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Breville Duo Temp Pro Espresso: A Complete Guide

Breville Duo Temp Pro Espresso: A Complete Guide

The Breville Duo Temp Pro espresso machine lets you make third-wave specialty coffee at home; it ensures balanced flavors from even extraction using low-pressure pre-fusion, managing sweetness, acidity, and bitterness for the perfect cup every time.

A low-pressure pre-infusion ensures that all flavors are extracted evenly for a balanced tasting cup.
The water temperature is precisely controlled by the 1600W Thermo coil–integrated stainless steel water path.

A high-power 1600W element generates enough steam to produce microfoam, which enhances flavor and allows you to create latte art at home.

The auto-purge feature gives the Duo Temp Pro its name, as it can reduce the temperature from the high heat required to create steam to the ideal temperature for brewing espresso. It should be noted that this is not a double boiler machine, as it lacks separate heated water tanks for brewing and steam. It has a single boiler that allows you to quickly switch between steaming and brewing your next espresso.

As part of the brewing process, the Breville Duo Temp Pro espresso machine includes a short preinfusion cycle. Before the high-pressure extraction begins, a small amount of hot water is passed through the grounds at low pressure. This ensures that all of the coffee grounds are completely saturated, resulting in a more even extraction.

Espresso Machine alerts you when it needs to be cleaned; Cleaning and drip tray alerts make routine maintenance simple.

The warranty period of one year; Power: 1600 Watts; Voltage: 110 to 120V; Water Tank Capacity: 61 oz.

Now that you’re aware of the key features of Duo temp pro let’s dive further and answer your questions about its use and maintenance.

How To Use Breville Duo Temp Pro?

Using Breville Duo Temp Pro is an easy process, there are a few steps that will get you started:

Initial Startup

  • Fill the tank with water
  • Press the POWER button
  • You will hear a pumping sound When the machine reaches operating temperature, it enters ‘Standby’ mode.

Flushing The Machine

  • To ensure that the machine has been conditioned, perform a water flushing operation without ground coffee.
  • When the machine has reached ‘Standby’ mode, perform the next two steps.
  • For 30 seconds, set the Control Dial to ‘Espresso.’
  • Set the Control Dial to ‘Steam’ for 10 seconds to activate the steam.
  • Repeat this cycle as needed.

Filling The Water Tank

  • Check that the water filter is securely installed inside the tank.
  • Fill the water tank to the maximum mark on the side of the tank with cold tap water and slide the water tank back into place at the back of the machine.
  • Insert the power cord into the power outlet and turn on the PowerPoint.
  • Press and hold the POWER button. While the machine is heating, the POWER button surround will flash. When the proper temperature is reached, all of the buttons surrounding the control panel will light up.

Pre Heating: Heating You Cup Or Glass

A warm cup will aid in keeping the coffee at its ideal temperature. Rinse your cup with hot water and place it on the cup warming tray to preheat.

Heating The Portafilter and Filter Basket

A cold portafilter and filter basket can significantly lower the extraction temperature, affecting the quality of your espresso. Before the first use, make sure the portafilter and filter basket are preheated with hot water. Wipe the filter and portafilter dry before dosing with ground coffee, as moisture can promote channeling, which occurs when water bypasses the ground coffee during extraction.

Now there are two types of filter baskets:

Single Wall Filter BasketsAdvance Dual Wall Filter Baskets
The Single Wall (1 & 2 CUP) filters are designed to be used with freshly ground coffee and allow you to experiment with the grind, dose, and tamp to create a more balanced espresso.The Dual Wall (1 & 2 CUP) filters are designed to be used with pre-ground coffee and regulate pressure to help optimize extraction and crema regardless of grind, dose, or tamp pressure.
Difference between single and dual wall filters

The Grind

The grind size of coffee beans should be fine but not too fine. The grind size influences the rate at which water flows through the ground coffee in the filter basket as well as the flavor of the espresso.

When under pressure, water will not flow through the coffee if the grind is too fine (looks like powder and feels like flour when rubbed between fingers). The espresso results will be OVER EXTRACTED, dark in color, and bitter in flavor.

Coffee Dose And Tamping

  • Wipe the coffee basket clean with a dry cloth.
  • Grind enough coffee to fill the coffee basket if using Single Wall filter baskets. To achieve the proper dose, you may need to experiment with the amount of coffee.
  • Several times tap the portafilter to distribute the coffee evenly in the filter basket.
  • Firmly tamp down (approximately 15-20kgs of pressure). It is critical to apply consistent pressure each time. After the coffee has been tamped, the top edge of the metal cap on the tamper should be level with the top of the filter basket. This will reduce the likelihood of under or overdosing on the coffee.
  • Wipe excess coffee from the filter basket’s rim to ensure a proper seal in the group head.

How Long Does Breville Dou Temp Pro-Last?

Breville Dou Temp pro can last up to 5 years if used correctly and maintained properly.

How Do You Make Espresso With Breville Duo Temp?

Fresh and hot espresso coffee pours from a portafilter on a nice chrome espresso machine
Fresh and hot espresso coffee pours from a portafilter

Making espresso in Bevile Duo temp pro is pretty easy, here is a step to step details that you need to follow after the coffee dose and tamping start the process of extraction, which leads to trimming the dose, purging the group head, inserting the portafilter, extracting espresso and texturing the milk.

Trimming The Dose

Fill the portafilter with freshly ground coffee and tamp with 15-20kg of pressure. Insert the Razor into the coffee basket until its shoulders rest on the filter basket’s rim. The dosing tool’s blade should penetrate the surface of the tamped coffee.

To trim excess coffee, rotate the Razor dosing tool back and forth while holding the portafilter at an angle over the knock box. Your coffee filter basket is now properly dosed with coffee.

Purging The Group Head

Now, run a short flow of water through the group head before inserting the portafilter, turning the Control Dial to the ‘Espresso’ position. This will clean the group head of any ground coffee residue and stabilize the temperature before extraction.

Inserting The PortaFilter

Position the portafilter beneath the group head, with the handle aligned with the INSERT position. Insert the portafilter into the group head and rotate the handle until resistance is felt.

Extracting Espresso

  • Place a pre-warmed cup(s) beneath the group head and turn the Control Dial to ‘Espresso’ until the desired volume is reached.
  • As a general rule, the espresso should begin to flow after 8-12 seconds (infusion time) and have the consistency of honey when poured.
  • If the espresso begins to flow before 7 seconds, either the filter basket has been underdosed or the grind is too coarse. This is a shot that has been UNDER EXTRACTED.
  • If the espresso begins to drip but does not flow after 12 seconds, either the filter basket has overdosed or the grind is too fine. This is an EXTRACTIVE shot.

A great espresso is all about finding the right balance of sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

Many factors influence the flavor of your coffee, including the type of coffee beans, degree of roast, freshness, coarseness or fineness of the grind, and dose of ground coffee. Experimenting with these factors one at a time can help you achieve the flavor you desire.

When using the 1 CUP Single Wall Filter basket, you may need to fine-tune the grind as well as reduce the grind amount to ensure proper dose and extraction.

Texturing Milk

Boiling milk
Boiling milk

Texturing milk is done in two stages. The first is to stretch the milk to aerate it, and the second is to swirl the milk to make it silky smooth. These two operations should be combined.

  • Always begin with cold, fresh milk.
  • Fill the jug to just below the V at the spout’s bottom.
  • Place the steam tip over the drip tray and turn the Control Dial to STEAM, allowing any condensed water to drain.
  • To pause the steam, turn the Control Dial to the ‘Standby’ position, then insert the steam wand tip into the milk and turn the dial to the STEAM position.
  • Place the steam tip 1-2cm below the surface, close to the right side of the jug at 3 o’clock.
  • Now, hold the tip just beneath the surface of the milk until it begins to spin clockwise this will create a whirlpool effect.
  • Lower the jug slowly while the milk is spinning. This will bring the steam tip to the milk’s surface and begin to introduce air into the milk. To get the milk spinning fast enough, gently break the surface of the milk with the tip.
  • Maintain the vortex by keeping the tip at or slightly below the surface. Texture the milk until it is of sufficient volume.
  • Lower the tip beneath the surface while keeping the milk vortex spinning.
  • When the jug is hot to the touch, the milk is at the proper temperature (60-65°C).
  • Before removing the tip of the milk, turn the Control Dial to the ‘Standby’ position.
  • Set the jug aside, turn on the steam, and wipe the steam wand with a damp cloth to remove any residual milk.
  • Tap the jug against the bench to pop any bubbles.
  • Swirl the jug to blend and polish the texture.
  • Pour the milk into the espresso.
  • The key is to act quickly before the milk separates.

How Do I Clean My Duo Temp Pro?

Five key steps are involved in cleaning the Duo Temp Pro, here you go a step to step guide:

Installing/Replacing The Filter In Water Tank

The provided water filter aids in the prevention of scale buildup, which can affect the performance of your machine over time, potentially causing blockages and heating issues.

The mineral buildup in the machine can be reduced by replacing the water filter every two months.
If you live in an area with hard water, we recommend changing the water filter more frequently.

Replacing The Water Filter

  • Remove the filter from the plastic bag and soak it for 5 minutes in a cup of water.
  • Rinse the filter for 5 seconds under cold running water.
  • Set the date dial two months in advance.
  • Push down to secure the installation.
  • If not needed, the water filter can be removed from the water tank while it is running.

Portafilter Cleaning

Barista cleaning the portafilter
Barista cleaning the portafilter

Run water through the machine with the portafilter in place but no ground coffee to rinse out any remaining coffee particles.

Machine Cleaning

After repeated use, residual grinds and oil buildup in the machine can have an impact on coffee extraction. We recommend performing a cleaning cycle every 2-3 months with the provided cleaning tablet.
To run a cleaning cycle, do the following:

  1. Place the silicon disc inside the portafilter.
  2. Position the cleaning tablet on the silicon disc (position in the center).
  3. Insert the portafilter into the group head and rotate to the right to secure it in place.
  4. Check that the Power On/Off button is turned on.
  5. Set the dial to ‘Espresso’ and wait 20 seconds.
  6. Return the dial to the ‘Standby’ setting.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6 three times more, or until the cleaning tablet is completely dissolved.


Even when using the provided water filter correctly, we recommend a descaling procedure when there is a scale buildup in the water tank.

  1. Make sure the Control Dial is in the ‘Standby’ position and that the machine is turned off.
  2. Take away the filter holder.
  3. Dissolve one sachet (25g) in 1 liter of warm water by stirring.
  4. To turn on the machine, press the POWER button.
  5. Place a large container beneath the Group Head as well as the Steam Wand.
  6. Set the Control Dial to ‘Espresso’ and run half of the descaling solution through the Group Head.
  7. Turn the Control Dial to ‘Steam’ and let the remaining solution run through the Steam Wand. When the liquid has stopped flowing, return the Control Dial to the ‘Standby’ position.
  8. After descaling, remove the water tank and thoroughly rinse before refilling with cold water. Rep steps 5-8 to rinse the machine.

Cleaning the Steam Wand

The cleaning of the steam wand itself consists of four different stages, which ensure proper cleaning of the machine, here they are:

Cleaning Filter Baskets

If the fine holes in the filters become clogged, proceed as follows:

  1. Insert the portafilter into the filter.
    Run water through the machine with the filter and portafilter in place, but no ground coffee.
  2. To clear the filter basket holes, use a pin.
  3. Dissolve a cleaning tablet in hot water and soak filters overnight for a thorough cleaning.

Cleaning The Outer Housing/ Warming Plate

A soft, damp cloth can be used to clean the outer housing and cup warming plate. After that, polish with a soft, dry cloth. Use abrasive cleaners, pads, or cloths to avoid scratching the surface.

Cleaning The Drip Tray

At regular intervals, the drip tray should be removed, emptied, and cleaned. Wash the drip tray with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive washing liquid, then thoroughly rinse and dry. The tray base and cover are dishwasher safe so there’s no need to worry about getting it damaged.

Cleaning The Storage Tray

After removing the drip tray, clean the storage tray with a soft, damp cloth (do not use abrasive cleaners, pads, or clothes that can scratch the surface).

Before storing, turn the POWER button to OFF, the Control Dial to ‘Standby,’ and unplug the device.
Place all accessories in place on the storage tray. Keep upright. Nothing should be placed on top.

What Should I Do When My Breville Duo Temp Pro Breaks?

Many problems can occur when you hear break, either you run out of coffee too quickly or it’s too hard to get the coffee through.

Either the coffee is too cold or the machine is making a pumping sound while extracting coffee, or the machine just stops working out of the blue, in these conditions here is what you can do:

ProblemPossible CausesSolutions
Coffee does not run
The machine is not turned on or the water
tanker is empty
Check that the machine is plugged in, turned on at the power outlet and that the POWER button is pressed.
Refer to the section titled ‘Filling The Water Tank.’
Coffee Runs Out too
The coffee grind is too coarse or
not enough coffee in the filter
Ensure you use a suitable espresso
grind. Refer to ‘The Grind.
Refer to ‘Coffee Dose and Tamping’
The machine is making pumping
sound while extracting
The machine is carrying out the
normal operation of the 15 bar
Italian pump
No action is required as this
is the normal operation
of the machine.
Coffee is too coldCups are not PreheatedPreheat cups. Refer to
‘Pre-heating Cup or Glass’
The machine is Not WorkingThe safety thermal cut out
may have activated due to
the pump overheating. Turn
the machine off and allow
to cool for about 30-60
What Should I Do When My Breville Duo Temp Pro Breaks?

Final Thoughts

The Breville Duo Temp Pro is an ideal entry-level machine for anyone who is just getting started but eventually wants to up their coffee game.

Advanced users will appreciate the professional steam wand and the ability to customize the brew time. Most importantly, the Breville Duo Temp Pro produces excellent espresso.

It has simple controls that make it easy for beginners to use, as well as advanced pre-infusion technology and an auto-purge function that aids in quality shots.

You can watch the following video if you want a review of Breville Duo Temp Pro:

Breville Duo Temp Pro Review

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