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CMIN
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 1:32pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

I don't know if I would leave it on all day myself, the Pro-Sumer and up type machines have very beefy internals and heaters etc that would have no problem staying on 24/7. I've left my CC1 on for hours at a time, but I wouldn't want to leave it on all day every day. My friend has two BDB, the one in the office is used from morning till close, so it's on a good 8 hours a day minimum, hasn't had any problems doing that 5 days a week for over a year now. I don't think I would unless i have a Pro-Sumer+ machine.
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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2013, 4:22pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Just received my new BDB/B (BES900XL/B) and so far it is a distinct improvement over my previous BDB purchased 4-5 months ago

Differences noted so far:

The plastic insert piece inside the portafilter cup is gone.  
The portafilter fits in much more snugly with increased resistance.  Less likely to spin out.
The puck no longer sticks after pulling a shot.
The pressure is  more precisely dialed in easily yielding  8.5 to 10.5 depending on tamping.
The machine came with a smaller 16 oz steaming pitcher

Don't really know all the differences between the BES900XL & the BES900XL/B, but it seems apparent that they have tweaked a number of issues.  Very pleased so far.  The /B designation is printed on the shipping box and on the owners manual.
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:27am
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Ok, so where can I buy this new XL/B version?   Want to make sure I don't get the old one.  Thanks.
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 10:59am
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mariog7 Said:

Ok, so where can I buy this new XL/B version?   Want to make sure I don't get the old one.  Thanks.

Posted March 29, 2013 link

It's probably best to talk to your retailer and make sure they have the /B in stock. The box is clearly marked and it's easy for them to tell if they can see it.

That probably rules out the large online retailers, but not the little guys like SGC, Williams-Sonoma, and Clive.

 
"I've Scaced many HX/E61 machines, seeing shot variances of up to 8-10F or more. [The BDB] stays within 1F." - Mark Prince
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 2:15pm
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Thanks.  Called Clive, SCG and WLL and nobody has it yet.
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 2:35pm
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You might try contacting Breville through their site. At least two of us had luck doing that when trying to get bottomless PFs and they were very helpful.

Free shipping on orders over $100 last time I checked too.

Good luck!
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 3:21pm
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Thanks. tried calling Breville and they are closed today.
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Posted Fri Mar 29, 2013, 3:24pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

mariog7 Said:

Thanks. tried calling Breville and they are closed today.

Posted March 29, 2013 link

I don't think Breville sells the BDB direct, call them and they'll help you find a dealer.  The naked PF deal is not their normal business model.

 
"I've Scaced many HX/E61 machines, seeing shot variances of up to 8-10F or more. [The BDB] stays within 1F." - Mark Prince
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 4:48am
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

I didn't want to give anyone the wrong impression about the BDB/B model and the puck sticking issue.  Whereas the puck on my original machine stuck about 80-90% of the time, the puck on the BDB/B seems to stick about 5-10% of the time, but only when I have the basket probably a hair too full.  When tamping an optimum amount the puck never sticks on this particular BDB/B.

One thing I've noticed with respect to the puck is that on my old machine whether the puck stuck or not, it was always bone dry on top.  With this machine, there is almost always an almost wet quality to the top of the puck, as if the machine was now designed to ooze a very tiny amount of water just after the shot is finished.

That may be a new design feature or it may be an anomaly with my machine only.

I would again hope that someone can determine what the real design differences are, if any, other than the obvious physical differences I described above.

Oh, one other minor physical difference I've noticed has to do with the plug.  On this BDB/B the plug prongs are just slightly smaller in diameter so the plug slips in and out almost perfectly.  On the old BDB the plug was very difficult to insert and pull out.  I was always afraid it would damage my GFI wall sockets.  Sounds minor, but it is a nice little difference.
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Posted Sat Mar 30, 2013, 8:40am
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Looks like the new machine is on its way in the coming weeks, so I would advise anyone considering one to wait.
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