Snaffle says…

With so many manual coffee machines on the market, it can feel like there’s a lot of pressure to choose the one that best suits your needs. But pressure isn’t always a bad thing, like in the Breville Infuser espresso machine, which features a pressure gauge for optimising the profile of your cup.

The symmetrical control panel contains buttons for both single and double shots. Equipped with a pre-infusion function, the machine will slowly saturate your packed coffee grounds with short jets of water to produce the perfect crema. A 1600-watt element allows you to create a fine microfoam for latte art masterpieces.

Breville says…

The Breville Infuser is the ideal machine if you have progressed beyond entry-level machines but don’t require all the bells and whistles of a high-end model.

The Best Bits

  • Pressure gauge

  • While pressure itself is not a variable in producing a fine cup of coffee, an awareness of how much pressure is behind your extraction will allow you to become more consistent in your brewing. By looking at the pressure gauge on your machine, you will know if your grounds are appropriately compressed or if you need to change your grind setting.
  • Choose your coffee length
  • This machine features buttons for producing both single and double shots. A single shot of coffee is 30 ml, so a double shot will give you a 60 ml of espresso for when you need that 3 PM pick-me-up. You can select your setting and then walk away, as the machine will automatically stop once the appropriate volume has been extracted.
  • Pre-infusion
  • Forget the idea that water can only dilute. This coffee machine is programmed to release small spurts of water prior to the pouring of each shot. Although subtle, this process of pre-infusion primes your ground coffee for optimum espresso extraction, resulting in a richer cup of coffee that is crowned with a full, flavoursome crema.
  • Microfoam texturing
  • Microfoam is steamed milk that is velvety smooth in texture, ideal for creating latte art. What you want is foam with small, even bubbles (unless you are trying to make a cappuccino). Powerful wattage gives you adequate steam to create rosettes, hearts, and more. Microfoam will also enhance the overall flavour of your cup.