Breville BES860XL Barista Express

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A unique espresso machine, the Breville BES860XL Barista Express has an integrated conical burr grinder with dosing controls. You’ll be able to grind your beans and dose directly into the coffee filter in under 60 seconds! Created with convenience and flexibility in mind, the Barista Express comes with two double-wall filters (single and double shot) that take the guesswork out of tamping—ideal for beginners. But, if you enjoy the art of making espresso, the BES860XL also has a set of single-wall filters that allow you to apply your own tamp.

This innovative Breville model has a special tamper with a magnetized lock that can be used attached to the machine, if you intend to work with a double-wall filter. You can also detach the tamper if you prefer a manual tamp or are using a single-wall filter. The Barista Express can be programmed to brew a single or double shot and the grinder settings can be adjusted to suit your needs. With a nice mix of semi-automatic and super-automatic features, the Breville BES860XL is a very well-rounded machine.

Features

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Grinding

The BES860XL has a built-in conical burr grinder with adjustable grind settings, for your convenience. Choose from a Dual Wall preset grind setting or 15 grind size options to achieve your desired results. Similarly, a knob located on the front panel lets you take advantage of the pre-programmed Dual Wall setting or manually select your grind volume. The see-through bean hopper and conical burrs are detachable for hassle-free maintenance.

Dosing

The BES8360XL has a hands-free portafilter holder; select the filter size (single or double) and put the portafilter in place; the machine will automatically dose the proper amount of coffee. A button, located by the portafilter holder, allows you to push once for an auto dose or push and hold to manually determine the grind amount.

Tamping

A tamper comes included with the BES860XL, it is magnetized and can be secured to the machine. You can fit the tamper into place and tamp with it attached to the unit, or remove the tamper and apply your tamp by hand.

Brewing

The Barista Express has a 15-bar pump and thermocoil heating system to make brewing and frothing simple. Pre-programmed espresso options allow you to make a single or double shot by simply pressing the corresponding button. You can also override the preset espresso options if you want to customize your drink volume.

Steaming and Frothing

The BES860XL has a commercial-style swivel steam wand that comes with a stainless steel frothing attachment. Use the attachment if you’re going to be frothing a large volume of milk, otherwise the steam wand should be sufficient for everyday use.

Housing and Construction

The Breville Barista Express has a modern brushed stainless steel finish. Button and knob-based controls make this an exceedingly intuitive machine. The pressure gauge, mounted on the front panel, is large and simple to read. Overall the Breville BES860XL is built to be a durable, user-friendly machine.

Included Accessories

This Breville model comes with four filters: a dual-wall single shot filter, a dual-wall double shot filter, a single-wall single shot filter, and a single-wall double shot filter. You’ll also get a tamper, stainless-steel frothing pitcher, and a frothing attachment. In addition, a cleaning kit comes with the machine; it includes: a cleaning tool, coffee scoop, cleaning brush, cleaning disc, cleaning tablets, and an Allen key. The BES860XL has a charcoal water filter to help purify tap water.

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Specs

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Misc Data
Manufacturer Breville
Model BES860XL
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches) 11.5
Dimension - Height (Inches) 14.5
Dimension - Depth (Inches) 13.5
Weight (lbs) 29
Watts 1450
Volts 110
Housing
Housing Materials Aluminum
Drip Tray Material Aluminum
Drip Tray Cover Material Stainless Steel
Cup Height
Adjustable Height No
High (Inches) 4
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino No
Frothing Wand
Material Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style Commercial Style
Wand Movement Articulating
Usable Length (Inches) 3
Height Off Counter (Inches) 4
Number Of Holes 1
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz) 67
Reservoir Material Plastic
Reservoir Removable Yes
Water Level Visible Yes
Controls
Type Of Controls Push Buttons
Energy Savings Yes
Pressure Gauges Brew Only
Cup Warmer
Material Stainless Steel
Passive / Active Passive
Portafilter Data
Material Chrome Plated Brass
Type Commercial Style
Quantity Included 1
Diameter (Millimeter) 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included Yes
Pressurized Filter Baskets Included Yes
Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible Ground & ESE Pod
Bottomless Portafilter Available No
Tamper Size (Millimeter) 58
Brew Group
Material Chrome Plated Brass
Preheat No
Three-Way Valve Yes
Capsule / Pod Friendly Yes
Back Flush Capable Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers 1
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Pump Data
Pump Type Vibration
Maximum Pressure (Bar) 15
Self Priming Pump Yes
Maintenance
Maintenance Alerts No
Descaler Used Urnex Cleancaf
Details
Warranty (Years) 1
Country Of Manufacture China
NSF Certified No
Recommended Applications Home
Service provided
Repairs By Breville
Contact Number 866-273-8455

Question & Answers

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Recent questions
Gary asked:
posted on Dec 15, 2012 02:30PM

Question by Gary H.

My wife and I are looking to purchase a latte machine and experiment with making our own lattes. Is this machine a good one to start out with? We like the built in grinder to save some counter space, but are unsure if this machine will allow us to make a good quality latte like the ones we get...
mjackson aswered:
Gary, I do like the idea of more counter space. I also think this is a good machine to be able to make good drinks. You may also want to look at a Gaggia classic with the Latte Art wand and get a separate grinder like the Gaggia MDF. I think it may give you a better all around drink. We do get... more

Andrew asked:
posted on Dec 11, 2012 01:14PM

Question by Andrew P.

Can you use the grinder to grind beans for other purposes, such as french press or drip coffee?
A aswered:
Andrew, The BES860XL is able to grind for other brewing methods such as Drip and French Press. It's certainly unique with the built in grinder on a semi automatic machine!

Sameh asked:
posted on Dec 10, 2012 10:45AM

Question by Sameh N.

My office colleagues are considering buying an entry level espresso machine (no espresso shops near us). So I am wondering if the Breville BES860XL Barista can handle up to 6 espresso shots on daily base?
A aswered:
Sameh: The Barista will easily handle your offices 6 shots per day without any problems. The built in grinder is very convenient as well. It's easy to use, and is a really sharp looking machine. Let us know if you have anymore questions!

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