- Over 40 years of history -
Briel is a Portuguese brand of small domestic appliances, specialized in espresso coffee machines for home and semi-professional use. The brand is inextricably linked to the passion for the perfect espresso and defines itself as a unique blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology.
We really love what we do. At Briel, we intend to distinguish ourselves from the mass-produced small appliances manufacturing by a great attention to the detail and focus on durability and functionality. Quality has always been, and will continue to be, the foundation underpinning everything we do.
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- Know-how -
We still use the portafilter system since we love the ritual of brewing an espresso, enjoying all the aromas of our favourite coffee, having a shot with perfect body, crema and flavour. Some say that capsules can be more convenient due to its ease to use – but, for us, it is an incomparably more relaxing and satisfying experience extracting a coffee the traditional way than simply placing a capsule in an electrical appliance.
Furthermore, at a time when environmental sustainability is a global concern, we cannot help thinking about the tons of aluminium and plastic wasted while consuming coffee capsules, most of which ends up in landfills – as recycling, although possible, is not a simple process as the capsule content has to be removed.
Another important factor is the cost-effectiveness: an espresso from ground coffee can cost up to 8 times less than a capsule coffee. Considering the hundreds of coffees that the average consumer and, perhaps, its family have each year, just imagine how much you can save thru the long lifespan of the machine.
If you prefer a more practical, quick and clean way to obtain an authentic espresso, our machines are ready to use both ground coffee and ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) standard pods, consisting of mono-doses of pressed coffee, with the appropriate grind and quantity, placed between two sheets of food grade filter paper, with the advantage of being more environmental-friendly than capsules.
All Briel coffee machines are equipped with an in-house produced stainless-steel boiler – with the superb ability to heat and hold hot water for a long time so that it can be always ready for use at perfect temperature, shot after shot.
A boiler heats water more consistently and maintain the desired temperature for longer time, featuring greater stability and control at consecutive shots, in contrast to a common thermoblock. It is no coincidence that boilers are the preferred technical solution of true professionals and it is the type of configuration we can find in the best and most expensive high-end coffee machines.
In addition to being 100% aluminium free – unlike some generic thermoblocks used by others – our boiler heavy-duty mechanism will last a very long time, with no leaks or breaks, which is demonstrated by the many thousands of units we have produced over the years and that are still working perfectly, all over the world.
After water at the correct temperature, the amount of pressure is probably the most important requirement to brew a perfect espresso. It all comes down to pressure: if too low, your espresso will be under-concentrated and weak.
Although not always necessary, more pressure helps the user to make a better-quality shot, offering greater flexibility and tolerance to different types of grinding and quantity of coffee. It also means that the pump the machine is equipped with is more robust and it will not always be working to the limit of its capacity, providing less wear and ensuring an outstanding durability, without loss of power or efficiency over time.
The mechanics of our coffee machines were engineered to work with a 20 bar pump, warranting the smoothest and creamiest espresso shots even in the most demanding situations. All equipped with the best Italian pumps, reliable and durable.
Thinking about the most demanding users, or simply for those who like to visualize the action in the whole process, some models of Briel coffee machines are equipped with a pressure gauge: the way of showing you exactly how much pressure it is applying to your coffee during extraction. It is a device that is usually found in the best and most expensive high-end coffee machines.
Optimum extraction should be between 8 and 10 bar, but this can vary based on if you are using ground coffee – depending on the bean, grind and tamp – or ESE pods at which a little more pressure is needed. If you want more refined results, revealing your motivation to be a true barista, you should keep the pressure fixed, using the grind, the time and the tamp as control variables, adjusting the latter until it feels like perfect to you.
Do you like a cappuccino? Or a latte macchiato? We have good news for you! Briel coffee machines with steam pipe have an excellent frothing capacity of milk, ensuring the very fast availability of a powerful and continuous steam, without the unwanted water remains. The result will be a milk foam at the right temperature, structure, and thickness, which you can use to prepare your favourite drinks.
The exceptional continuous steam function of Briel coffee machines is possible thanks to both the use of our boiler, also designed for this application, and the improved electronic control that, in some models, provides micro-injections of water into the boiler without affecting the required high temperature, thus allowing the continuous use of steam even for long periods.
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