Breville Espresso Coffee Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel, BES810BSS
- Create micro-foam, enhancing flavour and enabling you to produce latte art
- Provides you with café quality taste at home
- Automatically purging the heat system after steaming
- Low pressure pre-infusion helps ensure all the flavours are drawn
- High power 1600W element delivers sufficient steam
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Kitchen appliances designed to inspire people to produce perfect food and beverage results in their own homes with ease. From espresso machines to food processors, the innovation in each appliance delights. Breville makes the process a pleasure and the end result perfect, every time.
the Duo-Temp Pro by Breville, BES810BSS
Create café quality coffee using digital PID temperature control and powerful steam.
Balanced flavours start with an even extraction using low pressure pre-infusion just like a commercial machine. A great tasting espresso or cappuccino is about the right balance of sweetness, acidity and bitterness. The Duo-Temp Pro provides you with café quality taste at home.
Special Features of the Duo-Temp Pro:
- Precise Espresso Extraction
- Mircrofoam Milk Texturing
- Maintenance Indicators
- Auto Purge
Precise Espresso Extraction
Low pressure pre-infusion helps ensure all the flavours are drawn out evenly during the extraction for a balanced tasting cup.
Mircrofoam Milk Texturing
High power 1600W element delivers sufficient steam to create micro-foam, enhancing flavour & enabling you to produce latte art.
Our machines let you know when they need a little upkeep. Cleaning and Drip Tray alerts make routine maintenance low-maintenance.
Automatically purging the heat system after steaming ensure your next espresso is extracted at the right temperature.
|the Bambino Plus||the Infuser||the Duo-Temp Pro||the Barista Express||the Oracle|
|Interface||Button Conrtrol||Analog Gauge Button Control||Dial Control||Analog Gauge Button Control||LCD Screen; Button Control|
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The design of the machine was well thought out for its value. For example, the 'Empty Me' sign pops up when the water drip tray is full. The water tank has a filter (replaceable) to prevent water scale getting to components inside the machine. It also has a dial set in months to remind owner time for its replacement. Although we use a water filter at home I still leave the filter in place but I reckon I don't ever need to replace it. And then the razor to help maintain a consistent doze of coffee ground for each brew!
The aluminum on the outside gives the Duo-Temp a touch and feel of luxury product although it is not the top espresso product by Breville. Nevertheless, I find it to be a magnet for finger prints and other marks as I use it. It's a minor point in that it reminds me to clean it up afterwards, each time. :-).
The machine produces consistent good expresso each day for us before dress up for the day. With me being the inhouse designated 'barista' by my wife, of course. At similar values in the market, I think Breville is the best in its class.
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Initially I couldn't talk myself into the extra $200 (*wait till the end!) and decided to purchase the Duo Temp Pro. Since this is an important purchase and there are only a few reviews here, I wanted to add mine to help out. Short version: once you play with it a little, this machine makes excellent espresso and foamed milk-- better than 90% of what you're going to get on the street. It's also probably the best *value* of the Breville line-- IF you already have a burr grinder (or want to buy your own). So my experience:
1. My first shot used the single-pressurized basket and was awful-- BUT it was user error. I used good espresso beans (Swing's 4-Mile Espresso) but apparently ground too fine, so it came out bitter and over-extracted. You can tell this both from the taste (bitter) and visually from the drip-drip-drip rate it comes out of the machine. (**One small thing I do NOT like is that apparently there is an auto-off function: stopping the brewing if, I assume, it senses too much pressure. Mine turned off after about 20 seconds on the first shot. MAYBE that's a good feature, to protect the machine… but I don't like it being taken out of my control.) So this shot got thrown out.
2. My second shot used the same basket and a coffee from Peet's (Cafe Domingo) pre-ground between espresso and filter. It generated a decent crema but didn't have much of a "nose"-- that heady scent of concentrated black mojo. However, it TASTED wonderful-- smooth, focused, not bitter at all, only a small "bite" at the end. You could drink it like water; better than 90% of espressos I get at a cafe. This told me the machine was doing its duty and (on the first shot) I wasn't doing mine.
3. My third shot, for a cappuccino, used the same beans as the first (Swings), only ground to the same consistency as the second. It came out much better. There was still a sharp lemony-bitter note from the coffee but much more integrated this time, and it came out at the slow-dripping honey drool that indicates the right grind/pressure. So you DO need to play with it a little bit, but it's not that hard. The milk foaming was almost TOO easy. Whatever they did with this machine, it's the right temperature, pressure, and (after priming) all steam-- no hot water that would dilute your milk. The only thing I DON'T like is-- again-- excessive automation; you can't manually control the flow of steam. (I never realized how much I liked that on my old machine… however NONE of the Breville models do this, so I guess I have to give it up.)
4. My fourth shot (yes, I'm well caffeinated by now) used the standard single-shot NON-pressurized basket and the same coffee as #1+3. It came out fine, but I ran it a bit longer than I should have. One thing I actually LIKE about the Duo-Temp vs. the Barista Express is that the extraction is manual-- you can "run long" if you want to. On the Barista Express, you can REPROGRAM the standardized shots, but its still automated. I guess I just like the user-control. I was a *little* concerned that the espresso actually came out too cool-- this is just my instinct from a dozen years in Italian coffee bars, so I can't prove it, but here's one place where the Barista Express actually has MORE manual customization. If I had the capability, I would up the temp by a degree and see how it comes out.
So all in all, it's a great machine… and I'm probably going to take it back for the Barista Express. Why? Well, for one thing, I don't have a good burr grinder, so I need that anyway. For another, I now appreciate more the idea of temp and pressure control. You can't tell MECHANICALLY on this one whether you're doing the shot right-- only by taste and visual inspection. Maybe you're doing it right and… maybe not. With the pressure gauge, you basically get engineering feedback on whether you have your grinder set right for those beans. As a geeky analyst-type, I might like that. But if you don't care so much for those (relatively small) features, this is the machine for you.
WARNING! There are videos out there on YouTube (like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3gmFtVItbU - see picture) that MISTAKENLY state this machine does not come with both pressurized and unpressurized filter baskets; it does. The same video mistakenly states that the Barista Express is a ThermoBlock system; also not true (it's ThermoCoil). Maybe it was once true and now its not, with new models, but it's still pretty sloppy for a professional company (Seattle Coffee Gear) to leave those videos up. Also, "Gail" (in the videos) keeps getting corrected by her videographer ("This is for pods!" "No, actually it's for back flushing the machine…"). While I appreciate that it keeps things casual and "homey", it is a little disconcerting for a coffee professional to be so frequently and casually wrong on a product demo! So don't trust these videos. Get your info from current reviews and user experience.
If you want a simple design with minimal controls to worry about, this machine is for you. It is very good at pulling shots and I must say it's as good or better than any coffee shop I have been to. The clean-up is relatively simple if you run the hot water through the steam wand after frothing your milk.
I love this machine for its simplicity and its ability to pull consistent shots time after time.
Some folks complain about the noise when the machine is warming up or about the small amount of hot water that comes out before the steam is rocking out of the wand to froth your milk. You can put a cup to the side to catch the water first. I have found that the very small amount of water does not affect the frothing at all.
If you like a simple no mess way to make your espresso, you will love this machine.
I love the espresso this machine makes, but there are several small issued with this new machine that bother me. First off, the old machine had a window on the water tank at the front of the machine. So every time you went to make coffee, you could see the water level while you were making it. With the new Duo-temp, the water tank is semi-transparent, but it's on the back. I never used to run my machine out of water, but I already have several times, so that bothers me.
They also redid the drip tray. When you pull out the drip tray, it pulls out the little tool tray behind it, which is cool. But just speaking from experience, if you accidentally bump that tool tray back in there without the drip tray hooked to it, it's pretty tough to get it back out. And the float that tells you when the tray is full should be reengineered a bit. By the time this one pops up, it's almost impossible to move the tray without spilling its contents, so it really needs to pop up earlier (this is also something that worked better on the older model).
It's also interesting to note that this machine puts itself to sleep (turns itself off) after a certain amount of time, and also turns itself off during espresso pouring if it has been running too long. This hasn't been an issue for us, just something to note that is different from the old model as well.
Overall, I would buy this machine again, since I know that it's one of the best espresso makers for the price, I'm just bummed that the changes made to the machine weren't for the better.