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Thread: Bes900 is dead after 5 years! Recommendations please

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    Bes900 is dead after 5 years! Recommendations please

    Hi everyone,
    My trusty Breville Bes900 is now finished. I'm tempted to just buy a Bes920 but I actually don't steam milk very often I'm just making long blacks or espresso's these days so the hot water function is more important.

    I'm happy to spend about 1-1.5K on something nice. I'd be happy to hear some recommendations.
    In summery:
    - Steam needed but not often (just for when my parents visit)
    - Hot water needed
    - Dosing etc would be handy but I can probably adjust to life without.
    - I have a decent grinder

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    Bes900 is dead after 5 years! Recommendations please

    Hi BrendanM

    Are manual espresso makers and kettle a possible alternative ?

    I'm impressed with shots from Espresso Forge so far and am only just starting...

    Great manual options:

    Flair - available now with the dual brew chamber add on to have a second shot ready to go
    Cafflano Kompresso - available later in year/soon'ish as the kickstarter thing rolls out
    Espresso Forge - available now with pressure gauge
    Cafelat Robot - available later in the year with pressure gauge option; looks great.
    Last edited by matth3wh; 4 Weeks Ago at 07:25 PM.

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    How important are the following factors to you:
    New or second hand
    Heat up time (range of options is something like 10min to 45min)
    Longevity (die again in 5 years or last 15+ with servicing)
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    I would love one of those, especially for the camping trip I have coming up in January.
    Where are they sold, I can't find them?

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    New would be nice. The faster the better but I'm a patient man. Yeah I think I want quality this time.

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    I believe Espresso Forge is direct from the makers in the USA. Not seen them sold elsewhere (other than second hand on CS here).

    I'm very keen to see/get the Cafelat Robot when Paul Pratt starts making them. Looks to be more basket sizes for larger doses.

    Very little to break or go wrong with any of the manual espresso makers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendanM View Post
    New would be nice. The faster the better but I'm a patient man. Yeah I think I want quality this time.
    Rancilio Silvia + aftermarket PID
    ECM Casa V
    Lelit Victoria PID

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    I'd imagine there's thousands of new home espresso lads out there now ...
    who like me 7years ago ...
    had had enough of holding their breath every morning as to what new trick the
    'Kitchen Appliance' grade Coffee Machine was going to pull this time....
    For Go.'s Sake please just work...Plllleeeaaase !

    I'd suggest you not look past the Bezzera BZ99 as the next step in your coffee travels.
    Rock Solid, Reliable, Just keeps pumping out & has everything you need as a workhorse.
    To allow you to learn the real basics of Espresso Expertise.
    And I mean really learn the variables in pulling good shots.
    Partner it to a good micrometric adjustable grinder .. and you wont look back.
    ** With fresh well roasted beans.

    Keep your education going via the 'knowledge base' (search function) here ....and you'll only have one issue!

    That at least 6 out of 10 Cafe's NOW clearly do not serve good coffee to the level you'll be demanding.
    (Not to mention the other half !!
    Remember the well proven fact ....Great Flavoursome Home Based Espresso = Happy Wife.
    Happy Wife...... ? You now what goes here.
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    second the PID'd Silvia option, especially if you can pick up a well maintained machine second hand.

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