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Bosch Espresso Machines



Bosch is a company that many people identify with because their machines can be purchased at retail stores such as Target. Sometimes, especially in the world of espresso, exclusivity is a virtue. Should you take a chance on this company? Let's see...


First of all, as a company, they don't really have a very wide selection of machines available. Even searching around online I was only able to find a few different models. Here's what you can expect to find from them:


  • Bosch TCA6001UC Benvenuto B20 Thermoblock 15-Bar-Pump Fully Automatic Espresso Machine - $1,000
  • Bosch TCA6301UC Benvenuto B30 Thermoblock 15-Bar-Pump Digital Fully Automatic Espresso Machine - $1,500
  • Bosch TCA4101UC Barino Pump Espresso Machine - $185
  • Bosch Tassimo TAS4511UC Coffee Maker, Single Serve - $225


I discuss the Tassimo models in another section of the site (see the menu at the right hand side of the screen) because they are a slightly different class of machine and deserve their own section of the site.


So basically what we're looking at is two main models, The Benvenuto Automatic machines and the Barino Single Shot manual machine. I'll say a few words on each of them.


Benvenuto B20 and B30 Thermoblock


At between $1,000 to $1,500 this is actually not a terrible price for a fully automatic machine. You might pay a little less for other brands, but it's certainly in line with what you can expect to pay elsewhere. It comes with a stainless steel boiler and something called an Aromaswirl system that's supposed to make your espresso taste better, though I have no idea how (and I'm pretty bright!).


You can brew either one or two shots of espresso at a time with this machine and it has it's own espresso bean hopper and a grinder (conical burr grinder) as well as an ubiquitous milk frother.


Here's the thing though...it comes with a 2 year warranty, but I've heard that people have had some troubles with this machine and had even more trouble getting them fixed or replaced. Apparently there are only 1 or 2 companies in the country that have the ability to work on them, and it can be very expensive. Customers have reported trouble with the customer support number for Bosch as well.


If you're going to spend that much money, you really want to buy an espresso machine from a company that sells more than one or two models and one that hasn't reported such spotty customer service.


Barino Single Shot Manual Machine


At $185 dollars I feel a little more comfortable recommending this as an entry level machine. After all, you're only out $185 bucks if things go wrong.


This machine is a 15-bar pump system that will easily make a single shot of espresso manually. It comes with a frother and removable drip trays and water tank for easy cleaning. Further, the machine looks kind of cool. It's a fairly compact machine that won't take up much space in your kitchen.


I did a little research and it turns out that the majority of people who have given online reviews have had problems with this machine as well. People report problems with the pump (which is a game over event in espresso land!). Again customer service has been reported as not so good...


Plus, this is a definite entry level machine, yet $185 is a bit pricey for a true entry level espresso machine. You can easily spend half that with other brands at their entry levels.


So What's The Final Word?


If you want my advice, stay away from Bosch machines. But if you just can't help yourself, I've got a few articles below that give a little more information that you might want to look at. And also give a look at the Bosch Tassimo machines which are a completely different story by clicking on the Tassimo link on the menu at the right hand side of this screen.








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