- 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: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,612 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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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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.
Top customer reviews
I did notice that the entire machine heats up considerably if left on for too long. Not sure if this is normal issue or part of the block heater operation to do, but will keep an eye on it before the warranty passes.
It's a keeper for me, haven't bought a $2.67 to $5 coffee ever since.
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.
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.
Some notes on how I use it:
* use only the single-wall (advanced) filters that were included with e machine
* adjust grinder settings to each different coffee
* preheat for at least 15 min before pulling shots - always pulling 4 - 8 oz water before making the first shot
* occasionally tap the bin hopper and the portafilter when grinding coffee to deal with oily / stubborn beams
* I usually make 2 double shots - sometimes steam milk for one or both making capuchins and experimenting with latte art
What I like about Barista Express:
* unbeatable price for a combination of burr grinder and an decent quality espresso machine
* convenient and attractive package that does not take lots of counter space
* after a few days of tweaking I pull consistently good shots most of the time with a few as close to a "god shot" as I ever experienced
* the built in grinder is very convenient and the hopper is bigger than I expected lasting 3 - 5 days
* pressure gauge is helpful in evaluating shot quality while it is extracted
* thumper is quite decent
* the drip tray capacity is more than sufficient for my needs
* switching from brewing to steaming is fairly quick
* water tank is the right size for my needs
What could be improved:
* grind consistency leaves room for improvement - as does dosing accuracy - cleaning the hopper and the grinder after each load and keeping an eye on how much coffee is delivered helps
* no control over steam output - either on or off - however, e way I learned to steam milk microfoam it only plays a role when initially immersing the wand (I don't use the steaming aid)
* the pressure gauge has no calibration / scale - but helps is keeping shots consistent
Overall I am very satisfied with the Barista Express after owning it for over a month with an average of 4 double shot drinks per day.
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