The Breville Smart Grinder is a sleek, stainless steel coffee grinder with features emphasizing precision and convenience. It contains and protects the coffee bean and grounds through each step to minimize waste and optimize ease. Stainless steel burrs ensure you get the most out of your beans.
Breville BCG820BSSXL Design
The Breville Smart Grinder offers extreme precision in the size of coffee grounds. With 60 different grind settings, it allows you to adjust from a super fine espresso grind to a coarse French press grind and everything in between.
In case you find the wide variety of settings overwhelming, the grind settings are grouped together into categories of press, percolator, drip, and espresso. This can help you narrow down your choices, allowing you to experiment more confidently until you find the grind that’s exactly right for your method of making coffee.
You can set the fineness of the grind using a clear, digital display on the front of the grinder. The display features a knob for adjusting the grind setting, a button for setting the number of shots or cups you are grinding for, and another button for turning the grinder on, pausing it, or canceling the grind altogether.
Ease of Use
With its bright electronic display, this grinder is easy to set to the exact type and amount of grind you want. Then all you have to do is push start. The grinder will measure and grind your beans while you fill the drip machine with water, or otherwise prepare to brew your coffee.
The grinder allows you to grind directly into a portafilter or into a sealable grounds container, which comes with the machine. The grinder also comes with two portafilter holders: one 58 mm holder for larger filters, and a smaller holder for 50 mm to 54 mm filters. The holders attach easily with magnets.
The hopper on the Breville Grinder holds up to 18 ounces of coffee beans. For convenient refilling and transferring, you can remove the entire hopper from the grinder. This way you don’t have to worry about spilling beans everywhere trying to pour them into the top of the grinder. It also allows you to switch out the beans without too much hassle, should you wish to do so.
Smart Grinder Pro Performance
The Breville Smart Grinder’s stainless-steel burrs are driven by a powerful 165-watt motor. These burrs allow it to grind the beans to different consistencies without overheating and scorching them. This allows you to get the most out of your beans without losing essential oils and flavors.
It produces a uniform grind, guaranteeing that once you have chosen a grind and amount setting, your brew will be consistent at that setting.
The amount of time this grinder takes to fully grind your beans will depend on how finely you want them ground and how many cups you are grinding for. On a medium setting (around 30) it takes approximately 25 seconds to grind enough grounds for 6 cups of coffee.
The grinder’s simple design and multiple accessories allow you to corral both beans and grounds without having them end up all over your counter, which is a big plus. You also won’t have to struggle with the static that comes with many blade grinders.
Cleaning & Maintenance
In order to function most efficiently, the stainless-steel burrs of this grinder will need to be cleaned fairly frequently—especially if you grind especially oily coffee. Otherwise, you may notice the motor struggling to continue grinding, and the machine may overheat.
You can easily access them by lifting the hopper from the top of the grinder. Be sure to unplug your grinder before touching or dissembling the burrs.
Once you have removed the hopper, you should be able to remove the burrs one by one. Use the small cleaning brush that comes with your grinder to clear away any coffee grounds and oil and reassemble the machine.
Although this may seem like a lot of hassle, a bit of cleaning is to be expected with any grinder, and the Breville demands no more patience than any other burr grinder. Accessing the burrs is straightforward, and there aren’t a lot of out-of-the-way crooks or crannies that will need cleaning.
With its stainless-steel construction and well-fitting parts, this grinder seems quite durable. There will naturally be some wear and tear associated with daily use, but the quality of this grinder seems to match pretty well with the price, and you can expect it to continue working well for several years.
Replacement parts are also available for the less sturdy or more easily lost components of this machine. You can purchase replacement lids, containers, filter holders, and hoppers, as well as replacement burrs. This should ensure you get plenty of life out of your grinder.
Fortunately, this grinder’s elegant, tidy appearance is not one that you’ll tire of seeing among your coffee supplies and should blend in well with other kitchen appliances.
The Breville pro grinder is definitely a big step up from a blade grinder, and with proper care and regular cleaning, should continue to produce a consistent, fine grind without jamming.
The grinder has a straightforward design, and parts are available should any need replacing. Filling the grinder, grinding the beans, and containing the grounds are all equally simple and fuss-free.
Most importantly, this grinder’s multiple settings allow you to grind your beans in a way that is bound to produce great-tasting coffee, no matter what method of coffee-making you prefer. The smart features do all the measuring and timing for you, simplifying the grinding process greatly. All you have to do is make sure the hopper is full of beans, choose your setting, and push the button. The grinder does the rest.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.