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Deus
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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012, 6:53pm
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Has anyone paid the full $1200 for this? Is it worth it? I ask. Because I know some have paid $800
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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012, 7:17pm
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GRishi Said:

Received the 20g ridgeless VST basket to replace my 18g VST basket.  Just wanted to mention that it fits the portafilter great and is giving me a tastier shot with Red Bird @ 20g dose.

Posted January 1, 2012 link

Hmm.  Decisions, decisions.  I've got the 18 (and typically fill to 19 or 20).  Now we've got a true 20g and Phil says the 22 will fit and apparently helps make some great shots.  Maybe all 3? :-)

BTW: I just tried Cuvee Coffee's El Molino Yellow Bourbon.  Incredible coffee.
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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012, 8:21pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Has anyone noticed the VST basket makes for a much tighter fit when locking in the portafilter ?
I got a triple VST basket for Christmas and really don't like how I have to muscle the portafilter
to the 90 degree position.  If I don't, however, the portafilter will actually turn/loosen during
the extraction.  I had the portafilter pop off mid-pull with the VST basket because I didn't tighten
enough... I didn't need any caffeine after that.
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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012, 8:32pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

JonR10 Said:

I agree 100% and I'd like to help support a productive discussion

So, here's advance notice: offtopic (and/or) rule-skirting posts will be deleted from this thread without hesitation.  
Posts in violation of any forum rules will be deleted and a strike issued.

Posted December 14, 2011 link

Agree, Jon.
I look forward to future posts on this thread.





EDIT...just read this entire thread, and members are to be commended! Welcome to the new members as well!
I'm curious to see if anyone contacts Breville regarding the possibility of a no burn steam wand replacement, assuming the milk burn on issue is universal.
Remember, though, that a no burn is a wand within a wand and can reduce steaming efficiency.
EXCELLENT THREAD!

 
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Posted Sun Jan 1, 2012, 9:30pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

welcome, from the vario owners thread.  

while i wouldn't object to a no burn steam wand, i find that i don't miss it a bit, with my BDB.  the ring they put in the knee of the wand gives you (me anyway), all the control you need without burning yourself, and i haven't had a bit of trouble wiping it clean with a wet washcloth.

so far, as with my regular timer vario, i have not a single complaint with this aussie gizmo.  not one.

OT:  mods, i'd love to see a more smartphone-friendly version of the forum software.

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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012, 8:48pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

espresso_drinker Said:

Has anyone noticed the VST basket makes for a much tighter fit when locking in the portafilter ?
I got a triple VST basket for Christmas and really don't like how I have to muscle the portafilter
to the 90 degree position.  If I don't, however, the portafilter will actually turn/loosen during
the extraction.  I had the portafilter pop off mid-pull with the VST basket because I didn't tighten
enough... I didn't need any caffeine after that.

Posted January 1, 2012 link

I have not had this issue with the 18g or 20g ridgeless VST baskets.  The portafilter locks in quite easily now compared to when I was trying to stuff 18-19g of coffee in the Breville Dual Basket.
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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012, 9:12pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

strange happenings at brevilleusa... i emailed kenji kawano on the 26th about my high pressure, (needle snaps past 13 bar, to end of scale and pegs there solidly with a blind).  got an email back this morning saying keni doesn't work at breville anymore.... weird.  anyway, the new guy was pleasant on the phone and has dispatched a new machine to my house.  further, they were flexible about waste.  see, they were going to ship it fedex 2-day air.  but i won't be home for a week, so i told them they could ship it by a cheaper way... and they are actually flexible enough to do that.  that's good.  further, since i live in santa barbara, and it's coming from torrance, (about 95 miles), it will get there by surface delivery in ONE day.

anyway, the new guy was pleasant and responsive, as kenji was known to be.

-peter
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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012, 10:59pm
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Naked portafilter shot :)

http://nic.steve-tek.com/?p=315

 
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Posted Mon Jan 2, 2012, 11:17pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Just FYI, a no burn steam wand will still have scalded milk on the tip. Having used both I'd have to say there very little difference in the cleaning dept. Given the rubber ring on the Bdb it's just as easy to manipulate as a no burn wand. In fact even my no burn wand on my Giotto gets too hot to touch after a brief amount of steaming.
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Posted Tue Jan 3, 2012, 2:58am
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shape_shifter Said:

Naked portafilter shot :)

http://nic.steve-tek.com/?p=315

Posted January 2, 2012 link

Nic a tad fast...  But what was teh cup like ?

It will run better once i get the handle converted to a nice wood :-)

I did like teh flow on M's pour...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_26_9SbXXU

 
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