Beautiful, yet durable, the Breville Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine is clad in a solid die-cast stainless-steel case and has an ergonomic water tank that is accessible from the front or back of the machine. Breville's programmable buttons quickly and easily dispense espresso or coffee through a specially designed boiler that assures the proper temperature during extraction.
How the Breville Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine Works
Fill the water tank to the maximum mark
Place the one- or two-cup filter into the filter holder, fill with one or two level measures of coffee and press firmly with the back of the measure or a tamper
Before placing the handle on the machine run a short blast of water out of the brew head. Do this by depressing one of the brew buttons for a few seconds
Place the filter handle on the machine and place a cup below the spouts
Press the single or double programmable brew button to begin extraction
Steam milk by pressing the steam button and then use the knob on the right hand side to begin steaming
Dispense hot water by pressing the water button
Features & Functionality of the Breville Die-Cast Progammable Espresso Machine
It's A Beauty: The Barista Express body, controls and tamping head are formed using the highest-grade aluminum and zinc. Unlike thinner pressed metals, die-cast construction molds molten metals at intense temperatures. The result is the ultimate in durability and performance, and a more refined finish.
Attached Tamper: The integrated tamper with magnetized lock in storage allows you to tamp to your preference while attached to the machine or on the counter.
Make it a Venti: With a full 4.5-inch clearance, this machine is designed to accommodate larger cups and travel mugs, making it ideal not just for espresso, but for variations like Americano, cappuccino and latte.
Set It and Go: Two programmable buttons allow for automatically dispensing the same amount of espresso or coffee each time.
Make It Smooth, Make it Silky: The 15 bar Triple-Prime pump automatically releases three bursts of hot water into the filter head, causing the ground coffee or espresso pod to expand. This increases pressure, allowing the machine to extract more crema, giving the coffee a rich, smooth texture and taste. Each of the included single or double solid stainless steel filters incorporates Breville's unique dual-wall crema technology.
Stainless Steel Steam Wand: The swivel ball-mounted steam wand allows you to position your cup as you need to to achieve the maximum froth. A separate wand dispenses hot water on demand.
Thermoblock Boiler: This system maintains the water at an ideal 204 degrees F during extraction. While steaming, it reaches temperatures of over 250 degrees F. The unique auto-purge function releases a measured amount of steam to return the temperature to the optimal level.
Included Accessories with the Breville Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine
Charcoal Water Filter
Espresso Machine Cleaning Tablets
Single and Double Filter Baskets
Beautiful Design - The heavy, die-cast casing is well designed and durable.
Programmable - Dispense the exact amount of espresso or coffee each time you brew
Pressurized Portafilter - While the pressurized portafilter design makes brewing easy, some will wish for the better espresso that can be achieved with a non-pressurized portafilter.
Weak Steamer - We found the Breville Die-Cast machine's steamer to be a bit weak in its frothing and steaming capabilities.
Ease of Use
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Overall Value for the Money
How Does it Compare?
While this machine from Breville is sleek and looks great, it has a smaller than average portafilter and the quality of the shot is not as consistent as we'd like.
Best Answer:Unfortunately we no longer offer this machine, and so I don't have a Breville 830 here to measure the portafilter. Looking on their website, though, it looks as though Breville lists the portafilter as 50mm. Sorry I can't give you better information than this!
Perhaps it's the way I make my grind which I have been focusing on recently but my question is, I am finding that my espresso shots that come out of this machine are not super hot (isn't that what you want?) and they aren't that strong. What am I doing wrong? I use an espresso bean from a well know micro-roaster in my area and it happens to be the same bean they use in their machines. I try to get my grind where it need to be but I get the same outcome. Advice please. Thanks
Best Answer:I'd suggest descaling your machine to make sure that there isn't scale preventing your unit from reaching proper temperature, and also making sure that your Breville is properly heated. Once the machine is ready to brew, run some water from the brew head through the empty portafilter to heat up the metal. Then, once the metal of the portafilter is nice and hot, proceed with adding grounds and brewing. Hope this helps!
Best Answer:Unfortunately we no longer offer this machine, and so I am not sure of the size of the boiler. If you can find the BES830XL elsewhere, this may be a better question for them. You can still check out our pros and cons and the videos for our opinions of the steaming capabilities online!
Caring for the Breville Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine
Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
Keep the stainless-steel casing shiny with a microfiber cloth.
The perfect home espresso machineReview by frozenjim
First, I disagree with the article that the pressurized filters are a "con"; just don't USE them if you're a perfectionist - they are for beginners - like training wheels.
I purchased this unit for our Montreal video game testing company and we have had no problems with it for over a year. I have finally taken it home where it looks awesome on my cement counter-top.
Excellent espresso. Simple maintenance. Looks great. Goes forever even under abusive conditions. What is not to love? (Posted on 8/16/2014)
BrilliantReview by Econo
Better than expected. The Breville replaced a much more expensive unit, and has outlasted it without issues. Used continuously. Excellent unit. (Posted on 2/4/2014)
OK But Not DurableReview by Rtee
I had a similar experience like the "Jen without Java." We got the 800 die-cast programmable espresso machine that broke after a little over a year. We were happy that Breville gave us the 830xl as a replacement. But after 1-1/2 yr, we had a similar issue in that the froth wand is no longer working, there's no pressure for espresso and water leaking all over the bottom of the system. I believe there's a plastic hose or attachment that just broke as seen by the amount of water leaking from inside the machine. Breville will no longer help us out with this system and we're very, very disappointed. This espresso maker is not the most expensive unit, but it's also not the cheapest one. I spent more than $400 believing this would last for 10+ year like the KRUPS we had. I also cannot believe the two machines did not last more than a couple of years. (Posted on 10/28/2013)
Awesome machineReview by Orchidlady
I had the Breville 800 for 8 yrs and use it every single weekend. Finally upgraded to the 830 and gave my 800 to the kids - I absolutely love this machine - it is a workhorse BUT I am religious about cleaning it every 4 months with Durgol This machine will never disappoint. I love Breville so much I ended up buying their Smart Grinder and what a difference THAT made in the quality of my expresso. But you must must must clean your machine. Think of your other electric appliances and the buildup - well this is no different. I would never purchase another brand and Breville is an awesome company to deal with when I had one that the seal was not holding. But that was right away and they replaced with the one that lasted 8 yrs. Go get one! (Posted on 5/9/2013)
I love this machine!Review by yvonne
It's a shame there aren't many good reviews for this espresso maker. I was given this machine as a replacement by Breville because the refurbished Cafe Venezia (Breville) I bought leaked around the reservoir. I was thrilled! It was 3 steps above the Venezia and has been working perfectly for 8 months now. I make 4-6 shots a day and steam/froth milk at least twice a day. I get a glossy microfoam every time. I don't use the froth attachment because it makes too much froth. It came with the pressurized portafilters and the non-pressurized, a pod filter, and frothing pitcher. I was able to make good espresso even with the non-pressurzed filters once I bought a good grinder, the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder which is fantastic. It allows me to grind fine as powder (which is too fine for this machine) so I can get a decent crema even without the pressurized filter. It's beautiful, doesn't scratch, easy to clean as long as you catch the "empty me" signal before the drip tray overflows. The manual is very helpful and easy to read and even includes some good recipes.
I've had nothing but positive responses from their Breville support, which is local here in California. Hooray! (Posted on 6/12/2012)
Does Not LastReview by Jen without Java
We received the 830XL model after our originally purchased 800 system broke after a year and a half of everyday use. We were happy Breville replaced that system with the 830 until now, a year and a half later and this system has broken. There must be a crack or hole in the system which has lead to the steam wand no longer working, no pressure for espresso and water leaking all over the bottom of the system. Breville will not help us out with this system and we're really disappointed about that. I cannot believe two [$] machines did not last more than a year and a half each.
Hard To Clean, Messy, Leaky, Unreliable (Posted on 9/28/2011)
I've had mine for over a year; love it!Review by Joe
Easy to use. Been dependable. If you get the grind/RO Water/type of coffee beans right you'll have an excellent espresso.
Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean
Noisy (Posted on 8/4/2011)
UGHReview by The coffee drinker
My husband and I purchased this product since I'm a coffee addict and figured it would save us a pretty penny over the years. Carrying the Breville name and a price tag of [$], we figured we couldn't go wrong. WRONG!The machine looks great in the kitchen and WHEN working it makes great coffee...however the die cast shell scratches easy (trust me when I say easy as I'm the only user of the machine and very specific about it's upkeep!).Although the company is Australian...the machine is made in China, which is prob. the reason that it breaks down easily.I've had to replace the machine THREE times in less than a year, and this last go around (tonight), the machine just wouldn't turn on AFTER less than a month of not very active use!I'm fed up, frustrated, and angry and really tired of having to go without my [$] machine every few months because I spend more time on the phone with Breville, packaging up the old machine, sending it in, and waiting for a new one to arrive, and then have it break down again and go through the same mess.If Breville wants to give it's machines the 'FAKE' Australian made logo, then it needs to stop manufacturing the machines for a dime in China! Where apparently quality of a product is not important!I'm FED UP...if you want to purchase a nice espresso machine to last you a few years...then stay away from this brand.Although Breville seems to tell me on a regular basis that they have NEVER had any problems with this specific machine, I know first hand how many times I've faced issues with the same model and its many different replacements.
Makes great froth, Looks Good
Unreliable, Breaks down easily (Posted on 11/2/2010)
Breville BES830XL: Beautiful but...Review by Rufus
Breville espresso machines are beautiful, solid pieces of metal to display on your kitchen counter. However, their insides and circuitry are a very different story. My new Die-Cast Programmable Espresso Machine (BES830XL) lasted three days, after which it ceased to be an automatic machine and wouldn't stop pouring coffee all over. There was no way to fix it. This machine has the looks of an Italian convertible and the guts of a cheap Chinese toy. [...] The real Breville is an Australian company whose products are normally made in China, as is the case of this Espresso machine. If you are seduced by the looks of this machine, as I was, at least do NOT ever buy directly from Breville. Instead, buy it from a reliable retailer, such as Seattle Coffee Gear. [...] Of course, when a $500 espresso machine breaks in three days, after making 9 shots of espresso, one may want to return it for good and be reimbursed. [...]
Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing
Unreliable (Posted on 9/6/2010)
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