Breville BCG800CBXL Smart Grinder Coffee Machine, Cranberry Red
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|Item Weight||6.2 Pounds|
About this item
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- 25 Grind Settings for French press, drip, percolator and espresso coffee
- Backlit LCD Screen clearly shows grind setting, number of cups or shots and customized grind amount
- Auto dosing system calibrates each adjusted dose
- Bean Hopper with air tight lid and locking system for easy removal storage and transfer of coffee beans
- Accessories include two portafilter cradles, grind container and conical burr cleaning brush
The BCG800CBXL Smart Grinder's hands-free grinding system lets you grind your beans into a portafilter (left), a grinding container (right), or filters.
Why the Breville Smart Grinder?
Making perfect coffee starts with a precise dose of freshly ground beans. How do you get the amount you need for the grind you select? The Smart Grinder with Dosing IQ automatically calibrates each dose every time you adjust the grind.
The Breville BCG800CBXL Smart Grinder in Cranberry Red has a backlit LCD screen that clearly shows grind setting, number of cups or shots, and customized grind amount. A removable grinds catcher catches grinds that spill over, and the cord wraps around the base for easier storage. All parts that come into contact with coffee are BPA free. Smart grinder accessories include two portafilter cradles (one large 58mm and one small 50/54mm), grind container with sealing cap, and a cleaning brush for the conical burrs.
Breville BCG800CBXL Smart Grinder Features:
Dosing IQ technology automatically calibrates each dose every time the grind settings are adjusted, so you have precisely the amount of grinds needed no matter how fine or coarse the grind size.
The BCG800CBXL Smart Grinder bean hopper has a capacity of 1 pound, with an air-tight lid and locking system. The hopper is removable from the grinder base, so can easily be used to store beans at the correct temperature.
Precise grind settings
Different types of coffee preparation and different kinds of machines require different sizes. Choose from 25 precise grind settings from the finest espresso to the coarsest French press grind.
Hands-free grinding allows you to grind directly into a portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket or paper filter, for more efficient grinding.
Unlike blade grinders, the BCG800CBXL's stainless steel conical burrs minimize grinding heat to protect the essential oils in the coffee bean.
Want a little bit more ground coffee? Want a bit less? The Smart Grinder also allows you to manually adjust the preset amount calculated by Dosing IQ to suit your personal taste.
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Enough of my tales of woe! I took the plunge into the world of grinding my own beans. I didn't have the money for this grinder, so I got a Hario hand grinder with ceramic conical burrs. It worked very nicely, but needed clicking to and from to get the grind right. Overall, nice result.
But, who wants to time their breakfast to grinding out a two shot amount of espresso at 6:30am? It's okay, but got old after several months of that.
So, I researched! This grinder has great reviews on Amazon, but it also got good marks from the Seattle Coffee Gear folks. That did it for me. They test everything and gave it high marks. They noted that the bean hopper can be removed with beans inside, which is a feature not typically found in this price range.
I got this grinder the other day and read through the manual, washed it up and got it ready for the next day. The instructions are easy to follow and the features are wonderful. The settings are wide-ranging, too.
I set the grind in the middle of the espresso range since the manual states that double wall filters should start at the first setting (11). I use the single-wall, so I wanted to see how it would be in the middle.
It was perfect! The grind came out VERY consistent and light. I didn't notice any static charge to them, either (a problem with some grinders).
The tamping was smooth and the double-shot came out at 20 seconds with nice, thick crema. The espresso tasted like dark chocolate. Even my wife, who hates coffee, agreed that it "actually tasted okay."
Moving from pre-ground to freshly ground was huge for me. I noticed the flavor difference. Stepping from the manual grinder to this, more precise grinder is yet another step forward in the perfect espresso or cappuccino.
In case you're wondering what beans I use, I like Lavazza (currently Grand Aroma, but I really like Super Crema).
**Update** Today March 25, 2015, the grinder barely got the grinds out for my double shot cappuccino, then started making this high-pitched whine! No grounds came out then. I took it apart and cleaned it with the brush, found no obstructions, then re-assembled it, same thing.
I called Breville and they are taking care of this right away. The interesting thing was that when the grinder first came and I took it out of the packaging, there were coffee grounds in the chute and on some of the components. I asked Sandra at Breville about this, if they test the machines before they are packaged and she said, "No!" The machines are manufactured and packaged and should be in working order and do not undergo "testing" with coffee beans. She suspects that I was sold a used grinder and asked if there was a "refurbished" note on it.
There was not, and it was sold at full price. I'm adding this because it seems there might be some confusion on the part of Amazon folks. If an item is a repaired, used product, it should be noted and it should be discounted. Selling a used and refurbished item as "new" and at full price doesn't engender trust. This might be a mix-up, but it is the second time a Breville product from Amazon has failed within a few months (my Infuser did the same thing) and had to be replaced with a new one from the company (which then works flawlessly).
When you first get it, the simplicity of setting it up is incredible. Practically four parts to pop together, click and lock, and close and off to grinding. The grinds I have used thus far have been very consistent and I am extremely pleased. I basically use an Aeropress the majority of the time or else I use a standard filter drip or a clever coffee maker.
Grinding into the provided grinder canister with top that seals off is awesome. However, the removable tray (linked by magnet) on the bottom will always collect loose grinds as well as the top of the small opening which catches the grinds as they are being ground. No big deal since I just lift out the small tray and dump the small amount of grinds into whatever coffee I'm making.
Another thing to note, and it seems to be the normal for this grinder (I had a friend purchase one the same time I did and his did the same) but initial use will produce a strong "burning motor" smell. I was worried about it at first but after about six-ten grinds I have noticed it has gone away.
It is extremely easy to clean...literally can be done in five minutes or less.
Another thing to note is that the dose of coffee is adjusted when you change the grind but you still have the option of choosing more or less per grind. Also comes with two grinding cradles for those that have an actual espresso machine.
I can't say enough about this. As someone that roasts my own coffee at home I have done my best,under budget, to get the best cup of coffee I can get. This has definitely been a MAJOR addition to that purpose. Again, for 199.99 I don't think this grinder can be beaten.
I do not regret the decision at all. This unit is considerably quieter, my wife even made mention of it. They no longer have to pause the TV while I'm grinding coffee. It comes with both an espresso handle attachment (so it grinds directly into the holder) that has considerably sped up my cappuccino routine, and a portable plastic container. I say it's portable because it has a screw on lid with a rubber stopper. On my last RV trip I just had the Breville fill it with fresh ground, stoppered it up, and took it with me. That's really convenient. It says you can also put a drop filter directly into it, but I've not tried that.
It is very easy to adjust. One dial on the side to set coarseness (with a LCD to show you what your set at), an button to set the grind amount (1 or 2 shots if in the espresso range, 1-12 cups if in the other ranges) and a start/cancel button. It also has an adjuster dial in case you want a bit more, or a bit less, of the set grind. I use this with my espresso machine because it has a slightly smaller cup than normal so I need ~1.8 shots worth of grind instead of 1 or 2.