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14 years 4 weeks ago #2545 by sachermom
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I haven't read anything good about Breville on your website and undstand the reason to be primarily because of the thermoblock on most of them? I bought the Breville \"Ikon\" (Bed,Bath and Beyond)because it had a stainless steel boiler. It foamed milk great but in two days of constant trying, neither I nor my husband could get any crema on the \"espresso.\" I tried different tamps and grinds. After three days of constant trying,I took it back as I don't care how well it foams milk if I can't get crema. Did I give up too soon? Any idea what the problem might have been?
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14 years 4 weeks ago #2546 by colin
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The most common failure of achieving crema is in the beans and the grind:

-the beans must be impeccably fresh and
-they must be ground precisely.

Tell me more: What do the shots look like?
Are they coming out quickly or slowly
dripping out?

Where are you getting your beans from?

Pre-ground espresso is bad news by the way.
Any coffee, after grinding, becomes seriously
stale within an hour or so.
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14 years 4 weeks ago #2547 by tmplo
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Beville machines all have so called 'dual wall' crema enhancing basket. I have read on other forums that Breville owners are unable to get good shots or crema because of the basket.
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14 years 4 weeks ago #2548 by colin
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tmplo wrote:

Beville machines all have so called 'dual wall' crema enhancing basket. I have read on other forums that Breville owners are unable to get good shots or crema because of the basket.


Yea - they are pieces of crap in the vein of Delonghi, Krups and Braun of old -- and let's not forget some of the original Capresso units -

Link to some other forum discussions here
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14 years 3 weeks ago #2551 by sachermom
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Colin,

Hi again, sorry it took so long to get back to you, and thanks for the links to other Ikon comments. The comments seemed rather positive generally, although one person was getting good shots without much crema??? Another one was getting good shots but couldn
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14 years 3 weeks ago #2552 by DR.J
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Hi,
This is my first post!
Hope you don't mind if I jump in.
I have owned a Breville 'Cafe Roma' one model below the 'Ikon', for about a year.
I purchased the 'Cafe Roma' because it was red. It matched some other gear in my kitchen. So much for research eh! Any how, I have experimented with all kinds of coffee and grinds and have found the machine able to deal with a wide range of coffees. I recently purchased the Breville grinder, a very good unit. For the buck, I have less than $400 invested in the two units and can now produce an espresso that I would put up against any out there.
The moral to the story...
Don't give up. The machine is probably better than you think.
I've learned 4 important factors; 1) the bean, 2) the grind, 3) the water, and 4) you - your skill
Lots of variables. It's worth taking the time to figure out the 'variables' and get a great espresso.
In the last year I have borrowed many Coffee books from the local library and studied like I never did in high school!

Good Luck,
Julius
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