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Breville BES860XL Barista Express Reviews

10 reviews
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Additional -10 BES860XL Barista Express Breville Reviews

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May 16, 2013

Brent

from California

I have had one for nearly two years. It is a workhorse that makes great espresso! I use distilled water to keep the buildup of scale minimized and I clean it according to directions. Routine care is important! As some have noted, it does have a couple of minor design flaws with regards to the grinder: first, it does spill quite a bit of the grinds instead of getting them in the cup as it dispenses; it also does not feed the beans reliably and you often have to tap them to get them sliding down into the grinder (easy to do, but why they did not just make the hopper a bit more vertical I will never know); and finally if someone is in a hurry and tries to add water "in process" from the left side, you can spill into the grinder which will plug up the dispenser with a bolus of coffee grinds that stick together. It happens... but a careful cleaning (immediately before it dries and hardens!) and some compressed air will get it out. All in all I love it. I started with a different brand (cheaper) and got what I paid for as it lasted less than 6 months. The Breville is much more robust and is worth the money especially if you get it for a bit less than list.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 22, 2013

John G

 

I agree with all the other reviews. I had this for two years and it works great. There are no mechanical problems when following directions. Be sure to clean when the light comes on because the coffee has an off flavor if you do not (automatic cleaning - takes a few minutes). If you like really hot espresso, you must heat the portafilter first by running it without grounds or heating with hot water in the sink. It also helps if you turn the unit on 10 minutes before use to get a hotter cup of coffee. This is the only thing that could be a negative; coffee is not burn-your-lips hot. We use it daily and the steamer also works great for frothed milk beverages. I could not be happier with this machine. I researched a lot of the other ones and there are many problems and it is tough to get a good cup of coffee. I highly recommend this. With this machine you can be a barista or run it with the quick and easy filters that give perfect crema every time. It also allows you to program certain aspects of it. It is also for great Italian flavor, try the Medaglia D'oro brand coffee, especially for decaf. It is difficult to find espresso decaf whole beans for grinding.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 29, 2012

Anonymous

from Onalaska, WI

We got this as a Christmas gift for our daughter who had researched several brands and felt that it would be the best choice. She loves it! She called us last night to let us know she had made the perfect cup of Cappuccino with her new gift. We appreciated the fast and as promised delivery of this item and Zappos communication with us about it's order and shipping. Thanks!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 30, 2012

Anonymous

from Elkhorn, Nebraska

Want to make your own money saving lattes that are equal to if not better than Starbucks? Then buy the Breville BES860XL Barista Express. If this machine has break down free longevity, we will enjoy the savings and our own lattes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 4, 2012

Anonymous

from Austin, TX

I have the machine for a month now and so far so good. Very convenient design with a lot of flexibility to control the grinding and amount of water in order to create the shot the way you like it. I did not like the results using the pre-set programs but after some experimentation I was able to figure out the right settings that worked for me. My only negative is that it comes with only two cleaning tablets and I already had to use one. This is disappointing when you spend a lot on a machine.

Brands I'd also recommend: I had good experience with Saeko in the past

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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