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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 4:12pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

With that much milk, you should be able to make a lot of foam. I'm having trouble making too much, and am trying to figure out the ideal position of the wand and when to stop stretching. Here's a video I filmed to show steaming time on probably 3-4 ounces of milk
http://youtu.be/Tkj3FNhih2wvq=hd720

And here's a shot with my new bottomless, pretty excited but the roasts I've had so far continue to be a little messy. At least the BDB is vastly easier to clean than my E61s!
http://youtu.be/6vJzmQotQ6svq=hd720

 
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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2013, 4:27pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

benpiff Said:

With that much milk, you should be able to make a lot of foam. I'm having trouble making too much, and am trying to figure out the ideal position of the wand and when to stop stretching. Here's a video I filmed to show steaming time on probably 3-4 ounces of milk
http://youtu.be/Tkj3FNhih2wvq=hd720

And here's a shot with my new bottomless, pretty excited but the roasts I've had so far continue to be a little messy. At least the BDB is vastly easier to clean than my E61s!
http://youtu.be/6vJzmQotQ6svq=hd720

Posted January 29, 2013 link

$64000 question, did they taste as good as they looked?? lol

 
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 6:26pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

I am a bit confused about the clean me cycle.
The manual states that the machine should indicate that the cleaning should be done at approx. 200 shots.
I have checked my machine and it still did not tell me to clean when the shot count tells me I have pulled 210 shots.
Does anyone here know when the clean me cycle should actually light up?
Thinking it may be bad to wait until the machine notified me, I went ahead and did a cleaning cycle.
I suppose I could do it when I see the appropriate shot count, but it bothers me a little that the machine does not tell me to do so when the machine should be cleaned about every 200 shots according to the manual.
Did anyone else have this situation?
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 7:25pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

JayGo Said:

I am a bit confused about the clean me cycle.
The manual states that the machine should indicate that the cleaning should be done at approx. 200 shots.
I have checked my machine and it still did not tell me to clean when the shot count tells me I have pulled 210 shots.
Does anyone here know when the clean me cycle should actually light up?
Thinking it may be bad to wait until the machine notified me, I went ahead and did a cleaning cycle.
I suppose I could do it when I see the appropriate shot count, but it bothers me a little that the machine does not tell me to do so when the machine should be cleaned about every 200 shots according to the manual.
Did anyone else have this situation?

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I think most of us clean once or twice a month, if not weekly. Mine did light up for me before I started more frequent cleanings, but I can't say how many shots I'd pulled at that point. When in doubt, clean it out.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:02pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

I was looking at BDBs (hopelessly) on eBay and I decided to see what they had been selling for in the past.

Found this listing.  Someone got a phenomenal deal here (scroll down to see the sold listing):

Click Here (www.ebay.com)
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 4:36am
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

AlexKilpatrick Said:

I was looking at BDBs (hopelessly) on eBay and I decided to see what they had been selling for in the past.

Found this listing.  Someone got a phenomenal deal here (scroll down to see the sold listing):

Click Here (www.ebay.com)

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used...
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 7:10am
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Now that some of you have lived it for a period of time how do think it would do as a portable machine? Applications like in the RV for vacations or wagging it around to parties away from home etc? I am interested in both ease and how you think the machine would react to being moved.

Thanks

 
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 8:54am
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cuznvin Said:

used...

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Sure, but used at $94.  I would have certainly taken a chance on that.
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 9:18am
Subject: Bottomless PFs in USA
 

I posted this over at CS, but just in case it's of use to someone here who isn't also there-

Anyone looking for a bottomless PF from Breville USA should consider sending an eMail (or message) through their site. It wasn't showing in stock so I asked to be notified, if possible, when they are available. I promptly got an email back saying there was a limited supply. If you pad your order a little you get free shipping. That's pretty easy to do with some reasonably priced items like baskets and such.

Besides the ability to watch your shots start and pour for learning purposes, the bottomless also has less thermal mass.

Okay, the REAL reason I like the bottomless is I always have drippy spouts and tend to knock things like glasses over with them. Even if you're not clumsy you will appreciate the bottomless. Tamping is a little easier too, not that it was difficult to begin with.
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:19am
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my brother got me a breville naked PF for christmas.  IIRC, he got it from clive coffee for $69, (it was $10 cheaper than breville's own price).  they are $90 now.  yikes.

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