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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    I would recommend regardless of what you go with, getting a calibrated tamper. I have the espro which is expensive at 100 bucks but well worth it. There is an internal spring that gives way at 30 pounds of pressure, so the tanp is consistent every time. Then your are down to two variables, and it greatly assists in consistently pulling great shots. I dialed in the grind with my preferred beans and there is no thinking involved anymore! Pulls great shots every morning

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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    edited December 2018
    This is the tamper I am talking about. It makes the stock tamper that comes with the Breville seem like a kids toy, it is robust and very nice to use

    https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/espro-calibrated-tamper?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgMD-rpKC3wIVjlqGCh0khwauEAAYAiAAEgIoB_D_BwE
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 412
    Thanks. I had no idea such things existed. It looks like consistency is very important.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,701
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I freaking love espresso! I've had some shots made by expert baristas at local cafes, and it's been an incredible experience.

    Sometimes I have to immediately get back in line and have them make me another, they're that good.

    Espresso as is, without milk or sugar, is coffee in it's purest form in my opinion.

    For me, an espresso with a twist of lemon is the best. Nothing better after a great meal.
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,740
    stangman67 wrote: »
    I would recommend regardless of what you go with, getting a calibrated tamper. I have the espro which is expensive at 100 bucks but well worth it. There is an internal spring that gives way at 30 pounds of pressure, so the tanp is consistent every time. Then your are down to two variables, and it greatly assists in consistently pulling great shots. I dialed in the grind with my preferred beans and there is no thinking involved anymore! Pulls great shots every morning

    Ppffft! But have you upgraded the power cable?
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,648
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I freaking love espresso! I've had some shots made by expert baristas at local cafes, and it's been an incredible experience.

    Sometimes I have to immediately get back in line and have them make me another, they're that good.

    Espresso as is, without milk or sugar, is coffee in it's purest form in my opinion.

    For me, an espresso with a twist of lemon is the best. Nothing better after a great meal.

    That's how my wife drinks it, with a twist of lemon.

    Here's the jist as I see it anyway. A manual machine will probably give you the best quality shot, period. However, to extract that from a manual machine takes some skill as there is many variables that go into making a quality shot. There is a learning curve, and not everyone is up to it.

    If your the only espresso drinker in the house, that might work for you. If you have more, and guests who also enjoy it, your strapped to the machine making everyone coffee, and then the refills when they want more because your the only one skilled enough to make it.

    If you have multiple drinkers, and entertain often, a fully automatic one touch machine is probably more up your alley. That way anyone can just press a button and get espresso, or other milk foamed drinks whenever they want without you having to look over their shoulder or do it yourself.

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  • Since there's obviously a lot of love for Breville here, I figured I'd share that I just listed a Breville juicer for sale:

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/184341/breville-juice-fountain-plus/p1?new=1
  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 412
    Thanks, Tony. That’s good advice. I’m leaning to the semiautomatic machines because we don’t entertain often and there are few coffee drinkers. I’m retired and have time to climb the learning curve. I still check out Jura machines on CL, though.

    In doing research, I’ve concluded that my grinder, a Bararza Virtuoso, is probably marginal for espresso because the adjustments are too coarse to dial in the grind. I followed up on an ad for a Baratza Vario, almost new and with both steel and ceramic burrs. It sounds like I lost the sale, but the seller works at Clive Coffee, a local seller of espresso machines and grinders. His advice was that I might be better off to not consider the heat exchanger machines and look at a small double boiler, the Profitec Pro 300. Not in the budget! However, I found a used Expobar Brewtus II on CL not too far from me for $800. It could be around 12 years old, but looks to be well taken care of. Anyone aware of problems with this machine?
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,665
    Not sure I would get my money's worth out of this...

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  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,008
    Not sure I would get my money's worth out of this...

    https://www.breville.com/us/en/products/wine-products/bwd600.html

    Yes the most decanting mine usually gets is while it’s going glug glug glug into the glass...
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,740
    Not sure I would get my money's worth out of this...

    https://www.breville.com/us/en/products/wine-products/bwd600.html

    Where does it get 90% oxygen from considering the air we breath is about 21%. I doubt it has a filter and it's not hooked up to an oxygen tank.
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  • JayCeeJayCee Posts: 651
    maxward wrote: »
    ...I found a used Expobar Brewtus II on CL not too far from me for $800. It could be around 12 years old, but looks to be well taken care of. Anyone aware of problems with this machine?

    To your question...I don't know about that specific model but I'd be cautious of a 12 year old machine. Boiler and internal parts are key. Calcification would be my concern. I always use filtered water in my machines. Have repaired many over the years and prior to filtering/regular de calcifying could see what calcium/minerals do to the internals. Parts are usually expensive on these machines.

    I started my "better" coffee journey w/a Jura F7, loved it, and started roasting my own beans because I couldn't find a good fresh source when I lived in northern TX. I dabbled in home brewing years before and found roasting is MUCH easier but gives the same satisfaction trying different origin beans and roast profiles. There is a learning curve!

    My roaster: Gene Cafe https://genecafeusa.com/
    Purchase Beans from: https://www.sweetmarias.com/ (SM)

    1 lb of beans from SM's averages $6-7. On par, and often cheaper, than many commercial roasts. I roast 1/2 lb approx every 5-7 days and it takes 15 minutes. Minimum 24 hrs of rest and it's goodness.

    Outgrew my Jura and was on a quest for better (sound like this audio rabbit hole we're posting on?). Like w/Polk Audio, I look for $$$ vs. value and products that are priced below a higher performance level. Upped my game by roasting so decided it was worth the move to a full on espresso machine.

    After much research I kept coming back to the La Speziale Vivaldi II:
    https://www.chriscoffee.com/S1-Vivaldi-II-p/vivaldi-ii.htm

    Purchased from Chris's coffee, the US importer, but also looked at Clive's. Paired it with a Fiorenzato F4E Nano grinder (Version 1):
    https://www.chriscoffee.com/fiorenzato-f4e-nano-p/f4ev2.htm

    Both, the Vivaldi and Nano, IMO...and many other folks, compete w/the bigger known (ie...more expensive) names.

    Read a lot on pulling a perfect shot and you'll find the experts say it starts w/the grind. Spend the $$$ on a very good grinder and then follow w/a good machine. Pulling a shot is tough....but only takes practice.

    My daily habit: 15 gram dose in a triple bottomless portafilter, 2 oz shot timed to 25-30 seconds (28 is the goal), added to 2 oz's of water for a very stiff Americano. Twice each morning. Took my wife a bit to get the hang of it and she drinks a 2 oz shot added to 6 oz's of H20. I don't do milk in my coffee but she does. I can't froth to save my life but she can nail a good cappuccino.

    @tonyb is spot on w/his recommendation on superautomatic vs pulling shots and having guests. Also, lots of good advice above from the guys that do as I do.

    Good beans (roast) + good grind + good machine + good skills = PERFECTION

    :smile::smiley::wink:

    p.s. My dad has a superautomatic and I got him into roasting with this Xmas present several years ago:
    https://www.sweetmarias.com/fresh-roast-sr500.html

    Great entry level roaster and will up anyone's coffee game even they you don't go big on a machine. Psst, don't tell my son....getting him the Fresh Roast for Xmas. Gifted him the Jura F5 as a hand me down 2 years ago. Roasting has been fun sharing with my dad and now my son.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,279
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,701
    LOL, Drew

    Jay, looks like you are much more experienced at the whole thing than me, but I can agree 100% with what I do understand.

    No to derail so much further, but back to Breville - their machines are very forgiving. For anyone getting into the next steps of coffee and find that brewing is missing something, they are a great gateway machine. I take Illy preground and can get almost 3/4" of crema or I use the grinder on Illy beans and get 1" both taste amazing

    steaming and frothing milk took training from someone when I worked at a restaurant earlier in my life, people try and fail at that without a few tribal secrets. Again, the Breville I have makes great consistent steam to froth even 1 % milk

    Never thought about roasting, but I think I have enough hobbies :)
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 412
    Jay, thanks so much. I’m about to dive into another rabbit hole. I don’t want to buy a money pit. Love Americanos, but don’t get to the good outlets since I retired. I’m also a home roaster (see an earlier post). I started with a Freshroast and now use a Behmor. I also co-own an eight-pound roaster from RK Drums which uses a Weber gas grill. I don’t like the guesswork involved in the roasting, but it’s an excuse to get together with former coworkers every few weeks and it doesn’t involve spending time in a pub. After I check out the information in your post, I’m going to visit Clive Coffee soon to hear the pitch from the guy who sold the Vario on CL.
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  • JayCeeJayCee Posts: 651
    edited December 2018
    I was very close to buying whichever Breville machine was available 2 or 3 years ago (can't remember model). I liked the tamping feature and was really concerned my wife wouldn't want 100% manual process. There were some reviews that questioned reliability. My former job was as an aircraft maintenance analyst and I did studies on parts/reliability, so I'm anal(ytical) when it comes to my own money. Discussed it with my wife and we both didn't mind the learning curve and becoming home schooled baristas. The rest is history. My original Jura was good...but the superautomatics don't compete in the same space as a dedicated machine. However, I believe the Breville's a good step in the right direction and most people would be happy with it.

    Back to derailing...apologies to the OP. @maxward I almost purchased my La Spatziele from Clive. Ended up w/Chris's because they were East Coast and shipping was closer to Germany via USPS. I'm now in the Northwest and plan to stop by Clive's the next time in the Portland area. The Behmor was on my short list when I was roaster shopping. Seems to have a nice following. Co-owner of an 8 lb roaster?...wow!!! I have to admit...my roasts are never as consistent as I'd like...much to learn. Sweet Maria's has a new(er) website and I like the way they profile their beans. Example:

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    I enjoy beans that have body and berry/fruit/chocolate profiles. Was in San Antonio and a local roaster blew my mind w/my first Ethiopian Haraar. Had no idea coffee could have berry/fruit notes. Great guy that spent an afternoon w/me.

    ...end derail.

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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 412
    @JayCee, if you think that this is a huge derail, PM me and I’ll give you my contact info. I’m still considering Breville with all the satisfied owners here. The RK drum roasting method is pretty primitive, IMHO. A friend was gifted the drum (retail $400) and 4 of us chipped in to buy the motor to adapt it to a gas Weber, mine. No way to inspect during the roast, so it’s all about time, temperature and listening for the cracks. We’ve had hits and misses. I get beans from SM and Sonofresco in WA. If you get to Clive’s, you might also want to visit Mr. Green Beans on N. Mississippi, a really nice guy owns it. Thanks for your generous advice. Mike
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  • motorhead43026motorhead43026 Posts: 3,328
    edited December 2018
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,446
    Im thinking about picking up a Breville Coffee maker. We currently use a Kurig and it makes fine coffee but I find it to be weak at times especially when I make a trade mug.
    I did some research and the Breville is rated very high including some good reviews about correct temperature and trip time.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,665
    edited December 2018
    So I received my upgraded replacement unit today. The new unit called 'Grind Control" has nicer display and controls. It was awful nice of Breville to replace my almost 3 year old unit with a brand new one because they couldn't provide a replacement brew basket ($20) part.

    I am running a few batches of water through it now and will have it ready for tomorrow. Ordered some fresh JBM beans today too.

    Their customer service is very good. You might have to hold/leave a callback number but their folks are very nice.... Kinda like a company we used to know.

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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 412
    Cool! It’s great when a company has friendly customer service. I got some of the same today from Baratza about my grinder. Sorry to derail the thread.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,665
    Made my first pot this morning...

    Set the grind on "2" which is "fine" and the "Strength" setting on 6 (out of 8).

    Loaded the hopper with some JBM beans and let it rip...using a Melitta paper filter which is my normal preference.

    Some things to note. The grinder is much quieter than the older version. No longer sounds like a weed wacker in the kitchen first thing in the morning.

    The unit retails for app $247 has a SS thermal carafe and can make cups of in any size you might want.

    Makes a great pot/cup of coffee that you can tweak to your taste. And it smells good too!

    This guys review is pretty good



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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,648
    Do any of you guys with the Breville find that the beans don't always feed well into the grinder ?
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,701
    I don’t have the brewer like that, but the espresso feeds fine into mine
    Only when I used oily beans did it have issues. But oily beans usually suck
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,307
    edited December 2018
    My integrated espresso grinder has never had an issue. Here’s some government shutdown Wednesday espresso/latte action shots. Some straight espresso and a quick latte for the gf. My art skills are still improving obviously lol. The coffee is blue bottle Hayes Valley espresso fresh roasted yesterday! All done with the Breville BES870XL Barista Express

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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,740
    stangman67 wrote: »
    My integrated espresso grinder has never had an issue. Here’s some government shutdown Wednesday espresso/latte action shots. Some straight espresso and a quick latte for the gf. My art skills are still improving obviously lol. The coffee is blue bottle Hayes Valley espresso fresh roasted yesterday! All done with the Breville BES870XL Barista Express

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    I'm on my way over!! that looks too good
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  • WillowWillow Posts: 9,740
    I've been playing around with the settings on my Cuisinart auto pour over. We normally had it at Bold but reading the instruction manual yesterday it said the Coffee association recommends Hot temp and medium. Tried it this morning and it was ok, I also think the person who ground our beans at the coffee shop used the wrong setting. It's either been a 5 or 7. We use a metal cone filter. Yesterday I bought the same Ethiopian beans and spoke to someone else and they suggested a 6. I'll be trying that tomorrow and I think I'll bump it back up to Bold.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,665
    edited December 2018
    tonyb wrote: »
    Do any of you guys with the Breville find that the beans don't always feed well into the grinder ?

    In the almost 3 years using the old one... never had an issue... I keep my beans in a vacuum jar after opening, and Never put them in the fridge or freezer as that will make them attract moisture and wet beans can foul up your grinder....
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,648
    tonyb wrote: »
    Do any of you guys with the Breville find that the beans don't always feed well into the grinder ?

    In the almost 3 years using the old one... never had an issue... I keep my beans in a vacuum jar after opening, and Never put them in the fridge or freezer as that will make them attract moisture and wet beans can foul up your grinder....

    On the grind and brew Breville ? Or are you using a separate grinder ?
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 412
    CL has a listing for a Breville BES840XL, The Infuser, unused (a gift to someone who only drinks coffee). Can I assume that it should perform the same as the one with built-in grinder, the ...870...?
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