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Breville Bambino Espresso Machine $270

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newt_101 wrote: Promo code 'FLASH' not working.
If you still want the deal, use Bay promo code 'SAVE' for $30 off + Rakuten for an additional 2.5% off
Wish I saw this yesterday, 'SAVE' not working either.
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Anarchaotic wrote: Wish I saw this yesterday, 'SAVE' not working either.
Worked yesterday evening for me.
Unless there are any other $30+ codes I'd hold off until the next time it drops below $270 - this is a routinely discounted item at the Bay and BBB
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kitguyy wrote: Yey I'm learning! So the pressurized basket is for noobs with pre-ground coffee or a low-end grinder (more inconsistent grinds) or people that like lattes and are not seeking the ultimate espresso.

Non-pressurized is more finicky in terms of dose, grind consistency, level of tamping etc. but produces more authentic espressos and requires high-end consistent grinders.
Yes, thereabouts! A consistent grinder and higher end machine is really to control variables to get most of the extraction through the sweet spot. However some people do like the added complexity of sour/bitter tinges by way of the rougher method, no right answer to your preferences.

Once a user masters a non-pressurized basket with no channeling, the same techniques can be applied going back to pressurized and that will also taste different because there are less fines going through, slightly higher temp and pressure. That’s actually the route to take with the Bambino when using fresh lighter roasted beans from local roasters to compensate for lack of temp and pressure control. You can also pre-heat the system higher by waiting more than the 3s and running a couple of blank shots. At that point, maybe you’ve gone down the rabbit hole, bought a nicer grinder, and thinking about moving up from the Bambino. Beware! Lol
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Okay so the espresso machine is arriving on Friday. I currently have coffee beans from Costco and a cheap Cuisinart coffee grinder that we use for regular coffee.

I plan on using the pressurized basket to start, and will upgrade to a non-pressurized basket in the future. I'll also get a "decent" espresso grinder in the future (I'm hoping the 1Zpresso will have a sale).

Is there anything else I should look into getting in the near future that will make the experience better, that won't cost a ton of money? Do I need to get "special" coffee beans that are made for espresso? I'm new to this and will take any tips that you guys can offer!

I plan on making milk based drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes.

Thanks!!
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Doyvidlah wrote: Okay so the espresso machine is arriving on Friday. I currently have coffee beans from Costco and a cheap Cuisinart coffee grinder that we use for regular coffee.

I plan on using the pressurized basket to start, and will upgrade to a non-pressurized basket in the future. I'll also get a "decent" espresso grinder in the future (I'm hoping the 1Zpresso will have a sale).

Is there anything else I should look into getting in the near future that will make the experience better, that won't cost a ton of money? Do I need to get "special" coffee beans that are made for espresso? I'm new to this and will take any tips that you guys can offer!

I plan on making milk based drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes.

Thanks!!
I mentioned the dual distributor/tamper earlier.

Buy or make a DIY WDT to mix grinds before tamping:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B099DG2MCZ/ref ... JDCCWJ7R86

Fits both the basket and a JX-Pro, not essential, less mess:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08NG22GGK/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

Save your counter, and just rinse off when done:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07ZYRF5H2/ref ... 3QH9E6Q8R1

My scale in 0.1g increments, I checked accuracy with coins:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075QBS6QT/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

No, you don’t need “espresso” beans, any whole coffee beans will do. I’d start with a medium roast so you can distinguish taste when learning. Dark roasts have that roasty burnt Starbucks flavour, unless you like that more. And this vid is really useful as a start to get the right consistency latte milk, then watch Lance Hedricks vids if you want.

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AncasterRFD wrote: I mentioned the dual distributor/tamper earlier.

Buy or make a DIY WDT to mix grinds before tamping:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B099DG2MCZ/ref ... JDCCWJ7R86

Fits both the basket and a JX-Pro, not essential, less mess:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08NG22GGK/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

Save your counter, and just rinse off when done:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07ZYRF5H2/ref ... 3QH9E6Q8R1

My scale in 0.1g increments, I checked accuracy with coins:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075QBS6QT/ref ... UTF8&psc=1

No, you don’t need “espresso” beans, any whole coffee beans will do. I’d start with a medium roast so you can distinguish taste when learning. Dark roasts have that roasty burnt Starbucks flavour, unless you like that more. And this vid is really useful as a start to get the right consistency latte milk, then watch Lance Hedricks vids if you want.
Thank you so much. I hear people talking about "bottomless portafilters", is that something I should get as well, or is that meant to be used with the an unpressurized basket?
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Doyvidlah wrote: Thank you so much. I hear people talking about "bottomless portafilters", is that something I should get as well, or is that meant to be used with the an unpressurized basket?
That would be this whole unit or the basket on its own Breville sells you put in the handle frame, the terms are used interchangeably and they do the same thing. But I wouldn’t get that until you have a consistent grinder as channeling spray will occur.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08NDJX9TW/ref ... UTF8&psc=1
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Nov 13, 2007
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Montreal
The Bambino and bambino plus are very capable machines at their respective price points, especially when there's deals to be had.

I fell down the espresso rabbit hole and been stuck there ever since I recently picked up a Bambino plus.

I started researching modifications if any to the machine or the cheap grinder (Delonghi KG89 Burr grinder). Yes, i know it's not an ideal grinder but i wanted to see how fine and consistent it'll get with modifications before throwing in the towel and upgrading to something more substantial and heavier (much) on the wallet.

I also 3d printed a whole lot of accessories from grinds distributor to portafilter wall mount holder and a magnetic dosing funnel, to grinder disper and a tray because that grinder is pretty messy. It's been quite an amusing hobby to print for the setup.
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Doyvidlah wrote: Sorry, what is this used for? Is it if you want to use a bottomless portfafilter?
You can use it with a bottomless portafilter. The original double shot basket is what they call a double wall basket. And it's pressurized meaning the outer wall (bottom layer of the basket) has 1 single small hole where all the extracted coffee goes thru to get to your cup.

You would normally use a pressurized basket when your grinder can't grind fine enough to produce flavourful espresso. Or so I'm told.
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Doyvidlah wrote: Sorry, what is this used for? Is it if you want to use a bottomless portfafilter?
You need a quality consistent burr grinder, manual or electric, to use that basket effectively which in combination will produce a sweeter espresso with less overall sourness/bitterness.

However, you will lose some heat which is required for fresh lighter roasts. So if you've gone this far, prepare the puck the same way, heat the system+head by running a couple of blank shots, and go back to the included basket for a heat management technique.

Without a good grinder, mix and tamp technique, you get channeling through the single wall basket:

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