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Bezzera BZ07 Review

 
Design
8.0


 
Value for money
5.0


 
Quality
10


 
Features
8.0


 
Total Score
7.8
7.8/10


User Rating
18 total ratings

 


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Posted March 14, 2015 by

The Bezzera BZ07 is a top-level semi-automatic espresso machine and is considered one of the best by many espresso enthusiasts. The machine looks great, with its polished stainless steel body. The machine is ideal if you are looking for a machine that stands out and if you prefer the look of a classic espresso machine combined with the ease of making semi-automatic coffee.

The machine is made of high-quality materials, such a copper boiler, but this also means that the price is on the high end. It costs $1600, so this is a unit for true barristas.

We rate the Bezzera BZ07 a 7.8 out of 10.

 

Bezzera BZ07 at a Glance

Heat up time: 300 sec.

Bezzera BZ07 heat up time

6 out of 50 semi automatic coffee maker in the survey is slower than the Bezzera BZ07. See the complete heat up time survey.

Energy consumption: 1400 Watts

Bezzera BZ07 energy consumption

The unit uses 1400 Watts and 30% of the semi automatic espresso machines in the survey uses more. See the complete energy survey result.

Price: 1600 Dollars

Bezzera BZ07 Price

Bezzera BZ07 cost $1600 and only 3 semi automatic espresso machines costs more than this unit.See the complete price survey result.

Water tank: 48 onces

Bezzera BZ07 water tank size

35% of all semi automatic espresso machines in the survey has a larger water tannk than the Bezzera BZ07. See the complete water tank survey result.

Weight: 42 pounds

Bezzera BZ07 weight

Just one out of 50 semi automatic espresso machines are heavier than the Bezzera BZ07. See the complete weight tank survey result.

Size

Bezzera BZ07 size

6 units in the survey are bigger. See the complete size survey result.

 

Design

The Bezzera looks just the way a classic espresso machine should look like. All visible parts are made of either chrome or stainless steel, and this gives you the impression of a high-quality machine. The unit is mounted on four large feet. They ensure that vibrations from the machine are not passed on through the kitchen table, and this helps reduce the noise when the machine brews coffee. The large feet help enhance the impression of a robust high-quality machine.

Before you fall too much in love with the machine, you should be aware that the unit will require quite a lot of care and cleaning to maintain its shiny appearance, and this task is can be time-consuming because of all the chrome parts on the unit.

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Price

Value for money

The price of the unit is $1600, and this makes it the 4th most expensive semi-automatic espresso machine on the market. You do however get quite a lot for your money. First, the quality of the components is top of the line. All visible parts are made of either polished stainless steel, regular stainless steel, or chrome. The same high-level quality is found on the inside of the unit, where many of the parts are made of copper, which is known to be an especially suitable material for making boilers.

Compared to the competition

There are four other serious alternatives to the BZ07. The Breville BES900XL is $400 cheaper. This machine is very advanced form a features point of view, but many will properly think that the prestige of the Breville brand is not as high as a machine such as the Italian-made Bezzera BZ07. The Gaggia TS is completely different from the Breville. The focus on the TS is on features that are few but good, and this is also the case for the most expensive semi-automatic espresso machine, the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione. The last competitor is the Pasquini Liva 90. It might not be the best know brand, or the best know model, but it is probably the machine with the highest attention to quality on the market. As an outsider, you might also consider the Rancilio Silvia. It is half the price of the BZ07, but it still is a high-quality machine that is known to make exceptional good coffee.

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  • Gaggia TS Value for money 4 out of 10

 

Quality

The Bezzera BZ07 has quite a lot of quality elements, most of which are not visible at first glance because they relate to how the machine operates.

One such area is how the temperature is managed. The brewing temperature is a significant parameter when it comes to controlling the brewing process, and the Bezzera has several features that help you do just that. One such feature is the built-in thermostat, which helps you monitor the temperature. A significant quality boost in temperature control is the PID temperature control. This makes it possible for the Berrea BZ07 to produce a constant brewing temperature via the built-in PID temperature controlled heat exchanger boiler.

The pressure and temperature are monitored by a PID microprocessor and a PID sensor in the boiler. The vacuum breaker valve allows the machine to be placed on a timer.

The machine has circuitry for automatically refilling the internal boiler from a water reservoir, and a three-way solenoid valve makes it possible to quickly remove the porta filter after the espresso brewing. The boiler is also made of copper.

You get a multi-directional steam and water wand and a low water switch that turns off the water when the water level is too low. The unit also comes with a built-in vacuum breaker and an overpressure valve.

Finally, you should know that the unit has a removable water tank, circuitry for automatic refill, and a three-way valve set up for quick removal of the porta filter pump.

 

Features

  • PID temperature control heat exchanger boiler
  • Thermostat to monitor temperature
  • Multi directional steam and water wands
  • All stainless steel polished body
  • Removable water tank
  • Low water switch (turns off the water when the water level is too low)
  • Vibration pump
  • Vaccum breaker
  • Copper boiler
  • Overpressure valve
  • Circuity for automatic refill
  • Three way valve for quick removal of the portafilter
  • Removable drip tray

Benchmarks

Benchmarked against 50 semi automatic espresso machines

Overall score 7.8 out of 10
Bestseller 19 out of 50
Price level $1600 4000% higher than the average price
Weight 42 pounds 240% more than the average weight
Size 15,10,17 inches 40% larger than average
Water tank size 48 ounces 5% bigger than the average size
Heat up time 300 seconds 230% slower that average
Energy comsumption 1400 W 15% more than the average consumption

You can find more information on the complete analysis and its assumptions here.

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Bezzera BZ07 review sum up

Positive

  1. Made only with quality materials
  2. Nice looking
  3. Advanced and easy to use at the same time

Negative

  1. Slow heat up time
  2. High price
  3. Cleaning is difficult

 


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