In the beginning, there were pressure cookers. Then, somebody figured out that the same treatment could be applied to coffee. Not only would it produce a cup of coffee significantly faster, but the end result would feature a concentrated flavor unparalleled by conventional brewing methods. As espresso became more refined (and associated machinery less bulky), the ability to grab an espresso anytime, anywhere, spread to seemingly every nook and cranny. Including the home.
The Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler continues the tradition of well-made espresso availability, bringing it into the home while offering some advanced features. Dedicated steam and espresso boilers allow users to pull a shot while simultaneously preparing steamed or frothed milk. Not only is each of the two boilers independently heated, but there is also a heating element near the point of contact of the ground coffee itself--so the brew starts hot and stays hot.
The handsome machine measures 16 inches by 14.25 inches with a height of 16 inches, making the popular drink readily available to even those with the most cramped of countertops. A removable 2.5-liter water tank provides for easy operation. Programmable features include the ability to alter temperature and start time as well as shot volume and preinfusion duration. For now, a trip down to the corner café will have to do, but look for the Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler to hit the streets starting in October.