Breville’s BES870XL Barista offers 1600W of heating power with a 15 bar Italian pump system to provide exceptional espresso with each and every shot. Stainless steel, this model is easy to clean and comes with a conical burr grinder to deliver the best-tasting espresso in the industry. This machine also features in our espresso machine reviews page.
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Breville BES870XL Features
- 15 bar Italian pump
- Thermos coil heating system
- Conical burr grinder with ½ pound bean capacity
- 67 ounce water tank
- Purge function
- Stainless steel design
- Espresso pressure gauge
- Clean alert button
- Removable drip tray
- Built-in tamper
- Several filter options
Breville BES870XL Review
The Barista Express is a high-end espresso maker that offers café quality espresso that will remind you of true Italian espresso. Packed with 1600w of power, the coil heating system heats the espresso grinds to the perfect temperature as the 15 bar pump ensures every last drop of flavor is extracted from the grinds.
Everything is included, and there is even a conical burr grinder that ensures you’ll have fresh espresso with each shot.
The grinder has a ½ pound bean holding capacity, and doesn’t heat up or destroy the natural flavors when grinding. Ground beans start to lose their flavor after just 5 minutes, so adding in fresh beans will provide the best quality espresso right in your home.
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Once ground you’ll be able to choose:
- Filter size
- Volumetric pressure control (shot sizes)
The built-in espresso pressure gauge will monitor the pressure during the brewing process, while the 54mm tamper allows you to tamp the grinds to perfection before brewing.
Designed with the consumer in mind, the stainless steel exterior is easy to clean. You can also remove and clean the drip tray. Several helpful features allow you to:
- Keep your espresso warm
- Remove excess water from the filter basket
There is even a 360 degree swivel steam wand for lattes and cappuccino making.
Right on the front of the machine, you’ll be able to choose your grind amount, filter size, pressure and even program settings. There are options to make one or two espressos at one time. Hot water steam can also be used for the perfect espresso or latte.
You’ll also notice a “clean me” light that illuminates when the machine needs to be cleaned.
- Large holding capacity, allowing for fewer water refills.
- Included burr grinder ensures optimal flavor.
- Several filters are included.
- Hot water steam wand is included.
- User has control over the grind size, pressure and several brewing aspects.
- Grinds are not always even after grinding.
Most built-in grinders don’t produce even grounds. This is an issue with the Breville BES870XL as well, but it’s a minor inconvenience at best. Your espresso will still taste great.
Aside from this small concern, you couldn’t ask for a more complete espresso maker.
The water capacity allows for substantial shots to be brewed without needing a refill, the built-in grinder guarantees the most flavorful espresso possible, and you have complete control over the brewing process.
You can even choose single or double shots.
The steam wand does a great job at creating microfoam, and an excellent latte can be made within just 3 minutes. Did I forget to mention that this machine will tell you when it’s time to clean it?
If you’re looking for a commercial quality, Italian style espresso machine, the BES870XL is one of the best in the world. You’ll have barista quality espresso minus the cost right in your home.