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Tom Tracy

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at 08-23-2013 8:50pm
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

Just received this machine along with the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso grinder from you guys today. I just love the look & feel of the Breville, and so far, so good with it's use, as well as with the Baratza.

One question - do you have a recommendation for the grinder setting on the Baratza for the Breville? The Baratza's manual said to start with 8 for espresso - but, based on what I have read about the Breville doing best with a finer grind, I am using 6-F as my setting right now. Set there, I got a 30 second extraction for 2 approximate 2.5 oz. shots at 3 bar using freshly ground Lavazza Super Crema beans.

Any recommendations / advice from y'all there at WLL or from other owners of this machine & grinder would be most appreciated. Thank you!

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Tom Tracy Any recommendations and / or advice would still be appreciated, but I think I have it nailed down now. Using my Lavazza beans, I keep experimenting my fineness of grind and tamping pressure until I think I have reached an optimum. I worked the grind on the Baratza all the way down to 2-B, and got to 30 - 35 second extractions at 9 bar. Just now, at that grinder setting, I ground just enough of the Johnson Brothers Twisted Espresso Blend that came with the Breville to fill the 2 cup, single wall filter basket, tamped using the Brevile tamper, and pulled two beautiful shots of espresso at 9.5 bar that resulted in the best-tasting, most balanced latte I have ever had in my life!

Last night, I ordered the Espro Calibrated Convex Espresso Tamper from y'all so I can really dial-in a consistent, perfect-every-time extraction. I think I am really going to enjoy my Breville Dual-Boiler!

08-24-2013 11:42pm |

BeanFiend

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at 08-09-2013 8:50am
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

Can you recommend a grinder to pair with this machine? I have a Cuisinart CBM-18 and I have read that this won't grind fine enough for this machine. Although it worked ok with the Saeco, but that's with a pressurized portafilter. Any recommendations?

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DanMoraldo ♦ I would highly suggest pairing your Breville 900XL with the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso. This grinder will certainly grid your coffee fine enough to ensure coffee-shop caliber espressos and is very reliable as well.

08-09-2013 10:09am |

BeanFiend

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at 07-22-2013 8:23am
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

How long have you guys been selling this machine? In your experience, how reliable is this machine? I am looking for a new machine and this one really interests me with all the features. I have been using a Saeco Aroma (Starbucks Equivalent) for almost 8 years now and think I am ready to graduate to a new machine.

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mjackson ♦ Ty,

I agree it has great features. We have been selling since it came out so over a couple of years. So far so good. I cant say for sure about long term reliability as it has not had a chance to prove itself over a longer period of time. We will see but many people have been happy with this machine as a good value.

08-09-2013 8:43am |

Mike Mason

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at 05-27-2013 9:42am
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

Does WLL have a bottomless Portafilter that will fit and can I get a 3 or 4 shot filter?

I like this unit, works very well. I hope it does hold up. I have been able to pull some great shots using the Breville smart grinder. Roast my own in a cafe gene and have the roasting profile dial in. I just order the Espro Calibrated Convex Espresso Tamper so that the variables are under control!

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mjackson ♦ Mike,
Glad you like the machine and we do not carry the bottomless portafilter yet . Breville USA does and you can order it here - http://www.brevilleusa.com/dual-boiler-espresso.html. I am not sure if or when they will have a triple basket.

06-11-2013 10:28am |

scott spangler

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at 05-07-2013 9:04am
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

I was considering going with the Alex Duetto III, but concerns about having to move a 75lb machine from underneath my cabinet to be able to refill the water tank gave me pause. I started reading about the Breville Dual Boiler and am very intrigued. Looking to be able to pull a great shot of Espresso as if I were working at Intelligentsia or similar. What are your thoughts on the Breville?

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mjackson ♦ I think it has an amazing price for the features it has. It has not been out a long time so we don't really have an idea on the long term durability yet. I would suggest getting a very good espresso grinder like the Baratza Vario. It certainly will give you all the tools you need to pull a consistently good shot.I think if you read all the reviews available you will see people are very happy with the machine.

05-10-2013 8:31am |

Mark Corliss

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at 04-17-2012 11:08am
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

Hi, I've owned four espresso machines in the past and am currently saving up for the Prosumer Expobar Brewtus IV-R with Rotary Pump (possibly the vibration pump model). I am wanting the absolute best espresso and latte making machine for my home and am willing to wait. Am I on the right track or do you recommend a different model? I noticed this new Breville model with the two boilers, but how would you compare it to the Expobar Brewtus IV-R with Rotary Pump? Or if there's one you recommend over the Expobar Brewtus IV-R?

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated!

Mark Corliss
Grand Rapids, MI

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mjackson ♦ Mark,

I think you are on the right track with the Brewtus. I love that machine. I also am intrigued by the Breville. I have used it and it does have a lot of features. I am not yet sold on long term durability as it has not been out that long. In my opinion I still see the Brewtus as a better investment. I think it is a much better built piece of equipment. I may be wrong on the Breville but I am basing my opinion on the models they have been previously selling and I still think the question may be durability.

04-19-2012 8:56am |

bk.consulting

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at 03-28-2012 11:29am
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

Apparently the units initially release had uncalibrated over-pressure valves. The newer ones have been calibrated to keep pressure from exceeding 9-bar. Does your stock have the calibrated valves? I believe the package would would have something along the lines of "Calibrated OPV" printed on it. Thanks

Bo

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mjackson ♦ BK,

We just got a new shipment. I am sure they are with the newer calibration. I do think they are a good value machine. I am not sold yet completely on the long term reliability of the machine as of yet. It certainly has a lot of good features. Time will tell if it as good as say our Expobar Brewtus. I do think they are lots of reviews on line for the Breville and give us a call if you have any questions.

03-29-2012 9:03am |

Eric Borchardt

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at 03-03-2012 1:40pm
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler
Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler

What are the boiler capacities?

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mjackson ♦ Eric,

It was hard to find all the info but here is the info on the brew boiler size - The primary brewing boiler is a 400ml stainless steel boiler , the steam boiler is a 1litre heat exchanger boiler (with a 900W element) serving the steam wand (as well as preheating the water for the brewing boiler. The information is accurate and the best I can find.

03-05-2012 9:37am |