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This is a solid machine for the home, or even in light commercial environments like a bed & breakfast or coffee cart where a single group machine can thrive.
The BZ13 is first and foremost a heat exchanger, or HX, espresso machine. The boiler is made of copper with brass endplates, and boasts a considerable capacity of 50.7 fl-oz. With it, you can brew coffee or espresso at the same time as using the steam wand to froth milk. Like many of Bezzera's machines, the BZ13 makes use of the modified BZ group made of chrome plated brass and fitted with an electric solenoid. The modified BZ group is insulated by the machine's housing, making it easier to heat efficiently. Between the boiler, the group, and the BZ13's 1200 W of power, the BZ13 can heat up in as little as 8 minutes.
I need to say that again to emphasize just how impressive that is. The Bezzera BZ13 can heat up fully in EIGHT MINUTES. That is one of the fastest heat up times for a Prosumer espresso machine we've ever come across. For reference, typical heat up times for equipment like this run around 30 to 40 minutes.
As an added bonus, because the BZ13 uses the modified BZ group, radiant heat from the group is absorbed by the cup warming surface on the top of the machine. Now, most espresso machines feature a cup warming surface, but the key difference here is that the BZ13's is one of the hottest available, making it much more proficient at heating cups than competing machines.
To add to an already impressive kit, the BZ13 is equipped with a PID temperature controller to supplement temperature stability and precision. Most heat exchanger espresso machines have some trouble with keeping boiler temperatures stable, but a PID really helps to fix that by monitoring and managing temperatures in the boiler at all times. Plus, for anyone who likes to experiment with temperature, a PID gives you the added benefit of adjusting temperature manually to seek out more elusive flavors in high altitude specialty coffees.
The BZ13 features both manual and automatic brewing with a series of buttons found between the steam and hot water taps. From left to right, the first two buttons are volumetric controls, meaning the machine will brew using a set volume of water. These buttons can be programmed to produce different volumes based on your preference. Now, if you prefer to brew manually, the third button on the right allows you to do just that.
The BZ13 uses a vibration pump and dedicated water reservoir. It isn't plumbable, which means you can't connect it directly to a water line, but the water reservoir alleviates this with a high capacity of 101.4 fl-oz, or 3 L.
Just as with other Bezzera machines, the BZ13 features all polished stainless steel housing for a classic look. For size, the BZ13 is relatively compact at 14.75" tall, 9.75" wide, and 17.75" deep.
Here's a few accessories that pair well with a new purchase of the BZ13.
If you're looking for a strong, reliable espresso machine that can hold it's own even in a commercial setting, the Bezzera BZ13 DE will win you over in no time. Between the 8 minute heat up time, stable temperatures with PID temperature control, and automatic volumetric controls as well as manual control, the BZ13 DE is poised to please just about any type of espresso machine user.