A grinder so simple, you'll feel like a pro! With 60 separate grind settings and easy to read suggestions on the grind adjustment collar, it's simple to grind anywhere from espresso to French Press and back with the Breville Dose Control Pro Burr Grinder.
Features & Functionality of the Breville Dose Control Pro Burr Grinder
Grind Time Dial: Adjust your grind time for up to 50 seconds of continuous grinding with just a turn of the dial.
Pause Grind Function: Pause the Dose Control Pro for up to 10 seconds during a grind cycle by pressing the start/cancel button. To start back up, press the start/cancel button again and the Pro will grind the remaining time left.
Manual Grind Function: Unsure how long it will take to fill your portafilter? No need to guess! Press and hold the start/cancel button and release when you have enough coffee. Easy peasy!
Grind Settings: The Pro offers 60 different grind settings. From espresso to French Press, you'll find the right grind for the time.
Adjustable Conical Burrs: The upper burr can be removed and adjusted to grind finer or coarser than the 60 factory settings offered on the grind adjustment collar. For more details on this handy trick, check out pg. 15 of your user manual.
Removable Bean Hopper: The 12 ounce removable bean hopper with airtight lid holds enough beans for a day or two of brewing (depending on your method) and keeps beans fresh until it's time to grind!
Extra Goodies - If you've ever owned a Breville, you know they can't resist providing extra goodies to make your life easier. Included with the Dose Control Pro are two separate portafiler holders for hands free grinding; one can hold 50 - 54mm sized portafilters and the other can hold a 58mm sized portafilter. Breville also included an adjustable Razor Dose Trimming tool for a 50mm, 54mm and 58mm sized portafilter.
Getting Started - Unsure where to start when dialing in your grind? Not to fear! In addition to the grind collar labels and settings, Breville also included a handy coffee chart in their user manual (pg. 14). Based on your brew method, the coffee chart will suggest what type of grind you need (fine, medium, medium coarse or coarse), a suggested grind setting range and the amount of time you should grind.
Fly-Away Grinds - The coarser the grind, the more likely you are to have fly-aways with the Pro. Having an appropriately sized container (approximately 4 inches tall) that fits under the grinder can help catch some of those free floating fly-aways.
Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
I'd really like to know how the Breville Dose Control compares to the Breville Smart Grinder. Seems like it has more control over the grind, but doesn't have the fancy glow-in-the-dark controls. How do they stack up against each other? Does it make sense to get this if you already have the Smart Grinder? If not, what would you recommend as an upgrade from the Smart Grinder?
I know that you're all about espresso — not that there's anything wrong with that — but I'm not. At least, not at home. I'm all about my Aeropress and my wife loves her Melitta. My question about the Brevilles is whether I can place the Aeropress so that the grounds go directly into it. The manual doesn't seem to indicate that the grinder comes with a separate container (as the Baratzas do) to catch the grounds.
So, how can I use the grinder with something other than an espresso portafilter?
Best Answer:The portafilter holder under the grinder is removable. I would say there is about 5-6 inches between the opening and the bottom of the grinder. You can catch the grounds with your own container (cups, bowls, etc). I'm not sure how tall an aeropress is, but you may be able to tilt it under the opening and catch the grounds directly into your aeropress. Hope this helps.
The grinder comes with a container for other forms of coffee brewing. In fact, part of what makes the smart grinder 'smart' is that at coarser settings, it measures for cups of coffee rather than shots, and provides more options for the amount of coffee to grind.
don't know about the dose control pro, but on the smart grinder the container that it come with is 4" inches tall with a 4" diameter. any container smaller than that can be placed underneath the grinder to catch grounds.
I brew french press only and can't decide between the Dose Control Pro and the Encore. Which grinds more consistently at the coarse setting--or is there another grinder near this price point that I should consider?
Best Answer:Nope. A 12oz canning jar works good for a catcher though. Get a good single-piece lid from a glass honey or spaghetti jar for an easy seal and it's better than having a stock grains catcher.
FYI - If you're grinding espresso with this, stick to med & light roast. Oily dark roast clogs it up and pulling the plug to reset is a hassle, not to mention the waste from having to open the grind up to get the clog to pass. I grind oily beans at a grind for Moka pots, similar to the La Vazza grind, as it is in their vacuum packed espresso (re: morton salt vs. typical white sugar texture). That grind works ok for the beans and the low-end machine I use, using either the factory spring loaded portafilter or with harder than normal pressure to form the puck when I using my open-bottom portafilter. Otherwise, for oily beans that have to be very fine I'll re-grind a bit finer while I tap the machine to keep the coffee moving though the machine...it does ok if it runs a second pass. -J.
There is a cradle that holds your espresso portafilter so that it can catch the grinds. If you are making regular coffee you would remove the cradle and place the your coffee makers filter on the small spot beneath where the grinds come out. But there isn't a container to catch grinds like you see on some models. I prefer the cradle on the Dose Control. Although I rarely make regular coffee. Hope this helps!
No it does not. I like that it doesn't, just one more item to clean. I just leave the lid off, as per instructions, put in coffee beans and hold my paper filter where it can catch the grounds. If I don't have the filter positioned properly it can make a small mess, but you learn quickly. Only takes a few seconds. Best part is the easy pull out burr for cleaning. Great grinder.
No it doesn't. You grind directly into the portafilter (this works very well when making espresso) or if you are making drip you need to grind into your own cup. I love this machine for espresso, but wish it had a catch for drip coffee because it makes a mess when grinding large quantities of coffee.
No container, just removable arms (two sizes) for holding a portafilter. My two cents: I prefer using my own glass jar rather than having a potentially static-y container that causes your grounds to fly everywhere.
Best Answer:I can only speak for the Breville Dose Control, but I'm quite happy with it. I get a consistent grind and have a lot of adjustability to suit different beans. It's a nice feature to be able to remove the bean hopper with the beans still in -- makes it easier to swap to different beans. It looks like the Encore grinds into a bin instead of the portafilter, which in my experience with other models can be very messy. One downside to the Breville is a consistent very high pitch sound coming from the unit any time it's plugged in. We swapped out for a second one and both had the same issue. We just unplug it when it's not in use.
We have two of the Breville control dose grinders as my wife drinks de-cafe. I am generally pleased with both of the grinders. Easy to use and the hopper is a good size. Plus they look nice on the counter. All you do is press the knob and it grinds the coffee right into the porta-filter, which I like.
FYI, my espresso machine is a Rocket brand. I'm very happy with the performance. It's a few years old now and I've made several thousand espressos with the machine.
I have the Breville Dose Control, and I am very satisfied with it. I think you would enjoy the design much better. Being able to put the portafilter in the cradle directly beneath the grinder to fill is a much better design than any other grinder I've had. The dose control dial and button are well positioned and work great. It comes apart easily for cleaning. I hope this info helps!
I can't speak to the Baratza but I am very happy with the Dose Control. The adjustability is great and as long as you keep the burrs clean it is very consistent. Also, the Breville customer service is fantastic. I damaged the grinder through my own stupidity and they replaced the part under warranty despite my telling them that I should be paying for it.
The Dose Control Pro can grind much finer from what I understand. I absolutely love mine and use it for everything from espresso to chemex, aeropress, and French Press. Personally, I think the Dose Control Pro is a better grinder, but just doesn't have the flash of the Baratza name.
Best Answer:This machine also has plastic gears internally. While the burrs are hearty, unfortunately if a clog begins to happen, the gears can strip out, causing considerable damage. We recommend paying close attention to the grinder, and if it seems to be having a hard time, go coarser to try to stop a clog from happening. Additionally, it is important to do very regular cleaning, to make sure the burrs are clean.
Thanks Miranda. It's too bad they are still plastic. I wish Breville would put in more quality components and charge more. I'd pay more for a quality machine. When my old Breville grinder died I replaced it with the Rancilio, but it is really heavy for my motor home. Was hoping to get a second grinder just for the motor home so I wouldn't have to carry it back and forth - oh well!
Is this grinder suitable for the "Silvia" espresso machine, or is it limited to Breville espresso machines, such as the "Infuser"? I have this Breville Dose Control Pro Burr grinder & use it with my moka pot, but now want to buy an espresso machine that will hopefully pair successfully with it. Any & all help is appreciated... thanks!
Best Answer:I just got this grinder in April, it's a great starter level grinder. I'm just starting to learn the basics of the dark art of baristas, and this guy just works. I really don't miss any of the features of the smart grinder, in fact I think it's just more stuff that can break. Hope that helps.
Do grounds go directly vertically downward & out of this grinder, or is there a horizontal segment to the chute? All my current grinders have horizontal segments, looking for one with vertical-only chute.
A shopper on Feb 25, 2015
Best Answer:Yes, the grounds seem to come straight down, or at least at an angle, to the outlet. However, I cannot guarantee that there are no horizontal portions, as we haven't taken it completely apart to examine the entire contents. It does seem to flow pretty easily downward though!
Best Answer:Yes, you could certainly grind your coffee into the brew basket, you would just hold the brew basket beneath the grinder chute, possibly by scooping it under the chute, or removing the bottom tray for more clearance. One more thing to consider, while it will certainly grind into basket, it will be concentrated towards the back, so you may find that you need to rotate the brew basket to more evenly distribute the grounds as it's grinding into your brew basket. Hope this helps!
Would this be a good grinder for use with espresso machines? Does it grind fine enough and have enough ability to fine-tune the grind? Or would something like the Rancilio Rocky, one of the Baratzas, etc. be better?
Best Answer:This grinder can grind finely and consistently within the espresso range. You could certainly use it as you would a Baratza or Rancilio grinder. However, because there are more plastic components inside this grinder, it may not last quite as long as a Baratza would, and definitely not as long as a Rancilio grinder would. Also, be careful with an oilier bean, as they can easily clog up a machine, and if the machine clogs too quickly or the clog isn't caught quick enough, it could strip out the internal plastic gears, causing irreparable damage.
Best Answer:There really aren't any grinders that are NSF rated, as that has to do with something that will be brewing for commercial use, meaning an espresso machine or drip coffee maker. While a grinder won't have that specific certification, we can certainly discuss reliability and lifespan. The Dose Control Pro is NOT recommended in a commercial application, as it is only intended for light home use. You will absolutely see a reduced lifespan from this machine in a heavier use situation like a cafe or barista stand. This would be extremely frustrating, and you would certainly get a longer life from purchasing a grinder that is actually intended for that higher use. If you'd like to discuss options for a commercial situation, give us a call so we can discuss it, and select our Commercial Sales department so we can give you the best options! 866-372-4734
While the promo copy claims an emphasis on minimizing heat generation in the beans as they're ground, I cannot find any technical info on burr speed. Does anyone know the burr RPM, even an estimate? This seems a relevant metric with these smaller burrsets, and I cannot find it in the manual or on the Breville site.
I love this little grinder, it works great. A previous review stated the bottom burr was not removable and difficult to clean. That is true, however, good coffee beans are often very oily and any grinder will require some extra cleaning. All I do once a week is probe the slots below the bottom grinder with a pipe cleaner. Lots of grind gets caught in that area and could easily jam if left uncleaned. It doesn't state that in the instructions. Just a few minutes a week is all it takes to keep this grinder in top shape! (Posted on 3/14/2016)
Great for the 11 months it lastedReview by Skycat19
Use: Exclusively espresso (and milk based drinks) with Gaggia Classic; approx 6-8 double shots per day
I did a lot of research before purchasing this grinder and was well aware of the potential for failure due to plastic internal gears / components. Nevertheless, I decided to take a chance on it because it met all of my other requirements quite well.
The unit lasted 11 months and was replaced by Breville under warranty (I intend to sell the replacement and have already purchased an Ascaso I-1).
Adjustable "enough" for espresso (my machine anyway)
Relatively quiet (as grinders go)
Top Burr removed easily for cleaning
Low profile / footprint
Stepped adjustments are rather large (even using fractions of the numbered increments)
Bottom burr not removable / difficult to clean
The unit was exceptional for most of the first 11 months of use. Ultra-convenient and easy enough to dial in for acceptable espresso.
I was aware of the risks and potential damage to internals if the grinder ever jammed which it began to do after 10 months or so (despite weekly cleanings). Once this happened, it was all downhill with more frequent cleaning required to get a declining number of shots between cleanings. Changed to the least oily beans I could find during its final weeks, to no avail.
Overall, I liked most aspects of this grinder. Unfortunately it is not up to its primary task - grinding coffee beans.
As far as Breville customer service:
They were very responsive and offered to replace the unit (it failed 5 days before the warranty expired). Their processing and delivery is painfully slow, however (approx 2 weeks to receive the replacement, at which time I returned the original).
(Posted on 3/8/2016)
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