OXO On Barista Brain Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

 

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  • – Streamlined Home Coffee Grinder
  • – Grind by Weight
  • – Brushed Steel Outer Case
  • – Includes Grounds Catch Bin
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Overview

Are you an espresso aficionado one morning but a lover of French press the next? While keeping your taste buds on their toes (do taste buds have 'toes'?), the ever-changing grinding needs are almost enough to make you want to stick with one prep method...almost! Alas, the OXO On Barista Brain Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is here to make grinding a breeze with a built-in scale, the ability to grind by weight or number of cups of coffee and its range of grind settings.

Features and Functionality

  • Built-In Scale - The integrated scale allows you to set the desired number of grams, which the grinder will then match.
  • Multiple Ways to Grind - Grind by the number of cups or grams into a coffee container, which can hold up to 12-cups, or grind directly into a portafilter.
  • Strength Adjustment - When grinding based on cups, the default setting is 8 grams per cup. If you'd like a stronger brew, simply move the indicator on the front to increase the number of grams ground per cup.
  • Easy To Use - The simple dial/button and LED interface - which displays grind icons, warnings and settings - make using this grinder a breeze.
  • A Smart Hopper - The 16 ounce hopper is UV-tinted to protect those precious beans and features a 'trap door' that holds beans in when the hopper is removed from the grinder.
Pros
  • So Many Options! - The Barista Brain grinder lets you choose your preferred method of grinding, helping you get the perfect dose for your coffee preparation method.
  • The Weighting Game - The built-in scale simplifies the grinding process.
Cons
  • Putting on the Pressure - The pressur(ized) portafilter, that is. The grind doesn't quite go fine enough for use in a non-pressurized portafilter, but is a great companion to machines with a pressurized option.
How Does it Compare?

Occupying the same grinder category as Breville's Dose Control Pro, the OXO Barista Brain grinder lacks the ability to grind fine espresso but makes up for it with a built-in scale. Each with their own strengths, the choice will depend on the preparation methods for which it is used.

Tips and Tricks

We found the scale to consistently be 1 gram over, likely due to the remaining grinds in the chute falling into the container after the programmed amount was ground. Keep this in mind when using the grinder for methods that require a bit more precision, like pour over.

Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Fine Drip / Pour Over

Specs

Model Number 8710200
Manufacturer OXO
Width 5.25 inches
Depth 9 inches
Height 14.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 5.0000
Watts 175W
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Bean Hopper Capacity 16 ounces
Dosing Options Doserless/Chute Only
Grinder Style Burr - Conical Steel
Burr Diameter 40mm
Anti-Static Coating Yes
Timer or On/Off Switch Both Timer & On/Off Switch
Material Stainless Steel and Plastic

Q&A

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Are you able to grind directly into a portafilter with this grinder? Or do you have to use the included collection cup?
Sue W on Sep 29, 2016
Best Answer: Yes, you can! there is a dedicated portafilter grind setting. However, the setting is continuous, and does not use the built-in scale.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 30, 2016
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Are the hopper & the ground coffee receptacle both made of plastic? Also, does the hopper have an airtight seal? Thanks
Sandra G on Mar 29, 2016
Best Answer: They are both made of plastic. The hopper does not have an airtight seal. I do not recommend this product due to numerous problems including the beans jamming up prior to grinding, the grounds jamming up on the way to the lower receptacle and the scale malfunctioning. Im currently trying to get a refund from OXO.
Reply · Report · Tristan S on Apr 8, 2016
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I did not understand: is the oxo burr grinder NOT good enough for espresso? Is it good enough For a macchinetta? For what type of espresso does it work, or is it not recommended ?
Meriam L on Dec 2, 2015
Best Answer: This grinder is mainly for drip coffee consistency. It is not fine enough for non-pressurized portafilter machines. With pressurized portafilters it would work.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Dec 6, 2015
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Does this grinder grind fine enough for use with a La Pavoni Europiccola?
Bill G on Nov 3, 2015
Best Answer: No
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Nov 4, 2015
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Reviews

Very Nice GrinderReview by Hank49
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A replacement for an old Kitchen Aid.

I decided on the OXO after reading many reviews and watching the Seattle Coffee Gear video.

The ability to grind a set number of cups (8 grams per cup) and then adjust the quantity either way, by two steps in 1 gram per cup increments is very nice. You can also grind a given weight in case the adjustment is enough for you.

I use a medium grind and the coffee granules are very even in size. I might try a French press and feel it should do as well on a coarser grind but I have no desire for espresso so I don't care about the grind at that end.

Oxo claims 15 different grinds but there seem to be detents in between so I would guess you have more control over grind.

It's no more noisy than my old grinder, maybe a bit quieter. And I no longer have to hold a cup under the output chute since the ground coffee is captured by the container. There is a bit of grounds fallout due to the plastic container but I give it a few taps and remove the top over the sink.

Nice bright LED display is visible in low light. It is a well designed grinder. But then OXO makes good products, in my opinion. I replaced my old coffeemaker with the OXO 9 cup Brain at the same time. Morning coffee has never tasted as good. I would recommend this grinder. (Posted on 5/16/2017)
ExcellentReview by Rose
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I was given this as a gift from my daughter and I love it! My favorite feature is the dial which makes it easy to switch the level of grind. The cups mode also makes it really easy to grind just the right amount of coffee you plan to brew.
I would definitely recommend purchasing this product. It also looks beautiful on my counter. (Posted on 12/2/2016)

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Warranty Information

What it Covers:OXO On Electrics

Length: 2 Year

Who Supports the Warranty: OXO

Warranty Contact Information: 800.545.4411

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No


Care and Maintenance

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

User Manual

Oxo On Conical Burr Grinder User Manual


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