breville barista express bes860xl

By | July 21, 2013

breville barista express bes860xl

breville barista express bes860xl

breville barista express bes860xl

The Barista Express BES860XL is a great machine in a ton of different ways. Sitting at $599.99, it’s not the cheapest thing out there, but for that price you get a lot of great things, and a few not so good as well. The general makeup of the machine is very high quality and that is followed by a lot of the pieces being pretty high quality as well. One shining example of this is the grinder that comes with the machine being the much better conical grinder versus the substandard burr or blade grinder. A good cup of coffee to wake up withbest grinder coffee maker

The BES860Xl has a good taste to the shot, but it does take some getting used to in order to get the pour right. Some people have complained that the shot is too cool or that the puck they get out of the machine is wet, but those are problems that are due to lack of knowledge about how to use this particular machine and once they are fixed aren’t a problem anymore. The issue with cool espresso has to do with not warming up the demitasse before making your first espresso. This actually cools down the shot and is what reduces the temperature, not a problem with the machine’s water heater.

The BES860XL does have a steam pump that’s used to provide pressure, which if you’ve been around espresso machines long enough will know produces pretty mediocre espresso compared to some of the better machines out there, and at the price it’s a little surprising that they do use that type of pump, but the taste of the espresso is good enough that the combination of everything together seems to work well enough. Espresso Machine Made in USA

breville barista express bes860xl

breville barista express bes860xl

The Barista Express BES860XL is exactly what it’s name implies; it’s an express espresso maker. While there is a learning curve to making good espresso, some of the other things that are required to really get the espresso to a high quality are taken care of for you. The biggest thing is the conical burr grinder that’s included in the machine, which is a HUGE timesaver and means that you don’t have to grind your beans before brewing a shot, one of the reasons that they put “Express” in it’s name.

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The ease of use on a machine like this is a bit difficult to pin down because, like all machines should be around this price point, there are a lot of options that they ‘give’ you to make the espresso more customized to your immediate preferences. In short, the BES860XL is very easy to use to just churn out a shot, but it can just as quickly become incredibly complicated when you change some settings around trying to find the ‘holy grail’ of shots.

One thing that no one will argue with on the Breville is that the build quality is top notch. The biggest concern that I’ve heard from almost everyone who gets an espresso machine (and keep in mind this isn’t exactly scientific) is that the machine is too light. It seems that most people equate the weight of a machine to it’s quality, and in most cases it makes sense. Metal is much heavier than plastic, and the more metal that you have in a machine the better the machine (generally) is.

Breville BES860XL Barista Express – espresso machine with grinder:

The BES860XL is a very heavy and solid piece of equipment. From my testing and from what I have heard through people who have had the machine for long periods of time, there are really no issues beyond freak occurrences with machines randomly breaking pieces off, which is always a good thing to have. Personally, I tried to move this thing around and had much more trouble than many other machines that I have reviewed, which is something that rarely happens and is incredibly nice to have. You don’t have to worry about roughhousing with this one folks.

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At $599, the price on the machine is pretty good for a mid-to-high level espresso machine. In addition to that, there are a lot of features in the sense that you get not only the machine but also the (great) conical burr grinder and a lot of options to customize your shots. The one thing that I am surprised at for the price is the quality of the espresso hardware itself. Having a steam brewing process in an espresso maker at this price is an interesting choice, however I can’t fully fault Breville for it as the espresso that’s being made when you know what you’re doing is absolutely fantastic and that’s the #1 concern.

The biggest add-on that you’ve heard me talk about in the entire review is the grinder which is a huge plus for people who either haven’t decided to go out and purchase their own grinder or who are using a substandard piece of equipment at the moment.

breville barista express bes860xl review

The Breville Barista Express BES860XL is a great machine at the price point and offers a lot of convenience which is a big plus for people who want more of a no-fuss approach to their espresso. Additionally you have the option of customizing things like the grind or the brew time among other things to make the espresso better or worse if you want to go the custom route.

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You can purchase this espresso machine at a great price from Amazon breville barista express bes860xl.

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