Breville Espresso TE 101 information needed!
Dear Coffee lovers,
Acquired this old Breville espresso in absolute perfect order however,I don't know a thing about the correct operation,I need to know all that's available to get this oldie working sweetly,long shot perhaps,is there anyone who can provide some knowledge please,perhaps you have used one or have a book!
Any and all helpful clues are appreciated.
Thanks for looking,as expected no one replied,understandably,everyone here must be using more modern gear however,Google to the rescue......... great machine ,sort of electrified moka equivitant. No creama to speak of although produces a great tasteing coffee.
G'day Mick, I have a Bellman CX-25 P which is similar in some respects. It is a stove-top unit, not electric, but otherwise looks a lot like yours.
There are some video clips on you tube about how to get the best results from a Bellman. The one which I found helpful is called "proper use of a Bellman" or something like that.
I bought mine for camping/traveling because it can be used on a portable gas stove. It's not espresso, but with fresh beans it makes pretty good coffee. I can get a little bit of crema by opening the valve slowly and just enough to get a steady flow.
It gives quite good steam for making caps or lattes too.
Last edited by deegee; 18th August 2014 at 09:22 AM.
Reason: more info
Thanks for your information,yes,your machine works identically,a good concept and very little that can break down and not difficult to work after all.
Appreciate your reply
This machine is very much similar to Bellman CXE-25 except the power switch and steam indicator are on the opposite side.
Originally Posted by mulquemi
You can find manual for Bellman CXE-25 on the internet.
Stumbled across this thread after PMing you about the Sunbeam steam wand. I've been gathering stovetop machines this year and have done a bit of research along the way. I'll post a photo of the collection later so you can get an idea of what I've got, but one thing I don't have is something like this with its own element. I've had a couple of Bellman style pots and I can tell you that after a bit of practice and using the technique seen in the 'Proper use of Bellman' You Tube clip I can get pretty damn good coffee from it. Here's a recent example -
The Bellman CXE-25 users manual found on www.fantes.com will be close enough for you I reckon. And the 'Proper use of Bellman' You Tube clip method will work, BUT from what I've read you shouldn't put anything but cold water in your machine. I think this is because the elements don't like it. I wrote out some instructions based on the 'Proper use of Bellman' technique for my cousin that bought one of mine off me. Happy to pass them on if they might be of some assistance.
Yes,thanks,anything related to this machine would be most welcome.
Just playing with it, seems fairly straightforward.
Another world of coffee brewing!
Breville Espresso TE 101 information needed!
No worries. Might as well post them here for all to see. Just remember that these are for a stovetop Bellman CX-25. If anyone is lucky enough to have a CX-25P with the pressure gauge then its a fair bit easier as you have it for reference. But with a bit of practice you can get the following method working quite well by feel.
Bellman (or similar) Stovetop Espresso Pot Instructions:
• Boil some fresh, preferably filtered water in a jug/kettle.
• Fill Bellman to top mark - '9', with boiled water.
• Take o-ring off filter basket.
• Fill filter basket with ground coffee then tap it on the bench top to settle it and fill it again. (Note: I grind the coffee just as fine as I do for my espresso machine. If anything a little coarser, but not too much or coffee will be weak).
• Level it off with a knife or something, make sure its clean, replace the o-ring carefully and put it in place in the pot.
• Put top on Bellman and do up very tight (but don't over do it).
• Make sure steam wand and coffee valves are closed.
• Place on stovetop on medium heat. (Or turn on power switch).
• Place a cup or jug under the coffee spout. After a minute or so open the coffee valve.
• Keep your eye on it and when you see coffee start to drip, close the valve. (5min or so to get to this point, longer if you start with cold water).
• Turn the heat down a bit and wait about a minute for pressure to build.
• Get cups ready.
• Open valve again and start to fill cups.
• You should get enough for 2 good coffees, roughly 50-60ml each of close to espresso strength. (Its up to you whether you put it all in one vessel then separate or 2 separate cups straight from the Bellman).
• Keep your hand on the valve so you can control the flow by opening and closing it slightly to ensure a steady flow without it spitting.
• When the flow starts to lighten in colour noticeably stop as it will now taste weak and bitter.
• For black coffee drinkers, stop here. For milk texturing read on.
• Turn the heat to high and drain the remaining water/coffee out into another cup/jug. Close the coffee valve when the flow contains steam.
• Keep the heat on high.
• Get your milk ready in the jug.
• Wait until the pressure relief valve on the handle starts to release steam.
• Wait another minute until its really pumping it out then steam your milk. (Tip: If you have a newer Bellman with the single hole tip, drill to out to 1mm. The results will be noticeably better. The old 3-hole tip on the Benjamin and Medwin machines is easier to use. Can't comment on the Breville froth enhancers).
• Take pot off heat straight away and turn off stove.
• Pour coffees then clean steam wand with a clean cloth soaked in cold water.
• Sit Bellman aside or if you can sit it next to sink and open steam valve to allow pressure to escape.
• Enjoy tasty coffee.
Hope this helps someone. Final point to note is that you are unlikely to get milk fine enough for a proper flat white, but you can make a pretty good cappuccino. Also I'd recommend using a thermometer in your milk jug as the milk will heat slow at the start then fast at the end. It's not like using an espresso machine.
Last edited by LeroyC; 4th November 2014 at 07:47 PM.
Reason: Extra info
Thanks again,I'll have to dig out my Breville from under the bench,looking like I have some playing to do to get my machine to your level of expertise, will be fun,most appreciated.
Here are four easy steps to operate your Breville Espresso TE 101 correctly. Hope it helps you!
· Insert the storage tray into the base of the machine and slide towards the back wall. The storage tray conveniently stores all the cleaning accessories and ﬁlters so they are not misplaced.
· Insert the ‘Empty Me!’ indicator into the drip tray and place the Coffee Grinds Separator on top. Then place grill on top. Slide the drip tray into position in the base of the machine in front of the storage tray.
· Before installing the charcoal water ﬁlter, remove it from the plastic bag, and soak in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Rinse the ﬁlter under cold running water for 5 seconds. Wash the stainless steel mesh in the plastic ﬁlter holder with water and assemble. Set the date dial to 2 months ahead. Insert the assembled ﬁlter holder into the empty water tank and push to lock into place.
· Insert the Hopper into position and turn the hopper dial clockwise 90° to lock.
You wouldn't, by any chance, have simply copied a section (pp. 15-16) of the instructions for the BES860XL from the US website? I will be intrigued if the OP is able to make any sense of these tips with a TE 101.
Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon
Yeah it confused the hell out of me too. Grind separator?
Okay Mick ^_^ You're welcome..... Thanks for appreciating my effort
Hi, did you find the manual or figure out how to use this? I have the same model, lying around for a couple of years, tried using it now but could not figure out how it works