Coffee Maker Reviews: Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Part of enjoying life is to find joy in the small things. Brewing that shot of espresso in the morning is one of those small things. The way it sounds and smells while you brew it, the warm comfort it gives you as you sip it, and time, which is normally elusive, slows down and relieves the pressures of your life for hours after you’ve finished the last sip.

That morning espresso is the one comfort that no one can take away, so if you’re gonna do it, you should do it right. You need a machine that’s going to get you excited about prepping for your morning recharge, one that’s going to brew you the best espresso possible and leave your home with the aroma of a cozy cafe.

The Breville Barista Express can do just that.

This sleek espresso machine has all of the fixings. The Barista Express allows you to grind your whole coffee beans immediately before brewing for maximum freshness and taste. Choose between an automatic or manual brew with complete customization capability to get the perfect shot of espresso. These features and their flawless execution are the reasons why the Barista Express BES870XL won “Best New Product of 2013” from the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

It is also easy to clean and maintain to ensure optimal function. This Breville Barista Express bridges the gap between convenience and experimentation.


Breville’s PID Digital Temperature Control

The key feature of this espresso maker is Breville’s PID digital temperature control technology, which sends in the water at the optimal temperature to best stimulate the coffee grounds and bring out optimal flavor and potency. Even a slight increase or decrease in water temperature can alter the taste and body of espresso, so consistent optimal water temperature is of utmost importance.

Micro-Foam Milk Steam Wand

If you’ve ever wished you could create the beautiful milk-foam art of your go-to latte spot, now’s your chance to learn. The Barista Express Steam Wand delivers the exact steam pressure needed to form workable micro-foam. It teaches you about the texturing of espresso and milk, allowing you to design your own lattes right at home so both you and your guests get more enjoyment out of each cup.

Half-Pound Bean Hopper and Conical Burr Grinder

The hopper locking system makes removal and attachment simple. The built-in conical bur grinder controls the desired dose to the precise amount of grounds, allowing optimal flavor. It grinds the beans super-fine into a powder where each granule has the maximum amount of surface area, allowing for cafe-quality espresso. However, grind size and dose can be customized to find the shot of espresso that tastes just right for you.

The grind size and texture can be customized with the selector dials on the front. You can choose to grind your beans super-fine or more coarse, whatever your tastes prefer. You can also specify the amount of grounds that you want to go into the filter to control taste and body even further.

You may choose between a single or double shot of espresso with the buttons on the front.


The Breville Barista Express BES870XL has everything you need to brew the perfect espresso right in your own kitchen. It delivers water heated to the perfect temperature, grinds the beans to your exact specifications and has endless customization. Lastly, you can give it that final cafe touch with micro-foam milk designs.

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