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[Amazon.ca] Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine - $399, original $579

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[Amazon.ca] Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine - $399, original $579

I've seen this deal from the Bay posted once here before, but doesn't look like anyone's noticed Best Buy had had this up for a day or two. From what I gathered from the other thread, this is a solid price for a solid machine.

Reasons I bought it:
  • We wanted a first espresso machine.
  • We just bought a reasonable grinder (so don't need one built in, like the Barista Express). (we bought the recent deal here for the OXO grinder)
  • Quick warm up time (3 seconds)
  • Apparently has an automatic steam wand that makes for great texture for capps and lattes.


Things of note:
May need to buy unpressurized baskets, if you're really into things, as these are pressurized.
You WILL need to own a separate grinder, and if you don't have one, a reasonable one will run you about $100+.

10:15 edit
Out of stock at Best Buy. Wasn't available at Amazon this morning, but now it is:
https://www.amazon.ca/Breville-BES500BS ... 667&sr=8-1
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Sep 1, 2018
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I'm not an expert on espresso machine but I like this channel to get good information from them :
Newbie
Aug 8, 2015
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I'm 100% biased because I own one but the barista express at $599 is still a better deal then this machine, since it has a hot water nozzle and grinder. Anyone on the fence should get the BBE, the grinder is not nearly as big of an issue as forums would have you think.
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TransporterSD wrote: Wish it had a grinder.
More versatile to get one separately anyway. The one that comes with the Barista Express isn't the greatest, and getting them separately you can upgrade each piece individually when needed.
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If anyone is looking for a more budget friendly option I have had this for the past year and it has been A+ : https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/br ... l/10106549
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Whenever the Bay has this on sale, a lot of times they have the additional 10-15% coupon code you can stack on top. Last time it came to about $360 after discounts if anyone wanted to wait.
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I bought it at the Bay about a month ago, and just want to say that I'm happy with my purchase and would recommended at the $400 sale price point.

I'm still figuring out how to dial in the perfect espresso... but as a first time owner of a machine, I'm a fan. The frother is dummy proof. Just pick up some good local beans and a separate burr grinder and you're good to go!
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benjcksn wrote: I'm 100% biased because I own one but the barista express at $599 is still a better deal then this machine, since it has a hot water nozzle and grinder. Anyone on the fence should get the BBE, the grinder is not nearly as big of an issue as forums would have you think.
Do you think it would be fair to say the BBE is more for people who want to experiment and treat coffee more like a hobby, whereas the Bambino is for people who just want a good easy espresso? That's the impression I'm getting from my research so far.

Also, I watched a youtube video about the BBE where the guy said you have to warm it up for 15-20 minutes, which was a big drawback for me. Do you find this to be true?
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patrickcameron wrote: Do you think it would be fair to say the BBE is more for people who want to experiment and treat coffee more like a hobby, whereas the Bambino is for people who just want a good easy espresso? That's the impression I'm getting from my research so far.

Also, I watched a youtube video about the BBE where the guy said you have to warm it up for 15-20 minutes, which was a big drawback for me. Do you find this to be true?
I think the BBE is actually the easier one. if you want to experiment with a better grinder then the bambino might be able to pull a better shot, but having everything in one machine makes the express quite simple.

In terms of heating time, 15-20 minutes is not true in the slightest. Its around 1 minute from the time you press the on-button, and maybe a few seconds longer if you want to use the steam wand. Its so nice to have a fresh americano in the afternoon compared to old drip thats been sitting around...I actually think I waste less coffee using this machine
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LaurentD88313 wrote: I'm not an expert on espresso machine but I like this channel to get good information from them :
They are a very popular channel (a little less popular since funny Kat left), but at the end of the day, they are a store trying to push product. The biggest weakness in these reviews is that they do not cover reliability issues over the long term. They always test brand spanking new machines.
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Okay I'll give some good feedback on this. I managed to jump on this deal a couple weeks ago when it was this price along with 15% off.

Since then I've gone down the espresso rabbit hole. This is a great, small footprint device. You'll need some effort to lock in the Portafilter which requires you to wrap your hand around the device to get leverage. Something that will make or break the quality of your shots is a good, stepless grinder which runs for at least $500+ from my experience.

These come with pressurized baskets but you can get official, non-pressurized baskets from Breville through Amazon for $25. I'd recommend getting the Breville Mini Knockbox, it makes getting rid of the grounds a breeze.

The device itself is quick and convenient. The auto milk frothing is great. Super simple and when I get the hang of things I'll definitely learn how to use manual mode.

The sentiment on online forums is that this machine wins in ease of use and simplicity. Something the the Gaggia Classic is the most comparable in price and is definitely a notch up in terms of skill required but also requires a longer heat up time and some modifications.

Even with a bodum grinder not being able to get fine enough, I'm loving it and would recommend it for a first time user.

Once anyone is ready to step their game up and dial in their shots there's a Bottomless Portafilter sold by Crema on their website that fits this device.
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RuLa Of Da WoRlD wrote: Okay I'll give some good feedback on this. I managed to jump on this deal a couple weeks ago when it was this price along with 15% off.

Since then I've gone down the espresso rabbit hole. This is a great, small footprint device. You'll need some effort to lock in the Portafilter which requires you to wrap your hand around the device to get leverage. Something that will make or break the quality of your shots is a good, stepless grinder which runs for at least $500+ from my experience.

These come with pressurized baskets but you can get official, non-pressurized baskets from Breville through Amazon for $25. I'd recommend getting the Breville Mini Knockbox, it makes getting rid of the grounds a breeze.

The device itself is quick and convenient. The auto milk frothing is great. Super simple and when I get the hang of things I'll definitely learn how to use manual mode.

The sentiment on online forums is that this machine wins in ease of use and simplicity. Something the the Gaggia Classic is the most comparable in price and is definitely a notch up in terms of skill required but also requires a longer heat up time and some modifications.

Even with a bodum grinder not being able to get fine enough, I'm loving it and would recommend it for a first time user.

Once anyone is ready to step their game up and dial in their shots there's a Bottomless Portafilter sold by Crema on their website that fits this device.
Good comments except for needing a $500 grinder which I disagree with. I also bought a couple months ago and I am using with the Breville Smart Grinder Pro which can be purchased for just under $200 on sale. I am pulling some great shots after picking up an non-pressurized basket. The portafilter tightness also loosens up after a while.
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Oct 17, 2018
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I’m a Nespresso user and doubting to enter the ‘real’ espresso machine world. Is there anyone who both has Nespresso machine and this kind of espresso machine could tell me the difference between those two coffee products? Thanks!
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Gnarrr wrote: I’m a Nespresso user and doubting to enter the ‘real’ espresso machine world. Is there anyone who both has Nespresso machine and this kind of espresso machine could tell me the difference between those two coffee products? Thanks!
Nespresso is for ease of use, they do use good quality coffee and generally the result is consistent and decent. Uses 15-19 bar pressure as well.

Espresso machine, you can use your own grind, your favorite roasted beans, learning curve, once you have perfected it, you'll get better results than Nespresso because of the diff coffee you might prefer.

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