Breville BES870XL Barista Express Review

Breville BES870XL Barista Express

Breville BES870XL Barista Express: QUICK OVERVIEW




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What We Like

  • ​Sturdy design
  • ​Easy grinding
  • ​Integrated burr grinder
  • ​Heat-exchanging boiling system
  • ​Dose settings of grounded coffee

What We Don't Like

  • ​Doesn’t offer good quality tamper
  • ​Small bean hopper

Breville is popularly known for its kitchenware. It doesn’t disappoint you when it comes to launching the range of coffee makers. There are plenty of coffee makers available in the market. But, most of the coffee lovers need a good quality coffee in an affordable price range. Breville has come up with the Barista Express which is a classic domestic coffee maker. It gives you a cafe quality coffee at home within a few minutes.

In this article, we are going to review the Barista Express coffee maker. If you are interested in knowing more about it then, keep reading.

Breville BES870XL Barista Express features an integrated burr grinder, an Italian pump, and a thermal coil heating system. The bean hopper can hold a half pound of coffee beans so there is no need to refill it frequently. You can choose amongst the grind settings to get a fine consistency of the grounded coffee for a perfect strong cup.

Who is this Product for?

It is especially for those people who want their coffee hassle-free as this coffee maker is really easy to access. It is made of high-quality materials that enhance the durability of the product. So, if you are looking for a durable and easily accessible coffee maker within an affordable price range, this is a must buy.

What’s Included?

Breville BES870XL Barista Express includes the following:

  •    Thermo coil heating system
  •    Conical burr grinder
  •    Dose-control grinding
  •    Foam milk texturing
  •    Grind settings

Overview of Features

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Review

Here are some features of the Breville BES870XL Barista Express that can grab your attention.

  • Burr Grinder

Barista Express features an inbuilt burr grinder coffee maker which is way better than the traditional blade grinder. It grinds the coffee beans to achieve a fine consistency which is needed to make a strong cup of coffee. Use freshly ground coffee to enjoy the Espresso enriched flavor. The bean hopper can hold half a pound of coffee beans and is secured with a locking system.

  • Grind Size

You can adjust the grind size of the coffee beans with the help of a dial. You can have a fine to coarse consistency of the grounded coffee. You can also adjust the amount of the grounded coffee you want to dispense in the filter basket. The amount totally depends on your caffeine needs.

  • Filter Size Button

This indicates whether you are using a single or double wall filter basket. The burr grinder dispenses the appropriate amount of grounded coffee depending on the type of filter used.

  • Water Reservoir

It is attached at the back of the Espresso machine. It holds 2 liters of water so you need not refill the water tank frequently. It consists of a charcoal filter that eliminates all the impurities of water and gives you a healthy and flavored cup of coffee.

  • Steam Wand

There is a steam wand attached at one end of the espresso machine which used in the milk frothing process. It gives a really nice creamy texture to the milk. You just need to switch the knob to steam and put the wand in the milk jug and see the magic within a few minutes.

  • Removable Drip Tray

It has got two partitions. One is for the wet spills and the other one is for the dry spells. There is an “Empty me” indicator which is turned on automatically once the drip tray is full and needs to be cleaned.

What’s to Like About the Breville BES870XL Barista Express?

Here are a few likable features of Barista Express:

  •    Sturdy design
  •    Easy grinding
  •    Integrated burr grinder
  •    Heat-exchanging boiling system
  •    Dose settings of grounded coffee

What’s not to Like About the Breville BES870XL Barista Express?

Here are a few cons of Barista Express:

  •    The quality of tamper is not good
  •    The small size of the bean hopper
  •    This Espresso machine is a bit wider

How to use Breville BES870XL Barista Express

Fill the bean hopper until it is half full of the fresh coffee beans. After that, you need to fill the water tank to a desirable amount. The next step is to adjust the settings of the grind size. You can adjust the dial for a fine or coarse grounded coffee. Just make sure to attach the empty portafilter under the spout before turning on the grinder.

Once you have adjusted the grind settings and the dose of grounded coffee, you are all set to fill your portafilter. After this, use a tamper to set the coffee in the portafilter basket while applying a small amount of pressure. Once you are done with it, attach your portafilter to the group head and select the shot size. Make sure to keep the glass under the espresso machine to avoid spilling. You will get a strong cup of Espresso coffee.

The next step is the milk frothing. You need to fill the stainless steel jug with the desired amount of milk. Keep the amount a little less as you will be stretching the milk which will eventually increase the volume. After this, switch the knob to the steam feature and move the wand toward the drip tray as it will spit out some water. You can turn it on again after 10 seconds. Just put the wand in the jug containing milk and switch the knob to steam. Within a few seconds, you will get creamy foam of milk. Just mix this creamy foam with your espresso and enjoy your cup of coffee.


If you are not satisfied with this coffee maker, you can move on to Cuisinart Coffee on Demand DCC-3000. It features a water filter, a programming feature, removable reservoir, auto-shutoff, and a cleaning indicator. Basically, it includes all the features that are required for a good cup of coffee and also comes in an affordable price range.

Final Verdict

Overall, we highly recommend the Barista Express to all the Espresso coffee fans. It has got a great capability to make cafe quality espresso at home. Just do a bit of experimentation with the burr grinder until you get the desired consistency of grounded coffee. Just do the proper frothing of milk and choose the right amount of coffee and you are all set to enjoy the great espresso.

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