REVIEW: Breville BES920

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

Lack patience and perseverance? You’re better off having coffee at a nearby cafe because this will only worsen your condition. Even the less expensive sibling in our opinion's meant for those who wish to get serious into the coffee game. It too was reliable from daily use and I hope this one will be just as dependable. The main reason to move up to this flagship model is quite obviously for its double boilers, meaning it can extract espresso and froth milk at the same time. Cutting on wait times to craft the perfect cup of coffee is an aspect that’s actually more important than it sounds. A value proposition as a dual boiler from La Marzocco (although better in both looks and performance) costs three times.

PRO

A class above single boilers

Ecosystem familiarity

Novice friendly

CON

Coarse pump noise

SPECIFICATION

Semi-automatic

2.5-litre water tank

1700 watts

RM 4,999

$ 999 AUD

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Unlike what we've read on the Internet, our machine got up to temperature in just three minutes. It comes with four 58-millimetre filter baskets but the double-shot single wall one mostly used as keeping an extra shot in the refrigerator saves time and coffee ground in contrary to calibrating back and forth. An external grinder will be required to go with the BES920 and from two trials, we got it to 9 bars of pressure which was sooner than expected. Extraction is set to 30 seconds by default can be altered to preference so as pre infusion times, extraction temperature and autostart via a user-friendly (although small) LCD. Also it has swivel wheels that makes it easy to manoeuvre when it comes to cleaning and positioning.

Coming from BES870, steaming is considerably more powerful where less time is required to lather milk at around 25 seconds which is still slower than commercial grade machines of under 10. The tamper should be weightier for a more ergonomic tamp and a quieter pump will be greatly appreciated. Also a bespoke group head takes the fun away from owning more or whackier portafilter.

The low-down is Breville has cracked their heads simplifying what essentially is filled with complication to a price point accessible to many caffeine loving individuals. Should it be the first time owning an espresso machine, there’ll be a learning curve but once you get the drift, living without one will be quite impossible. What’s more, it costs less than a year’s worth of daily joe and you get to master latte art.

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