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|
Ask a Question
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.
If you are in the gray area, make sure you thoroughly dry the inside of the filter basket before you grind for the next shot. If it is wet, there is the possibility that the hot water will "channel" through the grinds and give you an uneven shot.
"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.
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!
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.
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!
Thanks in advance:)
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
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- Cannot do better for the moneyReview by CE
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I shopped around quite a bit when I purchased this machine and again when it broke. There is simply nothing else on the market with the features of this machine in the price range.
The machine makes very good coffee for the price. People have told me that the drinks I made from this machine are the best they have ever had. As a user, you can choose to have things more automated (like my husband), or you can learn a little bit more and improve your drinks with a little trial and error (like me). Either way, you will get good results. We found settings fairly easily that gave us consistently good shots. We didn't want to use the counterspace for a separate grinder and machine and, even though I like the manual aspect of this machine, I don't always have the time or the inclination to tinker with all the settings.
Because of the age of our machine, we opted to purchase a new unit (upgraded to the Oracle, which we are enjoying. I will review once we've had it longer). We will likely still send this unit for repair so that we have a backup in case our Oracle needs service. I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a first machine.
Cleaning and maintenance is easy too. (Posted on 6/29/2016)
- Excellent for BeginnersReview by Marcello
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The Breville lets you use both pressurized and non-pressurized baskets, which is fantastic. The non-pressurized give better shot quality and let you dial in grind size, tamping and dosage, the way you would have to with a fully manual machine. If you don't want to bother, the pressured baskets give a consistent result under less precise conditions. (Posted on 6/2/2016)
- Tremendous unitReview by SoftwareManiac
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- Primo!Review by Sam
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- Great espresso drinks and great valueReview by Bob
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The thing that gets me pining for a Rocket next is how long it takes to steam milk. I watch with envy while the barista at my local roaster steams milk in 10 seconds, where the barista is almost a minute. You can buy 4-5 of these for the price of a Rocket and the Mazer mini I covet with it.
I did have a the pump and solenoid valve fail after about 1 year. despite non-oily beans, regular extra cleaning shots and running the tabs and clean cycle as the light comes on. Fortunately SCG's extended warranty fixed it, though I am not local to Seattle and it is not inexpensive to ship it back for service. (Hint - save your box)
Overall a great entry level machine for barrista quality espresso drinks (by good local freshly roasted coffee that isn;t dark and oily) and at a great value (Posted on 4/3/2016)
- The best espresso machine ever!!Review by Angie
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- Additional info and commentsReview by Albert
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A small matter, but one to be aware of. The drip tray fills up rather quickly. And while I obviously don't know if it is just my machine, but if you wait until the yellow "Empty Me" float is visible, you will have an overflowing tray. At best, it will be a juggling act to remove the tray without spilling water.
The other item (again, I don't know if it was just my machine) relates to the double-shot setting on my machine. It seemed like I was not getting the volume of espresso I would expect for a double. So i finally ordered two calibrated shot glasses and they arrived over the weekend.
On my machine, the default setting for a double was the same as for a single. Since I never do single shots, I hadn't compared them until my shot glasses arrived.
The Breville is very easy to program and I was able to set the default to a proper 2-oz double. (Obviously, if you prefer 1 1/2 oz, you can set it for that.)
I also used an accurate gram scale to set the dosage to 17 grams. Again, my preference.
Now that I have the machine dialed in I am ready to experiment with some different espresso blends.
For the price, I think it would be difficult to find another machine with this quality and flexibility.
(Posted on 3/6/2016)
- Great Quality and ValueReview by Albert
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Since I did not want to spend over $2,000 to get an equivalent super-automatic, I thought the Breville would be a good compromise. I liked the idea of having the grinder incorporated into the unit while still having control of the grind setting and volume.
It's Friday today, and we only received the Breville on Monday. However, I have used it multiple times per day and also took the time to experiment with the settings. While I am not finished fine tuning the my shots, I have to say that they are quite good already.
My biggest concern moving away from a super-automatic was how long it would take to make several cappuccinos in a row, especially when serving guests. That has not turned out to be an issue. The machine maintains temperature very well from shot to shot and the grinder is reasonably fast.
I must say that an added benefit has been the feeling of being more involved in the process. Rather than a "push a button" experience, the small amount of skill required to produce a good drink has turned out to be quite a rewarding bonus.
One last note: Breville's packaging and thoroughness is excellent. It is all beautifully done and of the highest quality. The finish and build on the machine are also first rate and makes this a very good bargain. You definitely get a lot for your money.
(Posted on 2/12/2016)
- First Expresso MachineReview by Tu Diep