Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
The Breville BES 870XL espresso machine looks like a pretty cool machine for aspiring baristas. The countertop brewing station allows you to be lazy and brew like a consumer, pulling a shot through a double walled portafilter, where crema is all but guaranteed, or brew through a single walled portafilter to test your skills at tamping and brew like a barista.
When brewing through the double walled filter at the bottom of the portafilter, the backbressure is created from the wanter pressing through only a few openings. The build-up is almost guaranteed, and the extraction happens, emulsifying the coffee, water and wire to create that pillowy crema on top of the espresso.
When using a single walled filter, the bottom is more open and there is little to no back pressure created by the filter, relying on a proper grind, and tamp to create the proper amount of back pressure for extraction and crema production. If the tamp is too loose, the water channels through the puck, and you get a weak cup, too tight and you get flavor problems.
The Breville BES870XL, offers a built in burr ginger, that doses right into the portafilter, approximately a half gallon water reservoir, and controls to brew singles or doubles, and a sleek look with a temperature dial face.
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Posted by Scott Martin at January 29, 2014 10:29 AM
While they all look good, they are so problematic. Either they fail right out of the box (which is why you see so many refurbs) or at the one year mark when just out of warranty. They change models frequently and once Breville comes out with a new model, parts for the previous versions aren't available anymore. There are a few folks out there with some success stories, but they seem to be for older models that were built better than the new ones.
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