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Breville Precision Brewer Review

For anyone who enjoys the fullest expression of flavor in their coffee
Breville Precision Brewer
Credit: Breville
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Price:   $330 List | $329.45 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent brew quality, tons of features, cold brew setting
Cons:  Expensive, not for average consumer
Manufacturer:   Breville
By Liz Nelson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2022
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  • Brew Quality - 30% 8.1
  • User Friendliness - 35% 7.5
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 5.4
  • Consistency - 15% 7.3

Our Verdict

The best overall coffee maker in its class is the pour-over style Breville Precision Brewer. This brewer excels at making a flavorful cup of coffee and is the only model in our review featuring a cold brew setting. The Precision Brewer has endless features and an intuitive interface for total customization. Preinfusion, water flow rate, and temperature are all adjustable to preference. This brewer is the perfect tool for specialty coffee drinkers who enjoy discovering the unique flavor profiles of their coffees. The Precision Brewer comes with a higher price tag, but its unmatched quality will not disappoint.

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Pros Excellent brew quality, tons of features, cold brew settingEasy cleaning, simple design, can use podsInexpensive, automatic brew featureEasy to use, almost no cleaning, barcode reader, water tank swivelsSimplistic interface, easy to clean
Cons Expensive, not for average consumerSmall water tank opening, fill to brew volumeHard to fill, bulkyPods are expensive, requires specific pod, lacks brew qualityPoor brew quality, no automatic shut off, short carafe handle
Bottom Line For anyone who enjoys the fullest expression of flavor in their coffeeThe combination of features and affordability make this a great budget optionThe most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffeeAn excellent choice for those who appreciate an appliance with single-button simplicityA decent budget option if you like the simplicity of a single-button brewer
Rating Categories Breville Precision... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Nespresso VertuoPlus Mr. Simple Brew 12-...
Brew Quality (30%)
8.1
6.0
5.6
4.7
4.4
User Friendliness (35%)
7.5
6.3
5.1
6.2
4.3
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
5.4
7.5
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7.4
7.3
Consistency (15%)
7.3
6.5
7.1
3.5
7.1
Specs Breville Precision... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Nespresso VertuoPlus Mr. Simple Brew 12-...
Cup Capacity 12 12 12 1 12
Single Serve Yes Yes No Yes No
Automatic Brewing Yes Yes Yes No No
Brew Temp (°F) 168.22 166.14 161.98 167.9 160.36
Preinfusion Yes, adjustable No No Yes, not adjustable No
Filter Shape Cone or flat Flat Flat Pod Flat
Energy Usage 1650 watts 950 watts 975 watts 1350 watts 975 watts
Dimensions (H x W x D) 12.4" x 6.7" x 15.7" 13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1" 8.2" x 12.2" x 11" 12.8" x 8.7" x 12.7" 12.3" x 9.3" x 13.8"
Weight 13 lbs 5.0 lbs 4.75 lbs 10.1 lbs 2.8 lbs

Our Analysis and Test Results

This coffee maker offers exceptional brew quality through its customizable settings. The Precision Brewer is our top choice for those who appreciate the flavor profile of a pour-over coffee but want the convenience of a machine. More than anything else, the complete adjustability of the Breville Precision Brewer distinguishes it from the other brewers.

Performance Comparison


Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the breville precision brewer is our choice for the best coffee...
The Breville Precision Brewer is our choice for the best coffee brewer.
Credit: Laura Casner

Brew Quailty


The Breville Precision Brewer excels at producing the best flavor profiles over any brewer in our review. Its supreme brewing quality is mainly due to the adjustability of water temperature and flow rate. Although it's best to brew with filtered water, Breville designed the Precision Brewer to automatically adjust brew settings according to your water quality.


The Breville Precision Brewer is a Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) approved brewer that reaches industry-standard brew temperatures of 195 to 204 degrees. Brew temperature is essential to proper coffee extraction, aka coffee brewing. Therefore, this coffee maker's precise and adjustable temperature controls are crucial to producing top-quality brews.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - good water, accurate temp, and brew time are the key to brewing...
Good water, accurate temp, and brew time are the key to brewing great coffee.
Credit: Laura Casner

The preprogrammed and customizable brew settings on the Precision Brewer provide excellent parameters for any of your brewing needs. The Precision has brew modes from a single cup pour-over to a 10-hour cold brew cycle.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the customization of this brewer sets it apart from the rest.
The customization of this brewer sets it apart from the rest.
Credit: Laura Casner

The first brew modes on the Precision Brewer's menu manipulate water flow. For example, the Strong Brew setting slows down the brewer's pump creating a longer brewed coffee. In contrast, Fast Brew speeds the pump up. The general rule of thumb is that the longer a coffee brews, the stronger the caffeine content will be.

The Cold Brew function is a no-heat setting that slows down brew time to 10-20 hours, different from the Over Ice function, calibrating for ice and cream dilution. The Gold setting reaches the SCA's Gold Cup standards for brew temperature and total brew time.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the precision brewer's cold brew setting allows for no-heat brewing...
The Precision Brewer's cold brew setting allows for no-heat brewing in the brew basket for a set amount of time before releasing it into the carafe.
Credit: Laura Casner

Finally, Breville appeases the coffee nerd in us all with the My Brew feature. This setting allows for complete customization over bloom time, temperature, and flow rate. My Brew introduces our favorite customizable element of Precision Brewer, the Pour-Over feature. You can automate your favorite pour-over device by using it in place of Breville's brew basket and carafe in this mode. Just pop into place the provided adapter, and you can brew with a v60 or Kalita brewer.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the customization of this brewer sets it apart from the rest.
The customization of this brewer sets it apart from the rest.
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


Leading the way in user-friendliness, the Precision Brewer outperforms other coffee makers in this metric. The controls and features of the Precision Brewer are simple enough to navigate. Still, Breville includes informative manuals leading both the expert and newbie into specialty brewing and the unique features of this brewer.


The Precision Brewer's large interface and knob/button selector offer a very intuitive way to navigate the menu options. We find that Breville takes the cake for convenience paired with quality.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the precision brewer offers intuitive controls and a large interface.
The Precision Brewer offers intuitive controls and a large interface.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Precision come with all the necessary brew baskets and attachments for the various brewing modes. Breville suggests using the cone filter basket with a no.4 filter for single pour-overs and half batches. For larger batch brews, a gold-tone reusable filter is provided. A small adapter is also provided to convert this coffee maker to brew using your favorite v60 or Kalita brewer.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the precision brewer easily converts to support your favorite...
The Precision Brewer easily converts to support your favorite pour-over device.
Credit: Laura Casner

Let's face it, grinding your coffee right before brewing will always be the best practice. However, the automatic brewing feature on the Precision Brewer could be your best friend for those mornings when you need to dash out the door. With a total capacity of 60 ounces in about 6 minutes, using the Precision Brewer is more efficient than manually brewing 12 cups of coffee.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - automatic brewing makes it simple to wake up to fresh-brewed coffee.
Automatic brewing makes it simple to wake up to fresh-brewed coffee.
Credit: Laura Casner

Brewing 20 ounces or less activates the small cup volume setting. Under this setting, The Precision Brewer determines the proper flow rate depending on how much water is in the reservoir. Breville suggests using the cone filter basket to provide a better extraction rate if you're not brewing the total capacity. The reservoir lid is entirely removable, making this chamber easy to fill.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the cone brew basket help ensure proper extraction for smaller...
The cone brew basket help ensure proper extraction for smaller batches.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Precision Brewer comes with either the insulated carafe or a glass carafe option with a heating plate. In terms of quality, we strongly recommend the insulated carafe. Although this carafe is a little heavy, it does a great job keeping the coffee warm. In addition, the carafe lid locks in place and regulates the pour speed.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the breville precision provides a double-walled stainless insulated...
The Breville Precision provides a double-walled stainless insulated carafe that keeps the coffee hot and the secure lid provides an even pour.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Cleaning


We found that the Precision Brew was relatively easy to clean but could be made easier. Overall, the pour-over style brewer makes sanitizing pretty straightforward.


The carafe and brew basket detaches from the brewer, and the opening of the carafe is big enough to clean inside. The easiest to clean is the removable silicone shower head. The flexible material makes it simple and fun to clean by hand.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - the components of the precision are detachable making for an easy...
The components of the Precision are detachable making for an easy clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

The only drawback we discovered in cleanliness was that the sneak-a-cup feature produces some backsplash. Although the brewer components are not dishwasher friendly, it is quite simple to wipe down and keep clean.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - single-cup brew methods produced some backsplash.
Single-cup brew methods produced some backsplash.
Credit: Laura Casner

Consistency


We made five pots of coffee one after the other and measured extraction results to test the consistency. The Precision Brewer had decent temperature consistency, meaning there wasn't too much of a temperature difference in these back-to-back brews.


The Precision Brewer performed quite well in flavor retention. In order to measure this, we calculate the difference in pH between the initial brew and two hours after for this metric. This model had one of the slimmest differences in pH in our lineup.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - testing ph two hours post-brew.
Testing pH two hours post-brew.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The Precision Brewer is somewhat of an investment for your home brewing setup. We think it's an excellent choice and worth every penny if you enjoy endlessly chasing that perfect cup of coffee.

Breville Precision Brewer coffee maker - this is the pour-over brewer that can do it all.
This is the pour-over brewer that can do it all.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


The Breville Precision Brewer was our overall favorite because it is the best all-around coffee maker we tested. This pour-over style brewer with highly customizable settings produces the most flavorful cups of coffee. It comes with a hefty price tag, but we think it is worth the investment if brewing great coffee is a priority in your mornings.

Liz Nelson
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