Breville Barista Express BES870XL Espresso Machine

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  • – Built-in Espresso Grinder
  • – Automatic Shot Controls
  • – Brushed Stainless Case
  • – PID-adjustable Temperature
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Overview

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 and Functionality

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stainless Steel Steam Wand - The swivel ball-mounted steam wand allows you to position your pitcher as needed for maximum froth control.
  • Razor Dosing Tool - Breville's patented stainless steel dosing tool trims up your portafilter post-tamp for consistent shots every time.
  • Energy Efficient - Barista Express automatically enters standby mode after 1 hour and turns off after 3 hours.
  • Hot Water Dispenser - A dedicated hot water pipe makes crafting Americanos a piece of cake.
  • Basket Options - The machine ships with double and single pressurized and non-pressurized baskets (4 total)
Pros
  • Dedicated Hot Water Dispenser - This update makes americanos or hot tea a breeze.
  • Huge Capacity - 67oz side-access water tank with optional filter.
  • Tools Included - New machines come with a perfectly sized tamper, frothing pitcher, cleaning and dosing tools.
  • Adjustable Temperature - Adjusting the brew temperature up or down 4 degrees gives you some leeway to fine-tune your shot.
Cons
  • Coffee Sludge - Despite an upgraded drip tray design, an integrated grinder means superfluous espresso grounds will collect and mix in your drip tray.

How Does it Compare?

This is the latest version of Breville's only espresso machine with built-in grinder. Updates from the previous BES860XL 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.

Specs

Model Number BES870XL
Manufacturer Breville
Width 13.25 inches
Depth 12 inches
Height 16 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 29.0000
Watts 1600W
Volts 120V
Programmability Dose, Shot Time, Temperature
Case Material Brushed Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum
Cup Clearance 4 inches
Reservoir Size 67 oz
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 53mm
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute
Warm Up: Steam Time 70 seconds
Boiler Design Thermocoil
Pod Friendly No
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Stainless Steel

Q&A

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In you opinion is the grinder on the 870 suitable to the task as it relates to consistency and adjustability?
Paul K on May 20, 2013
Best Answer: I have had no problems at all with the grinder. It took about three tweaks of the controls to get it set to my preference. It hasn't varied a bit since I first set it.

I have my unit set to a give very fine grind. I found that grind and the amount of the grind I wanted overfilled the group, so I am careful when removing it. After removing the group I lightly hand press (compact) the coffee with my palm before lowering the group and coffee to the table where I use the tamper tool.

I also found that to get a good crema one must really compact the finely ground coffee - the manual's caveat of pressing down 30+ pound press is really right on. I believe either a coarse grind or under tamping would not give one the product one might expect.

A final caveat. You must tweak your controls until you have the pressure gauge in the "espresso range" when you brew. The gauge will be below the range at the beginning of a brew (when it conditions the grind), but should pop up into the espresso range when things get serious. My grind and tamping now nails the dial into the middle of the range and I am a happy camper.
Reply · Report · THOMAS O on Jul 11, 2013
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What kind of whole beans should I be using? Just bought this machine, tried Starbucks Espresso whole bean - burr grinder could not grind it...perhaps too shiny?? suggestions?
Linda on Jun 13, 2013
Best Answer: I'd try and stay away from any super oily looking beans, they just tend to gum up the works. I have used Lavazza Super Crema & Illy Dark Roast Espresso with good results. Remember that when adjusting the grind to a finer setting the grinder must be running. Also if any moisture gets down in the grinder pull the outer burr and give the whole thing a thorough cleaning.
Reply (1) · Report · Derek T on Jul 31, 2013
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Hello, how does the BES870XL compare to the Rancilio Silvia V3 w/ PID? I assume the grinder is not nearly as good as the Baratza Vario but with the ceramic burr upgrade (relative to the 860) is the espresso grind consistent? This machines just seems too good to be true, especially for the price and I am really debating between the BES870XL all in one vs. the Silvia V3 PID + Vario. Thanks in advance for the help!!!
Mauro L on May 26, 2013
Best Answer: There are many differences between the Breville 870 and the Silvia and Vario combo. With the 870, having the grinder and espresso machine all in one unit takes up far less space and looks neater on your counter, but if you have an issue with either component, the whole machine needs to go to a repair center. The Breville is made in China and has a stainless steel boiler, and comes with a one year manufacturer warranty, while the Silvia is made in Italy, has a brass and copper boiler and comes with a two year warranty we support. The Vario is made in Taiwan and has a one year manufacturer warranty, but we are authorized to repair the Baratza grinders once the warranty length is up. The grinder in the 870 does not have the range of settings and is not capable of grinding as fine as the Vario. The PID on the Breville only allows adjustments up or down 2 degrees, for only 4 degrees of flexibility, while the PID installed on the Silvia can be set to a specific degree. The 870 comes with 2 sets of baskets, both the single and double walled styles, making obtaining a good shot super easy with this machine. Overall, I would say that the Breville has a ton more features and is very easy to use, but the Silvia and Vario combo could potentially last you a longer length of time. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 27, 2013
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What's the purpose of plastic insert of Portafilter? Could I remove it easily? I am concern of the plastic material.
A shopper on Sep 16, 2013
Best Answer: Good Question - My guess is that its job is to keep the coffee from coming in contact with the group. I had two previous machines and they did not have the black filter. After a few months of use, the area where the Breville black filter sits would become discolored and extremely difficult to clean (I had to use steel wool and a lot of pressure to clean the group).

I had all but forgotten about that task until you posed the question.

Tom
Reply · Report · THOMAS O on Nov 10, 2013
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Hi! What are the differences between this machine, 870 and the 860, the discontinued model?
William Z on May 15, 2013
Best Answer: This Breville 870 has improvements that include the bean hopper shape, ceramic burrs instead of stainless steel, a hot water outlet, and you can adjust the temperature up or down by 2 degrees. The programming of temperature (internal PID) includes pushing the Program button, and either pushing the one cup for +2 degrees, and two cup for +4, or to drop the temp, the filter size for -2 degrees, and the power for -4. It still comes with all the same accessories, along with the "dosing tool" that "cleans" the edge of the portafilter when you are finished tamping.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 17, 2013
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Hi; I know that this is practice, like taking a picture with a new professional camera. But I have not been successful with the gray zone.

- recommended settings -- under gray zone ( I am using the RRRRazor)
- tried the single filter and double filters --- nothing
- I have noticed that the coffee is kind of wet after the extraction in the portafilter.
- I change the settings to grind #3 and amount at 6pm as recommended -- nothing --- still under gray zone, no cream at all and bitter taste.

I know this is my first experience but I will like to know if this is common?

Should I be able to be in the gray zone with all the filters after practice?

Thanks
Carly C on Sep 11, 2013
Best Answer: Your symptoms indicate your grind is to coarse and/or you are not grinding enough coffee. I am an engineer so messing with settings is just something I do. After a lot of tweaking, I ended up with the grind setting at about 1.2 (really fine) and the "amount" knob sitting at about 50 degrees to the right of 12 o'clock. When I grind the coffee is heaped well above the rim of the group. I carefully remove the "overfilled" group compact the heaped coffee with my palm. The hand compacted finely ground coffee is then just a tiny bit above the rim. Then I remove the tamper located below the power button and, with the group on the counter, REALLY compact the coffee - I press down with something like 30 pounds of force. I have found that when the hand compression is finished, the top of the compactor's metal rim is just about even with the top of the group.

When you insert the compacted group into its holder it will be hard to get it seated because that is the process that really compress the coffee. It may require holding the entire machine to counteract the torque of seating the group.

When you press the brew button It may take 20 seconds for the first drips of coffee to show up. The machine first goes through a soaking process and then puts the power to the unit and your dial will end up in the grey zone - if it isn't there you either have a coarse grind, not enough coffee, or uncompressed coffee.

I think the fine grind and well compacted coffee will give you the brew you want..

For what it is worth, I use Illy Medium Roast Coffee beans. It is a bit pricey, but It truly is about as good as it gets - and they have impeccable quality control. I think my brew is every bit as good as e best one gets from a professional barista..

PS - toss the Razzor.

Tom
Reply · Report · THOMAS O on Oct 10, 2013
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I am undecided in purchasing this machine and I am concerned because of the mixed reviews and a few concerns I have with customer service. Has machine quality been a problem?
Dephcon5 on Jul 16, 2013
Best Answer: I have had few minor problems. It is a bit slow to heat cold milk so I changed my brew process a bit. While the milk heats up I heat the group and my coffee cup in really hot water (I have done that with all previous machines). I then grind the coffee and load the group and get things set up to hit the brew button. The milk is ready to froth by this time and I finish that off with a swirl or two in the hot milk. I then touch the shot button, get my brew and make my cappuccino. It works well for me.

If you think you have a problem, there is a high probability that the water tank is empty. I am a slow learner got caught by that several times.

I strongly advise that you carefully read the manual.

Programming the machine is a piece of cake.

Because I start the day with Caffeinated Illy Coffee and switch later in the day to Decaf, I ordered a second bean hopper and will swap them out. Breville says the extra hopper is on order and will ship as soon as the vendor gets them out to Breville.

So far I like the 870XL a lot more than any my previous machines - and they cost twice as much and required a major factory service about every year;

I like the 870XL machine very much.
Reply (1) · Report · THOMAS O on Aug 10, 2013
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How long after you steam the milk does the machine take to cool down to brew your shot? I only ask because its not mentioned in any of the "crew review" videos on the single boiler machines. Thanks
Lnoyes on May 25, 2013
Best Answer: Hi,
I haven't used my machine yet...should receive shortly. From watching the videos on Breville's site it appears to automatically release the steam & switch modes without a delay.
Hope this helps
Reply · Report · Amy D on Jul 23, 2013
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Can you brew and steam at the same time?
David H on Sep 30, 2017
Best Answer: Nope!
The thermocoil in the Barista Express can only do one at a time (we generally recommend steaming first, then brewing). For a Breville machine that can brew and steam at the same time, look at the Dual boiler or the Oracle!

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Oct 9, 2017
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So I am deciding between this unit with a a built in grinder and another unit without a built in grinder in combination with the breville smart grinder or baratza virtuoso. Does this grinder compare to those two choices as far as grind quality? It would be great to just have one appliance on the counter if this will do the same thing.
Zack G. on Sep 3, 2013
Best Answer: The grinder included on the Breville Barista Express BES870XL will be very similar to the Breville Smart Grinder, though you wont have nearly as many grind settings as the Smart Grinder. The Baratza Virtuoso will also have more grind settings than the grinder that is built in to the Barista Express. The Virtuoso is also more consistent compared to the Breville Smart Grinder, and the grinder built in to the Barista Express.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 7, 2013
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I have limited space and need to know if the 15.75" height includes the hopper. It looks like it's extending above the top of the machine. Also, I'm buying a new machine because I currently have a built-in machine that has been nothing but trouble. How reliable has this machine been?
A shopper on Aug 8, 2013
Best Answer: Mine measures 16" to the top of the bean hopper with its lid on. I've had it for just over a week, using it several times per day, and I'm loving it. the construction seems very good. I've owned two super-automatic machines, and was not happy with the quality of either one of them, but so far, I'm pleased with this machine and am having fun with it!
Reply · Report · Shelah N on Sep 23, 2013
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Can you buy a converter in order to use pods?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2013
Best Answer: There is a Pod basket adapter available for 50mm Breville machines (800ESXL), but I've never seen one for the 54mm variety (BES840XL, BES870XL, BES890XL)
Reply · Report · Derek T on Jul 31, 2013
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Does the BES870XL have pre-infusion? Thanks!
J D on May 22, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, the Breville 870 has automatic pre-infusion.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 23, 2013
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How does the Barista Express 870 perform when making multiple cappucinos ? Say I'm having a dinner with 8-10 people and want to make both straight shots and cappucino for everyone. How easy is it to switch back and forth, and would it take a long time between drinks?
A shopper on Sep 18, 2017
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I've had the machine for 3 months so far and I couldn't be happier. This is an upgrade and far better than what I had before. There really isn't a better machine at the same price range. (Posted on 9/16/2017)

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Warranty Information

What it Covers: Breville espresso machines, grinders and blenders

Length: 2 Years (Oracle & Dual Boiler), 1 Year (All other new equipment), 6 months (Refurbished Models)

Who Supports the Warranty: Breville USA

Warranty Contact Information: 866-273-8455

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Excludes YouBrew)

Can SCG Repair? Yes; only as covered by SCG warranty. Read more about our repair services.

Note: Please register your product with Breville for warranty support.


Care and Maintenance

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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