Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
I had to point this one out; it's an impressive machine with a few features that make this a little coffee shop on your countertop. The machine has a built in conical burr grinder/doser on it so that you can grind and dose right into your portafilter, just seconds before you brew. Breville is pushing the fact that fresher is better here, as they talk of better flavor and better crema on your shots. We all know fresher is better; this machine helps you get there.
This machine gives you control over grind size, and grind amount, so you can dial in your best shot, and then pull that shot with either pre-programmed sizes, or pull your own size shot if you want.
Consumer vs. Professional
The machine has dual walled portafilter inserts, or commonly known as "Consumer" level ones that give you great crema time after time. The dual walled inserts have a small hole/holes that create the back pressure for proper extraction. The machine also comes with single walled inserts, that are a mesh, commonly known as "Professional" type inserts. For this, you'll need to properly tamp the coffee to get it dense enough, offering the back pressure to develop as it tries to squeeze through the coffee puck.
The Barista Express uses a 15-bar Italian pump to extract the espresso.
The Breville Barista Express also has a fully functioning steam wand that allows you to properly steam milk for a nice Latte. You'll want a thermometer to get precise control.
the half pound whole bean hopper and the 67 fl. ounce reservoir will keep you in business for a good long while.
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Posted by Scott Martin at November 23, 2012 4:25 AM