Breville Barista Express
Breville Barista Express
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Breville Barista Express: 35 facts and highlights

1. Indicates when drip tray is full

With a drip tray indicator the machine informs you of when you need to empty the tray.
Breville Barista Express
25% have it

2. Has a 3-way valve

A 3-way solenoid valve relieves the portafilter of pressure and moisture after the extraction. This produces a dry puck which can easily be removed afterwards. It also means that you don’t have to wait for the pressure to equalise, so that you can make back-to-back coffees.
Breville Barista Express
41% have it

3. Has dry puck feature

At the end of the extraction process, all moisture is removed from the puck. This allows you to easily tap out the coffee from the portafilter afterwards, reducing mess and the need to clean it as often.
Breville Barista Express
31% have it

4. Has cleaning alert

The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.
Breville Barista Express
9% have it

5. Has a pressure gauge

One of the most important aspects to pulling a great espresso is the amount of pressure used. Aspects such as how tightly tamped the portafilter is can affect the pressure and therefore the overall quality of the extraction. A pressure gauge helps you to adjust your process to achieve a perfect 9 bar of pressure.
Breville Barista Express
31% have it

6. Has a commercial steam wand

It comes with a commercial style steam wand as opposed to a pannarello steam wand. These are harder to master but can allow you to produce better, richer milk froth.
Breville Barista Express
37% have it

7. Has a removable water tank

The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.
Breville Barista Express
87% have it

8. water tank capacity

With a larger water tank you don’t have to refill it as often.
2l
La Marzocco GS3: 3.5l

9. Has cup warmer

With a cup warmer you can heat the cups before pulling your espresso so that it doesn't go cold quickly, which affects the taste and quality. It also means that you don’t have to manually heat them using hot water.
Breville Barista Express
94% have it

10. Can brew and steam simultaneously

With a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.
Breville Barista Express
31% have it

11. Has an integrated grinder

The espresso machine has an integrated grinder so that you don’t have to buy a separate one.
Breville Barista Express
3% have it

12. Has burr grinder

A burr grinder works in such a way that you can get a consistent, uniform size of grind each time, which is one of the key aspects of getting great tasting espresso. On the other hand an inferior blade grinder often leaves you with an inconsistent grind.
Breville Barista Express
3% have it

13. Has a pre-infusion function

With a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.
Breville Barista Express
50% have it

14. Water tank is transparent

With a transparent water tank you can easily see when it needs to be filled up. This is important as attempting to make an espresso with an empty tank can damage the machine.
Breville Barista Express
41% have it

15. weight

4.08kg
Capresso EC50: 3.63kg

16. height

368mm
Gaggia New Espresso: 275mm

17. Has a hot water outlet

A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.
Breville Barista Express
84% have it

18. Has integrated filter

An integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.
Breville Barista Express
41% have it

19. thickness

335mm
Capresso Café: 203.2mm

20. Has sleep mode

After a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.
Breville Barista Express
25% have it

21. programmable buttons

These buttons can be programmed for different types of coffee such as an espresso, doppio or ristretto. This means once you have mastered a particular style of coffee, you can get it the same every time.
2
Delonghi EC 850.M: 5

22. Has a steam wand

It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.
Breville Barista Express

23. volume

35997.76cm³
Capresso EC50: 14004.28cm³

24. Has PID controller

A PID controller controls the temperature of the boiler electronically. It offers a far greater degree of accuracy and consistency than a regular, mechanical thermostat used to control temperature. This is very important as a temperature of around 92°C to 96°C is key to pulling the perfect espresso.
Breville Barista Express
22% have it

25. Uses ground coffee

Ground coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.
Breville Barista Express

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