The Precision Brewer is an EXCELLENT machine. This is no small praise coming from me as I am one of those people that tend to look for the small flaws in something and find it difficult to give a 5 star rating.
Prior to this machine I had been using a Braun, which, for all intents and purposes, I thought was just fine. I was absolutely astonished with my first pot from the Breville as the difference was dramatic. I had been purchasing coffee from a small batch, local roaster. It was not exciting, but not terrible... or so we thought. The first pot in the Breville was very flavourful, much more than it ever had been in the past. Unfortunately, we were not fans of the now evident flavour profile. For the next pot we tried some espresso I had on hand (for use in my Breville Oracle) and again were astonished by how much flavour now came from the beans. A mouthful of chocolate was followed by the subtlest hint of orange left lingering on the palette. We were blown away. Now, I do not profess to have an educated or trained palette, but these flavours were undeniable and had not been present before. I can only chalk this up to the machines various features: PID temperature control, assuring extraction at a very consistent temperature. A “bloom” phase where the grounds are allowed to soak and release most of the CO2 trapped within before the remainder of the water is released giving a nice even extraction. Without a “bloom” the water is heading down the grounds as the CO2 is heading up which breaks up contact between the water and the grounds, diminishing extraction.
Other features of this brewer are: A timed start so you can wake up to a fresh pot of coffee. Programmable “my brew” settings so you can play with bloom time, brew temperature as well as the speed at which the water is introduced to the extraction. The quick settings are handy and, for the most part, adequate. Only a true coffee nerd will want to play with the “my brew” settings. It is able to brew “fast” or “strong” at the push of a button and a single cup is handled just as professionally as a full pot. When brewing 20oz or less (straight into your mug) the water is held in the grounds for a while allowing full extraction rather than running through the small amount of grounds too quickly. The carafe is of high quality and holds temperature nicely. It pours cleanly (no dripping) and the opening is large enough to get your hand inside for cleaning. The water reservoir is large, with a large opening that is easy to pour water into and the measurements are marked clearly on the side.
If you don’t mind spending a bit of money to have the best cup of coffee you have ever made at home, you won’t be disappointed here. I would recommend this machine to anyone.