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Breville the Barista Espresso Machine

4.8/5.0
By Robert Parsons October 5, 2020
Looks / Appearance 5.0 / 5.0
Functionality 5.0 / 5.0
Ease of use 4.0 / 5.0

Pros

  • – 16 Grind Settings
  • – PID Temperature Control
  • – Steam Wand on 360 swivel joint

Cons

  • – Heavy to carry

Coffee is a beverage loved around the world for aspects like its versatility, richness, and fine flavors. Made from the same beans and known for its ability to liven the sleepiest of times with a tasty jolt of brewed caffeine is none other than Espresso, of course.

When searching for a device that’ll support you in properly making delicious shots of Espresso, you’d be remiss to overlook the Breville Barista Express machine. The brilliance of this espresso maker is fantastically apparent when you’re using it. Not only does it come equipped with many of the features you frequently find on higher end consumer machines, but unlike other semi-automatic espresso machines, the Breville BES870XL comes with a grinder already built-in, providing you with more convenience as well as counter space.

Considering this aspect, and many more we’ll get into below, it’s not surprising that this machine won the 2013 award for Best New Consumer Product by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. 

 

Who is the Breville Breville Barista Espresso Machine for?

When you go into a Starbucks, a global top contender in the coffee business, what do you notice? Sure, you smell the lovely aroma of freshly-made coffee in the air as well as the yummy baked goods. At some point during your visit, you’ll also probably notice the huge, stainless steel brewing machines behind the counter. In the commercial world, these cost thousands of dollars and can be complicated to use. 

The beauty of Breville the Barista Express is that it equips you with high end features, easy-to-use features and quality cups of coffee without costing you an arm and a leg. It also comes with everything you need to make your favorite milk-based drinks, including lattes and cappuccinos.

Basically, if you’re a coffee-lover, looking for something simple to use and not trying to break the bank, this is the espresso machine for you. Novices and experts alike can use this machine – it’s designed for everyone.

 

Specifications

Material: Stainless Steel

Weight: 23 pounds

Dimensions: 12.50 x 12.60 x 13.10 inches

 

What Makes this Espresso Machine Special?

The best part of the Breville Barista Express is the double-punch that it packs – grinding and brewing in one unit. When you grind your beans with this machine, you can rest assured you’re producing high quality thanks to the stainless steel conical burrs and 16 grind settings that’ll help you achieve the accuracy and precision needed for perfect espresso. With the PID Temperature Control feature, you’ll be provided with extremely accurate brew water temperatures, which is a crucial element in creating shots that are consistent. As if it couldn’t get better, this Breville device also comes with a Brewing Pressure Gauge, which helps you keep track of brewing pressure so you can enjoy ideal espresso extraction. And with the Purge System, you can brew in peace knowing your coffee won’t get burnt by residual steam from past brews.

 

Why Should I Buy this Espresso Machine?

As you now know, the Breville BES870XL certainly provides the internal technology needed for great espresso-making. Beyond this, there are aspects on the outside that work together to support you in enjoying ease within your brewing experience. The Steam Wand that’s mounted on a 360 swivel joint makes it easy to position the included milk frothing pitcher. With the 2-liter removable water tank, you can fill up at the machine or in the wink. Plus, the cup-warming surface will help you preheat cups and the large drip tray will ensure that cleaning is a breeze!

Our Verdict

The Breville Barista is easy on the eyes with its modern stainless steel finish. Naturally, good design should be appealing to look at, but beyond looks, brewing machines need to work well and be simple to use. In our opinion, Breville has more than what it takes. Plus, this machine also comes with an excellent manual that is clear, concise, and easy-to-understand.

 

So, espresso amateurs, if you’re reading this – go for it, don’t be scared! And espresso enthusiasts, go for it – we know you’ll love the Breville Barista Express as much as we do.

 

 

Pros

  • – 16 Grind Settings
  • – PID Temperature Control
  • – Steam Wand on 360 swivel joint

Cons

  • – Heavy to carry