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Up close with the Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation grinder-brewer

See the Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation connected drip brewer up close.

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The Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation is an app-connected grinder and coffee-brewer combo. 

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The coffee maker's control panel has just four buttons.

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This brewer works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and makes drip automatically when you step through the door.

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To fill the water tank, you have to aim for a tiny opening.

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Here's a look at the top of the Smarter Coffee. You can see the bean hopper and knob that controls the grind size.

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One nice aspect of the Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation is its bean hopper design. The hump in the hopper's center channels beans down to chutes below. The result is a smooth flow of beans into the grinder mouth. 

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A finely meshed metal filter comes with the coffee maker.

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You can adjust basic brewer settings through the app.

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