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Commercial Quality - Won't be paying a premium in coffee shops anymore!
on May 17, 2016
I'm new to espresso makers with this being my first purchase (previous Tassimo owner). This machine surpassed my expectations and absolutely destroys Tassimo in quality - as you would expect. At first I wasn't steaming my milk long enough and the latté was not hot enough. After speaking with Breville and doing research, I bought a thermometer to steam to 140-160 degree range and it's absolutely perfect now. The more expensive machines do the same thing, just with more automation and conveniences (example, this one leave wet grinds instead of a dry puck - no big deal in my opinion). Also, I don't mind having to manually turn dials on and off to brew the espresso. One tip - take the frothing enhancer off of the steamer if you want to be able to steam for longer without the milk frothing up over the top of the pitcher. This helps it to get to proper temperature.
I did have an issue with the machine in that it was leaking behind the drip tray each time I brewed. Breville and Amazon's customer service were exceptional to send me out a replacement machine with free one-day shipping. It just arrived and I'll be setting it up tonight. I'll update the review if this still remains an issue, but I'm sure it will be rectified.
For the price, this machine can't be beat (I paid $160 on sale, but it's worth the normal asking price).