Breville has recently released the Grind Control coffee maker, which looks like a duplicate of the Breville YouBrew. Fact is, the Grind Control is a newer version of the YouBrew, so while it does look similar, it has many upgraded features that are worth having.
Features of the Breville Grind Control:
- Choose from 6 grind settings, select the best grind for light or dark roast beans.
- Set your pre-brew temperature.
- Calibration function adjusts the grinder to suit the type of bean you’re grinding.
- LCD screen for real time feedback on water level, grind size, strength selection, grinding time, brewing time, and selected settings.
- Built-in grinder with stainless steel burrs.
- 0.5 lbs bean hopper.
- 12 cup capacity carafe.
- Can brew a single cup of different sizes, including a travel mug.
- Steep and Release technology ensures the best cup of coffee no matter what size you select.
How’s the Breville Grind Control Different Than the Breville YouBrew?
- The Breville Grind Control gives you 6 grinding settings that can be calibrated to suit the type of beans you’re brewing. YouBrew doesn’t have this feature.
- When it comes to strength selection (amount of coffee brewed) and flavor settings (time coffee steeps), both models have the same selection.
- The Grind Control also features pre-brew temperature control that the YouBrew doesn’t have. This feature allows you to bring the cool water in the reservoir to a certain temperature before the actual brewing process. However, you can’t select the brew temperature.
The biggest difference between the Grind Control and YouBrew is the grind settings on the Grind Control. Because every type of coffee roast requires a different grind, the calibration feature on the Grind Control ensure that the type of coffee is taken into consideration when it grinds the beans, which results in a better cup of coffee.
More Articles To Read:
- Difference Between Breville YouBrew and Cuisinart Grind and Brew.
- Breville YouBrew vs. Capresso CoffeeTeam
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Overview of the Breville Grind Control:
Review of the Breville Grind Control:
The Breville Smart Grinder has been featured on our site many times before, being one of the best conical burr grinders out there. We compared it to many grinders in its categories like the Bodum Bistro Electric grinder, Baratza Encore or Capresso Infinity. This time, we will compare the Breville Smart Grinder to its own, upgraded version: The BCG800XL Smart Grinder vs. BCG820BSSXL Smart PRO.
Features of the Breville BCG820BSSXL Smart PRO:
- Stainless steel conical burrs that minimize grinding heat.
- 60 precise grind settings from very fine espresso to the coarse French Press setting.
- Precision Electronic Timer allows you to set and adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments.
- Holder allows you to directly grind into the portafilter.
- 16oz coffee bean hopper (nearly 500g) with airtight locking system.
Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder vs. BCG820BSSXL Smart PRO: What’s The Difference?
The biggest difference between the two grinders is the grind settings and the electronic timer which the new PRO version features.
- The BCG800XL Smart Grinder allows you to choose from 25 grind settings from fine to coarse.
- The BCG820BSSXL Smart PRO has 60 grind settings, which means it allows you to choose in-between settings from the most precise grind.
- The BCG820BSSXL Smart PRO has a Precision Electronic Timer that allows you to set it in 0.2 seconds increments, giving you the most consistent dose.
Apart from those features, the two grinders have the same beautiful and durable stainless steel construction, same bean hopper capacity and bean catcher.
Who Should Buy the BCG820BSSXL Smart PRO?
If you want total control over your grind, you’ll love the very precise settings the Smart Grinder Professional has to offer over the Smart Grinder. It is only slightly more expensive than the Smart Grinder, and it has many upgraded features that aren’t usually available for that price.
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Features of Gaggia 14101 Classic:
- 17 1/2 bar pump pressure espresso machine.
- 72 oz removable water reservoir.
- Stainless steel housing.
- Brass portafilter and group head provide temperature stability.
- Hot water dispenser, milk frothing wand.
- Includes single and double shot filter baskets, tamper and measuring spoon.
See How The Gaggia Classic Works:
Gaggia Classic Comparisons:
1. Gaggia Classic vs. Gaggia Baby Class:
- The Gaggia Classic has a 17 1/2 bar pump pressure while the Baby Class is a 15 bar machine.
- Gaggia Classic: 72 oz.
- Gaggia Baby Class: 60 oz.
- The Gaggia Classic’s frothing wand also works as a hot water dispenser.
- The Baby Class has no hot water dispenser.
- The Gaggia Classic has more of a commercial style with switch buttons for control and a dial for steam control.
- The Gaggia Baby Class has a classic home espresso machine design, with simple to use push-buttons.
- Both machines have solid stainless steel exteriors, which is great for easy maintenance and durability.
See How The Gaggia Baby Class Works:
Which Is Best To Buy, The Gaggia Classic or Baby Class?
We prefer the Classic to Baby Class for its commercial-grade design, high voltage boiler and powerful pump. There’s not a lot of difference when it comes to the price, making the Gaggia Classic hold a lot of value for your money.
2. Gaggia Classic vs. Breville BES840XL The Infuser:
- Gaggia Classic: 17 1/2 bar.
- Breville Infuser: 15 bar.
- The Gaggia Classic is a manual espresso machine, you’ll have to work and time your shots manually.
- The Breville Infuser is a semi-automatic machine, it has automatic features but you can also reprogram it or use manual functions.
- The Breville Infuser features a special Auto-Purge functionality that automatically adjusts water temperature after steam use for best espresso extraction temperature. It also has a pre-infusion feature that saturates coffee ground with low water pressure to saturate the beans for an even extraction.
- The Breville has an overall better design than the Gaggia Classic. It features illuminated buttons, a pressure gauge, built-in magnetic tamper, a separated hot water dispenser and a stainless steel frothing wand.
Which Is Best To Buy, The Gaggia Classic or Breville Infuser?
In this case, we do prefer the Breville Infuser to the Gaggia Classic for many reasons. Its automatic features ensure that you get the best shot of espresso every time, but if you’re in an experimental mood, you can override all the settings and set your own. The design of the Infuser is sleek and more durable with its full stainless steel exterior. However, we have to mention that the Infuser is about a $100 more expensive than the Gaggia Classic, so if it’s within your budget, it will totally be worth it, especially that it already includes everything you need to get started: filter baskets, scoop, tamper, frothing jug and cleaning accessories.
See How The Breville Infuser Works:
What Is a Dual Boiler Espresso Machine?
The term ‘Dual Boiler’ refers to an espresso machine that has two separate boilers, one for espresso extraction and another for steaming. Having a separate boiler for each task allows you to extract espresso and steam the milk at the same time, unlike a single-boiler espresso machine where there will be a short wait between each task.
This feature is normally available in commercial grade espresso machines, but there are a few options for home use. A dual-boiler espresso machine for home use is suited for some with a budget over $1000, as we’re trying to offer you the best value and features, we went on a hunt to find something that won’t break the bank but will give you everything you need for the perfect coffee at home.
The Best Dual-Boiler Espresso Machine for Home:
Our top pick for a dual espresso machine for home has got to be the Breville BES900XL, which is just a little over $1000. This semi-automatic espresso maker is packed with features that any home user would be able use, here are some of its features:
- 15 bar pressure Italian pump.
- Dual stainless steel boilers for simultaneous coffee extraction and steaming.
- Over-pressure valve limits extraction pressure for the best extraction result possible.
- Electronic temperature control for the best water temperature.
- Pre-set espresso shot volumes, can be reprogrammed. Manual option available, too.
- Backlit LCD display for easy control of the machine.
- Swivel stainless steel steam wand.
- Dedicated hot water dispenser.
- Built-in tamper.
- Pressure gauge.
- 84 oz (2.5L) removable water tank.
- Included accessories: single wall filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), dual wall filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), integrated tamper, stainless steel frothing jug, cleaning disc and tablets, cleaning tool and allen key, water filter holder and water filters (1 year supply)
Breville BES900XL vs. BES920XL: Which One Should I Buy?
You might have noticed there’s a new version of the BES900XL, the BES920XL with about $100 in price difference. What’s the difference between these two and which one should you buy?
The BES920XL is a few extra features that could be worth the extra $100 for you. It has all the features we mentioned above, plus the following:
- It allows you to adjust the steam boiler temperature, which gives you more power over your frothing.
- Shot duration timer: you can input the exact time of the shot duration you want.
- Easy at-home descaling feature.
- Razor Dose trimming: a patented accessory that gives you the perfect coffee ground trim around the portafilter. This allows for a better shot extraction.
*Note: Breville YouBrew has been discontinued and replaced with Breville Grind Control. Read our comparison between Breville Grind Control vs Cuisinart Grind and Brew here.
We’ve previously compared two excellent grind and brew coffee makers, the Cuisinart vs the Capresso Grind and Brew coffee makers, as both are similar features and price wise.
Another popular choice for a Grind and Brew coffee maker is the Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker, which is around $100 more expensive than the other two. Many people wonder if that much in extra cash makes a difference performance wise, or is just all just a hype? In this post, we’ll be comparing the YouBrew to the Cuisinart Grind and Brew to find out.
You can read full features of both machines in the following post: The Best Coffee Makers with Built-in Grinders.
What’s The Difference Between The Breville YouBrew and Cuisinart Grind and Brew?
Both are excellent coffee makers with built-in grinders that prepare fresh and delicious coffee. But the Breville YouBrew is way ahead when it comes features and performance:
- The Cuisinart Grind & Brew is fully programmable with auto shut off/ timer options, double-walled insulated carafe that holds up to 12 cups of coffee and an automatic conical burr grinders with 8 oz bean hopper. The strength and grind are fully adjustable, so you’ll get your coffee as you like it.
- The Breville YouBrew also has the same features of automatic grinder, a bean hopper with 0.5 lbs capacity and fully adjustable coffee strength and grind.
So, what’s the difference between the two machines?
- The Breville YouBrew features a backlit LCD display that makes customizing your coffee a lot easier.
- With the YouBrew, you have the option to brew from 2 cups and up to 12 cups. But you can also brew a single cup of coffee and select from 3 sizes, including a travel mug, which fits perfectly under the coffee dispenser. The Cuisinart only allows you to select from 2 to 12 cups.
- The Breville YouBrew allows you to choose from 7 grind settings for any of your cup selections. You can also choose from 5 flavor strength (steeping time). The Cuisinart Grind and Brew features a grind selector but it automatically adjusts the grind to the amount of cups you’ve selected, giving you less coffee customization.
Which Should I Buy, The Breville YouBrew or Cuisinart Grind & Brew?
If you care about a truly customized cup of coffee, the YouBrew is what you want. The Single Cup brew feature is also another great plus, not many coffee makers offer that. The design and control panel of the machine is clear to read and easy to use. It offers great value for your money.
Breville YouBrew Thermal vs. Glass:
Convinced that the YouBrew is the right coffee maker for you? Great! The second decision you’ll have to face is between two YouBrew models: the BDC600XL (Thermal) vs. BDC550XL (YouBrew Glass). Both work almost the same way, the difference is only in the carafe material, double-walled insulated thermal carafe or a glass carafe with heating element on the machine. Read the difference between these two in detail in this post: The Difference Between the Breville YouBrew 600 vs 550
Breville YouBrew vs. Keurig Coffee Makers, Is There a Difference?
As Keurig is a popular name in the coffee maker market, people often try to compare the Breville YouBrew to Keurig coffee makers, but there’s absolutely nothing to compare. As of now (late 2014), Keurig does not have a coffee make with a built-in grinder. It does have many single-cup coffee makers, but it’s not the same as the YouBrew at all.
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