Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine BES860XL
- 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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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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?
There are a lot of reviews for this machine. Most of the Amazon ones are very positive and I believe this is quite right unless you are a real hard-core espresso aficionado. From the latter group, Breville had rather cold reception, although, as some experts pointed out the issues can be compensated for by an experienced barista.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Great Product... Don't hesitate purchasing such a quality product. Makes a wonderful cup of coffee! Great value. A++++++Published 26 days ago by Marcellus Maximus
Awesome awesome espresso maker!!! Today is my 4 year anniversary with this machine and I couldn't be happier with this purchase!!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kris M.
Got it for my birthday 5 years ago! Use it very day, everybody is still impressed! Great coffee, great design, very sturdy and perfect for those who do not like all-automatic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mikhail
Purchased it 4 years ago, had a leak probably due to a crack in the water tank making it leak if not placed a specific way on the machine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ann
Best coffeemaker ever! Enjoy ever cup made by Breville Barista Express Espresso MachinePublished 14 months ago by Leo Berliant
The grinding makes a mess and the coffee quality is very inconsistent for such an expensive item.Published 15 months ago by Nancy Stuewe