uscfroadie wrote:Great job on the review. I just wish you would have kept it longer to play with pressure profiling so you could re-evaluate your thoughts on it versus the big plumbed-in Vivaldi with line-pressure pre-infusion.
Hot water on the BDB comes from the brew boiler (not the steam boiler), so seat-of-the-pants pressure profiling (by opening the hot water tap) should work. This is a cool idea, wish I'd thought of it during the review.
uscfroadie wrote:A more fair espresso comparison would have been a Mini Vivaldi versus the Breville double boiler.
Please don't misunderstand: this was a review of the BDB, not an espresso machine shootout. Had this been a shootout, I would have included machines in the BDB price range (e.g., QM Silvano).
Since I have a Spaz Vivaldi and Gaggia Baby at hand, I thought it would be interesting to provide a comparison of these well-known espresso machines. The BDB performance was impressive, even when compared to a machine costing twice as much.
UPDATE: See the final review here