Coffee Concerns: What does the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Maker has in store for you?

Winner of Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Best New Product Award, the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Maker has a range of things to offer. A real boon for every amateur barista, this machine has made the whole process of brewing that perfect Espresso easier than you could ever imagine.

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It gives you the luxury of making your coffee with precisely the taste and texture you prefer without the hassle of adjusting each input like the grind size, grind amount, roast, temperature, etc. as in traditional coffee makers.

Here’s a complete review for anyone heading out to buy a coffee maker:

Design

The Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Maker is one those modern looking machines which adds to the elegance of your kitchen and not its bulk. Because of the stainless steel finish and an easy-to-operate design, it is quite easy to maintain its looks and life for long.

It comes with an In-Built Grinder…

The ground rule for anyone attempting to make an amazing Espresso is to use fresh beans and grind them only a few seconds (not even minutes!) before use. The Breville Espresso maker has been designed exclusively keeping this in mind.

The manufacturers have come up with an inbuilt grinder that lets you grind the beans instantly (in less than 60 seconds!) before every use. The removable bean hopper can hold up to ½ pound beans. It keeps them locked in a stainless steel burr to ensure the freshness of your beans and also a safe removal, storage, and cleaning. The conical shape helps in grinding just the right amount of coffee to its fullest.

RAZOR dosing tool to get just the “right” amount of coffee..

Though not a necessity, the patented Breville RAZOR precision dosing tool will help you to dispense the exact amount of coffee creating those perfectly saturated pucks needed for an ideal shot.

Grouphead Filters

To keep things minimal for beginners, this compact machine has two dual-wall pressurized filters to allow maximum extraction. However, once you get a hang of it, you can switch to the two single-wall, non-pressurized filters to create a variation in texture.

Selector Dials to maintain consistency

The easy to read and operate selector dials help you skip all the guesswork and adjust the size, amount and pressure of the grinds according to your preference. This will help you remain consistent once you have determined where you like the flavor while also allowing some occasional experimentation.

Steam Wand

The steam wand comes with a 360 degrees swivel to maximize ease of access while you heat and texture fresh milk. The knob that controls the wand is placed to the right of the machine.

Pump Pressure & Heating System

The 15 bar pump from Italy and the 1600W thermocoil heating system ensure that there is the ideal temperature and pressure to give you a perfect shot every single time.

Water Tank Capacity

This is another great feature that makes your life a lot easy by doing away with the need to add water every time you use the machine. The can hold up to 67 ounces of water and therefore doesn’t require frequent refilling.

The tank is made from BPA-free plastic and also comes with an inbuilt filter that keeps your water safe and pure.

Price and Warranty:

For all its efficiency, the price might be the biggest turn off for most buyers. Though the amount of money it is going to save you by bringing those expensive coffee treats home will quickly balance out the money, you are going investing.

The coffee maker comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Pros

Saves Time (a lot of it!)

This magical machine has been rightly named “Barista Express” as it makes the process of brewing that perfect espresso super-quick. The Breville Espresso maker comes with a capacity to make up to 25 shots of Espresso in case you’re hosting a large group.

Easy to Clean

The coffee maker is designed in a manner that leads to a minimal mess, thanks to the removable drip tray that accumulates any occasional drip and spilled coffee grounds. The stainless steel body is also easy to wipe and clean.

Apart from that, the inbuilt water filter prevents mineral deposits on the insides of the water tank. The manufacturers provide some special cleaning tools to help you clean the tank regularly.

Programmability

The machine can be programmed to make one or two cups of Espresso as per need. You can even control the amount of liquid being used per shot as per your taste.

A digital PID temperature control lets you maintain a stable temperature throughout the process.

Cons:

• Though the tank doesn’t call for a frequent refilling, it is not possible to avoid that altogether. Keep in mind that it is not feasible to connect this machine to a permanent water pipe.

• One frequent complaint is that the drip tray fills ups pretty quick, calling for a regular clean up.

• Its sleek design is mainly because of the rear-mounted water tank. Though it looks like a welcome change from the bulky side-mounted designs, it will prevent you from fixing the coffee maker to any one corner of the kitchen.

Verdict:

Despite its price being on the higher end, the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Maker will prove to be an asset for anyone who intends to be a Barista. It keeps things relatively easy for beginners. Even though fully automatic, it leaves enough room for people to experiment and explore flavors over time.

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