26 Dec '12, 1pm

Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine, Rick London: Bottom Line: The new standard for espresso machines...

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 ...

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