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Product Description

Ready to unleash your inner barista? The Breville Barista Express is built to set you up for success. Featuring an integrated conical burr grinder, this machine cuts down the time between grinding and extracting leaving you more time to enjoy the exquisite tasting shots. Professional-grade features include a 15 bar pump, PID regulated temperature control, and swivel mounted steam wand. With its high quality die-cast casing and streamlined design, the Barista Express means business, barista business that is! Skip the line and make delicious coffee drinks at home morning, noon and night.

Features & Functionality of the Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

  • Strong and Sophisticated - High-grade aluminum and zinc die-cast construction create a machine that's built to last, yet doesn't sacrifice style for durability.
  • Hands-free Grinding - Place your portafilter in the cradle, select your grind amount on the dial, and with one touch it will fill with fresh grounds.
  • Integrated Grinder -Conical stainless steel burr grinder speeds things up. The new 8 oz hopper takes its design cues from Breville's fetching Smart Grinder.
  • Programmable Volumetrics - Set water volume for single or double espressos for consistent water levels with each brew cycle.
  • Powerful Pump - The 15 bar triple-prime pump pre-infuses grounds to maximize flavor while the espresso gauge displays extraction pressure so you can monitor your barista skills.
  • Stainless Steel Steam Wand - The swivel ball-mounted steam wand allows you to position your pitcher as needed for maximum froth control.
  • Temperature Control - A built in PID maintains the water temperature at an ideal 200°F during extraction, but you can increase your brew temperature up or down 4°F in 2 degree increments to dial in the perfect shot. An auto-purge function returns the machine to an optimal espresso extracting temperature.
  • Razor Dosing Tool - Breville's patented stainless steel dosing tool trims up your portafilter post-tamp for consistent shots every time.
  • Energy Efficient - Barista Express automatically enters standby mode after 1 hour and turns off after 3 hours.
  • Hot Water Dispenser - A dedicated hot water pipe makes crafting Americanos a piece of cake.
  • Basket Options - The machine ships with double and single pressurized and non-pressurized baskets (4 total)
Pros
  • Dedicated Hot Water Dispenser - This update makes americanos or hot tea a breeze.
  • Huge Capacity - 67oz side-access water tank with optional filter.
  • Tools Included - New machines come with a perfectly sized tamper, frothing pitcher, cleaning and dosing tools.
  • Adjustable Temperature - Adjusting the brew temperature up or down 4 degrees gives you some leeway to fine-tune your shot.
Cons
  • Coffee Sludge - Despite an upgraded drip tray design, an integrated grinder means superfluous espresso grounds will collect and mix in your drip tray.

How Does it Compare?

This is the latest version of Breville's only espresso machine with built-in grinder. Updates from the previous model include a dedicated hot water dispenser, updated stainless steel conical burr grinder, hopper styling for smoother operation, and an upgraded drip tray.

Tips and Tricks

Run hot water though the brew head before pulling your shot for optimal extraction temperature.

Additional Information

Model Number Stainless Steel: BES870XL
Manufacturer Breville
Width 13.25 inches
Depth 12.00 inches
Height 16 inches
Watts 1600
Programmability Dose, PID, Shot Time
Case Material Plastic with Metal Finish
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Reservoir Size 67 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 53mm
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute
Warm Up: Steam Time 70 seconds
Boiler Design Thermocoil
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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Hi! I've had the Breville Barista express for a few months now, loving it! I was just wondering other than running the vinegar water every few months and doing the tablet cleaning cycle. Would you recommend rinsing the group head after each shot (by pulling a single/double shot)? Or would that be unecessary wear on the machine? Also, it says to hold down the single shot button while decalcifying the machine, is this hard on it? How often do the pumps or "motor" (however it works:) go out on these things? Thanks!
Stacey T on Oct 7, 2014
Best Answer: Vinegar is not reccomended for descaling since it can leave odors in the boiler and it can degrade the gaskets. Urnex makes a great descaler called Dezcal. They also make one under their eco-friendly Full-Circle product line. As far as rinsing the group, I reccomend rinsing it once your current session is over.
Reply · Report · Lyle L. on Sep 16, 2015
I am torn between buying the Breville Express with built in grinder versus the Infuser and buying a separate grinder. I know there are a few features that the Express has versus the Infuser, but aside from that, can I expect the built in grinder to be as reliable as a stand alone grinder and can I use oily dark roast beans without worrying that it may clog the grinder?
A shopper on Oct 14, 2014
Best Answer: The downside to going with the Breville Barista Express is that if you do have an issue with the grinder then the entire unit would need to be taken in for service, while a stand alone unit could be serviced while you still have your espresso machine. The built in grinder on this unit does not have the coarse range you would get on a stand alone grinder, but will brew nice shots with the machine. Unfortunately the grinder in the Barista Express, the Breville Smart Grinder, and many grinders will clog on a dark, oily bean. The nice thing is that not only the hopper removable with a bean gate (to lock your beans in place when you remove it), the burrs are very easy to access and clean if you do have an oily build up. If you brew many different methods, I would advise a stand alone grinder, but if you are just brewing espresso and space is at a limit, the Barista Express would be my suggestion. Ultimately the choice is yours, but I hope this helps you decide!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 15, 2014
I have just got this machine for Christmas and loving it so far. I have a quick question about the PID though. With no digital display how do I know what the temperature is set to? I realise it can increase and decrease by set increments but it's a bit tricky knowing what temp it's set to without knowing the default starting position. Does anyone know the default temp of the machine?
Thomas on Dec 27, 2013
Best Answer: Hold Program, then hold Power until it beeps. You're now in programming mode. The ring that is lit is the temperature setting you're in. So, Power = -4, Ground Dosage = -2, Program = 0, 1-cup = +2, 2-cup = +4.
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on Jul 14, 2016
I recently received this machine, had it since July 1st to be exact. I mostly use the double shot non-pressurized filter basket but have used the single shot as well. Since all the baskets fit nice and snug into the portafilter, this one doesn't fit as well and has a tenancy at times to get stuck into the group head. To get it out, I have to put the portafilter back in and take it out again in hopes it doesn't stick again. Also when I knock the portafilter onto the side of the trashcan to release the puck, I see that the basket is not as tight as the others and tries again to work it's way out. Since I am aware of this I am careful, but I do tend to wonder if the problem will get worse as I use this machine.
Any ideas on what I should do?
Kelli on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Kelli L; I've had my Breville machine since around May. I find that if the basket gets stuck to the group head, I can easily dislodge it with my fingers. My basket still fits tightly onto the portafilter. My problem with the machine is getting enough pressure when I make espresso. I always use the double shot basket. Initially I used the non pressurized basket and life was good. The pressure was right in the middle of the perfect range. I found that if I didn't clean the basket with a brush and make sure the openings were free, I didn't get any pressure and the espresso tasted awful. Have you had any issues like this yet?
Reply (1) · Report · Peter R on Jul 13, 2014
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Why does the hot water flow shut off by itself after approximately 4 oz?
Steve H on Mar 4, 2015
Best Answer: I think primarily so it doesn't get left on inadvertently and empty the basin out on a counter, or overflow the trap. But if you are talking about the water from the steaming wand (ala when you just want hot water for tea, etc), I think that's considered as much as you need to a cup of tea. However, I think mine does more than 4oz before shutoff, but would have to check when I get home next week.
Reply · Report · Jerrod H on Mar 10, 2015
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Is there a warranty?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2016
Best Answer: You get a one year manufacturer warranty and can purchase up to an additional 2 years through us.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Feb 2, 2016
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Hi guys'n gals... I am having a heck of a time getting proper espresso out of the beast:

- I use Lavazza espresso beans (black bag)
- In the single shot non pressurised filter i keep constantly getting too high a range (overshoot)...
I've even taken the coffee amount right down, and the grind nearly coarse...

Don't know what else to do...

Can someone recommend anything, or point me to a nice detailed video of trial and errors?

Thanks

JT
John E Boy on Nov 11, 2014
Best Answer: It took a while with the Brevelle to get the espresso shots I desired. Ok, I am confusing myself right now as to which baskets are non-pressurized. But I can tell you I use the single wall baskets with the perforated holes in bottom. Those are designed if you are grinding your own coffee, which IMO is a MUST for good shots.

Further, it is critical that your beans be freshly roasted. The crema is less after the beans are 5-7 days old, yes really. But don't sweat it, if beans get too old for great espresso shots, then you can still grind them for excellent pour over coffee. Look for fresh roasted high rated beans.

I grind my coffee pretty fine, but if you get too fine, can get some ground pour through, so watch that. I put the grind in basket about 3/4 up, smooth around with finger then tamp. Then I add a bit more to top it off, and smooth and tamp. Then I take the tamper and make a swirling turn, to smooth the top. Then go with it! YMMV. This works for me.

Oh yeah, it told me it was time to clean after like 2 bags of beans. I just shake my head and keep using it. I'll get around to filter changing and cleaning eventually. But I'm not playing the cleaning game every month or so. Just not my thing.

I am trying freezing my beans as soon as they come to me now. May help with freshness.
Reply (1) · Report · CAT C on Nov 11, 2014
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What accessories, if any, are included with the machine? (ex: frothing pitcher, tamper, etc)
katiet213 on Dec 1, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, frothing pitcher, tamper (held out of the way by a magnet when not in use), some maintenance tools for cleaning the group head and steam wand, a few cleaning tablets, and replacement water filters. There are four inserts for the portafilter, one shot and two shot in pressurized and non-pressurized versions. The best accessory: THE MANUAL! At least read it through once before doing anything else.
Reply · Report · Timothy F on Dec 2, 2014
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I have just got this machine. My shots always went to under extracted. And I tried 3 different beans. I turn grinder to the finest. What should I do now? Do I need to wait from one shot to another?
Cong L on Jan 17, 2015
Best Answer: Hi, what type of espresso beans are you using? What grind setting? I usually use 6.5 to 6 depending on the bean at times I actually go as far as 5.

It's also in the amount of coffee you grind In your portafilter.

I use the double espresso and never use the single or dual wall... Actuall use the the dual wall to hold my cup so it's closer to the portafilter...lol

Once you master the right amount of grind then you need to know how much pressure to apply but usually a good firm press with a swirl to make sure you keep the damper clean is all you need...

My process is simple...
Place a clean portafilter in its place and run an espresso shot with no coffee just to get warm.
Then Grind using the manual press and hold
Make sure the coffee grind goes above the top. Then very lightly press down a little then manual grind a little more then pressing firmly with the tamper and you should have a very nice amount of coffee with the right amount of space left...
Then place it and lock it and click the espresso button and watch the crema form and see the perfect shot... I also adjusted my machine to the maximum heat setting to make sure the shot comes out as hot as possible...

I personally think after a few months of using this machine that I out grew it... I would like to change it for a better dual boiler machine. It's on my wish list. ;)
Reply · Report · Franco B on Feb 14, 2015
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How tall is this machine including the bean hopper? I know the specs say 15.75inches, however does this include the bean hopper height ? I have 16in clearance between counter and upper cabinets. Do you think it's going to fit?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, the height to the top of the bean hopper is 15.75". You should be able to get it into a 16 inch space. My cabinets are slightly higher (17") and it fits fine.
Reply · Report · Mary Jo R on Jun 30, 2014
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How do you clean the machine with the tablets?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2015
Best Answer: Make sure the water reservoir for the unit is full. Locate the black rubber insert for the portafiliter. Insert the rubber piece into the portafilter with the single cup, single wall filter. Place a tablet in the rubber piece, center. Insert and secure the portafilter in the unit. Place a receptacle that can hold 2 cups or so under the portafilter. Press and hold down both single and double cup buttons while pressing the power on button. The "Clean Me" light should illuminate. At this point the machine will do its cleaning cycle. When it finishes, it beeps twice. You can then remove the receptacle as well as the rubber insert in the portafiliter. Your machine is now cleaned.
Reply · Report · Willis S on Feb 5, 2016
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Is the built in grinder able to grind fine enough to run this well with the unpressurized baskets? Does it require grinding on the finest setting and over dosing/tamping or do you have a step or two to work with?
A shopper on Nov 10, 2013
Best Answer: I'm not a coffee expert, but I've been using this as our go-to espresso source and using single-walled double-shot baskets on a grind between 2-5 (usually finer on the darker beans, coarser on the medium roasts). I am told it all tastes very good. Comparing the grind from this as I've seen on some countertop units, the finest grind is nearly as fine as what I've seen come out of the $300 machines that I played with. It may not be as consistent a fine grind, but it's very good IMHO. If there is something specific you want to see, let me know.
Reply · Report · Jerrod H on Nov 11, 2013
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Any way to make this machine work with pods? I don't use them often, but they are great for the occasional decaf request, which is why I stock a box of decaf pods in our house.
Rugbyball on Mar 16, 2014
Best Answer: Any chance you can tell the exact reason, why pods won't work? Older Breville models did come with a pod filter but not the new ones. So does Breville simply not ship the pod filter any more or did the brew head change?

Because if the brewhead did not change, there might be a chance of getting a pod filter from some other machine e.g. DeLonghi 860. Would be cool if you guys could investigate this a bit. I do like the Breville machine, they just lack support for pods for the quick morning coffee.

Thx,
Dirk
Reply (1) · Report · Dirk 5 char on Mar 31, 2014
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I noticed that Reg Barber makes tampers in all sizes, and the particular size for the Barista Express (54mm), they make tampers from 54.0 to 54.9mm. Can anyone determine the exact size for these filter baskets for the 870XL? I'm looking for the exact or closest fit so the grounds don't get crimped along the walls of the basket when tamping.
tonybeetlebailey t on Jan 26, 2015
Best Answer: A friend of mine got me a Reg Barber but at 54mm it barely fit. He went by the rated size. They were kind enough to resize it to 53mm and now it's perfect. No grounds squish between tamper and basket. Also, I've noticed the pucks eject even cleaner.
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on May 16, 2016
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how do we get the pressure to espresso pressure? The needle does not reach the espresso balance that it should have.
A shopper on May 10, 2014
Best Answer: If your needle is not reaching the espresso range on your Breville Barista Express, then you may need a slightly finer grind, or a slightly fresher roast bean (ideally roasted within the last month or so). What is the timing like on your shots? You should be looking for 2 ounces of liquid to be extracted for your double shot within 20-30 seconds when you tamp down with about 30 pounds of pressure. If your beans are fresh, the timing is correct, and your shots taste good, then there may simply be a problem with your gauge. This gauge is a helpful tool, but shots will still taste nice even if the gauge is not working! If you think there may be an issue with your gauge, then I would suggest contacting Breville directly at 1-866-273-8455.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 13, 2014
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I like my coffee less strong than espresso, could I grind coffee for one cup and than press the double cup button for double water?
AntoinetteG on Apr 7, 2016
Best Answer: This machines pulls a single or double shot of espresso using either the single cup button or the double cup button. To change the intensity of the espresso, change the size of your coffee cup and the amount of water. To make a coffee as you described, you would push the single cup button (1 shot of espresso), then put the cup under the hot water valve and add as much water as you like, and your coffee cup will hold, to alter the intensity of the drink. Adding the shot first then filling with water disrupts the crema for a less intense flavor also. Adding espresso after you fill your cup with hot water leaves a nice crema on top for a more intense flavor. I would also add-- this is nice machine and pulls a fairly good shot-- but, it is very loud. No sneaking up in the early morning to make coffee. It will wake the whole house, if not the neighbors. It needs a fix in that regard.
Reply · Report · Nakola B on Apr 11, 2016
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When I make espresso, the first shot of espresso is in "range" but the 2nd never is. I make them back to back and don't change any settings. Why is the first cup always better than the 2nd?
Furniture Lover on Apr 24, 2016
Best Answer: A few possibilities come to mind. When you say the 2nd shot is never in range, is the dial below or above the "gray" zone? If you are using the non-pressurized filter basket, it's possible you are using too much or too little force tamping the grounds.
If you are in the gray area, make sure you thoroughly dry the inside of the filter basket before you grind for the next shot. If it is wet, there is the possibility that the hot water will "channel" through the grinds and give you an uneven shot.
Reply · Report · Albert M on Apr 25, 2016
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Do you think its better to foam, then heat or heat and then foam on your milk?
Eric J on Jan 14, 2016
Best Answer: Good question! I usually foam then heat, but that's because it's how I was shown by Gail in the video. I think the thought is to foam, then heating will incorporate the foam well. I wind up foaming too much though. I need to learn to back off sooner. I fill the milk to just below the spout indention and wind up with 3/4 pitcher of foamed milk.
Reply · Report · Joseph C on Feb 5, 2016
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How heavy is the unit (without water obviously) and/or what kind of footing on the bottom? Wondering about the difficulty in filling the water tank when the machine is on a countertop with upper cabinets above it. One would have to pull it out forward turn it to do so - and then turn it back with a full tank. Some machines have very
"rubbery" feet making it quite difficult to slide on a counter without lifting a bit which may be difficult for some in the household.
Michael H on Jun 3, 2015
Best Answer: Hi Michael,
I have the Breville towards the front of the counter. That way I don't reach all the way back to fill it. I use a juice pitcher and it takes 2 fills. It sits sturdily on its base, I don't try to wiggle it around. I haven't really moved the whole unit much as I can remove the pieces for cleaning. Filling the water requires using a container that is somewhat small and maneuverable, so you don't bump into the cabinets.
Reply · Report · Tracy B on Dec 10, 2015
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want to get a better tamper, is this 53 or 58?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2016
Best Answer: The tamper is 54mm per the manual. It does a good job for espresso and is easy to use. I like that it store in the machine magnetically. The manual is available on line on the Seattle Coffee website under the machines description.

Alan
Reply · Report · ALAN W on Feb 6, 2016
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How many coffees would I be able to roll out an hour with this machine? I am considering having a social function and would not want to slow down.
Thanks
petesavva on Nov 3, 2014
Best Answer: 3-5 minutes per drink from grind to tamp to steam to mix and then rinse. An you will need to fill the hopper with beans and tank with water after X number of drinks (depending on if you are making singles or doubles, etc). The steamer is NOT the fastest steaming wand, so there's 15-30 seconds of time that elapses once you turn on the steaming wand to when it's ready to steam the milk.
Reply · Report · Jerrod H on Nov 4, 2014
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the pressure doesn't seem to be strong enough when the coffee is brewing. is there something I can do to fix the problem? The coffee is coming out sour and very bitter
david a on Apr 20, 2016
Best Answer: Without seeing first hand, I can cover the basics: dose (amount of ground coffee), grind (how fine/course the ground coffee is), tamp pressure and freshness of beans.

Breville has some great videos on line that address these factors. My first thought is you are dosing too much and/or over tamping.

If the coffee tastes bitter, I'd suggest fresher beans. Love them or hate them, Starbucks sells a very consistently roasted espresso bean that is right in the middle of the road of most flavor preferences.

Experiment with your dose, grind and tamping pressure. Once you get things dialed in, my Breville machine makes a great cup - every time.

Hope this helps - SGC's phone support and video YouTube channel are very helpful as well.
Reply · Report · Gregory G on Apr 22, 2016
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I cannot decide on the Stainless Steel color or the black sesame. I like the look of the black but just think it might show too much grime and smudges. Can someone let me know if they have a black and do not like it.?
Kristine T. on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Kristine,

I purchased my machine a month ago and it was in black sesame color. I have to say I'm satisfied with the color. The stainless steel looked really ordinary to me, so I went with the black sesame one. It sits just perfect on my wooden counter and I love the color. If you're a dark-color person (black, grey, wood, etc), I think the black sesame colored machine is nice for you. Again, it depends on your preferences I'd say.
Reply · Report · Sean T on Jul 21, 2014
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Does the 16 inch height of this include the bean hopper?
Michrle H on Aug 18, 2016
Best Answer: Yes, it does. It's 15.75 inches to the top of the bean hopper and a little over 13 to the top of the machine.
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on Aug 19, 2016
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How long, would you suppose, will a machine of this caliber last, if well maintained and used 3-4 times a day? I am between this unit and the rancilio, I just dont feel I can beat the convenience/affordability of the Barista Express. Thank you!
Jeff V on May 25, 2016
Best Answer: We've had our machine about a year and a half. We clean it regularly and we've had no problems. It does create one issue though... we can hardly stand to drink espresso/coffee anywhere but home.
Reply · Report · Wayne F on Jun 13, 2016
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I just purchased a Barista Express. Looking to start off on the right foot and make this machine and Grinder last for as long as possible, is there any advise as to how to do this? So far I have read that I need to not use oily beans, de-calcify monthly, flush the group head after every use. I really want to make this machine and grinder last. My first shot was fine, nice ristrettor
Caleb M on Feb 2, 2015
Best Answer: One of the finest pieces of machinery I own and I am an ex-machinist. First, if you don't want to use oily beans then you don't want great coffee. Biggest deal with the grinder is do not cavitate it by running it out of beans. Find a local shop that roasts their own beans and have fun. My personal favorite is an Italian roast. Decalcify monthly, no, get a better water source. Brita filter (or similar) everything. Decalcify every 6 months. These are caustic tablets. Not healthy. Clean the Porta filter with every use. Forget the milk steamer (don't like cleaning scalded milk) and buy the Breville induction milk frothing carafe for $129 (awesome and accurate). A little sugar in the raw and Viet Nam cinnamon and your street will be lined up at your door. Starbucks-No thank you. O, get a knock pot for $20. Then you use the grind to feed the garden. Tomato's love it.
Reply · Report · Mike D on Feb 9, 2015
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Does it work with PODS?
jennylynn h on Jun 20, 2016
Best Answer: No this machine does not work with pods, this is a true espresso machine that pulls fantastic shots. If you're looking for the ease of pods this isn't your machine, if you really want great espresso this is a machine to consider.
Reply · Report · JASON D on Jun 22, 2016
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Can you use the built in grinder to grind beans directly into a filter or other storage box? I often make filter coffee or use a french press, and just wondering whether I'd also need a separate grinder. Thank you
A shopper on May 20, 2016
Best Answer: Yes, you can use the built-in grinder to grind directly into a filter or storage box. Breville or SCG said in a video that the grind wouldn't get coarse enough for french press because the settings on this "espresso grinder" don't go down far enough to produce french press grind. But if it is coarse enough for your liking, then that's all that matters.
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Reply · Report · Jimmy on May 21, 2016
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Regarding temperature change, do the changes stay when the machine is turned off or will I need to adjust every time?
A W on Apr 26, 2016
Best Answer: Hi A W . . .
I only purchased my Breville Barista Express a few weeks ago so I am not sure I can answer your question. We have only used the machine on two different mornings making my wife Lattes, which she really likes. Being somewhat of a novice on this machine, I can only tell you that the temp of the water takes very little time from when you power the machine up. It remained constant as long as we left the power on. When I powered up the machine the next morning, it did have to reheat the water, but again it was rather quick. We had a rather cheap Cuisinart expresso maker for years until the steam wand finally broke away from the machine. I can tell you that the Breville Expresso maker makes far superior expresso than the old Cuisnart. There is definite validity to the argument that having freshly ground coffee makes better expresso! An additional note . . . the directions recommend setting the grind setting for the coffee beans at "5" which is the mid-range setting. Grounds at that setting are too course and the machine was not able to boost the pressure onto the puck enough to even begin getting the gage to reflect enough pressure. The puck was a soggy mess when I removed it. I cut the grind down to "2" which is a much finer grind. The pressure gage went over the recommended area and produced a very small amount of expresso. Play around with the grind, but I think setting at a "3" setting will be optimal.

We are very, very happy with this expresso machine and I highly recommend it. Good luck and hope this helped.

Best,
Tony
Reply · Report · Tony O on Apr 28, 2016
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is this machine available to be hard plumbed?or do we need to continuously refill tank?
Don 'the baker' on Apr 10, 2016
Best Answer: No hard plumbing possible. Keep filling the tank. Instead of taking the tank off all the time I refill the tank with a water bottle as my machine fits snugly underneath a kitchen cabinet.
Reply · Report · Marco L on Apr 23, 2016
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How can I get the water hotter and stay hotter for more than one shot?
chefcristo on Feb 23, 2016
Best Answer: I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that reply back in April, I must have been out of it (or simply hadn't had my coffee yet!).

The Breville Barista Express is programmable +/- 4 degrees in 2-degree increments. It comes set from the factory at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. While the machine is off, press and hold Program, then press the Power button. The machine will beep once and enter the temperature programming mode. Whichever ring is lit indicates the current temperature offset (from 200 F). power: -4, filter size: -2, program: 0, 1-cup: +2, 2-cup: +4. After 5 seconds of inactivity the machine will exit the programming mode and simply start up.
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on Aug 19, 2016
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I like my Barista Express... after a little bit of tinkering, I'm getting, what I consider, a great shot of espresso. However, I have big hands and found it difficult to get an even compression when using the little included tamper. I'm now in the search of a new 3rd party tamper. Breville uses a 54mm portafilter, and after doing some research I have seen some people suggest that a 3rd party 54mm tamper is too big for the Barista Express portafilter and they suggest to use a (more common) 53mm tamper instead. Is a 53mm portafilter is in fact the correct size to choose?
Jorg B on Jan 3, 2016
Best Answer: This is a simple matter of inner and outer diameters. The grouphead and portafilter are rated at 54mm. The baskets go inside the portafilter and the tamper goes inside the basket. Meanwhile, the basket tapers in the deeper you go. A 54mm tamper will go in about 1-2mm which is practically useless unless you like to overload the basket and have a hard time locking the portafilter (not to mention you'd have to grind too coarsely in order to not overextract/overpressurize your shot). So a 53mm tamper will be a much better fit for the 54mm-rated baskets. I read somewhere where someone used a digital measuring device to get an exact reading on the stock tamper and it was something like 53.25mm. Just bear in mind that you can never have a perfect fit because the amount of travel is a moving target which depends on the coffee bean itself (age and oils), the grind size, the volume of ground coffee, etc.
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on Apr 8, 2016
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I have this machine about a year now. It took a while before i got it just right.
Now I'm having issues again and can't get it right. My grind is on the finest it can go, I'm at 18g of coffee (double shot) and I'm still under extracted. Im using Illy Monoarabica beans.The flow is starting around 6-7 second, the pour is thin and with very little crema finishing quick at around 15 seconds. I even tried over tamping and still no good. The pressure gauge reads within espresso range and have even used the double wall filter basket. Im getting nothing but sour shots. Any ideas?
Andrew L on Dec 13, 2014
Best Answer: Andrew,

I always keep the grinder in middle range. I have always used Lavazza Qualita Rossa beans (red bag), and consistently get great results, perfect crema, great flavor, better than any coffee house around. I have tried the IlIy Monoarabica beans and they do exactly what you say, watery and weak! Sometimes, I may over fill the double shot basket, so after tamping it is rather tight to turn the portafilter in place. That's another thing, I always use the double basket, because I always have a double. Typically there is enough coffee in the portafilter to hit the double button again and get a quad shot without adding fresh coffee, and it is still very strong and has great crema.

Best regards,

John J
Reply · Report · John J on Dec 15, 2014
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Is the steam tip removable for cleaning? Can I use the pallo steam wand cleaning brush?
Deborah on Sep 30, 2014
Best Answer: The steam tip is not removable and I doubt that you could use a pallo steam wand cleaning brush because the brush might be too big. I'm not 100% sure about using the brush, but if you follow the directions and always blown out the steam wand and wipe it down, you wont have a problem. I don't.
Reply · Report · JOSEPH G on Oct 1, 2014
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What type of coffee bean is best to use? I keep hearing don't use oily beans like starbucks, but what is a non oily one?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2013
Best Answer: I use the Starbucks beans, among others, and have no problem. To me, the oily beans make a better shot.
Reply · Report · McGregor S on Feb 13, 2016
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Looking for a better quality tamper for thus machine and haven't been able to find one yet! Are there any good 54mm tampers under $100?
Alex S on Jul 15, 2016
Best Answer: Absolutely! Take a look at Cafelat https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/cafelat-royal-tamper
Reply (1) · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jul 15, 2016
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With aiming for the 20-30 second pull and the pre-infusion that this machine does, do you still expect your shot to start pouring after 6 seconds or is it more like 10 seconds once the pressure dials up? Overall, how long from hitting the double shot button on this machine should the shot take?
Ben L on Jul 12, 2016
Best Answer: I believe the total time (starting with the pressing of the 2-cup button) should be in the 25-30 second range. Preinfusion lasts around 5-10 seconds. Both of these ranges vary based on grind size, ground dosage, and tamping pressure. Ultimately, you want the needle somewhere between the middle or 3/4s of the espresso range. If the shot is under-extracted, you'll see coffee sooner. If it's over-extracted, you're looking at the higher end of both ranges. Preinfusion should raise the needle to the first notch. If it raises to the second or third notch, you're looking at a possible over-extraction. If it barely moves during pre-infusion, it's safe to say your shot is going to be under-extracted. i hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on Jul 14, 2016
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Can the plastic piece that's in the portafilter come out ? Or is it necessary for the process ? Why would they even use plastic in that place ?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2016
Best Answer: I don't know but I've had this machine for two years now and it's amazing I've never had a single problem with it and I use it multiple times a day!
Reply · Report · Travis M on Jul 5, 2016
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going by the extraction chart supplied with the machine,my extractions fall between under and over extraction so I'm not sure whats best to adjust.my shot stats around 7 seconds (correct on the chart) I'm grinding at 7 and my grind amount is at the 6 or 7 o'clock mark.The pressure is in the "grey zone" but from button press to finish it takes around 18 seconds which points to under extraction.The grinder is nearly on maximum dose and the single wall non pressure basket is tamped,then bladed for correct amount..the pressure is at the high end of the grey zone,surely a higher manual dose or heavier tamping will over extract.Also the machine should be set for 30/60 ml shots but I'm hitting around the 20/23 ml for a single shot...I did find using the double basket seemed better,but its a lot of coffee to waste for a solo coffee drinker..what can i do to make the shots closer to the "sweet spot" ?.
vespaman on Apr 17, 2016
Best Answer: I have the same machine. Behavior varies from batch to batch of beans, with the same machine settings. It appears to be related to moisture content of the beans. I get different results from beans purchased from the same roaster, depending on whether they are medium or dark roast, country of origin, and so on. I usually have the grind set to 1 or 2 stops below maximum fineness and the grind amount set to yield a nearly overflowing basket (I drink double shot lattes). I tamp at different pressures to adjust the extraction pressure to mid-range. A coarser grind (like setting 6 or 7) makes it almost impossible to get a good extraction pressure. 7 seconds is a really fast extraction. I go for about 18 seconds with a double shot.
Reply · Report · Paul K on Apr 22, 2016
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Do I have similar pressure profiling on my Breville Barista? As I pull a shot on the Breville, after the pre-infusion, the pressure goes up to espresso range, drops down and then goes up again and drops down. It has done this from day 1. Is this some pre-programmed pressure profiling similar to the R60 (that you can adjust with the Rocket) or do all machines do this, or just some anomaly of the vibratory pump?
Bob S on Apr 3, 2016
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Rocket Espresso R60V Espresso Machine
Rocket Espresso R60V Espresso Machine
Best Answer: Robert,

I do not get the same behavior. When the pressure goes up to the espresso range it stays there until the extraction is finished. It possibly sounds like a non uniform tamping pressure. When I grind, I shake the filter occasionally during grinding to distribute the coffee more evenly. I try to tamp with the about the same pressure. I make about 1 double espresso a day and have been doing for over a year. If your are pulling a single shot try a double. A thicker bed of coffee shoud be more uniform.

Good luck,

Alan
Reply · Report · ALAN W on Apr 8, 2016
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Does the Breville BES870XL Barista Express come with a back flush disc ?
ronfred on Mar 9, 2016
Best Answer: Yes. And when I bought mine from SCG it came with a years worth of cleaning tablets.
Reply · Report · Gregory G on Mar 11, 2016
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I bought the Barista Express from SCG online in September. By the way, I LOVE this machine, and thanks for all the videos. I've been having an issue with the grind amount dial. It doesn't seem to do anything to change the amount of coffee that comes out of the grinder. It's stuck. Is there an easy way to fix this? Or should I just call Breville?
Amanda Z on Feb 5, 2016
Best Answer: I recently bought the same machine, the first few times I used it I had the grind amt set 1/2 way between less and more and the the coarse grind set on 5. It was grinding way to much coffee and I was wasting quite a bit. I adjusted it all the way down to less and now it is perfect.
It seems like it grinds too much but that is because the grind is finer. Hope this helps. If yours still doesn't work right I would call breville. Annie
Reply · Report · Ann d on Feb 6, 2016
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To make sure the machine will fit on the countertop under upper cabinets, does the height measurement of 14.5 include the height of the plastic grinder bin on top of the machine?
Steve L on Jan 23, 2016
Best Answer: I just measured mine. The total height with grinder is 15.75", and you'll need at least 0.25" more to get the lid to the grinder off and back on. 16.5" would be plenty of room.
Reply · Report · Paul K on Feb 5, 2016
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Hey guys, If i own the Baratza Viruoso would you say that its a good enough grinder to choose the Brevill infuser machine and save $100 instead of getting the barista express? Thanks so much! Nikki
Nikki O on Jan 18, 2016
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Breville Infuser Espresso Machine
Breville Infuser Espresso Machine
Best Answer: No experience with the Baratza model but did the same type purchase and got the Breville smart grinder pro and Breville infuser. I love both machines and have had them for two years. If you have not used the Breville infuser before pay close attention to the directions to get a good pull. Typical methods for tamping and loading the porta filter are not the same for the Breville models. Take your time to get them dialed in and you will enjoy.

Keep them clean and they are fantastic. No problems whatsoever with either machine.
Reply (1) · Report · jason l on Feb 5, 2016
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What size is the double shot basket? (i.e. 18g? 15g?)
Sbouwens29 on Nov 7, 2015
Best Answer: Sam B,
I only know that both baskets are 54mm. You might just call Breville and get them to confirm.
Reply · Report · Christopher S on Feb 5, 2016
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After using the steam wand to froth milk, do you need to wait to brew the next espresso till the water cools down to 200F ? If so how long ? Or is the water supply and heating system for the steam independent of the brewing system ? Should I bite the bullet and buy the dual boiler BES920XL?
Kajag.
Kasturi R on Oct 18, 2014
Best Answer: In a weird occurrence, I actually tried both the Dual Boiler (DB) and the very similar Infuser (Barista Express without the grinder). I ordered the DB from another retailer, changed my mind and got the Infuser, but - despite saying they canceled the DB order - shipped it anyway. So for a few days had both.

I had a Gaggia New Baby for years, so not new to espresso. I thought the Infuser was a great little machine, one I'd recommend in a heartbeat for beginners or those on a limited budget. For just a little more than the Gaggia, it was much fuller featured and easier to use. But you know what? After years of the single boiler dance - the steam, flush, brew, etc - I was done with it.

I actually ended up returning the Infuser and keeping the DB. It's just so much easier to use - paradoxically, beginner equipment is usually harder. The auto-purge is cool but I still found it advisable (and online research backs it up) to flush some water to cool down the thermocoil in the Infuser. The DB is much more expensive, there's no way around that. And you'd need a quality grinder (I recommend the Vario). But it's much more stable, easier to rebound, forgiving, etc. And the convenience of steaming and brewing simultaneously isn't a big deal but it's a really nice to have thing. I steam my milk, hit the brew button when the milk just starts to warm, and they're both done at the same time. Plus the steaming is LIGHT YEARS quicker and in my opinion better with the DB than the thermoblock Infuser/Barista Express.

So to make a long story boring :), if you can afford it, you won't look back with the DB, but it will be about double the cost or more with a quality grinder. But cheaper to buy the best once than buy low and upgrade. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Sam F. on Oct 21, 2014
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how do you increase or decrease the water temperature in 2 degree increments as mentioned in the description?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2016
Best Answer: With the machine off, hold the program button, then switch on the machine (release buttons immediately after turning on) The "Clean Me" light will be on. Now, there are 5 buttons on the front of the machine. From left to right, Power,filter size, program, one shot and 2 shot. These each correspond to a temperature setting. for -4deg, press power. -2 = filter size. 0 deg (factory setting) program. +2deg = 1 shot. +4deg = 2 shot. Watch the "Tune up for What" video on this if you have more questions!
Reply · Report · michael M on Jul 18, 2016
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Is this machine NSF certified? Have a small bakery with small space
Tricia K on May 11, 2016
Best Answer: It is not. Please contact Seattle Coffee Gear as they can help you identify the right machine, especially one that IS NSF-certified.
Reply · Report · Demetrios C on Jul 14, 2016
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How does this machine compare to the Rancilo Sylvia? Can the grinder in this machine be cleaned or serviced? How long does it take to froth milk with the wand on this machine?
Lyle C on Dec 14, 2015
Best Answer: This will produce a good shot of espresso but the machine is not as durable as the Silvia as it does have more plastic components. The grinder can be cleaned and serviced. Frothing milk should only take about 30 seconds
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jan 17, 2016
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I`m opening a pizzeria and thought this could be an option for the coffee, i`m not making a lot of cups, but wanted to know, will it whit stand the small resto use?
Mateocn5 on Dec 6, 2015
Best Answer: This is really a home machine and any more than 10 shots a day will be putting great restraint on the machine. You'll need something much more substantial.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Dec 6, 2015
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What are the measurements of this machine?
J B on Nov 26, 2015
Best Answer: Width12.25 inches
Depth12.00 inches
Height14.50 inches
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 27, 2015
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Hi there! I dont have a lot of space between the kitchen counterop and the bottom of the kitchen cabinets since remodeling, how tall is the Breville Barista Express? I cant seem to find its height dimensions anywhere. Thanks!
Cortlant S on Nov 22, 2015
Best Answer: Width12.25 inches
Depth12.00 inches
Height14.50 inches
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 25, 2015
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semi auto vs fully auto? What can I expect in terms of shot quality between the two types? Take for example this Breville Express and the Saeco Syntia for a comparison. I have the Syntia fully auto and I am contemplating the Breville Express but I would like to know how the two compare when it comes to pulling a shot. Thank you.
A shopper on Nov 15, 2015
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso Machine
Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso Machine
Best Answer: It is known that Semi-Autos have the capability to do a great shot, you have more control. Where the Super autos are convenient, but they have limitation on the quality, as it is more hands off and more plastics components, they are referred to often as a good shot. So I would expect a bit better quality out of the Breville than the Syntia.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 22, 2015
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Hi! I am from Malaysia. I would like to know if the Breville Barista Express is suitable for a coffee kiosk? Producing espresso shots for Cappucino, Americano, Latte and etc? Secondly, should anything go wrong with the machine and its beyond self repair/troubleshooting methods listed in the manual. Is there technicians in Malaysia to fix the machine?
MS8817 on Aug 30, 2015
Best Answer: First and foremost, we do not ship to Malaysia and a US machine that is brought to Malaysia will void the warranty. Regarding whether or not there are technicians that work on espresso machines in Malaysia that is something you would have to research yourself as I have no connections to any type of repair place outside of the United States. Regarding whether or not this is suitable for a kiosk, the answer is no. This is a home machine and anything beyond 10 shots a day is overworking the machine. You will want to purchase a commercial espresso machine for business use.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Sep 12, 2015
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Hi, I just purchased this machine last week and I am very satisfied with it so far...I understand, however, that I must pay attention to the maintenance of this machine if I am to maximize its lifespan. How often would you recommend backflushing, descaling, and cleaning the burrs on the grinder to keep it performing well?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2015
Best Answer: You should backflush once a week, descale once every few months depending on how hard your water is, and clean out the burrs every couple of weeks.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 24, 2015
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Is the grinder on the Barista Express the exact same as the Breville Smart Grinder 800XL? Im hoping it is not the same and has more finer a grind range!
Thanks
A shopper on Aug 4, 2015
Best Answer: Sorry to disappoint, but it IS the same as the smart grinder
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 4, 2015
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Can you switch-out or replace the upper burr in the BES 870XL built-in grinder, with the ADJUSTABLE (1-10) upper burr, like the one in the Breville Smartgrinder pro and if so, is that adjustable burr available as a "part" to be separately purchased?
Mak S on Jul 30, 2015
Best Answer: The grinder in the Barista Express is the exact same as the Smartgrinder, so yes, the burrs are removable. We do not sell the burrs separately. Try contacting Breville directly at 1-866-273-8455
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 8, 2015
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The Barista Express looks like the Infuser with a grinder attached. Is there a difference in features and quality of the espresso part of both machines? If no, then what's going on with the quality reviews of the Infuser --vs--the Barista Express?
Mike B on Jul 27, 2015
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Infuser Espresso Machine
Breville Infuser Espresso Machine
Best Answer: It is essentially the Infuser with a grinder. I can't explain the reviews, both are good machines and will produce similar shots
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 7, 2015
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Can I get the handle replaced?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2015
Best Answer: What handle? Are you talking about the portafilter? We sell the bottomless portafilter that you can purchase separately. You can find it here: https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/breville-bottomless-portafilter-for-dual-boiler-oracle
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jul 9, 2015
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What material is the cranberry color made of?
Ronald M on Jun 30, 2015
Best Answer: Plastic
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jul 17, 2015
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I am wondering where can I find replacement filter basket for the machine?Thank you.
Lynn J on Jun 27, 2015
Best Answer: Filter basket? Do you mean portafilter? We do not have many spare parts for Breville machines. Try contacting Breville directly. They can be reached at 1-866-273-8455
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 3, 2015
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Tamper size please? Do you sell one that is compatible with the machine?
Maximus Toh Nern P on Jun 16, 2015
Best Answer: 53mm. Any of our 53mm tampers will work.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jun 17, 2015
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I bought the breville barista express and it arrives tomorrow. I live on a military base in japan and our local grocery store does not have many bean options. Would the Starbucks brand espresso roast be okay to use in this machine?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2015
Best Answer: Both us and Breville don't recommend using Starbucks brand espresso roast in this machine. It is much too dark and oily and will clog up your grinder. We suggest using a medium roast to prevent your grinder from getting clogged and destroying your gears.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jul 17, 2015
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Is the bean hopper on the Breville Smart Grinder interchangeable with the bean hopper on the Breville Barista Express, BES870XL?
Jeff B on May 3, 2015
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Smart Grinder Stainless Steel - Refurbished
Breville Smart Grinder Stainless Steel - Refurbished
Best Answer: Yes
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on May 26, 2015
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How large of a cup can you use to collect Espresso from this machine? UP TO: 8" tall??; maximum height of cup=only 6" tall??
STEVE T on Mar 15, 2015
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Oracle Espresso Machine BES980XL
Breville Oracle Espresso Machine BES980XL
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine BES870 - Open Box
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine BES870 - Open Box
Best Answer: These machines have a cup clearance of 4 inches. This is suitable for most coffee mugs and/or cappuccino cups or demitasse cups, however, a travel mug will not fit under the brew head.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Mar 28, 2015
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I have the previous model of this machine. Even though it claims to have programmable amount buttons, I was never able to get it to produce more than a double shot (doppio). I like to pull a 4oz shot (lungo), but cannot get it to do it. My question, can I program this new one to pull an lungo?
Steve H on Feb 22, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, however keep in mind that a lungo will be double the volume of an espresso pulled within the same timeframe of an espresso. This usually requires a coarser grind setting, so that the water will flow through quicker. Since this machine can only be programmed for a length of time, not for a specific volume, you will probably want to still set it for your 20-30 seconds, then just be sure that you have a coarser setting so that the machine has a better or quicker flow through the grounds, resulting in double the volume for your 4 oz. using your double filter basket.

If, however, you'd prefer an americano, then you will make sure that your grind setting still results in your 2 oz. out between that same 20-30 seconds, then add hot water separately to your cup, resulting in a different flavor than a lungo will be.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 22, 2015
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I notice most of these coffees are made in small cups (for me) how hard would it be to make a 16oz latte similar to what i would get at the local coffee shop? would i need to froth the milk twice and use 2 sets of double shots?
Chin Chin on Feb 9, 2015
Best Answer: It depends on how much milk and shots/strength you'd like it to have. It you might tend to order a drink from a barista with a double, then you would just have 2 shots, but if you would order it with a quad, then you would want 2 sets of double shots. As far as milk goes, typically there will be some foam to it, and since this machine allows you to customize the amount of froth, from microfoam to cappuccino foam, if you tend to use more of a cappuccino froth, then you would probably only need to steam once, but if you like less froth, you may need to split it up into 2 batches. It's really just up to the amounts of both coffee and milk that is contributing. Generally speaking, a latte with 2 shots is up to about 12 oz. if you like it pretty milky, but really, it's all about personal preferences! :-)
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 13, 2015
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Hi, are both the portafilter and the boiler made from stainless steel? or stainless steel plated? Thanks!
Andie on Feb 1, 2015
Best Answer: The portafilter is stainless steel, but the boiler is stainless steel lined aluminum. So, your water is only coming in contact with stainless steel, but the remaining material being aluminum helps to keep the overall cost down.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 9, 2015
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What are the dimensions of this machine? Length, width and height?
Joan O on Jan 31, 2015
Best Answer: The depth is 12 inches, the width is 12-1/4 inches, and the height is 14-1/2 inches. This information can be found under the Additional Information tab on the listing.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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What model is this?
A shopper on Jan 24, 2015
Best Answer: This is the Breville BES870XL. This is the updated model from their previous BES860XL.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 29, 2015
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how many millimeters is the basket, i want to by an aftermarket make portafilter so i need these measurements anyone know ??
A shopper on Jan 21, 2015
Best Answer: The tamper size that's needed is a 54mm basket, this is the same size as the portafilter would be delineated. To our knowledge, there aren't any portafilters available that will fit properly into the machine. This is due to differences between brands, the portafilter diameters, and the sizes, location, and quantity of the tabs on the sides of the portafilter that seal it against the brew head.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 9, 2015
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Can you make regular coffee with the Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine or is it strictly for expresso and milk-type drinks?
Mark D on Jan 16, 2015
Best Answer: It will not make just coffee. Because it has a portafilter, you will need to use a very fine grind for espresso, so you would not be able to use a coarser grind for a drip consistency. Also, it will pump the water with about 9 bars of pressure, rather than a standard drip coffee maker that will produce droplets over the grounds that saturate and more slowly permeate through the grounds.

However, you could certainly make espresso, then add hot water to it to water it down, making an americano. This is as close to a drip cup of coffee that any espresso machine like this will be able to produce, and for many people, it's similar enough to do the trick!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 14, 2015
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how do you increase the temperature of your shot? ves 860xl
anne c on Dec 29, 2014
Best Answer: The older version of this machine, the BES860XL, does not allow you to change the temperature that you will be brewing at. That is one of the upgrades with the 870 version.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 31, 2014
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Hi. I'm deciding between this Saeco Intuita and Breville 870XL. I owned a Breville 860XL up until a week ago when it died and not sure if sending it for repair was worth the cost and shipping. So I'm looking for a replacement. I understand some difference between the two - superautomatic vs. semi-automatic. However, I'm wondering about the quality of the espresso between the two. I've made a pretty decent shot with Breville 860XL and and I'm not sure if being fully automatic, Intuita will produce a good espresso to my taste. Would it make a good shot? From the SCG youtube the shot seems very light and watery. On the other hand, i'm concerned about Breville quality. I only had 860XL for about 2.5 years when it died (water coming out of the group head when machine is turned on, but no water coming out when brewing, when steam is turned on the steam comes out of the group head instead of steam wand - it's all messed up).
A shopper on Nov 18, 2014
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Saeco Intuita Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Saeco Intuita Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Best Answer: I am sorry that your Breville 860 is no longer working well for you! Any machine can have problems and unfortunately having a built in grinder can increase the potential for issues because it means that there is more to go wrong. Moving to the Saeco Intuita would not produce the quality of shots you are likely used to with your Breville, nor would it provide you with less to go wrong, so I would be hesitant to recommend it as your next machine. Super automatic machines like this Saeco are meant for convenience and quick results, but the downside is that the shots aren't as adjustable by the user and there is more to go wrong in this type of machine, since the machine is doing the bulk of the work. A semi automatic like your Barista 860 has more factors the user can tweak for a superior shot, plus there is actually a better track record from machines that don't have the internal grinding and dosing, and a brewing chamber that compacts coffee grounds. If you are looking to move to a machine that is less of a mess and a bit quicker and easier to use, then the Intuita would be a great choice. However if you are looking for a machine that can produce the same or better shots, plus potential for a longer life, you may want to stick to the semi autos. I would suggest looking to the Breville Barista 870, or alternatives like the Breville Infuser plus a separate grinder, or even moving up to a Silvia and Rocky or Silvia and Baratza grinder package. I hope this helps, and if you have further questions please call in- we'd be happy to help! 866-372-4734
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 18, 2014
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I wondering if you can make white chocolate mochas with this machine?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can absolutely make mochas with the Breville Barista Express! To make a White Chocolate Mocha, you would simply add some white chocolate to your cup, froth some milk, and then brew an espresso shot into the cup with the chocolate. Top with the frothed milk and enjoy!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 17, 2014
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This morning my machine stopped producing steam for the wand. it no longer makes the pulsing/pumping sound. The wand is only producing water. Does anyone know what could be wrong?
A shopper on Nov 9, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately without being able to look at the machine and test it we wouldn't know for certain, but it sounds as though the thermocoil may be failing on your machine. I would suggest giving Breville a call directly at 866-273-8455 to see about service centers in your area that are authorized to work on Breville machines.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 10, 2014
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my expresso maker, suddenly, stopped flowing water out of the showerhead. It heats up and the water that does flow is hot, but I get very little water out. It starts the cycle normally, then sounds starved, like the water chamber is empty. I've cleaned and cleaned the internals of the shower head cover. What else do i need to do to get this great machine back to work properly?
Bobel on Oct 13, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately if you have removed and cleaned the screen and are still getting weak water flow from the brew head of your Breville Barista Express, there could be an issue with the pump that may be looked at in a service center. I would suggest giving Breville a call directly at 866-273-8455.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 14, 2014
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This machine has to be sent to the factory for descaling or I can do it at home? About the cleaning tablets, can I use other brand or just the ones supplied by breville?
A shopper on Sep 25, 2014
Best Answer: This Barista Express machine can be descaled at home, and the decalcification process is outlined in the user manual beginning on page 28. Breville does recommend use of their brand of cleaning tablets, and so I would recommend using only their tablets for cleaning.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 25, 2014
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Is there a bottomless portafilter (54 mm) for this unit? It's a wonderful learning tool.
A shopper on Sep 23, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not offer a bottomless portafilter for the Breville Barista and I am not sure if one is made. You may want to inquire with Breville directly at 866-273-8455.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 23, 2014
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Breville Barista Express or Sunbeam EM6910 Cafe Series? i dont think you have reveiwed but it has a duel water and pump blocks which i like
Garth B on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we don't offer any Sunbeam machines and so I can't make a comparison between this unit and the Barista Express. The Barista Express is a great unit that is super user friendly. The steam is on a thermocoil, so it is much quicker to get to steam temperature, however you cannot brew and steam simultaneously on this unit. Sorry I can't compare it to a Sunbeam, but check out the videos we have online for the Breville 870, or give us a call to speak with our sales team with any questions at 866-372-4734.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 18, 2014
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Where is this machine manufactured/made?
Thanks in advance:)
A shopper on Jul 23, 2014
Best Answer: The Breville Barista Express is made in China.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 25, 2014
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Krups Espresseria o Breville Barista expreso?
Ursula G on Jul 22, 2014
Best Answer: Do you have specific questions about either of these machines? The Krups machine is a super automatic, so there is less to control on this unit, while the Breville offers more control of tamping and frothing. The Krups will be much easier to use and offer a quicker heat up time while the Breville takes a bit more time to heat and dial in your shots, but can offer better results once you've got things dialed in. Hope this information helps you decide!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 23, 2014
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I have been savoring my absolutely delicious cappuccinos from my new Breville over the past month. We have figured out the grind, dose size, and tamping for a couple of coffees now using the unpressurized filter basket. But until my wife has had her coffee, she'd rather not fuss with technique and would rather use the pressurized basket. Is there an easy way to get the basket out of the portafilter without ripping your nails off? I nicked the razor trimmer trying it and it was a bit awkward using it anyway. A butter knife seems to work, but I'm not all that keen about nicking one of those either. Is there a simple little tool to pry it out?
Bob S on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: We do actually have a tool that will help remove the basket on this Breville Barista or any semi automatic machine. The Pallo Caffeine Wrench found at the link below does a great job prying out those baskets and I hope it helps you out!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/pallo-caffeine-wrench
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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Do Breville Espresso machines have stainless steel boilers?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2014
Best Answer: This Breville Barista Express uses a stainless steel thermocoil heating system.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 16, 2014
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Can you use this grinder to grind coffee to be used in another machine; or does whatever you grind have to be used in this machine (i.e., automatic chute?)?
A shopper on May 27, 2014
Best Answer: This Barista Express machine has a grinder with a range suitable for espresso, and so if you are looking to grind for other applications, then a stand alone grinder might be your best bet. The grinder in this machine engages by pressing your portafilter against the holder (shown with the portafilter attached in the photo, on the left side of the machine), however you could grind into your portafilter and then transfer and use those grounds elsewhere, provided what you were looking for was a fairly fine espresso sized grind. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 27, 2014
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is it 110v or 220v ???
A shopper on May 14, 2014
Best Answer: This Breville Barista Express is 110V. Unfortunately we do not offer any home espresso machines that are 220V.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 14, 2014
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The manual says to use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar for descaling. I'm wondering if there's any reason not to use a traditional descaling solution like Dezcal in this machine?
David L on Apr 14, 2014
Best Answer: You can certainly use Dezcal in this Barista Express machine instead of the vinegar and water mixture mentioned in that manual with success, and that is what we will typically recommend. In the showroom we use Dezcal to descale our Breville and have had no issues with using that product. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 15, 2014
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What size pitcher comes with the BES870XL? And, would it be recommended to upgrade the pitcher for better latte art? If so, that is why I am asking about sizing... 12oz, 20oz...
A shopper on Mar 12, 2014
Best Answer: The included frothing pitcher with the Breville Barista Express is 12 ounces, and you can absolutely do latte art with this size pitcher. A 20 ounce would be the very largest you would want to use with this machine, as the 870XL it is not quite powerful enough to steam milk in quantities larger.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 12, 2014
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What model no is this? Breville BES870XL?
A shopper on Feb 12, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, this is the Breville Barista Express BES870XL.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 12, 2014
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How does the quality of the grinder on this machine compare to the quality of a Baratza Encore for espresso? Thanks!
m L on Jan 30, 2014
Best Answer: The Encore grinder is really only capable of grinding fine enough for pressurized espresso machines, and so the grinder in this Breville Barista Express grinder will get just a bit finer. The advantage to a machine like the Encore, however, is that you have a greater range for coarse grinding, should you also brew press pot or other applications.
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Can you swap out the bean hopper for the larger Bean Hopper for the Smart Grinder BCG800XL (BCG800XL/152) or are they different sizes?
Mark K on Dec 31, 2013
Best Answer: Though the design is slightly different (the hopper on the 870 has an extra lip of plastic around the edge of the hopper), the hopper for the Smart Grinder does lock into place on the 870, so I don't see any reason why you couldn't use the Smart Grinder hopper for larger bean storage.
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Can I use the grinder on this machine to grind for my French Press as well?
Jovaughn L on Dec 30, 2013
Best Answer: This Breville Barista Express grinder is meant to grind for espresso only, and unfortunately does not really grind quite as fine as is necessary for coarser applications like French Press.
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Hi, does this machine comes with "Patented Razor™ dose trimming tool, 54mm stainless steel portafilter, Single wall filter baskets (1 & 2 cup), Dual wall filter baskets (1 & 2 cup), Coffee scoop, Integrated tamper, Stainless steel milk jug, Cleaning disc and tablets Cleaning brush, tool and Allen key Water filter holder and water filter"? because I saw this product on breville's own website, and it is said those accessories come with the package. thank you
A shopper on Nov 17, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, all of those accessories you mentioned are standard and included from the factory with this Breville Barista Express 870.
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the right number for the grinder?
Fe L on Jul 29, 2016
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How many version are there for this barista express? Above mentioned that this is the updated version.
Andrer G on Jun 24, 2016
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What position should you have your release gate ?
Eddie on Apr 13, 2016
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I use water that has been run through our under sink RO unit.Do I need to worry about using the filter that came with the unit? Does water that has been run through the reverse osmosis process effect the taste?
A shopper on Feb 6, 2016
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What are the dimensions on the cup warmer?
Angelo C on Nov 5, 2015
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Breville Barista Express with Grinder

 

What it Covers:

Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders

Length:

- 2 Years (Oracle & Dual Boiler)

- 1 Year (All other new equipment)

- 6 months (Refurbished Models)

Who Supports the Warranty: Breville USA
Warranty Contact Information: 866-273-8455
Notes: Please register your product with Breville for warranty support.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Excludes YouBrew)
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for your Breville Barista Express with Grinder

For detailed care instructions, please refer to your machine's user manual. We recommend that you also incorporate the following into your cleaning routine:

  • Descale every 2 - 3 months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days
  • Keep the stainless steel casing shiny with a microfiber cloth
  • Optional: Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week

User Manuals for your Breville Barista Express with Grinder


Articles Featuring the Breville Barista Express with Grinder

The Reluctant Barista Battles the New Breville Barista Express


Videos Featuring the Breville Barista Express with Grinder

Breville Dual Boiler and Breville Barista Express with Grinder
Breville Barista Express with Grinder vs Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

Reviews

Cannot do better for the moneyReview by CE
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I purchased this unit (which has since been updated) in early 2009. It withstood constant use (minimum of 2 drinks a day, often more) until early 2016 when it developed a leak.
I shopped around quite a bit when I purchased this machine and again when it broke. There is simply nothing else on the market with the features of this machine in the price range.
The machine makes very good coffee for the price. People have told me that the drinks I made from this machine are the best they have ever had. As a user, you can choose to have things more automated (like my husband), or you can learn a little bit more and improve your drinks with a little trial and error (like me). Either way, you will get good results. We found settings fairly easily that gave us consistently good shots. We didn't want to use the counterspace for a separate grinder and machine and, even though I like the manual aspect of this machine, I don't always have the time or the inclination to tinker with all the settings.
Because of the age of our machine, we opted to purchase a new unit (upgraded to the Oracle, which we are enjoying. I will review once we've had it longer). We will likely still send this unit for repair so that we have a backup in case our Oracle needs service. I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a first machine.
Cleaning and maintenance is easy too. (Posted on 6/29/2016)
Excellent for BeginnersReview by Marcello
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This machine is a great combination of hands-on with a few convenient features. Its perfect for someone looking to enter the world of legitimate espresso making, without spending $3,000 on a prosumer machine and grinder.

The Breville lets you use both pressurized and non-pressurized baskets, which is fantastic. The non-pressurized give better shot quality and let you dial in grind size, tamping and dosage, the way you would have to with a fully manual machine. If you don't want to bother, the pressured baskets give a consistent result under less precise conditions. (Posted on 6/2/2016)
Tremendous unitReview by SoftwareManiac
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Bought this unit about 3 months ago from SCG and support from their staff is excellent and I must say, the Breville Barista Express is just great. Trying to get around the coffee "sludge" issue but I think with the help of SCG Lynnwood store, I may have that issue figured out. Breville made a wonderful machine. So glad we got it. (Posted on 4/29/2016)
Primo!Review by Sam
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After spending $2-4 a day at the local shop, I decided to buy the Breville. Have now had it about 9 weeks. Have run cleaning cycle once. Have tried Lavazza, some decaf beans and the local espresso bean which had the most oil of the three. Most please with the Lavazza beans. Prior to buying the machine I was the only espresso drinker in the house. Now my wife and son are drinking nearly as much coffee as I am. The machine is great- just follow the directions and learn the minor adjustments when you change beans. (I did program for hotter water). Great buy! Enjoy ! (Posted on 4/4/2016)
Great espresso drinks and great valueReview by Bob
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We have had the Barista Express for almost 2 years now. It is an excellent value for the superb quality of coffee it makes. My daughter was visiting for San Francisco and commented that her cappuccino was 'as good as any good coffee shop' she would go to. The grinder is very consistent and easy to dial in.

The thing that gets me pining for a Rocket next is how long it takes to steam milk. I watch with envy while the barista at my local roaster steams milk in 10 seconds, where the barista is almost a minute. You can buy 4-5 of these for the price of a Rocket and the Mazer mini I covet with it.

I did have a the pump and solenoid valve fail after about 1 year. despite non-oily beans, regular extra cleaning shots and running the tabs and clean cycle as the light comes on. Fortunately SCG's extended warranty fixed it, though I am not local to Seattle and it is not inexpensive to ship it back for service. (Hint - save your box)

Overall a great entry level machine for barrista quality espresso drinks (by good local freshly roasted coffee that isn;t dark and oily) and at a great value (Posted on 4/3/2016)
The best espresso machine ever!!Review by Angie
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Born and raised in Italy, my husband knows good espresso! We went through 5 espresso machines (some Italian make, some not....even a top of the line Miele, the size of a microwave!) until we stumbled upon this Breville! Perfect coffee EVERY TIME! The cream at the top of the cup is amazing! Strong flavor without bitterness. Two family members are now buying it after they tried the coffee from our machine...they were both die-hard Nespresso lovers...until now! Totally recommend this espresso maker! (Posted on 3/30/2016)
Additional info and commentsReview by Albert
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This is a follow up to my review of a month ago. I love the machine even more and have some comments that may be useful to someone looking to buy the Breville.

A small matter, but one to be aware of. The drip tray fills up rather quickly. And while I obviously don't know if it is just my machine, but if you wait until the yellow "Empty Me" float is visible, you will have an overflowing tray. At best, it will be a juggling act to remove the tray without spilling water.

The other item (again, I don't know if it was just my machine) relates to the double-shot setting on my machine. It seemed like I was not getting the volume of espresso I would expect for a double. So i finally ordered two calibrated shot glasses and they arrived over the weekend.

On my machine, the default setting for a double was the same as for a single. Since I never do single shots, I hadn't compared them until my shot glasses arrived.

The Breville is very easy to program and I was able to set the default to a proper 2-oz double. (Obviously, if you prefer 1 1/2 oz, you can set it for that.)

I also used an accurate gram scale to set the dosage to 17 grams. Again, my preference.

Now that I have the machine dialed in I am ready to experiment with some different espresso blends.

For the price, I think it would be difficult to find another machine with this quality and flexibility.
(Posted on 3/6/2016)
Great Quality and ValueReview by Albert
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I purchased this to replace my Jura F8 that died after 12,536 shots. (We do a lot of espresso around here!)

Since I did not want to spend over $2,000 to get an equivalent super-automatic, I thought the Breville would be a good compromise. I liked the idea of having the grinder incorporated into the unit while still having control of the grind setting and volume.

It's Friday today, and we only received the Breville on Monday. However, I have used it multiple times per day and also took the time to experiment with the settings. While I am not finished fine tuning the my shots, I have to say that they are quite good already.

My biggest concern moving away from a super-automatic was how long it would take to make several cappuccinos in a row, especially when serving guests. That has not turned out to be an issue. The machine maintains temperature very well from shot to shot and the grinder is reasonably fast.

I must say that an added benefit has been the feeling of being more involved in the process. Rather than a "push a button" experience, the small amount of skill required to produce a good drink has turned out to be quite a rewarding bonus.

One last note: Breville's packaging and thoroughness is excellent. It is all beautifully done and of the highest quality. The finish and build on the machine are also first rate and makes this a very good bargain. You definitely get a lot for your money.

(Posted on 2/12/2016)
First Expresso MachineReview by Tu Diep
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