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Product Description

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

    Additional Information

    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
    Burr Diameter 40mm
    Timer or On/Off Switch Both Timer & On/Off Switch
    Material Brushed Stainless Steel

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    I've been reading some reviews about how sometimes the grinder doesn't produce fine enough grinds for different espresso machines. Does this grinder provide good grinds for the Breville BES920?
    Michael W on Aug 31, 2014
    Best Answer: i have the breville infuser single boiler machine. assuming that temperatures and pressures are in the same ball park, the breville grinder in question should be okay. if find it works well for my machine. different beans and their age require slight changes in setting, other factors being equal, i.e. water temp, pressure exerted on the tamp, amount of coffee tamped.
    occasionally the finest grind setting is required, and since using it for about a year, i haven't had to wish for a finer grind than that. but of course at that point you have nothing finer available if for some reason you need just a bit more fineness. i vary from the 4th mark to the finest, and i suppose i'm on the 2nd mark more than any other. fresh beans usually start our at 4 or 3 and migrate finer as the week wears on.
    i am pleased with the grinder, and its grinds really shine on the coarser grinds for brewed coffee.
    Reply · Report · edwin y on Sep 3, 2014
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    The Breville looks great but I was wondering if it could really grind for all types? I am hoping to get a grinder that can do super coarse for my Toddy cold brew but then also do an espresso... Right now I don't have an espresso machine but I use a moka pot, aeropress, drip and french press in addition to the Toddy so I'm looking for versatility and an easy way to switch grinds which the Breville seems to have. (My aim is to get a high end espresso machine in the future, so perhaps when I do I should get a high end grinder... )

    In the meantime can the Breville grind for all the other types of coffee equipment I use? When I make coffee in the Toddy I use 1 lb of beans so ideally I would like the grinder to be switched on and grind without having to constantly press anything. From what I see the bean hopper in the Breville is large enough to hold 1 lb but I can't see the option to turn it on and leave it on.

    Thanks in advance!
    Nate S on Jul 25, 2014
    Best Answer: So, I'm not the best person to answer since I only use mine for drip, but a few notes:

    The machine definitely does a wide range of coarseness but you'd be better off just checking with Seattle Coffee Gear... they'll have a better understanding of what you're going to need to pull all that off. I will say that the grinder is consistent and it's pleasant to use for my purposes.

    The hopper won't hold a pound of beans - I'd say more like 12oz. The instruction explicitly caution against storing beans in the hopper so I think the size was chosen because of freshness concerns and also it just looks great on the counter. Any bigger would be comical imho.

    For the operation of the machine you just push the start button once and release it and it grinds whatever portion you tell it to and stops on its own. But you can also push the start button again while running to stop it manually. Also if you're pulling shots you can use your portafilter to depress a lever under the burr and it will grind until you pull the portafilter back out to tamp it.

    It's really nice. I don't think you'll have any issues but check with them directly and I'm sure they can help you decide.
    Reply (1) · Report · Eli C on Jul 29, 2014
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    How is the static electricity with the Breville?
    Mackie on Dec 15, 2014
    Best Answer: I live in a very dry climate (CO) and haven't noticed any static electricity effects. I don't use the grinds container though, just grind into the filter basket of espresso machine daily. My one issue, and not sure if this can be re-calibrated, is the amount it grinds. I have to set my amount dial all the way to the left (least) to get a proper dosing. This is across numerous different roasts and fineness settings. All in all pretty happy with the grinder esp for the price
    Reply · Report · William T on Dec 23, 2014
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    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!
    A shopper on Apr 22, 2014
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Robert B on Apr 22, 2014
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    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 !
    Pedro M on Jul 19, 2014
    Best Answer: 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!
    Reply · Report · Robert B on Jul 21, 2014
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    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?
    Blair M. on Dec 2, 2013
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Robert B on Dec 2, 2013
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    My question is also about the Moccamaster, but regarding quantity. Both the Smart Grinder and the Moccamaster have markings/ indicators in cups. How many Smart Grinder cups = how many Moccamaster (European) cups? Thanks!
    Philip P on Jul 26, 2014
    Best Answer: (1) Smart Grinder cup = aprox (1.4) Moccamaster cups.
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    (1) Moccamaster cup = aprox (.7) Smart Grinder cups.
    Hope this helps!
    Reply · Report · John K on Jul 29, 2014
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    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!
    Fergus L on Jan 10, 2014
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Marc J on Jan 13, 2014
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    How many watts is the machine ? Where was it made ?
    Joseph s on Nov 30, 2013
    Best Answer: The Breville Smart Grinder is 165 watts and is made in China.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 30, 2013
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    Can any one tell me what one cup grind = in water oz? Im going to use this for pour over and french press but cannot find this basic info anywhere.
    A shopper on Apr 30, 2015
    Best Answer: 1 cup of ground coffee is equal to 3 oz. For pour over, it's generally best to use one tablespoon of grounds for every cup (approximate six ounces) of water.
    Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 26, 2015
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    When adjusting the grind to a finer setting does the grinder need to be running like other burr grinders?
    Mark H on Jan 1, 2015
    Best Answer: Yes, this way you don't get anything stuck between the burrs, resulting in an incorrect change to the setting, no change even though the "setting" has changed, or potentially even stripped out gears in the machine. Additionally, you should grind out about 1/4 cup or one portafilter of grounds and discard them after you make a change to the settings, as they will be a mixture of the old and new setting, to ensure that you are 100% using the grounds with the new grind setting.
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 1, 2015
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    Is this Grinder suitable for super fine (turkish coffee)?
    what i want is one grinder for both espresso and turkish

    best regards
    f s on Jul 16, 2014
    Best Answer: 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!
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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    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!
    Kevin G on Jul 12, 2014
    Best Answer: 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
    Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 12, 2014
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    What type of coffee bean is recommended to use with this grinder in order to avoid jams?
    Pedro M on Jul 10, 2014
    Best Answer: 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
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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    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?
    Domhnall B on Feb 19, 2014
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 19, 2014
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    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
    A shopper on Feb 2, 2014
    Best Answer: 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!
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 3, 2014
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    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.
    mikeb on Jan 22, 2014
    Best Answer: 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
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 22, 2014
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    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!
    A shopper on Jan 9, 2014
    Best Answer: 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!
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 13, 2014
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    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?
    A shopper on Jan 7, 2014
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 8, 2014
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    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.
    A shopper on Dec 30, 2013
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 31, 2013
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    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?"
    Bert K. on Dec 29, 2013
    Best Answer: 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.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 30, 2013
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    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?
    Andrew on Dec 25, 2013
    Best Answer: 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!
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 28, 2013
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    Warranty Information for the Breville Smart Grinder

     

    What it Covers:

    Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders

    Length:

    - 2 Years (Oracle & Dual Boiler)

    - 1 Year (All other new equipment)

    - 6 months (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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    Reviews

    Don't do it...Review by Smart Grinder
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    My grinder died 16 months after buying it. Customer support was non-existent. I upgraded to a Baratza Vario, and have not regretted it for a second. A nicer grinder makes all the difference. Don't skimp on the grinder. (Posted on 4/30/2015)
    Pour over, auto drip and espresso...asking a lot, getting most of it.Review by Ken
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    I knew going in that this wasn't the last grinder I would ever buy, nor was it the "best" grinder for any one particular thing. But it serves it's purpose very well, looks good doing it, stands up to daily use (multiple uses per day) and allows a good level of tear down and preventive maintenance. I've only owned it for a short while so a follow-up will be in order a few months from now, but here's what I have so far....

    It could have a better coarse grind for pour over, but using it with the Kalita Wave I'm not disappointed at all. I had to back off on the amount of recommended coffee (using preroasted "quality" beans) but the overall grind is pretty consistent and it doesn't clog the Kalita's filter or delay the pour. The timing of the drip is consistent if not a little on the long side. I'll reserve my final opinion until I can begin roasting my own beans (just got 10 lbs. of green beans). I've not got a good cupcake from the bloom but I'm betting this is the beans, not the grind. Still, the grind does look rather fine for pour over, but as long as the time the water spends in the glass dripper doesn't get too long, all is good. The coffee sure is strong, though! :) I prefer a slight acidity and if the grounds are over cooked or over saturated I can tell quickly, but so far if not detected any bitter or overly acidic tones. My eye tells me the grind should be coarser, but the end result seems to be good.

    The grind seems to be absolutely perfect for drip coffee. Again, I had to back off the recommended amount of coffee using the Bonavita BV1800. It has the perfect infusion and timing to get that black gold you need. I've found I can easily alter the drip timing down to the second by using the digital 'micro settings' on the grinder. I started on fine and went to medium fine to get the timing just right for me. Even using inferior preroasted beans, the grind comes out great and the Bonavita seems to be very happy eating what the Breville grinder gives it. This seems to be the sweet spot for this grinder.

    For espresso, the grind could be a bit finer. Even at it's finest, it can't quite make a dry puck or get that 'talcum' feel. But, again, I knew this going in. It's not entirely fair to blame just the grinder when there are so many other factors to consider (brand/function of espresso machine, bean quality, etc) but overall the Breville won't win any competitions to the next tier of grinders specifically for espresso, and nor should it be expected to. It will grind fine enough to make a great espresso with consistent pulls time and time again. It just could be finer. My machine has no problem with consistent pulls but there was a whole new learning curve to learn on my old machine when I paired the Breville with it. It wasn't hard to match what the grinder was able to produce with my machine's ability to pull a good, consistent shot, but it would be nice to have it just a bit finer. Plus, it would be even nicer if it didn't have to be maxed out on it's finest setting. I'd like to have some elbow room to compensate for other variables and allow me the option to adjust and tweak. But the Breville is NOT going to go as fine as Turkish coffee, so there isn't any elbow room with how fine you can go. Set it on it's absolute finest, let it grind away while waking up everyone who hasn't gotten out of bed yet, and then adjust your espresso machine to make up for not quite having that perfect talcum grind for "easy" espresso shots.

    This isn't a $600.00 + specialty grinder for espresso! It's not for Turkish coffee. It won't satisfy you on a spiritual level The Breville does a dang good job of holding the fort in all it's realistic, expected tasks. Decent pour over, fantastic drip, decent espresso. It's a $200.00 machine that goes above and beyond it's price tag, but it won't win the ladies or pay the bills or get you that great seat at all the fancy restaurants. It grinds coffee beans. It does it well enough with a HUGE amount of adjustability (is that a word?) to enable you to have pour over, drip and espresso coffee without having to have a plethora of machines taking up valuable counter real estate. I really wish it would grind coarser out of the box, but I'm betting I can tinker with it enough to get it to. That's another plus with this machine; it can be fine tuned. With the FANTASTIC customer support and huge following of this machine, there are tons of things for us tinkerer/DIY folks to tweak. I've spent 45 minutes on the phone with customer service just talking shop and exchanging coffee passions. Having a company that loves what they do, defensive of their reputation and is passionate about all things coffee helps to overlook this "jack of all trades" machine's imperfect score. Who want's perfect? Well, I do I guess. But I sure don't expect to only pay $200.00 for it! (Posted on 12/29/2014)
    Motor smellReview by Grinder
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    I grind about 20g at a time (no more than 20s). Right out of the box there was a heavy electronic burning smell with short run time. I returned and will be picking up a Baratza (Vario) which I've seen used extensively for years with no motor burnout.

    (Posted on 11/28/2014)
    Great grindsReview by Dan
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    I purchased this grinder to replace an older model Breville. I am really happy with the new Smart Grinder. I use it for a one cup cone drip and for a Chemex. It's easy to dial in the correct amount and grind (with a little trial and error). I set the grind on 6 for a dark roast, and the amount on 3 cups for a 12 ounce coffee mug. But what I notice the most is that my old grinder produced a lot of static electricity. This new one doesn't do that at all. I just tap the sides of the bowl a couple of times before I remove it from the grinder, and it's good to go. Very even grind and a delicious cup of coffee. (Posted on 11/18/2014)
    Nice looking and versatile entry-level grinderReview by A. Da Costa
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    If you're starting to get serious about your coffee, this is a nice grinder to start with. Sure, you can buy blade grinders or even other cheap burr grinders for a fraction of the cost, but those won't produce neither a consistent grind for pour-over nor a fine-enough grind for espresso. The Breville Smart Grinder does the job. It looks very nice on your countertop and produces a decent-quality grind. I think it's a far better alternative to the entry-level Baratzas (Encore, Virtuoso, Preciso). It packs a lot more features and looks much nicer too. Grind-quality-wise, it's better than the Encore, same as the Virtuoso and a little inferior to the Preciso. (Posted on 11/16/2014)
    Save your Money or use it once in a whileReview by You Get What You Pay For
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    Our Breville Smart Grinder lasted 10 months and failed. We tried cleaning it with Rice and it wouldn't even grind the rice.

    We only used the grinder on weekends. It worked great for 9 months and started jamming. Then it wouldn't grind at all. Thankfully it was in the warranty and we had Breville replace it with a new one. I find that while it looks great and works fine in the beginning, the motor is weak and the gears are plastic.

    Save your money and buy one for another hundred dollars or so. Looks great, works for a while. I would not recommend this unit. (Posted on 10/31/2014)
    ExpectationsReview by Honey
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    I used & enjoyed this well designed & thought-out grinder for about 18 months before it failed. Regrettably the gears are made of plastic & cannot be replaced as there are no parts. If this is no big deal & you are a light user as I am, you may not be concerned. I suggest you be aware of this before making your purchase. Also, oily beans may lead to a premature death, as the machine will need to work harder. I replaced my Breville with a Rancilio. The only draw back with the Rancilio (price not considered) is it is considerably heavier in our motor home, & harder for me to lift off an upper shelf.

    All this being said, it is beautifully designed, very easy to clean, and works well. Just decide on the life expectancy prior to purchase. (Posted on 10/23/2014)
    AwsomeReview by Jeff
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    Relatively quiet. NO MESS!! Static free container works. Quick and easy. Love it. Rarely do I purchase something that fulfills its promise like this grinder does. (Posted on 10/20/2014)
    Saves me many steps in the morningReview by M
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    I had a Krups burr grinder with a super staticy cup with a lid. Old process involved my filter in a big cappuccino cup, using a brush to get the coffee out of the staticy cup and off the lid and many, many more steps. Even the fact that I had to pull it out from the back of the counter and push it back was annoying.

    With the Breville, I can place my #4 cone filter into the little plastic cup that comes with it and it grinds right into the filter. The only steps there are is to put the filter into the cup, push start, take it out, and put it into the coffeemaker. And the Breville never has to leave it's spot, even to fill with beans, because of the removable hopper. And I hit the right grind settings on the first try!

    I really thought I wanted a Baratza, but I would have had to spend far more and still wouldn't have gotten some of the features I've come to really appreciate in the weeks that I've had this one. Super happy! (Posted on 10/10/2014)
    Wonderful AdditionReview by John Wells
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    This replaces an old burr grinder that finally gave up the ghost after six or seven years, and it joins my gadgets for my morning decaf latte made by VIA VENEZA espresso machine with its pressurized portafilter and a Breville Milk Cafe that froths and heats my milk, reduced fat 100 percent lactose free, so i don't use the steam wand on the expresso machine. I'm 82 years old, so this innocuous morning cup is my intake for the day. I adore Breville products, and have one of their toaster ovens, which makes my use of my gas range a minimum.

    Although the instruction book recommends beginning at the 11 setting (coarse end of the expresso scale) and working down scale to a suitable grind, I started out at the 6 setting (mid range) and found that the expresso grind is about the granular consistency of table salt, which is what I was looking for. i couldn't be any happier with the results.

    The quality? It's a Breville! Hefty construction, functional design to suit customer needs, and manufactured to exacting specs.

    The value? Hey, it's on sale! Saved a coin. What else is there to say? (Posted on 7/31/2014)
    Good quality, but maybe not for pour overReview by GBSteve
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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 7/2/2014)
    Loving this grinderReview by im_joe
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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 6/21/2014)
    Very Happy, as long as it keeps workingReview by glenn
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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 6/17/2014)
    Looks great, quiet and consistentReview by Eli
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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 4/22/2014)
    ImpressiveReview by Eric
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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 3/30/2014)
    Flaw In Clutch AssemblyReview by Billfergy
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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 3/16/2014)
    Does everything as advertisedReview by jf
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    Worth the price for quality and performance. (Posted on 2/25/2014)
    OMGReview by PokJoe
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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 2/18/2014)
    Does Not LastReview by Espresso
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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 2/14/2014)
    greatReview by adam
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    Awesome grinder!! Works great, no issues (Posted on 1/25/2014)
    Great Features and PerformanceReview by Dwells
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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 1/8/2014)
    Not up to snuff for espressoReview by Dwshop
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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 12/26/2013)
    We love it!Review by DonSpokane
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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 11/22/2013)
    DisappointingReview by Marie
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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 10/28/2013)
    A good grinder for the moneyReview by Mike K
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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 10/12/2013)
    Been a year and it's fineReview by RG
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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 8/15/2013)
    love itReview by Deiter
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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 7/16/2013)
    Does not hold upReview by Walt
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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 7/7/2013)
    excellent grinderReview by Troy
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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 7/6/2013)
    workhorseReview by chad
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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 6/17/2013)
    Martha Was Right - Disappointing - now a return.Review by Sirjeffer
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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 6/15/2013)
    DisappointingReview by Martha H.
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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 5/4/2013)
    Good Grinder and it takes the guess work outReview by Johnson From Ohio
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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 4/25/2013)
    Nearly PerfectReview by Ken H
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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 4/17/2013)
    really impressed!Review by rba
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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 4/13/2013)
    Great GrinderReview by Stonehill
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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 4/10/2013)
    Nice grinder but trickyReview by JackC
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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 3/22/2013)
    Overall a great product!!!Review by John
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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 3/19/2013)
    Beautiful and works great!Review by Ryan H.
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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 3/17/2013)
    Pleased with our purchaseReview by Jim K
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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 3/9/2013)
    Nice Mid-range GrinderReview by Douggro
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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 3/1/2013)
    Great Multipurpose GrinderReview by Heather
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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 2/15/2013)
    Happy with the purchaseReview by Joshua
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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 1/19/2013)
    a satisfied customerReview by mmj
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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 1/15/2013)
    Good grinder for the priceReview by Brennan
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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 1/15/2013)
    Quality issuesReview by Adam
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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 1/6/2013)
    Well designed & very flexible grinderReview by Rudi
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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 12/30/2012)
    No problemsReview by Chad
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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 11/30/2012)
    Great Coffee GrinderReview by Ed
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    Takes a little getting used to but all in all a great Grinder (Posted on 11/6/2012)
    Great valueReview by blb
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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 9/27/2012)
    Great little machine in every way!Review by Kay
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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 9/3/2012)
    Breville Coffee Grinder as Good as All Breville ProductsReview by Bill-iam
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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 8/16/2012)
    Excellent!Review by Lori
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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 7/19/2012)
    Excellente!Review by Bill Sacto
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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 7/17/2012)
    Fantabulous!Review by Gene
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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 6/14/2012)
    Crossland CC1 Expresso MachineReview by Surfwv
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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 6/4/2012)
    would not go wrongReview by Mari Alcye
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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 :)

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 5/9/2012)
    Love this grinder perfect every timeReview by Mari Alcye
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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 4/26/2012)
    Very pleasedReview by RonC
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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 2/2/2012)
    Works Great - Easy to UseReview by David
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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

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    Noisy (Posted on 1/31/2012)
    Perfect every timeReview by ScottyMan
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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 1/19/2012)
    Great GrinderReview by Hrt911
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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!

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    Quiet

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    Portafilter does not fit (Posted on 1/5/2012)
    Great GrinderReview by Alligam
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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!!!!

    Pros:
    Easy To Use, Quiet, Great Taste

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    (Posted on 1/5/2012)
    Awesome GrinderReview by Ryan
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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.

    Pros:
    Quiet, Easy To Use

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    (Posted on 1/1/2012)
    A Good ProductReview by IndieThinker
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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.

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

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    (Posted on 12/17/2011)
    Small and perfectReview by Cynth
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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

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    Messy (Posted on 12/7/2011)
    You will not go wrong with this grinder!Review by Jorge S. Torres
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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

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    (Posted on 11/4/2011)
    QualityReview by PaulC
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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

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

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    (Posted on 10/5/2011)
    Very nice.Review by Taxguy
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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 7/20/2011)
    NiceReview by Caffiene Roy
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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 5/7/2011)

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