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Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine

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  • Dual stainless steel boilers and dual Italian pumps for simultaneous espresso extraction and steaming
  • Over-Pressure Valve (OPV) limits extraction pressure
  • Electronic PID temperature control for precise water temperature, plus actively heated group head and heat exchanger (HX) to maintain thermal stability
  • Backlit LCD displays brew temperature, shot clock or time. Assists with programming shot temperature and volume, pre-infusion duration and power, and auto-start time
  • Drop-down swivel foot lowers a wheel that lifts the machine upwards for convenient access to the water tank (both rear and top-fill)
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Product Description

BES900XL demo
Use the dual boilers to make your espresso and steam your milk at the same time.
BES900XL features
Why the Breville Dual Boiler espresso machine?

Perfection requires precision. Every time. How do you keep precise temperature and pressure from the tank to the espresso cup? The Breville Dual Boiler’s dedicated boilers for simultaneous milk texturing and espresso extraction ensures that your espresso arrives in its cup with the optimum flavor.

Commercial performance in a domestic footprint

A domestic machine with numerous professional features, it regulates temperature to within one degree Celsius of the optimal temperature, giving budding baristas the precision and control they need to perfect their technique. Actively heated group head, PID temperature control, over-pressure valve and low pressure pre-infusion maintain optimum temperature and pressure throughout extraction.

Espresso yourself: tools for precise personalizing and perfecting

Ultimately there is only one standard by which espresso should be measured: taste. And espresso taste is notorious for being a matter of preference. The Breville Dual Boiler gives you the tools to customize your espresso to your personal specifications, with the ability to program shot temperature with precise PID temperature regulation technology, shot volume (1 and 2 cup), and pre-infusion duration and power. You can also program it to auto start, so it will be warmed up and ready to go in the morning.

Extraction pressure and low pressure pre-infusion Temperature Simultaneous steam

Limiting the maximum pressure throughout extraction produces a balanced espresso with an aromatic crema: too little pressure during extraction leads to espresso that is thin and under-developed, but too much pressure during extraction can lead to bitter flavors. The Breville Dual Boiler has low-pressure infusion with programmable pressure and duration, a feature seen in high-grade commercial espresso machines but not in domestic thermoblock systems.

Maximum extraction pressure is achieved with an Over-Pressure Valve (OPV) for optimal espresso flavor.

Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction (power & duration is user programmable).

Precise and stable water temperature is required for optimum espresso flavor. Water temperature that is too low can lead to espresso which is sour, too high can lead to ashy or bitter flavors.

The dedicated stainless steel espresso boiler with electronic PID control technology delivers precise water temperature with variation of only one degree Celsius, based on tests conducted by Breville (2011).

The actively heated group head maintains thermal stability throughout extraction, controlled by PID technology.

The stainless steel heat exchanger delivers pre-heated water to the espresso boiler via the steam boiler, aiding thermal stability for optimal extraction temperature.

If combining the textured milk and espresso is delayed, the crema may dissipate or lose its flavor. The ability to texture milk whilst extracting espresso, which allows you to immediately combine the two, ensures that the delicate aromatics of the crema are captured. This produces a creamier texture with more complex flavors.

The dedicated stainless steel steam boiler delivers steam on demand, allowing you to texture for one cup or continuously for multiple cups

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Product Features

  1. Dual stainless steel boilers: dedicated boilers and two pumps for simultaneous milk texturing and espresso extraction at the optimum temperature and pressure.
    1. Dedicated 32 fl. oz. (950ml) steam boiler
    2. Dedicated 10 fl. oz. (300ml) espresso boiler
  2. Programmable functions: adjust the shot temperature, shot volume, pre-infusion duration and power, auto start time and audio volume
    1. Programmable extraction temperature with PID technology: electronic temperature control delivers precise water temperatures of 190-205 degrees Fahrenheit (89-96 degrees Celsius) for different roasts and origins
    2. Programmable pre-infusion: alter duration and power to fine tune flavor profiles
    3. Auto start: preheats the machine at a programmed time
    4. Audio alerts: select from high, low, or no volume
  3. 58mm tamper
  4. Backlit LCD: displays shot temperature, shot clock, or time
    1. Espresso shot clock: a guide to extraction consistency that displays the duration of the espresso shot being extracted
  5. Regulated extraction pressure: over-pressure valve (OPV) limits the maximum pressure throughout extraction to optimum levels
  6. Low pressure pre-infusion: gradually increases water pressure to gently expand grinds for an even extraction. User programmable
  7. Drop down swivel foot: lowers a wheel for easy maneuverability
  8. Programmable volumetric control: preset, manual over-ride or reprogrammable shot volumes
  9. Pressure gauge: monitors extraction pressure
  10. Instant hot water: dedicated hot water outlet for Americanos and pre-heating cups
  11. Actively heated group head: commercial 58mm group head with embedded element maintains thermal stability throughout extraction
  12. Commercial 360 degree swivel action steam wand: with 3 hole tip for a silkier texture
  13. 84 fluid oz. (2.5L) removable water tank: top-fill or rear-fill with rear integrated water filter and water level indicator
  14. Included accessories: single wall filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), dual wall filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), integrated tamper, stainless steel frothing jug, cleaning disc and tablets, cleaning tool and allen key, water filter holder and water filters (1 year supply)
Attribute

BES900XL: Dual Boiler

BES870XL: Barista Express

BES840XL: the Infuser

Dimensions 16.25"x15"x15" 13.25"x12.5"x14.5" 10.25"x12.5"x13.25"
Weight 30 lbs 23 lbs 17 lbs
Heating system Dual boilers, stainless steel Thermocoil, stainless steel Thermocoil, stainless steel
Pump Dual Italian pumps 15 bar Italian pump 15 bar Italian pump
Wattage 1700W 1600W 1600W
Water tank 84 fl. oz. top-fill and rear-fill 67 fl. oz. top-fill with handle 61 fl. oz. top-fill with handle
Accessories 2 x 58mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 58mm single wall filter baskets, 58mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filters, coffee scoop 2 x 54mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 54mm single wall filter baskets, 54mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning kit, water filter holder and filter, precision dose trimming tool 2 x 54mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 54mm single wall filter baskets, 54mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filter, coffee scoop
Auto purge? Not required Yes Yes
Steam wand 360 degree swivel, 3 hole tip 360 degree swivel, 1 hole round tip for easier cleaning 360 degree swivel, 1 hole tip
Other Over-pressure valve (OPV), actively heated group head, heat exchanger (HX), programmable extraction temps, programmable pre-infusion, backlit LCD, espresso shot clock, auto start, audio alerts (high, low, mute), drop down swivel foot .5 lb bean hopper, conical burr grinder, grind size dial, grind amount dial, hands-free grinding cradle
Housing Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free

Compare the Barista Express (BES870XL) with other Breville espresso machines

All three machines have an electronic PID temperature control system for better temperature stability; a pressure gauge; volumetric control that is either preset, manual over-ride, or reprogrammable; a dry puck feature; a dedicated outlet for hot water; a cleaning alert; a concealed storage tray; and a Breville assist plug. All three machines also have a pre-infusion process that begins with low pressure and gradually ramps up, to gently expand grinds for more even extraction.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 14.2 x 16 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 34 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B005I722YC
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: BES900XL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,548 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

In conclusion, I LOVE the BDB (Breville Dual Boiler).
Greg Kochanov
Remember, a great espresso starts with the grinder - don't bother spending good money on a machine unless you also budget for a good grinder.
Comdet
The machine has been really reliable and makes a great espresso or latte.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

321 of 346 people found the following review helpful By Greg Kochanov on November 21, 2011
I don't even know where to start. I just got this "Lamborghini" of espresso machines, about 2 hours ago and after about 6 tries I pulled a perfect shot.

When I say perfect, I mean double-shot-single-wall-filter-14gr-30-lbs-of-tamper-pressure-200F-9-bars-30-second-extraction-2oz-full-of-crema PERFECT.

I have been using a BES820XL for quite some time and I was very happy with the quality and all my friends always said that my espresso was the best they've ever tried. True, my espresso has always been consistent and close to the coffee I drank throughout Italy.

UNTIL NOW.

I can't believe the difference this machine made. I mean the same coffee (same amount of coffee & same tamper pressure & 30 second extraction) tastes like it's not from the same beans. It tastes like dark chocolate with a very long finish and a delicious aftertaste. The same coffee pulled through BES820XL lacked the finish and wasn't as full-bodied.

The machine is a lot bigger than my BES820XL (I will try to upload a photo later) but it's pure sexinness. I don't even mind that my espresso cups don't fit on top of it when it's under the cupboards (my cabinets are hung a little low).

Besides the obvious difference in the looks between the two machines, this machine is a technological marvel. The PID controls alone are worth it. The PID controls let you keep the temperature pegged at 200F with just over a 1 degree variation. Instant steam means I never have to wait again or hear that pumping noise.

I love the wheels underneath. It makes it so easy to maneuver the machine on the counter. And I also love the fact that you can fill it up right through the top lid.

The ONLY disappointment is the weight of the included tamper.
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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Comdet TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 22, 2011
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Well, quite a bit judging from the latest espresso effort from Breville. Since I love espresso, this is going to be a lengthy review. My apologies.

If you would rather not read all my ramblings, the bottom line is this is a great consumer-level machine with some "prosumer" features. It is very user friendly and has an abundance of well thought-out convenience touches. My concerns are that it has to be professionally serviced every 4-5 years and that it lacks a proven track record regarding reliability. I think it's a good match for someone who wants a feature-rich machine that offers ease-of-use automation, but also the ability to take a hands-on approach should one desire. The brand name won't impress the "serious" espresso crowd, but it hits the mark where it counts - tasty espresso.

Full review:
Breville is one of my favorite small appliance companies since they spend a lot of time on the little things that make a difference when using their products. However, when it comes to espresso, I've not been satisfied with their products (I've tried their die-cast espresso machine and the Modena). Decent looks, decent price, but mediocre performance.

Their so-so past espresso efforts, plus the fact that they are a general kitchen appliance maker, never earned Breville much love among the "serious" espresso crowd. Their view is: want a juicer or toaster oven? Go for a Breville. Want an espresso machine? Go for one made in Italy.

Breville has made a big effort to change that perception with this machine. It is packed with features seen on prosumer-level machines: a PID (which allows precise temperature control), a heated group head, the ability to tweak a wide range of settings, and even a timer for start-up and shut-down.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By B. Steeg on December 13, 2011
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My heart was set on a Rocket. I decided to try the Breville even though it didn't have the E61 group head nor the proven track record of quality. The group head is controlled by an element rather than the Rocket's mechanical E61 approach. I shy away from Breville because their products aren't great quality, but this machine is very well thought out:

Pros:
the drip tray tells you when it's time to empty so you don't accidentally overflow it; the tamp stores nicely with a magnetic insert; the choice between manual and the automatic volume buttons make pulling the shot easy; the PID temperature control on the group head lets me choose brew temp almost on the fly; the pressure gauge helps me adjust my grind and tamp; the lever action steam wand is much easier to use than a round knob; there is a wheel that drops down beneath the drip tray to make it easy to maneuver the machine on the counter; the water tank will overflow into the drip tray if you overfill; you can pour water from the boiler with the left knob (no lever, though not needed) for Americanos; you can program the machine to turn on at a specified time in the morning; you can pop up the lid in the front if you want to fill the water tank from the front rather than always needing to turn the machine to access the tank; the steel casing is easy to clean (though it shows finger prints); it is stable enough that the machine doesn't turn when you twist the portafilter in; the dual boiler for the steam wand makes milk frothing easy and quick; overall spacing and placement of controls works well; heats up fast, I can pull as many shots as I want with this machine, it can easily handle your dinner guests.
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