Breville BES870XL Barista Express Review

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Breville BES870XL Review
Bottom Line

The Breville BES870XL Barista Express grinds and brews in one machine. The built-in water spout and steam wand make it even more convenient to create a wide variety of espresso-based drinks. It can be used as a super automatic or semi-automatic espresso maker.

ProsVersatile, Good flavor, Built-in burr grinder, Highly customizable, Attractive and well-builtConsA learning curve for some

Breaking it down

The fully featured Breville BES870XL Barista Express includes a built-in conical burr grinder, integrated steam wand and dedicated water spout. Users say this gives you all the tools you need to make a great cup of espresso, or any espresso-based drink. The removable water tank holds a generous 64 ounces. The hopper on the grinder is also removable for storage to keep the beans at their freshest and the included tamper stores right in the machine.

Whether you like to fiddle with every cup or just pull a quick shot, owners agree that the Breville BES870XL Barista Express is sure to please. With grind size adjustments, up to 15 bars of pressure, water temperature controls, and the ability to choose the extraction volume, you can endlessly tweak your brew. Many aspiring baristas love that ability, while others appreciate the intuitive controls and easy-to-eyeball pressure gauge that enables them to just turn out consistent shots without too much fiddling.

All of that customization leaves some owners confused, because it can make the Breville BES870XL Barista Express seem more difficult to use than it really is. We saw a number of soothing comments directed at overwhelmed users assuring them that if they just follow the basic instructions, using the Breville BES870XL Barista Express couldn't be simpler. A helpful video on the Breville website makes it clear that those comments are right on track.

You'll love the way the Breville BES870XL Barista Express looks in your kitchen. Described by reviewers as "solid and attractive," the Breville Barista has a look that's more like a commercial espresso machine, rather than a coffee maker, reviewers say. Its stainless steel housing seems very sturdy and they like the rubberized feet that keep it firmly in place. Although, at 13.2 by 12.5 by 15.8 inches, it's not small, since it has the integrated grinder it also takes up much less space than two kitchen gadgets would. Owners say the BES870XL is very easy to clean and they like the removable drip tray and hidden compartment for storing the cleaning tools. It comes with a relatively short, one-year warranty, but Breville has an excellent reputation for customer service.

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There are no professional reviews for the Breville BES870XL Barista Express, but it gets plenty of love from owners. At Amazon.com its 4.5 star overall rating large number of reviews, more than 550 at last count, make it one of the highest-rated espresso makers on the site. There are fewer reviews at SeattleCoffeeGear.com, just over 30, but it garners an overall rating of about 4.5 stars. More than 25 owners at WilliamsSonoma.com also award the BES870XL 4.5 stars out of 5.

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