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Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
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- Pre infusion function applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction; Water Tank Capacity: 61 ounce
- 1600 watts thermocoil heating system with integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature; Settings: Single or Double Shot Volumetric Control & Manual Over ride. Dimensions : 13.7 x 11.5 x 13.2 inches
- Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature; 15 bar Italian pump provides complete volumetric control preset, manual over ride or re programmable volumes
- Accessories: single & dual wall filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool, water filter with holder. Please note: There is a “Black Plastic” insert inside the stainless steel bowl of the portafilter, this is meant to reduce heat loss experienced when espresso hits cold metal also prevents any “splashing” from the dual wall pressurized filter baskets
- PID temperature control that delivers water at precisely the right temperature adjustable in 2 degree Celsius increments; Power 1700 Watts. Voltage: 110 to 120 Volts
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Kitchen appliances designed to inspire people to produce perfect food and beverage results in their own homes with ease. From espresso machines to food processors, the innovation in each appliance delights. Breville makes the process a pleasure and the end result perfect, every time.
The Infuser Espresso Machine by Breville, BES840XL
Guides you to the perfect espresso with the built in pressure gauge.
The Infuser delivers optimal espresso flavor in every cup. It pre-infuses ground coffee with low, steady water pressure before extraction, gently expanding the grinds before stepping up to high pressure. The result is a more even extraction, which produces balanced espresso flavor.
The 4 keys formula for third wave specialty coffee at home:
- Rich, full flavor
- Perfectly balanced taste
- Irresistible body
- Silky, velvety mouthfeel
The 4 keys formula for third wave specialty coffee at home.
1. Rich, full flavor
Full-bodied coffee with rich and complex flavors is created using the right dose of 19-22g of freshly ground beans. This dose allows the coffee to fully express the incredible aroma, intense flavors and distinctive character of the coffee, for a true cafe quality result. Anything less than the optimal dose results in a weak and watery taste experience.
2. Perfectly balanced taste
Sweet, delicious and nuanced flavor notes begin with precise control over water temperature. Digital temperature control (PID) technology precisely controls water temperature for a perfectly balanced coffee extraction, giving you the control and consistency for delicious tasting coffee every time.
3. Irresistible body
An opulent, creamy and caramel-colored espresso starts with low pressure pre-infusion that soaks the grinds, allowing water to pass evenly through the coffee during the high pressure (9 bar) extraction process, delivered via our 15 bar Italian pump. This results in a rich, sweet and viscous espresso.
4. Silky, velvety mouthfeel
Savor the silky taste and velvety mouthfeel of true microfoam milk. The milk is steamed with pressure that creates thousands of tiny bubbles, enhancing flavor and mouthfeel, while the temperature brings out the milk’s sweetness, exciting your taste buds, for a harmonious blend of rich, sweet milk and syrupy, golden espresso.
Not all coffees are the same. Control the volume of each pour at the touch of a button.
Maximize flavor potential with low pressure pre-infusion, digital PID temperature control, adjustable in 4⁰ F increments and pressure gauge that guides you to the right extraction.
Micro-Foam Milk Texturing
High power 1650 W element for high pressure steam and faster heat up to create the micro-foam necessary for a café quality taste and essential for creating latte art.
Flexible Shot Control
Choose between 1 shot, 2 shots or manual control over how much espresso ends up in your cup for the perfect dose every time.
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Why the Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine?
For espresso with a well-balanced flavor, flavor needs to be drawn evenly from all the coffee grinds. What is the best way to prepare the grinds for an even extraction?
Rather than starting with bursts of high pressure, the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine starts with steady, low pressure to gently expand the grinds. This helps fills in any cracks, gaps, or irregularities in the coffee puck before full pressure is applied, so even pressure is applied to all parts of the coffee puck and optimal flavor is extracted.
The BES840XL has both automatic features, like temperature settings, and programmable features like volumetric control. The key features that set it apart from other espresso machines in its price range are the pre-inFusion technology, the thermocoil heating system, and PID temperature control technology. See chart below for details.
Other helpful features include a cup warmer on the top of the machine and a feature that removes excess water from the filter basket after coffee extraction, so the used grounds form a dry puck for quicker cleanup. The machine goes into 'Sleep Mode' after 1 hour and automatically shuts off after 3 hours. There is extra-tall cup clearance for brewing directly into travel mugs.
Other touches include an ‘Empty Me!’ indicator that lets you know when the removable drip tray is full and a ‘Clean Me’ cleaning alert. The storage tray houses the included accessories. Lastly, all parts that come in contact with water and coffee are BPA free.
- The 61 fl. oz. (1.8 L) removable water tank is a top-fill tank with a handle. It has a replaceable water filter to reduce impurities and scale.
- The 1600W thermocoil heating system circulates the water through a heated coil, heating water ‘on demand’ for better temperature consistency. It also uses PID technology to regulate the temperature.
- A 54mm stainless steel portafilter with commercial style spouts and a 54mm tamper are also included for expert tamping control. The tamper is stored magnetically on the machine, but is easily removable for tamping.
- The dry puck feature removes excess water from the ground coffee in the filter basket for easy disposal of the coffee puck.
- The espresso pressure gauge helps you monitor espresso extraction pressure, so you know whether the espresso is being over- or under-extracted.
- The volumetric control functionlets you set shot volumes. Use either the preset volumes or manually over-ride them with your own preferences. Once you figure out what volumes you prefer, you can program it to remain at your customized setting.
- The dedicated outlet for instant hot water (for making Americanos, hot chocolate, and for warming cups).
- The steam wand is used for effortless milk frothing for making lattes and cappuccinos. It is made of stainless steel and swivels 360 degrees to accommodate different size frothing jugs.
- The auto purge function automatically adjusts the temperature of the water used for steaming milk and extracting espresso. The function automatically begins to cool the boiler to the optimal temperature for espresso extraction after using the steam wand.
- The removable drip tray is partitioned for both wet and dry spills, with an 'Empty me!' indicator for when it’s full.
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Updating: I learned that they have a policy where they (Breville) will fix machines for a flat fee of $249. I presume that one pays one's own shipping costs to return the system to the company. If they can't fix it, they will replace it. [Hopefully parts would also enter the recycling or refurbishing waste stream rather than landfill in such a case.] However, we opened our broken machine up and discovered that an electrical wire connector had just vibrated off. So it was an easy fix and free. I am of mixed mind on this. Good that it's repairable, definitely. I still find it disappointing that they won't make repairs easier/cheaper to carry out because they do not sell parts to outside parties. I would be so mad if I had sent the whole rig back to the company and paid $325 (for flat fee plus shipping) and it was just for a loose wire that I could fix with no tools or parts. In any case, while it gets complicated fast under the hood, it's still worth looking inside to see if it's something super obvious and easy to fix. Or you can contact them through their web page to inquire about repairs through them.
I purchased this in 2013. I had a breville previously. They go through steam rings. I knew this, I had the ESP8xl which lasted 7 years of daily use. It would eat a steam ring (which seals the cup you put the coffee in) every year or so. This unit is the same, and blew out a steam ring last year. I went to order 2 steam rings last year. Well, Breville support has gone down the tubes. They were backordered 3 weeks. Then when they finally sent one, they only sent one. I sent a email. No steam ring. Note, no one else has these. I blew another steam ring in late January. I wrote and complained about the lost steam ring, and tried to order 2 more. Not in stock. It's been almost 6 weeks, and it's now getting shipped. If you like latte's or expresso's every morning, I have to recommend looking elsewhere. Because when the steam rings go out, and they do go out, your going to be SOL for months at a time. When I run out of steam rings, it's likely I'll find a better supported product.
More News... My original purchase was 2013, with almost daily use. The head that the cup locks into is warn out. I found the part number and tried to order a new one. They won't sell the part. They want me to spend close to $200 to fix it. It's the end of the line for Breville if they won't sell parts to fix it.
Originally when I was preparing to purchase, I researched the available machines, and this was not a highly and widely recommended product, but I decided to gamble because I liked the features of the machine. Unfortunately those other opinions have been borne out, and I wish I hadn't purchased it. I appears to me that this is probably a very-cheaply-manufactured, overpriced product aimed at youthful newlyweds who blindly put it on their registry without knowing any better. My suspicion is that they charge such an initially high price to cover what they know is going to be a high return rate in the first year. Once that initial year is over, the company is off-the-hook, and still made a sizable profit, even after replacing it once.
Save your money or purchase something more highly recommended. I saw a lot of good reviews for the Gaggia. I'll probably be more inclined to buy one of those next time. Never again a Breville, however!
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The Infuser is very similar to the Barista Express, but it lacks the built-in grinder. I thought about it for a while, and ultimately decided a standalone grinder is a better investment for me, so I upgraded to the Smart Grinder Pro as well. It takes a bit of time to dial in shots, but it's so worth it.
So, if you get the Infuser, you need a good grinder to go with it, and a knock box (if you wish). Everything else is included. You get 4 baskets, double- and single-shots, both pressurized (boo!) and non-pressurized (yay!). You get the Razor tool, to help trim your doses (though I find it best for just checking that you're dosing correctly), cleaning tools, and more. There's storage for this in a tray behind the drip tray.
The machine has a steam wand, which is a bit slow but good for learning technique. There's a hot water dispenser. The water tank is removable and includes a filter. You can program the shot time/volume buttons, but I haven't had to do that yet. It does automatically power off, but the button is right there, so convenient, I don't see much point in leaving it on between uses. There's a pressure gauge on the front, which can help you work on grind and tamp consistency. There is temperature regulation, which can also be tweaked through button presses.
Everything you need is here. But the resulting shots are what matter most, and I can tell you, they are very good! Of course, you need to buy high-quality beans (that is, fresh-roasted - none of this superstore, sitting-for-months-on-the-shelf stuff) and grind right before use. I have tried shots, lattes/cappuccinos, and they've been good, but the Americanos/long blacks are the best! I don't know why but this seems like such a better experience than the Gaggia I used to own. It is also quicker, I find. I hope the machine lives a good, long life, because I'm really happy with it so far!
The only thing I wish was that the tamper was calibrated, like an Espro. The only thing holding me back from upgrading the tamper is that I love the magnetic storage functionality on the Infuser - Breville really thought of everything!
The brewer is nice looking with real stainless steal covering the majority of surfaces. It has a small foot print so doesnt take up too much counter space.
Its fast, it warms up in less than a min, and it is super simple to use and produces consistent shots.
It comes with everything a new user could need - tamper, steam cup. and 2 pressure cups and two non pressure cups. The pressure cups are great if you dont have a good grinder or poorly ground coffee.
It has hot water spout as well.
A few cons I have noted in the several months Ive been using it.
Steam has to be activated and then takes several seconds to appear as the system has to heat up. I would prefer a system like my old brewer that had a switch for steam and it lit up when ready and then steam away.
The storage tray gets water and condensation in it so you have to dry it out once in a while.
It really like very fine ground coffee to get the proper pressure on shots so you need a good quality grinder or you the pressure cups.
Over all highly recommend this brewer
This machine is very forgiving and will guide you through the ups and downs of home espresso.
Best to use with a high-quality conical coffee grinder.
If you buy pre-grounded coffee, or don't have a clue how old are your coffee beans, be sure to use the double-wall (pressurized) filter. Or stick with the basic Breville Café Roma machine. If you are not patient, use Nespresso...
After a couple of months/years, you will remember the good times when you knew nothing about espresso, and will switch to a dual boiler model.
Also perfect for learning latte Art.
Well documented, full-equipped with reasonable quality tamper, 4 filters (2single cup, 2 double cups(single and double wall/pressurized)), Razor included. Everything stowed away in a convenient tray behind the removable waste basket.
Removable filtered water tank
Adjustable water temperature and quantity of water (pre-programmed to 30ml and 60ml for single and dual shots)
Uses non-standard 54mm filters (standard is 58mm).
All that's missing is coffee, milk (optional), a knock box, counter space and lots of patience!
Some will complain this machine provides inconsistent results. I can confirm it is not the case if you are meticulous and consistent across quantity, grinding, tamping and other espresso-related rituals.
The machine is easy to use. I have programmed the single shot button to give me about 1 1/2 ounces which is my preferred amount and I have programmed the double shot button to give me 3 ounces which is perfect for my wife. It only takes me a few minutes to make a cappuccino and a latte for our Saturday morning breakfast.
I wish the water container was about double it's width so I don't have fill it as often but other than that, the machine is fantastic and I really think it's the best Espresso maker for under $500.