Well-balanced flavor from drawn evenly from coffee grinds. That’s what you get with the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine.
Breville has been making small kitchen appliances for over 30 years. You can bet that they have almost perfected the art and science behind creating the perfect cup of coffee through the help of their espresso machines.
The Infuser Espresso Machine takes that task seriously by starting at a steady, low pressure to expand the coffee grinds. This process fills in the cracks and gaps in the coffee puck. Thus, when pressure is eventually applied, all the parts of the coffee puck are covered. The result? The extraction of optimal flavor.
Or so the manufacturer description attests.
But how well did the machine perform when we tested it? Well, rather admirably to be honest.
So let’s talk shop, shall we?
Let’s start with the design. It’s a classic Breville. Much like the Barista Express, it comes in three colors- stainless steel, cranberry red and black sesame. We went with the stainless one for the purposes of this review. It’s not entirely made of steel, but the parts that aren’t were of high quality plastic so it’s okay.
Temperature stability is a problem most espresso machines have. Breville fixed this issue by using a thermocoil and a PID for temperature control. Because of these, you get excellent temperature stability for shots. You also get a rather quick recovery time. You’d be surprised to find out that the quality of both crema and decaf produced from the Breville Infuser cannot be distinguished from other more expensive machines. This is a sure win!
Compared to dedicated boilers, however, it lags behind in milk foaming and convenience. It does do a decent enough job with milk but it’s slower and the steam is wetter. The dedicated hot water dispenser also has a tendency to splatter more than a dedicated boiler.
Of course, having a very good quality head gasket and a well-made portafilter makes up for it. The included tamper is also high-quality and easy to store.
Another plus is the light that tells you it’s time to clean the machine up. This automated cleaning cycle just takes the guess work out of identifying when it’s time to freshen up the machine. (“Empty Me!” lights up and it’s time to remove the full drip tray. “Clean Me” alerts you when it’s time to clean.)
You’d just need to be careful with jarring the machine. The relatively small footprint also means the gripping feet isn’t as good as you’d want. And lastly, it doesn’t come with a water level indicator. You’d think that’s a basic requirement for a coffee machine, but Breville seemed to have missed it.
The Infuser Espresso Machine, just like any other Breville coffee machine, will take some practice to get used to and to prepare your perfect cup. But for the price, and all the features included, it’s not a bad buy.
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine:
- Classic design
- Good temperature stability
- Excellent head gasket
- Handy automated cleaning cycle
- Still behind in performance compared to a dedicated boiler
- Needs better gripping feet
- No water level indicator
- Dimensions: 10.2 x 12.5 x 13.2 inches
- Weight: 17 pounds
- Input Power: 1600 watts
- Water Tank Capacity: 61 fl oz. (1.8 L)
- Pre-infusion function applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction
- 1600W thermocoil heating system
- Integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls temperature
- Auto purge function
- 15 bar Italian pump
- Complete volumetric control – pre-set, manual override, reprogrammable volume
- Comes with 1 year limited warranty
- Stainless steel
- Black sesame
- Cranberry red
- Single and dual wall filter baskets
- Coffee scoop
- Stainless steel jug
- Cleaning disc and tablets
- Cleaning tool
- Water filter with holder
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