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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Amazon.ca Product Description
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.
From the Manufacturer
The Barista Express, with its integrated conical burr grinder and dosing control, helps deliver the optimum path for beans to espresso in under a minute, ensuring a smooth and thick créma. The measured dose is delivered straight into the coffee filter to maximize luscious créma with every extraction.
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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
amazing purchase, after 2 years of using it a few times a week, still works like a charm. Makes better specialty coffees then StarbucksPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Guess we've got lemon, cannot tell. Machine broke down after a month, gave it to fix on warranty, they had issues. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Public Name
Great Product... Don't hesitate purchasing such a quality product. Makes a wonderful cup of coffee! Great value. A++++++Published 6 months 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 7 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 10 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 19 months ago by Ann