If you have been thinking of getting a grinder for your coffee machine at home but hesitated every time due to the price tags on most decent grinder machines, then you must take a look at the Breville BCG820BSSXL. It is a new and improved smart coffee grinder with new additions and an improvised construction.
- Stainless steel conical burrs designed to minimize grinding heat and protect the essential oils in the coffee bean
- 60 precise grind settings from the finest Espresso to the coarsest French Press Grind. Voltage: 110 120 Volts. Power: 165 Watts
- Precision Electronic Timer allows users to adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments and consistent dose every time
- 18 ounce coffee bean capacity with locking system for easy removal, storage, and transfer of the bean hopper
- Grind directly into portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket or paper filter
The new design and smart features of the Smart Grinder Pro make it a great choice among other grinders of the same or a higher price range. This budget-friendly espresso grinder is fully equipped with the right features that function exceptionally well to give the best grind of your coffee beans.
You can also rest assured of its quality as Breville is a well known and highly reputed company that manufactures high-end and long-lasting products at affordable prices. Having been around for so many years, you can also expect excellent customer care from the company and easily find machine parts in case your grinder needs any future servicing.
Our review today will cover some critical points of this machine and, hopefully, help you decide on whether it suits your preference or not.
Before we talk about other important factors, we want to start by giving you a good idea of how well it grinds. It is a burr grinder, so consistency will be right, unlike blade grinders, where uniform grinds aren’t always achievable.
Blade grinders only have a blade that cuts through beans, splitting them open. Using the ‘burr’ technology slows down the grinding process a bit, but the results are much better, and a great deal reduces wastage so that you can save a lot of your favorite expensive coffee beans.
If you want medium to fine grinds, then the results will be satisfactory on this machine, but if coarser grinds are what you are looking for, then the consistency might not be that impressive.
Quiet Operation and Grind Setting
It is a very common thing for grinders to be noisy, but we found this model to be rather quiet. If you are worried about disturbing the neighbors or waking up your child, then that will not be a problem with this machine, but we still recommend that you stick to using this grinder when any sound produced will not be an issue.
With 60 different settings, you can enjoy precise grinding, which is, in fact, a requirement when dialing in your espresso. Whether you wish to grind for French Press or Espresso, you will get precise fineness. If you find yourself stuck between all these settings, then just turn to the instruction manual for easy guidance.
Digital Dosing System
You can easily control and adjust the grind time with a digital timer. The timer allows you to set your dose within 0.2 seconds increments so you can get just the right dose while brewing.
‘Cups & Shots’
If you are grinding for French Press or Filter, then can select ‘cups,’ but for espresso, you must select ‘shots.’ These settings are available for the right dose while brewing any kind of coffee.
With 18 oz. Coffee bean capacity. You can grind and store a good amount of beans for your daily brewing. The bean hopper is removable so you can remove the hopper with the beans inside and store it somewhere with the correct temperature.
However, we do not recommend storing coffee this way for long because it may lose its freshness over time. If you prefer to have freshly ground coffee every morning, then you can grind only the required amount just before you wish to make your coffee after waking up.
Because of the mechanism used, grinders need to be cleaned often to keep the burrs running well so you can always get the right amount of consistency. If you grind mainly for espresso, then consistency is a must, and you cannot afford to let your grinder burrs lose their efficiency.
Remember that some beans such as dark oily ones create more mess than brown non-oily ones, so you need to keep a track on the kind of beans you are using.
It usually takes 5 minutes to clean a grinder, so the more you keep a check on its condition, the better the grinder will serve you.
The machine weighs approx. 3kgs, so it is not a very heavy machine. It can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, and it will not take up much counter space either.
You will get a year’s warranty from the manufacturers, but it is a good idea to confirm this from whichever store you decide to purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I clean the oil residue left from dark beans?
You can use lab brushes to clean your grinder. Many brushes will work with this grinder, and you can check for these brushes online or even at your local stores.
Does it have a display screen?
Yes, it comes with a screen that displays all the settings and functions to run the grinder.
This automatic electric grinder will make your life easier and also help you grind your coffee beans to the best consistency. As it is an automated machine, you can expect it to do most of the work while you just pour your precious beans and select your preferred settings. If you have a coffee machine at home and are tired of having store-bought ground coffee, then this machine is just right for you.