Crew Review: Breville Dual Boiler Espresso Machine – BES900XL

Some people start waiting in line for the next installment of their favorite film franchise six months before the first ticket will be sold and, while we admire that level of devotion and fortitude, it wasn’t until the first whispering rumors about and furtive glimpses of the purported double boiler espresso machine from Breville that we really understood that kind of anticipation. After a whirlwind, backroom romance earlier this year at the housewares show in Chicago, our demo model showed up last week and we finally got to give this lovely new gear a serious test drive!

Watch as we discuss all of the features (too many to count!) of Breville’s entry into the specialty coffee world. We seriously loathe references to ‘game changers’ but, in this case, we’ll have to bite our tongues and admit that the new Dual Boiler by Breville really could change the face of making excellent espresso at home. It’s currently slated to arrive on US shores later this month, so keep an eye out for it!


6 comments for “Crew Review: Breville Dual Boiler Espresso Machine – BES900XL

  1. Quixotequest
    October 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    On your page listing remove “Capacity: 25 grind settings, 450 gm bean hopper” from the Tech Specs. (As for the rest of the Tech Specs I can’t say whether this is right info, but the grinder info obviously jumped out as an error.)

    Also: Is the body cast SS overall or silver plastic anywhere?

    • Kat
      October 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Darnit! Thanks for the catch – fixed.

      It’s metal around the whole body — brushed stainless steel for most of it by the top is another type of metal that won’t show cup scratches as easily.

      - Kat

  2. Victor
    November 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Im looking for a semi automatic espresso machine for a small coffee shop, im newbie and dont have much money to spend on a machine , i found this very interesting and easy to use, but not sure if this would fit my needs of 100-150 cups a day..

    do you recommend me to go for this one?

    • Kat
      November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Hi there -

      No, this would not be able to stand up to that kind of use over time. I would recommend that you invest in the La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi or the Epoca S1 — both of these are designed for low capacity commercial use and will be able to keep up with your business as well as have a long life. You would likely burn the Dual Boiler out and need to purchase another machine, so if you can drop the ~$2k on a suitable machine to begin with, you’ll be thanking yourself a few years from now :)

      Let me know if you need any more assistance,

  3. Jenn
    June 26, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Do you think it can stand up to 20-30 cups a day as part of a student-run business in a high school?

    • Kat
      June 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yes – you can use it in an application like this, but it will really just shorten the overall life of the machine. Definitely make sure you put some extra time into the care and maintenance accordingly and it should do okay.

      - Kat

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