Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder
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- Stainless steel conical burr grinder with ½lb bean hopper
- 15 bar Italian pump
- 1450W stainless steel thermocoil heating system
- Adjustable grind size and grind amount settings
- Preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable shot volumes
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Fresh is Best
In the world of coffee, freshness can be measured in seconds. By the time even five minutes has passed, ground beans have started to lose their flavor. Grinding beans every time you want fresh espresso takes time, though, and oftentimes it becomes a tradeoff between taste and convenience. The Breville Barista Express solves this problem, delivering fresh, quality espresso at remarkable speed, thanks to its integrated burr grinder. Go from beans to espresso in under a minute—all in the comfort of your own home.
Café quality espresso in your home
Espresso making is notorious for being both an art and a science, requiring you to carefully adjust each of the inputs (grind size, grind amount, etc.). But even complete beginners and aspiring baristas can pull a perfect shot from the Breville Barista Express. For beginners, it comes with two dual-wall, pressurized filters that regulate pressure and help optimize the extraction. For more experienced baristas, the Barista Express includes two single-wall, non-pressurized filters that give you more room to experiment with different grind sizes, grind amounts, and tamping pressure. As either a crash-course or a continuation study, the Barista Express gives you free rein to explore the art of espresso.
In addition to its integrated burr grinder, the Breville Barista Express has an Italian-manufactured 15 bar pump and thermocoil heating system that ensures accurate regulation of water temperature for a full-flavored espresso. A pre-brew function and flat shower head make sure that the water is optimally distributed through the coffee puck. The Barista Express also has several helpful features, such as 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. Lastly, it has a stainless steel 360 degree swivel-action steam wand for lattes and cappuccinos.
For beginners and aspiring baristas alike, the Barista Express makes good espresso accessible and easy to make.
Designed with the consumer in mind
The Breville Barista Express is built from high-quality materials so the resulting machine is as sturdy as possible. No-slip feet keep the machine from sliding across the counter when the burr grinder is activated. The Barista Express is housed in a sleek stainless steel casing, making it an attractive and timeless addition to any kitchen. The entire unit is easy to clean and comes with a hideaway storage compartment for the included cleaning tools, in addition to an easily removable drip tray.
- Integrated conical burr grinder and half-pound bean hopper: stainless steel conical burrs optimize extraction of flavor from the bean by maximizing the surface area of the grinds. Use freshly ground beans for every shot for more full espresso flavor. Hopper has locking system for easy removal, storage and transfer of coffee beans.
- Grind size and grind amount selector dials: choose among grind settings from fine to coarse and adjust the amount of freshly ground espresso dosed into the filter basket.
- Filter size button: indicate whether you are using a single- or double-wall filter basket and the grinder will dispense the required amount of ground coffee for the appropriate filter type.
- 54mm tamper: for expert tamping control. With magnetized storage, but removable for easy tamping.
- Hands-free grinding cradle: push portafilter into cradle and freshly ground espresso will be dispensed directly into the filter. Grinder automatically stops when the indicated amount has been dispensed.
- 54mm stainless steel portafilter: with commercial style spouts.
- 67 fl. oz. removable water tank: top-fill tank with replaceable water filter to reduce impurities and scale.
- Volumetric control: preset 1 and 2 cup volumes, manual over-ride, or reprogrammable shot volumes.
- Espresso pressure gauge: monitors espresso extraction pressure.
- Thermocoil heating system: integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature.
- Clean me light: indicates when a cleaning cycle is required. Cleaning kit included.
- 360-degree swivel action steam wand: for effortless milk texturing.
- Auto purge function: automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature.
- Removable drip tray: partitioned for both wet and dry spills, with 'Empty me!' indicator for when it’s full.
|Model||Dual Boiler||Barista Express||Infuser|
|Weight||30 lbs||23 lbs||17 lbs|
|Heating system||Dual boilers, stainless steel||Thermocoil, stainless steel||Thermocoil, stainless steel|
|Temperature control||Electronic PID (for better temperature stability)||Electronic PID (for better temperature stability)||Electronic PID (for better temperature stability)|
|Pump||Dual Italian pumps||15 bar Italian pump||15 bar Italian pump|
|Water tank||84 fl. oz. top-fill and rear-fill||67 fl. oz. top-fill with handle||61 fl. oz. top-fill with handle|
|Water filtration||Yes, 1 year supply||Yes, 1 filter||Yes, 1 filter|
|Accessories||2 x 58mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 58mm single wall filter baskets, 58mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filters, coffee scoop||2 x 54mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 54mm single wall filter baskets, 54mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filter, coffee scoop||2 x 54mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 54mm single wall filter baskets, 54mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filter, coffee scoop|
|Pre-infusion||True low pressure (gradual ramp up)||Triple prime (3 burst full power)||True low pressure (gradual ramp up)|
|Volumetric control||Preset, manual over-ride or reprogrammable||Preset, manual over-ride or reprogrammable||Preset, manual over-ride or reprogrammable|
|Dry puck feature?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Auto purge?||Not required||Yes||Yes|
|Steam wand||360 degree swivel, 3 hole tip||360 degree swivel, 1 hole tip||360 degree swivel, 1 hole tip|
|Hot water||Yes, dedicated outlet||No||Yes, dedicated outlet|
|Concealed storage tray||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Breville assist plug||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Other||Over-pressure valve (OPV), actively heated group head, heat exchanger (HX), programmable extraction temps, programmable pre-infusion, backlit LCD, espresso shot clock, auto start, audio alerts (high, low, mute), drop down swivel foot||.5 lb bean hopper, conical burr grinder, grind size dial, grind amount dial, hands-free grinding cradle|
|Housing||Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free||Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free||Stainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free|
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LOVE this thing! Well, that's the 3 word review...but seriously, I've been using this machine for over a month now and here is the run down...
It makes fabulous, and most importantly, consistent espresso every time I use it. Takes 45 seconds to warm up and then bam, you're all set for extracting cups of lavish espresso.
The espresso shots, when properly extracted, come out with a proper, tri level finish, with the darkest portion on the bottom, follwed with a more mild middle "browner" layer, and then the caramel colored crema top layer. Awesome, thick and rich crema is achieved when using a bean such as Lavazza's Super Crema...
The key, I feel, to a proper tasting espresso, and any coffee beverage is to obtain freshly roasted, and even importantly, freshly ground beans. The built in grinder works splendidly for this purpose and can make the grinds very find; Don't think you can buy a $100 grinder and get your grinds fine enough...it will likely be far too coarse, and hence, you'd have to pony up the cash for a good conical burr grind, which will likely set you back probably between $200.00 - $400.00 -- this, to me, is what makes this machine so appealing. The grinder doesn't feel cheap either, never had a jam, or any problem for that matter...just try not to use super oily beans.
The design and build are pleasing for the price...the machine itself is heavy; this is not a flimsy, crap plastic coffee maker...it might not 100% constructed from steel (at least on the outside), and I did notice some plastic pieces here and there, but overall, this unit comes across as well built...I've had a few of my friends comment that "this is fanciest espresso maker I've ever seen" -- don't know about that, but I cannot fault the build quality.
The overall process of making espresso isn't very complicated and hopefully, the undue fear of some overly complicated, long to learn training process, doesn't stop anyone from trying or using such a machine. The whole procees is actually quite simple once you've had a few attempts at it.
Begin by using a single wall filter -- yes, there's double wall too, which make it a bit easier starting out, but you might as well learn to do it properly from the get go.
Get your grinds to the proper fineness -- you don't want them too coarse -- I like the 11 - 12 setting. The key is not having the grinds too coarse, as then you cannot build the proper pressure for extraction and your coffee will be underextracted, i.e watery and nasty...yuk! Oh, and do make sure to read the manual for adjusting the grinder to a finer setting, as it should only be done when the grinder is already in operation, so as to not damage the grinding mechanism.
Next, the grid amount -- this is controlled by a simple round dial -- Once you insert the Portafilter into the grind slot, you have two options here -- as you can do the one push press, so that the machine dispenses one load of ground coffee of the amount you've specified via the dial, or you can push/stop as you go...My advise (after trial & error) is to find the amount that is perfect for your desired extraction level, and use the one push and done method, rather than the start stop -- yes, this will take a bit of trial and error, but in the long term, will allow you to eliminate variations between one cup to the next.
The only thing is, the ground coffee might build up a bit high on the one time push and leave method, and so spill over and result in wasted coffee. To counteract this, I usualy press the coffee down with my finger just to slightly compact it as it's being ground out; there's just enought space between the top of the portafilter and the where the grinds are dispensed, so you can stick your finger in there and push it slightly down -- this then allows you get all the ground coffe in the portafilter with little spill.
Then the tamping -- for those that aren't familiar with the term, "tamping", this simply means pressing the coffee down wit the provided tamper (its a small steel pusher to press the coffee down) -- try not to tamp overly hard, but with about 20lbs of force -- try also not to tamp more than once as it can leave layers in the coffee that interfere with proper extraction. You want to ideally have a very small amount of room left on the top of the portafilter -- about 1/8th of an inch, (depending on your desired level of extraction, maybe a bit more or less)
That's it basically -- once you've got those first few steps nailed down, the extraction itself is a push of button.
Now frothing milk is a whole separte beast, which I won't go into detail here -- I will say that the unit comes with a ball bearing attached frothing wand, and it works very nicely if you know the proper technique for frothing milk...Again, after a bit of trial & error, I can achieve properly foamed milk in about 1-2 minutes of use. Nice, thick foam that doesn't disolve after a minute.
Cleaning the machine is rather easy, although you do have to do it quite often -- we make about 2 - 3 cups of espresso daily, and you have to relace the water for the tank in about every two days. The bottom tray that collects water also needs to be emptied every couple of days when making about 2 - 3 cups per day. Cleaning cycle needs to be run once a month or so, depending on how many daily cups you're running.
It comes with two cleaning tablets, and only 1 charcoal filter (which noted to last 2 - 3 months) -- you will need to buy more for future use.
So there you have it -- a fine machine that does a beautiful job performing the task it was designed to do. Yes, this is an expensive machine, but when you factor in that it's a proper espresso maker, with solid build quality, and and has a built in burr grinder, the price is actually justifiable, and when cross shopping other quality espresso makers, quite fair & reasonable.
I had just became fed up & sick of always drinking crappy, watered down coffee, that tasted like ass -- and I refused to pay $5 bucks for a shot of espresso or a proper cappuccino...I was always a bit scared/wary of the complications that went into brewing/making your own espresso -- however, after taking the plunge, I can now make myself coffee beverages that rival, equal, or even surpass those drinks made by your local Starbacks or Coffee Bean, and no, I am not exaggerating! They're that good!
So get one and start your coffee renaissance today!
There are much better grinder units out there, but at a substantially higher price. The one that comes built-in with this unit is serviceable, and, if kept clean, seems to do a fine job. We use the hose from our vacuum to clean it out about once every three months or so.
The steam wand is somewhat underpowered. But for the price, this one does fine. With practice, I have been able to make excellent steamed milk, though I'm sure it would be easier with a more powerful machine. In the price range, I don't think you can find a better machine.
Why not five stars? Well, that's primarily because of the difficulty in removing the portafilter from the coffee grinder without spilling coffee grounds into the machine. I'm sure there is a way to improve this, but it would probably come at the cost of additional space. I find that by cupping my fingers around the portafilter as I remove it, I can keep most of the grounds from falling into the waste grill. Also, and much further down the "picky scale" is the fact that the grinder seems to take beans from only one side of the hopper. This requires me to open the top and push the beans towards the "take side" so that it does not run "dry" while there are still beans in the hopper.
If money was not a concern, I would buy a more expensive, and robust, machine. But for most of us money is an object, and I would buy this machine again.
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