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capital
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Espresso: Breville BES840XL
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 8:22am
Subject: BES840XL vs PID'd SB machine?
 

Most discussions about the Breville tend to weigh mostly on reliability factors. Taking those out of the equation, I'm attracted to the convenience factor of this machine: quick easy warm up, autofill, easy cleaning, and auto standby power (In case I leave it on all day-i can be very forgetful in the morning)

Question is, would the taste difference between this and a PID'd Gaggia Classic or Silvia or Silvano be significant enough to overlook all the conveniences?

Would this Breville's PID control make it superior to a non PID'd classic machine?
Is PID even relevant with a thermocoil machine?

So order of priority:
1-(not making wife angry with a temperamental machine with which to make her coffee with in the morning)
2-flavor
3-price

Thanks!
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:58pm
Subject: Re: BES840XL vs PID'd SB machine?
 

Not having actually done a personal taste test, I understand SBDUs to be better than thermoblock or thermocoils because they are consistent (especially with a PID). And temperature is a key variable in espresso making.

Not knowing your budget, the PID SBDU will require a better grinder than the Breville (assuming you take advantage of their dual wall baskets). Have you taken a grinder into consideration?

And do you drink mostly latte or straight shots?
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Espresso: Breville BES840XL
Grinder: Preciso
Vac Pot: Alessi 9090
Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 1:13pm
Subject: Re: BES840XL vs PID'd SB machine?
 

Thanks!
Preciso grinder.
Drink mostly straight shots, shots with cream or half/half, americanos, and occasional cappuccino ..
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Espresso: Breville BES840XL
Grinder: Preciso
Vac Pot: Alessi 9090
Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 2:38pm
Subject: Re: BES840XL vs PID'd SB machine?
 

Went ahead and got the 840, Seems to do a pretty good job.
Easy to operate, hope Im not missing much.!
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