Testing room: the Breville Dual Boiler

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

Breville has released a professional-quality espresso machine that it claims is so simple, anyone can use it. We put it to the test.

We all dream of making the perfect cup of coffee every time, but it can be a daunting prospect. First, you need the right beans; then the right grinder (conical burr, according to Breville's official coffee guru Phil McKnight); then you need to have the water hot, but not too hot, and run it for long enough, but not too long. In fact, if you Google the phrase "perfect coffee", you will find thousands of results, many telling you exactly what to do and what not to do.

The Breville Dual Boiler BES900 is a classy-looking machine, with presets for that elusive perfect draught. There was only one thing that we could do: put that claim to the test. Michelle, who used to be a barista at one time in her sordid past (and has mostly forgotten the skills) made coffee for her caffeine-loving CNET Australia team: Joe, Nic and Seamus.

Watch what happens in the video above.

The Breville Dual Boiler BES900 is available for AU$1499, and the Smart Grinder for AU$299.95.

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StevieC posted a comment   

bahahahha! joe!! burnt and bitter. thats how i'd feel after you told me about my horrible coffee i lovingly made for you.


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

Everyone's a danged critic T_T


Im Batman posted a comment   

Clearly better first results than Joe got with the Kogan nespresso machine!!

(or maybe Michelles previous life as a barrista was a big influence... not in this case)

For that price you certainly hope it can make a good brew.


Michelle Starr posted a reply   

We don't want to send it back! #CNETproblems


Im Batman posted a reply   

I hear things get 'lost' all the time in that office!!!... or blame the post/courier for loosing it when you have faithfully returned it.

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