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    This is a question to all of the people that have seen and used the BES900, is it a machine that you would recommend someone to start out with?

    I am looking to buy an espresso machine and this paired with the smart grinder seems the goods.

    My coffee making experience is basically handing my money over to the lovely barrister on the other side of the counter.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: Learning on the BES900

    I have only had a small play on the BES900 but I would say "YES".

    The dial on the front is a great training tool to show you how little changes in the grind or tamp can change the result.

    Most of the entry level machines require far more knowledge to get a good shot and even then there is a fair level of geting to know the machine heating cycles etc before getting a great shot.

    The BES900 does most of the work for you with pump pressure and temperature stability... all you have to learn is grind, dose and tamp and once you have the dose and tamp as a constant you can make fine adjustments on the grind to get the perfect pour.

    The BES8xx was great for learning on, the BES900 is even better.

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    • #3
      Re: Learning on the BES900

      Thanks Andy.
      It seems that the machine can be used fairly easily as default, but as I learn then I could use all the "extra" features.

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      • #4
        Re: Learning on the BES900

        This is exactly what the Breville designers wanted out of the machine to fit both ends of the spectrum.

        I say go for it, grab some freshly roasted beans and enjoy the journey.

        You will be impressing yourself and friends and family in no time.

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        • #5
          Re: Learning on the BES900

          Originally posted by 627A21647360120 link=1314164208/0#0 date=1314164208
          My coffee making experience is basically handing my money over to the lovely barrister on the other side of the counter.
          That must be some damn expensive coffee! Do they charge for it in 6 minute blocks!? 

          Sorry, couldnt resist! ;D

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          • #6
            Re: Learning on the BES900

            Auto spell for you I guess :/

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            • #7
              Re: Learning on the BES900

              Well I am going to go get one of these today.
              $1488 for both on 48months interest free so cant really complain.

              Time to start learning.

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              • #8
                Re: Learning on the BES900

                LMAO love the discounting and bundling you got there Paul.

                As to the machine, my vote is for yes as well. Granted I chose to go with the EM6910 instead of the BES900 but that was my choice and Im happy with it.

                Regardless of the above, I still think its a good beginner machine with the potential to take the consumer from the simple pre-set push a button to making it your own with temperatures changes depending on bean type etc.

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                • #9
                  Re: Learning on the BES900

                  where can you get the bundle for $1488? i was a bit late on the preorder

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                  • #10
                    Re: Learning on the BES900

                    I owned a $200 Sunbeam cheapie before buying the BES900. After 4 dud shots (2 way too underextracted and 2 way too overextracted) I am now getting consistently very good tasting coffee.

                    I invited over my Italian friend who Im sure was fed straight espresso straight from birth, who has had many machines, and frequents cafes in Melbourne when she goes there in search of the best coffee shots. The 5th shot I produced on the BES900 she claimed rivaled anything shed had before (and she was being honest in her appraisal of the other 4 shots, not just saying something nice to make me feel good!)

                    So, as a learner to this art, the BES900 has been great so far, and I assume Ill only get better with time and more understanding.

                    Mod edit: Non-sponsor plug removed.

                    I chose to pay an extra $160 to get an additional 4 years extended warranty.

                    So far, Im a happy (learner) camper!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Learning on the BES900

                      Yer got it for $1488 at hardly normal with 48 months interest free.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Learning on the BES900

                        Originally posted by 454E434F1C1A18582A0 link=1314164208/9#9 date=1314672869
                        I chose to pay an extra $160 to get an additional 4 years extended warranty
                        and for all of those asking how the majors do such low prices the worthless extended warranty is one way ;D

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                        • #13
                          Re: Learning on the BES900

                          Originally posted by 36207C337C387C223B313937203B3C35520 link=1314164208/11#11 date=1314689392
                          Originally posted by 454E434F1C1A18582A0 link=1314164208/9#9 date=1314672869
                          I chose to pay an extra $160 to get an additional 4 years extended warranty
                          and for all of those asking how the majors do such low prices the worthless extended warranty is one way ;D
                          You said what I was thinking.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Learning on the BES900

                            Originally posted by 24050E0E0913600 link=1314164208/12#12 date=1314691138
                            Espresso Doc wrote Yesterday at 5:29pm:
                            Ben (L plate operator...) wrote Yesterday at 12:54pm:
                            I chose to pay an extra $160 to get an additional 4 years extended warranty

                            and for all of those asking how the majors do such low prices the worthless extended warranty is one way


                            You said what I was thinking.
                            Some may choose to believe that extended warranty is worthless, however I have had several household items either completely repaired or replaced under these same worthless warranties - saving myself thousands. (For example, a Dyson vacuum cleaner that died in the final month of a 48 month ext warranty, completely replaced with a new motor, a front loading washing machine with a similar story (complete motor and drive component replacement, a HDD/DVD recorder mechanism completely repaired, and a digital camera replaced. Even had a leather lounge suite scratch repaired under the furniture version of extended warranty. So, far from worthless, but hey, were all entitled to our own opinions ...).

                            My situation of course doesnt mean all people have had this good fortune, but not once for me has there been a dispute, simply a prompt fix or replace. To me, on a big-ticket item its a no-brainer, and as said, has literally saved me thousands.

                            Finally, for what its worth, I live in a rural town where there is no access to boutique/specialist coffee shops such as the sponsors of this site, so I am not able to physically go into the shop, get hands on tips etc, and therefore my only real form of seeking advice are places like this (or YouTube), for which I am most grateful. I am also one of those people whose cashflow situation meant a monthly payment plan that the majors can offer (ie interest free periods) meant I could enjoy the benefits of the BES900 now and have a managed way of paying for it (no im not one of the idiots who buys it and then gets a shock 24 months later when a huge interest bill arrives and have no way of paying it back)

                            PS, sorry about mentioning a non-sponsor plug, I had read the two stores I included on other posts on this site, so thought it was okay to mention specific names. My apologies again, was just trying to be helpful in the little way that I could.

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                              Re: Learning on the BES900

                              Originally posted by 6A616C6033353777050 link=1314164208/13#13 date=1314788248
                              PS, sorry about mentioning a non-sponsor plug, I had read the two stores I included on other posts on this site, so thought it was okay to mention specific names. My apologies again, was just trying to be helpful in the little way that I could.

                              Its alright, Ben. Ive been cleaning a few up that slipped past us in the last few days. Not a problem at all...

                              I am from the outback myself, living in a town of about 1500 or less people. There is no way of getting to either the majors or the minors out here! ;D Yep, I agree that the internet has been instrumental for me over the years of living out here in helping with research. When I am in the cities though, I do make a point of going and visiting those who have the shiney toys and they let me have a play even!

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