An Expert Guide to Breville Coffee Makers

Published on 12/31/2023 · 12 min readDiscover the art of perfect coffee with our expert guide to Breville coffee makers, known for their precision, quality, and barista-level results.
Jason Gass, Coffee Expert
By Coffee Expert Jason Gass

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TL;DR: When buying a Breville, you can expect to purchase a coffee maker that is made with exceptional quality. Known for its copper heating elements, handmade quality, and pulse brewing process, Breville brings you a coffee experience not found with other brands. Besides their unique features focused on your coffee experience, Breville coffee makers come in a range of styles, sizes, and brewing capacities.

For the coffee connoisseur, there are many product lines that offer you a coffee experience, not just a cup of joe. I like the Breville line of coffee makers because it allows me to make a perfect cup of coffee for my wife and me. We both enjoy our coffee just a little differently, so a customizable coffee maker is a must in our house. This higher-end line of coffee makers offers you a range of products, from the simple drip coffee maker to programmable espresso machines that brew, steam, and dispense a delicious cup of coffee.

Though the Breville brand is one of the more high-end offerings on Curated, it is one that is designed with the coffee lover in mind. In this article, I will give you a closer look at Breville coffee makers and the features that make them an outstanding choice for the coffee lover looking for a high-quality upgrade.

Who is Breville?

Photo courtesy of Breville

Breville is a long-standing brand of kitchen appliances. Established in Australia in 1932, this brand is known for its innovation and high-quality additions to the small appliance market. While they do make a wide range of kitchen appliances, they have recently become a household name for their coffee machines.

Why do coffee connoisseurs love Breville? There are plenty of reasons, but for most people looking for a coffee experience, the Breville offers an attractive, reliable machine with exceptional performance.

The Breville line of coffee machines offers coffee lovers a range of products. However, unlike many of its competitors, Breville’s coffee machines are a perfect combination of function and style. With a Breville coffee maker, you can perfect your morning coffee while also enjoying the way your coffee maker looks sitting on your counter.

What to Consider When Choosing a Breville Coffee Machines

If you are pondering the purchase of a Breville coffee maker, there are factors and features that you should consider. In this section, I will share with you some of the aspects of coffee brewing that you need to contemplate when you are shopping for a Breville coffee maker.

1. Do You Value Customization in Your Brewing Process?

No longer do you need to settle for a basic cup of coffee or an inconsistent coffee experience. Breville’s line of coffee makers and coffee machines allow you to dial in your preferences and fully customize your cup of coffee.

Brewing features that can be customized on most Breville coffee makers include bloom time, water flow rate, water temperature, and number of cups of coffee. Keep in mind, if you just want a basic cup of coffee, Breville coffee makers can do that for you, too. However, your morning coffee will be a better cup than you can expect from most other brands.

2. How Important is Freshness for You?

A great cup of coffee starts with freshly ground coffee beans. With many of the coffee makers in the Breville line, you get their Grind Control coffee grinder. The built-in coffee grinder not only grinds your favorite beans just before brewing, but it also allows you to select the perfect grind size to make your perfect cup of coffee.

Breville is great in that you do not have to use the built-in grinder if you don’t want to. If you prefer pre-ground beans or want to use a stand-alone coffee grinder, Breville coffee makers have brew settings that provide the flexibility of pre-ground beans.

3. What is Your Preferred Quantity of Coffee?

Are you the only coffee drinker in your home? Or, do you frequently entertain a number of coffee lovers? Breville has coffee makers that offer the flexibility of brewing just one or two cups of coffee or brewing enough coffee for a crowd. Not only can you customize the quantity of coffee brewed, but you can also adjust the grind size and amount of grounds for a range of coffee styles and flavor profiles.

4. How Much Kitchen Space Do You Have?

Before you shop for a coffee maker, whether it is a Breville or another brand, you need to consider the space you have available in your kitchen. Breville is a great option for a range of kitchen sizes.

Whether you have a tiny apartment kitchen or a customized coffee bar in your kitchen, Breville has an exceptional option for you. The best thing about Breville’s line is that you do not have to skimp on brewing features even if you need a smaller coffee maker. Breville’s line offers programmable and feature-packed coffee makers with smaller dimensions.

5. What is Your Budget?

If I am being direct, Breville coffee makers do not fit the budget of every coffee lover. With a price range of $200 to $400, Breville coffee makers tend to be higher priced than other options.

However, Breville machines are really worth the price, thanks to their quality and performance. Before you run out and purchase a Breville coffee maker, make sure that your budget can handle the price tag of a Breville. Sure, some of the Breville machines with all of the bells and whistles may sound great, but if they are out of your budget, you should consider a simpler Breville option.

6. How Important is Ease of Maintenance to You?

Ease of maintenance is an important feature that you should consider when shopping for a new coffee maker. Breville offers a number of features in its line of coffee makers that allow for easy maintenance and cleaning.

When it is easy to clean and maintain your coffee maker, you are more likely to do the periodic work of deep cleaning and maintenance. Good cleaning and maintenance is another essential step in making an outstanding cup of coffee.

What Are the Different Breville Coffee Makers?

Though Breville has a full line of coffee machines, we want to focus on their basic coffee makers. Breville has two different coffee maker options, the Precision Brewer and the Grind Control coffee makers. These two models are similar but also have different features that fit the needs of a variety of coffee lovers.

1. Breville Precision Brewer

The Breville Precision Brewer is the simplest coffee maker in the Breville line. This drip coffee maker allows you to make a perfect cup or 12 of your favorite coffee. While it looks basic at first glance, the Precision Brewer allows you to customize parts of the brewing process so you achieve the perfect cup of coffee.

The “My Brew” feature allows you to modify brewing parameters such as water temperature, flow rate, and bloom. And, if you enjoy iced or cold brew coffee, the Precision Brewer allows you to brew a perfect mug of cold brew on a hot day.

Key Features:

  • Automatic Presets and Customizable Settings: Preset modes for customizing coffee style, including fast, strong brew, gold cup iced coffee, and cold brew settings.
  • Precise Temperature Control: Breville Precision Brewer perfectly heats water for a smooth and delicious cup of coffee thanks to its PID digital temperature control.
  • Dual Filter Baskets: Most coffee makers only come with one coffee grounds basket. The Breville Precision Brewer comes with a cone filter and a flat bottom filter for further brewing customization.
  • Cold Brew Capability: Not many coffee makers offer a cold brew setting. The Precision Brewer makes both hot and cold brew coffee.
  • Large 12-Cup Capacity: Easily make 2 to 12 cups of coffee with customizable brew capacity and a large 12-cup carafe.

Benefits:

  • Versatility in Brewing Options: It is easy to brew a variety of coffee styles and preferences.
  • Consistent Quality: Programmable brewing modes allow you to brew a consistent cup of coffee every morning (or whenever you prefer to enjoy a cup of coffee).
  • Convenient for Large Batches: Easily brew a large batch of coffee when entertaining or brewing for everyone in your home.
  • User-Friendly Interface: Controls are intuitive and easy to navigate.

Keep in Mind:

  • Size: This is a larger coffee maker, so make sure you have the space.
  • Price: Though a basic drip machine, the Precision Brew is higher priced than other models.
  • Complexity: The number of customizable settings might be too much for some buyers.

2. Breville Grind Control

If you want a drip coffee maker that also grinds coffee beans without a separate appliance, the Breville Grind Control coffee maker is a great option. This coffee maker includes a built-in burr coffee grinder with customizable grind settings, along with customizable brewing features like water temperature, bloom time, and brew strength. Features of the Grind Control coffee maker that I like best include its sleek design, the easy-to-read LCD screen, and intuitive programming. The 12-cup carafe makes it easy for me to brew one to 12 cups of coffee.

Key Features:

  • Built-In Burr Grinder: The burr grinder allows you to have a flavorful and fresh coffee experience.
  • Programmable Auto-Start: You can set a brew start time so your coffee is ready when you want it.
  • Bean Hopper with Locking System: The built-in grinder holds half a pound of beans and has a locking lid to keep beans fresh. The hopper is also easy to remove for cleaning or swapping out beans.
  • Brew Customization: You can easily adjust the grind size, water temperature, and other brewing parameters for your perfect pot of coffee.
  • Single Cup with Variable Size Options or a Full Carafe: Whether you just want one cup of coffee or need a full pot for a house full of coffee lovers, the Breville is easy to customize the amount of coffee brewed.

Benefits:

  • Freshness of Brew: Locking the bean hopper and grinding right before brewing gives a fresh and flavorful cup of coffee.
  • Convenience: Programmable settings and timer allow for a simple and consistent morning routine.
  • Customization: Brew the way you like. Save your favorite settings or change up your brewing style for a bit of variety.
  • Space-Saving: Integrated burr grinder means you only need space for one appliance.

Keep in Mind:

  • Cleaning and Maintenance: The burr grinder adds a bit of extra work when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.
  • Noise: Burr grinders are noisy. This may not be a great option for small spaces like apartments.
  • Consistency: You may need to do some experimenting to find the settings that make coffee the way you like.
  • Price: Though a great quality product with lots of features, this coffee maker is higher priced than other drip coffee makers.

Which Breville Coffee Maker Is a Good Fit for You?

If you are ready to purchase a Breville drip coffee maker, you may be wondering which of the options is right for you. Below, we offer the reasoning and selections of four Curated customers who have considered and purchased Breville coffee makers.

Nathan: The Experimenting Connoisseur

Nathan is an experienced coffee connoisseur. He likes to brew coffee in a variety of styles and enjoys having more than one coffee maker. He selected the Breville Precision Brewer to accompany his other brewing appliances. The customizable settings allow Nathan to switch up his daily coffee with a push of a button.

Features Nathan Should Look For:

  • Customizable settings
  • Large capacity carafe

Breville Examples: Breville Precision Brewer

Monica: The Busy Professional

Monica is always on the run and, with a demanding job, needs a coffee maker that is programmable but also makes a great cup of coffee. Monica loves the Breville Grind Control because it freshly grinds her favorite beans and brews her coffee while she’s getting ready for the day. The programmable start timer is a lifesaver for her hectic day.

Features Monica Should Look For:

  • Programmable time settings
  • Built-in grinder

Breville Examples: Breville Grind Control

Sophie: The Entertaining Host

Sophie is well-known among her friends as the master party planner. She loves to entertain, and whether it is brunch or dinner, Sophie needs to be able to make enough coffee for all her friends. The Precision Brewer from Breville allows her to make larger pots of coffee and easily switch between brewing parameters for a variety of coffee styles.

Features Sophie Should Look For:

  • Large capacity carafe
  • Easy to use PID

Breville Examples: Breville Precision Brewer

Mike: The Freshness Fanatic

Mike has discerning tastes and knows when coffee is made with pre-ground, pre-packaged grounds. His desire for fresh, flavorful coffee steered him to the Breville Grind Control coffee maker. The integrated burr grinder allows Mike to always enjoy coffee made from freshly ground beans.

Features Mike Should Look For:

  • Built-in grinder
  • Programmable auto-start feature

Breville Examples: Breville Grind Control

Find the Best Breville Coffee Maker for You

Photo courtesy of Breville

Breville has long been known for its high-quality coffee machines. They offer a full range of coffee makers, from simple drip machines to high-tech, fully programmable coffee machines. The Precision Brew and the Grind Control coffee makers are two of their most popular options and offer coffee lovers versatility in brewing drip coffee. Whether you are looking for a more flavorful cup of coffee or just want your coffee ready when you are, Breville has an option for you.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Breville line of coffee makers, reach out to me or one of the other Coffee Experts here at Curated. We love helping fellow coffee lovers find the perfect machine for their routine and brewing preferences.

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