Breville BES870CBXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Cranberry Red

October 10, 2018 - Comment

The difference is clear: espresso made from beans ground one minute ago (left) produces crema that is noticeably more rich and thick than espresso made from beans ground ten days ago (right). The verdict? Fresh beans are always preferable. Included dual wall filters provide excellent practice for budding baristas Included single wall filters provide a

Good crema from fresh beans

The difference is clear: espresso made from beans ground one minute ago (left) produces crema that is noticeably more rich and thick than espresso made from beans ground ten days ago (right). The verdict? Fresh beans are always preferable.
Dual wall filters, 54mm

Included dual wall filters provide excellent practice for budding baristas
Single wall filters, 54mm

Included single wall filters provide a more challenging experience for those who have already mastered the art of espresso
Good crema from fresh beans

Convenient hidden storage compartment for the filters and included cleaning kit.
Barista Express portafilter with commercial style spouts

Hands-free filling for the portafilter directly from the integrated burr grinder

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.

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Product Features

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 54mm tamper: for expert tamping control. With magnetized storage, but removable for easy tamping.
  5. 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.
  6. 54mm stainless steel portafilter: with commercial style spouts.
  7. 67 fl. oz. removable water tank: top-fill tank with replaceable water filter to reduce impurities and scale.
  8. Volumetric control: preset 1 and 2 cup volumes, manual over-ride, or reprogrammable shot volumes.
  9. Espresso pressure gauge: monitors espresso extraction pressure.
  10. Thermocoil heating system: integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature.
  11. Clean me light: indicates when a cleaning cycle is required. Cleaning kit included.
  12. 360-degree swivel action steam wand: for effortless milk texturing.
  13. Auto purge function: automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature.
  14. Removable drip tray: partitioned for both wet and dry spills, with ‘Empty me!’ indicator for when it’s full.

Product Features

  • 15 Bar Italian Pump
  • Construction materials:Brushed Stainless Steel Exterior.Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lb. sealed bean hopper
  • 1600W Thermo coil heating system. Voltage : 110-120 Volts
  • 67 fluid Oz (2L) removable water tank with handle

Comments

Amazonian says:

Love it! Pros and Cons + Tips Update August-6-17: Still going strong after almost two years!Original Review and Tips:I love this thing. I’ve been using it multiple times a day for almost a year I think. Every day it makes amazing espresso, and as long as I keep it clean it preforms beautifully. This thing is also easier to maintain and requires less cleaning than other cheaper espresso machines I’ve tried.A tip for anyone looking to make actual espresso at home, I recommend looking for a…

VR says:

READ my review and you will be GLAD you did – no really, I put some time into this just for YOU =) Despite some of the negative criticism sprinkled throughout this review, keep in mind that (1) I am giving this machine 5 stars, and now that I have spent a few weeks getting to know it (intimately), I love it – so much, that if a burglar broke into my house and stole it, I would order another one the same day – I have not been back to Starbucks since. All that being said, you NEED to read this review so that your machine does not frustrate you and so that you get the most out of it. Read on…

percy says:

BUY THE PROTECTION PLAN! YOU WILL NEED IT!!! We bought this from amazon in october of 2014. First used it in Nov on 2014. We had used it several times per week, but done all recommended maintenance and cleaning. The pump has died, 2.5 years after purchasing. We can get it fixed for around $150, or purchase a new one. Found this out on the internet, since Breville customer service won’t return phone calls. This is a pretty big purchase – if you proceed, get the insurance package or you’ll be disappointed. Moving onto a different…

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