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)
|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.
|Model Number||Stainless Steel: BES870XL|
|Programmability||Dose, PID, Shot Time|
|Case Material||Plastic with Metal Finish|
|Boiler Material||Stainless Steel|
|Cup Clearance||4 inches|
|Reservoir Size||67 ounces|
|Available Portafilters||Pressurized and Non-Pressurized|
|Warm Up: Brew Time||1 minute|
|Warm Up: Steam Time||70 seconds|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
|Auto Shut Off||Yes|
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Any ideas on what I should do?
- 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?
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.
It's also in the amount of coffee you grind In your portafilter.
I use the double espresso and never use the single or dual wall... Actuall use the the dual wall to hold my cup so it's closer to the portafilter...lol
Once you master the right amount of grind then you need to know how much pressure to apply but usually a good firm press with a swirl to make sure you keep the damper clean is all you need...
My process is simple...
Place a clean portafilter in its place and run an espresso shot with no coffee just to get warm.
Then Grind using the manual press and hold
Make sure the coffee grind goes above the top. Then very lightly press down a little then manual grind a little more then pressing firmly with the tamper and you should have a very nice amount of coffee with the right amount of space left...
Then place it and lock it and click the espresso button and watch the crema form and see the perfect shot... I also adjusted my machine to the maximum heat setting to make sure the shot comes out as hot as possible...
I personally think after a few months of using this machine that I out grew it... I would like to change it for a better dual boiler machine. It's on my wish list. ;)
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.
"rubbery" feet making it quite difficult to slide on a counter without lifting a bit which may be difficult for some in the household.
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.
I was thinking of getting an extra hopper and swapping each time, but am wondering how many beans are left in the top of the grinder when the hopper is removed.
Breville has some great videos on line that address these factors. My first thought is you are dosing too much and/or over tamping.
If the coffee tastes bitter, I'd suggest fresher beans. Love them or hate them, Starbucks sells a very consistently roasted espresso bean that is right in the middle of the road of most flavor preferences.
Experiment with your dose, grind and tamping pressure. Once you get things dialed in, my Breville machine makes a great cup - every time.
Hope this helps - SGC's phone support and video YouTube channel are very helpful as well.
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.
I only purchased my Breville Barista Express a few weeks ago so I am not sure I can answer your question. We have only used the machine on two different mornings making my wife Lattes, which she really likes. Being somewhat of a novice on this machine, I can only tell you that the temp of the water takes very little time from when you power the machine up. It remained constant as long as we left the power on. When I powered up the machine the next morning, it did have to reheat the water, but again it was rather quick. We had a rather cheap Cuisinart expresso maker for years until the steam wand finally broke away from the machine. I can tell you that the Breville Expresso maker makes far superior expresso than the old Cuisnart. There is definite validity to the argument that having freshly ground coffee makes better expresso! An additional note . . . the directions recommend setting the grind setting for the coffee beans at "5" which is the mid-range setting. Grounds at that setting are too course and the machine was not able to boost the pressure onto the puck enough to even begin getting the gage to reflect enough pressure. The puck was a soggy mess when I removed it. I cut the grind down to "2" which is a much finer grind. The pressure gage went over the recommended area and produced a very small amount of expresso. Play around with the grind, but I think setting at a "3" setting will be optimal.
We are very, very happy with this expresso machine and I highly recommend it. Good luck and hope this helped.
The Breville Barista Express is programmable +/- 4 degrees in 2-degree increments. It comes set from the factory at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. While the machine is off, press and hold Program, then press the Power button. The machine will beep once and enter the temperature programming mode. Whichever ring is lit indicates the current temperature offset (from 200 F). power: -4, filter size: -2, program: 0, 1-cup: +2, 2-cup: +4. After 5 seconds of inactivity the machine will exit the programming mode and simply start up.
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?
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.
I do not get the same behavior. When the pressure goes up to the espresso range it stays there until the extraction is finished. It possibly sounds like a non uniform tamping pressure. When I grind, I shake the filter occasionally during grinding to distribute the coffee more evenly. I try to tamp with the about the same pressure. I make about 1 double espresso a day and have been doing for over a year. If your are pulling a single shot try a double. A thicker bed of coffee shoud be more uniform.
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
Keep them clean and they are fantastic. No problems whatsoever with either machine.
I only know that both baskets are 54mm. You might just call Breville and get them to confirm.
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!
Hope this helps!
If you want great espresso, go with the Silvia.
If you want to make lattes, go with the Barista Express.
Also, if you'll be sharing the machine with someone else in your household less dedicated to coffee then you, the Barista Express is much easier to learn how to use.
Hope this helps!
But you can make an Americano (hot water added to a shot of espresso), which I think has a slightly rounder, sweeter flavor than a regular cup of drip.
Hope this helps!
Hope this helps!
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.