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When it comes to coffee gear, it’s without a doubt that Breville offers some really top performing coffee and espresso makers for the barista at home. We’ve talked about the Breville YouBrew coffee maker with built-in grinder, which happens to be a a top seller and comes highly recommended. But if you’re looking to make more coffee drinks, namely, gourmet espresso based coffee drinks, we’ll be reviewing a fantastic Espresso machine by Breville called the Barista Express.

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine With Built-in Conical Burr Grinder:

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Features:

  • 15-bar pump pressure espresso maker.
  • 1600W Thermo coil heating system.
  • Full stainless steel housing.
  • Built-in conical burr grinder.
  • Sealed bean hopper with 1/2 lbs capacity.
  • 67 oz (2 Liters) water reservoir.
  • Built-in tamper.
  • Portafilter cradle for hands-free grinding.

Click here to learn more about the Barista Express by Breville.

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Your Espresso, Your Way:

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Having an espresso maker with a built-in grinder is the best way to make a truly fresh and aromatic cup of coffee. The Barista Express will grind as much coffee you need to brew the perfect shot of espresso. But that’s not all:

  • You can adjust the coffee grind amount.
  • You can adjust the type of coffee grind you want, from coarse to fine.
  • Choose the size of filter you’re using (single or double – both included with the machine) and the grinder will automatically dispense the required amount of coffee ground for that size.

When using an external coffee grinder, what you’d normally have to do is hold the portafilter underneath until it fills up with coffee ground. With the Barista Express, the built-in cradle will do this for you, giving you hassle-free, mess-free, hands-free coffee grinding operation. The built-in tamper comes quite handy as well.

Now, let’s talk about the amount of coffee you can brew! The Barista Express is set with two size pre-sets for a single or double espresso shots. But since it’s YOUR machine, you can program the machine to brew the volume you want it to with its manual options as well as re-program the pre-sets.

Cappuccinos, Lattes, Macchiato and even Tea…. The Barista Express Can Make It Happen:

Breville BES870BSXL The Barista Express Coffee Machine, Red

Your Barista Express is equipped with a nice 360-degree swivel steam wand for milk heating and frothing. Making anything from a Cappuccino, Latte or Macchiato and everything in between them, Coffee House style, will be a breeze. Fancy yourself a cup of tea instead? The machine is also equipped with a hot water dispenser that will provide you with hot water on the fly!

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Watch How The Barista Express Works:

Breville Barista Express: BES870XL vs. BES860XL, Is There a Difference?

So you’ve noticed there are two Barista Express machines and wondering if there’s a difference between them. Here’s a quick comparison:

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Feature15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system
Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lb. sealed bean hopper
67 fl.oz (2L) removable water tank with handle
Newer model of the Breville BES860XL Barista Express
Stainless steel conical burr grinder with ½lb bean hopper
15 bar Italian pump
1450W stainless steel thermocoil heating system
Adjustable grind size and grind amount settings
Preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable shot volumes
TitleBreville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso MachineBreville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder
Height15.75 inch13.25 inch
Weight23 pound25 pound
Width12.5 inch14.5 inch
Length13.25 inch11.5 inch
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The Barista Express BES870XL is a newer model of the BES860XL, it features:

  • a redesigned bean hopper, but the same capacity.
  • More power at 1600W vs. 1450W for the BES860XL.
  • The BES870XL includes a hot water dispenser, more control over temperature, auto shut-off, dosing tool – all of which the BES860XL lack.
  • The BES870XL is available in three colors: stainless steel, red and black.

Since both machines are at the same price, you’re better off buying the newest model, which is the BES870XL.

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BES870XL Barista Express vs. BES840XL The Infuser: What’s The Difference?

The Infuser is another great creation from Breville, a solid espresso maker that is close in features to the Barista Express, but makes a lower cost option. Here’s the difference between them:

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Feature15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system
Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lb. sealed bean hopper
67 fl.oz (2L) removable water tank with handle
Newer model of the Breville BES860XL Barista Express
Pre-infusion function applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction
1600w thermocoil heating system with integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature
Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
15 bar Italian pump provides complete volumetric control - preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable volumes
Accessories: single & dual wall filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool, water filter with holder.
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  • The Barista Express includes a built-in grinder, while the Infuser does NOT.
  • The Barista Express features a larger water tank (67 oz vs. 61)

So the main difference here is the Barista Express’ built in conical burr grinder that the Infuser lacks. Apart from that, you should be getting the same quality of espresso, but only provided you can get the same quality grind that the Barista Express can provide you with.

Watch How The Breville Infuser Works:

Grinder used in the video is the Breville Smart Grinder and cup is the Bodum Pavina.

What Will Be Included with My Purchase of The Breville BES870XL Barista Express?

Breville BES870XL Cleaning Kit

You’ll receive:

  • Single and double wall filters for the portafilter.
  • Patented Razor™ dose trimming tool
  • Coffee Scoop
  • Stainless steel frothing pitcher.
  • Cleaning Kit: includes discs, tablets and cleaning brush,
  • Water filter as well as filter holder.

How To Make Coffee Using The Breville Barista Express or Infuser:

Many people wonder if their Barista Express will be able to make a regular cup of coffee. While any espresso maker is not able to make coffee in the traditional sense, like a drip coffee, what it makes is Americano (2 shots of espresso + hot water) which is close enough. Since the Barista Express has a hot water dispenser, you’ll be able to do it entirely using your espresso machine. Have a look at this video:

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When it comes to choosing between a regular espresso or an espresso machine with a built-in grinder, which should you go for?

  • First of all, it will come down to your budget. Espresso machines with built-in grinders are most expensive than one without a grinder. But if you’re planning on buying an espresso machine as well as a conical burr grinder, it will sum up to the same amount as machine with built-in grinder.
  • But having a machine with the grinder built in automates the process of grinding and brewing. If you choose an automatic espresso machine, you’ll be able to have the perfect cup of coffee with a push of a button, the machine will automatically grind the perfect amount of coffee and brew it right away.

Best Espresso Machines with Built-In Conical Burr Grinders:

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine:

Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine

  • 15 bar pump pressure with 1600 watts thermocoil heating system.
  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lbs bean hopper.
  • Adjustable coffee grind options.
  • Semi-automatic machine allows you to control the pressure, temperature and many more features.
  • Built-in tamper and portafilter cradle.
  • 67 oz removable water tank.
  • Purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steaming for perfect extraction of espresso.
  • Steam temperature gauge.
  • Single and double filter basket included.
  • Steam wand for milk frothing.

Click here to learn more about the Barista Express, read customer reviews and buy it.

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Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Espresso Machine:

Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine

  • One of the most affordable and reliable super-automatic espresso machines with built in grinder.
  • 1250 watts, 15 bar pump pressure.
  • Adjustable conical burr grinder.
  • 12 oz bean container.
  • Opti-Dose adjustable doser.
  • Used puck drawer holds up to 15 used bean pucks.
  • 57 oz removable water tank.
  • Stainless steel boiler.
  • Pannarello steaming wand.
  • Available in silver or black.

Click here to learn more about the Vienna Plus, read customer reviews and buy it.

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KRUPS EA8250001 Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder:

KRUPS EA8250001 Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder

  • Another great super-automatic espresso machine with built in conical burr grinder.
  • 1450 watts, 15 bar pump pressure.
  • LCD display allows for easy machine adjustment and control.
  • Patented thermoblock heating system ensures consistent temperature from first cup.
  • 60 ounce removable water tank.
  • 9 oz bean container.
  • Height adjustable coffee dispenser eliminates splashing when using a short cup.
  • Adjustable and re-programmable coffee grind and coffee volume.
  • Milk frothing wand. Also dispense hot water.
  • Water filteration system allows you to use tap water that will be automatically cleaned and filtered.

Click here to learn more about this KRUPS Espresseria machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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DeLonghi is one of the well-know coffee and espresso machine manufacturers, as well as other home appliances, that continue to receive top ratings from customers. DeLonghi happens to make the best espresso machines for home use, available in many sizes and at different price ranges suitable to many people. So we’re here to showcase the best espresso machines by DeLonghi aimed for the home user.

DeLonghi Espresso Machines Under $200:

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker:

DeLonghi EC702 Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

  • Patented dual function filter allowing use of both ground coffee or convenient E.S.E pods
  • Prepare rich and frothy lattes or cappuccinos easily with the patented cappuccino system frother
  • Two thermostats allow water and steam pressure to be controlled separately
  • Easy operation with on/off switch and indicator light
  • Easy to clean with removable water tank and drip tray
  • ‘No mess’ anti-drip design
  • Always have a warm cup with the cup warming tray
  • Authentic flavor produced by 15 bar pump pressure
  • Great value espresso machine

Click here to read the customer reviews of this machine and find more information.

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DeLonghi ECO310BK 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Machine:

DeLonghi ECO310BK 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Machine

  • Patented dual function filter allows use of ground coffee or convenient pods.
  • Create rich and creamy lattes or cappuccinos with patented cappuccino system frother.
  • No annoying start-up groundwork with self-applied priming operation.
  • Two thermostats help produce coffee drink with perfect temperature.
  • Durable stainless steel boiler for long lasting quality.
  • Easy to maintain and clean with anti-drip design and removable water tank and drip tray.
  • Takes the hassle out of creating fantastic coffee drinks.

Click here to learn more about this machine and read the customer reviews.

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DeLonghi Espresso Machine Under $500:

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System:

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System

  • Patented single touch hot milk system, just slide milk tank onto front of the machine.
  • Easy to use patented coffee capsule system, simply load capsule and push button for great tasting coffee.
  • Uses Nespresso coffee capsules exclusively.
  • Control panel buttons allow choice between 3 milk and 2 coffee selections.
  • Self-priming system means no annoying start up.
  • Sliding drip tray easily accommodates latte cups.
  • Clean button allows easy maintenance.
  • Energy saving auto-off timer.
  • Perfect for those seeking a convenient and compact espresso machine.
  • Available in 5 colors.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima and read the customer reviews.

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DeLonghi Espresso Machine Under $1000:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso:Coffee Machine

  • Patented ‘direct-to-brew’ system grinds beans instantly and produces the freshest espresso and coffee.
  • Low-pitched conical burr provides consistent ground coffee.
  • Enjoy rich and creamy lattes or cappuccinos with the patented cappuccino system frother.
  • Instant reheat function and double boiler system eliminate waiting time between brews and ensure a consistent temperature.
  • Large 60 oz. water tank eliminates the need for frequent refills.
  • Decalcification indicator alerts when the machine needs to be cleaned, helping it stay in peak condition.
  • Easy to use control panel with a variety of menu settings.
  • Save energy with 3 hour automatic shut off.
  • Top quality espresso maker for true lovers of coffee.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Magnifica and read customer reviews.

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The four DeLonghi espresso machines listed above all provide top quality barista style coffee in the convenience and comfort of home. Whether you prefer pods, ground coffee, single touch milk frothing, compact machines, quick heat up functions or all combined, DeLonghi has a range that can cater to everyone.

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If your budget for a new espresso machine is at $500 and under, you’re in for some really great options. If you’re somewhat used to espresso machines and how they operate, a semi-automatic espresso machine would be a great option for you and you should be able to use it with ease. If you’re a beginner, or looking for convenience without compromising quality, you’ll absolutely love a fully automatic espresso machine, especially that it’s available for under $500! (They usually cost over $1000).

So, let’s have a look at our top picks for espresso machines under $500:

Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine:
Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine

This semi-automatic espresso machine by Breville is quite stunning, and that is not something new when tit comes to Breville appliances. It’s a semi-auto that gives you plenty of room to adjust your coffee drink as you like.

Features:

  • 15 bar pressure pump.
  • Pre-infusion function applied low water pressure before extraction to expand the beans and give you an even extraction.
  • Stainless steel water boiler/ thermocoil heating system.
  • Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature for the best extraction after using steam.
  • Fully adjustable volume control.
  • Automatic and pre-sets can be re-programmed to your liking.
  • Included accessories: single & dual wall filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool, water filter with holder.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Infuser Espresso machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine:

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

A true classic machine made by big Italian brand, Gaggia. Designed with commercial grade but for the home consumer, the Gaggia 14101 espresso machine is the perfect machine for a true at-home barista.

Features:

  • 17 bar pressure pump.
  • 73 ounce removable water tank.
  • Brushed stainless steel housing, brass grouphead and portafilter.
  • Portafilter baskets for single/ double shot or e.s.e coffee pods.
  • Swivel steam frothing wand.
  • Accessories included: tamper and measuring scoop.

Click here to learn more about the Gaggia 14101, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine:

Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine

This fully automatic espresso machine is one of the few that you can get for under $500, and it actually works wonderfully! With a push of a button, the machine automatically draws as much beans needed for your requested drink, it grinds it on the spot and brew it right away.

Features:

  • 15 bar pressure pump espresso machine.
  • superautomatic with built in conincal burr grinder.
  • 12 ounce bean container.
  • fully adjustable coffee grind and strength settings.
  • Stainless steel boiler.
  • Steam wand for milk frothing.
  • 53 ounce removable water tank.

Click here to read more about the Saeco Vienna Plus Superauto espresso machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Breville Infuser vs. Gaggia Classic, What’s The Difference and Which Should You Choose:

We have a full comparison between the Gaggia Classic and the Infuser that you can read by visiting this page: http://coffeegearathome.com/gaggia-classic-vs-gaggia-baby-class-breville-infuser-which-is-a-better-choice-for-you/

  • To give you a quick idea of the difference:
  • The Infuser is a semi-automatic espresso maker, it has automatic functionality as well as manual ones. While the Gaggia Classic is fully manual.
  • Some of the Infuser’s automatic features include Auto-Purge which adjusts the water temperature for you after steam use, this ensures the best espresso extraction. Its pre-infusion function saturates the coffee ground with a little bit of water to ensure the best flavor for espresso.

What About Breville Infuser vs Breville Barista Express?

Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine

The Breville Barista Express is sort of The Infuser’s bigger brother. We have a review of it and a comparison of it and The Infuser in this post, but here’s a quick recap:

  • The Barista Express is larger in size and has a built-in conical burr grinder to automatically grind your coffee right before brewing.
  • Being larger in size, it naturally comes with a larger water reservoir (67 ounce instead of Infuser’s 61 ounce).

 

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Our next budget targeted post is for someone who is looking to spend $200 or less on their espresso machine. This is an excellent range for an entry level espresso machine that is better that those machine at under $100. They’re nicely designed, make excellent coffee and still won’t overwhelm any one just starting out. Here’s our top picks:

DeLonghi EC702 Stainless Steel Espresso Machine:

DeLonghi EC702 Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

Features:

  • 15 bar pressure pump.
  • Stainless steel boiler.
  • Dual function filter for making a single or double shot, as well as for holding e.s.e coffee pods.
  • Patented milk frother/steam wand makes perfect frothy milk at ease.
  • 44-ounce water tank.
  • Built-in coffee tamper.
  • Cup warming tray.
  • Easy button controls and light indicators.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi EC702, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Cuisinart EM-100 Stainless Steel Espresso Maker:

Cuisinart EM-100 Stainless Steel Espresso Maker

Features:

  • 15 bar pressure pump.
  • Filter makes a single/double shot and can use e.s.e pods.
  • Steam wand for milk frothing.
  • Hot water dispenser.
  • 53 ounce water tank.
  • cup warming tray.
  • Knob controls and light indicators.
  • Included accessories: frothing jug and tamping tool.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart espresso machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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KRUPS XP601050 Manual Pump Stainless Steel Espresso Machine:

KRUPS XP601050 Manual Pump Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

Features:

  • 15-bar pressure pump.
  • 50 ounce water tank, transparent and front-facing for easy water level monitoring.
  • Use ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
  • Steam wand/hot water dispenser.
  • Cup warming tray.
  • Included accessory: double-sided tool, tamper and coffee scoop.

Click here to read more about the KRUPS XP601050 espresso machine, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Are Stainless Steel Espresso Machines Better Than Other Machines?

Have you noticed the difference between these machines – which are only slightly higher in price – and the espresso machines under $100? The major difference is that these machine are either fully or mostly stainless steel built.

Why is it important that an espresso machine has stainless steel housing? Many reasons…

  • when it comes to espresso machines, you’re dealing with heat, steam, hot water… high temperature in general, which does not affect stainless steel like it does with plastic. so it’s important that at least the parts that are in direct touch with high temperature are not plastic.
  • As a result, stainless steel machines have longer lives and function better.
  • Stainless steel is much easier to clean, wipe it clean and it’s good to go. For that reason, it remains looking like new for a long time.

Which Of The Machines Listed Above Should I Get?

  • If you’re going to make many cups of coffee per day, then it’s necessary to have a larger tank capacity, so that would be: The Cuisinart machine (53 oz) or the KRUPS (50 oz).
  • The DeLonghi EC702 seems to be the most popular choice among those three. That’s not necessarily because it is the best one, but DeLonghi could be the most popular name in comparison to the other two. It is still a very good machine, though.
  • Price wise, the KRUPS seems to be the most budget friendly, followed by the Cuisinart then the DeLonghi. So if you’re on a strict budget, you’d consider them in that order.

Comparisons:

DeLonghi EC707 vs. EC155:

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DeLonghi EC702 vs. Breville Cafe Roma:

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

The Breville Cafe Roma is in the same class as the DeLonghi EC702. Differences in the Cafe Roma are as follows:

  • The Cafe Roma has more of a classical espresso machine design. It is full stainless steel unlike the DeLonghi which has some plastic parts.
  • The water tank has an external window so you can easily monitor how much water is left.
  • The portafilter is dual-walled. This helps extract a fuller and more flavorful shot of espresso.
  • It includes all accessories you need to get started: a set of 2 stainless steel espresso cups and a stainless steel frothing jug.

The Breville Cafe Roma offers excellent value for its price.

Click here to learn more about the Cafe Roma, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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DeLonghi EC702 vs. Cuisinart EM-100:

Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker

There’s not much difference between the DeLonghi and Cuisinart except for a few features:

  • The Cuisinart has a larger water tank. It is 53 ounces, in comparison’s to DeLonghi’s 44 ounce.
  • The Cuisinart includes a frothing jug and a tamper. The DeLonghi has a built-in tamper but does not offer a frothing jug.
  • Power wise, the Cuisinart is 1000-watts while the DeLonghi is 1100-watts.
  • Read about the difference between Cuisinart EM-100 and EM-200 here.

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