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Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine BES860XL


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  • Thermoblock heating system
  • Intergrated conical burr grinder
  • Adjustable grind size and amount
  • Semi-Automatic espresso (manual, pre-programmed, personalized)
  • Pressure gauge
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 36.8 x 33.7 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 13 Kg
  • Item model number: BES860XL
  • ASIN: B002S51RQG
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 10 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,185 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Experts say that the best way to get the best flavour from an espresso or cappuccino is to use freshly ground beans. The Breville Barista Express espresso/cappuccino machine has an integrated conical burr grinder and dosing control that helps deliver the optimal grind that will turn beans into your favourite refreshment in under a minute. Very user-friendly, this unit is semi-automatic with programmable single and double shots, including single or dual wall filters to ensure a smooth and thick crema.

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BES860XL features
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.
Good crema from fresh beans
Convenient hidden storage compartment for the filters and included cleaning kit.

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.

Barista Express portafilter with commercial style spouts
Hands-free filling for the portafilter directly from the integrated burr grinder
Dual wall filters, 54mm
Included dual wall filters provide excellent practice for budding baristas

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.

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Model Dual Boiler Barista Express Infuser
Dimensions 16.25"x15"x15" 13.25"x12.5"x14.5" 10.25"x12.5"x13.25"
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
Wattage 1700W 1450W 1600W
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
Pressure gauge Yes Yes Yes
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
Cleaning alert Yes Yes Yes
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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By serpico007 on Dec 1 2010
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I was hesitant to buy this and almost bought a big name brand espresso machine. In the end I needed a model easy enough for my wife to use and this fit the requirement. We have been using this for 2 months now every day making about 3-6 drinks per day. It has been so nice to make drinks at home and it has paid for itself with the money we have saved from going out. Make sure to buy extra cleaning tablets as it only comes with 2 in the sample. Pick up some Saeco tablets if you can't find the same brand, they work as well too. The water filter lasts 2 months so pick up some extra because only 1 is in the box. Perform the cleaning cycles and take care of it per instructions and it should last a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen D Irwin on Nov. 26 2012
I've owned this machine for a year now. I've worked in a coffee shop and it is no commercial espresso maker. It is fantastic for a household machine though.

I make 2-6 coffee on this almost everyday.
It does take some tinkering around to get the settings right for the coffee your using. It only took me a pound of (cheap) coffee and I had figured it out.

I started with the dual wall filters which are a little less finicky. The single wall filters are all I use now. They will give you a better crema.
I don't use the single shot filters at all though. They are much trickier. Who wants a single shot anyway?

The grinder doesn't hold much coffee but that's not necessarily a bad thing. You want to keep it stored in an airtight container anyway.

The milk frother took some time to get used to. It's not as powerful as the commercial machines, so it takes a longer to heat up you milk. As a beginner this can be a good thing since you have more time to incorporate a finer bubbles in the milk.

I am so happy with this machine.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. L. HALL on June 9 2012
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We have been using the Breville Barista Express for about 2 years now. I make about four expressos daily. Overall, I believe that most people will be satisfied with the quality of the expresso it produces. Very comparable to any expresso you could get at a cafe. Assuming you buy fresh beans and use the water filters. The downside of this machine is the following -- The hopper (bean container) is ridiculously small, you can only make four coffees before you have to refill it. Starbucks expresso machines have large coffee hoppers. I'm not sure why Breville didn't follow suit and design a larger sized hopper. Additionally, this machine requires water filters. Again, only one filter is included with the device and they are expensive to replace ($25 for 6 filters). Breville suggest frequent filter replacement to ensure good tasting water and thus good tasting coffee. Second, you will need to clean the device every two months using cleaning tablets. Breville was ever so generous to include only two cleaning tables with the machine. Replacement cleaning tablets can be very expensive and Breville does not distribute them. Shop around online and you can find them much cheaper as most expresso machines use them. Essentially, the tablets are made of baking soda. We use a have teaspoon of baking soda and that works just as well. Overall, I am satisfied with this machine and rate it 3 out of 5 because it produces good coffee. The machine is attractive and seems to be well built. We get nothing but compliments on the attractiveness of the device. I do not use the milk frothing wand at all, so I cannot comment on that. I find it much easier to froth milk using an Nespresso. I have friends who have paid thousands for their automatic expresso machines. For the price, the Breville Barista Express is very hard to beat. Keep in mind a machine like the Starbucks device is more than $20K. Maintain and clean the device regularly and you should be satisfied with this coffee maker.
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By Areo on March 20 2013
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Four star because it is not designed to produce 5-star espresso. There is nothing wrong with the machine that I can tell.

I have a little home Batista and a friend liked my coffee. He did not want to get too involved so I suggested Breville BES860XL. It boarders on semi automatic.

It has a "double wall" setting that gives you crema with almost any coffee bean. There is a little bit of cheating going on there, but not everyone needs to be a coffee geek (snob?).
If you want more "honest" crema, you can switch the double wall basket to single wall and fiddle with your own grind coarseness.

The machine is pretty and straight forward. Extract is decent even with not-so-great coffee bean. The group-head is relatively nice and heavy. Frothing is not controlled by a valve but a knob. It's awkward if you are used to controlling the flow via turning a valve. However, it is simpler to use for new users. It is designed for producing consistently good milk froth but cleaning the wand gets complicated quickly and you will wind up sticking a needle (supplied) up the hole if you don't clean it quickly.

For people who currently get their espressos from Starbucks, this machine is a good choice for home. If you are dreaming of buying a Gaggia Achille to compliment your home Batista, why the heck are you reading this review?
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The Barista Express is a great Espresso Maker. A word of caution to anyone considering buying this. This model does not come equipped with a hot water dispenser. So, you can make Espresso and Cappucino no problem, but if you want to make an Americano style coffee (Espresso shot with additional hot water to make a regular cup of coffee), you really cannot do this unless you boil water externally and add it to the espresso. I wish I had known this before purchasing (my fault really for not fully researching). That said, it does make amazing espresso and cappucino. Also, not the height is 14.5 ", this is only an issue if you have a valance under your kitchen cabinets. My Barista Express does not clear the valance so it must sit at the edge of the counter in my kitchen rather than being pushed back to the back wall. Again, my fault really. Just a few points to consider. The machine itself if excellent, but you can probably find a fully automatic espresso maker for a comparable price. Good luck !
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