Love it... love it. Love it! And that Cranberry colour (in Canada!).
This is the Breville Infuser (model BREBES840XL) Espresso Machine. We've been informally testing one for six months off and on at CoffeeGeek and I'm very pleased to say this machine is Breville's second best machine (after the Breville Dual Boiler) and at a kick butt price of $400.
You're talking PID controls on this machine (though the PID is factory set and nearly impossible for the user to change). You're talking a quality 54mm steel portafilter with two sets of filter baskets. You're talking super fast access to steam, and equally fast access back to brewing thanks to an auto-purge system that works after steaming milk (so you can steam milk first, then pull your shot). You're talking nice metal body. You're talking 3 way solenoid valve for nice dry pucks right after pulling a shot. You're talking programmable volumetric shot pulls that you can easily adjust.
And you're talking built in preinfusion. And a lot more. This is a kick ass machine and at $400, a steal. At $470 (lowest US price) it's still a great bargain.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.