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This review is from: Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder (Kitchen)I have used three grinders in the past 5 years, one blade and two wheel burr grinders, all broke or were dusty and noisy. This is the first conical wheel grinder I have owned and I cannot compare it to its comparable competitor, the Capresso, and I have only used it a dozen times or so, However, I am impressed by its quality, it is beautifully made and the huge reduction in noise was most welcome. The big plus...I set the timer, press start and walk away, no holding lids down, no coffee flying around etc. Just for the reduction in noise, its quality and the fire and forget operation makes it a 5. It grinds coffee very consistently and the grind is adjusted easily. Is it perfect? No. Two items I noticed. It has a 30 second timer...I need more time so I set it for 20 seconds and do two grinds...not an issue but for me, but wanted to tell you. Second, the ground coffee compartment is shaped in a manner that has insets so its not as easy to clean out and I have to empty the coffee carefully. Still I recommend this and am impressed. It is quality!I will provide a six month review to see if this maintains its operation.
After six months my initial views remain the same, a very fine grinder!
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2007 1:54:17 PM PDT
Romulo Gonzalez A. says:
After about 5 months of use, Do you still give 5 stars to this grinder?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2007 1:01:58 PM PDT
Sandia Man says:
After more than six months this grinder is still working as initially described and I am pleased. Rating stands
Posted on May 9, 2008 10:44:43 AM PDT
I have to agree with you, I've had mine now for a week. I also noticed the Capresso, and saw it has a different burr design, more like a wheel burr than a conical design. The Breville's burrs are a true conical design and at any rate, there is no static as a result of the lower grinding speed. I also love the timer, not a wind up timer, but a cool push button/knob design. You turn the knob to the amount of seconds wanted, then push the button to start or stop. The knob doesn't wind down, it doesn't move at all but silently gives you the selected time.
It also grinds more efficiently, grinding the same amount as my old grinder in almost half the time. No regrets whatsoever.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2008 10:11:03 AM PDT
So glad to see all the positive reviews for this product - I'm definitely considering it.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009 6:40:54 AM PDT
Susan G. Heneghan says:
I guess I'll be the one with the sad news... I was given this grinder as a gift, and have had nothing but problems. It works when it wants to. Beans get stuck in the inner parts and I am constantly taking it apart, mid grind, to clean it out so it will continue grinding. I've had it a little over a year and it finally died. I know the gift giver, my son, paid a good price for it, so I am completely disgusted with this unit. I disagree with all comments. I am a serious coffee drinker, and will purchase another grinder, but not from Breville.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2009 8:18:16 AM PDT
Well Susan, I don't know if you have a defective grinder, are not putting it back together correctly after cleaning, or just what, but I have had this grinder for two years now. I have never had any of the problems that you mention. After two years of pretty heavy use the burrs are now dull and I will be replacing it with the exact same thing. The only downside to this grinder is that only the top burr is replaceable, so I have elected to buy a new grinder instead of replacing the burrs. I am wondering if the beans that you use are quite oily? I too am a serious coffee drinker. Roast my own beans, etc etc. and this is the best non espresso grinder under $100 on the market in my opinion. And I have tried a few others (La Pavoni, Cuisinart, Capresso, etc).
Posted on Jan 14, 2010 9:52:14 AM PST
Paul Dulaney says:
"Fire and forget" -- spoken like a true engineer! Thanks for a helpful review. (posted by a radar engineer in California)
Posted on Jan 30, 2010 4:58:44 AM PST
Pierre Belanger says:
You want finer grinding for ... Espresso?
Here's a post in a forum showing how to mod your grinder for finger grinding : http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=120
I did follow the above modification, not that easy to do. It did make a huge difference, I can grind a lot finer. Just careful not to have the burrs touch together!
Posted on Jun 7, 2010 5:50:31 PM PDT
This is the best review as it answers the question I had. I hate having to stand there and keep a button or lid pressed to get my coffee ground because they are generally so loud. BTW I guess they haven't come out with new stuff in a while since you reviewed in "07!
Posted on Dec 12, 2010 12:01:25 PM PST
I happen to view the shape of the ground coffee container as a plus rather than a minus because I generally empty all the contents into my Moka stovetop container, and the pouring spout is perfectly shaped for the job. It funnels the ground coffee nicely and quickly into the filter cup without spilling out the sides. The Cuisinart burr grinder I also have is a simpler rectangular container, so it's not as well suited due to the point pouring spout. A quick rinse with water is the extent of the cleaning I usually do for these so the cleaning aspect isn't really much of an issue for me.
Operationally, the sound of this unit in operation is almost a pleasure, compared with my Cuisnart one, which evokes wincing when it runs. I'd relate it to the sound of a Miele vacuum cleaner vs. a standard vac-