Breville Smart Pro Coffee Grinder

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  • Stainless steel conical burrs designed to minimize grinding heat and protect the essential oils in the coffee bean
  • 60 precise grind settings from the finest Espresso to the coarsest French Press Grind. Voltage : 110 120 Volts. Power : 165 Watts
  • Precision Electronic Timer allows users to adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments and consistent dose every time
  • 18 ounce coffee bean capacity with locking system for easy removal, storage, and transfer of the bean hopper
  • Grind directly into portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket or paper filter
  • Portafilter cradle small 50 54 millimeter; Portafilter cradle large 58 millimeter
  • Note: Refer user manual before use

 

SKU: BCG820BSSXL Category:

$182.15$199.99

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Breville’s Smart Grinder Pro features Precision Digital Time (adjustable in 0.2 sec increments) to give you complete control over dose and grind time.
The perfect coffee needs a precise amount of freshly ground coffee beans. But adjustments in grind size require different grind times to achieve a consistent dose.
Choose among 60 different grind settings to achieve maximum flavor potential to suit your favorite brew.
Grind settings allows you to go from the finest Espresso to the coarsest French Press.
Further extend the grinding range by tuning the adjustable Upper Burr to either coarser or finer without the use of tools.
The Breville Smart Grinder Pro automatically doses the same every time you grind making it easy to achieve a consistent dose.

Specification: Breville Smart Pro Coffee Grinder

Weight10 lbs
Dimensions9 × 7 × 15 in
Brand

Breville

Color

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MPN

BCG820BSSXL

UPC

021614056559

3 reviews for Breville Smart Pro Coffee Grinder

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  1. Merry K

    When it works it’s great, BUT:Breville uses a cheap plastic impeller that wears down. The impeller is what pushes the coffee out after it’s been ground. If the impeller doesn’t work, the coffee beans aren’t able to flow down into the burr. Apparently this goes back several years. I bought mine in Dec, 2015. This issue has begun to pop-up on the BCG820, but it’s been happening on other models as well, like the BCG400SIL, BCG600SIL, and BCG800XL. The BCG820 has a metal “armor” that just clads the impeller, but underneath it is just a plastic part similar to the other models. This metal piece doesn’t really do anything other than make it “look” like it’s metal when you simply glance at it from the top with the burrs on. The issue doesn’t start happening until after it’s out of warranty. Mine started happening about 6-7 months after the warranty period had ended. Breville doesn’t sell the part on its website to be replaced.Google “Hidden defect in Breville coffee grinders” for details on the issue. There’s a guy that sells a 3d-printed impeller for the BCG800, which can be found by searching “BCG800XL Grinder Jamming due to Worn Impeller”

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  2. Christopher S. Cornette

    There are many bad reviews here about this grinder seizing or stopping, and a few even that talk of a burning smell… this is an easy problem to get around.Bottom line, this is a truly superb entry level grinder with one major drawback that is easily overcome. I’ll get into what makes this grinder great in a bit, but first, the one thing you NEED TO KNOW if you buy this model.If the grinder slows down or stops grinding before it has run its cycle, PAUSE THE GRINDER. You do this by pressing the button on the right. Then remove the hopper (consult the manual – this is easy to do). Remove the upper burr (also easy to do – read the manual). Dump out any beans inside the grinder (just pick the machine up and turn it upside down – I dump the beans back into the hopper). Brush out the lower burr area (Breville supplies a small brush for this). Put the upper burr and the hopper back together. Restart the grinder (press the right button). It will complete the remainder of the cycle that was paused. You may wish to manually grind a bit more to make up for any lost grounds.Why does this happen? The motor in this model is a bit underpowered. It can get hung up while grinding. It is rare, but there it is. It’s happened to me once in months of daily use. When it happens, follow the steps above and you should have no issues. It’s what I did, and the grinder went right back to flawless operation like it had never happened.Why is this still a great grinder? It’s pretty simple – the ONLY thing that matters about a grinder other than reliability/durability is how consistent the grind is (how uniform is the size of the individual specks of ground coffee). The better the consistency, the better your coffee will be, period.This model **absolutely excels** in consistency. Hands down, independently tested, it blows every grinder in this price range out of the water with more than twice as much “optimal” size grounds as compared to the next best make and model. You can spend 2 or 3 times this amount and still not get a more consistent grind than you will with this guy. Where it counts, this grinder is the king, unless you want to spend far far more for a true professional model.Some additional nice features:—With a bit of experimenting, you can dial in exactly how much coffee you want it to grind per cup (for drip) or per shot (for espresso) and easily program that amount in so you don’t have to think about it again. Once that is done, you can simply tell it 1 or 2 shots, or how many drip cups (up to 12) that you want to make, and then you can ALWAYS grind the EXACT amount of coffee you need. This means you can always make coffee with only freshly ground beans without ever wasting a single bean. That is pretty awesome.—You can experiment with up to 60 grind sizes to dial in exactly what you want. Personally, for espresso, 15.8 seconds at size 14 grind gives a perfectly dialed in double shot on my Breville espresso machine. For drip, I’m liking the mid 40’s, but I haven’t decided exactly where yet. The difference from one setting to the adjacent setting is really hard to taste with drip coffee.—If you don’t need super fine espresso grinds but want courser grounds than setting 60 will give you (to get French Press just so), you can adjust the upper burr (easy to do – read the manual). There are 4 more positions that will adjust all 60 settings and make them coarser. Conversely, if you want even finer espresso but don’t need the coarsest settings, there are 5 more positions of that upper burr that will make the whole range of the machine finer. One video review I saw said this makes for 600 grind settings, but I’m sure most of those 600 are overlapping. It’s at least 69 different grinds possible, at any rate.—Large hopper. Not as big as a professional grinder’s hopper, but you can put a full pound of beans into this grinder with some room to spare.—Cleanly removable hopper. In order to remove the hopper, you twist a knob to “lock” it. This closes down the feed ports at the bottom so no beans will fall out when you take the hopper off. If you want to get crazy, you could buy a second hopper (or more) and switch between espresso and normal coffee easily (although the first few beans ground will be from the previous hopper, left behind in the burr, unless you dump them out when switching). The removable hopper also makes it very easy to clean after it starts to get oil buildup (which can contribute to the machine seizing up).—Magnetic removable catch tray. Grinds get everywhere, and this makes cleaning up of (most) loose grinds very easy.—Magnetic portafilter holders. You get two, one for the standard 58mm PF size, and one for the smaller PF’s found on Breville automatic espresso machines. You can set your portafilter in the holder, and grind right into it without any mess. There’s even a button so you can set the portafilter in, then activate the grinder by simply pushing on the portafilter.Some things that could stand improvement:—More powerful motor… that would make this grinder just about perfect.—Could be a bit quieter. It’s not especially loud, as grinders go, but it’s not the quietest I’ve owned either. But a more power motor would probably be louder, so they may have been trying to find a balance here between powerful and quiet.—The included catch “cup”. It seals airtight, which is nice, but the mouth does not line up with the grinder port when it’s inserted fully. Push it too far back in and the metal lid sticks to the magnet designed to secure the portafilter adapter, but if you line it up just right with the grinder port, the vibration of the grinder tends to make it to slide out of place during grinding. The fix is to just grind directly into your filter, or take the lid off the “cup” and set it all the way in to catch your grounds.OVERALL RECOMMENDATION:—If you mainly make drip or pour-over coffee, and/or espresso, this grinder is unbeatable unless you can afford a true professional model. Stay vigilant if it binds up (again, that’s rare but potentially damaging for the motor). But if you take good care of this grinder, and spend some time customizing the settings, it will deliver superior grinds in exactly the amounts you need, every time.—If you primarily make Press coffee, and really like extremely coarse grinds, then there is probably a better choice for you out there.

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  3. Ray H.

     Horrible! I’ve been making coffe for 35 years and never have I came across such an inferior over priced grinder.As a coffee junkie I’m very passionate about great coffee ( #deathwishcoffee ) and regretfully I trusted other reviews from Amazon users, as well as some other respected coffee lovers on other sites.All very very wrong!I received unit number one with excitement and I was pleased that it worked wonderfully and as described, for a few weeks, then the motor began to lock up with the odor of melting electrical wiring emitting from the grinder.One quick call and Amazon made it super easy to get a new unit and to my surprise they didn’t even create hardship of sending back the defective unit and just a few days later the new one arrived and that’s where the excitement ended.Not even one complete cycle from this junk before it did the same exact thing! Hopefully amazon will just refund this bad decision.

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