The Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine is a well built, high-end machine that is suitable for both your home kitchen or office space. Measuring approximately 13.25” x 12.5” x 15.8,” this machine is not too bulky, allowing you to keep it on your countertop for easy access. Surprisingly, it is loaded with must-have features like precision dosing, precise temperature with electronic PID digital control, volumetric controls (think: double shot!), a cup warmer and low-pressure pre-infusion that allows you experience an even extraction.
- 15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system
- Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
- Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lb. sealed bean hopper; Voltage: 110 – 120 Volts
- 67 fl.oz (2L) removable water tank with handle
- Newer model of the Breville BES860XL Barista Express
Collectively, those features are fantastic; but there is one thing that puts this machine at the top of its class: the stainless steel conical burr grinder with a ½ pound sealed bean hopper. Not only does this spare the additional expense of having to buy a grinder, but it allows you to adjust the grind size and amount to your tastes. Naturally, this is a setting that may require some refinement on your end, but who doesn’t like experimenting with espresso? After you find the sweet spot you can leave it and re-create its perfection anytime of day.
Aesthetically, the Breville espresso machine offers a sleek and sexy modern look with a stainless steel finish (you could also opt for the cranberry red or sesame black finish) that will undoubtedly add a touch of glamour and taste to any coffee counter. Buyers will find that the price point of the Breville machine is usually around $500-$600 which is comparable to those in its class, while not as steep as the superautomatic espresso machines.
Recommendations: Although it runs like a commercial grade product, this machine is not recommended for cafes which serve a high volume of espresso (approximately 100 cups per day or more). This is due to the fact that it was not designed to run on an inline water system, but instead a water reservoir. On the contrary, if you are a small town bake shop that sells a handful of espressos now and then, it may meet all of your service needs.
Overall, the Breville BES870XL is highly recommended for espresso lovers looking to make their favorite drink at home. It is one of the best espresso machines in its class as it allows folks of all ages to brew a professional grade espresso, cappuccino, latte or americano with convenience of in home service and customization to personal taste. No longer will you go through the hassle of explaining to the barista how to deliver a cup of Americano that will meet your standards of taste and temperature. Enjoy!