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Breville Smart Grinder

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Whether you feel like a steaming hot pot of French press coffee or a single straight espresso shot, you'll be able to grind precisely for both and everything in between with the Breville Smart Grinder.
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Breville has taken a step forward to provide coffee lovers with a grinder that adjusts doses automatically when you change the grind of your espresso beans. No need to fiddle with temperamental micro adjustments, the Smart Grinder will automatically set the doses when you change the grind of your espresso beans. It also allows the ability to tweak the grind to your preferences with its stainless steel conical burrs. Whether you feel like a steaming hot pot of French press coffee or a single straight espresso shot, you'll be able to grind precisely for both and everything in between with the Breville Smart Grinder. Now available in three colors!

Features & Functionality of the Breville Smart Grinder

  • Let There Be Light: Backlit LCD Screen
  • Have It Your Way: Adjustable dial for less grinds/weaker or more grinds/stronger
  • 1,2,3,4: The espresso setting allows you to choose the number of shots
  • Pump Up the Volume: The French press, percolator and drip settings allows you to choose the number of cups
  • Mess-Less: Grounds catcher for any overspill and it is removable for easy cleaning
  • Under Control: Cord wrap for a tidy counter
  • Coarse of Course: Grind size dial offers 25 grind settings from the finest espresso to the coarsest French press grind
  • Multi-task Compatible: Hands-free grinding
  • Portafilter Cradle: Small 50-54mm diameter compatible, Large 58mm diameter compatible
  • Air Tight: Removable grounds container with lid and sealing cap
Pros
  • Adjustable - With no need to fiddle with adjustments, the Smart Grinder will automatically adjust the doses when you change the grind of your espresso beans.
  • Multi-Purpose - Whether you feel like having a pot of French press or a cup of espresso, you'll be able to grind precisely for both and everything in between
    Cons
    • High-Tech - People may think twice when investing in this machine as it has a digital screen and computerized parts that may make it more difficult to repair in the long run.
    Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
    Ease of Use 3
    Overall Value for the Money 4
    Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
    Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 22 seconds
    Manufacturer Breville
    Width 6 inches
    Depth 7 inches
    Height 14 inches
    Programmability Yes
    Case Material Plastic with Metal Finish
    NSF Certified No
    Bean Hopper Capacity 1 pound
    Dosing Options Programmable Dosing Functionality
    Grinder Style Burr - Conical Steel
    Timer or On/Off Switch Both Timer & On/Off Switch
    Material Brushed Stainless Steel

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    Breville Smart Grinder
    Already Asked: 16 Questions, 23 Answers
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    A shopper asked: What is the "recommended" setting for use with a Moccamaster? I know that every machine is different, but I can't seem to nail it. Thanks! Apr 22, 2014
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    Robert B: The Smart Grinder's display is deceiving, french press is not really french press and this is more of an espresso grinder to drip grinder. As far as what setting would be best well as you said it it varies and it is your taste. If you're using store bought beans you may not see much improvement but if you're using speciality grade coffee it will be night and day when you get it wrong. Here is what I would do. Run an empty pot, measure the water in oz. Use 1.63 grams of coffee per ounce of water. Remove the hopper and remove what you can of unground beans. Replace hopper and set to max coarse. Grind until empty but remember a few grams will not come out. Weigh coffee out and only dump in what you will use for the batch. This will give you more control over weight until you get the grind set. Test the coffee after brewing, if weak or sour grind finer. If strong, reduce weight to 1.6g per oz and try again. Once you get the grind right then grind from the hopper and weight after adjust the dosages on screen and remember to tare the scale to the container you're grinding into. Cheers and best of luck. Apr 22, 2014
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    edwin y: unfortunately i don't have any first hand experience with a moccamaster. however, since you are probably after a drip grind, i would set the breville smart grinder at about one third of the way to the left of the coarsest setting; right about under the letter "t" in the word "filter". go to the left of that setting if you are having run over trouble.
    i believe the breville has a little finer grind in the medium and coarse ranges than most grinders, and maybe not quite as fine in the espresso end as most grinders.
    i don't know the symptoms you're dealing with, but if it's a matter of adjusting the rate of flow thru the drip, this might give you a slight bit of light.
    good luck
    Apr 23, 2014
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    Michael M: Sorry, I don't know "Moccamaster" We have a Saeco espresso machine and I had to work my way through the grinds to find what worked best. Ended up with a fairly fine espresso grind - almost like "powered sugar" feel to the grounds. Have fun experimenting. Apr 22, 2014
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    Sally S: I use the setting between the O and R of the Percolator bar for fineness of grind and dial up to the bar above the M in MORE. for strength. I like my coffee strong and this works for me with Moccamaster and paper filters. Hope that helps. Apr 22, 2014
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    Blair M. asked: I've been using this grinder for a few months now (drip and press coffee). I bought it with the intention of eventually getting an espresso machine. I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations on which espresso machines would pair well with this grinder.

    I'd be looking for a semi-automatic machine, with the option to use non-pressurized portafilters. A steam wand capable of making nice microfoam is needed too!

    Something in the $200-$400 range would be ideal. I know that not going to get me anything amazing, but ideas on which would give the best bang-for-the-buck would be appreciated.

    Any suggestions?
    Dec 2, 2013
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    Robert B: I have the Smart Grinder. I'm using the Via Venezia with the bottomless portafilter, you can also depressurize the portafilter, and I just ordered a Breville 800ES steam arm off ebay for pretty cheap, it retrofits well. Any of the lower end Saeco's work well with good techniques but if you do not want to upgrade the basic machines I'd recommend spending a few extra bucks for the Breville single boiler. It will come with a tamper and a better steam wand, basically the same one i ordered. What you invest in the machine you make up some of the costs in the accessories they give you as well as some freebies from SCG. Cheers I hope this winded answer helps. Dec 2, 2013
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    edwin y: i've been using my breville grinder for espresso shots for a couple weeks now. i also am using the breville espresso machine (the infuser for $499), and find the grinder to perform well for good shots. i believe it would work well with any mid-level espresso machine. Dec 2, 2013
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    Samuel L: I recommend the Aroma by Saeco. I own two of these machines (one for each house) and they are flawless in operation and consistency of brew. Dec 16, 2013
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    Fergus L asked: I just bought this machine and it arrived today. After letting it come up to room temperature (from being in a cold shipping vehicle), I turned it on and cycled it through the grind settings watching the indicator move from fine to coarse. To my dismay, it seems the indexing is off because by the display, it only displays about three settings into the espresso side, but fully over to the coarse side. I can't get the indicator to go all the way to the right side! I ran the machine a bit more and cycled through the settings but no change.

    I suppose it's fine for doing the french press grind or the finest espresso grind but for dialing in something in between, it's not displaying anything close to accurate. VERY annoying. Anyone have some advice? I'm going to run it a few more times without beans, then call Breville on Monday. I am sad.

    Thanks for any insight!
    Jan 10, 2014
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    Marc J: I would call Breville Support. They have been very good at troubleshooting. My guess is whether something is blocking the dial or conical burr preventing it from moving to a finer setting. Good Luck. Jan 13, 2014
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    Michael M: Sorry, I have NOT experienced any such action. Mine gives fine graduation of grind from powder-fine to almost French press. Suggest your machine may have a problem. Jan 11, 2014
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    Joseph s asked: How many watts is the machine ? Where was it made ? Nov 30, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: The Breville Smart Grinder is 165 watts and is made in China. Nov 30, 2013
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    Joseph s: Thank You. Have a great day Nov 30, 2013
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    Pedro M asked: I just got this grinder a week ago and still learning the settings, as per your suggesstion im using the Lavazza bean ,id like to know if you have any recomendations for the settings to get a strong espresso.My actual settings now are espresso 3 bars left for the max on fine, then on coarse it is at the center bar of less and more, and for shots it is set at 2 shots.Im not quite sure how to make it stronger?
    Thank You !
    Jul 19, 2014
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    Robert B: When it comes to espresso it is just a balancing act and every coffee will need a different setting. If can get a good shot and you want it stronger you will have to use more coffee and coarsen the grind slightly to retain the same flowrate. If your portafilter is full at your current setting you may not have the option to make it stronger, you may need to find beans with a stronger aroma. A naturally processed coffee tends to be more profound in the aroma department. By the way if you're careful enough you can feel there is extra steps in your grinder between each of the displayed settings so you can dial in a bit more precise than most think. The shots and strength settings are just timers. I've been grinding on 1 shot and +3 or 4 strength for a double shot where as I had used 2 shots with the strength in the negative for the same result. The strength notches are +/- 5% time for each block. Cheers and enjoy experimenting! Jul 21, 2014
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    f s asked: Is this Grinder suitable for super fine (turkish coffee)?
    what i want is one grinder for both espresso and turkish

    best regards
    Jul 16, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: No, I would not recommend this Breville Smart Grinder for Turkish coffee, as it does not get fine enough for that application. The grinder we recommend for Turkish is the traditional hand grinder found at the link below:

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/turkish-coffee-grinder

    There is not a grinder that I would recommend for both espresso and Turkish, as most that will grind fine enough are stepless, which makes dialing your grind back and forth for two applications difficult without clear indications of specific grind settings on the unit. Hope this clarifies!
    Jul 16, 2014
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    Kevin G asked: I have a la pavoni europiccola and am wondering will the grinder grind fine enough and be adjustable enough to pull good shots with it? Thanks! Jul 12, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Unfortunately this Breville Smart Grinder is not capable of grinding fine enough to work well with a La Pavoni, as a La Pavoni machine requires a very fine grind for best results. At minimum I would suggest looking at the Rancilio Rocky found at the link below.

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/rancilio-rocky-coffee-grinder
    Jul 12, 2014
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    Pedro M asked: What type of coffee bean is recommended to use with this grinder in order to avoid jams? Jul 10, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: This Breville Smart Grinder preforms best when using a medium or light roast, and can sometimes clog with anything too dark or oily. For best results I recommend using anything with a matte finish, as you may encounter clogging with shiny beans. I have included a few options to check out below:

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/lavazza-super-crema-espresso-whole-bean

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/zoka-coffee-espresso-paladino-blend-12-ounces

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/velton-s-coffee-bonsai-blend
    Jul 10, 2014
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    Domhnall B asked: How do I work out if the Smart grinder I've been sent as a package deal with my new breville BES 920 is one of the newer "upgraded" ones that shouldn't need the shim kit? Is there a serial number after which they are the upgraded version? Feb 19, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Any of the new Smart Grinders that we offer are the latest version that don't require the shim kit, however if you are concerned about an older version or a version that has been refurbished, Breville would be your best source of this information. They can be reached at 866-273-8455. Feb 19, 2014
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    A shopper asked: I have a Rocket Cellini V2 that I purchased from you and was gifted this grinder for my birthday a few days ago.

    I've tried using this grinder on the finest setting and it is clogging my machine? I notice a lot of comments saying that it doesn't get fine enough but if it is clogging my machine doesn't it mean it is too fine a grind?

    Thank you
    Feb 2, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Every grinder is calibrated a bit different, and every machine is a little different. Shot timing also depends on the type of bean you are using, and that is why having your own grinder and dialing in the beans you use to the machines you have is so important. If this Smart Grinder is not allowing liquid to come out, then yes, your grind setting is too fine for the beans you are using. Keep adjusting and timing until you get two ounces of liquid extracted in between 20-30 seconds when you tamp with 30 pounds of pressure. Hope this helps! Feb 3, 2014
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    mikeb asked: I have an Nuova Simonelli Oscar and am looking at buying this grinder. Will this grinder grind fine enough and is there enough adjustments in the espresso range to get good results? I have a gaggia grinder at the moment and am stuck between two of the 10 settings.

    Also can you grind a triple shot with the portafilter bracket in place? From my research online it looks like it limits you to a double shot dose with the bracket attached.
    Jan 22, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: For a machine like the Nuova Simonelli Oscar, I would recommend a grinder at the level of the Baratza Virtuoso or above, as the Smart Grinder won't grind quite as fine and can clog a bit more easily on the very fine grinds. For even more grind settings, you might want to even look to the Baratza Preciso, which has some additional micro settings for dialing things in. Depending on the bottomless portafilter you are using, you can grind directly into the portafilter of a triple, but the dosing on this unit does limit you to choosing a single or a double dose. Hope this helps clarify!

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-virtuoso-burr-espresso-grinder-with-preciso-burrs-redesign-586

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-virtuoso-preciso-burr-grinder
    Jan 22, 2014
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    A shopper asked: I see in the specs that this grinder is 14" tall. Can anyone tell me is that from the base to the very top of the "loop" that comes off the top of the bean hopper lid? Or is that 14" to the top of the bean hopper lid (not including the height of the "loop"). My counter where I need a grinder to go has exactly 14.5" of clearance and want to ensure that this would fit underneath. Thank you! Jan 9, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Unfortunately that loop on the lid of the Breville Smart Grinder makes it a bit taller than would fit under your counter. The height without the loop is 14 inches, and with the loop it's actually closer to 15 3/8 inches. I found that the Breville Barista Express machine offers a flat lid (no loop!) that will fit just fine on the Smart Grinder. You can purchase the lid for the Barista Express 870 grinder at brevilleusa.com. Hope this helps! Jan 13, 2014
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    A shopper asked: Recently purchased the grinder and noticed that every time I use it a strong motor smell appears. I have been using pretty much daily for the past three weeks and it hasn't gone away. Is something wrong with the machine, or should I expect it to eventually disappear? Jan 7, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: I haven't heard of this issue with the Breville Smart Grinder but expect that it should lessen over time. If you are concerned or the smell does continue to be present, you may want to contact Breville directly for their input at 866-273-8455. Jan 8, 2014
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    A shopper asked: How fine can the smart grinder grind to? I've been using it with my new Crossland CC1 and I've been having trouble with coarseness settings. Whenever I set up my preinfusion, water has an opportunity to get through the grounds and come out of the portafilter, which obviously isn't supposed to happen during preinfusion. Dec 30, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: The Smart Grinder isn't really capable of grinding quite as fine as most espresso machines require, and so you would need to have your unit calibrated very fine in order to get good results with a Crossland CC1. If your unit is not grinding as fine as you need, then you may need a shim kit that Breville designed to boost the bottom burr up to allow for a slightly finer grind. Keep in mind though that newer units already have this upgrade. You may want to contact Breville directly for more info at 1-866-273-8455. Dec 31, 2013
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    Bert K. asked: I bought this for my family of three coffee drinkers for Christmas. It works great and everyone is very happy with it, but.... the problem is we don't all drink the same coffee. Where do I find additional bean hoppers to eliminate the "who left their beans in the hopper?" Dec 29, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: Unfortunately we do not offer additional bean hoppers for the Breville Smart Grinder, but you can buy those as well as their lids from Breville directly. Check out http://www.brevilleusa.com. Dec 30, 2013
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    Andrew asked: I just bought this machine. I opened the box tried it out a few times and it did not grind, the third try it jammed. Any advice? Dec 25, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: I would suggest going very coarse on the grind on your Breville Smart Grinder and seeing if you can get any coffee to grind through. Then, dial it down finer slowly with the unit running to push grounds through rather than trap them between the two burrs. An oilier roasted bean will clog a bit more easily, as will grinding on the very finest espresso settings, but hopefully this solves the issue. If you use an oily coffee, you may need to switch the beans you use to something with a matte finish, unfortunately. Let us know if we can do anything else to assist! Dec 28, 2013
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    Looking for warranty, care information, or videos of this product? You're in the right place!

     

    Warranty Information for the Breville Smart Grinder

     

    What it Covers:

    Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders

    Length:

    1 Year on New Equipment

    6 month Manufacturer Warranty on Refurbished Models

    Who Supports the Warranty: Breville USA
    Warranty Contact Information: 866-273-8455
    Notes: Please register your product with Breville for warranty support.
    Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Excludes YouBrew)
    Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

    Caring for your Breville Smart Grinder

    For detailed care instructions, please refer to your machine's user manual. We recommend that you also incorporate the following into your cleaning routine:

    • Clean burrs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, either with a cleaning brush or a burr grinder-specific cleaning product, such as Grindz
    • Remove and hand wash bean hopper and lid with warm soap and water as needed

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    Good quality, but maybe not for pour over

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    I ordered this grinder in May 2014 after reading reviews of nearly every better quality grinder on the market. I also saw it in a local store, to which I can agree with other reviews that it is solid and well-made. Like other Breville products, it's heavy and doesn't scream "plastic".

    The plastic grind container has a major oversight. It has a silicone piece permanently attached to the top, presumably used to seal the opening in the top. Well, when this piece is rotated out of the way (to grind coffee, or just to store the container in its slot), the silicone piece does not fit in its "rest" slot. Not enough clearance, and it's visually disturbing. Minor issue, sure, but unexpected from Breville and for the expensive cost.

    I will say that we drink only pour over coffee made with a 6-cup Chemex brewer, using the square Chemex filters. I have not tried any other grind setting beyond Max Coarse. My thoughts are that if you enjoy espresso, buy a grinder made for espresso. This grinder may work just as well, since it does not grind anywhere close to coarse enough for French Press or Pour Over. Right now I am at 20 minutes to brew a 6-cup Chemex. After half-done, the grinds become sludge, the filter clogs up, and the flow becomes a drip.

    Initially I thought it was an issue with the grinder (I've read about shims added to earlier models), so I contacted Breville. They sent out a replacement machine straight away. The new one is exactly the same as the previous...zero change to the grind. This unit will be fine for auto drip, but beware of buying for pour over.

    The grinds are mostly consistent, but there are some fines. Beans used so far ranged from light roast to medium waxy. All have the same result.

    Customer Service for Breville was easy enough to work with - the lady even confirmed they receive many service inquiries about this same issue - but they do tend to have an aire of "you're doing something wrong, but we're trained to say yes to your questions".

    (Posted on 7/2/14)

    Loving this grinder

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    Before purchasing this grinder I read the reviews of just about every model available. I looked at some in stores and checked out the feel of the knob movement and the weight and sturdiness of the housings and accessories. Over all I found that this grinder was probably the best all around grinder for home use where the user is not just making espresso.

    I read one review of this Breville grinder that said it didn't grind coarse enough for french press. Not true. My first grinds were for my press and the grind was consistent and coarse. I had a delicious sweet cup of press coffee. I did notice that the default amount of coffee at the two cup setting was a little light for my strength preference. The next time I used the little bit more dial to increase the quantity and it was perfect.

    Next I set the dial at a middle of the road fine grind for a cone filter. Again perfect, consistent and just the right amount with the little bit extra setting.

    If this product hold up well to my regular once or twice daily use, which I expect it will based on the quality of other Breville products in my kitchen, I anticipate a long happy relationship.

    (Posted on 6/21/14)

    Very Happy, as long as it keeps working

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    I haven't had this grinder for very long, but I really like the adjustability and versatility of this product. I'm able to get the grind I want, and adjust the dosage, with very little spill-over. What little does spill out of the portafilter is easily cleaned because of the removable insert in the base. Since I'm not grinding into the sealable container, I have no idea if that is too static-ridden or not. Nor do I know about coarser grinds. I do know that I'm happy with how it works with my espresso machine (also a Breville).

    (Posted on 6/17/14)

    Looks great, quiet and consistent

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    This was a great pick up for our family. We're only using it for drip at the moment but we plan on pulling shots in the future. The grind is about a million times better than the old whirly grinder produces.

    I've been using the machine daily for about two weeks so far with real oily beans. No issues. It's a breeze to operate. I love this grinder.

    (Posted on 4/22/14)

    Impressive

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    I finally decided I'd had enough of my Cuisinart flat burr grinder with its loud, piercing wail, and messy staticky hopper. I decided on the Breville based on reviews that were overwhelmingly positive, and my own experience with their products. In fact, I've owned their Ikon espresso machine for about 6 years now.

    Keep in mind that all I wanted was less noise and less mess. I've read plenty of testimonials about how critical the grinder is in making a good shot of espresso, but I guess I didn't put much credence in it. Some things you just gotta learn for yourself. I spent a few minutes dialing in the grind, tossing away three or four, before I pulled my first shot. Deep amber crema all the way down the shot glass, with just a thin layer of black at the bottom. And the aroma! I have never pulled a shot like that, and I didn't believe it was possible with my machine. I'm using a non-pressurized basket, so there's no fakery going on. Just delicious espresso.

    It's too early for me to speak about long-term durability, but it seems at least as sturdy as my other Breville appliances. As for the noise and cleanliness? Both greatly improved over the Cuisinart. I like grinding right into the portafilter, and having so little waste left behind. So far I love everything about it, and I no longer feel I'm missing out with my morning espresso.

    (Posted on 3/30/14)

    Flaw In Clutch Assembly

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    We have had this machine for about 2 years. Like others have reported, the manual does not get you started properly. Had to call Breville, who was very good, and admitted the manual needs updating.

    Just this morning the discharge chute got clogged and the clutch disengaged. I took the grinder completely apart (even removing the top burr grinder). Gave a thorough cleaning 3 times; but, cannot get the clutch to re-engage.

    After revisiting the comments section for this grinder and reading that it is currently out of stock, I believe I will move on to a more reliable grinder.

    (Posted on 3/16/14)

    Does everything as advertised

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    Worth the price for quality and performance.

    (Posted on 2/25/14)

    OMG

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    AM coffee- fresh ground in paper filter. Fast and perfect texture which was the best home brewed I have had! Just made an espresso. The texture was the same as my $16. can of Illy. (a gift from my son).This is the best investment next to my 830XL. PS $200. worth it!

    (Posted on 2/18/14)

    Does Not Last

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    Machine worked fine when new, then the clutch started slipping, called Breville and was told to blow it out with compressed air, that fixed for a week and now it is slipping again, seems to be a bad design. The discharge of the bur loads up, and the machine stalls, clutch slips. Breville needs to redesign this machine.

    (Posted on 2/14/14)

    great

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    Awesome grinder!! Works great, no issues

    (Posted on 1/25/14)

    Great Features and Performance

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    I've had my Breville Smart Grinder for about a year. We use it daily, primarily for drip, but occasionally for French press. Performance to date has been excellent for our uses. I've been impressed with the repeatability of flavor from day-to-day, and the adjustability for quantity and grind has been a great feature. I usually grind straight into the flat-bottomed metal filter from our drip machine, and the only issue is some stray grinds get out and stick to our (white) cabinet; a paper towel shield has taken care of this. Grinding into the unit's standard receptacle doesn't generally cause any stray grinds to get out. The hopper holds about a week's worth of beans. I don't clean it as often as I should, but it's not too difficult to do.

    (Posted on 1/8/14)

    Not up to snuff for espresso

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    I am returning my second machine in two years. I clean it regularly and even dismantle it occasionally to actually clean it. The problem seems to rest in a fiber dust collar that just can't do the job over time. Breville support - while very willing to replace the grinder - says "this part is not listed as part of the machine".
    After the second go-around with this machine - I am done. Time to look for something I can service regularly and will work for more than a year.

    (Posted on 12/26/13)

    We love it!

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    We've had it for three months now, and love it. We like the large hopper and the ability to change the "cups" amount instantly, having 6 in the morning and 4 for our coffee break....and it's easy to tweak the setting up or down on the fly without messing up the standard setting you might have....and it looks great.

    (Posted on 11/22/13)

    Disappointing

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    While I have read all of the reviews and had very high hopes, I have just returned my second unit in one month. I just asked for a refund instead of trying grinder #3. It can't be that complicated. I was told after the first one failed that you need to move the grind selection while the unit is operating or it can cause a problem. Also, there was a comment that a lot of the coffee companies are causing issues by allowing some "foreign objects" in their beans and that is creating issues for the grinders. She said they are seeing "a lot of issues like this lately" I tried the new grinder they sent and it lasted for 3 days. It suddenly catches a couple of times slows way down and then spins freely. After dismantling, checking everything and then putting it back together, it still doesn't work. I have read the book front to back and followed everything to the letter on the second machine. I give up. I have to try some other manufacturer because there is something definitely wrong here. I have had several mid-level grinders over the past 10 years and this just isn't acceptable.

    (Posted on 10/28/13)

    A good grinder for the money

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    I bought this grinder and a Breville brewing unit that has a dial for determining if the shot is ground correctly and tamped correctly. I've used the dial to adjust the grinder and have it exactly where I want it. So, both units are working well together.

    When I first attempted to use the unit it jammed. I called Seattle Coffee and they walked me through how to unjam and avoid the problem in the future. The bottom line is using oily beans (Starbucks French Roast) and a real fine grind won't end well.

    I'm using a coarser grind, still well within the espresso range and all is good. I look forward to every cup of espresso/cap.

    One more thing, clean the grinder frequently with the brush provided. It takes a couple of seconds but is worth the time.

    (Posted on 10/12/13)

    Been a year and it's fine

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    Can grind for espresso too fine actually on some beans/roast if set all the way fine like I usually have it. Coarse for French Press is fine although I'd like it a little coarser. Unit shows no sign of wear and I clean it with rice for routine maint. Love the features and auto portion control. Can be a little clumpy like any machine but I just bang the S*** out of it while it dumps the grind into the portafilter and it seems fine.

    Dislike that the bottom burr is not replaceable but not sure that will ever be an issue.Could buy 5 of these for the price of one with these features and a changeable bottom burr.

    (Posted on 8/15/13)

    love it

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    one of the best grinders I have ever used. I like the idea of the straight down discharge, leaves no mess., also gives the perfect grind.

    (Posted on 7/16/13)

    Does not hold up

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    2nd unit just failed. Working with Beville. While their customer support has been first rate, the problem does not seem to stand up under daily use - ginding expresso shots.

    (Posted on 7/7/13)

    excellent grinder

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    I've read the reviews of those who don't like this grinder, and I'm sure they are genuine, but I just haven't seen those issues. I have also read on some coffee forums where some people say that the Smart Grinder does not get beans ground finely enough for espresso.

    From my experience, it has done everything very well. I have used both what I would consider very oily and very dry beans with no problems. I can get a good coarse grind for french press, a finer grind for drip and a very fine espresso grind. I can actually grind beans much finer than what my espresso machine can use.

    It is a lot to pay for a grinder, but it's well built and consistent. Since SCG has a 30 day return policy, I say try it out. It doesn't work for everyone, but you can send it back and get something else.

    (Posted on 7/6/13)

    workhorse

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    I've owned this grinder for little over a year now. Have not had any problems what so ever. I have it paired with the Moccamaster drip brewer and together these two make a delicious cup of coffee. I really appreciate the wide variety of grind options and the ability to dial up or tone down the grind and amount. I find this absolutely necessary as I often sample different brands,styles, and roasts. The same setting doesn't always transfer from one to the next. With this machine you can bring out the best in any coffee suited to your tastes. Love how it shuts off on it's own after a few minutes of non-use too. Lot of thought went into this little baby and it's a total winner.

    (Posted on 6/17/13)

    Martha Was Right - Disappointing - now a return.

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    Out of the box, it can not handle oily espresso beans. Martha's review is correct. What a disappointment. After reading reviews on many sites, it seemed that this had some nice features. I'm sure it works fine with dryer beans,but I love the oily variety. One would think that if the grinder is in this price range, it could handle all kinds of beans and it would not be bean specific! Sorry Breville. Back you go.

    (Posted on 6/15/13)

    Disappointing

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    I bought this unit as an upgrade a couple of months ago because I wanted to get a really good, consistent and durable machine. I read and watched reviews before choosing the Breville. I've used it almost exclusively to do a course grind for cold brew. The controls are intuitive and I like the fact that the hopper holds a full pound of coffee and is removable for easy cleaning.

    BUT...the machine began jamming up on me recently and the grind has become way too fine, even on the coarse setting. Every time I use it, I end up having to dismantle the whole thing in order to clear out the clogged area under the burrs. It's now at the point where it jams part way through every grind. It's extremely frustrating. From what I've read, other folks have experienced similar issues with clogging. Considering the price, I have to say I'm really disappointed. The machine looks great but the actual performance simply doesn't match up to the hype.

    I wouldn't recommend this grinder to anyone.

    (Posted on 5/4/13)

    Good Grinder and it takes the guess work out

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    I bought a Moccamaster several years ago and soon realized crap coffee beans will make crap coffee, no matter how good the coffee maker is. I soon moved to the better ground coffees. I was reluctant to try grinding my own because of me not knowing enough about grinders and grinding coffee. I knew I was missing the next level towards Nirvana by not grinding my own.

    I took the plunge recently and purchased the Breville Smart Grinder. I watched the videos on the Seattle Coffee Gear website and decided on the Breville mainly on the review and the ability to consistently get the same grind and amount. When I wake up in the morning, the last thing I want to do is think about is how much and how long.

    It took about a week to experiment and adjust the grinder. One thing I noticed was the drip grind was noticeably finer than the ground coffee I have bought even at the coarsest drip setting. This is a case of no harm, no foul. The Moccamaster brewed the finer grounds without issue.

    So what should you expect expect from freshly ground coffee? Coffee that has richer taste, and not to sound like I read coffee Affectionado reviews, more complex flavors.

    With the right coffee, coffeemaker and grinder you can make a kickass cup of coffee!

    Now pardon me while I chant, aaaaauuuuummmmm.......

    (Posted on 4/25/13)

    Nearly Perfect

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    I bought this in April 2013 to get a good grind for our new Breville 840XL

    The first hour with this grinder was terrible. I had set the grind medium fine espresso like we had used in the Lynnwood SCG store. Nothing came out.. took the hopper off .. the burrs were pack with beans and bean parts.... Very frustrating...

    In the store to get a good pull we needed to be almost as fine as the grinder would go. Starting there with my new grinder.. just clogged the system badly.

    Once I cleaned it all out and get the burr locked in right etc.. and moved the grind up to drip.. it started to feed and I find I am getting the perfect grind just below drip in the espresso range...

    So there is clear variation between units on what grind comes out at what setting.. don't start your new finder at the fine settings start it in the middle and work it down to the fine grind you need.

    The LCD is not just digital BLING it creates the ability to get a reproducible results and with the auto-start when the porta filter is placed in the holder and the ability to fine tune how much coffee is ground for it.. Its like having a grinder built in.. but I can also grind for other types of coffee.

    The easy clean catch tray, instructions under the tray, filter holders, the detectors that know if you are using a porta-filter (allows 1-2 shots of espresso to be measured out) or a larger container..(included) allows up to 5 shots of espresso to be measured out.) all make this a really cool and well thought out tool.

    It allows you to refine the settinsg then do the same grind and amount over and over and over.. who needs auto when you have this and a Breville 840xl...I don't

    One NIT... the pile of coffee in the filter is not centered it is us just a bit towards the back.. so can lead to a few more stray coffee grounds on the counter etc as you start to tamp down.

    As long as it works.. I really have no need for built-in or other grinders.. I am very happy.

    (Posted on 4/17/13)

    really impressed!

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    I got my breville grinder about a year ago to pair with my Crossland CC1. I was a little apprehensive about breville as I wasn't very happy with espresso machines (haven't tried the double boiler), but the value seemed unbeatable for this grinder so I went for it. It's been used multiple times daily without any issue and all of my expectations were met and exceeded.

    Changing settings between roasts is very fast and almost mindlessly simple. Can't imagine a reason to upgrade unless I wanted to own a cafe.

    (Posted on 4/13/13)

    Great Grinder

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    Love this unit. So, easy to make quick adjustments. We have had this unit with the Bonavita coffee maker with carafe. What an excellent pair. Used to have a brew and grind unit.. It's in the trash after years of frustration. Use for drip coffee only cannot comment on the espresso side of things.. But, love this grinder easy to clean and fast. Had for over a month and got dialed right where we like it.

    (Posted on 4/10/13)

    Nice grinder but tricky

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    I am impressed with the grinder, but am still dialing it in after nearly a month of daily use. For quite some time, I did not think this grinder would grind LARGE enough for an adequate shot of espresso - I was well up into the cup settings before a single ounce would be pulled in less than 20 seconds! After more than two pounds of coffee though - and several bean changes - it started to "calm down" and I am now getting 3.5oz in 27 seconds - a little fast, but it's back in the "Espresso" region of the dial and getting better.

    The machine definitely takes time to get to know and adjust. The ability to remove the bean hopper while full of beans is great.

    The grind dial takes some getting used to - when full of beans, it may not respond immediately, giving three or four clicks before indicating a position change - but the amount settings are great to dial-in a grind fill that is not wasteful.

    Grind is incredibly consistent and one of the cleanest I have seen in a grinder in this price range. Loving this grinder the more I use it.

    (Posted on 3/22/13)

    Overall a great product!!!

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    I have owned the smart grinder for a little over two weeks. So far I've had great results. Still working on my perfect cup. I've found using 4 oz of water as opposed to 6 oz per cup makes a much better brew. 6 oz pour tends to be to weak. Very convenient, don't have to scoop just grind and go. I would recommend this product.

    (Posted on 3/19/13)

    Beautiful and works great!

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    This is my first grinder that cost more than $40. I have been using a Hario Mini Mill and MyPressi for espresso, the mini mill worked well for the price, but it was too inconsistent and I could never get a proper shot.

    I have been using the Smart Grinder with the MyPressi Twist and I have been pulling some GREAT shots! I truly think I have had some the best Americanos and double shots from this combination.

    Also, a lot of people seem to think the number of grind options is based on the number of ticks on the screen, when really there are 2-3 ticks between each one, so I think there are a lot more grind settings.

    I now know why grind consistency is so important. The taste of my coffee has change drastically!

    The number of features this grinder has is also a huge bonus for me. No other grinders close to this price has anything close, plus Breville makes some damn good looking products.

    (Posted on 3/17/13)

    Pleased with our purchase

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    We bought this grinder on the recommendation of a friend. We use it exclusively to prepare espresso and cappuccino with our Saeco Aroma.

    We found the grinder easy to set up, use and clean. It didn't take long for us to adjust the amount and fineness of the grind and get great shots from our machine. Clean up is easy with this machine.

    One of the coolest things about the machine is the port-filter adapter. The smaller of the two provided adapters fits our Saeco Aroma porto-filter perfectly.

    A very good value, and Seattle Coffee Gear shipped real fast.

    (Posted on 3/9/13)

    Nice Mid-range Grinder

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    When our old Bodum grinder's motor finally died, I began searching for a suitable replacement. I was intrigued by the Smart Grinder with the versatility and amount of control through the electronics. We used an inexpensive Capresso grinder in the interim while waiting for funds to step up to a better unit, and I decided to go for the Smart Grinder. So far, I am pleased with the choice.

    The bulk of our grinding is for drip, usually two pots per day. We do the odd grinds for French Press and espresso. For the drip, it's excellent - consistent grind and will run enough for our 14-cup machine. I've only done the basic fiddling with grinding for espresso; our old Krups portafilter is an odd size that doesn't fit the smaller holder well. But it did work well enough for me to draw a few shots to get the basic "it works" established.

    It is a reasonably quiet grinder - much quieter than our old Bodum, and infinitely quieter than the Capresso unit. Quiet, as in being able to have a conversation while it's grinding quiet. That's a nice change in our kitchen.

    The supplied container for grinds works well. It has a nice feel when it drops into position and takes the guesswork out of making sure that it's positioned properly. I also really love the removable tray the container sits in, making cleaning up any spilled grounds super-easy. If you have a basket filter, you can grind right into the basket as well. I have not tried this with our cone filter though.

    The other thing I like about the Smart Grinder is that it seems to not be adversely affected by static electricity. A simple tap on the grounds container settles it down and no grounds flying all over. That is a big improvement over any grinder we've had in the past which had grounds all over our coffee area because of the static.

    The only negative I have thus far is the bean hopper. It holds a decent amount of beans and we're only filling it every few days. But with oily beans (we use French Roast almost exclusively) we have had them clog at the openings in the hopper base as it feeds into the grind chamber. A tap on the hopper frees them up.

    Highly recommended if you're looking to step up from a basic grinder.

    (Posted on 3/1/13)

    Great Multipurpose Grinder

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    I drink espresso and french press. My husband drinks drip and french press. We really needed a good multipurpose grinder and this fit the bill. I love the LED screen because there is no guess work. I've being using this machine for 4 months making both espresso and french press with great results.

    The only note I have is that the video shows an adjustment labeled "stronger or weaker". My machine is labeled "more or less". By measuring the grind with a kitchen scale I found that I could adjust the grams of coffee per/shot by moving this up or down. Example: on the finest setting for espresso at the middle setting on "more or Less" and setting for 2 shots, I get 16 grams. I can adjust from there.

    (Posted on 2/15/13)

    Happy with the purchase

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    The grinder is extremely simple to use and clean. Since it is so simple to clean it actually gets done.
    This is my first grinder and is used with my Saeco Aroma espresso machine.
    I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend this grinder to anyone who is just getting started.

    (Posted on 1/19/13)

    a satisfied customer

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    You have heard the expression "a bowling ball named Homer"? Well the grinder was just such a gift for my husband. Not having the most sensitive palette, I did not expect much. However the grind is important as I found out. Good coffee is even better when properly ground. He is happy and I'm happy with the grinder. Also it is a lot less messy than the one it replaced ... and it holds more beans as well.

    Marilyn

    (Posted on 1/15/13)

    Good grinder for the price

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    I've just started using this grinder, so I can't speak to the durability of it, but it has worked pretty well so far. One important thing to note, though, is that if you are using oily beans and/or darker roasts, you'll want to be careful about the fineness of the grind, because this machine will clog easily. I initially started at 4 ticks from the right for my coffee (Peet's Italian roast), and it wouldn't produce more than a couple of grams of ground coffee. What I discovered (and they really should have in their manual) is that you should start all the way at the coarsest Espresso grind and move the knob to the finer levels while it is grinding until you start to notice the output of ground coffee slow down significantly. That's as far as you can go with that particular coffee roast. For me, this wound up being at almost the coarsest Espresso setting.

    (Posted on 1/15/13)

    Quality issues

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    I'm a daily coffee espresson drinker and my fiance is a daily coffee drinker so the Breville Smart Grinder seemed like the prefect solution. Our first Smart Grinder lasted 3 months before being replaced. The replacement lasted 2 days. Now waiting on our second replacement machine. I suppose I can be thankful that Breville has good customer service but I suspect ill be buying mazzer mini before the month is over.

    (Posted on 1/6/13)

    Well designed & very flexible grinder

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    This grinder anticipates the precision requirements of finicky espresso lovers and delivers at a very reasonable cost. Love it after just 10 days of ownership.

    (Posted on 12/30/12)

    No problems

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    I had to wait to review this after several months of abuse. This baby is a joy to operate. No mess. No fuss. Lot's of control. Easy to clean. High quality burr. Pretty darn quiet too.

    (Posted on 11/30/12)

    Great Coffee Grinder

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    Takes a little getting used to but all in all a great Grinder

    (Posted on 11/6/12)

    Great value

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    So many options it took about 7 tries before I got the ground perfect for what I was brewing. Since then, it's been fun to modify the grind a setting or two to see how it affects the taste. Great quality and easy to use.

    (Posted on 9/27/12)

    Great little machine in every way!

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    Thank you Seattle Coffee Gear for all your videos on your products. It really is helpful for making decisions. We like our new Breville Coffee Grinder. The convenience and the great shots is wonderful.

    (Posted on 9/3/12)

    Breville Coffee Grinder as Good as All Breville Products

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    We have 2 other Breville products, so I was intrigued to try this new coffee grinder, as their previous models were still "being developed", in my opinion. I was prepared to ship this new model back and get a Rocky; but, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Breville had stepped up and done a grand job of perfecting this coffee grinder. I use it primarily for espresso, and only have to use the medium espresso setting to get perfect grinds for my Saeco Aroma coffee maker (also got that from SCG). I use the Breville grinder to make coarse grinds for cold pressed coffee. Grinding 3/4 of a pound at a time didn't slow down the Breville at all. The videos of the Breville coffee grinder were a great selling point, as they give you all of the pros and cons and compare to other products SCG sells.

    (Posted on 8/16/12)

    Excellent!

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    I bought this grinder three months ago. I did a lot of research and watched a ton of video demonstrations of a whole assortment of grinders. I decided on the Breville for several reasons. I have had other Breville machines and their quality far exceeds my expectations. The inovative design of being able to take the hopper off without empting it is nothing short of brillant. That allowed me to purchase another hopper (direct from Breville)...one for regular beans and one for decaf. That in itself makes my life so much easier and quicker when making our latte's in the morning. I also have to say that the machine is very easy to clean and can be done fairly quickly.

    (Posted on 7/19/12)

    Excellente!

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    What a glorious machine. I had gone through several grinders and hated the mess they created. This machine has no fly-away chaff, is easy to clean and super easy to understand and to set for the appropriate grind. A true bargain for a quality product.

    (Posted on 7/17/12)

    Fantabulous!

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    The Smart Grinder won out over the Rancilio Rocky for me simply because its features were better. I love the removable hopper and the 'set-and-forget' capability of the grind. It's so easy to clean and I could not be more pleased. I was slightly concerned about the burning smell upon the first 15 or so uses. I called Breville and they assured me it was just chemicals burning off the wires. Now... no smell! The only thing I would like to see improved is a lower noise level. Great product for a great price.

    (Posted on 6/14/12)

    Crossland CC1 Expresso Machine

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    The CC1 is easy to use. It turns out a perfect expresso every time.. just choose your favorite coffee.

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    Large Water Container,Great Taste,Easy To Clean,Easy To Use,Quiet,Quick Brewing

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    (Posted on 6/4/12)

    would not go wrong

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    I love this grinder and it is worth every cent.
    so easy to clean and measure coffee great grind every time and consistent. am very proud of my smart grind :) and love the videos from seattle coffee gear :)

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 5/9/12)

    Love this grinder perfect every time

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    this is such a nice grinder. so easy to use and clean. set to your perfect grind every time.

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 4/26/12)

    Very pleased

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    Only three weeks into using the grinder but so far I couldn't ask for anything better. With the auto doser I place the porta filter in the holder, tap it forward on to turn the machine on, a second time to start the grinding. Perfect amount goes into porta filter ready for tamping. A lot of design thought went into this grinder.

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 2/2/12)

    Works Great - Easy to Use

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    I use this grinder with an espresso machine, coffeee press, and drip carafe. The grinder provides near infinite grinds for all of these techniques. Once I sorted out the required settings I just turn the knobs and press start. Perfect every time.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

    Cons:
    Noisy

    (Posted on 1/31/12)

    Perfect every time

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    We got this grinder to go with our Breville Double Boiler. This grinder does a great job, it is consistent, very easy to clean, and the hopper makes it easy to put your beans back in the bag to keep them fresh.
    We love it
    Cheers
    Scotty & Lauren

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    Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 1/19/12)

    Great Grinder

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    I bought the grinder after watching the video reviews from SCG and it performs great! The only problem I have is that the saeco portafilter I have doesn't sit nicely in either holder that it came with so I have to actually hold on to the portafilter or have it grind into the container. Other then that though, it makes a great espresso grind for a decent price. I'm sure you could get a better grinder but not at this price!

    Pros:
    Quiet

    Cons:
    Portafilter does not fit

    (Posted on 1/5/12)

    Great Grinder

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    I received my Breville Smart Grinder as a present for Christmas 2011. It is well built with consistent grind size and excellent features. The two videos above don't do it justice -- Breville has definitely FIXED the concerns about grind size for espresso. I started at the finest grind setting and had to move up 4 notches before it was just right. During the holidays, I made a lot of lattes and mocha's for friends and family, the grinder does heat up the coffee if you grind more than twice in a row (hence lost one star) but for my daily morning and afternoon drinks it definitely works GREAT!!!!

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    Easy To Use, Quiet, Great Taste

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    (Posted on 1/5/12)

    Awesome Grinder

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    This is my first espresso grinder so I don't have anything to compair it to but I love it. The LCD is very easy to read and the dials make it very easy to adjust. I love the 2 different sized filter handels and that the bottom is removable to clean up spilled grinds. Super quite for a coffee grinder and very easy to change out coffee with the removable hopper. For [$] you can't go wrong.

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    Quiet, Easy To Use

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    (Posted on 1/1/12)

    A Good Product

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    I would highly recommend this grinder for value, quality, and results. Good adjustment selections to tailor the grind to your preferences. The unit I purchased has been factory updated from earlier units that needed shims installed to get a satisfactory fine grind for espresso. Absolutely no aerosolized grounds flying around or sticking to things.

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    Easy To Use, Very little clean up, Good range of grind, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 12/17/11)

    Small and perfect

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    I love all the extras that this grinder provides: the easy to remove hopper; the ease in getting different grinds; the programmable perfect dose; ease of cleaning; consistency of grind.
    The very small con is that when grinding into the storage jar, the grinds can fly everywhere. Maybe a glass container would solve this.
    Otherwise, this replaced our Baratza, and it is well loved here. No problems after several months use.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

    Cons:
    Messy

    (Posted on 12/7/11)

    You will not go wrong with this grinder!

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    Woks Great!!!!! gives me the perfect grind every time!, You will not go wrong with this grinder! don't be afraid to pay a little bit more for a grinder.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

    Cons:

    (Posted on 11/4/11)

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    Love this grinder. Its quality would make you thing you were using a $500 machine. Its digital, its precise, and controls are simple to operate. Buy it you will love it. A tiny amount of coffee grinds is affected by static, but nothing to complain about

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 10/5/11)

    Very nice.

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    We use this in our office to make about two pots per day. I was quite surprised at how much difference this burr grinder made in stregnth and taste from the small elec. grinder we had been using. A little pricey but worth it. We've had it three months.

    Pros:
    Great Taste, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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    (Posted on 7/20/11)

    Nice

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    I use it for espresso fresh grind/dosing witch is great! But to switch to coarse grind I would have to change the shim/washer/spacers that Breville sent me extra under the lower bur, not enough range, but it dose work great for espresso, great consistent grind that dials in just right.

    Pros:
    Sharp unit, No waste, Quick Brewing

    Cons:
    I had to add the shims

    (Posted on 5/7/11)

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