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Posted Fri Feb 11, 2011, 12:57pm
Subject: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
 

Hi all,

I must confess that I got very interested in this product, especially after reading these:

http://www.brevilleusa.com/coffee/the-smart-grinder.html

http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1288871951/0

So...does anybody know this product or ever used it?

Thanks,

Leonardo
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Posted Sun Feb 13, 2011, 2:10pm
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I just bought one. I will be putting it through the ringer over the next few weeks, and will post my review soon. So far I like it a lot. My friend and I will be testing it with his Silvia and Rocky this week.

I'll post more soon.
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 2:09am
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I purchased one recently as well.  I am using mine for plunger and swiss gold, and I find it very easy to use, easily adjustable, and relatively quiet.

I think it is very similar to the Mahlkonig Vario grinder, though a lot cheaper in price.

I'm happy with my one thus far.

Y :)
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 7:52am
Subject: Re: Does anybody know the new Breville BCG800 (Smart Grinder)?
 

Two thoughts:

Yann Said:

I think it is very similar to the Mahlkonig Vario grinder, though a lot cheaper in price.

Posted February 14, 2011 link

1)  I presume you are referring to the Mahlkönig VARIO Home -- sold in North America as the Baratza Vario --  and not to the Mahlkönig K30 Vario . . .

2)  Given the "sterling" reputation of Breville in this country, I hope you won't mind if I remain skeptical.  ;^)

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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 9:00am
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Dear Yann,

I also read in some places about this grinder is being comparable to Baratza/Mahlkonig Vario, regarding its features...but what about grind QUALITY?

Do you ever used Vario? Could you compare the BGC800 against some well known grinder?

Thanks.

Leonardo
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 11:24am
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

2)  Given the "sterling" reputation of Breville in this country, I hope you won't mind if I remain skeptical.  ;^)

Cheers,
Jason

Posted February 14, 2011 link

 The B. Vario has been anything but problem free & I certainly wouldn't consider it a high quality product.  At less then half the price of a B. Vario it will be very interesting to see how the Breville fares in a head to head comparison. I definitely prefer the grind adjustment of the Breville over the Vario's floppy levers. I also like the way the hopper is locked in place much better then the flimsy Vario hopper lock. I'll wait for some U.S. reviews & owner feedback but the BCG800 could be the travel grinder I'd hoped the B. Vario would be.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 11:33am
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JVBorella Said:

The B. Vario has been anything but problem free & I certainly wouldn't consider it a high quality product.

Posted February 14, 2011 link

Yes, well, mine HAS been problem free -- I've purchased a second one for use in my office -- and let's just say our opinions (and experiences) differ.  ;^)

 
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 1:47pm
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IMHO, Breville products look good on paper, but  don't always deliver in real life.

I have no idea if this grinder is any good, where the Vario has been compared to SJ's and other espresso grinders.

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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 2:22pm
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There is a lot of good info including a grind comparison in that 5 page Coffeesnob thread linked to above.  Too soon to say much about the 110v version but the Aus. owners of the 220v version seem to be pretty happy with it. Keep in mind that only the espresso grind quality of the B. Vario has been compared to the SJ & others. The actual build quality has not left too many impressed. I wouldn't expect miracles from any $200 grinder but the Breville certainly does offer a lot for that price. How it holds up remains to be seen.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 2:56pm
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JVBorella Said:

There is a lot of good info including a grind comparison in that 5 page Coffeesnob thread linked to above.  Too soon to say much about the 110v version but the Aus. owners of the 220v version seem to be pretty happy with it. Keep in mind that only the espresso grind quality of the B. Vario has been compared to the SJ & others. The actual build quality has not left too many impressed. I wouldn't expect miracles from any $200 grinder but the Breville certainly does offer a lot for that price. How it holds up remains to be seen.

Posted February 14, 2011 link

I have no problem so far with the Vario build quality.  I have had mine for over a year, with no problems so far (knock on wood).  It appears you had a bad experience, and I have seen some other people that have had bad experiences, but they sell a lot of Varios, so I would not consider these to be typical.

Also, the SJ is a commercial grinder, built to grind all day long, for years and years.  Not what the Vario was designed for, apples and oranges to compare build quality.

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