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 in any coffee shop other than a chain.
Can you use the grinder to grind beans for other purposes, such as french press or drip coffee?
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?
I'm looking at buying the Breville Fresca Espresso BES860. Is it that different from the other model? I've also read the steam wand expresses about 1/4 cup water before it begins to steam. Any feedbak please?
I just checked out the Breville Barista Express in person, and it DOES accept Illy pods. So, you can use it 1) with the built-in grinder, 2) your own ground coffee, and 3) with pods. The pod part would be great for entertaining (less mess, foolproof). I am thinking of buying it because -- if you remove the drip tray -- you can fit a 4.5" latte cup under the spout. I also like its all-metal construction vs. the plastic Gaggia. My only concern: brewing heat. Can it hit 205?
I'm considering the purchase of my first espresso machine, the Barista Express. I've read that it takes less than two minutes to grind and extract once the water is up to proper temperature. My question is this. Being a single boiler machine, how much longer is the process to reheat the boiler and froth milk for a latte?
I'm considering buying the Barista Express because of it's space-saving combination of a grinder and expresso machine.
1. What other semi-automatic espresso machines, if any, also have a built in grinder?
2. If the Barista is run for a minute or so, does it require a cooling off period before it can be run, again and, if so, for how long a cooling off time?
To grind more than a double espresso's quantity of coffee, say, for use in a french press:
3. Does the Barista have a coarse enough grind setting for french press coffee?
4. Can the Barista's grinder be run simply by pressing a finger against the button behind the grinder's portafilter holder without actually using the portafilter itself? (If so, presumably, I could set the quantity button to its maximum and then place a small container under where the ground coffee comes out).
Thanks, in advance, for your help.
I have this machine at my office and am looking for a home machine (I have an old Krups that is no longer working well). I was wondering your thoughts on the machine for the price. I do need to be aware of the machine footprint as I do have a smaller kitchen. I would also be willing to look into fully automatic machines but am fine with semi. Thanks,
After much research, I am trying to decide between Bteville Barista Express and Gaggia Classic. Several reviews I have read cause me to have some concern about the longevity of the Breville pump. Several reviews about the Gaggia cause me concern about the length and mobility of the frothing wand as many say both are less than adequate if using a 20 oz. frothing pitcher. Finally, i'd like to use pods but it appear that I have to buy a pod basket for the Gaggia as it's not included. Advice?
what is the overall height of the machine?