Breville BES870XL Barista Express

$599.99
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A unique espresso machine, the Breville BES870XL Barista Express has an integrated conical burr grinder with dosing controls so your coffee is ground fresh for every cup. 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 BES870XL 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 BES870XL is a very well-rounded machine.

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Grinding

The BES870XL has a built-in, stainless steel, 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 removable see-through bean hopper holds 8oz of beans and the burrs are detachable for hassle-free maintenance.

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.

Removable Filtered Reservoir

The Barista Express sports an ample 67oz removable reservoir and comes with a carbon resin water filter for clean water and great tasting espresso.

Steaming, Frothing, and Hot Water

The BES870XL has a commercial-style 360 degree 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. New to this model, the BES870XL features a dedicated hot water spout, perfect for making tea, hot chocolate, or americanos.

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 BES870XL is built to be a durable, user-friendly machine.

Included Accessories

This Breville model comes with the following accessories included:

  • Patented Razor™ dose trimming tool
  • 54mm stainless steel portafilter
  • Single wall filter baskets (1 & 2 cup)
  • Dual wall filter baskets (1 & 2 cup)
  • Coffee scoop
  • Integrated tamper
  • Stainless steel milk jug
  • Cleaning disc and tablets
  • Cleaning brush, tool and Allen key
  • Water filter holder and a carbon resin water filter

Dosing

The BES870XL 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 54mm tamper comes included with the BES870XL, 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.

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What is the factory-set temperature of the water to the portafilter.?

Answer by Erik:

Its usually set to 199 or 200 right out of the box.

Answer by sy the coffee guy:

From what I read about my espresso bean  choice, they recommend around 200-201--Personally, it sounds to me like changing anything is not really going to make any kind of difference. Besides--I like the espresso I currently am making.

I am close to satisfied with my grind size and amount settings at #4 and 1 o'clock, Anyone use settings other than Breville's?.

Answer by mjackson:

I think it is all about the taste and shot timing. If your shot timing is good see  here ( http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/the_golden_rule.cfm ) and it tastes good then you are doing something right. 

Answer by mjackson:

I think it is all about the taste and shot timing. If your shot timing is good see  here ( http://www.wholelattelove.com/articles/the_golden_rule.cfm ) and it tastes good then you are doing something right. 

Easy to place portafilter under grinder but I guess some "overflow" is always going to happen--comment? Not sure what the Razor is really for--when I tamp, I do so with neatness and exactness and the amount in the portafilter is right on for perfect extraction after tamping. Am I missing something that Breville seems to have made a big deal about?

Answer by Todd Salzman:

Coffee is messy and yes some will always overflow. But you may want to cut down on the amount of coffee to cut down on the amount of coffee overflowing.   The Razor is not needed but some may think it is nice, as it keeps the coffee puck from being too tall and causing problems with the puck being too close to the shower screen.   It is not needed but after you use it I would use the tamper to make sure the top of the puck is smooth and polished so you don’t get any “channeling” of water through the rough areas of the puck.  Or you may want to get a scale and weight the dose of coffee.

caffelatte8 asked:

it does not show numerical figures only "espresso" range.  is there a way to tell which is the 9 bar there?

Answer by Erik:

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell exactly what is 9 bars on this scale

Answer by caffelatte8:

So i sent an email to Breville AU and got a partial answer.  The whole espresso range is 9 bar so that means the whole stretch is from 9.0 to 9.9 i guess.  Just my assumption: beyond that we're sure it's greater than 9 but not exactly know the figure, same goes for the lower range.

I am worried that the 1700 watts is too much for my plug. Can anyone please give me an idea whether this machine is suitable for me. We have 110 current in Canada. Any special considerations that you might know of would also be helpful. Thanks

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,

This machine will run on a 15amp switch just fine.

Helen Leong asked:

hi, i know that the size of the portafilter for this machine is 54 mm. may i know how does it differ from other machine that uses 58 mm? is this one of the factor that may affect the quality of the espresso? please advise. 

Answer by Maggie:

Other than the size, there is not really any specific difference or effect on the espresso from a 54 mm to a 58 mm filter basket.  If you are looking for a comparison with another machine, I would suggest contacting our Sales team, letting them know exactly what features you are looking for, and they will be able to make suggestions from there.

Is this Breville BES870XL Barista Express machine able to make Latte Art?

Answer by Erik:

It has a steam wand capable of providing find microfoam for latte art, but the work still has to be done by the user

TallFriend asked:

I use a triple shot portafilter for my espressos. Seems the one breville uses is smaller than normal. Is there anyway around this?

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,

Thanks you for the question.  First I might need some  clarification on this.  When you say smaller then normal, do you mean the fact that the portafilter is only 54mm in diameter, in comparision to the commercial size of 58mm?

Answer by TallFriend:

Correct. So i guess I can't just go buy a regular tripple basket portofilter

Can i get a new basket for a 54mm?

Zack asked:

Is this grinder that is built into the machine as good as the breville smart grinder?

Answer by mjackson:

It is not as good and will not have all the feature or the level of adjustment.

Zack asked:

Is this grinder that is built into the machine as good as the breville smart grinder?

Answer by mjackson:

Zack,
It certainly does not have all the features. It is not as adjustable and it is not really as good.

Answer by sy the coffee guy:

I am not so sure what the word  "good" means in the original question. Not trying to be sarcastic but there seems to me (at least IMO) that there is a limit to what a grinder is suppose to do. Hey if you want to spend over $1000 for a grinder have at it if it makes you feel good and you truly appreciate the difference it can make---As long as the grinder grinds to a series of "fine" settings--I am not so sure what else you want and how many adjustments you need. I also have found that costs do not necessarily equate to long serviceable life so I am not sure what "good" is suppose to mean--time will tell on the machine's grinder--heck I have an old Starbucks grinder that has worked fine for over 15 years the coffee is good and the ginder keeps grinding. There is an old adage in wine discussions and cigar discussions--what is the difference between a $3 wine or cigar and a $30 wine of cigar--inevitably the answer is $27 bucks.

Where is this machine made? Of what material is the boiler made? (The page for this machine does not have the usual specifications tab.)

Answer by Maggie:

Per Breville's website, the machine was designed in Sydney, Australia, and are manufactured and assembled in China. The info on their page didn't include the boiler material, but I spoke with a representative at Breville, who informed me that the boiler is made of stainless steel. We are currently working on updating some of the specs for that page, but if you have any other questions, please let us know!

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