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Breville BCG450XL Grinder - Marc Tischler's Review
Posted: August 29, 2007, 6:08am
review rating: 7.8
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Breville BCG450XL Grinder
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Michelle P 8.25
Pat D'Arcy 8.00
Mick Paulin 8.00
Lance Johnson 8.00
Ian King 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese Origin) Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $99.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Very affordable burr grinder with nice aesthetics, small footprint, and most importantly good grind. Great first grinder if you are on a limited budget.
Positive Product Points

Good looking unit with small foot print. Great price for a burr grinder. Although it only has 5 preset grind settings, there are several click intervals between the settings allowing for fine tuning. The power cord wheel makes for a nice organized counter top. Clean operation with no grind anywhere but in the dispenser. I haven't experienced any problem with static and clean up is pretty easy. Timer feature lets you set the timer and go prepare to pull your shots.

Negative Product Points

The plastic on the hopper and dispenser is fairly thin and feels cheap and fragile.  Should be beefed up. Not as many preset grind options but as mentioned can be tweaked.

Detailed Commentary

I purchased this grinder after failing to score a Rocky on EBAY and just missing on a couple of used Super Jolly's.  Really wanted a burr grinder and hoped to keep it under 150.  Surfed the forum several times and took a bit of a chance as there was not much feedback on this one.

Arrived in timely fashion well packed and ready to go.  Very nice looking unit that fits easily on my relatively small countertop. Operation was straightforward.  Got some freshly roasted beans locally and had at it.  Set it to the espresso setting and it did a very nice job. I wanted a finer grind so I twisted it 2 clicks toward the Turkish setting and got exactly what I was after.  With the timer feature, you can set it for 10 seconds, 20 seconds or just let it go.  For me 20 seconds is just right and I walk away and get ready to pull my shots.

The grind goes into the plastic dispenser rather than directly into the portafilter so I pulled out the dispenser, poured and tamped.   No problem.  Shots are great with nice crema.  Very easy to clean up.

Buying Experience

A+ Amazon experience with free shipping.

Three Month Followup

Still very satisfied.   I use it daily for both drip coffee and espresso.  With my Breville pressurized portafilter espresso maker, it does a great job.  No issues at all.  Grind is ideal for the PPF and this unit is solid, clean and static free.  With my La Pavoni lever, the grind is very close but not quite there.  I use my German hand grinder which is just a bit finer grind.  All in all though I recommend it highly and without reservation but would be careful if it will only be used with a high and espresso maker.  The plastic is definitely thin but no breaks so far.

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