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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)
  • 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.
  • Coffee Sludge - Despite an upgraded drip tray design, an integrated grinder means superfluous espresso grounds will collect and mix in your drip tray.

Ease of Use 3
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
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 | Black Sesame: BES870BSXL | Cranberry: BES870CBXL
Manufacturer Breville
Width 12.25 inches
Depth 12.00 inches
Height 14.50 inches
Watts 1600
Programmability Yes
Case Material Plastic with Metal Finish
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Reservoir Size 67 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
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: I gave Breville a call and they said do not provide the answer for the default temperature for the Breville Barista Express, and that regardless of temperature adjustment up or down, the machine will still be in optimal espresso brewing range. We have found it is set at 200 degrees from the factory. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 4, 2014
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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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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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?


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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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

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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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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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.

Reply (1) · Report · Dirk 5 char on Mar 31, 2014
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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 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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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 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.
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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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.

Reply · Report · ALAN W on Feb 6, 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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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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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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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.
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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
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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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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: don't even remove it from its place on the machine...I press the portafilter up against the tamper. I am getting great results.
Reply · Report · Pamela G 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?
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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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 espresso beans from our coffee shop. I have never had any problems with it
Reply · Report · Leslie T on Dec 9, 2015
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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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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 · Randee SStaff on Feb 2, 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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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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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!
A shopper on Aug 4, 2015
Best Answer: Sorry to disappoint, but it IS the same as the smart grinder
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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:
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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 · Randee SStaff 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!
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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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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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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 1, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 31, 2013
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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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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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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
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Warranty Information for the Breville Barista Express with Grinder


What it Covers:

Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders


- 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


Great Value and FunReview by UxbridgeJoe
This is my second "manual" espresso machine. Been making my own latte and cappucinos for years. This machine is a fantastic value and with some skill makes cafe quality coffee drinks. There is really nothing I don't like about the machine...but I am a bit of a techie so manual adjustments make me feel in control. (Posted on 12/29/2015)
Machine is good, SCG is greatReview by Chad
I bought this machine a few months ago; so far so good. I use it once or twice a day; it's perfect for my needs and produces (after some experimentation, which let's be honest, is half the fun) a really fantastic shot. Yes, the steamer is weak. But the grinder is good, the machine quality is good and ultimately, for a $600 machine, I'm happy.

All that said, I could have bought this machine anywhere...Bed Bath and Beyond carries it. But I'm SO happy I bought it through SCG. I really can't say enough about their level of service and care. As an example, Gail took an order for me...a tamper of all things...and just to be sure what tamper size would fit this machine, she walked to another building and measured it, then called me back with the official size. That's one small example of many. They are truly amazing.

So while this machine is good, maybe even great...I'll eventually outgrow it and want to buy another more advanced machine. I will never, ever, ever purchase a machine from anyone else than Seattle Coffee Gear. If you are even remotely considering buying any machine from it. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Great CoffeeReview by Vinnie
Makes great coffee. The pressure gage provides feedback for size of grind and tamping pressure. Helps in making a consistent cup of coffee. I've found it pretty easy to set the grinder, but it does encourage you to always use same brand. To minimize waste, i've set the volume for the double shot filter using the single shot button. I lightly tamp it down after grinding half the amount, then grind the second shot. When I tried grinding the double shot at once, a mound of loosely packed coffee would fall into the tray.
The steaming function is a weakness. Takes twice as long to steam milk than with our previous machine.
(Posted on 11/2/2015)
Amazing machine!Review by Andy
After using this machine for almost a month.
This machine has been very thing you've need to make a good cuppa! I am pulling perfect shots and making amazing cappuccinos on it.
The grinder is in the machine so it doesn't as much counter space and i looks very impressive.
I could definitely say this is a dream come true! (Posted on 10/25/2015)
Good but wastes coffeeReview by Chag
This machine produces good espresso on a long learning curve -- it also produces a mountain of coffee by way of the grinder even at its lowest setting at every grind range. The problem is too that of course one has to change the settings with every change in coffee. With what good coffee cost these days the waste in the setting process and in the grinding can add up quickly--it uses a lot of coffee. Otherwise, when correctly dialed in, produces a nice shot--not as nice as a Rancillo Sylvia (which also has a learning curve but seemingly less than this machibe) but surprisingly good.Steaming is weak, nowhere near the steam pressure a Sylvia produces. (Posted on 7/16/2015)
Love this machine!!Review by coffee snob
I would give it 10 stars, if I could. After months of demos by patient SCG staff, we replaced our 16-year old Starbucks Barista. (Ol' Faithful was still working, after tune-up by SCG in 2013 and regular descaling) Huge difference in ease and quality of results. After a month of using the Breville, it has become pretty easy and consistently good. Coffee is great with the Lavazza beans suggested (and demoed) by SCG, and frothing is very effective with the enclosed frothing jug. The vortex created by steaming in that shape mug is very smooth and nice, good froth even for a novice like me!
One of my favorite things about this machine is its efficiency of having everything self-contained, i.e. beans, burr grinder, etc. This has saved a lot of counter space in my tiny kitchen! And I also love the red!
Again...10 stars! (Posted on 4/15/2015)
Easy to use and inexpensive, but won't make great espresso.Review by DR
I've had the Breville for over two years, and have used it at least 2,000 times. It is easy to make good coffee with this machine, but it won't make great coffee regardless of what you do or the coffee you use. The water just doesn't get hot enough, and you have no control over that. Maximum temperature, after everything is preheated is 185 degrees F, 15 degrees too cool for making great expresso. Not getting hot enough is this machine's biggest problem. The machine also sometimes clogs internally and won't steam or make coffee, then suddenly it will spray a giant cloud of steam in a pressure release. For no reason that I can tell. It will quit working completely if you don't run vinegar through it a couple of times a year to clean out deposits. Grinder is very good. MIlk steamer is good but not great— there isn't enough pressure or heat, so steaming milk can take three minutes per coffee. If you are making several coffees, you will stand there a while. But, overall, a good machine for the money. Good, but not great machine. Next one I get will have a water temperature control. (Posted on 2/28/2015)
impressive machineReview by terry
I just recently received my new machine much sooner than anticipated, so first I say thanks to SCG and carrier for being on top of their games.
I am very pleased with the machine, After five tries, I pulled an excellent espresso...
The time to brewing temperature from activation and from brewing to steaming is great. I think the grinder is more than adequate, and, in fact, my first foiled attempts were due to coffee being too finely ground!
I think the pressure gauge is a great feature for helping to dial it all in and is a nice touch.
The steaming wand produced nice, creamy milk and micro foam, and it is very easy to use with the ball joint connection.
All in all, I am really pleased and would recommend this machine! (Posted on 2/6/2015)
Good espresso Review by Lhm
Makes a good espresso best machine I have owned and I bought a lot of the over the past 20 years (Posted on 12/29/2014)
ExcellentReview by Tijeras
This machine works perfectly, is easy to clean and provides the best cafe ever! Glad I purchased this unit.. Looks great on the kitchen counter too. (Posted on 12/22/2014)
I'm glad I waited ... this model is the best bang for the buck!Review by Demetrios C. Christopher
I bought a Delonghi Magnifica six years ago and I used it at least once a day. Not to thread jack my own thread but it has been a workhorse and has consistently delivered a latte which has been superior to a Starbucks drink in many ways. Fast forward to three years ago when I was introduced to a REAL latte. I felt cheated. I still used the Delonghi but I also sneaked in some real lattes on a weekly basis. Fast forward to a year ago when I discovered an awesome "craft" coffee shop near work. I have been drinking their lattes every day at lunch. My taste is now so spoiled that my home lattes will not do. Moreover, I really need to cut down on those lunch lattes.

So about two years ago I searched around for a machine which could produce a great latte. The closest I could find without venturing into expensive or "esoteric", pretentious Italian-ish brands was the Breville Dual Boiler. A PID temperature control was now a must-have feature. Unfortunately the price was a little steep at just over $1200. It also required a separate grinder and apparently it would have to be an expensive one. So I waited for a couple years and made the most of the Delonghi which was still producing a decent latte.

It wasn't until a few months ago that I came across the Barista Express, especially the new and improved 2nd generation model. I was excited to find that it not only included the PID feature, but it also included the same grinder which separately costs two to three bills. Meanwhile, the total cost was a mere fraction of the one I was initially looking to get. Now, granted, the Express doesn't have the heated group head or the dual boiler but I was OK with those "niceties". I Googled far and wide and watched every video ever produced about this model. I saw enough to justify taking the plunge.

Fast forward to today when I received the package with the espresso maker. Despite all the reviews out there complaining of under-extraction, I was able to get an almost over-extracted shot on the first try. I apparently was overzealous with the fineness of the grind. I had to dial it back to middle of the road coarseness and now I get what looks and tastes like perfect shots. They're the right color, the right amount, the right time, and the right flow. I'm no connoisseur of coffee but these shots definitely taste "different" and in a good way. For starters I'm using "craft" beans. They can't be too oily or stale. They ought to be dry and recently roasted. Some of the best grinders out there simply can't handle oily beans (the ground coffee turns into Nutella and it gums up the gears).

After three or four shots I think I've got the process down. Keep it all within moderation: the grind size, the dose, the tamping force, etc. Then, if you're off on the pressure or shot time, make medium adjustments. Expect to have to play with the settings anew if you switch beans. After I felt content with the coffee, I switched to texturizing the milk. I have seen Phil Knight do it so many times that I thought it would be a piece of cake. I messed it up the first time and ended up with no different a steamed milk than I used to get with the deplorable steam wand of the Delonghi. That had me scared. Still, I had seen Phil do it so I decided to go at it again. Boy, am I glad I did. This time I did a dry run where I hadn't turned the steam on but simulated the angles at which I would hold the milk pitcher relative to the machine and the wand. I turned on the steam and off I went. On just my second try I was able to get perfectly (for my novice standards) texturized milk. It looked glassy and foam-free, just like Phil's. I am stoked. I can't wait to do it all again in the morning.

All I know is that the machine works great if you follow the instructions. In fact, everything you need to know is on that quick setup pamphlet that comes with the espresso maker. Make sure to have rags ready. You'll need a slightly damp one for the steam wand. The milk that lingers on the tip will scorch really fast on you. My steam wand actually clogged after the first try, despite me purging. It's remediable but it will get your adrenaline pumping for sure. Just hang in there and keep trying. Definitely watch a lot of videos of people using it first. When you get to use it for real, many things will make a lot of sense. In fact, the more you watch those videos, the more user errors you will spot. Another warning: the machine is a lot messier than you see in the videos. When flushing the group head, it will splatter all over the tray. The steam wand can also get VERY hot with use. Have rags ready at all times. Don't use paper towels. I found out the hard way.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your purchase as much as I do. This is as good a bang for the buck as you can probably get. Also, SeattleCoffeeGear offers the best deal on this machine, hands down. (Posted on 11/7/2014)
Great ValueReview by DailyEspSnob
I have had this espresso machine for 4 years and used it daily, sometimes twice a day for espresso shots and sometimes steamed milk. I had the Starbucks machine prior to, and this one was equal to or better. Yesterday my Breville went kapoot. I will be buying another since it withstood heavy use and it is reasonably priced compared to other models that have bells and whistles I would never use.
First, the grinder on this machine is great. Do yourself a favor and don't buy the lesser model that only takes pre-ground coffee.
Second, the cleaning and care of the machine is simple - it tells you when to clean and what needs emptying or refilling. The cleaning tablets are available in bulk (I had to clean about every 6-8 weeks), and the water filter is easy to change.
My only gripe is that about 2 years into ownership, it wouldn't stop itself when pouring a shot. Not a big deal for me but a bit of a hassle since you have to stand and wait and stop the shot yourself when it filled the shot glass. (Posted on 10/20/2014)
Excellent MachineReview by Tarek307
I've been a coffee drinker for a while and wanted to get my own espresso machine, after looking at prices i was discouraged, finally i found this one, took the leap, and for 3 days i've been making espressos all day, i even have neighbors coming over for espresso, cappuccino & whatever lol...

very easy to use, i haven't perfected it yet, but i'm getting there (Posted on 8/2/2014)
Good Price for a Great Machine—Love it!Review by JoeVegas
We have had the Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine for eight months and we absolutely love it. Initially we used this machine daily, but now we use it as our weekend “special” coffee machine. This is an impressive-looking, well-built machine that can pull a good shot of espresso, which, of course, is the basis for all the other coffee drinks you will make with it. Prior to using the machine, I suggest that you read the instructions carefully and use post-it flags to bookmark important pages to make referencing the manual easy in the future. I still reference the manual now and again for cleaning the machine or making a programming change. I also recommend that you watch Seattle Coffee Gear’s and Breville’s videos about the machine. I think they are insightful about the nuances of the machine.

When we purchased the machine from Seattle Coffee Gear, which by the way is awesome, we also bought three different types of coffee beans. The grinder in the Barista Express works very well, and it produces a consistent grind time after time. Dialing in the grinder takes some adjustment between fineness and quantity of grind, but is not rocket science. It is a bit of a coffee science though because you should only change one setting at a time when dialing in the grinder. In other words, only adjust quantity OR fineness of grind OR tamping pressure –one or the other with each adjustment. After one adjustment, pull a shot, and then make your next adjustment. Pull another shot and repeat until you get a good shot.

After a few adjustments, I was able to pull consistently good shots. I am definitely not a coffee snob, but I know the difference between a good and bad shot and between over- and under- extracted shots. The issue I have found, which is true for all grinders, is that once you change the beans to a different brand or type, you need to readjust the grinder, which may cost you a few shots of crappy espresso while you are dialing it in. Personally, I found a local roaster, and I buy my beans from him. Since I always use the same beans, I haven’t had to adjust my grinder in months.

To pull a good shot, I recommend turning on the machine for 10 minutes to let the grouphead and portafilter warm up. Run a shot of water through the portafilter prior to pulling your first shot so it is at the appropriate temp. I think with a bit of practice you will be making great espressos and milk drinks, too. Several people have told me that my coffee drinks are the best they have had, and way better than Starbucks. I think the machine does a good job, but good beans are the key the success. So buy good, fresh beans and once you find the one that works for you, stick with it for consistent shots all the time.

My frothing on the other hand has not been so consistent. Now and then, I am able to froth an excellent pitcher of milk for a latte and make rudimentary latte art, but I haven’t found a consistent approach. The machine has enough oomph to do it, but user error causes inconsistent foam for a latte. Cappuccino, on the other hand is easy because it’s easy to get the froth very airy with no problem. I really wish this machine had a double boiler so that you could pull a shot and froth milk at the same time. However, that would not guarantee me consistent froth. It would be nice to be able to whip out a latte a bit faster. Keep in mind, at this price, no machine has a dual boiler and grinder.

Finally, any coffee machine and grinder can be a bit messy, and this is no different. After a weekend of espressos, I wipe the machine and around the machine, dump the drip tray, flush the grouphead with a couple of single shots, wiping after each flush, and fill the reservoir so I am ready for the next espresso. Have fun and enjoy! (Posted on 7/22/2014)
Good for Starters! Review by Sean
I have been a longtime fan of coffee but just recently decided to purchase a machine so I can start to learn on how to make them. You see, this machine is a great machine because at its price, you are getting what you need as a newbie. It has a grinder attached to it and it's very convenient because it basically does the grinding part for you. The espresso machine has the pressure bar that is really helpful for you to try to get to your optimum wanted shots.

Overall, this is a great machine at a great price and will be very suitable for starters out there who want to learn to make their own drinks at home. (Posted on 7/16/2014)
Great upgrade from Starbucks BaristaReview by Bob
I was looking for something to upgrade my coffee experience after my 14 year old / 3 drinks per day Barista died. We were buying ground coffee once a week as our previous grinders were loud and messy. My debate was a superautomatic (which I've never been really satisfied with the taste on various machines), a better / functional grinder, and/or an upgraded espresso press. The Breville Barista Express gives me all of these. As the other reviews point out, it takes a few trials to figure out the grind settings but once dialed in, the espresso and crema come out fantastic. As another reviewer noted, when you grind for a double shot, the ground coffee overflows the portafilter, so I too grind for a single shot, lightly press it with the tamper and then grind the second shot and tamp. The steamer produces a nice milk foam, though I think it could have a little stronger steam flow.

I think I've had better cappuccino from a $10k machine than I have produced so far with the Breville, but this is better than all but the best local coffee shops (and of course every Starbucks.) (Posted on 7/15/2014)
Great ChoiceReview by melodius
So I am a coffee snob. I really wanted a $2000 Rocket with a really good grinder. But I have neither the money nor the space! So this machine is the perfect choice for me. There is a learning curve that I still haven't mastered. But I have confidence. The pucks are still a bit watery. So I need to adjust the grind and the programming. So far the coffee is great. The frothing of the milk is perfect.

My one cat, who is afraid of everything, thinks the machines Satan. (Posted on 7/8/2014)
Superb MachineReview by Alba4Eva
This machine is incredible. Be a Barista in your own kitchen. Loads to learn, but Barista skills take time and it is a hobby and a pleasure learning. Machine does everything most commercial machines are capable of. You won't miss anything.

Badged as the Sage by Hestun Blumenthal in the UK. (Posted on 6/9/2014)
Great Deal, Easy to Use & Good QualityReview by JenPen
After tasting the best espresso of my life at a local Seattle coffee house, I wanted to replicate it at home. I ordered the coffee and tried it on several machines without the same flavor, until I got this. I did my research on machines first and there were other more expensive models that could have done the trick. But I would have had to pay $2k. I found the best price at [Redacted company name] for 20 percent off. After a lot of experimentation, viola, I came pretty darn close to my cafe experience. I use this every morning and have ditched my other machine. The only suggestion I would make to the manufacturer is to start making a naked portafilter. I'm sure there are a lot of home barista's like me who would buy it. (Posted on 5/25/2014)
Great bang-for-your-buckReview by Clark
This machine is often listed at $600 despite a higher MSRP, so it's a great value compared to others in its feature class. My wife and I got it as a wedding gift, and have been using it daily for nearly two years now to make espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, and latte. The instructions are easy to follow, setup is easy, and the results are pretty good for an at-home machine. We read some reviews on other sites with people complaining that the machine clogs, but we've not had any problems at all. I suspect those are people trying to use oily beans, as well as using the double-walled (automatic) filters with the manual grind settings. We run the cleaning cycle with a cleaning tablet whenever the light comes on, and change the water filter every two months. I'll admit we don't de-scale as often as recommended, but maybe we should do it more to ensure longevity.

Using fresh espresso beans from our local shop and the single-walled double-shot filter, we tend to grind on the finer side (14-15) with the grind amount knob generally in the 3 o'clock position. I've heard of others using much coarser settings, but we've tried a few different beans from various roasters and all are in about the same ballpark for our preferences.

We've managed to get a fairly consistent ristretto quality to our shots (running the pressure very high and cutting off the shot manually around 27 seconds), though every now and then we'll under- (or worse) over-shoot due to the fine balance required to get the pressure to the very top of the range without going too high. We find the temperature to be higher and the risk of over-extracting increases when pulling several shots in a row, so it's best to back down the grind amount if you're pulling successive ristretto shots. We're not sure if this has to do with increasing water temperature when used for several shots in a row, or perhaps the machine heating up affects the consistency of the grind. We're definitely pre-warming the cup with a double-shot of water to get things started. At any rate, practice makes perfect.

Milk steaming is pretty good for a single-boiler unit. I tend to place the saucer on top of the cup to keep the shot warm while steaming, and results are pretty good. Perhaps someone with a steadier hand could achieve better microfoam and latte art, but the machine seems to be more than capable (we removed the included frothing attachment from the steam wand for more control). (Posted on 4/17/2014)
Excellent EspressoReview by Ryan
Price: I looked all over for the best deal and found it at Seattle Coffee
Use: Very easy to use, watch the videos and follow initial setup
Extras: Seattle Coffee provided extra goodies, worth choosing them

Espresso: Orleans Coffee Exchange Milano Espresso (best tasting)

(Posted on 3/23/2014)
Italy everydayReview by Taty
Love the style and size of home expresso machine . Easy to use and easy to clean. Wish water tank was at the side and not at the back. Also temperature of coffee require some adjustment, too cold. Learn on my own experience to adjust the grinder setting every time I switch to another type or brand of coffee beans. Would definitely recommend Breville Barista Expresso machine. (Posted on 2/28/2014)
great cup every time after 3 yearsReview by Steveo
I bought the BES860XL on a recommendation from a friend with a discount coupon. I am amazed at what a great cup of coffee this makes and how when I drink coffee out I miss what this produces at home. I generally use a starbucks dark roast or whole foods dark roast and I like a dark, oily bean. I use the double wall filter and set the grind on automatic. I programmed the double shot to press 5 oz of water. If you run hot water through the double wall filter first into your cup, it makes a better, hotter, cup of coffee and you have heated your cup too (toss the water of course). Since I pack the double wall filter to just below the top, the result is a 5 shot espresso with a 1/8 to 1/4 crema. It is the best cup of coffee I have had. (Posted on 2/26/2014)
Awesome!Review by Jake
This machine is great! I have had it for over two weeks now and love it! It is the perfect size, the built in grinder works great, the shots that come out are fantastic. I had a cheap cuisinart that was dying on me and upgraded to this, wow what a change. You can't go wrong with this machine for a upgrade. (Posted on 2/20/2014)
Kick butt machineReview by Brian from Austin
It always works and I'm still learning after hundreds of cups. It is sooo much better than my old espresso pod machine. Fresh ground coffee makes a huge difference. My only complaint is that it can't tamp the grounds for me. But none can in this price range. (Posted on 2/1/2014)
10 cups a dayReview by Espresso man
Great machine! (Posted on 12/22/2013)
Very satisfied with this machine.Review by Lou
I have had this machine for about 4 weeks and it is great. It took me a little bit to figure out grind/pressure but I think I've got it now. The machine makes a great espresso, americanno and cappuccino. Really couldn't ask for more for the price. I highly recommend this machine. (Posted on 11/28/2013)
hard to beat this little espresso machineReview by dephcon5
NY Italian here. Espresso was just part of growing up although I didnt get to enjoy the addition of a little Sambucca until I was at least 12 :) So anyway, I always use the stove top espresso pot but I thought I would look into a real espresso machine. Summer 2009 I went back to Italy for my cousins wedding and my uncle had one one of these Breville in his kitchen but his didnt have the grinder built in. I save my money and looked into getting my own machine and the price for a good one plus a grinder was too rich for me. So check this machine out! Grinder built in, cost is less for this than if I buy separate and hey, this machine makes a good shot! I tried a few different coffee beans and even one of the commercial pre ground in a can but i find the good espresso beans I buy at the store are the best. Took me a few shots to get the grind right and the grind amount correct but its all good now. I like this machine because it has everything in one machine that fits nicely in my kitchen, seems well made. Looks good too! I was on the fence a while before I got this one but I gotta say it works well, looks good and most of all it makes a good shot of espresso. Oh yeah, the steam makes a good foamy milk too, just take some practice to keep the nozzle tip just below the surface to get the air in the milk. Not hard, just takes a few minutes is all. If I won the lotto, I'd buy one of these for all my friends and family :) (Posted on 11/26/2013)
Awesome espresso makerReview by Tammy
This espresso maker is perfect for the beginner or the pro. I LOVE it and couldn't live with out it. It was easy to set up and use. It took me a few times to get the grind right to get in the right espresso range, but once I figured it out.. Perfect latte. I highly suggest this machine. (Posted on 11/22/2013)
Good Machine and a reasonable priceReview by William
This is my first venture in to a "REAL" espresso machine so I have little else to compare too.

First off i ordered it at 1pm on Thurs, paid a little extra for 2nd day air shipping and it was on my door step by 10am the next day. Good job folks.

It was well packaged, the Quick start guide coved all you need to get it up and running. Had it all cleaned and set up within an hour or so. That part went great so 5 stars there. Everything seems solid and well made. Manuals are good and I didn't have to deal with a dozen different languages in a single manual.

Set up was easy and I spent the afternoon dialing in to get that perfect shot. I expect I well be tweaking it for several weeks to try and improve my pour but after an hour or two of playing with it I got a fairly good shot (better than I get at that big name chain of espresso cafe's). It may not be the perfect shot, but its not bad.

Easy of use, Good
Quality, Good
Price / Value. Not the cheapest out there but it is worth the price I believe. Good
Service, Great (I have not had to interact directly with SCG at this time though)

I would recommend both SCG and the Breville to others. (Posted on 11/8/2013)
Very happy with my breville barista express!Review by Porfie
After playing around with this for the past month I can truly say I am very happy with this machine. It took a few times before I discovered the perfect grind and dose amount, but once I got it the results were amazing. You do have to change it up a bit when you are using different coffee beans, but once you master the settings your in for a real treat. I have discovered it is best if you buy small amounts of coffee beans and use them within ten days for optimum taste and creme. This machine won the 2013 Award for best new consumer product by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. This semi automatic machine combines both brewing and grinding it one unit, and has some features you will only find on higher level professional machines. Those features are PID temperature control for extremely accurate brew water which is important for consistent shots (adjustable by 4 degrees each way up or down), a dry puck feature, and a purge system which releases excess steam in the drip tray so coffee is not burnt by residual steam in the boiler. This Barista Express has everything you need except the coffee beans and water to get you started. It has a beautiful stainless steel finish. My friend worked at starbucks and a few other high end coffee shops so for this to impress him that says a lot. The best thing to me is being able to make those espressos, cappuccinos, Lattes, Macchiatos, Americanos, Ristrettos, hot chocolates, or teas in your own home without having to go out and pay an arm and a leg for a good one. With some experimentation with some syrups, coffee beans and or other flavorings you are sure to find the perfect coffee drink for yourself. I will put up a video review in the next few weeks showing how easy it is to make a drink.

This Breville model comes with the following accessories included:

Patented Razor(tm) 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 a carbon resin water filter

[SCG Staff Note: Please be aware that accessories included with a machine change from time to time and that the accessories currently in the packaging may not be what is listed above.] (Posted on 10/8/2013)
Fantastic machineReview by Junior Barista
Part of the fun of this machine is playing the barista by getting the right coffee dose with the right grind and the right pressure. I was able to achieve this in 5-6 tries and since that, I get a constant quality espresso each time. The only thing that is a little annoying is when you find the right amount of coffee to grind, you'll find that it overflows the portafilter. Easy fix, just reduce the quantity setting, grind, press, grind again a little bit, press and voilà!

A junior barista very happy with his purchase. (Posted on 9/27/2013)
reviewReview by Breville Barista Express BES870XL
I purchased the machine & used it for 2 weeks before returning it. The compact design & features were nice, but I was unable to get a good espresso shot. The shots all tasted too sour & flowed too fast. I could never get the pressure into the extraction range as shown on the gauge. I tried pressurized & non-pressurized baskets. I adjusted the grind from the finest to coarsest. I adjusted the dose. I used green beans that I roasted fresh to full city+ & I let the beans off gas for 1, 2, 3+ days. {This was my first attempt at using an espresso machine.}
Since returning the Breville, I ordered the Rancilio Silvia & Rocky, which I’ve now owned for a month. It produces excellent espresso shots & is a pleasure to use. The rocky also has far more grind settings, so I can make coffee with the aeropress & in the future plan use with a French Press.
If you are in the market for an espresso machine, I recommend spending a little more & getting the Rancilio Silvia & Rocky. You won’t be disappointed.
I hope this review helps (Posted on 9/23/2013)

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