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Breville Barista Express BES870CBXL Review

Breville Barista Express BES870CBXL Review

As an espresso machine, the Barista Express is equipped with a 15-bar pressure pump, crafted to create great-tasting espresso shots. Designed in Australia and made in China, the BES870CBXL can also make espresso-based drinks to be enjoyed at home. It’s packed with features such as an integrated grinder, a bean hopper, a steam wand, and an auto-purge function.

Note, this is a semi-automatic espresso machine.

In this Breville Barista Express BES870CBXL review, we give you a report of consumer feedback. How does this coffee machine fare among previous buyers? Read on to find out.

Run-Through of the Key Features and Parts of the Barista Express

What can you expect with the Barista Express 870? Here are the key features.

Built-in conical burr grinder and hopper. Note that burr grinders are considered to be the best type of grinders. Unlike blade grinders that produce heat that can affect flavor, burrs can optimize flavor.

Pressure gauge. A truly helpful tool, it shows whether or not the pressure applied is within the “Espresso Range,” which is represente d in the gauge as a solid grey zone. The area below this range is called the “Under Extracted Zone,” and the area above it is the “Over Extracted Zone.”

Auto purge. This helps ensure that the thermocoil is at the optimal temperature.

Thermocoil heating system. This built-in water coil is used to control water temperature.

Drip tray. You can easily remove this part. It catches everything, from water, drips, excess grounds, and other solids. There’s an “Empty Me” indicator when the tray is full.

Clean Me light. This illuminates when cleaning is needed.

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Breville Barista Express BES870CBXL Review, Closer Look at this Product

To show you the different parts of this machine, here’s a video to watch. It contains three sections. First, the reviewer shows you the parts of the Barista Express. Then, he gives a demonstration on how to froth milk before he shows us how to prepare a double-shot espresso. Watch.

Breville Barista Express BES870CBXL Review, Consumer Review

What do previous buyers say about their unit? In this section of the Breville Barista Express BES870CBXL review, we give you a summarized report, presented in a question-and-answer format.

Is it easy to operate?

Truth be told, there is a learning curve before you can create an espresso that you love. From the words of one consumer, it takes “patience, persistence, and practice.” This means that you have to set aside some time to be familiar with how the parts work, how to come up with the perfect grind, and how to froth milk. Once you’ve finally perfected what needs to be done, you’d want to stay away from those expensive coffeehouses for good.

Can you use this machine for a small cafe business?

According to the manufacturers, the Barista Express BES870XL is “certified for household use only” and it’s not designed for commercial purposes. However, this machine is a good way to start as far as honing your barista skills is concerned.

How long does it take to make one espresso shot?

According to Breville, pre-heat can take not less than 2 minutes from a cold start with cold water in the reservoir. The whole brewing / extraction process for one espresso shot takes less than a minute.

Are there any other drinks that can be prepared with the Barista Express?

As an espresso machine, the resulting drinks are espresso-based. You can try creating these coffee drinks: cappuccino, espresso, latte, macchiato, americano, and ristretto.

How easy is it to clean and maintain this espresso machine?

The general consensus is that the Barista Express BES870XL is “easy” to clean and maintain this machine. The process involves rinsing the porta-filter, purging the steam wand, wiping the exterior of the machine, and from time to time, decalcifying. This machine comes with a comprehensive user manual that teaches you everything you need to know about cleaning and maintenance.

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What are some of the issues encountered by previous buyers?

– From one person’s experience, the machine may lose pressure when preparing drinks in bulk (e.g., 3 cappuccinos).

– As observed by another person, you may find that the distance between the drip tray and the grinder outlet may be higher than expected. This can be a disadvantage because it can get messy.

– Some people have reported to have difficulty solving their under-extraction problem. There are solutions given by other users, so you’ll have to try them one by one to finally address the issue. For instance, when one person didn’t find any of the advice helpful, he tried to figure out himself by adjusting the dose of the grounds and the grind size. It worked, and now, he enjoys great-tasting espressos.

– There are some issues that seem to be isolated cases such as water leaks. When these happen, you can always return the product and have it exchanged with a new unit.