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Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler - Rick London's Review
Posted: December 26, 2012, 6:02am
review rating: 5.7
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Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
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Josh McGrath 9.00
Peter Russell 9.00
Mike Timmins 8.67
John Denham 7.50
Rick London 5.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Breville Australia Quality: 7
Average Price: $1,200.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,199.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Vibiemme, Elektra
Bottom Line: The new standard for espresso machines under $1500.
Positive Product Points

Water tank is easy to fill, has a backlit volume indicator, and an electronic empty signal.. Automatic or manual infusion and pull options. PDI shows temperature at group head.

Negative Product Points

Has to go to a service center to be decalcified. Steam pressure should be higher. Would prefer more metal than plastic, but that would increase the weight and price.

Detailed Commentary

My day to day espresso machine is a Vibiemme single boiler purchased five years ago. I purchased the Breville as a replacement for my Elektra which although beautiful to look at was starting to wear out after ten years. The first thing you notice about the Breville is the electronic layout. Virtually everything can be electronically controlled or overridden. Particularly happy about being able to change the temperature at the group head. Factory setting is 200, I prefer 202. Using a manual 10 second infusion and a 25 second pull, the result is almost identical to the VBM. It's also possible to adjust the automatic settings to your preference rather than pulling manually.  

Although the spill tank is relatively small, when the tray is full a little sign floats up through a hole that says 'empty me.'

My only real complaint is the time it takes to froth, about twice as long as the VBM and it never quite gets to the 'power froth' possible with a VBM. Unfortunately one of the few adjustments that cannot be made by the user is the pressure in the steam boiler.

Buying Experience

Purchased from Amazon. Arrived two days later in excellent condition.

Three Month Followup

Although I'm still not pleased with the steam pressure, it is possible to get decent froth by following their directions exactly: Leave plenty of room for expansion, use very fresh milk, start with the frothing stick close to the edge and make sure you have a decent swirl before you raise the stick to the edge of the air.

One Year Followup

After a year of practice, I have a process that results in acceptable froth. Open the valve about halfway and hold the milk pitcher at a 45 degree angle and follow all the instructions below and you'll get a decent combination of steamed milk and ample froth.

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