The Breville Precision Brewer Glass is a 60 oz drip coffee maker with a glass carafe that allows you to automatically brew third-wave specialty coffees at home. The temperature and brew time are preset in Gold Cup Preset mode. You can also choose your own flow rate if you want to brew your coffee individually. In addition to the precision brew function, the Breville Precision Brewer Glass also has six other preset modes of your choice.
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The Breville Precision Brewer – also known as the Sage Precision Brewer outside the US – is a DIY coffee machine. It has a huge range of adjustments to help you find your perfect cup and also offers a range of presets to get your Gold Cup coffee.
Due to its wealth of features and advanced technology, the Breville Maker has a high asking price. But surely a device that promises to make the best coffee “regardless of origin, age or smoking” is worth the price, right? This is where we come in.
Over the past month, we have thoroughly tested the Breville Precision Brewer with its glass carafe. After drinking many cups of coffee (prepared in many different ways), we share our insights on how this high-end Breville infuser compares to the best coffee machines (opens in a new tab).
- Lots of settings that can be adjusted
- Prepares coffee in accordance with Gold Cup standards
- Prepares cold and iced coffee
- Too little coffee or insufficiently
Complete Review of the Breville Precision Brewer Coffee Maker
The Breville Precision Brewer was released in October 2017 with an MSRP of $ 299.99. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $ 225 with a glass carafe (opens in new tab) or $ 240 with a thermal carafe (opens in new tab). You can save a little more by choosing an elegant glass decanter, but the thermal option usually keeps your drinks warm better.
The Ninja hot and cold brew system costs the same as the Breville Precision Brewer. Unlike Breville, the Ninja has a built-in frother, slightly easier controls, and the ability to brew tea – but lacks the customization features seen here.
The Breville Precision Brewer features a fixed mesh basket filter and 10 packs of flat bottom paper basket filters for a minimum of 40 ounces of coffee. To brew less coffee, you need a conical filter, which is not included. If you only brew a few cups of coffee for yourself in the morning, you’ll need to buy paper cone filters or find a compatible permanent filter (opens in a new tab) for a more economical and ecological solution.
The Breville infuser has a maximum capacity of 60 ounces or 12 cups. It can also brew individual servings into cups or travel mugs up to 20 oz. That’s good news if you’re looking to ditch the coffee capsules, but if you’re not ready to ditch the K-Cups, consider the $ 199.99, cheaper-like-try-couple-couple couple.
There are many technical solutions used in Breville Precision Brewer. Under the hood, there is a heating system with a thermo-coil and pump for better temperature control. The brewing time and water flow can also be adjusted to obtain the optimal cup of coffee for the beans used.
The water is distributed through the wide shower head, which ensures that the coffee beans are evenly saturated. If you usually brew individual cups, you can go for the narrower pour-over head – but you’ll have to purchase a pour-over adapter separately (opens in a new tab).
For anyone who doesn’t have the time or the urge to tinker with countless settings on a daily basis, the Breville Precision Brewer includes five presets:
- Fast: Brews coffee as soon as it can push the water through the tank.
- Gold: Adjusts the brewing time and temperature according to SCA recommendations (opens in a new tab).
- Strong: Provides a more distinct and intense flavor.
- Over Ice: Creates a concentrated infusion that can be drunk with ice or chilled.
- Cold Brew: Brews coffee beans in cold water for 24 hours for a smooth brew.
There is also a My Brew preset that you need to adjust to your liking. It allows you to adjust the temperature, brewing time and flow rate, as well as select a pour-over setting if you have an optional adapter.
Other notable features of the Breville Precision Brewer include an automatic start (so you can wake up with a fresh pot of coffee) and a child safety lock (in case your little ones are curious).
The Breville precision infuser is a great deal, even for those who are well versed in the science of coffee. I admit it took me about a week to understand how everything works. Fortunately, Breville, in addition to the full manual, includes several leaflets that will help users to get to know the device.
The Breville Precision Brewer measures nearly 12 x 7 x 16 inches. Like the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System – which is roughly the same size – the Breville infuser will be best suited for medium to large kitchens.
In terms of design, the Breville Precision Brewer resembles the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select (opens in a new tab) with the heating element and water tank on the left, and the brew basket and glimpse side on the right. Breville, however, has a more traditional aesthetic compared to Moccamaster’s industrial style.
The Breville brewer has a control panel consisting of a 3-inch LCD display, a knob, and several buttons: start/cancel and automatic start. Unlike the simpler Braun Brew Sense (which opens in a new tab), the display in Breville is large, backlit, and easy to read. It even shows how much time has elapsed since you made your coffee, so you know how fresh (or not) your next cup will be.
The 60 oz water tank is attached to the machine but has a removable lid. Bringing the Breville Precision Brewer to the plugged-in water supply was a bit of a hassle for me as it isn’t feather light, but the fully removable lid makes it less of a chore.
The set also includes a glass carafe with a lockable lid, a permanent basket filter, and a 10-pack of paper basket filters. You must remember to find a place for these add-ons when not in use.
Ease of use
The Breville Precision infuser took some getting used to because of the multitude of functions. However, if you are someone who enjoys experimenting with coffee, getting acquainted with the Breville infuser can be an enjoyable process for you.
The setup includes checking the water hardness (using the supplied paper test strip) and rinsing the tank. Even though I followed the instructions, the machine did not completely flush the water from the carafe tank during my setup, leaving about 20 ounces of liquid. I searched for possible reasons for this and even contacted Breville’s customer service department – to no avail. (Luckily, that didn’t happen again).
Operating the Breville Precision Brewer is simple. The instructions and quick reference guides explain it well. The most time-consuming thing is – once again – the wide range of settings. But when I found out what it was, it became a less overwhelming torment.
The brewing time depends on the settings. On the golden setting, Breville made four cups of coffee in about five minutes; in fast mode, this time dropped to about three minutes and 40 seconds for the same amount. (Note that everything was measured from the beginning of the brewing process to the last drop of coffee in the carafe). The Technivorm Moccamaster Select KBGV Select is still the fastest device I’ve seen so far, brewing 40 ounces of coffee in less than six minutes. but Breville is not far behind.
Breville recommends washing the plastic brewing basket, mesh filter, and glass carafe with warm soapy water. The outer shroud can be cleaned with a mild, dampy cloth. If necessary, you can remove and wipe the shower head. The LCD will flash “Descale” when the machine has limescale and needs cleaning.
Breville will emit a short series of beeps when the brewing process is complete. However, these signals may not be necessary as the relative silence that follows will be proof enough that your coffee is ready as this machine is very noisy.
Overall, Breville Precision Brewer lives up to its name. Delivers delicious, balanced coffee – regardless of the setting. I have used paper filters (or a permanent basket filter), spring water, and freshly ground coffee.
The Gold setting gave a balanced coffee, whether it was the fruity-floral Ethiopia Nano Genji or a richer blend of dark chocolate. The quick mode may have been faster in brewing, but it did not adversely affect the quality of the coffee.
The Strong and Over Ice modes are similar in that they each provide a more expressive and concentrated coffee. Speaking of Over Ice Mode, I was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of the Breville Iced Coffee. It takes longer to prepare because it needs to cool to room temperature before serving – but it’s worth the wait.
While I miss the immediacy of a 10-minute Ninja cold coffee, I expected Breville to let me wake up after 10 hours of cold coffee, although in the future I may decide to extend the brewing process to at least 12 hours to get even smoother coffee.
It was fascinating to play with My Brew mode because there were so many variables that I didn’t know where to start. Eventually, I opted to change the brewing temperature to 180 degrees F for my dark chocolate – and was very pleased with the results. However, I am a believer in convenience, so I was more inclined to rely on defaults than creating my own.
What we didn’t like
The Breville Precision Brewer is a loud device. From the moment you press the start button, this machine tells you that it is working hard, making a steady, jerking sound that lasts until the water tank is completely empty. It wasn’t the most pleasant sound when I woke up in the morning using the auto take-off feature, but at least it effectively got me out of bed.
Every time I remove the decanter from the brew unit, a drop or two of coffee drops from the shower head. I am not sure if this is a user error, although the drip stop lever that sits between the decanter lid and the shower head does not appear to be clearly damaged. I just don’t like having to constantly wipe the hob.
This is a relatively minor point, but as a person who only makes coffee for 1-2 people, I have to ask: why is there no conical filter in the set – neither mesh nor paper? This point may be irrelevant as I already had tons of paper cone filters on hand, but that may not be the case for someone who has similar coffee drinking habits or is buying their first decent coffee maker. This is a strange omission.
Should You Buy Breville Precision Brewer?
If you think of coffee as a science, the Breville Precision Brewer is the perfect chemical kit. With the ability to customize everything from brewing to water flow, it’s impossible for you to end up stumbling upon this winning combination of variables that will lead to your perfect cup of coffee.
If, however, like me, you prefer to cut corners, the Breville Precision Brewer also offers a series of presets for Golden Cup standard coffee, exceptional cold brew, and iced coffee that is not weak and watered down.
While the Breville Precision Brewer isn’t as expensive as the Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV Select, it’s still not a budget device. However, if you go to the coffee shop every day, you can save money in the long run by choosing to make your own drinks at home with Breville – and thanks to the many customizable settings, your coffee will be the way you want it, every time.
If you crave variety in brewing options but find Breville too expensive and/or overwhelming, the Ninja Specialized Coffee Machine (opens in a new tab) is a friendlier everyday alternative, cheaper by almost $ 100. However, it does not have a cold brew function.