Interview with Breville’s Phil McKnight

BrevilleAn influencer in the espresso and drip coffee industry for the past 15 years, Breville has long been one of our favorite brands. Not only do they create beautiful die cast espresso machines, coffee makers, grinders, blenders and even ice cream makers, but they also put a lot of work and research into developing their products. For instance, when Breville makes an espresso machine there is nothing left behind; all the gadgets you need to create a drink (portafilter, different sized portafilter baskets, frothing pitcher, cleaning tools, etc.) are included an there is even a place to store them. As a result, you can expect to receive machines with great functionality like the new Oracle BES980XL, which enables you to easily pull a shot and froth your milk for latte while still giving you control over the parameters involving the extraction of your shot. This approach also permits Breville to improve products that have become old standbys, like their dual boilers, by gathering customer feedback to create something even better, such as the Dual Boiler BES920XL.

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to have Breville pay us a visit all the way from Australia to do some training. While they were here, we got a chance to chat with Breville’s Global Business Manager for Beverage Products, Phil McKnight. Since he started at Breville Phil has been known as the “coffee guru” as he has over 10 years of industry experience in coffee, including judging the Australia Barista championships and running his own café in Sydney. We were eager to hear his thoughts on coffee makers and espresso machines, and asked him to if he’d be willing to do an interview with us so we could learn more about one of our favorite brands. Phil happily obliged and shared some of his insights about the brand’s history, manufacturing techniques and what products we can look forward to seeing in the future.

Interview with Breville's Phil McKnight

4 thoughts on “Interview with Breville’s Phil McKnight”

  • David Parker
    David Parker May 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Good information. I hope to get one of Breville's higher quality machines someday. His mention of a mid-price model was intriguing.

    One suggestion would be to place the machine on a table in front of you, so you aren't constantly looking behind you. That was distracting.

    • Brenna

      Hi David!

      Brevilles are pretty awesome and it will indeed be interesting to see what their mid-price model will be. Hope you are able to pick one up someday :) Thanks for the feedback.



  • Michael

    In the interview, Phil mentions 3 new coffee grinders, including a new flagship to presumably replace the current gen SmartGrinder. Any ideas on a possible ETA?

    • Brenna

      Hi Michael,

      Good question! Unfortunately, we don't know when these grinders will be released. W're waiting anxiously to see them and get to chance to play with them as well.



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