15 Bar Italian Pump
1600W thermocoil. Integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature. Electronic PID temperature control for increased temperature stability
Auto purge automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
Pre Infusion Function
Applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction
Included Grouphead Filters
54mm single & dual wall filter baskets (4)
Water Tank Capacity
61 fl.oz (1.8L)
Integrated & removable 54mm tamper. Concealed storage tray houses included accessories
Volumetric control - preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable volumes
Dry puck feature removes excess water from the filter basket after extraction for easy disposal of the coffee puck
Replaceable water filter reduces impurities & scale
Espresso pressure gauge monitors extraction pressure
Instant hot water for Americanos & pre-heating cups
Stainless steel 360° swivel-action steam wand
Cup warming tray
Removable drip tray with Empty Me! tray full indicator
Breville Assist Plug
*BPA Free - all parts that come into contact with coffee & water
Single & dual wall filter baskets (4), coffee scoop, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool & allen key, water filter holder & filter
110 - 120 Volts
1 Year Limited Product Warranty
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May 31, 2013Excellent Machine!
"After an extensive research on semi-automatic espresso machines, I decided to purchase The Infuser. I've been using The Infuser for about 9 months and it has been very consistent at making excellent espresso shots.
It's quite evident that a lot of thought went into developing this machine. A sign that a great industrial design team is at work here is the fact that there are no exposed screws on the surfaces of this machine. The surface panels are very well assembled with consistent joint space throughout, which indicates great manufacturing quality control. Also, there are no exposed hoses or wires. Exposed screws, hoses and wires is something you find in most machines, event the ones costing several thousand dollars, which is simply unacceptable. Good industrial design is very accessible now, but it seems that most espresso machine companies have not evolved from the simple DIY approach to design.
The Infuser overall fit and finish are impeccable. I've seen many espresso machines in the $2000 range that don't have nearly the finish quality that this machine has. Most other espresso machines look like garage projects by comparison. That this type of built quality and design is sold for $499 is truly impressive.
The ergonomics of The Infuser is really well conceived. The filter basket lays leveled when the portafilter is flat, a feature I have not seen in most professional machines. This helps you have a horizontal puck when you compact the coffee grounds and prevents uneven extraction. The buttons are easy to read and easy to reach as well. There is a 10.5cm clearance when the portafilter is attached to the brew head, which is more than enough space for extracting directly into a cappuccino, late cup or even a standard coffee mug. If more space is desired, the spout of the portafilter can be removed for an extra 2.5cm of space. The clearance seems adequate for extracting shots into espresso cups. If the clearance was taller, then your coffee will obviously cause splatter as it hits the cups.
The water tank is easy to access and remove. The handle and top cover are a single integrated design, which is very impressive from a design perspective. The water capacity is large enough that I only need to re-fill every two or three days.
This machine is ready to make a great espresso just one or two minutes after being turned on. The warming tray gets warm very quickly and does not feel uncomfortable to the touch. It does a great job at warming the cups quickly.
The hot water outlet provides water that is hot enough for tea, which is a plus because I no longer have to wait for water to boil when I make tea.
The steam is powerful enough to froth milk very quickly, which is surprising for a machine with a single boiler. I never had any problems getting milk hot enough for a great cappuccino or latte.
A great feature of this machine is that it will dry the puck after each extraction. It does take a few minutes for the puck to be dry enough so that it does not drip any remaining water, which I don't mind.
But the most impressive thing about this machine is the quality of the shots. After trying many different beans for several months, I have settled with Joe Expresso from Joe Coffee in New York. I've compared my shots with the shots from Joe Coffee and the extraction quality is surprisingly the same. This is just remarkable considering the their machine is several thousand dollars more than the $499 Infuser. Some online reviews have stated that shot per shot, The Infuser is as good as the Breville's own Dual Boiler.
The PID control feature found in The Infuser is something that is not found on espresso machines in this price range and even in machines costing a few thousand dollars more. You cannot control the temperature as it is set at factory, but the temperature is extremely consistent for every shot.
The only downside I've found with The Infuser is the included tamper. It does not have enough weight for proper feel when pressing down. It will get you started if you don't own a tamper, but it is not a substitute for a good tamper. I've been able to extract extremely consistent shots with a calibrated tamper, which I highly recommend if you're new to making espresso. I have found that pressing down with 30 lbs of force is not so easy with a non-callibrated tamper.
Overall, this is an excellent machine for a really great price. To find this quality of shot extraction, the high manufacturing level and the great features, you'll have to spend several thousand dollars. I was very skeptical regarding the quality of the espresso that The Infuser could make, but after living with it for so many months and comparing its shots with professional machines, this, at least for me, is as good as it gets."
February 6, 2013Espresso The Infuser
"I've had The Infuser about a month along with the Breville Smart Grinder which I purchased a couple weeks before. I am new to pump type machines so it took me about 2lbs of beans to get the grind, dose dialed in to match my tamping
Since I bought the machine I retired my old combo steam espresso and drip coffee maker in favor of French Press. I don't think drip can come close to French Press but I kind of miss the convenience of the drip coffee maker because I can get coffee started while I am dressing and it when I return it would be ready to go and clean up was fast.
I like the machine. It looks good and has several good features which you don't need me to tell you about because you can look them up. So I will tell you what I wish would be better.
Really like the feature that allows me to set the amount of water that is dispensed for the shot(s). However be sure to follow the instructions. I was holding the shot button in and overflowed the shot :-). You have to press the shot(s) button and let go then press again when want it to stop. I would suggest doing it with coffee in the portafilter to get the right shot volume you want.
The hot water dispenser will only dispense about 7 or 8 ounces then it will shut down. You have to turn it off then back on to continue. This makes it tough to make a 16 oz French Press. My 4 cup press fits under the nozzle but drawing enough water has to be done in 2 or 3 phases.
There is not enough cleareance under the portafilter head to put a tall mug. Like wise for the hot water dispenser. When making an Americano I have to put the water in a separate vessel then pour it to my tall mug. Then pull the shots. It's a minor thing I know but when you are rushing in the morning every minute counts.
The dry puck feature doesn't seem to work very well. But that could be because I am not yet consistent with the dose and tamp quite. Sometimes the puck is drier than others. I have learned to let the portafilter stay in the head for a while after extraction but that is a problem when making 2 double shots for a tall (16oz) Americano.
The warming tray takes quite a bit of time to get warm and even then doesn't get warm enough fast enough. For that reason I waste expensive purified water flushing the head and warming the portfilter and my cup or mug.
Oh, I almost forgot, the steaming wand is very nice but is slow to get up to temp or doesn't have enough power. I am pretty good a steaming and frothing milk and I feel like it takes too long with this wand. But it's still a very nice wand that is very flexible in terms of movement. But I wish it was on the left side.
All in all it is a nice machine and since it's my first semi-automatic pump machine I suppose it's worth the price. I just wish it didn't take as much time to make an espresso and clean up because I don't have that much time in the morning before leaving for work. As you have no doubt gathered I don't like getting up in the morning. When I retire in a few years it won't be an issue :-). I would have given 4 stars but I consider the lack of clearance for a tall mug (16oz size), a hot water dispenser that stops after 7-8 oz and a coolish and slow to warm warming tray things Breville should have caught during the design phase."
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