Breville Cafe Venezia BES250XL Product User Manuals & Instructions PDF

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Before First Use

Remove any packaging material or promotional stickers before using your Breville Café Venezia™ for the first time. Wipe the outer housing with a soft damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Do not immerse the outer housing, power cord or plug in water or any other liquid. The water tank is located at the back of the machine. Lift the hinged handle and pull up to remove the water tank. Wash in warm, soapy water using a non-abrasive washing liquid. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Filling the Water Tank

  1. Ensure the Selector Control is set to the 'STANDBY' position.
  2. Lift the hinged handle and pull up to remove the water tank. Fill with cold water to the maximum mark and replace in the machine.
  3. Close the water tank lid.

Priming and Pre-heating the Machine

Priming fills the internal tank with water and cleanses the brewing system. This process is recommended before first use, however, it can be repeated prior to each time you prepare an espresso to pre-heat the machine.

  1. Ensure the ‘Selector Control’ is in the ‘STANDBY’ position and plug the power cord into a 120V power outlet.
  2. Press the ‘POWER’ button ‘On’. The ‘POWER’ button surround will illuminate. The red ‘HEATING’ light will illuminate and turn off when the machine has reached the correct temperature.
  3. Place an empty cup or container under the group head. As soon as the red ‘HEATING’ light turns off, set the ‘Selector Control’ to the ‘ESPRESSO’ position and run a small amount of water through the brewing head for a few seconds without the filter holder in place.
  4. A pumping noise will be heard during this operation, and water will run through the group head. Your Café Venezia™ has now been Primed/Pre-Heated and you may proceed onto preparing an espresso.

Pre-heating the Filter Holder

Pre-heat the filter holder by placing underneath the group head. Rinse with hot water from the group head using the ‘ESPRESSO’ pour function. Dry the filter and filter holder thoroughly before use.

Pre-warming Cups

The Cup Warming Tray will start to warm as the machine heats.

Pre-warm the cups by placing them on the Cup Warming Tray or by rinsing them with hot water from the group head. This will help maintain the coffee’s optimal temperature when brewed into the cups.

Preparing the Coffee

  1. Place the 1 or 2 cup filter basket into the filter holder.
  2. Use the smaller filter for 1 cup/1oz and the larger filter for 2 cups/2oz or 2 singles at the same time. When brewing for a mug of coffee always use the 2 cup filter and only extract 2 oz. If you require a larger coffee, add the hot water first and then brew the coffee.
  3. Use 1 level measure of ground espresso coffee for the 1 cup filter basket and 2 level measures for the 2 cup filter basket. It is important to use the correct amount of coffee for each filter as the filter perforations have been constructed to utilize the pressure in the machine to extract optimal flavor with each brewing.

Tamping the Ground Coffee

Distribute the ground coffee evenly in the filter and press down firmly with the tamping end of the measuring spoon and ensure that it is level.


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