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Briel ES161ACTB Domus Due, Stainless Steel

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6 customer reviews

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  • ESE adapted for use with ground coffee or coffee servings (pods)
  • Electronically controlled AEF system with soft touch buttons
  • Thermo Block assures a better temperature control as well as a continuous stream production, features two heating elements and long channels
  • Easy to read gauge shows the pump pressure of the machine
  • Constant 18 bars pump pressure producing a savory espresso with perfect crema every time

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Product Description

The new Briel DOMUS DUE is a full size thermo block espresso machine with AEF automatic espresso flow. This design combines all the great features from Briel's existing range (plenty of pump pressure, "Crema master" filter for consistent genuine crema, stainless steel housing, and chrome front panel), with innovative new developments which are guaranteed to make the production of espresso and cappuccino at home easier than ever before. ESE adaptable for use with ground coffee or coffee servings (pods)

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 12 inches ; 14.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0007XXHBY
  • Item model number: ES161AC-TB
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,985 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Target Customer on December 31, 2008
I love espresso and have searched for a machine that could produce a rich espresso, with bountiful crema. You know, like the kind that can be found everywhere in Europe and nowhere in the U.S.

I have purchased three Briel machines. Two Chamonix models and one higher end Due (costing approx. $300).

My experience with all has been similar. The machines produce a beautiful product. But only for a matter of months. Then, for one reason or another, they break down. The quality of manufacture is mixed or poor.

Nevertheless, I have shelled out $160 - $175 for one Chamonix machine that lasted a year, and another similar amount for a second one that lasted about the same.

And then, like Charlie Brown trying to kick that football and having it be pulled away by Lucy every single time, I hopefully purchase a new machine. This last time I purchased a Due, costing almost twice the price of a Chamonix, hoping perhaps that it would be more enduring.

The Due broke after six months. The pressure guage - - which for the first six months registered a consistent 11 - 13 bar every time - - would no longer climb above 6 bar. The coffee was weak and watery. I ordered a new crema filter at my own expense from Electra-Craft, the exclusive East Coast servicer for Briel products. That made no difference. I changed the grind every which way. I changed the tamping every which way. I sent the machine in to Electra-Craft for repair, paying for the shipping at my own expense and then paying Electra-Craft for the return shipping. I tried putting in a new filter basket, borrowing one from the Briel graveyard that is in my basement.

Electra-Craft said the machine was fine, according to their standards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 15, 2009
This was my first espresso machine. It ran beautifully for about 2 months then water started leaking from the steam wand while pulling shots. Paid $30 shipping ($15 each way) to repair center on East coast).
they replaced the pump &after 4 weeks got it back...It ran for 4 weeks before it started to leak water from steam wand again while making shots(losing 4 ounces of hot water to every 1 ounce of espresso made). Sent it back to East Coast repair center...Paid $15 in shipping & they paid return shipping since their repair failed. After 3 weeks got it back again with the steam pump replaced. It worked for about 4 weeks and then guess what?? Yup!! it started leaking from the steam wand again. Called the East Coast repair center and told them I wanted a different machine cause this one was a lemon...After passing me around to different service people for 2 weeks I was finally told to call Steve the owner...I was then told that this machine was not under warranty because the Amazon seller I bought from was a secondary seller and not recognized as a Briel "authorized" dealer. Thank God I had taken out a "Square Trade Warranty" when I bought this machine. Square Trade refunded me the cost of the machine less the shipping cost. All this does have a happy ending...I found a Delonghi Magnifica semi-automatic on Craigslist for $75 that has carried me through and past the Briel nightmare. If you can afford this machine or can find one used I would say go for it..it is a quality machine with no problems.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luis J. Ramos on April 25, 2008
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This is an awesome machine. The basket is pressurized so there is no guessing. Because it has 18 bars of pressure, you get your espresso real fast. Keep it clean and you have a machine for many years to come, The frothing pump rocks.
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