Review Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine wi

Review Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder

$ 899.98

BES860XL features
Good crema from fresh beans
The difference is clear: espresso made from beans ground one minute ago (left) produces crema that is noticeably more rich and thick than espresso made from beans ground ten days ago (right). The verdict? Fresh beans are always preferable.
Good crema from fresh beans
Convenient hidden storage compartment for the filters and included cleaning kit.

Fresh is Best

In the world of coffee, freshness can be measured in seconds. By the time even five minutes has passed, ground beans have started to lose their flavor. Grinding beans every time you want fresh espresso takes time, though, and oftentimes it becomes a tradeoff between taste and convenience. The Breville Barista Express solves this problem, delivering fresh, quality espresso at remarkable speed, thanks to its integrated burr grinder. Go from beans to espresso in under a minute—all in the comfort of your own home.

Café quality espresso in your home

Espresso making is notorious for being both an art and a science, requiring you to carefully adjust each of the inputs (grind size, grind amount, etc.). But even complete beginners and aspiring baristas can pull a perfect shot from the Breville Barista Express. For beginners, it comes with two dual-wall, pressurized filters that regulate pressure and help optimize the extraction. For more experienced baristas, the Barista Express includes two single-wall, non-pressurized filters that give you more room to experiment with different grind sizes, grind amounts, and tamping pressure. As either a crash-course or a continuation study, the Barista Express gives you free rein to explore the art of espresso.

In addition to its integrated burr grinder, the Breville Barista Express has an Italian-manufactured 15 bar pump and thermocoil heating system that ensures accurate regulation of water temperature for a full-flavored espresso. A pre-brew function and flat shower head make sure that the water is optimally distributed through the coffee puck. The Barista Express also has several helpful features, such as a cup warmer on the top of the machine and a feature that removes excess water from the filter basket after coffee extraction, so the used grounds form a dry puck for quicker cleanup. Lastly, it has a stainless steel 360 degree swivel-action steam wand for lattes and cappuccinos.

For beginners and aspiring baristas alike, the Barista Express makes good espresso accessible and easy to make.

Designed with the consumer in mind

The Breville Barista Express is built from high-quality materials so the resulting machine is as sturdy as possible. No-slip feet keep the machine from sliding across the counter when the burr grinder is activated. The Barista Express is housed in a sleek stainless steel casing, making it an attractive and timeless addition to any kitchen. The entire unit is easy to clean and comes with a hideaway storage compartment for the included cleaning tools, in addition to an easily removable drip tray.

Barista Express portafilter with commercial style spouts
Hands-free filling for the portafilter directly from the integrated burr grinder
Dual wall filters, 54mm
Included dual wall filters provide excellent practice for budding baristas

Product Features

  1. Integrated conical burr grinder and half-pound bean hopper: stainless steel conical burrs optimize extraction of flavor from the bean by maximizing the surface area of the grinds. Use freshly ground beans for every shot for more full espresso flavor. Hopper has locking system for easy removal, storage and transfer of coffee beans.
  2. Grind size and grind amount selector dials: choose among grind settings from fine to coarse and adjust the amount of freshly ground espresso dosed into the filter basket.
  3. Filter size button: indicate whether you are using a single- or double-wall filter basket and the grinder will dispense the required amount of ground coffee for the appropriate filter type.
  4. 54mm tamper: for expert tamping control. With magnetized storage, but removable for easy tamping.
  5. Hands-free grinding cradle: push portafilter into cradle and freshly ground espresso will be dispensed directly into the filter. Grinder automatically stops when the indicated amount has been dispensed.
  6. 54mm stainless steel portafilter: with commercial style spouts.
  7. 67 fl. oz. removable water tank: top-fill tank with replaceable water filter to reduce impurities and scale.
  8. Volumetric control: preset 1 and 2 cup volumes, manual over-ride, or reprogrammable shot volumes.
  9. Espresso pressure gauge: monitors espresso extraction pressure.
  10. Thermocoil heating system: integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature.
  11. Clean me light: indicates when a cleaning cycle is required. Cleaning kit included.
  12. 360-degree swivel action steam wand: for effortless milk texturing.
  13. Auto purge function: automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature.
  14. Removable drip tray: partitioned for both wet and dry spills, with ‘Empty me!’ indicator for when it’s full.

Breville
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ModelDual BoilerBarista ExpressInfuser
Dimensions16.25″x15″x15″13.25″x12.5″x14.5″10.25″x12.5″x13.25″
Weight30 lbs23 lbs17 lbs
Heating systemDual boilers, stainless steelThermocoil, stainless steelThermocoil, stainless steel
Temperature controlElectronic PID (for better temperature stability)Electronic PID (for better temperature stability)Electronic PID (for better temperature stability)
PumpDual Italian pumps15 bar Italian pump15 bar Italian pump
Wattage1700W1450W1600W
Water tank84 fl. oz. top-fill and rear-fill67 fl. oz. top-fill with handle61 fl. oz. top-fill with handle
Water filtrationYes, 1 year supplyYes, 1 filterYes, 1 filter
Pressure gaugeYesYesYes
Accessories2 x 58mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 58mm single wall filter baskets, 58mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filters, coffee scoop2 x 54mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 54mm single wall filter baskets, 54mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filter, coffee scoop2 x 54mm dual wall filter baskets, 2 x 54mm single wall filter baskets, 54mm integrated tamper, stainless steel milk jug, cleaning tool, cleaning disc and tables, allen key, water filter holder and filter, coffee scoop
Pre-infusionTrue low pressure (gradual ramp up)Triple prime (3 burst full power)True low pressure (gradual ramp up)
Volumetric controlPreset, manual over-ride or reprogrammablePreset, manual over-ride or reprogrammablePreset, manual over-ride or reprogrammable
Dry puck feature?YesYesYes
Auto purge?Not requiredYesYes
Steam wand360 degree swivel, 3 hole tip360 degree swivel, 1 hole tip360 degree swivel, 1 hole tip
Hot waterYes, dedicated outletNoYes, dedicated outlet
Cleaning alertYesYesYes
Concealed storage trayYesYesYes
Breville assist plugYesYesYes
OtherOver-pressure valve (OPV), actively heated group head, heat exchanger (HX), programmable extraction temps, programmable pre-infusion, backlit LCD, espresso shot clock, auto start, audio alerts (high, low, mute), drop down swivel foot.5 lb bean hopper, conical burr grinder, grind size dial, grind amount dial, hands-free grinding cradle
HousingStainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA freeStainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA freeStainless steel; parts that come in contact with water, coffee, and milk are BPA free
Compare the Barista Express (BES860XL) with other Breville espresso machines
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with ½lb bean hopper
  • 15 bar Italian pump
  • 1450W stainless steel thermocoil heating system
  • Adjustable grind size and grind amount settings
  • Preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable shot volumes

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