Saturday, April 22, 2017

Breville the Infuser (BES840) + Breville the Dose Control Pro (BCG600SIL)

Those who know my well surely know that I am a coffee lover. But if you ask me since when I started to enjoy a cup of cappuccino or latte, I can't really recall much. Tracing as far as my first Instagram photo started with a photo of a cup of cappuccino, perhaps my coffee journey started since 2013, when I first visit Sydney for an assignment.

I've been playing around with the Espresso machine for almost 3 months for now before I'm writing this blog. To start with, I purchase this set of machine from Harvey Norman at the price of RM2999 (Breville the Infuser + Grinder).
Breville The Infuser
Breville The Dose Control Pro
For me, this deal is ridiculously worth it as the Espresso machine itself costRM2777 and the Grinder at RM1099 retail price. So, why not? Since I am planning to replace my 1st ever Espresso machine, the Philips Saeco Poemia  H8325/47.

Let's us unboxing and have a look what is included in the package.
Breville The Infuser
Back of the box. Pretty much pointing out the main function.

This is what you get as a basic equipment for the machine
- 54mm Portafilter
- 54mm Tamper

It is a stainless steal portafilter with no element of plastic within, except on the handler. The tamper itself a bit of lightweight and coat with magnetic head so that it can be attach to the designated area on the machine.

The Razor
Razor Trimming
The Razor, precision dose trimming tool for 54mm filter baskets. I use it almost every time after I tamped my coffee to make sure that I get the consistency on every shot. This tool is really useful to assist me on getting right amount of dose.

Accessories comes with coffee spoon, steam head screw and pin, ellen key and pod. The steam head screw is use to unloose the head of the steam wand for cleaning and maintenance. Where else the pin is use to clear the milk subtance which harden and block the steam from releasing. The Pod is use for cleaning and maintenance purpose as well.   

Pressurized and Non Pressurized Filter Basket
Well, for BES840 we have all 4 baskets.
- Single and Double Non-Pressurized Filter Basket
- Single and Double Pressurized Filter Basket

Professional, they use Non-Pressurized Filter Basket. The dose (with precise grind size and weight) and tamper skill really play an important role here to get the perfect extraction. Even with Non-Pressurized, they can extract a thick like honey gold crema out from it. I tried on it once and I was like "OK, forget about it and switch back to Pressurized Filter Basket!".

Milk Pitcher
16oz Milk Pitcher included in the box as well.

Only 4 buttons (Power, Program, Single and Double Cup Espresso) with 2 indicator light (Clean Me and Hot Water Steam). Not forget about the PID controller also which not for BES810.

Steam Wand
Commercial Steam Wand.

Water Filter
Water Filter that helps to filter fresh water. The water tank itself can store 1.8L of water. From my observation, 1.8L can only last for 3 brew. Why? Each time you brew your coffee, steam your milk or getting a hot water, there is a function call auto purge will automatically purge all the hot water to maintain it temperature from overheated. It's good system, however you will need to regularly refill the water tank and clear your water tray.

 Breville The Dose Control Pro
Let's now have a look on the grinder.If you take a look closer to the box, the grinder again come with the trimming tool, but made in plastic. Sorry for that, I do not have the photo taken.

Grind Blade
60 grind settings that you can customize from coarse to super fine. For Hand Brew to Espresso Machine.

Breville The Dose Control Pro
Breville The Dose Control Pro
340g Bean Hopper

Portafilter Holder
2 size of Gind Outlet given, 58mm and 50-54mm.

Overall Satisfaction: I am quite happy with the combo wit the following reason below:
- This is not the lowest end of Breville Espresso machine Line, BES810 has the lowest spec as it do not have PID reading.
- BES840 + BCG600SIL actually greater than BES870.
- Easy self cleaning and maintenance. Especially with split grinder.
- Fresh coffee straight from bean to cup.
- Steam Wand create wonderful milk texture that fulfilled my art latte.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

TFC Hades (aka Liokaiser)

Behold the greatest combiner, here come Hades (aka Liokaiser) in Transformers Victory series!


TFC team really make it so posable and attractive. It has such a  nice body, muscular arm and sturdy base. The articulation might not be perfect but understand this is a complex build and transformation.


Get them all up together is almost like a dream. 


Getting a pose for it actually quite hard, as the joint not tight enough to support the weight of every individual.

Most of the time, it legs will spread 180degree wide. Other than that, every was fine.
To sum up, this is truly a masterpiece figure.No regret getting it! Big hole in the wallet just hard to avoid.



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

TFC Hades H-05 Aiakos (aka Guyhawk)

This is final set of Hades, H-05 Aiakos, also known as Guyhawk from Transformers Victory.

Aiakos Box Front
Aiakos Box Back
Aiakos Item

In the box, it has again pair of Liokaiser hand, Liokaiser Gun, and some spare plug in case Rhadamanthus joint broken. With the Liokaiser gun, you can detach and become a gun for their individual self.

Aiakos Front
Design wise, exactly the same skeleton to Minos, except face sculptor, coloring and detailing.

Aiakos Side
Aiakos Side View.

Aiakos Back
Aiakos Back View.

Aiakos Jet
Aiakos Jet Mode. For some reason, I prefer Aiakos Jet mode more than Minos.

Aiakos Jet Front
Jet Mode Front View.

Aiakos Jet Side
Side View.

Aiakos Jet Back
Back View.

Aiakos Combiner mode
Combiner Mode attached with different type of Hand. This one more to combat mode type. The hand with Minos is a Claw type.

Aiakos Pose 6
Give me a break~

Aiakos Pose 3
My breast force, Hawk-breast. I am Guyhawk yo.

Aiakos Pose 5
Aiakos Pose 4
Seriously, I hope the gun was supplied starting from the 1st release H-01. It is really cool pose that holding the gun.

Aiakos Pose 2
Aiakos Pose 1
Even the pair of hand, can transformed to weapon. Just too much gun for Aiakos to handle.

Hell no! This cannot be me~~~

Saturday, September 3, 2016

TFC Hades H-06 Hypnos (aka Drillhorn)

For some reason, TFC decided to release H-06 Hypnos 1st (also known as Drillhorn) instead of sequence number H-05. In other way, it is actually good cause I can transformed it to Liokaiser and waiting for H-05!

Hypnos Box Front
Hypnos Box Back

Hypnos Instruction
The design for Hypnos almost identical to Thanatos. Basically they are both from the same skeleton and same transformation like Thanatos. So you don't need the instruction for this. Together with Hypnos, you have some extra which is a weapon for Liokaiser, Electromagnetic Nunchaku (電磁ヌンチャク)

Hypnos Front
Hypnos Front View

Hypnos Side
Hypnos Side View.

Hypnos Back
Hypnos Back View. Same bulk body, carrying drill instead of tank.

Horn Beast
Hypnos breast force - HornBeast

Hypnos Vehicle Mode Front
Hypnos in Vehicle mode - Front View. Too bad the drill cant spin. else it would be awesome.

Hypnos Vehicle Mode Side
Side View

Hypnos Vehicle Mode Back
Back View. Nothing in particular for Hypnos, as said almost identical to Thanatos.

Hypnos Drill
Drilllllllll until the last drip of my petrol~!

Hypnos Combiner Mode Front
Hypnos in Combiner Mode Front View.

Hypnos Combiner Mode Side
Hypnos Combiner Mode Side
Combiner Mode Side View

Hypnos Pose 1
Roar! Die Star Saber

Hypnos Pose 2
Stability again not an issue. Isn't he look like cop here?

Hypnos Pose 3
Hypnos Pose 4
Some martial stance

Hypnos Pose 5
Close up. His face look serious.Unlike their leader, cheeky bastard.

Hah. The proof of era change.