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Breville BCG450XL Grinder - Eric Bain's Review
Posted: April 13, 2014, 12:56am
review rating: 5.3
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Arrow The Breville BCG450XL Grinder has 37 Reviews
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese Origin) Quality: 7
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $45.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: private sale Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: whirlys, b&d wood chipper
Bottom Line: a worthy purchase, but she's a chev not a caddi
Positive Product Points

appears to provide consistent grinds for pour over, aeropress, mocha, vac and of course my pressurized portafilter barista
i don't find it all that noisy, as compared to the whirly or black and decker wood chipper
I like the grind catcher design, corner spout
modifiable and fairly easy to clean
timer and pulse button
cord wrap under machine

Negative Product Points

won't do turkish or finicky espresso, even after mod
yes, there is a bit of static in the catcher, however, doesn't cause me great grief (read: bearable)
retains some grounds in the chute, but nothing that a tap on the back won't sort out
The suggestions for grind settings on the hopper adjustment are to say the least....out to lunch.

Detailed Commentary

I picked this up slightly used for minimal cash. (along with my starbucks barista). I had read many reviews prior, but hell, for 50 bucks (Canadian) it was worth replacing my whirly and the recent purchase of a black and decker "wood chipper"....
This thing functions perfectly fine for my needs. Dialing in the actual grind settings can cause a bit of grief, but didn't take long to figure out that I will be operating primarily in the "espresso"/"Turkish" area of the selections. The grinds have been acceptable and do allow me to play a bit depending on brew method and bean selection.  The timer is cool, but I measure my beans prior to throwing them in the hopper so hasn't played a big role in my world.  I did the mod found on the net to see if I might obtain a turkish grind (the only finer grind I need at this stage) but no joy. It grinds much finer, but not fluffy by any means. I would be a little leary of the metallic burr sound when pushed to the limits, and would make sure not to dry fire her.  I also find that with an empty hopper, I run the machine when switching between grind settings and it has worked flawlessly frequently switching.

I suspect I can use this grinder to push my barista machine to it's limit with a new non-pressurized PF, but would consider an upgrade at that time.  As for longevity, well we shall see....but for pour over, PPF, aeropress, vac pot, I certainly can't complain, and would consider this a worthy purchase even at 100 bucks or so.  I haven't tried it for press pot, but don't see obtaining the proper grind to be an issue.

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