Saeco CA6805/47 Burr Coffee Grinder Review

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Introduction

Saeco CA6805/47 is an extremely affordable burr coffee grinder that produces very consistent grinds with the turn of a few dials. It’s compact and simplistic in style as well as in operation – a perfect burr grinder for single to small family use.

When shopping for a burr grinder, you should focus your attention on a few factors – uniformity of the grind size, how much control you’d have to adjust the setting and dosing amount/method; the quality of the housing and construction, and other convenience features that will make your life easier. Let’s follow this train of thought and see what this Saeco grinder is made of.

Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Grinding
3. Hopper Size & Material
4. Controls
5. Dispensing
6. Housing Material
7. Additional Features
8. Clean & Maintenance
9. Included Accessories
10. Dimensions & Weight
11. Warranty
12. Pros & Cons
13. Consumer Reviews
14. Price
15. Summary

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Grinding

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The flat burrs are made of hardened steel with 17 grind settings from French Press (coarse) to espresso (fine). Turn the dial on the right side counter clockwise from coarse to fine. Adjust the setting only when the grinder is not running. This is opposite to many other grinders on the market. You might have to try a few small batches to see which setting works best with your brewing method and coffee maker.

Hopper Size & Material

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There is no information on Philips Saeco’s website about the capacity of the bean hopper. One reviewer on Amazon weighed the ground for a fully filled bean hopper and it turned out to be about 6 ounces. The hopper is not removable so you’d have to empty the bean hopper when switching to a different type of coffee beans.

Controls

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See details on grind setting control under Grinding.

Dispensing

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The coffee ground is dispensed into the coffee container through an opening. It doesn’t appear to be able to dispense directly to a portafilter without making a mess. But who is there to say “no” if you are willing to give it a try?

Once again, not sure about the capacity size of the ground coffee container. I did call the Trouble Shoot Hotline at Philips Saeco. From a technical document, it indicated the size varies based on the grind setting. The finer, the less in weight the container will hold and the opposite is true as well. For example, the contain holds about 56 grams of ground coffee with the setting on “fine” versas 90 grams on “coarse”.

You can select the grind amount by turning the dial by the number of cups incremented by 2. Each cup is timed for about 9 seconds grinding time with a minimum start time of 20 seconds. So if you grind for 2 cups, it will take about 20 seconds and 4 cups in 30 seconds. This is not exact but only guestimation.

The User Manual doesn’t say how many full (12 cups) grinding cycles you can run consecutively but just to be safe, don’t do multiple cycles continuously as you may run the risk of damaging the motor.

Housing Material

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At this very low price point, the housing is made from ABS plastic with two finishes – chrome and black. The chrome finish will give an illusion of stainless steel but it’s not.

Additional Features

None

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How to Clean

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Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on what to clean and how often. The most involving part of the cleaning process is to remove the top burr and clean both top and bottom burrs with a brush. It’s not recommended to clean either with water. The top burr is very easy to remove by turning the top handle clockwise to unlock it. After cleaning, reassemble it back for future use.

Included Accessories

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User Manual and a cleaning brush

Power & Cord

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  • Motor Power (W): N/A
  • Voltage/Frequency (V-Hz): 120/60

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Dimensions (W x D x H inches): 6.6 x 4.4 x 9.1 (information from Amazon, may not be 100% accurate)
  • Weight (lbs): 3.9

Warranty

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1 year

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Very affordable for a burr grinder
  • 17 grind settings to adjust for varying brewing methods
  • Consistent and quality grind for good espresso with crema
  • Compact and doesn’t take much counter space
  • Easy to use and clean

Cons

  • Very poor documentation by Philips Saeco. The User Manual misses a lot of key information such as the bean hopper capacity, ground coffee container size and the motor power.
  • Customer Service is very incompetent and the people I spoke to didn’t know the answer to my questions after being on hold for 20 minutes long and dialing two separate phone numbers. They did answer the call politely though.
  • It’s cheaply made without any quality material such as stainless steel for the burrs and the same for the housing. It’s light-weight and not meant for heavy use such as in an office setting.

Consumer Reviews

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4.7 out of 5.0

4.7 to 4.3 for the Black and Chrome models respectively.

Price

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You can get the one with chrome finish for under $65 and the black one for $50.

Summary

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If you are new to espresso making and not sure about the long-term interest, this is an excellent entry-level burr grinder to try it out. It’s made by Saeco, one of the leading brands in the espresso maker market with years of experience and innovation. As much as it costs so little, it’s capable of producing good quality grind for most brewing methods. It will be hard-pressed to find another burr coffee grinder at this inexpensive price point.

 

If you’d use the grinder in a semi-commercial setting, stay far away as you can from this model as it’s not made for churning a large amount of coffee grounds. 

 

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