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 cleaning alert

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

4. 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

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 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

7. weight

4.08kg
Capresso EC50: 3.63kg

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. height

368mm
Gaggia New Espresso: 275mm

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. 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

15. thickness

335mm
Capresso Café: 203.2mm

16. volume

35997.76cm³
Capresso EC50: cm³

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. width

292mm
Capresso EC50: 184.15mm

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. Has a shot clock

The time taken to pull an espresso shot is one of four key elements, and should be around 19-22 seconds. Once you have the grind, dose and tamp correct, you can use the shot clock to time the pull perfectly.
Breville Barista Express
6% have it

24. bean hopper capacity

A bigger bean hopper means that you have to refill it less often.
226g
Breville Barista Express: 226g

25. Uses E61 group head

An E61 group head provides excellent temperature stability, a key aspect of producing great espresso. It also has the benefit of a passive pre-infusion feature.
Breville Barista Express
12% have it

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