Even though this is no longer a $300 drip coffee maker, the Breville Precision Brewer is still an impressive beast and one of the highest-rated we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. It’s now been over 2 years since this coffee machine was first released yet it’s still one of the best. With the price dropping on Amazon as the years go by, this is becoming a better and better deal.

If you’re looking for a quick and reliable drip coffee maker that enables you a greater level of precision than a standard machine, this Breville model could be just what you need.

Breville Precision Features & Functionality

  • 60oz capacity drip coffee maker
  • 6 features, including over ice and cold brew settings
  • Dual filter baskets – flat and cone shaped
  • Customizable brew settings
  • 3 different flow rates
  • Precise digital temperature control
  • Thermo coil heating system
  • Stainless-steel thermal carafe
  • LCD display
  • Programmable timer start and auto-off
  • Drip-stop
  • “Child lock” feature
  • Coffee scoop, water hardness test strip and 10-piece paper filter pack included

breville precision thermal control settings

This is a simple yet high-tech drip coffee maker that is built around precision, whether you choose a pre-set option or decide to manually adjust all the little details yourself. Besides all these features, it also includes PID electronics inside the stainless-steel shell – a type of system that enables faster water heat times and more precision when it comes to adjusting the temperature. You won’t see this system, but you’ll certainly feel the benefits.

The box includes everything you need to brew a 60oz (approximately 12 cup) carafe, minus the coffee (not compatible with pods). Bear in mind you’ll need to buy a pour over adaptor from Breville if you want to use this drip coffee maker in pour over style.

If you are in store for something less expensive, we recommend you check out the Bonavita BV1900TS. It was ranked one of the best drip coffee makers for 2019. 

Breville Precision Performance

breville bdc 450 precision brewer

Performance is fast, even on the “slower” settings. You have 6 options to choose from when it comes to brewing your morning cuppa.

Fast – run, run as fast as you can… because this coffee maker will literally make coffee as fast as it can. This mode tells the Breville Precision Brewer to make a full 60oz carafe as quickly as humanly (or machinery) possible. It takes roughly 7 minutes in total.

Gold – a pre-set mode that complies with the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) ratio of 55g of coffee and 1 liter of water with the cone-shaped filter. This should produce the best tasting coffee – but of course, it does vary slightly depending on your coffee choice and personal tastes.

Strong – add more ground coffee than usual and select this setting for a super-strong brew. It adjusts the settings automatically to boost the strength and flavor without adding bitterness or over-brewing the coffee.

Over Ice – brews 20oz of super-strong coffee that you can pour over ice to dilute it. A much stronger option than the strong setting – you won’t want to take a gulp of this undiluted. We liked that you can dispense the coffee directly onto the ice, rather than the carafe becoming the middleman.

Cold Brew – program a cold brew time up to 24 hours to get up to 20oz of cold-brewed coffee in the carafe or your own mug. Like the Over Ice setting, the machine refuses to start if you have more than 20oz of water in the tank.

MyBrew – this is when you start to get excited. Brew up to a full 60oz carafe with your own adjustments. It allows you to tweak water temperature, bloom time and water delivery speed as well as the volume of coffee.

On all these features, we found the Breville Precision Brewer to perform pretty seamlessly. You can program it to start brewing before you wake up, remove the carafe for a cup mid-brew with the drip-stop, and once you’re finished it can be set to automatically turn off too.

There is no heating plate, so we recommend pre-warming the carafe if your coffee will sit there for a while.

In one word, the performance is fast.

Precision Design

Breville bdc450

Visually, the design is attractive. Plastic is present but it’s kept to a minimum with sleek stainless-steel wrapping around the body of the drip coffee machine. The water reservoir (unfortunately one of the plastic parts) has handy measurements on the side, so you can see how much you’re pouring in there.

All parts are easy to remove and clean – you can reach easily into the carafe to clean it by hand as the parts are not dishwasher-safe. You’ll also need to manually run through a cleaning cycle every now and then – the screen will flash DESCALE when it needs attention.

Overall, the design is functional. At 12.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches and weighing just over 3 pounds, it’s not an overly large coffee maker and will sit comfortably on your kitchen worktop. The removable reservoir makes it easy to work within tight spaces. You aren’t limited to the thermal carafe included, you can easily place your own travel cups or mugs under the dispenser – it’s a very tall gap, you won’t have any trouble placing tall cups here.

When it comes to the controls, there’s a little room for improvement. The LCD screen is functional but it’s not the easiest to read and it is beginning to let down the coffee maker as a whole as time goes by – it’s a little outdated-looking. We also needed reminding to change the setting from the cone filter to flat-bottomed filter in the settings when we switched it over – it would have been nice if the machine could detect the filter type automatically.

Breville Precision Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Precise controls
  • Hot and cold brew options
  • Quiet and fast performance
  • Makes great tasting coffee once you have it adjusted right

Cons

  • Carafe needs preheating or it goes cold quickly
  • Paper filters needed
  • Cleaning can be a pain – not dishwasher safe

Verdict

This is a great drip coffee maker for the fussy coffee lover who wants to change all the finer details and let the machine adjust to their favorite coffee beans – not the other way around. It has a few minor faults but the performance is excellent and as time goes by, the price is dropping. It’s becoming a great bargain.

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