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jmack
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 7:23am
Subject: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

Hi, I'm new here :)  

My first Burr grinder was the kitchen aid burr grinder that looked like a vintage grinder but was electric - had a white enamel base and glass hopper.  Made a MESS but worked like a workhorse for about 10 years until it started not grinding fine enough.

Last January ('13) I bought the Smart Grinder after looking at reviews and wanting to be somewhat economical but get something decent.  Have had pretty constant issues with it clogging, especially lately after running out of my coffee and buying some grocery store stuff - Starbucks and then some Steep & Brew (local) ... just needed something to get me by.  The Starbucks was a bit oily but nothing major.  BUT my coffee grinder absolutely canNOT deal!  I've had to take the burrs out completely, dig out the compacted coffee, and then run rice through it for like 1, maybe 2 more grinds, and then I have to do the entire thing over again!  I run it on the FIRST setting for espresso (so most coarse espresso setting).  Even with my other coffee I would routinely have to run it down to coarse into a cup and then back up to espresso ALL the time to get it to unclog!  I'm so SICK of this machine.

My Kitchenaid NEVER clogged up.  Until the end I had NO issues with it.  They don't make that model anymore, though, and I'm worried about the "Pro" one they sell being $300 and then not working well.

Can anyone suggest a grinder that JUST WORKS and not prone to clogging?  Life is too short to have to spend 10 minutes unclogging your grinder for every cup of coffee (not to mention all the WASTED beans I have to use to do this!)

Thanks! :)
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 10:59am
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

Welcome to CG!

So...you're making espresso only with this grinder? Even if you aren't, consider that you could easily get a dedicated espresso-only grinder (and would be best off doing so, IMO) and keep the Smart Grinder for other brew methods.

Step 1: Get in the mindset that you should buy the very best grinder you can scrape up enough cash for.

Step 2: Give us a budget, based on the results of Step 1.

Step 3: Commit yourself to never buying lousy coffee beans again - unless you plan to use them to condition burrs, or something like that.

More questions...

1) Are you open to the idea of buying a used grinder?
2) Are you open to the idea of using a manual (hand-powered) grinder?

 
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 1:29pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

Hi, Thanks for the reply.

Yep, only espresso.  I know I'm also making it wrong (don't grind fine enough and don't pack tight enough) but I have a method that produces coffee that I like and, like I said, my previous grinder just WORKED and that's what I want now - one that will just work and not clog up.

Don't want a used one and don't want a hand one.  

It seems like my old one the coffee left straight from the burrs out the chute and the Smart Grinder goes past that plastic round disk with the cutouts on the bottom, which tends to clog up constantly.  Is there one that the coffee comes out the burrs and then out, no narrow corridor that it can get backed up in, if that makes sense?

Thanks! :)

Jody
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 2:21pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

Sure, there are probably 30 like that, not counting the subtypes, but we still don't know how much you're wiling to spend. The extremes are the Bartza Preciso and the Mazzer Robur?

 
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 3:14pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

What espresso machine are you using? I owned a Smart Grinder and it's not capable of espresso (though that might not matter to you since you said you don't pull normal shots), well sorta, tiny window to dial in but even if a shot was pulled it tasted mehhh, my Preciso wallops it and it in itself is just an entry level espresso grinder lol. As far as grinder you want, ton like that, depends on your budget as said above.
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jmack
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 4:32pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

My machine is lame - I'm using a Via Venezia.  Would prefer to spend like $200 on a grinder but could go up a little bit - just don't want something that clogs.  

I know I'm making my "espresso" wrong - the grind and tamp are probably something that would make some of you gasp.  But the way I make it gives me lots of crema and it tastes great - I don't need to turn it into 'proper' espresso - just want a grinder that doesn't clog :)

Thanks again!
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jmack
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 5:25pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

emradguy Said:

Mazzer Robur?

Posted June 13, 2014 link

LOL, not that one ;)
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CMIN
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 5:53pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

200 buck range, Baratza Virtuoso hands down. same awesome burr set as the Preciso (just lacking the micro adjustment for espresso), little/no retention as they have a short grind path straight out.

Veniza can still be decent, you can buy regular baskets to replace the pressurized basket. Pressurized baskets make odd coffee lol, I started with a Bar32. Forces their a tiny hole then out the spouts letting people use preground, or don't have good beans or grinder etc. That could be why your trying to make espresso but taste odd to you.

What beans are you using? Even with a pressurized pf fresh roasted beans will taste much better.
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 6:54pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

I'd look at the Baratza site for a refurbished Preciso and also recommend you consider a Lelit PL53.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 13, 2014, 6:57pm
Subject: Re: Constant clogging of my Breville Smart Grinder
 

Thank you!  I will check that grinder out.

I tried a bunch of beans after two previous brands that I was using changed - actually the ones I get are probably considered crap (lol) but it's these: Click Here (www.amazon.com) - been buying them for about a year and to me they taste good.
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