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Bunn G3 ???
Hello all - I have a burning question.
Since my Breville Smart Grinder Pro shredded it's plastic gears, I've been looking at replacing it with a Bunn G3, which I can get re-conditioned for less than $200. I know the G3 grind settings for espresso are very limited, but I rarely changed the Breville from "3" settings except for decaf.

That said...
*Will a G3 produce an espresso grind which equals or exceeds the Breville?

On other forums, the only answer I get is "just buy a $$$$ Italian grinder." That will not happen this year. I hate to repair the Breville for $80 and have it blow up again. I'm hoping this G3 will suffice for my espresso needs after I remove the detent and make it "stepless," as most comments about the G3 are concerning lack of grind settings for espresso.

And yes, some day I will get a trick Italian grinder. Grin
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Short answer - no. It's not going to produce an acceptable espresso grind and will be worse than the Breville. Likely much worse. If it were me I would repair and keep an eye on Craigslist for a used Super jolly or similar. You would be amazed how frequently used espresso grinders pop up. Don't just search for espresso grinder. Try coffee grinder etc - a lot of time people buy lots from defunct cafes or restaurants and have no clue what they are.
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Thanks for the solid advice jkoll42.

As per your advice, I have been watching this:
Mazzer Luigi SRL Super Jolly Timer Espresso Coffee Grinder - $450
It initially posted at $575.
Untill then, the Breville will get repaired ; it's too bad that the only online source for the plastic gear charges almost the same as Breville wants prepaid for parts, repair and return shipping.
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