Good espresso starts with a good espresso machine, and a good espresso machine can be hard to find. A bit of quick online research reveals a vast array of espresso machine options that range from small, inexpensive home units, to massive professional-grade machines with a price tag to match.
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express is the perfect compromise. It gives you high-quality espresso at home, but you don’t need to be barista certified to run it, and you don’t have to take out a small business loan to purchase it.
In other words, it’s fancy, but it’s still reasonably affordable when compared with other high performing espresso bar machines. It’s also top of the line without being too technical. People with a wide range of espresso machine knowledge, beginning with absolutely none, can learn to operate the Barista Express with ease and confidence.
5 Reasons the Breville BES870XL Barista Express is Perfect for Your Home
It’s the perfect addition to your breakfast nook, or your basement bar, and it can help you make amazing espresso drinks that guests just might tip you for. It has lots of practical features, lots of bells and whistles, and it’s perfect for beginners to learn on. To see if the Breville BES870XL Barista Express might be right for your home coffee experience, check out the 5 ways that make it stand out from other machines.
1. It Has an Integrated Conical Burr Grinder
A conical burr grinder refers to the shape of the blades or burrs that are used to pulverize your espresso beans for flavor extraction. The built-in burr grinder means that beans are ground fresh each time you pull a shot, and they are deposited for you in the hands-free grinding cradle.
Coffee beans start to lose their flavor as quickly as 5 minutes after they are ground, so you have to move fast to create the perfect espresso shot. When everything is contained within one machine you can go from grinding the beans to a pulled shot in under a minute.
With freshly ground beans you end up with a shot that has a thick cream and a nice full body. The flavor is richer, and it makes all the difference between a real barista and an amateur.
2. It Has a 360 Degree Swivel Action Steam Wand
Pulling superior espresso shots is only half of creating great handcrafted beverages. To complete an array of espresso-based beverages like lattes of any flavor and creamy cappuccinos, you need a good steam wand.
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express is equipped with a 360-swivel head steam wand that can heat your milk instantly and help you aerate it for the perfect texture and consistency. Adding air to the milk will help it to foam and froth, and the built-in steam wand means it’s one less piece of equipment you need to purchase.
You can experiment with milk types to craft the perfect foam, and make drinks that rival any coffee shop around.
3. It is User Friendly
All the amazing features that the Breville BES870XL Barista Express has are meaningless if you can’t operate the machine. That’s what makes having a semi-automatic espresso machine so important. You have enough control to toggle with individual settings and experiment to get the grind and pressure right, but you can also rely on the pre-set volumetric controls to pull the perfect single or double shot of espresso.
It comes with 2 dual-walled pressurized filters that are great for novices who are not good at judging the extraction process of themselves, but it also comes with 2 single-walled no pressurized filters for when you advance from beginner to barista.
4. It Comes With Everything You Need
Well, everything but the milk and espresso beans, but you get the idea. The Breville barista express comes with a precision razor dose trimming tool, single and dual filter baskets to pull the perfect pressurized shot of espresso, a stainless steel milk jug, water filter, and cleaning kit.
You’ll have everything you need to properly clean and care for your machine and keep it in great running order for years to come. Just throw in a few shot glasses and a couple of demi-tasses and you can probably set up a tip jar next to the refrigerator.
5. Its Thermocoil Ensures the Perfect Temperature
The Barista Express has an integrated stainless steel water coil that is responsible for accurately controlling the water temperature. Just as the espresso grinds are integral to a perfectly pulled shot, so is the temperature of the water.
In fact, having consistently hot water is vital to extracting the maximum flavor from the beans as well as for producing a shot that will keep your drinks nice and hot.
Brew Like a Barista
The Breville Barista Express is sleek and shiny and it cuts an imposing figure without overwhelming our counter space. Guests will marvel at it, and they’ll just have to trouble for you a cup of something, just so you can keep your skills sharp that is.