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Posted Sat Jul 21, 2012, 10:34am
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Sam21 Said:

My first grinder was a Breville Smart. I used it for 6 months grinding all roast levels. I had read of some users getting stalls while grinding light roasts. I spoke to a customer service rep about it and he shared that there is a safety feature that stops the motor if a hard object gets into the burrs. Unfortunately, there is some variance in the amount of pressure that the burrs can experience so some o the units struggled more than others at light roasts.

I never had an issue with mine and used it for all types of grinding. It was a fantastic and capable first grinder.

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The stalling is the only issue I have with mine.  It happens when you have a light roast and attempt to do an espresso grind.

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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 11:57am
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Bought one for 139 at a clearance outlet locally.  It was produced in May and contained the updated burrs.  It would barely make due with my Expobar.  I overloaded the portafilter and was getting 27 second shots.  I contacted them and the informed me that I could not shim the new style without contact, thus I returned to the store.  I wish I could have got the shims locally.  Thanks.
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 12:49pm
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megawayne Said:

Bought one for 139 at a clearance outlet locally.  It was produced in May and contained the updated burrs.  It would barely make due with my Expobar.  I overloaded the portafilter and was getting 27 second shots.  I contacted them and the informed me that I could not shim the new style without contact, thus I returned to the store.  I wish I could have got the shims locally.  Thanks.

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You should be able to use a normal shim, can't remember the size for it. I think Breville stopped supplying shims for the updated burr models, but some still got Breville to send them, and others just picked up shims at a store. I know mine could choke out a machine easily and adjust from there. Think somebody even just cut them out of post it notes lol.
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 3:14pm
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16 pages, not much info on how it performs on the espresso department.

I have a Baratza Virtuoso. Needed some fixing so i went today at Baristech in Montreal. Nice guy who did the fixing, upgrading to Preciso burrs. Came back home, plug it, some beans in the hopper and 30 seconds later, stopped working. Will go back to Baristech tomorrow but i am a bit (lot?) unhappy with this grinder. Never been able to get a fine grind for a good espresso.

So being a bit fed up with the Virtuoso, i was searching for something not too expensive and found the Breville Smart Grinder. They are available at The Bay for 187,49 plus taxes and free shipping. I think i will give it a try. And it's easy to return the product in any Bay store.

It would be a nice kit with the Breville BES840XL that i have and give me great espresso, when the coffee i use is grind fine enough.

Anybody has more to say about this smart grinder?
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 5:16am
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This post pretty much summed up my thoughts on the Smart Grinder for espresso use:
"Re: Does anyone have a Breville Smart Grinder?"   Since that was posted I received & returned a Pharos so ignore that recommendation unless you are willing to invest an extra $250 in mods.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 6:27am
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I now have the Breville Smart Grinder. Just got it yesterday. Paid 205.56$ (canadian $)

And the Baratza Virtuoso with Preciso burrs upgrade is working good.

First impression after 4 espresso made with both; both give me a nice fine grind, and i did not go to the finest settings.

My needs are 2 espresso each day.

The Breville, regular price is 250, the Virtuoso with Priciso burrs is also 250. If i had to buy only one, it would be the Breville. They both perform the same from my experience. Which one will last longer, we'll see in the future. I am keeping the Breville and the Baratza for my friend.
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:55pm
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pmdesherb Said:

...and i did not go to the finest settings.
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Could you clarify whether your machine is having pressurized basket or not?

 
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Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 1:40am
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greekespresso Said:

Could you clarify whether your machine is having pressurized basket or not?

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Non pressurized...
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Posted Sat Oct 20, 2012, 3:01am
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Thank you Paul.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 14, 2013, 12:31pm
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I have the breville smart grinder.  It's great.  Highly recommend it.
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