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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 7:33am
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Your welcome...Steve

cuznvin Said:

Thanks Steve!

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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 7:40am
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A little more of what I've found out regarding ordering from BBB:

It seems they will give you 20% off if you go into the store.  If you go into the store, they can order it for you and ship it to your house.  It does not seem like they actually stock the BDB in stores, as far as I've been able to tell.

I don't know whether they will give you 20% off if you order online.  If they are willing to do that, then of course there isn't much reason to go into the store.  Even less reason, if you don't end up paying sales tax when ordering online.

-Bill
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 8:49am
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cuznvin Said:

You need to call retailers such as Clive. Dont go by what you see on their website.. Sur La Table, WS will be useless if you need help with the machine.

Posted April 24, 2013 link

Well, "service" may be a bit of a stretch vs. CC, WLL, SCG, 1st, etc. But it seems they have been good at exchanging machines and they are local. Exchanging machines seems to be what Breville is good at as well. Just sayin'
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 8:52am
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MattOwn Said:

Well, "service" may be a bit of a stretch vs. CC, WLL, SCG, 1st, etc. But it seems they have been good at exchanging machines and they are local. Exchanging machines seems to be what Breville is good at as well. Just sayin'

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I also do like the more liberal return policy at WS and BBB. If I can get the price at either WS or BBB, I probably would have bought from them for this reason.
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 8:53am
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PrescottCR Said:

I'll second what Chris said. I hadn't seen the post her refers to by Phil McKnight but I have heard that same idea from other sources referring to every PF ever made with spouts. This is why you should leave the PF in the machine during use, and before use.

The bottomless is a nice addition. Less thermal mass to consider while making espresso. For me it also means a cleaner work place as the spouts on any standard PF drip. Not only that, they knock things over. Well, I knock things over with them.

So it's lighter, cleaner, smaller, aids in perfecting espresso technique, and for the clumsy among us- cleaner. It also makes for some cool pour pictures.

The only downside is if you need separate shots for some reason. Oh, and it cost money.

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For those interested in a full disclosure - beyond what we have gathered herewith and with all the warts associated with the BDB's history - and irregardless of attempts by pundits nearby to color an apple a sour egg - please refer to the longstanding discussion hosted by the folks in Australia who have had far longer history with Breville and the BES900xl.  Linkage for your ease of access "Coffeesnobs" Click Here (coffeesnobs.com.au)

Richard, I'm sorry I can't point you at the specific citation in that thread, I remember it was in the first 1/3, well before the half way point of their journey of commentary and thoughts.  

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Oh, I'd be happy to speak coffee all day long, but I see some people spend more time on this thread than they do in the one they own and profess for.

And if I've exceeded my welcome - wipe my account and delete my history, no sense in leaving crud for the newbies who might get the wrong idea.
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 9:03am
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This is my first post here.  

We bought a BDB - this is our third week using it.  So far so good!  The first few shots were not great, but after adjusting the pre-infusion time, grind, dose, and tamp, it produces excellent and totally predictable shots, time after time.  Contrast that with the lengthy routine needed for many of the mid-range Italian machines, and the value of the BDB becomes apparent.  I'm hoping that this is the beginning of a long and excellent history with the machine.

This is an A model - probably a mid to late one.  I spoke to Breville Canada and they told me that they had not received a new shipment of machines since the spring of 2012.  I did buy it from an on line retailer in Montreal (not sure if I can mention their name as they aren't a site sponsor).  The on line retailer might get their stock from another source than Breville Canada, so it might be later production than early 2012.  Anyway, it must have a number of the improvements as it has none of the quirks described in the thread above.  The portafilter locks securely and stays in place, at just before the 90 degree point.  All the electronics work well without any foul-ups.  Had I read many of the above posts before buying, I might not have placed the order.  As usual with many things, internet horror stories do not accurately depict many persons' good experiences.

For whatever reason, the BDBs seem priced quite well in Canada.  Breville lists them at about $1400, but many retailers sell for substantially less.  An extra 10% off Easter discount made the buying decision easy.  I can't think of another machine half as good for the money.  Not long after buying it, another seller had them on for $699, but that price disappeared after a few days; it might have been a listing error.  

For a grinder, I'm using a Vario-W.  The built in weigh scale is a really nice feature and works well.
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Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013, 5:22pm
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Welcome to the journey David, all the best to you, your family, and your new toy. :)
Chris
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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 7:47am
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Hi folks,

Just a little question here

Is the time displayed on the lcd on your machines even if the power button is not pressed?

Mike
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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 9:27am
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mrpink Said:

Hi folks,

Just a little question here

Is the time displayed on the lcd on your machines even if the power button is not pressed?

Mike

Posted April 25, 2013 link

No, when the power is off the display is blank.
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Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:00am
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selzoc Said:

No, when the power is off the display is blank.

Posted April 25, 2013 link

Thanks for confirming, I just moved houses and for some reason thought it used to display...memory is playing tricks on me.
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