Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 8:51am Subject: Re: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
Just left a review for it. I know it gets knocked a lot, but for me "barely" means that there are only a few settings I can use for real espresso, so in that sense it is very limited. That said, if you are pairing it with, say, a Breville espresso machine then it actually is pretty great. Personally for it's price, I think it is a great stepping stone. Pair it with a low-mid range machine and start learning, then sell them and move up when you know what you are doing.
dagoat Senior Member Joined: 10 Dec 2004 Posts: 393 Location: santa barbara, ca Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Europiccola, BDB... Grinder: HG-One, baratza vario Vac Pot: aeropress Drip: manual Roaster: cafe rosto
Posted Thu Oct 24, 2013, 3:48pm Subject: Re: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
Just left a review for it. I know it gets knocked a lot, but for me "barely" means that there are only a few settings I can use for real espresso, so in that sense it is very limited. That said, if you are pairing it with, say, a Breville espresso machine then it actually is pretty great...snip...
if you are including the BDB (Breville Dual Boiler) in that group, i would have to strongly disagree. in the case of the BDB, as with established apex machines like the GS/3 or Speedster, the limiting factor will always be the grinder. any grinder. put another way, the BDB has virtually no faults or foibles that need to be worked around, (it's questionable long term durability is not related to how well it extracts expresso). so with the BDB, you are well served to get the absolute best grinder you can afford. or put a third way, the long standing advice in the espresso community, that the grinder is most important, is especially applicable when you have a completely capable machine like the BDB.
it is in the preceding regards that the smart grinder is NOT a good match for the BDB. the BDB is a far far far better espresso maker than the smart grinder is a grinder. the fact that they make a good match looks-wise is very very misleading.
Posted Tue Nov 5, 2013, 11:54am Subject: Re: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
I can't stress it enough. If you are using it for non espresso purposes it is an excellent grinder. I use it for my morning drip on my Technivorm and it yields a great grind and a great cup. Looks good, easy to operate, clean, simple and cheap. The only knock is that when I try to grind a larger batch for a full 10 european cups the machine sounds like it starts to labour and there is a residual smell of (ozone) in the air. The motor is definitely its weak point, however it hasn't failed me yet.
dharmanos Senior Member Joined: 27 Nov 2013 Posts: 5 Location: Spring City Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: bes900xl /B
Posted Thu Jan 29, 2015, 9:23pm Subject: Re: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
I agree that the smart grinder was a terrible match for the BDB. It simply could not grind fine enough. That said, when mine died a month ago I took it back to Williams Sonoma and replaced it with the smart-grinder PRO. This new breville grinder has 60 grind settings and an adjustable burr with 10 adjustment settings. It is a lot better. I reccomended it.
doublehelix Senior Member Joined: 20 Dec 2014 Posts: 228 Location: Bronx Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Breville 920xl Grinder: Vario, Olympia (1988),...
Posted Fri Jan 30, 2015, 1:03pm Subject: Re: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
I did the same. I'm not terribly experienced, but I do like the new Smart Pro. It's been reproducible (been playing with a VST triple basket and naked PF) and has been proven in the cup. I'm grinding dark espesso beans (Velo; Collectivo Coffee) @ a burr setting of 3 and a dialed in setting of 17/60. Pulling 36 g shots after 30 s (standard 920xl settings for double shots).
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