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Breville Bijou Espresso Machine | Automatic and Manual Espresso, Cappuccino & Latte Maker | 15 Bar Pump | Steam Wand | Silver [VCF149]

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Put your cup underneath the portafilter and turn the control dial to brew; the machine will then start to dispense coffee with soft puffs of steam. As Head of Reviews, her job is to test all the wackiest product launches, whether they're air fryers, bread makers, or juicers, and give you her honest experience. On the plus side, the manual dispense gives you the ability to easily customise coffee strength in a way that an automatic appliance may not. It’s stylish and in matt stainless steel and the perfect size for a kitchen counter (very similar to my current one). Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house makeovers, project advice and more.

Breville has built something affordable and high-quality here by outsourcing a lot of the fine-tuning to its user. After foaming your milk it's best to flush out the steam wand once more and use a clean wet rag to remove any milk from the wand before it dries on, which can be unhygienic and lead to blockages. You then twist the dial above the steam wand to the cup sign if you want to start brewing, or the steam sign if you want to froth your milk. The Breville Bijou also has an unusual dial that means it is perfectly suited to those who prefer long coffees to shots of espresso.Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year. The Italian-designed 15 bar pump helps to deliver the required pressure for complete extraction of oils, coffee solids and aroma, while the steam wand finishes your hot drinks to perfection, creating velvety smooth microfoam milk. Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. and has a powerful steamer (albeit without a dial, only one level) with a very solid and easy to clean ‘head’ (which my current machine certainly doesn’t have).

As a result, my espresso tasted a little too bitter on first being poured, and my Fairtrade Peruvian beans lacked their usual subtlety. She reviews everything from coffee machines to air fryers from her own kitchen, meaning these tests have been carried out in the same conditions that you’ll be using the machine.

With a pre infusion cycle that offers enhanced coffee extraction, as well as a manual shot button for complete control and customisation of your beverage, you can enjoy barista-level brews each and every time. If you want something cheap, then this machine serves its purpose; but you’ll get better results from more powerful espresso machines, or even an entry-level bean-to-cup coffee-maker.

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