG203S offers a significant price advantage, providing consumers with excellent value for money.

 SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Conclusion

For those seeking high quality, fresh coffee every morning, the SHARDOR CG203S is a fantastic burr grinder option. It produces uniform and consistent grinds to maximize flavor and aroma. The robust build quality and intuitive design make this an appliance that will last for years of daily use. While the capacity is a bit small for high volume grinding, it excels at delivering the perfect grind for the solo coffee enthusiast. Overall I highly recommend the SHARDOR CG203S as an affordable yet powerful conical burr coffee grinder.

What’s Included

The box contains the grinder base, hopper, ground bin, cleaning brush, and user manual to help you get started.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.5 x 13.9 inches
  • Weight: 5.28 pounds
  • Power: 150 watts
  • Bean Hopper Capacity: 9.7 oz
  • Grind Settings: 48
  • Grinding Time: 1-40 seconds
  • Burr Size: 40mm stainless steel
  • Warranty: 2 years

SHARDOR CG203S Anti-static Conical Burr Coffee Grinder User Manual

Important Safety Instructions

  1. Read all instructions before using the appliance.
  2. Ensure the voltage of the wall outlet matches the one shown on the rating plate.
  3. Do not operate the appliance with a damaged cord or plug, or if it malfunctions.
  4. Keep the appliance and its cord out of reach of children.
  5. Do not immerse the motor base in water or other liquids.
  6. Unplug the appliance when not in use, before assembling or disassembling parts, and before cleaning.
  7. Avoid contact with moving parts. Do not use the appliance for other than its intended purpose.
  8. Do not use outdoors.

Assembly and Setup

  1. Align the bean hopper with the main body, ensuring the positioning ribs match the grooves.
  2. Rotate the bean hopper clockwise to lock it into place.
  3. Open the hopper lid and add your desired amount of coffee beans.
  4. Remove the sealing cover and place the grinding chamber in the correct position.
  5. Adjust the grind size by rotating the grinding setting knob.

Operation

  1. Plug the power cord into a power outlet. The LED panel and START/STOP button will light up.
  2. Rotate the grinding size knob to your preferred setting (1-48).
  3. Press the Cup Select button to choose the desired number of cups (2-12).
  4. Press the Time Select button to choose the desired grinding time (1-40 seconds).
  5. Press the START/STOP button to begin grinding.
  6. To pause grinding, press the START/STOP button again.

Cleaning and Maintenance

  1. Unplug the coffee grinder before cleaning.
  2. The bean hopper and grinding chamber can be cleaned with warm, soapy water, rinsed with clean water, and dried thoroughly.
  3. Wipe the main body with a damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth.
  4. Clean the burrs regularly to maintain optimal performance:
    • Empty the bean hopper and remove it from the grinder.
    • Remove the upper burr.
    • Clean the upper and lower burrs with the included brush.
    • Reinstall the upper burr and bean hopper.

Troubleshooting

  • If the grinder doesn’t run, ensure it’s properly plugged in and not overheated. Allow it to cool down for 30 minutes if necessary.
  • If the grinder runs but doesn’t grind beans, the burrs may need cleaning or replacement.
  • If the grinder stops abruptly, turn it off and unplug it. Check for jammed beans or a clogged chute.

For further assistance, please contact SHARDOR customer support at [email protected].