Post By trentski
Breville Dual Boiler BES900 upgrade path
First post after reading these forums for years so be nice...
So I've had my BES900 for about 4 years now, and its due to go in (again) for a couple of repairs. Initially, I was keen to just get it fixed, but as I have discovered in the extended warranty we purchased will actually offer us voucher for the original price of the machine to spend on whatever we want from the retailer. (Could be spent on something else we need for our new kitchen).
This got me thinking that an upgrade may be a better option. While the Breville dual boiler has served us well, and I think the shot count is now over 4000, I feel that as a consumer appliance and the various issues that we have had with it - I can't see it lasting in my kitchen in the long term. I've had many of the small consumer appliances over the years and feel it is time to invest in something that will last and not just end up as landfill.
I'm interested in other forum users who have moved on from the BES900/BES920 and in which direction they went.
I particularly like the dual boiler which allows me to pump out many coffees in a row, so I am keen to stick with a dual boiler but understand this feature adds significant cost. I've also been roasting at home for about the last year, and now experimenting with blends. I think the low temperature roasts may have actually been the cause of the destruction of the Breville Smart Grinder we bought at the same time. We would also be upgrading the grinder at the same time.
Probably looking to spend between $2000-3000 on a new setup, or a bit less if there was an option of a second hand or refurbished machine. I'm watching the buy and sell forums here closely for something that looks suitable.
Keen if anyone can offer any advice who has moved up the path from the BES900.
Last edited by kegz; 14th July 2016 at 12:15 PM.
Probably too hard to narrow down to an exact grinder/machine because impossible to predict what will become available 2nd hand. There would unlikely be a new purchase that would satisfy your upgrade need. Better strategy would be to monitor the used equipment for sale on this site and then ask the forum to offer advice whether the equipment for sale meets your spec. An example of what would be worth considering is a used Giotto plus (despite not being. Dual boiler) and smaller Macap grinder .
Thanks Melbroaster for the comments.
And yes as I was writing the above post I figured the question is a bit too open ended. I guess I'm after thoughts from those who may have gone down the same upgrade path, and I realise there are a lot of features on the BDB like the PID and dual kettle that would make the equivalent Italian machine quite a bit more expensive. Having said that - the Profitec Pro 300 looks pretty interesting.
Maybe a better way to ask the question is describe your requirements and then get recommendations based on that. A pid and or dual boiler may not be necessary, a hx might be perfect for your needs.
This is sound advice. Next step I would take is establishing a budget and doing a little research on machines in that range. Check out owner threads on machines that peak your interest. Seeking advice from sponsors will be beneficial.
Originally Posted by trentski
Happy hunting for a new machine, the search should not be a head ache but an informative learning experience.