BREVILLE BARISTA EXPRESS – Unboxing and Review


Hi welcome to Steve’s kitchen if you’ve
been with the channel a while you know that we are great coffee lovers and made
that espresso layer cake. We’ve also had vietnamese coffee I think also we made
some espresso truffles. I’ll probably leave a little playlist of espresso or coffee
recipes on the channel. Today we’re doing an unboxing, you also know that I’m a
lover of Breville for no other reason than I think their appliances are really
great and they’re Australian, so I’m flying the flag and today we’re going to be
unboxing something a little bit special. It is the Barista Express this is a
beautiful machine at least I hope it’s a beautiful machine. We’re going to unbox
it now, see what’s in the box, have a little play with it and then I’ll give
you some demonstrations and hopefully we’ll be able to see whether this thing
is any good or not. Now we’ve got that usual really good quality boxing. I
always liken this to Apple, the quality, I love this plum color. So it’s the
barista Express with conical burr grinders and dose control grind dose,
extract all in one. It’s got its own bean hopper.Llet’s not talk about the Box
anymore let’s get this open, if we open up the
four flaps on the top, straightaway there’s a booklet, not too interested in
that, I might read it later. Here we’ve got one of the things about this barista express is it has, I can open it up here, it has pressurized, these ones here
these are pressurized baskets and these are more professional non-pressurized
baskets. So you’ve got the the double dose and the single dose in
pressurized and you’ve got the non-pressurized baskets in double dose
and a single dose. So I’m really looking forward to experimenting with these more
professional non-pressurized baskets. We’ve got the portafilter here, this is
quite substantial actually, this is a fairly heavy, it’s really quite a nice
little porta filter. Now there is a tamper, you can almost see yourself in
that and it’s it’s fairly substantial but not too heavy because I think its
magnetic, it sits up in the machine so it’s a little bit lighter, not a full
heavyweight one like some of the ones I’ve used in the past. There is a
cleaning kit we’ll have a look at that later on, now what is this, okay the razor
so I’m going to open that up I think this is like a blade of some sort, yes to
sort of level off your dose, so when you put the coffee in you can see it’s got a
tapered edge, both sides, so it’s just for leveling out the dose in your tamper.
I’ll just show you how that works once you put your coffee in there that will
sit in there and you give it a little twirl around or maybe you’ll just level
off the top like that nice. Now I’m going to get this on the floor
and take it out, I don’t know why lately with these packaging they split the
polystyrene down the center. I used to like it where you could just lift the
polystyrene out but now they do it this way where you’ve got to sort of tip it
out, so look the way they say to get these out of the boxes is to lift it on
its side and I think you then have to sort of pull it out but I tend to find
that I prefer to put the Box upside down and just lift the box off, as I say I did
prefer the old style where the polystyrene just lifted out, all the
Breville appliances seem to be doing it this way, is it better, no not really
because things tend to fall out when you do it this way round. So first thing here
we’ve got the bean hopper, you’ll see that these are great hoppers. I’ve
actually used these before they’ve got like a, I’ll show you this in a moment.
What this does here is the machine itself, I hope I’m not making too much
squeaking noise, so I’ve got another little box here oh it’s a milk jug, it’s
a milk frothing jug. Actually already have my own milk
frothing jug but we’ll have a little look at this one, it’s quite nice, it’s
pretty, pretty substantial stainless steel, nice Breville marking on the
bottom. Now of course we’ve got the Aussie plug on there I’m just going to push that
through and pull out. I love the way Breville have these
little finger pulls on their plugs they’re really great. We have gone for
the stainless steel model, they actually do this in a cherry red and I think it’s
it a brown, Michele black but we decided to go with the plainer more
professional-looking stainless steel. There she is doesn’t that look
gorgeous, we’ve got a pressurized gauge on the front, a power on button, the ground
amount, filter size is single and double program, single shot and double shot and
I’m going to have to, here we’ve got the very nice-looking steaming wand on the
side here, that’s very simple, very elegant. I’m looking forward to having a
little play with that and here we’ll have the the dose grinder as well. That
lovely new smell of an appliance is gorgeous, what I’m going to do now is
just have a little play with this so I get to understand, so I don’t waste too
much time and I’ll explain to you how it works and what I think of it, my first
impressions, so see you in a moment. Now fast-forward just over a week and we’ve
been playing with this machine and getting to know it. I don’t think we can
really give this a good review unless we know exactly how it works and in brief
I’m really rather pleased with the barista express. It’s a great coffee machine
I’m going to just glance over and these might be a little bit nit picky, some of
the negative things on here and give you full disclosure as to what you might
expect from the machine. Now one of the things that bugs me a little bit is the
hopper, it’s fantastic but it’s quite small. It takes about 250 grams of beans I
think it could have been a little bit bigger, as you think I said earlier on
you can clip it and take it off but it’s quite a small hopper, if you see that in
contrast with the hopper that comes with the Breville grinder which actually fits
in there as well, which takes almost a kilo or two pounds of beans.
I just think perhaps they could have used a slightly bigger hopper it does
mean that if you’re a big coffee drinker you’re going to be filling up the hopper
more often than perhaps you want to. Next this little razor tool that comes with
it, pretty useless really I guess I’d liken it to the training wheels on a
bicycle, once you actually get used to using this, this is just going to gather
dust, we probably used it for two or three times. I’m not quite sure what it’s
practical use is we might find a way of repurposing this to something else.
The idea is you use this to level off the grinds and really in practical use
you just don’t use it and my last little gripe and it isn’t really a gripe really,
this great little container back here has two pressureized
and two non-pressurized baskets. I find we’re only really using the
non-pressurized I really haven’t used the pressurized at
all, so they’re a little bit superfluous it’s not really a complaint though and
now the things that I love about the Barista Express and the demonstration
of how it works, tamper was a little bit light when I
first got it and I didn’t think it was going to be ideal but I love the way it
sits just up in the machine like that it’s always there, you know exactly where
it is and it’s actually pretty solid. Now when you first put your beans in and
we’ve gone for a fairly light roast bean it’s just the way I like it,
sometimes you’ll get a much darker bean and you will have to adjust the grind
wheel, the grind wheel on here is set to 8 for us it dials all the way up to 16
for coarse and all the way down, I won’t push it because it’s actually turning
against the beans all the way down to 0 for a much finer grain. We found 8 worked
well with this particular bean. Now one of the things I love about this hopper
despite it being a little bit small is if you put beans in there that you don’t
like, you can give it a little turn and you can lift it out and you can remove
those beans and then replace them with some new ones, there’s a few beans left
in the burr grinder here that you can actually just get out by hand.
We find ourselves using almost exclusively the double shot
non-pressurized basket, I will say that once it’s in there it is quite difficult
to get back out again but you’re probably not going to change these over
that often, there’s a fairly decent-sized drip tray which will get all the drips
of water and any coffee grinds. Now as well as the grind adjustment there’s the
grinder amount dial at the front here and you can turn this dial less or more
depending on how much you want to adjust the grind and those two factors, the
coarseness of the grind and the amount at which the basket gets filled are
pretty important when it comes to getting the right pressure to get the
perfect espresso and I guess in a way that’s where the blade did come in
useful in the first few times, we could roughly gauge if we had the right amount
of coffee grinds in the Porta filter. So I tinkered with the settings up and down
on more or less and we did this over a day or so and I’ll show you in a moment
if your grinds are too fine or to compacted you’ll end up with the pressure
gauge getting right up here in the white area and that means you’re not getting a
proper extraction. Better turn it on by the way, it won’t work till you’ve turned
the power on,. When you do turn it on you can start grinding straight away but
it’s going to go through a little process of just coming up to pressure we
need to take the porter filter and give it a little push I should point out that I’ve actually
selected the double shot here because I’m using the larger portafilter basket.
Now it will be pretty full, it’ll start to try to fall off the side, don’t worry
about that, I like to just lay it down and just use your finger to flatten and
push the grains into the center and then you’ll take the tamper out and just pop
it on there and give it a nice firm pack down. Now you do want to put a fair bit
of pressure, give it a little twist, now make sure you don’t have extra grinds on
these little wings that stick out here because they will mess up the machine.
Now the barista Express only has a single boiler which means you can’t be
making coffee whilst you’re frothing milk,
we don’t really find that too much of a problem and I’ll show you why. I’ll take
my porter filter and I’ll just lock it into place
all the lights are on so it means if I hit that double shot now it will start
expressing the coffee, I’ll just pop a glass under there ready. We’re not going
to express that just yet. Now the jug that came with the Barista it’s lovely
and solid it’s a really nicely made milk frothing jug, I’m going to put full fat milk
into there don’t use any of that namby-pamby rubbish, fill it up to just
where the indentation of the spout starts, make sure you’re steaming wand is
over the drip tray and we’re just going to turn the dial on the side here to
steam and it really doesn’t take long this little button at the front here
flashes and then it comes to a stop as soon as that comes on, turn it back to
standby, pull out the wand, pop it into the milk and then just turn that dial
back to steam and you want the wand just to be breaking the surface of the milk
to texture it and get a nice thick foam. Now this takes a little while to get
used to if you keep your hand on the side you can feel as the milk starts to
get hot, now the foam is a little loose on the top there apologize I am doing
this with a camera. Let the milk warm through now and I’m going to turn the
dial off, always remember just to wipe off the wand with a damp cloth, don’t
burn your hands. Now almost immediately the lights come back on, means it’s back
up to pressure and I just hit my double shot, now you see there the coffee’s
coming out like a smooth honey and that is perfect and the needle on the dial
doesn’t want to get outside the black area
of the dial, so we’ve got a decent crema on top. I’ll just tap my milk, now I’m not
going to make lots of this for this filming so if it doesn’t go well please
forgive me, I’m going to lift my milk and start to pour it in now, Micheles there
with the camera, the foam starts to come to the top and it’s not great. Now trust
me that was the worst coffee I’ve poured since we’ve had this thing over a week
but it still looks pretty good and I’m not going to bother doing another shot
just for camera, you get the idea, hot milk foam on top ,can get a little bit of
latte art but that looks pretty damn decent but more importantly the espresso
is rich and delicious this is the way I like my coffee, I like it with milk if
you want espresso shots or shorts or macchiatos whatever you like, knock your
socks out. The machine itself the Barista Express is a fantastic machine
I’m really pleased with it and I highly recommend, make a great Christmas present.
Here goes I’m going to make another one of these in a minute for Michele, yeah
it is rich that particular coffee it’s very strong, it’s absolutely delicious
and I’m going to save that and have it a little bit later on and let me think if
there’s anything else that I want to cover on the machine that’s important
for you. Now always remember to remove the porta filter and get that little
coffee puck out, actually I’ll show you over here that they knock out fairly
easy and they’re very simple to clean through, I should show you the tank on
the back by the way it’s a good two litre tank.It’s got a filter in there
they do ask you to replace that every few months and we just tend to top that
up in the morning when we make our coffees. So there you have it the Barista
Express from Breville, it’s my new coffee machine. I’m very pleased with it I’ll be
happy to answer questions down below if you want to know anything about the
machine or how it’s getting on with us. Maybe in a year’s time I can let you
know, at the moment we’re enjoying it. If you decide to get something different
I’d love to hear what you decide to get, if you’re a big coffee fan like we are
and you have this machine already comment down below, be good and I will
see you on a recipe video very shortly on steve’s kitchen and no doubt will be
using espressos in some of the up coming videos, take care and see you next
time

100 thoughts on “BREVILLE BARISTA EXPRESS – Unboxing and Review

  • THE BREVILLE PRODUCTS, ARE VERY WELL DESIGNED (LIKE THE I PHONE OF KITCHEN WHARE ) BUT VERY VERY VERY EXPENCIVE HERE IN ISRAEL

  • что за говно, он приготовил ?
    как можно серьезно рассказывать про это дерьмо ?

  • If you flip from steam straight to espresso, the boiler is way too hot. Gotta either pull the shot and then go to steam or if you steam first, let it cool back down or do a cooling flush.

    Also having the hopper rammed full means you are always using stale beans.

  • I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I do love gadgets. Can you use an espresso machine such as this to make something similar to a brewed coffee? The obvious solution would be to add hot water to the espresso, but my gut tells me many coffee lovers would balk at such a solution.

    EDIT – Apparently such a thing is called an Americano. Anyone reading this can see I am not a big coffee drinker!

  • Been using this machine for 2 years, really great machine. Probably best for the price range, the grinder is basically a Breville smart grinder, it gets the job done.

  • Why did you get the American version (Breville) when you could have bought the UK equivalent (Sage)? Genuinely interested if there’s a difference in quality. In the UK, the sage version is often more affordable than the Breville is in the US.

  • Thank you for the easy to follow video. Would easily be the easiest to follow.
    I think your voice was awesome for explaining.

  • Very good review. I have had the same machine for about a year now and still extremely happy with it! Makes a great coffee, but I also buy my beans the day they are roasted and use them within about 2 weeks, so always have the freshest!

    A quick tip for when you use the tampa. The pressure has to be even, so place 3 fingers around the tampa when on the grind and make sure that tampa is even!. An uneven pressure can create channels through the grind which doesn't give the best results. A bit techie, but useful I think!

  • Not for professional use! These are wonderful machines but now 3 of 3 machines I own are broken (I fixed them several times myself, using parts of one broken machine to fix the others) and here in Mexico nobody seems to be able to fix them (not talking about getting parts …).
    At this time I use two of them as grinder only …

  • lol I’m a working barista and there is no way you would be expected to make art. It takes daily practice to keep the skill.

  • Hello Steve good review. Hope you can help me on an issue I have. I was offred a BES870 or CE837A last month. After a normal use of 2 to 3 expresso cups, I was suprised with the ridiculous amont of water in the tray below, Is this to be excpected? and as a result the amont of water needed and spend for having those expressos. Is this normal or might it be a problem?
    An other question : Is it possible to change the brew temperature? Thank you in advanced.

  • Hey Steve great explanation. Bought mine for Christmas and I love it. I noticed the machine makes a thumping sound when you put it into the steamer mode. Is that normal? Thanks

  • Steve, thanks for the great video; been looking for a good espresso machine. Pricey, yes, but I'm dropping $4+ at StarB$$$kS. Also, Happy Boxing Day!

  • Great video, thanks. Anyone got any idea where the Serial number is on this machine? I just bought one and want to register it for warranty.

  • I picked one of these up last year for around 650, been absolutely brilliant! Was making coffee for quite a few years on a professional machine and this is almost as good as having a professional machine at home.

  • Would this machine be technically fast and good enough to use in small coffee shop.? ie: serving between 15 -80 cofees a day.

  • can i push the 1 cup button for 2 cups filter? because i want to get the yield ratio 1:2

    for example 18 grams coffee for 32-35 grams yield within 25-32 seconds.

    normally if i push 2 cups button for 2 cups filter, the yield would be approx 60 grams. the ratio would be 1:3

  • Please do your research very carefully on the durability of this machine. Breville products are innovative and at a reasonable price point but I worry how long they will last. Mine died just after the warranty period. It cannot be taken apart easily or serviced by a third party outside of Breville. I liked the machine during the time that it worked but if I were to do it all over again, I would have spent a bit more on something that had long term reliability and serviceability like a Rancilio Silvia.

  • My kitchen is full of Breville products and everyone of them are brilliant. I've just bought this machine in the Cranberry colour but haven't unboxed it yet. Will be soon enough.

  • I bought this machine over a year ago and use premium coffee in it. IT works very well and pulls a good amount of crema. One this he did not mention is you can change the temperature of the shot slightly, I think a range of +-4 degrees celsius. Also, I have a marked espresso shot glass to ensure I am pulling a correct shot, the length of time for single and double shots is programmable. I would highly recommend this machine, I bought a refurbished one on amazon for half the cost along with a 5 year protection plan for an additional $20, can't go wrong with that. Note: the grinder on the machine works quite well but will occasionally have a little less grind than needed, so I always use the razor more as a double check then just add a little more grind if needed.

  • Great review, got the same machine and same results. Just one thing, make sure you put the drip tray around the other way, so the warning that the tray needs to be emptied can work and be seen. I find it great for two coffees but would buy the twin boiler version if I had to make more than two cups regularly. Great job Breville.

  • I think this is a great machine for the price if you're not interested in learning technique and not picky with the taste of your espresso. But if you're an hobbyist who wants to experiment with grind settings and brew ratios, there are better long term setups for not much more compared to the price of this such a Gaggia Classic with a Sette or Eureka grinder. It's going to be more expensive but for the long run, it's going to be the better investment which gives you more features and control. Overall this machine won't give you the longest shelf life if you want to learn and grow. But it's great for the average person who wants cafe quality drinks without the fuss every morning.

  • No your pour of your milk sucked because you did not combine your foam and milk. When you poured, your foam was sitting on top of your hot milk and went straight to the back of the jug as you tilted the jug. Always swirl your milk after frothing to combine your milk and foam. Needs to look like paint.

  • Great instructional video. Bought this machine last night and learn so much better from these videos than the instructions in the box

  • Great video. Would love to see an updated review now 2 years later. How is the machine doing for you now?

  • what is the maximum amount of bars during the extraction???? What about of the loudness of working of this machine?

  • Sorry, It could of been old coffee beans from supermarket

    Finn.
    5 years pro barista.
    And home barista
    With duo temp pro,
    And most importantly,
    Obel EB grinder

  • Hi, first of all thanks for the great video! If you still have the box do you mind measuring the dimensions of the actual box the coffee machine came in please?

  • Great review Steve I enjoyed, have you use the model Breville the Oracle? I will love to see your impressions and how you tweak the adjustments as it got several ones for tamp, grind, foam etc..love your review!

  • how regularly do you need to service the machine aside from changing the filter in the water tank? (ie: change internal filter stuff if there's any?)

  • Good video I want to buy one of these machines,I'm a bit over instant coffee.Never had a coffee machine before it will be like a new toy. I live in Melbourne Australia they aren't cheap

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