My UK Review of the Smart Grinder Pro, Sage by Heston Blumenthal
In this article I have done a detailed review of the Smart Grinder Pro. This is an expensive burr grinder. Let's check it out and see if it is worth the investment.
You will find plenty of images, and I have also included 2 video reviews.
BY ENDA MCLARNON
Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Smart Grinder Pro
A very precise, top of the market burr grinder, that has hand's free dosing, 60 grinder settings and other useful features. An expensive choice, but does have all the bells and whistles.
The Sage Brand
Sage are considered to be a high end appliance brand. These appliances range from espresso machines, ovens, kettles and right through to food processors. They are known as a highly innovative company.
They are part of the Breville Group, and they work with the chef Heston Blumenthal to advertise many of their products. This company offer a full support service by telephone (08 081 781 650) or online.
Let's face it, around £200 is a lot to pay for a machine that grinds coffee. There are plenty of alternatives on the market, so why would anyone pay such a large amount for this one?
I think first of all, that as it is associated with a well known chef, there is some branding going on here. By default that will usually mean a high price. Heston Blumenthal is well know for his cooking exploits on TV.
He is of course a 3 star Michelin chef, and best known for his triple cooked chips. If you have never tried them, then I recommend that you should. Enough of my rattling on, and let's get back to the sage review.
Perfect Coffee with the Perfect Grind
For those of us who love our coffee, we know that there are a number of important things to consider. Of these, having freshly ground beans is for me the most important.
The fresh grind must be of the right granularity that suits the type of coffee that you want to make. After all the grind for a French Press is a lot different to that for an espresso.
Sage Smart Grinder Pro Review
On most good quality burr grinders, you can adjust the settings to get the right grind for the type of coffee that you are making. Most of these grinders will do a decent job of adjusting the grind. This one however does take it to the next level. It is a very precise machine, and buyers seem to know the difference.
The other important thing that buyers mention is the consistency of the grind. The Sage offers a wide range of 60 grinds, but can also deliver these on a consistent and regular basis. For people who love drinking high quality coffee, that is a vitally important outcome.
Video Review of the Heston Blumenthal Coffee Grinder
The video below is a demonstration of the Smart Grinder in action. This will show you how to quickly set up the grinder for use. The hopper is large and can hold 450 grams of beans. That for me is a good thing as a regular coffee drinker. (My wife says I drink too much, but hey, it's coffee and not beer.
Please note that this grinder comes in three different colours:
- Stainless Steel
Just make sure that if you are placing an order that you pick the right colour for you.
I have shown these below. Underneath I have included the right link for each different colour.
Available in Three Different Colours
Key Features & Benefits of the Smart Grinder Pro
Set Up Time
You should have this one ready to use in a couple of minutes. Like any new product, I like to rinse out the parts. With this one that will be the hopper and the grain container. That removes any dust that may have gathered.
The product comes with a "Quick Setup Guide," so just follow that and you will be good to go.
Quality and Consistency of Grind
Again by following the guide, this grinder is pretty easy to use. It comes with an air tight container to hold your grounds, and that is a nice additive to this. It also has measurements on the side of it making it really handy.
Almost every buyer commented on the appearance of this grinder. Irrespective of the colour they selected, all agreed that it looked amazing.
This is another more in-depth video on the Smart Grinder.
“The Smart Pro has extra features that you normally don't get with other brands of burr grinders.”
It has a useful pause feature which you can use during a grind, a removable grinds catcher that quickly and easily slides out, and a hopper that locks on removal so no bean spilling.
CONCLUSION - Smart Grinder Pro
This model is I believe one to consider for serious coffee drinkers, who really understand and appreciate, the difference a fresh grind can make. It delivers the right amount, at the right grind, on a consistent and regular basis.
The Good Stuff:
- It looks great and will stand out in any kitchen
- Despite many features it is very simple to use
- A choice of 60 grinds and consistency of grind
- Quiet when in use
The Bad Stuff:
- It is an expensive option
- A very small number of buyers said it was faulty on delivery - make sure to check that and get a replacement should it happen.
Sage by Heston Blumenthal - the Smart Grinder Pro
If you can afford this one, then there are plenty of good reasons to make the purchase. This is a high quality and very well designed burr grinder.
If this is not the product for you, then check out our full top 10 list of burr grinders by clicking here. Overall though, if you can afford this one, it will be hard to find a better product on the UK market right now.