The Breville Duo-Temp Pro: A Beginner’s Guide to Espresso Making

The Breville Duo-Temp Pro is the perfect solution for anyone enjoying a cafe-style espresso or cappuccino at home. Its low-pressure pre-infusion system ensures an even flavor extraction, giving you the best balance of sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. The third-wave specialty taste you get from this machine ensures that your coffee will be just as good as any served in a cafe. Its intuitive LCD and controls make it easy to adjust your preferences and get the perfect cup every time. Enjoy café quality espresso without leaving home – with Breville Duo-Temp Pro!

The Breville Duo-Temp Pro: Features and Functions

The Breville Duo-Temp Pro is designed to bring cafe-quality espresso into the home. With critical features like precise PID temperature control, low-pressure pre-infusion, and a steam wand, the Duo-Temp Pro can easily craft rich, balanced espresso and frothy milk drinks.

The PID temperature control maintains the optimal water temperature throughout the extraction, resulting in consistent shot quality with each use. The low-pressure pre-infusion gently expands the coffee grounds before increasing to high pressure, leading to an even extraction and fuller flavor. The steam wand produces micro-foam milk steaming for lattes and cappuccinos.

Whether you’re an espresso connoisseur or new to making espresso at home, the Breville Duo-Temp Pro gives you the tools to create your perfect shot. With some practice, you’ll pull flavorful espresso shots and steaming milk like a pro in no time. The Duo-Temp Pro makes it easy to enjoy cafe-quality espresso drinks from home.

Preparing the Espresso Shot

1. Grind the espresso beans. For best results, use a medium-fine grind. The grind size is necessary for proper extraction. If the grind is too fine, the water will have difficulty passing through, resulting in an over-extracted espresso with a bitter taste. If the grind is too coarse, the water will pass through quickly, resulting in an under-extracted espresso with a strong flavor.

2. Dose and tamp the grounds. Add the ground espresso to the portafilter and level it off. Then, tamp down the grounds with firm, even pressure. The grounds should be packed tight for good water flow and extraction. The water will pass through too quickly if the grounds are not pressed well. A proper dose of 7-10 grams of ground espresso coffee for a single shot is generally appropriate.

3. Extract the shot. Attach the portafilter to the espresso machine and run the water through the grounds. The espresso should drip out of the portafilter into the receptacle. It should take 20-30 seconds to extract for a single shot. If it’s faster than 20 seconds, the grind is too coarse, or the tamp needs to be more light. If it’s slower than 30 seconds, the grind is too fine, or the tamp is too firm. Adjust the grind size or tamp pressure for the next shot accordingly.

Milk Steaming

You will need an espresso machine with a steam wand to steam milk for espresso-based drinks. First, pour cold milk into a metal steaming pitcher and place it under the steam wand. Turn on the steam and place the tip of the rod just below the surface of the milk. It will inject air into the milk and create foam. Gently move the pitcher up and down to incorporate air into the milk until it doubles in volume and becomes hot. For a cappuccino, steam the milk until it reaches 150-160 F. Steam the milk to a slightly lower temperature of 140-150 F for a latte. The steaming process typically takes 20-30 seconds for cold milk. Once done, wipe the steam wand with a damp cloth, and you’re ready to pour your frothed milk into your espresso drink. If you do not have an espresso machine, you can froth milk using an inexpensive handheld milk frother or stand-alone milk frother. However, these devices typically do not heat the milk and may produce foam that is looser in texture than that from an espresso machine steam wand.

Cleaning and Maintenance

1. Backflush the machine: Backflushing removes built-up coffee oils and residue in the machine and keeps the internal parts clean. To backflush, fill the portafilter with cleaning tablets or a mixture of water and vinegar and run it through like making an espresso. Repeat this 2-3 times.

2. Wipe down the exterior: Wipe the entire body of the machine with a damp cloth to remove any spills or drips. Dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots.

3. Descale the machine: Over time, mineral buildup can occur inside the machine and affect taste and performance. Descale the device with a commercial descaling solution once a month or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Run the solution through the machine and then flush it with water.

4. Troubleshoot common issues: If your espresso is tasting weak or the machine leaks or sputters, a case may need troubleshooting. Check that the portafilter is adequately secured, the grind size is correct, and the machine is on a level surface. If problems persist, refer to the manufacturer’s troubleshooting guide or contact customer service.

With regular cleaning and maintenance, your Breville Duo-Temp Pro espresso machine should continue operating well and producing great-tasting espresso for years. Be sure to wipe down the exterior and descale the device regularly to keep it in good working condition. Troubleshooting common issues can also help identify and resolve problems to get your machine back to making espresso how you like it.

Tips and Tricks

To get the most out of your Breville Duo-Temp Pro espresso machine, here are some tips and suggestions:

• Choose high-quality coffee beans. Use dark roasted beans specifically meant for espresso preparation for the best espresso. Espresso blends work great and is designed to produce a rich, bold flavor.

• Experiment with the grind size. A finer grind will produce a more robust espresso, while coarser grind results in a lighter, fruitier shot of espresso. Adjust the grind size in small increments to find the setting you enjoy the most.

• Try different recipes. Play around with the amount of ground coffee used and the brew time to create different espresso flavors. For example, a shorter brew time will produce a lighter espresso, while a more extended time results in a more full-bodied espresso. Have fun exploring the possibilities!

• Steam and froth milk. The Breville Duo-Temp Pro has a steam wand to make lattes and cappuccinos. Froth or steam milk and pour it over your espresso for a delicious coffee drink. Practice your frothing and running technique to create latte art.

• Clean the machine regularly. Run a cleansing brew or descaling cycle once a month or every 30 espresso shots to remove any built-up minerals and keep your espresso machine running well. The Breville Duo-Temp Pro can last many years with proper care and maintenance.


While espresso machines and standard drip coffee makers can produce a cup of coffee, they have distinct advantages and disadvantages. An espresso machine allows you to create an intense, robust espresso with a creamy layer of crema. Still, producing high-quality espresso requires a more significant upfront investment and has a steeper learning curve. A standard coffee maker is more straightforward and budget-friendly but may not make bold and flavorful coffee like an espresso. Ultimately, the choice between an espresso machine and a coffee maker comes down to individual preferences and needs. A standard coffee maker would suffice if seeking an affordable, convenient method to make basic coffee. An espresso machine could be worth the investment for those wanting to craft specialty coffee drinks at home and are okay with the additional effort required.

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