Description and Review
Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review
Although a medium priced burr coffee grinder the Smart Grinder Pro is equipped with many features that can blow away similar priced grinders. It originally came as a replacement to its popular predecessor that was for many years in market. The drawback of the old model though was the limited 25 grinding settings. The new Pro version overcomes this limitation and goes more than double with a decent 60 settings.
The dose is automatically adjusted whenever you change the grind and there is an additonal option for cup or shot selection. Turning the knob at the right of the grinder will guide you by means of the bright LCD display through the grinding settings. Ranging from finer to coarser from espresso to press coffee respectively in 60 steps.
A removable tray that secures in place with magnet serves as an overflow catcher. Two portafilter cradles of 50-54mm and 58mm come with the package. Of course a grinding container is included with airtight sealing and markings for coffee volume. The removable hopper has a coffee bean capacity of 16oz which is more than adequate for most users.
As a bonus at the bottom of the base you will find a convenient cord storage. Furthermore the cable has an assist plug attached for easy and safe removal from the wall socket.
Before starting you should make sure that you insert the correct craddle into the grinder. For our testing purpose we used the 58mm. Afterwards we programmed the grinder at 12 grind size which is nice for espresso and also selected the number of shots at 4. Of course the higher the number of shots leads to longer grinding times.
The grinding process can begin by pressing the start button or simply by pressing the portafilter towards the grinder for a moment. Using the pause function you are able to settle and collapse the coffee in the filter basket. Subsequently you can reinsert the portafilter and continue the grinding. Soon we got our fresh smelling grounded coffee.
In case that you like drip filter coffee it is better to grind into a gold tone filter or into a paper filter basket. So you just adjust the grinding setting to around 50, which is the filter coffee level and place your filter under. Then just press the start button and let the grinder do its job.
If you meet the limits of the grinding range and you need the coffee even coarser or finer you can always adjust further. You simply remove the hopper and you see the top burr which can be fixed mechanically in 10 steps. That along with the electronic programming adds up to a whopping 600 different settings!
The only drawback of the grinder was its slightly lower power motor as opposed to its competitors.
A truly great competitor of the recently reviewed Baratza Virtuoso stands out with dignity. When you will try the Smart Grinder Pro you will realize how much time and money you had lost with cheap grinders. It will be hard to find a grinder with that kind of control and user friendliness at this price level. Uniform ground, super adjustable and notably quiet. A perfect companion for your coffee maker that can’t be missing of your kitchen counter.
- Multi Programmable
- Lower Power Motor