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Wake Up and Grind Some Coffee: Australian Breville Smart Grinder vs Danish Bodum Bistro Coffee Grinder

My exclusive coffee grinder just broke down few days earlier. While it has been a great run, it is time to get a new grinder. No time for grieving here, it’s time to move on because I need quality coffee.

The first time I was introduced to Bodum is when my coffee gear supplier brought some samples of their very sleek looking vacuum insulated glass. Back then, Bodum was just started entering United States and I thought, wow what a pretty glass, it’s sophisticated and yet very functional. I went to search on and Bodum sure has a very hip design approach while maintaining intended functionality of their products. The Bodum Bistro is no different. It comes with 4 different color palette to satisfy any craving to liven up the kitchen counter, powerful quality burr grinder and two years warranty. It’s great! But as much as I love the Bodum, it is simply not holding enough capacity or grind settings for my need (I drink a lot of coffee and are a little finicky grind settings).

Enter the Australian’s Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder. Not as young or chic as the Bodum Bistro, but it delivers a punch. Comes in three color choices, it has 25 grind settings compared to Bodum Bistro’s 14 settings. And it also let you grind directly to portafilter! Which is a great plus for me. The catch? It cost almost double for this bigger capacity machine.

Winner

Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
Breville BCG800XL on Amazon
Runner Up

Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder
Bodum Bistro on Amazon
25 grind settings. 1 pound bean hopper capacity. 14 grind settings. Half pound bean hopper capacity.
Grind to container, or directly to portafilter. Grind to glass catcher container.
15.5 x 6 x 8.25 inches; 6 lbs 12.5 x 7.6 x 7.1 inches; 4 lbs
1 year warranty 2 year warranty

Both use quality burr grinder.

Both comes with more than 2 colors choices.

I love Bodum design. If I don’t drink espresso or coffee as much in general, I’d probably go with Bodum Bistro for it’s chic color and 2 years  warranty.

Breville BCG800XL on Amazon.com Bodum Bistro on Amazon.com

Between Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy: Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond have the lowest price for both.

Pro tip: Especially for coffee grinder, never ever buy a used or refurbished one.

Signing out.


Breville Smart Grinder review by Seattle Coffee Gear.

Bodum Bistro review by Aroma Cup.

How Perfect Water Temperature Can Help You Live a Better Life: Breville BKE820XL vs Cuisinart CPK-17

I drink coffee and tea every single day. This translates to a lot of variety of tea leaves and coffee beans. Each of these needs different temperature to bring up the maximum flavor / extraction of the tea and coffee. So an accurate electric water heater is necessary, or I would say, essential to my life. Most convenient appliance is the electric kettle. (There is tons of guide on what water temperature you need for each drink, I’ll put a link at the bottom.)

There are a lot of variable electric kettle, some even let you brew the tea inside the kettle, but I won’t recommend you that one because after a while the tea leaves a permanent residue inside the kettle, so no no never again.

The two we’ll be looking today is the Breville BKE820XL and the Cuisinart CPK-17. I love Breville’s industrial sleek design, those Australian sure knows about how to make design that pleases the eyes. However, as much as I love the Breville’s design, in this hot kettle contest, the Cuisinart is the clear winner. I own both products and I have to say the Breville’s button positioning is not as straightforward, not to mention the same size and look button for each function. The Cuisinart is almost 35% cheaper, and has a “Keep Hot” function which is actually useful when I want to brew the same tea over and over again.

Winner

Cuisinart CPK-17
Cuisinart CPK-17 on Amazon
Runner Up

Breville BKE820XL
Breville BKE820XL on Amazon
6 preset temperature with “Keep Hot” mode for 30 minutes. 5 preset temperature with “Hold Temp” mode for 20 minutes.
illuminated buttons on handles are easy to use. Same looking small buttons and small texts on the base is not user-friendly.
10 x 8 x 12 inches; 3.5 lbs 9.5 x 7.5 x 11 inches; 3.4 lbs
3 years warranty 1 year warranty

Both have approximate water capacity of 1.7L .

Both have steel brushed exterior.

Both kettles are detachable from base.

When you drink tea or coffee every day, your electric kettle will take a lot of beating. Heating up water to high temperature is no simple task as it takes lot of energy to do. More than aesthetics and usability, choosing a high quality kettle with great backing from reliable company will save you headache in the long-run. Both Cuisinart and Breville is reputable company, but Cuisinart offerings is better with 3-year warranty instead of Breville’s 1-year warranty.

Cuisinart CPK-17 on Amazon.com Breville BKE820XL on Amazon.com

Between Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy: Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond have the lowest price for both Cuisinart CPK-17 and Breville BKE820XL. If you have the Bed Bath and Beyond 20% coupon, you’ll get the best deal there: Cuisinart CPK-17 on BedBathBeyond.com

Pro tip: If you don’t have the BBB paper coupon, you can always ask the store manager at Bed Bath and Beyond if he/she can give you the 20% coupon toward your purchase. Most managers I’ve met are very friendly and accommodating to such request.

And here is my favorite tea guide as promised: Time and Temperature Chart to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea.

Cheers.


Cuisinart CPK-17 review by Whole Latte Love.

Breville BKE820XL by Breville.

The Only Milk Frothers You Will Ever Need: Breville BMF600XL vs Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

I own the Breville BMF600XL and have been impressed with the workmanship quality. I also had a chance to try the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus and have to admit, the milk frothing quality is very comparable to the Breville Milk Frother. Both does an exemplary cold or hot milk frothing at home.

The main differences is the Breville can hold almost three times the capacity of milk than Nespresso (also three times heavier). However, never once was a time when I have to froth that much of milk for my coffee. The Breville is also almost 50% more expensive than the Nespresso.

Although I personally love the sleek industrial look of Breville products, I must give the Nespresso the winning crown due to the 2-year warranty support compared to Breville’s 1-year warranty (And the fact that it is almost 50% cheaper).

Both brands has long reputable history in producing great products. Breville is based in Australia and Nespresso of Nestle is based in Switzerland.

Winner

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus
Nespresso Aeroccino Plus on Amazon
Runner Up

Breville BMF600XL
Breville BMF600XL on Amazon
Electric elements heating. Jug IS NOT dishwasher save. Induction heating. Jug IS dishwasher safe.
Max Capacity: 130 ml (for milk froth preparation), 250 ml (for hot milk preparation) Max Capacity: 350 ml (for milk froth preparation), 700 ml (for hot milk preparation)
6.7 x 4.1 x 4.1 inches; 1 lbs 10.2 x 6 x 6 inches; 3.6 lbs
2-year warranty 1-year warranty

Both can do cold or hot milk frothing within a minute. The Breville can do an additional temperature setting: Hot, Cold, or Warm instead of Nespresso’s Cold or Hot only.

Both have detachable jug or base.

Both have clear lids so you can look through as your milk froths.

Good milk frother can make a big difference in how your milk taste, ultimately affecting your coffee drinks. When done properly, it gives regular milk a lighter and sweeter flavor.

I prefer the Breville BMF600XL milk frother, well, mainly because of the looks. I’m one of those guy who like to display a good looking appliance on the counter instead of hiding it in the cabinet. The fact that the jug is dishwasher safe is also a big plus. But if I were to be honest to myself, it is definitely not the best bang for my buck. The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus can get a comparable result at almost half the price, and with a 2-year warranty support.

Get the Breville if you’re looking for the looks, and have the extra space and money for it. Otherwise, you’d get better value with the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus.

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus on Amazon.com Breville BMF600XL on Amazon.com

Between eBay, Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Williams-Sonoma and Best Buy: Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond have the lowest price for both Nespresso Aeroccino Plus and Breville BMF600XL. If you have the Bed Bath and Beyond 20% coupon, you’ll get the best deal there: Breville BMF600XL on BedBathBeyond.com

Pro tip: If you don’t have the BBB paper coupon, you can always ask the store manager at Bed Bath and Beyond if he/she can give you the 20% coupon toward your purchase. Most managers I’ve met are very friendly and accommodating to such request.

Peace out.


Nespresso Aeroccino (smaller version) By Nespresso.


Breville BMF600XL by Breville.