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Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

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For espresso lovers who want a machine that offers stability and control without breaking the bank, Breville created the Breville Infuser. It provides steady low-pressure pre-infusion that gives espresso shots a full flavor and aroma in every sip. The Infuser incorporates built in PID temperature control.
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For espresso lovers who want a machine that offers stability and control without breaking the bank, Breville created the Breville Infuser. It provides steady low-pressure pre-infusion that gives espresso a full flavor and aroma in every sip. The Infuser incorporates built in PID temperature control. The PID provides stable temperature for a better cup of coffee with high pressure steam and faster turn around time.

Features & Functionality of the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

  • PID Temperature Control: Finely tuned electronic assistance for increased temperature stability.
  • Auto Purge: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature.
  • Thermocoil Heating System: Integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature.
  • Commercial Style Steam Wand: Stainless steel 360° swivel-action steam wand for effortless milk texturing.
  • Instant Hot Water: Dedicated hot water outlet for making Americanos or pre-heating cups.
  • Low Pressure Pre-Infusion: Applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction.
  • Espresso Pressure Gauge: Monitors espresso extraction pressure.
  • Volumetric Control: Preset 1 and 2 cup volumes, manual over-ride or re-programmable shot volumes.
  • No Mucky Puck: Removes excess water from the ground coffee in the filter basket after extraction for easy disposal of the coffee puck.
  • Large Water Tank: Water tank holds 61 oz (1.8L) and is removable with handle.
  • Built in Water Filter: Replaceable water filter reduces impurities and scale.
  • Auto Sleep/Off Mode: Machine will go to 'Sleep Mode' after 1 hour and 'Auto Off Mode' after 3 hours.
Pros
  • PID Temperature Control - Unlike other espresso machines in this price range, the Infuser stands out from the rest with its built-in PID temperature control that guarantees stable temperature for ideal shots
  • Low Pressure Pre-Infusion - This machine will get the most flavor and aroma out of your grinds as it gently moistens your grounds before extraction.
  • Mon Petit - This machine packs more power in it's punch even with it's small size.
Cons
  • Internal PID - The PID is not programmable, and you cannot set a specific brew temperature.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

This Breville model replaces and improves upon the Breville Die Cast BES830XL Programmable Espresso Machine. With an internal PID for optimal shot extraction, the Infuser is a great value.

Manufacturer Breville
Width 12.50 inches
Depth 10.25 inches
Height 13.25 inches
Watts 1600
Volts 110 - 120 volts
Programmability Yes
Case Material Plastic with Metal Finish
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Reservoir Size 61 oz.
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Thermocoil
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Size 1.8 Liters
Material Stainless Steel

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Breville Infuser Espresso Machine
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marmar asked: Hi,

How does this Breville Infuser Espresso Machine compare with Rancilio Silvia?

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Nov 10, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Infuser has a stainless steel boiler and both single and dual walled baskets (which make obtaining a good shot easy if you're just starting out), plus programming for your single and double shots. The machine comes with a one year warranty from Breville and is made in China. In contrast, the Silvia is a bit more finicky in terms of the level of grind it likes and will take a bit longer to get great shots on. It is also necessary to use a good quality grinder with the Silvia. Steam is a bit more powerful on the Silvia, and it has a brass boiler. It carries a two year warranty from us at Seattle Coffee Gear and is made in Italy. Hope this helps, but feel free to give us a call if you have any other questions! 866-372-4734 Nov 11, 2013
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Ischia asked: How's the froth wand on this machine? Can it deliver a nice microform for both cappuccino and latte? Has anyone compared it to the model with the grinder? What type of grinder is recommended for this machine? Thanks in advance! Mar 23, 2014
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Kent M: The wand is a single hole type on a ball joint. Very easy to use. The steam pressure is not particularly strong, so it steams a bit slowly, but that fact also makes it more forgiving for the novice user (me). I am able to get a pretty decent micro foam. I can't pour latte art yet, but the foam is there to do it. Again, it is just not super fast if you are steaming a full 12 oz. of milk (for two drinks, which is what I usually do).

I am using an older Solis Maestro grinder, and it easily grinds fine enough to get a good full pressure extraction and tons of crema with my freshly home-roasted coffee. I do have to adjust the grind depending on the type of coffee used. A few times I have used too fine of a grind and blocked the extraction. So the old Maestro grinds plenty fine, too fine if you're not careful!

I have no experience with the similar model with the grinder, as I already had my own grinder before purchasing this machine (about 3 months ago).

Final comments: I chose this machine because I hoped it would be very user friendly. I had in mind making drinks when guests come over. It is an automatic, which means I can push the extraction button and not worry about water volume -- I brew directly into my cups (instead of shot glasses) and get my milk pitcher ready while the shot is extracting. PID control means I can go right back to brewing the next round of drinks after steaming without fussing around with temperature surfing. Overall I am very pleased with this machine as a tool for entertaining guests, though again is is a bit of a slow steamer.

If you are a serious espresso hobbyist and want a commercial-style machine at home, there are possibly better machines out there (Sylvia?) -- but I wanted to make the best milk-based drinks I could, with a minimum of fuss, for when guests arrive. For that I think the Infuser is an awesome choice.
Mar 28, 2014
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LizInChicago: Hello,

I have owned this machine for three months and I have made at least one latte every single day. I bought this machine because it is a nice mid-priced espresso maker withOUT a panarello. The panarello auto-foamer was something that I wanted to stay away from. Yes, this steam wand takes some practice, but within a week or two I was steaming some very good milk. My microfoam doesn't quite measure up to the deluxe neighborhood coffee shop with the awesome commercial-grade machine, but the Breville is capable of making lattes that are far better than the chain coffee shop. It does just fine heating 12 ounces of milk. I work 16 ounces of milk in the pitcher (for a 20 oz / 4 shot latte) and it seems to be about the most volume the wand can manage. It does it though! One caution about this machine: it took me nearly two weeks and three pounds of coffee to get the shots right. You have to be patient and really work on grind, dose, and tamp. I bought it knowing that there would be some skill involved and I didn't want a super auto. Now, every morning I am smiling as I walk out the door with a latte that is perfect for me - great shots, microfoam, and just the right temp.

I get my coffee beans and have them ground at the coffee shop up the street so I don't have a comment about grinders. My rationale for not getting the brewer/grinder combo was that one component is always going to break down before the other component - this way, not all of my eggs are in one basket. Purchasing a nice grinder from Seattle Coffee Gear is definitely in my future!
Mar 25, 2014
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Andrew C: owned for about 3 months now. steam wand gets used OFTEN on this one. it is excellent. very strong for a single boiler, heats quickly, can very easily (and again quickly) go from hot water to steam and back to espresso - or any other back and forth combination. yes it does produce excellent quality microfoam even if you only have the basic knowledge of technique (there's really not much to it anyhow). you can go from having a full pitcher of steamed or scalded milk all the way up to nearly 100% microfoam or a very "dry" latte :) I haven't compared it to the model with the grinder but to my knowledge they have the same insides except the one WITH the grinder basically has the equivalent mechanisms as the breville "smart" grinder added into it. espresso grinder def a must for this one, but one that can do a wide range is ok too. this machine is forgiving to grind quality and also comes with pressurized baskets if you're using pre ground (so you can't go too wrong). I personally use a rancilio rocky with great results. Mar 25, 2014
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Jamison S: Pulls a great shot with good beans and grinder. The wand is adequate. The steam pressure is not as great as a boiler based machine, but you can still get great microfoam--- it just takes longer. It's actually a good thing for the less experienced- you have more time to work the milk so it is more forgiving if you don't get the wand at the right depth/ angle immediately.

Don't get the model with the grinder. You can get a better stand alone grinder - it is worth the extra money. Your grind is only second in importance to the quality and freshness of the beans when trying to pull a good shot. Baratza Virtuoso is good for a lower end espresso grinder- Vario or the Rancilio Rocky are even better. You want a burr grinder with 40+ grind settings to really be able to dial in your grind. Some have said that Breville's smart grinder is ok too, but I haven't tried it- it is less expensive but again, grind really does impact shot quality.

Hope this helps!
Mar 25, 2014
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Taylor S: Bought this machine a few months ago and am loving it.

The froth wand does its job - it's obviously underpowered compared to more industrial machines and takes longer to heat up the milk, but the slower foaming action makes it much easier for beginners. I actually find myself able to create better, more consistent microfoam from this wand than from the industrial machines at my office. You do have to be careful about over-foaming - it's tempting to introduce too much air if you're not used to the timing.

I bought the Breville SmartGrinder to go along with this, instead of the built-in - that way I could upgrade the machine and grinder separately. It's looking to be a smart decision - were I to upgrade the grinder, I could probably get a decent resale out of the SmartGrinder and save money over being stuck with the grinder built into the machine.
Mar 25, 2014
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michael s: I find the frothing with this wand very easy to use and produces an excellent froth...I love it compared to my last machine which was a saeco/sirena. I was at a high quality coffee shop that produces excellent latte's and mine are equally as good. Make sure you watch the video Seattle Coffeegear produces...it was very good and got me started on making excellent froth. I bought a Breville grinder on it's own...didn't want them connected...actually read a little negative on this machine...but Breville makes excellent products and stands behind their products. Hope this helps. Mike Mar 25, 2014
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Mark H: Steam is OK but a bit slow as it is from the thermoblock and not a separate boiler. No problem, however, getting a pretty good microfoam to 150 - 160 degrees or so. I do steam the milk before I pull the shot so the shot is hot and fresh. I would stay away from the machine with the integrated grinder. It has limited settings and can be an issue with oily beans. I have the Baratza Vario and like it a lot. Don't be afraid to spend $$$ on the grinder, can't make a good espresso with a poor grind. Good luck! Mar 25, 2014
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Ben H: The wand is decent. Not a large amount of power compared to larger machines, so a little patience is required, however I get a good microfoam for my piccolo lattes. I recommend investing in a decent burr grinder. I use a Porlex Mini because I like hand grinders and I'm usually just making one or two shots at a time. Mar 25, 2014
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Gideon L: The froth wand is great. Responsive and easy to control.

I've had both models, and much prefer the model without the grinder. There's more room to maneuver. I have a Rocky Rancilio standalone grinder and much prefer that to the built-in on the Breville.
Mar 25, 2014
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Edward T: I've had a few other machines, but this one has made the best lattes by far. I had never been able to create micro foam with my previous models - including one by Breville - but since I got this one, I'm loving my morning coffee better than I ever have before. Mar 25, 2014
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Martha H: Yes, I was advised to get this model if I wanted good foam for a "bone dry" cappucino, and I have been very satisfied. It works. Mar 25, 2014
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Jack B: froth wand is fine. Time to steam milk is relatively long. Mar 29, 2014
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todd L asked: So far I like my new Breville Infuser Espresso machine .... but I'm having troubles getting the drink hot enough. I've adjusted the temp to +4 degrees, per instructions. This morning, I made a wonderful, pro-barista like latte, but disappointed with the temp. The only pre-heat suggestion I missed was running hot water in my coffee mug prior to making my latte. I ran the steamer prior to steaming my milk. I steamed before my pull, taking note of Kelly (?) at Seattle Coffee Gear when she demo'd the machine. Then I ran a single shot through the portafilter prior to pulling my double shot.

Any help or suggestions on getting the drink hotter would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Dec 28, 2013
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Holly J: When I steam my milk I try to stay about 155 degrees. As far as espresso I have heard brew temperature should be between 190-196 and in cup temperature should be 160-165. I think putting hot water in the cup from the hot water spicket prior to espresso to warm the cup and keep the espresso from shock is good as well. Not sure if this makes a difference but maybe the order of pulling a shot before milk or after? Good luck to you! Jan 1, 2014
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Gavin A: Hi Todd,
I do all the same procedures as you, don't skip on pre-heating the cup. I run some hot water directly from Breville to pre-heat it before steaming my milk. I also use a thermometer to make sure the milk gets to at 150-160, this will also help to get you that hot cup of latte.
Dec 31, 2013
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Joshua G: I didn't think the 840xl Infuser had an adjustable PID. How did you adjust it?

I agree, the latte isn't hot as I would like, yet they are yummy.
Dec 30, 2013
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A shopper asked: Todd -Just unpacked and created my first latte. The steamer did a great job. Reading the feed back on the grind and tamp-pressure, I'll work to dail that in for optimum shot. My question is how to get the drinker hotter? My latte was good, but not hot enough. I started with steaming the milk, then a double pull. Dec 26, 2013
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Teri KStaff: How long did you let the Infuser heat up? Did you heat it up with the portafilter attached? You want to let the machine heat to temperature with the portafilter attached so that the metal of the brewhead and the portafilter itself both come to temperature in order to ensure that your nice hot espresso isn't cooled through cold metal. Generally we do recommend steaming first and then brewing, so hopefully this does the trick and future drinks have a better temperature! Dec 28, 2013
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Emily S: Here is what I do every morning: turn machine on. Grind beans. Pull a blank shot with no portafilter into the cup I intend to drink from (warms the cup and heats the water more). Tamp beans in portafilter. Discard water from cup. Pull my double shot.
to clean: discard puck. Pull another blank with no portlafilter to flush things out.
Mar 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: I recently purchased this machine but get no crema. The only espresso I've used is from Victrola and they ground it for me, which I'm thinking might be the problem. I'm going to purchase the Breville Smart Grinder Coffee Machine. Does anyone know what the best grind is for this machine? Any other tips would be appreciated!
thanks
Dec 2, 2013
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Greg W: I've been using the machine exclusively with a Lavazza pre-ground espresso coffee (very fine grind). I've found the machine is very sensitive to the grind and the pressure you use to tamp the coffee. I can get a good crema only if I tamp very gently, in which case the pressure needle sits perfectly in the center of the gauge. If I tamp too much, the needle will hit the far end, resulting in bitter coffee with no crema. I suggest making sure that you have a fine grind to start with, then experiment with different tamping pressure until you get the needle into the center of the range. Dec 2, 2013
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TracyO: Thank you so much! Dec 3, 2013
Debra Z: Yes, to get the best result the grind should be very fine. Be sure you tamp the coffee well also. This machine has spoiled me; I was a starbucks "gold" star rewards girl. I went to Starbucks a couple of weeks ago and told my husband "I can't believe it but my latte at home with this machine is smoother and has a better balance than Starbucks.. who knew. Dec 6, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hello! I'm trying to figure out if this is just a smaller, grinder-less version of the Breville Barista Express. I guess my question is whether the pre-infusion aspect is specific to this machine?

Also just wondering if people love the machine, and how long it has lasted, and any tips for upkeep. Thank you!!

A
Oct 20, 2013
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RONALD C: I've only had my machine for a few days but so far I'm impressed. The machine comes up to temp rapidly. I'm not sure if its the built in PID or the "pre infusion" but it does throw some excellent shots of espresso. I'm impressed with the milk steaming capability as well.

I won't know about longevity of the machine for some time. But if its any indication, this machine is replacing my old Breville which is about eight years old and still brewing!

This machine doesn't have an Italian name, not will it win me a Barrista title but it brews a fine shot of espresso and steams the milk to a smooth creamy texture. If it has the durability of my old machine I will be very pleased.
Nov 7, 2013
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Joshua G: We have been very satisfied with the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine. This along with the smart grinder is our first foray into espresso. With some trial & error at first, our shots have been consistently delicious. We like that the grinder is a separate unit. You have Breville specific questions you should ask them directly. Dec 3, 2013
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Greg W asked: I've had this machine for around three months and it's been great. However, sometimes I've noticed that when pulling a shot the machine starts pulsing when it switches from the pre-infusion mode. This pulsing can last for a lot longer than the normal time for a shot. It also happens using both the pressurized and non-pressurized baskets. Has anyone else had this happen? Any idea if it's normal behavior? Jan 20, 2014
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Teri KStaff: I am sorry you've been having issues with your Infuser! Have you tried brewing without the portafilter on the machine? Do you get the same noise when the portafilter is off? Have you removed the brew head screen for cleaning? My best guess without seeing your Infuser is that you may have some coffee residue blocking the screen and preventing a good flow through the brew head, therefore causing a bit of laboring during brewing. I would suggest trying to brew without that portafilter and then cleaning that screen. If you still have issues, then Breville may offer a bit more insight or might suggest bringing the machine in for service, and they can be reached at 866-273-8455. Jan 20, 2014
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Greg W: I'm pretty sure that I don't have any residue issues as I always run a cycle without the portafilter prior to pulling a shot. I only get the pulsing with the portafilter installed. I've tried experimenting with the amount of tamping I'm using, and I usually don't get any pulsing if I tamp very gently. I'm using pre-ground coffee, so the grind is not changing each time, only the tamping pressure. Jan 20, 2014
Teri KStaff: Even running water through, you may still have oily build up on the screen, so you might want to take a look. If the pulsing doesn't occur with light pressure, it could be related to the tamp, and/or the freshness of the grounds, and/or the amount of grounds you are using, and finally, the pump- so it might be trickier to narrow it down without some testing. I think the next step after cleaning might be contacting Breville or bringing it into our repair center if you are in the Seattle area. Jan 20, 2014
Greg W: I removed and cleaned the screen but there is no difference. I can reliably get it to pulse by using the double shot non-pressurized basket with Lavazza pre-ground espresso coffee. I'm filling the portafilter so that it is level with the top, then tamping to the first indentation point. I'm in NYC so dropping by is not an option, unfortunately. Jan 21, 2014
Teri KStaff: Sorry I am out of ideas without seeing the machine! I hope Breville has a better resolution for you, but if not, they will get the warranty process started. Jan 21, 2014
A shopper asked: Is it possible to make "Long" Espresso shot with this one? or only single / double espresso shots! I don't think, but still asking maybe there's a way! :) Jan 14, 2014
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Teri KStaff: You can always run more or less water through your single or double shot for a ristretto or lungo shot, but the programing on the Infuser would need to be altered for this (or in the case of a ristretto, at least stopped prematurely). Otherwise for something like an Americano, you can just add hot water to an espresso shot. Jan 14, 2014
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D S: Just retuned from Mexico where I enjoyed caf Americano (black) for my first time from an espresso machine. I am considering buying a barista so I can make them at home. This helps answer my question, but how difficult would that be to alter the programming on the infuser if I want to brew lungo? Thanks :) Mar 4, 2014
Teri KStaff: It is not at all difficult to reprogram the 1 or 2 cup buttons. You simply press the Program button and the lights will flash. Press either the 1 or 2 cup button to start your timing, and then once the desired coffee length is reached, press this same 1 or 2 cup button again to stop timing. You can also check out the user manual online. Hope this helps! Mar 5, 2014
A shopper asked: Does this machine take time to preheat? I noticed the 900xl takes 20 minutes, I'm having a hard time finding that on their other systems. Thank you! Jan 13, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Any semi automatic machine like the Breville Infuser will be "ready to brew" in just a few minutes, but what takes a longer amount of time is heating the brew head and portafilter. If you were to turn on the Infuser and use it after only 5 minutes then the cold metal of those components will dramatically lower the temperature of your shot. For this reason, it is best to let the machine come to temp for at least 20 minutes with the portafilter attached. If you want to brew sooner than 20 minutes, you will get better results if you run some of the hot water through the portafilter without coffee grounds to heat up that metal first. Hope this helps clarify! Jan 14, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

 

What it Covers:

Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders

Length:

1 Year on New Equipment

6 month Manufacturer Warranty on Refurbished Models

Who Supports the Warranty: Breville USA
Warranty Contact Information: 866-273-8455
Notes: Please register your product with Breville for warranty support.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Excludes YouBrew)
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.


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This is my third Breville Infuser since 2012. The problem is always electrical with the brew switch/button making a buzzing sound when it is pressed. I have lost confidence in this machine and I am replacing it with a Rancilio Silvia with PID. I love the look of the Breville and it makes good espresso, but the electrical problem is a sign that it not last for long.

Breville has accepted to take it back and they will send me a new one again. (Good customer service) I will put it on EBAY to sell it.

(Posted on 2/9/14)

good latte

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after using this machine for about a year now, I am pleased. I can make a quick decent latte at 4 A.M. (before work) Paired with the Preciso grinder ,Its a winner.

(Posted on 1/12/14)

Great for espresso lovers

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I finally upgraded my entry espresso maker a few months ago with this one and I am very pleased. I am using pregounded coffee (had to change previous brand) and the dual wall filter works quite well. It took some effort to find a good brand and to master the craft but the results are better than I expected. I'm now shopping for a grinder and I expect even better results.

I love the website.. The videos were very helpful in the selection process.

My only advise for people that are upgrading from entry level to this or any other machine is that it will take time and effort to master. I also spend a little more time preparing coffee every morning and cleaning properly. This was the only thing I did not see coming, but I love my coffee so it's worth my morning time. If you're not willing to put the time learning or if you rush out in the mornings you should think twice.

(Posted on 9/28/13)

Great machine!

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Had a Starbucks Barista for many years. The Breville makes noticeably better espresso shots right out of the box and only got better after I played with it longer...

(Posted on 8/25/13)

Nice Starter Machine

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Machine is really well built and has a relatively gentle learning curve. It's a great machine to learn on. It has only one flaw: The filter baskets are kept in the portafilter by friction (i.e., there's no clip to hold the basket in the handle). That means you'll be digging the basket out of the knock box or trash frequently. It's annoying because Breville has been really deliberate about every other aspect of this machine.

As always, SCG's service is second to none.

(Posted on 8/7/13)

Pretty hard to mess up on this machine

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Once you get the grind and coffee amount worked out, the consistency of great espresso is truly impressive. The steamer wand is excellent. This is far and away the easiest machine I've ever used, while getting professional quality espresso and cappuccino!

(Posted on 7/9/13)

an excellent machine.

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I've had this machine a few weeks now, it was an upgrade from a Saeco that had become less reliable in producing espresso over strong coffee.

I use it to prepare just espresso, and just double shots. Because of budget considerations, I bought this without a grinder upgrade--and the two grinders I have do not have good control over fineness. However, one / both will do until I sort out a good grind at home or at the local Starbuck's, Caribou, or premium grocery store (Lund's) here in the Mpls-St Paul Metro area.

I immediately found the pressure valve to be of immense help in sorting grind fineness--that alone made 'stretching' for this machine worthwhile. With it, I have been able to 'custom blend' a typical store-bought grind with my own grind here to get a blend that produces a good espresso.

I will second others' comments about quality and quirks. It took me a minute or two to figure out how lift the water tank cover. I do find the cup heater to be minimal, but the routine Breville recommends (preheating the cup) solves that issue, albeit at slowing production slightly.

So, the next item to be put on the gift list will be the Breville grinder. The two together ought to produce a superb espresso.

In closing, I will mention that I purposely bought this from SCG because of the learning I have gained over the years from their superb videos and from their excellent sales service for me recently. Their prices are competitive (I'm an extremely cost-conscious shopper) so it was a pleasure to buy from them.

(Posted on 6/8/13)

Fast and Flavorful

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Having owned numerous espresso machines ( all price ranges) in my 55 years, this machine does not disappoint! It is super easy to use and pulls a great shot. I get my beans ground weekly...I am a Starbucks girl :) drinking anything bold and decaf (espresso roast and sumatra my favorites). It took a few days and a fresh bag of decaf espresso ground beans, but this compact and solidly built machine delivers everytime! My Breville Infuser proudly sits next to my husband's Jura Capressa - that was 5 times the price.

(Posted on 5/14/13)

I am very happy with the Infuser

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There are several reasons I chose this machine. The two big ones that most buyers consider Price and Quality, were important because I wanted to stay under $800 but get a good machine and a good grinder.

1. Price – The price was attractive, because I also required a grinder upgrade, I chose the Breville Smart Grinder, which I am also very pleased with. Seattle Coffee Gear will also make effort to price match, and win your business.
2. Build – The machine is solid, for its price point. And performs very well with great reliability.

What I want to share with you, the prospective buyer, is why you should buy from Seattle Coffee Gear. There are many competitors out there, and maybe you have seen their offerings, but what is it that makes Seattle Coffee Gear the best choice to do business with?

Service, Personality, and Honesty - This company though far from my home in upstate New York, feels like a local place to me. Their videos helped make the store and the people that make the store something special. Seattle Coffee Gear, unlike Amazon, or another competitor has faces, people who care, and you can talk to, people who love coffee, and want to make your experience the best it can be.

If you are on the fence about who to buy from, or what to choose, trust Seattle Coffee Gear, they will not lead you in the wrong direction, and they will do their best to make your purchase, no matter what it is, one you are very pleased with. I will definitely buy again from Seattle Coffee Gear, and want to thank Gail, Kat, and the rest of the fantastic crew for doing a great job and going the extra mile.

(Posted on 5/12/13)

Good machine for beginners who want control

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This machine is a good starter for someone who wants to play around with making their own espresso but isn't an expert. It is also a lot cheaper than a super automatic. I did see some reviews where people had problems getting the water flowing and leakage but I followed the directions carefully and haven't seen any of those issues. I am still working on getting my pressure right for the espresso but the steamer is excellent and is making great steamed milk.

(Posted on 5/6/13)

Worth breaking our Espresso Machine budget who needs a double boiler?

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Can't really beat Grace's review.. except to say.. we love ours...
Using it with the Smart Grinder.. I am now making good consistent espresso without cheats like the Saeco pressurized porta-filter..

I would say if this is the first time coming from one of those machines with the mechanical pressure system in the porta-filter.. check your grind. Turns out I didn't own a grinder I could make good coffee on with this machine.. so we added the grinder..And we are very happy...

This thing switches between steam and coffee temp so fast, with internal purging and no intervention on my part.. I have lost my interest in a double boiler..

Easy.. reproducible results.. love it.

One TIP.. the water tank cover is over engineered ... took us five minutes to figure out how to open the top.. pull up in the very back of the rounded outside edge and the cover "unfolds" to be a handle. Almost too clever a design..

When I think about cleaning internal grind containers etc. I am not sure why I would want an Auto over this.. the pull out filter is easier to clean and you get to wack it on your knock box.. which is therapeutic.

Wish I had done this years ago....

Last tip if you live near Seattle and have never owned a REAL espresso machine. Pay the local price and have SCG help you use the machine.. the online discounts are not worth the likely frustration former "pressure cheat" machine owners will have.. and there will be joy when you get it right

(Posted on 4/17/13)

Love this machine

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I've only had this machine for several days, but I'm already in love with it.
I make Capuccino twice a day for myself and my wife and have for about the last 10 years. I have had 4 machines in that timespan- the first one was very forgettable and I quickly replaced it with a Caprriso machine which made pretty decent coffee drinks, but over a couple of years stopped foaming the milk very well. About 4 years ago I bought a Starbucks Sirena machine but it recently failed (will still make an excellent espresso, but It won't steam milk anymore.)
I replaced it with this machine and I have to say it has knocked my socks off. I had virtually no "learning curve" like I experienced the previous times I changed machines It is very easy to learn and makes great espresso (I prefer Cuban espresso which is readily available in my area and comes pre-ground.) It froths the milk perfectly and (even though I was already somewhat of an expert already) comes with great instructions on how to froth milk perfectly. My only "complaint" (and it is a mild one) is that it takes a little longer to froth the milk than my Sirena did, but the milk actually comes out better.
I can't speak to durability but I highly recommend this machine.

(Posted on 4/3/13)

Perfect Choice for noob with budget /Superb value

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As a newcomer to the world of espresso, I thought I was being extravagant by originally purchasing the Saeco Via Venezia. I was not at all pleased with that machine after 3 weeks or so. (I will post a review there). So I exchanged it for this one which was a bit more expensive but thought I would try it. (Thank you SCG for great return policies).

Long story short, if you are new, this is a perfect machine to really teach you AND ultimately when you learn a bit and practice, the results are excellent. Having the pressure indicator is a big help. I went through 1-2 lbs of coffee and mostly bad shots. But that taught me so much and you haven't tasted bad until you have tasted a very badly pulled shot! Then - I got the perfect (for me) shot - and nirvana. Milk also takes time to learn. But again, that first perfect pitcher of wet paint was exciting. The steamer isn't overly powerful -- but it does the job very well and you do have control over placement of the tip, etc.

I also like the rapid change from steam to espresso. The Saeco was way too long.

The machine is great looking. It isn't a heavy weight and yes sometimes putting in the portafilter the machine will move but it appears to be the best at this lower price point with features not found on lower end machines..

The little things like a clean me light and the automated fashion of cleaning, etc. also add to the machine.

I am very pleased with this purchase and have really increased my own knowledge and skill.

(Posted on 2/23/13)

Good Next Step

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First some background for you to assess the usefulness of my review.This is my first pump (thermacoil) machine. For the past 3 years I used a combo steam espresso and drip coffee maker. Even though I am a long time coffee drinker I just in past 4 years have gotten serious about the quality of my coffee and during the same time began drinking espresso drinks. Prior to that I have been satisfied with drip coffee. I still am not a pure espresso drinker but I do like the strength and taste of a good Americano and the weekend cappucino & latte, although I am a bit lactose intolerant.

I did a lot of research before purchasing this machine. I take purchases of more than $50 very seriously because I am just middle class on the economic scale and because I am approaching retirement age and need to watch my pennies. I setteled on this machine because the reviews were good, the footprint relatively small, and it is thermacoil rather than thermalblock thus based on my research means it is less likely to need repair.

It has taken me 2 or 3 pounds of good coffee to get the dose, tamping technique and grind (I use a Breville Smart Grinder which is also an upgrade from my old blade grinder) satisfactory and I am still working on perfecting all three.

Now about the machine itself. As someone has already said the machine is rather light in weight and I find that I have to hold it with one hand while setting the portafilter. I wish the tank was a little bigger but if it were the footprint would be larger too as would the weight so all in in all that is a wash. I like the hot water feature because I can use it to make an Americano or water for my 4 cup French press. However, I am a bit disappointed that it will dispense only about 7-8 oz of hot water before it stops and you have to turn it back to neutral then back to hot water to continue getting more water. Since I typically need a minimum of 12-16 oz of hot water that means I have to use a separate vessel to extract the hot water when making French press so I can pour all at once instead of interrupting the brewing (not a real big deal) as well as separate vessel to extract hot water for a 16 oz Americano because the tall mug I use for comuting is too tall to fit under the nozzel. That brings me to another criticism. I wish I could fit a tall travel mug under the hot water nozzel. I tried removing the drip tray but I found that for some reason water would flow down into bottom of machine. I think that is because I pulled a shot without putting the drip tray back. Since I've not done that again I haven't noticed water in the drip tray area. Unlike another reviewer I don't mind the drip tray not being larger because that would just mean it would be more difficult for me to get it to the sink without spilling it. I really like the pressure guage as it is helping me perfect my shot. I wish there was a timer as well so I wouldn't have to use a stop watch to time the extraction. By the way, it really has nothing to do with this review I guess, but I have completely abandoned drip coffee in favor of the Americano or French Press. When I first got the machine my wife asked what I was going to do if company wanted a cup of coffee. Not having thought about that I had to purchase a larger French Press for those guest who would not enjoy the strength of an Americano. Also, I have only used the double wall basket one time just to see what the taste of the shot would be like compared to a properly extracted shot with the single wall basket. I did this because as I said earlier I am not really an espresso drinker and cannot rely on taste to determine the quality of my shot. I prefer to use only the single wall because I feel that perfecting the shot is part of the fun of having such a machine and using the double wall would take all the art and thus the satisfaction from pulling the perfect shot.

At first because of the learning curve of this machine compared to using the steam espresso machine I was having some slight buyer remorse but now that I have had the machine for about a month I am glad I spent the money. I highly recommend it for the person wanting to enjoy a really good coffee but also who enjoys having a new skill and hobby.

(Posted on 2/8/13)

Great unit for espresso neophytes

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We've had a succession of cheap espresso machines over the years but abandoned them out of frustration, preferring the convenience of various passive drip systems or french press, and leaving it at that. We don't have the time or inclination to make a ritual of coffee, although we are food-oriented and fussy about flavor. OTOH, some of our friends have elaborate Italian machines, and the quality of the espresso is undeniable. And having enjoyed marvelous coffee drinks over the years (Cortados in Spain; Flat Whites in New Zealand), we've thought about plunging into a real machine.

Breville products have caught our eye, as a hospitable sister with three kids and a constant stream of guests on a small farm has had good results with Breville espresso makers over the years, although I've not been a fan of her output, which I've ascribed to their technique in using the machine to generate regular coffee - I now know what she's doing wrong, but more on that later.

For a recent anniversary, my wife and I decided to buy the best espresso maker we could find for $500, and the internet research began.

The BES840XL seemed like a winner - mostly metal (plastic top plate, which we did not realize at the time), and a great feature set. I was also intrigued by the thermocoil, as a good solution to thermoblock failures. We also liked that the reasonable balance of features/construction/cost/footprint.

We bought it, and promptly ignored it due to a death in the family and associated travel/lack of time.

We've now been using it actively for two months, and the more we use it, the more we appreciate just how good it is. The pressure gauge is key, as it has allowed us to learn how to balance tamp pressure, fill level and grind to achieve desired results. We're sticking with the pre-programmed time settings for now, and sometimes override them, but we won't be whipping out the stopwatch. The steam wand is sturdy, and the hot water function is great. And there are a lot of nice little touches, like the spill tray displaying it's need to be cleaned when full. And while we don't have a broad basis for comparison, it makes sense that the pre-infusion cycle has a lot to do with the results we're enjoying.

All in all, a great experience. It's hard to imagine doing better at this price point. Highly recommended.


(Posted on 12/13/12)

Better than Gaggia Baby Classic

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I have had this machine over two weeks, and I am in love with the machine. It makes great espresso shots as long as I control the tamping pressure and the amount of coffee in the basket. After such disappointment in Gaggia Babby Classic, I am delighted to have a machine that works very well.
Breville is my new favorite espresso machine maker. Good job.

(Posted on 10/30/12)

Extremely pleased with the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine.

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First, I am delighted that I ordered the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine from Seattle Coffeegear. The product shipped free of charge, was delivered on time and undamaged. Also, from a price standpoint the additional cleaning tablets, filters plus gift card made this the best deal across all vendors. I have owned the product for over two weeks and have been making espressos and lattes every day. I am also using the Breville Smart Grinder which compliments the Infuser extremely well. Overall, the product appears to be of high quality and well engineered. The packaging was perfect and the accesories and literature are also excellent. It take a few tries to get the grind and tampering right on thje first day. I do find the pressure gauge to be very helpful in knowing when I do have the grind and tampering correct. The espresso tastes great and the steamer does an excellent job of making great foam or hot milk. A thermometer is a big help in getting the temeprature correct when steaming milk. The machine is easy to use and clean. I have found the water tank to be large enough to make multiple drinks as well as for cleaning the steamer and portafilter. The product looks great in our kitchen along with the Smart Grinder. So far I have not encountered any negatives with the Breville Infuser. Given that I have only owned the product for a few weeks I cannot speak to its long-term performance. However, to date I am a very satisfied customer.

(Posted on 10/10/12)

Happy so far

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I've had the '840 for two mornings, here's what I've found:

Temp consistency:  USA model is 1600 watts, and that is needed. I was so excited to start i filled the tank with ice cold water, and it struggled to maintain temp.Temps are most consistent with room temp. water in the tank.  Measuring with a thermapen inside the portafilter spouts, the temps were then 195-202F.  I'm still learning about a good preheat time, so no more detail than the range.  

Steam:  not really powerful,, but it's dryer than my old Barista.  I had better success with milk than in the past, so I'm happy

Hot water tap:  it starts very hot, above 200F, but drops quickly. It's fine for Americanos, but not brewing an individual cup like a pour over

In the cup: promising!  I'm making all the usual mistakes - old beans, inconsistent tamp, etc, but happily making progress, and would do it again

If I could make a change? Make it a few pounds heavier, and a bigger water tank

(Posted on 7/21/12)

Great little machine

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I also own the big brother to this unit -- the Breville Dual Boiler (BES900XL) which retails for over twice as much ($1199) -- so I thought I'd describe how they compare, pros and cons. I bought the BES840 for a vacation cottage based on how happy I am with the Breville Dual Boiler.

I use a Breville Smart Grinder, and the non-pressurized double-shot basket for all my shots.

First and most important the pros:

-It's easy to make a great shot, almost indistinguishable from shots off the Dual Boiler. That was a pleasant surprise.
-It's tiny, doesn't require much counter space.
-Great set of features for the price point (PID, pre-infusion, 3 way solenoid valve).

Not surprisingly there are some cons compared with a machine more than twice the price.

Cons:

-Because of the diminutive size, it is much less substantial than the Dual Boiler, almost toy-like in comparison (often have to hold the unit in place while tightening down portafilter).
- it doesn't use a commercial size 58 mm portafilter. Not necessarily a con, but it annoys me, it's smaller in diameter and feels lighter, I prefer the portafilter on the Dual Boiler.
-Small drip tray means frequent emptying.
-No ability to adjust brew temp.
-Less convenient to add water.
-Pressure dial doesn't show actual pressure, just indicates pre-infusion pressure range and extraction pressure range.
-Can't steam and extract at the same time (not a big deal for me, I rarely steam milk).
-No manual shot button (however, you can achieve the same result by holding down the shot button for as long as you'd like to pre-infuse, then release and it will pump water until you hit the button again).

Overall I'm quite pleased with the BES840. It excels in two critically important areas: it produces consistently great shots and is very affordable.

(Posted on 7/9/12)

Nice.

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I use this machine 3 to 4 times a day for last week, and this is my upgrade to saeco starbuks barista witch i use for last 6 yrs.
for $500 this machine is pulling nice shots .

(Posted on 7/8/12)

"Keep up the good work breville"

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We recently purchased this machine(2 months ago) along with a Sunbeam Cafe Grinder EM0480. The overall build quality and features on the breville are first class. We first start grinding some high quality beans in the grinder set to 9, then along with an even firm tamp, The breville produces a brilliant cup of coffee with great Crema. the pressure needle sits at around 1pm, I have found this to be the perfect setting for a great cafe coffee that is on par with most Cafe produced coffees coming out of a 5-10K machine. I wouldn't hesitate in buying this machine again or the grinder for that matter. They are both unbeatable value for money, probably largely due to the fact both units are made in Asia, compared to say a European machine which would cost alot more to produce. Overall i would score the machine 9/10 for a home machine, and compared to say a Cafe produced coffee coming out of a machine 10+ times the price i would give it 7-9 out of 10 depending on the Cafe, as alot of Cafes cant make good coffee even with the best machine! but this is human error and laziness in most part not the machine!

(Posted on 7/6/12)

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