Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Review

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Review

I just wanted to say hello to you all. This review will take a close look at an espresso machine that’s a great value. We will give you an overview of why this machine might be worth the purchase – or not, depending on your perspective.

We are reviewing a Breville barista express espresso machine offered by the Australian company. The company was founded in 1932 in Sydney and is best known for its quality home appliances, and specifically for its coffee machines.

Now let’s check out the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine to find out everything we need to know.

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

With this machine, you can produce the best tasting fresh coffee at home, even if you are not a coffee expert. It is an appliance that is able to run on a semi-automatic basis. There is a great deal of performance with this machine and it grinds right into the portafilter.

Before we begin, we should note that the BES870XL requires some effort and patience in order to use. If you need a fully automatic, high-speed coffee maker, you may not be happy with this model. Nevertheless, if you like getting your hands dirty and taking pride in what you can accomplish, then this can be a good choice.


With the Barista Express, you get larger and more powerful coffee makers than drip coffee makers. It stands 16 inches high, measures 13.5 inches wide, and measures 12.5 inches deep.

A very handsome, the eye-catching machine is here, which seems like it was built for business.

There is a hefty steel portafilter and handle attached to the stainless steel chassis. In addition to the large bean hopper and burr coffee grinder, this unit has a lot of really impressive features. Such features are typically only found on top-of-the-line espresso machines.

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Pressure Gauge

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine Guage

Pressure gauges centrally mounted on the machine indicate whether the pump is transferring enough hot water through the coffee grounds. Keeping the pressure within an optimal range is essential.

Lack of force will cause the water to flow too quickly through the ground. That will eliminate much of the flavor potential. If your coffee is under-extracted and tastes bitter, you can expect an unpleasant cup of java.

Facia Controls

Dials are located on the facia to adjust power, filter size, and the program. The grinder’s knob also allows you to automatically adjust how much coffee grinds to produce for single- and double-size espresso filters.

The barista has a dial for grinding size, which is a nice addition. You can adjust the grind size regardless of the type of beans you’re brewing.


Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine Operation

In case you are unfamiliar with the process of making coffee, it is advisable to first read through the detailed instructions. It won’t take too long for you to get familiar with the BES870XL. To help you learn more about the BES870XL, here’s a quick run-through of how it works.

It is imperative to first fill the beans hopper and water tank. Once you have selected the filter size you wish to use, either a double-walled double or single shot filter, insert it into the portafilter basket. You need to push the cradle back to engage the grinding.

Press a button at the back of the cradle for a brief moment and it activates the grinder, so it will fill the basket to the desired volume. It takes the grind size into consideration as well.

You can also grind manually with the BES870XL if you wish. It is the responsibility of the user to push back the portafilter and secure it in place. Simply release the handle and the bearings stop grinding.

After the grounds have been tamped down, swivel the portafilter under the brew head, locking it in place. Once you’ve pushed the single/double espresso buttons, your fresh brew will be poured into the cup underneath the spout.

Please keep in mind that certain manual processes can have an impact on coffee quality. You need to consider how coarse and how many grounds you use as well as how hard or soft you tamp the surface. The most important thing you should do is ensure the coffee machine has been properly primed before each brew.

Hot water control

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine Control

The PID temperature control will give you the exact water temperature that you need. When the water is insufficiently hot, brewing extraction is inferior, and your coffee is less enjoyable.

The steam wand mounted on the right side of the brew head swivels in order to control the pouring. Both these features are controlled by the facia control. When the brew has been completed, you select whether you would like to make a single or double shot. Thus, a concentrated and dense stream of espresso streams into your cup.

With the steam wand, you can create a wonderful presentation for your coffee cup. For your cappuccino, you can create frothy milk heads, while lattes can be made with silky micro-foam milk. This means that you won’t have to spend any money on buying a separate milk frother.

With this, you can leave your own signature mark on the top of your freshly poured cup of coffee by painting some ‘latte art’ on it. This can be a fun touch, leaving your own personal mark on each cup.

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With these features, the Breville BES870XL is the best cappuccino maker you can buy.


In the case of the BES870XL Barista, you receive quite a few additions and extras. Sturdy and durable, the 54mm stainless steel port filter and milk jug included are both sturdy and long-lasting. As well as a coffee scoop, a tamper, and a razor trimmer, you’ll also receive a coffee scoop.

One and two cup single wall filter baskets are included, as well as a filter holder and water filter. We also supply a cleaning brush, a cleaning disc, and cleaning tablets for maintenance purposes.

Every time you use a portafilter, Breville recommends cleaning the handle and filter basket. The old grounds will tarnish the taste of brewed coffee in the future if they are not washed.

  • Easy to use
  • Produces great, fresh coffee
  • Built-in burr grinder
  • Sturdy and impressive design
  • Needs manual operation


Now we’ve seen one of the top-performing coffee makers and cappuccino makers currently available on the market. Hope this review was helpful in educating you about the features and functions of the BES870XL.

If you are just looking for a quick and unlabored fix for coffee and are not particular about what you drink, then we would say this Breville coffee maker is probably not the right choice for you.

If, however, you’re more of a coffee ‘aficionado’ who takes pride in what she or he can make, then we would suggest you’d be very pleased with this machine. Even though it requires some manual tending, you will be making quality coffee every time you want one with just a little bit of practice.

I appreciate you sticking with us during our review of the Breville BES870XL Barista Express espresso machine.

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