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Breville Ikon - Mario Béland's Review
Posted: July 5, 2007, 7:10am
review rating: 6.0
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Breville Ikon Espresso BES400XL
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Arrow The Breville Ikon has 7 Reviews
Arrow The Breville Ikon has been rated 7.09 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
Mark Barber 9.00
Ray Taylor 7.50
Rob Gillette 7.33
Michael Rankin 7.00
Mario Béland 6.00

Previous Review  
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.6
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese origin) Quality: 4
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $300.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: déco decouverte Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 year Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Good flavor but probably under extracted, almost no crema.
Positive Product Points

The removable reservoir is very practical.
Nice, full inox.

Negative Product Points

Fast extraction, embedded lamp in button, froth sleeve, very thin crema

Detailed Commentary

It is my first real espresso machine. I used Illy espresso coffee so I assume that the grinding is ok. You have to press real hard to get crema even if the coffee basket is a pressurized one.  According to standard it should take 25 sec to make and espresso. After 15 sec it is done.  The taste could be better.  I tried many coffee brands and grind and with always the same results: There is almost no crema.

The water reservoir is very well done. No need to pull out the machine to be able to fill it. Just remove the basket and pull the reservoir. The water pipe rotate automaticly and get back in place when putting back the reservoir.

The machine is nice, full inox, modern look. Indicating lamps are embedded into the button. It is nice but hard to see if the machine is installed in sunny room.

The frother rotate freely and water can be easily purge into the drip basket. The frother works well but produces an ordinary foam. If you remove the outer sleeve and froth the milk just at the milk surface and let the milk rotate into the jar you'll get a nice micro-foam. Purging the frother of its water is mandatory before frothing.

The machine comes with a spoon and press. You get a single, double dose and pod basket.  Steam capacity is ok.

Buying Experience

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Three Month Followup

ok at 3 month

One Year Followup

I am almost to the point where I will change the machine.  One cup is ok. The machine is still working but I have to let the machine cool down in order to be able to get a second cup.  At that point the pump is not able to pass the water even without the basket.  The machine was cleaned regularly and the water filtered.

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