In this Breville Duo-Temp review, you will learn all about the product’s features as well as the pros and cons. Because of its wide range of attractive features, the Breville Duo-Temp Pro Espresso Machine can be ranked among the best entry-level espresso machines available on the market these days.
Having been made with the finest materials, this machine is equipped with PID temperature control, precise espresso extraction, a unique Razor precision dose trimming tool, precise pump pressure and an auto purge function. All of these features combined, make it possible for the Breville to produce some of the greater-tasting espressos and cappuccinos you will know of.
But above all, you will learn in this Breville Duo-Temp Pro review about the machine’s dual temperature function which enables users to obtain on the one hand, a high pressure steam and faster heat up to create the much-cherished micro foam which is typical of lattes; and on the other hand, make use of the temp control function for other types of brewing.
Breville Duo-Temp Pro
To help you in your decision, I have also included two alternatives along with how they compare against the Duo-Temp Pro. There's a cheaper alternative, in case you find the price of the Duo-Temp Pro simply too high. On the other hand, there's a more expensive alternative to show you what you can get if you up your budget.
If you're in a hurry and just want to know whether or not you should purchase the Breville Duo-Temp Pro BES810BSS (the latest model), let me give you a quick breakdown:
Ease of use
If you're still unsure, please keep reading. Hopefully, after reading my full and detailed Breville Duo-Temp Pro review, you can make a solid decision. If not, just let me know in the comments, where I am happy to answer any questions.
The Breville Duo-Temp Pro is an entry-level espresso machine within the Breville espresso machine line. From this little wonder to the almighty Oracle, there's a Breville for every budget. Below you will find a short overview of all the Pros & Cons of each device. If you want more detailed information, please read: "So, What is the Best Breville Espresso Machine?".
With automated tamping and frothing, meet the world's first automated semi-auto espresso machine.
The perfect machine if you want to improve your barista skills with full control and a dual boiler for excellent heating.
Capable of making a perfect espresso, with an built-in grinder to save space and money.
Same as Barista Express but without grinder, in case you want/own a better grinder, but still want the same quality.
An entry-level espresso machine, with some of the professional features or its bigger brothers, at a very friendly price tag.
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The feature set, build quality/durability and output quality. After we rate each finding, we have a look at its price. We want you to be able to afford the product you're interested. It's easy to get a maximum score with a product costing $5,000+. While this ultimately may be the best product you can get, its price tag will prevent most people from being able to afford it. Therefore, the price of a product is an important consideration before declaring a product the best.
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Originally designed as an entry-level espresso machine, the Breville Duo-Temp Pro was introduced in 2014 as part of the prestigious Beville line of coffee-making machines. Because of its ability to stabilize and control temperature throughout the entire steaming and brewing process, it became a sudden hit for starters.
However, as time goes by, it is possible for users to feel the need for an upgrade once the basics of coffee-making are mastered and more features are needed.
This is why you will later on find useful information comparing the Breville Duo-Temp Pro to the Barista Express, which would be the next natural choice.
The Duo-Temp offers practical features, some of which are unique to the Breville range of products, such as its heat management device; the Thermocoil Heating System with PID Control or its purge function.
Making a great espresso calls for the right balance of factors in order to achieve optimal flavor and consistency.
The Duo-Temp Pro shares a number of features with some of the more expensive Breville espresso machines. Breville does a great job of making espresso machines in different price classes, so you can upgrade within the line, but still be familiar when using it. Some of the more prominent features of the Breville Duo-Temp Pro are:
What is pre-infusion?
Pre-infusion takes place a few seconds before full pressure extraction starts. By slowly building up the pressure, the grinds are better saturated, resulting in more flavor coming into the cup.
Let’s now take a look at what’s to like and what’s to improve.
Because of the PID, optimal water temperature can be achieved in a short time. When properly preheated, water will never be either too hot or too cold.
The Breville Duo-Temp Pro comes with a number of accessories including four 54mm filter baskets, one 54mm stainless steel portafilter, one 16 fl.oz stainless steel frothing pitcher, one integrated and removable tamper, cleaning tablets, a silicon cleaning disc, an Allen key, and Breville’s patented Razor Precision Dose Trimming Tool, all of which are included upon purchase.
Storage and Capacity
The rear mounted removable water reservoir holds up to 61oz of water and can be fitted with a water filter that helps to remove impurities and extend the life of your machine. Located behind the drip tray is a concealed storage tray to house your tools and accessories.
The Duo-Temp Pro also comes with the Razor precision dose trimming tool, which simplifies manual dosing by precisely controlling the amount of coffee in the filter basket. This in turn, will help you achieve consistently great tasting coffee every time you use your Duo-Temp Pro.
High power 1700W element for high pressure steam and faster heat up to create microfoam necessary for café quality drinks and essential for creating latte art.
What is it with the Plastic?
Even if it is only an entry-level machine, you would expect much less plastic on it. For one, the porta filter has a removable plastic bottom. The rooftop is also plastic which is not warm enough as the machine goes into sleep mode. We know it was put there for safety, but it makes the whole unit much less professional.
Sometimes difficult to get a Crema
Although the Breville Duo-Temp offers a good pressure, it can be difficult to get enough crema. In order to achieve the desired effect, you will see yourself figuring out all kinds of variations in the process. With every bean comes the task of properly dialing in your grinding, and applying enough tamping pressure. However, as the Duo Temp Pro is missing a pressure gauge and shot timer, there's more guessing in the extraction process. For this you need to upgrade to a Breville Barista Express.
Beware of Mess
There is a lot of splashing when the coffee comes out, thereby causing a messy foam line.
Even though the Duo-Temp Pro is a good device, you might want some more pro features which allow for a better consistency. Luckily, within the Breville espresso machine range there's a perfect alternative.
The Barista Express is a very popular Breville espresso machine. This is the device that fuels our chief grinder, who developed a tight routine for making optimum use of the single thermocoil heating element. You can find this routine in his extensive Barista Express review.
The Barista Express comes with a built-in grinder, with auto-shutoff so you get the same amount of coffee grind every time. It also has pre-defined extraction times, including pre-infusion, which is a great help in achieving consistency. The pressure gauge shows you the required espresso range, to get an excellent crema.
It has the same steam wand as the Duo-Temp Pro, which is perfect for making milk foam, which even allows for latte art.
We have a very extensive review on our site, along with a tutorial on how to use a bottomless portafilter (which is great for perfecting your barista skills:
Breville Barista Express Review
Tutorial: What you can Learn From Using a Bottomless Portafilter on the Breville Barista Express
The Mr. Coffee Café Barista is a tiny, yet capable espresso machine. It's the #1 on our "Best Espresso Machine under $200" list, in which there's a lot of competition.
The Café Barista doesn't have a PID or pressure gauge, and uses a thermoblock design. This means the heat distribution is more inconsistent than with the Duo-Temp Pro (learn more abou the differences of a thermoblock vs. thermocoil).
However, for its price tag, it gets the job done of making a decent espresso. It even has a built-in steam function, so you can easily make lattes and cappuccinos. The Café Barista is a user-friendly device, and a perfect alternative if you want to try making espresso first, before getting a Duo-Temp Pro or Barista Express.
It is hard to find a semi-automatic espresso machine that will work so well and will be so easy to handle. Therefore, the Breville Duo -Temp Pro Espresso may be the best entry level coffee-maker you can get, just before upgrading to something better, such as the Barista Express.
Breville Duo-Temp Pro