Now this is a semi automatic that would attract my attention. The Breville Barista Express BES860XL is perfect for a home with different levels of baristas, I think. If your wife is the skilled barista and you’re just trying to make your first twenty shots, get this.
Everyone can Make Espresso
The reason that this espresso machine allows for varying skill sets is that it has both single wall and double wall filters. The person who’s unsure about the ground and tamp can use the double wall filter while the home professional can use the single wall filter for more control over what comes out in the cup. Nice!
When I saw that the Breville Barista Express BES860XL has an integrated grinder, I thought, come on, a free grinder with a machine at that price? Are you kidding me or what. But there it is, not just some blade grinder but a burr grinder even.
What a helluva bargain! But admittedly, the grinder does have a couple quirks. It would need you to poke the beans through sometimes because it is not sloped enough, and this is usually with the oily beans.
A reviewer mentioned that you should never let water go into the grinder or you’ll end up with a jammed mess that is terrible to clean. I totally agree. Keep the grinder lid on at all times so that you don’t accidentally get droplets in it when filling the water tank.
Besides the Grinder…
I love that the included tamper can be held on the machine magnetically, and I love the hidden compartment that can be used to store cleaning tablets.
After all that is said, this espresso machine makes shots of espressos to die for and the steamer can froth even skimmed milk.
“I’ve always been a coffee aficionado, and have spent more money at Starbucks this year than this machine is worth. Sorry, Starbucks. You just lost a customer. “ – J.A. Konrath, reviewer at Amazon.
Breville Barista Express BES860XL is a wonderful machine. If you can afford it, buy it.
Or maybe you’d like automatic espresso machines for really fuss free operation:
Nespresso C100-US-AERO Essenza – Best Value Automatic Espresso Machine
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