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Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder

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What makes the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder so smart? Its intuitive functionality, for starters. When you adjust the grind setting, the BCG800XL will automatically change the grinding duration, using Dosing IQ Technology, to ensure that you get the proper coffee volume. With stainless steel conical burrs, 25 grind settings and the ability to program the machine to grind up to 12 cups of coffee or 8 shots of espresso, you’re sure to get the desired results.

This compact grinder measures 15.5”H x 8.25”W x 6”D, so it won’t take up too much kitchen counter space. To guarantee that you’re ready to grind from day one, the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder comes with a small and a large portafilter cradle as well as a conical-burr cleaning brush.


Automatic and Manual Grinding Modes

Press and release the start button to activate the auto-stop feature and allow for hands-free operation. If you prefer to manually control the grinding cycle, simply press and hold the start button until you have the desired grind volume. Releasing the start button will end the grind cycle.

Grind Settings

Grind for French press, drip and filter coffee or espresso. The Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder has 25 grind fineness settings to choose from, so it’s only a matter of finding the appropriate range for your needs. You can even select the number of cups or shots the grinder produces using the “Amount” button located on the front panel of the machine.

Dosing IQ Technology

The finer the grind, the longer it will take the grinder to produce the coffee volume selected. The Breville Smart Grinder’s IQ technology will adjust the grind cycle to compensate for the difference between fine and coarse grinds and ensure that you get the appropriate amount of coffee.


The BCG800XL has durable stainless-steel conical burrs to minimize heat transfer and deliver uniform grinds.

Portafilter Holders

The Smart Grinder comes with small and large portafilter holders. The small holder can accommodate portafilters from 50-54mm in diameter. The large holder is compatible with 58mm portafilters.

Grounds Container and Bean Hopper

The grounds container comes with a utilitarian lid. You can leave the lid on and grind directly into the container for mess-free operation. The lid has a cap that can be opened or closed; leave it open when you’re grinding and close it to store and preserve your coffee grounds. In addition, the Smart Grinder has a dedicated bean hopper comes, which comes with a heavy-duty lid to allow you to safely store your beans.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Breville
Model: CBCG800X
Dimension - Width (Inches): 8.25
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.5
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 6
Weight (lbs): 5.5
Watts: 165
Volts: 120
Grind Selection: All grinds
Recommended Applications: Home
Grinding Method: Burr
Drive System: Gear Reduction
Burr Type: Conical
Burr Material: Stainless Steel
Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches): 1
Built-In Tamper: No
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel/Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Plastic
Removable Hopper: Yes
Ground Coffee Container Material: Plastic
Frame: Steel
Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz): 16
Ground Coffee Container (Oz): 12
Dosing Options: Doserless
Number Of Grind Settings: 25
Programmable Grinding: Yes
Programmability type: Time
Controls: Push Button
Grind Setting Controls: Stepped
Easy Access To Burrs: Yes
Cleaning Products For Burrs: Urnex Grindz
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: China
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Breville
Contact Number: 866-273-8455


BeanFiend asked:

I am looking at grinders anything for my Breville double boiler, what about the breville smartgrind, Rocky and Baratza models are just a tad more than I expected to spend. Thoughts?

Answer by mjackson:

Not the biggest fan of the Breville grinder for espresso. Rocky is a very solid grinder but not adjustable to a micro level. With the Preciso by Baratza, fully adjustable not as well built as the Rocky, but gives a better grind. The Baratza Vario is my favorite and makes by far the best espresso. It is the way to go. Read all the Forums and you will see I am correct.

ChewieM asked:

Trying to decide between this grinder and the baratza virtuoso 586 mainly for espresso. how do they compare?

Answer by mjackson:

The Baratza in my opinion is better suited for espresso.I Like the Breville more for drip coffee. I think the range of fine grind will be more repeatable with the Baratza.

Daniel asked:

I like a dark french roast for morning drip and espresso for afternoon and evening. Will the Brevill BCG800XL likely be OK with both? I'm mainly concerned about having to clean the burrs frequently due to the more oily dark roast which according to some reviewers claim clog them.

Answer by mjackson:

With any grinder the darker the bean the more cleaning. With this grinder it is a good grinder but may struggle with a really dark bean for espresso. It will help if you clean it often to make it work more reliably. You may want to go a little better if you are going to use a really dark espresso, perhaps look at the Rancilio Rocky.

Nancy asked:

I just tried my BCG800XL for the first time -- total failure. The beans are dropping down out of the hopper into the grinding area, and it makes grinding noises, but no grounds are coming out. I've followed the instructions several times for taking it apart and trying to dislodge a blockage, but no luck. Any other suggestions before I send it back?

Answer by Sanfam:

Unfortunately, our Technical Support team won't be able to offer much help with this particular model, as it is supported directly through Breville. Their technical support department is quite friendly. More information about how to contact them can be found at http://www.brevilleusa.com/support .


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