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Breville Bambino Plus Review

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Last updated: December 27, 2023

Quick Answer: I think that the Breville Bambino Plus is an excellent espresso machine, especially if you’ve never owned an espresso machine before. However, If you’re not going to use its automatic steam wand then you get better value from the Breville Bambino.

The Breville Bambino Plus’s automatic milk frothing, automatic shot volume dosing, and PID temperature control seem too good to be true for a $500 espresso machine.

In this Breville Bambino Plus review, I put the machine through its paces to see whether its espresso brewing can keep up with mid-priced domestic espresso machines like the Gaggia Classic Pro and the Rancilio Silvia.

I also tested out the machine’s steam wand in manual and automatic modes to see whether it’s worth paying an extra $200 for the Breville Bambino Plus instead of the base-level Breville Bambino (which is just the Bambino Plus-minus its automatic milk steaming functionality).

Let’s get started.

Should I Get the Breville Bambino Plus?

I really like the Breville Bambino Plus and think that it’s well worth its current retail price.

I would recommend buying the Bambino Plus if any of the following apply to you:

  • You’ve never owned an espresso machine before and the idea of being able to make a good latte or cappuccino without steaming milk manually is appealing.
  • You’re looking to upgrade from a Delonghi semi-automatic espresso machine (such as the Delonghi Dedica or Delonghi ECP3420) and you aren’t interested in getting into espresso machine modding.
  • You want an espresso machine that friends or family with no brewing experience can make a good espresso or milk drink with.
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Espresso Quality
8/10
Milk Steaming Performance
10/10
Steam Wand
4/10
Ease of Use and Cleaning
10/10
Design and Durability
7/10
Value for Money
6/10

Breville Bambino Plus Pros

Its PID temperature control means that you don’t need to develop a temperature surfing routine to pull consistent shots.

It has a 3 second heat-up time for both brewing espresso and steaming milk.

Its automatic shot volume dosing means that you don’t need to brew with a scale under your cup.

It can froth milk to a good texture hands free.

It brews at 9 Bars of pressure out of the box (unlike the Gaggia Classic Pro).

Breville Bambino Plus Cons

It cannot be opened up and repaired if a part of it breaks down.

While it brews at a consistent temperature, you can’t control what this temperature is.

You get better value for money with the base Breville Bambino if you steam milk manually.

If you’re only buying an espresso machine to make espresso with (so no milk steaming) then I’d recommend the Breville Bambino instead of the Breville Bambino Plus.

The Breville Bambino basically is the Bambino Plus minus the automatic milk frothing feature. 

If you won’t use this function then go with the Bambino as it’s the cheaper option.

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If you want the highest possible control over your brewing, say to be able to dial in funky light roasts, or you want an espresso machine that you can modify and repair yourself, then I’d recommend the Gaggia Classic Pro instead of the Breville Bambino Plus.

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The Bambino Plus isn’t brilliant with super light roasts, nor is it built for modding. 

It’s designed more for a “normal” person who just wants to make a good espresso at home than for an espresso hobbyist.

Breville Bambino Plus Overview

Functionalities and Workflow: Automatic Shot Volume Dosing and Hands-Free Milk Steaming

The Breville Bambino Plus is a “traditional style” espresso machine meaning that you load up a portafilter with ground coffee, attach it to the machine, and then press a button to pull your shot.

The machine has two adjustable shot buttons (labeled with a single and double shot). They are factory-set to dispense one ounce of water for a single shot and two ounces for a double shot. They consistently dose within ± 2 grams.

You can adjust these shot sizes by holding down whichever button you want to adjust until it flashes (this takes around 5 seconds of holding down). Then just press the button to start the shot and press it again to end the shot. 

However much water is dispensed between these two presses will be that button’s new shot size. You can see a video of someone doing this below:

The upshot of this is that you only need to “dial in” your machine (meaning: calibrate its shot sizes with a scale under your cup) when you switch your coffee bean type. 

After that, you can just brew with those calibrated settings.

This contrasts with espresso machines with rocker-style switches like the Gaggia Classic Pro and Rancilio Silvia which require you to always brew with a scale under your cup if you want consistent shots.

The other way that the Breville Bambino Plus distinguishes itself from similarly priced espresso machines is that it has an automatic steam wand.

This has three temperature and texture settings. Just choose your settings, press the steam button and the machine will steam your milk to that temperature and texture hands-free.

Hands-free milk vortex

The next cheapest machine with this feature is the Breville Barista Touch Impress which costs about twice as much as the Bambino Plus.

You can also use the machine’s steam wand manually as a normal steam wand by pulling it towards you. 

This will disable its milk temperature and texture settings and you can then just turn the steam wand on by pressing the steam button on.

The Bambino Plus can also dispense hot water for Americano out of its steam wand. You do this by holding down its single shot button and milk texture buttons together for one second.

User Interface: Easy to Understand But Could Give You More Information on Cleaning and Descaling

The Breville Bambino Plus’s control panel is made up of five buttons and two indicator lights

The Bambino Plus’s control panel is intuitive enough when it comes to the day-to-day of brewing espresso and steaming milk. It’s very obvious which buttons correspond to pulling a single and double shot. Changing its milk steaming settings is easy too.

Things get more vague when it comes to accessing the machine’s lesser-performed functionalities.

Take descaling the machine, for example.

The machine tells you that it needs to be descaled when all its buttons start flashing alternately for 15 seconds (this is exactly what it says in the machine’s manual.)

It’s not obvious that this means the machine needs to be descaled. A small digital display screen that flashed “descale” would be useful here (although this admittedly would be hard to fit on such a small machine).

I’d also like the machine to have a pressure gauge. This would help diagnose if I need to grind coarser or finer when dialing in the machine.

Espresso Brewing System: PID Temperature Control, Automatic Preinfusion, and Three-second Heat Up Time

The Breville Bambino Plus heats up your brewing water using a thermojet heating system.

The Bambino Plus’s thermojet heating system means that it can go from being off to being ready to brew an espresso in three seconds. Its steam wand is also powered by this thermojet, meaning that it can start steaming within three seconds of you turning it on.

The Bambino Plus’s PID also keeps its brewing water temperature stable to within a range of 2 degrees Celsius. It can do this even if you pull back-to-back shots.

This is a far higher level of temperature stability than the similarly priced Gaggia Classic Pro and Rancilio Silvia, which can be subject to temperature swings of up to 15 Celsius.

Machine Name Heat-up Time Temperature Stability
Breville Bambino Plus
3 seconds
± 2 Celsius
Gaggia Classic Pro
50 seconds
± 15 Celsius
Rancilio Silvia
70 seconds
± 10 Celsius

The Gaggia Classic Pro and Rancilio Silvia require temperature surfing routines to get consistent shots due to this temperature instability. You do not need to do this with the Breville Bambino Plus, making it the best espresso machine for beginners at the ~$500 price point.

The Breville Bambino Plus’s thermojet heat system does have three downsides, however. They are:

  • The thermojet does not heat your portafilter or brew group: This contrasts with the boiler heating systems that the Gaggia Classic Pro and Rancilio Silvia have. This means that you need to run a blank shot (one without any ground coffee in your portafilter) to get maximum extraction with the Bambino Plus. This kind of negates the machine’s fast heat-up time.
  • While the machine has a consistent brewing temperature, you cannot adjust this temperature: This is only a problem when you’re trying to brew with light roasts with fruity flavor profiles as these tend to require a higher-than-normal brewing temperature to extract fully.
  • Thermojets don’t last as long as boiler heating systems: They also cannot be repaired or replaced. This puts the Bambino Plus’s expected lifespan at around the five-year mark (at a push). Boiler espresso machines can be bought for life products if you are willing to open and repair them.

Milk Steaming System: Automatic Steam Wand Which You Can Also Use Manually

The Bambino Plus’s automatic steam wand works by the machine having a heat sensor built into its drip tray.

You select one of three temperature and texture settings and put your filled milk jug on the heat sensor and the steam wand in the jug.

The machine will then heat your milk to your desired temperature and texture hands-free.

Overall I like the Bambino Plus’s automatic milk frothing a lot.

The machine is able to get your milk to precisely the temperature you select (I’d always recommend the middle temperature which is 150 Fahrenheit) and gives you a far more consistent milk texture than a novice steaming milk manually.

If you let your foam settle and tap your milk jug on your table to burst the bigger bubbles it comes close to having a uniform enough texture to make latte art with.

The automatic steam wand is not perfect, however. Here are its flaws:

  • Its texture isn’t perfectly consistent: The steamed milk that you’d get from the Bambino Plus’s automatic steam wand doesn’t quite have as consistent a texture as what you can get manually. Its steamed milk is more frothy at the top and thinner at the bottom, and as you pour it the thinner milk comes out first. This makes latte art difficult.
  • Its texture settings don’t really do anything: I did blind tastings with my two housemates of milk steamed to the machine’s three texture presets and they both said that they could not tell which texture was which. If you want to froth milk to a specific texture (for a foamy cappuccino for example) then I’d recommend steaming manually.
  • You can only steam a certain volume of milk at a time: Since your milk jug needs to be in a certain position for the automatic steam wand to work, you can only steam enough milk so that the tip of the wand just touches the surface of the milk when you start steaming. This is around 4 oz of milk. This is too much milk for one drink (for me anyway) so you end up wasting a lot of milk.
  • You get much worse results with non-dairy milk: The automatic steam wand was clearly designed to be used with dairy milk. Non-dairy milk requires a longer stretching period, so you’ll be underwhelmed with the amount of added volume you get if you try to steam non-dairy milk with the Bambino Plus’s automatic steam wand. I tested soy and oat milk with this, and both had the same problem.
  • The steam wand completely fills your drip tray when it auto purges: While I do like the Bambino Plus’s auto-purge feature, I think that it purges a bit too much water. It purges enough water to fill your drip tray to about 75% full. You’ll need to empty your drip tray after every milk drink that you make.

Still, despite these flaws, I’m impressed with the machine’s automatic milk steaming. 

It’s sure to please friends and family who want to make a latte but are intimidated by the prospect of steaming milk manually.

Manual Milk Steaming

You can steam milk manually with the Bambino Plus by pulling the steam wand towards you. This will disable its milk texture and temperature buttons, but will still allow you to turn on its steam wand with the steam button.

The Bambino Plus’s steam wand brings your milk up to around 150 Fahrenheit in about 40 seconds. This is great for beginner milk steamers as it gives you a lot of time to roll your milk around and get a consistent temperature before you scald your milk.

Although the machine’s steam wand cannot pull out to the right (like most machine’s steam wands can), it still pulls out far enough forward for you to easily get the correct angle to make a milk vortex.

Design and Build: Compact and Ergonomic But Lightweight

The Breville Bambino Plus is smartly designed, packing a lot of features into its small footprint.

Body

The Breville Bambino Plus is compact, clocking in at: 7.7″ W 12.6″ D x 12.2″ H. This is significantly smaller than the Gaggia Classic Pro, for example.

I really like how the machine gives you a lot of cup clearance between the bottom of your portafilter spout and the top of your drip tray. 

This makes it easy to brew with a set of scales under your cup, something that you’ll have to do if you want to dial in your espresso machine properly.

The machine’s exterior is mainly made out of plastic and is lighter than a more metal-heavy machine like the Gaggia Classic Pro. It’s impossible to lock in your portafilter without the machine moving around.

You can see the drip tray wobbling off as well when this happens

Drip Tray

The machine’s drip tray is a bit annoyingly designed – however, it’s not as bad as many negative reviews of the machine make out.

The drip tray needs to accommodate the machine’s steam wand heat sensor. So it doesn’t attach to your machine’s body that easily. 

You need to give it a good, firm press into the machine’s body and hear it click to ensure that you can move the machine without the drip tray coming apart from it.

The drip tray is also quite shallow and has a shallow gradient on its sides, this makes it relatively easy to spill when taking it to the sink for emptying.

Water Tank

The Breville Bambino Plus’s water tank is really nicely designed. It has an ergonomic lid and pulls out of the machine really easily.

Its tall, slim design means that you can carry it when full without water sloshing everywhere.

Portafilter

The Breville Bambino Plus’s portafilter is…fine. It’s a bit stiff to lock and unlock, even compared to other Breville machines I’ve tested like the Breville Bambino and Breville Barista Pro.

Its portafilter baskets aren’t the best, meaning that you can use the machine with finer grinds if you upgrade to a 54mm IMS basket. This is true of all sub-$1,000 espresso machines in fairness.

Available Colors

The Breville Bambino Plus is available in three colors from Amazon and eight colors from Breville’s website.

I’d recommend any color other than chrome as chrome is an absolute fingerprint magnet.

Cleaning and Maintenance: Easier than Most Espresso Machines

The machine’s day-to-day cleaning is easy. Its three-way solenoid valve means that coffee pucks knock out solidly and its milk wand auto purges so you just need to give it a wipe with a wet cloth.

The machine will automatically warn you when it needs to be cleaned and descaled. 

I love this feature as brewing with an espresso machine when it needs to be descaled can cause irreversible damage to its pump. The Bambino Plus’s warning system ensures that this does not happen.

The video below shows how to descale the Breville Bambino Plus.

Accessories: You Might Need to Buy Non Pressurized Portafilter Baskets Separately

My Breville Bambino Plus, which I bought in the UK, came with the following accessories:

  • Pressurized and non-pressurized single and double shot portafilter baskets (four baskets in total)
  • An acceptable quality tamper (better quality than what you’d get with most similarly priced espresso machines)
  • A 16 oz aluminum milk jug (a slightly smaller one would have worked better with this sized machine)
  • One backflushing disc and two backflushing tablets
  • One sachet of descaling solution
  • A dose-trimming tool
  • An instruction manual

A lot of people in the US say that their Bambino Plus does not come with non-pressurized baskets. 

If you’re brewing with freshly ground coffee then you generally want to brew with non-pressurized baskets. Non-pressurized baskets that fit the Bambino’s portafilter range from $10 to $30.

The tamper that comes with the Bambino Plus is the bottom end of acceptable, weighing around 3oz. 

In fairness, the tamper that you get with the Gaggia Classic Pro, Breville Bambino, and Delonghi Dedica are unusable, so the Bambino Plus beats its competition here.

The table below shows the Breville Bambino Plus’s key specifications:

Specification Breville Bambino Plus
Description
Semi-automatic espresso machine with an automatic steam wand.
User Interface
Button only
Automatic shot volume dosing
Yes
Heating System
Thermojet
Heat up time/transition from brewing to steaming
3 seconds/5 seconds
PID temperature control
Yes
Steam wand type
Professional steam wand with four holes in its tip
Automatic Pre-infusion
Yes (adjustable)
Water tank capacity
64 oz (1.7 litres)
Cup Clearance
5 inches
Dimensions (width x depth x height)
7.7” W x 12.6” D x 12.2” H

I’m now going to assess the Breville Bambino Plus across the following criteria:

  • Espresso quality
  • Milk steaming performance
  • Ease of use and cleaning
  • Design and durability
  • Value for money

Espresso Quality

The Breville Bambino Plus can get you consistently good espresso shots with the vast majority of coffee beans. It will struggle to get good extraction with fruity light roasts, however.

The Breville Bambino Plus is set to brew at nine bars of pressure and has a PID meaning that it will always brew at a stable temperature of ± 2 Celsius.

This means that it can pull more consistent shots out of the box than any other similarly priced espresso machine.

This consistency does come at the cost of having total control over its brewing temperature. 

This lack of temperature control means that the machine will struggle to extract super light roasts (the type of coffee that typifies Scandinavian coffee roasters for example). 

If you like experimenting with obscure, funky roast profiles then you’re going to want a more expensive espresso machine where you can control your temperature to the nearest degree.

In short, the Breville Bambino Plus will consistently deliver an 8/10 shot, but its lack of really fine manual temperature control means you can get a noticeably better shot with more expensive machines.

Espresso Quality Rating: 8/10

Milk Steaming Performance

The Breville Bambino Plus’s steam wand is seriously impressive, giving you good results hands-free and fantastic results when used manually.

Using the machine’s steam wand in automatic mode will give you milk foam that’s more than acceptable to 99% of people.

The steam wand can also be used in manual mode. Its manual milk steaming is one of the gentlest you can find on an espresso machine, heating 5 oz of milk in around 35 seconds. 

This makes it ideal for a beginner milk steamer to use as you have plenty of time to roll your milk around to get a uniform texture without scalding your milk.

This plentiful “rolling around time” means that you can get the “glossy paint” microfoam texture required for latte art without too much practice.

Milk Steaming Performance Rating: 10/10

Ease of Use and Cleaning

The Breville Bambino Plus’s PID temperature control, automatic shot volume dosing, and assisted milk steaming make it the easiest portafilter espresso machine to use.

Its PID means that you don’t need to develop a temperature surfing routine with the machine (unlike with the Delonghi Dedica, Gaggia Classic Pro, and Rancilio Silvia).

Its automatic shot volume dosing means that you only need to brew with a scale under your cup when you dial in new beans (it can even pull a decent shot with factory settings). Again the Rancilio Silvia and Gaggia Classic Pro require you to brew with a scale under your cup for every shot you pull if you want consistent shots.

Its automatic steam wand is where its user-friendliness really becomes exceptional. Anyone can make an above-decent milk drink with this machine, even if they’ve never used a steam wand before.

To top this off, the machine’s descale and flush warnings mean that you won’t damage the machine by using it when it’s scaled up.

Ease of Use and Cleaning Rating: 10/10

Design and Durability

The Breville Bambino Plus’s thermojet heating system won’t last forever and cannot be replaced.

This means that the Bambino Plus is not a buy-it-for-life machine that you can repair (or even really modify) yourself.

Like most other consumer appliances, it has a certain lifespan (3-5 years typically) and once it breaks, it will end up in landfill.

Since the Bambino Plus’s exterior is largely made out of plastic, it’s lightweight compared to a lot of similarly priced espresso machines. You can’t lock in a portafilter without it wobbling around.

Design and Durability Rating: 7/10

Value for Money

The Breville Bambino Plus only offers good value for money if you make use of its automatic steam wand.

If you’re never going to steam milk, or will only steam milk manually, then you’ll get a better deal with the Breville Bambino, which is basically an identical espresso machine but without the automatic milk steaming.

I’d also say that the Breville Bambino Plus offers poorer value for money than the similarly priced Gaggia Classic Pro. This is because the Gaggia Classic Pro will last you much longer than the Bambino Plus.

The Gaggia Classic Pro does require some modding in order to perform as well as the Bambino Plus, so with the Bambino Plus you’re sacrificing lifespan for not having to open up and tinker with the machine.

Value for Money Rating: 6/10

Are the Common Criticisms of the Breville Bambino Plus Valid?

I found three complaints about the Breville Bambino Plus that came up time and time again on Reddit and Amazon reviews. Here are my thoughts on whether they are legitimate or just people being drama queens.

Its Portafilter is Hard to Lock In (True)

You can find an example of someone complaining about this here.

This complaint is true – the Breville Bambino Plus’s portafilter is, for some strange reason, much harder to lock in than other Breville espresso machines. 

I have no idea why this is, but I don’t think it’s a big enough problem to put you off buying the machine.

The Automatic Milk Wand is Annoying to Use Because it’s hard to Position Your Milk Jug on the Milk Sensor (Not True)

You can find an example of someone complaining about this here.

I personally do not find this to be the case.

The machine’s heat sensor is quite big, and you need to put the jug on top of it to get the steam wand into the jug (assuming that you aren’t holding the jug).

I just don’t see how you can mess up milk steaming in this way.

Its Drip Tray is Flimsy Fills Up Too Quickly (Somewhat True)

You can find an example of people complaining about this here.

While I disagree with the Bambino Plus’s drip tray being overly flimsy, I do find that it fills up very quickly and that you need to empty it after every milk drink you make.

This is mainly because the machine’s auto purge squirts loads of water in the drip tray, enough to fill it up more than halfway. You can see an image of the machine’s drip tray with one purge’s worth of milky water below.

So yeah, you do need to empty the machine’s drip tray a lot.

Breville Bambino Plus vs Other Similarly Priced Machines

The Breville Bambino Plus is most commonly compared to the Breville Bambino, Gaggia Classic Pro, and the Breville Barista Plus so I’m going to give my thoughts on how these machines compare.

Breville Bambino Plus vs Breville Bambino

I recommend the Breville Bambino over the Bambino Plus if you aren’t going to use the Bambino Plus’s automatic milk steaming.

The Breville Bambino is basically just the Bambino Plus-minus automatic milk frothing.

The Breville Bambino typically costs $200 less than the Bambino Plus so if you won’t use the Plus’s automatic steam wand then get the Bambino and spend the extra money on a better grinder.

Best for Plain Espresso Drinkers
Breville Bambino
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The Breville Bambino offers better value for money than the Bambino Plus if you won’t use the latter’s automatic milk steaming feature.
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For more information on the Bambino see my Breville Bambino review or comparison of the Breville Bambino vs Bambino Plus.

Breville Bambino Plus vs Gaggia Classic Pro

I would only recommend the Gaggia Classic Pro over the Bambino Plus if you’re willing to open up and mod your espresso machine.

You need to add a nine-bar spring and a PID to the Gaggia Classic Pro to get it to brew to a similar standard to the Bambino Plus – even then it won’t have automatic steaming.

Once these mods are added the Gaggia Classic Pro will last you than the Bambino Plus – so it delivers better value in that sense. But you still need to make these mods in the first place.

The PID installation isn’t easy, and the mods themselves cost around $100.

The Gaggia Classic Pro can be modded much further than this, meaning that it has the potential to outperform the Bambino Plus.

In short, the Gaggia Classic Pro is a better espresso machine for an espresso hobbyist, whereas the Breville Bambino Plus is more suitable for “casual” espresso drinkers.

Best for Espresso Hobbyists
Gaggia Classic Pro
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Breville Bambino Plus vs Breville Barista Express

I’d always recommend the Breville Bambino Plus over the Breville Barista Express.

While the Bambino Express is about $100 than the Bambino Plus paired with the cheapest decent quality espresso grinder (the Baratza Encore ESP), you’ll get such a much better setup from the latter for three reasons:

  1. The Breville Barista Express’s built-in grinder is not very good: The Barista Express’s grinder is the absolute bottom of what’s acceptable for brewing espresso. The Baratza Encore ESP has nearly double the amount of grind settings, giving you way more control over your espresso extraction.
  1. The Breville Barista Express has an inferior heating system than the Breville Bambino Plus: This means that the Barista Express has a 40-second turn-on time compared to the Bambino Plus’s 3 seconds. The Barista Express also struggles with back-to-back shots whereas the Bambino Plus has no problem with this.
  1. The Breville Barista Express does not have an automatic steam wand: If you care about this feature then the Breville Bambino Plus is the better option by miles.

Breville Bambino Plus Review: Final Verdict

I highly recommend the Breville Bambino Plus.

It’s the easiest-to-use affordable espresso machine on the market right now, making it ideal for beginners.

It also has the quality to be a worthy upgrade from a Delonghi espresso machine.

Perfect for Beginner Baristas
Breville Bambino Plus
$499.95
The Breville Bambino Plus’s automatic shot dosing, PID temperature control, and hands-free milk steaming make it the perfect espresso machine for beginners and a good upgrade from entry-level machines.
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Espresso Quality
8/10
Milk Steaming Performance
10/10
Steam Wand
4/10
Ease of Use and Cleaning
10/10
Design and Durability
7/10
Value for Money
6/10

For more information on Breville’s other espresso machines, please see my roundup of the best Breville espresso machines.

Breville Bambino Plus Review: FAQS

What is the Difference Between the Breville Bambino and Bambino Plus?

The difference between the Breville Bambino and Bambino Plus is that the Bambino Plus has an automatic steam wand whereas the Bambino just has a manual steam wand. The Bambino Plus is typically $200 more expensive than the Bambino.

Do I Need a Grinder With the Breville Bambino Plus?

You do not need a grinder with the Breville Bambino Plus as the machine comes with pressurized portafilter baskets. These baskets are designed to be used with pre-ground coffee.

I’d still recommend getting a grinder and brewing with freshly ground coffee to get the best from the Bambino Plus. You want to brew with non-pressurized portafilter baskets if you do this.

Can I Make an Americano with the Breville Bambino Plus?

You can make an Americano with the Breville Bambino Plus by first pulling an espresso shot and then pressing the single shot and milk texture button. This will make the machine squirt hot water out its steam wand which you can top up your espresso with.

Can You Make Latte Art With the Breville Bambino Plus?

You can make latte art with the Breville Bambino Plus. You’ll need to use the machine’s steam wand in manual mode if you want to make finely detailed latte art. Latte art with milk steamed automatically will be blobby (if it comes out at all).

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