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Breville Barista Express Review

In my experience, there are two types of espresso drinkers. The first set doesn’t care where their elixir comes from, how much it costs or how it’s made, as long as they get it fast. A second group dreams about duplicating espresso alchemy at home, on the cheap, and are more than willing to get their hands dirty. If the latter sounds like you, then the semi-automatic Breville Barista Express espresso machine is a dream come true. Measuring 16 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide and reaching a depth of 12.5 inches, the Breville Barista Express is roughly the size of a standard drip coffee maker but about twice as wide. Compared with compact espresso machines such as the De’Longhi Dedica and Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista, Breville’s espresso maker is larger and physically more robust. Aside from its girth, on looks alone Breville’s machine gives the impression that it means business. The stainless-steel chassis, and the the hefty steel portafilter and frothing pitcher hint at a sturdy build that should last for years under heavy use by your caffeine-crazed inner barista.

The Breville Barista Express combines a broad range of functions in a simple, sleek package that delivers top-tier espresso.

This machine sounds like it was made for a coffee-lover who likes to get their hands dirty, and it needs to be able to stand up to regular use. And although it’s about the same size as a standard drip coffee maker, its stainless-steel chassis is more ruggedly built than the De’Longhi Dedica and Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista machines. If you’re an espresso aficionado who has been dreaming of making a perfect latte or cappuccino without leaving your kitchen, the Breville Barista Express semi-automatic espresso machine might be for you.

The Breville Barista Express espresso/coffee maker isn’t your average home machine. First off, it’s significantly larger than a typical coffee maker and will take up more room on the kitchen counter. Second, it has a commercial-grade, dual-boiler system with rapid heating technology that quickly ramps up to brewing temperatures. Third, it features a 58mm conical burr grinder that automatically tamps and grinds your fresh beans for the perfect cup of coffee or espresso every time. And finally, like other high-end semi-automatic machines, it has options for manual brews if you are feeling creative.

Built-in grinder and scale capture the essentials of great espresso

If you love cappuccino and espresso, but think that the process of making these beverages is complicated and messy, a semi-automatic espresso machine like Breville Barista Express just might change your mind. Functionally similar to a full-automatic machine, Breville’s cleverly designed semi-auto produces blends that rival that of full automatics while still being affordable enough for home users.

Rather than being an espresso maker for beginners, the Breville Barista Express is semi-automatic espresso machine that’s designed for those who want to tweak and adjust their espresso recipes.

A semi automatic espresso machine that’s easy to use, versatile and capable of creating professional results

The way I see it, there are two types of espresso drinkers: those that don’t mind where it comes from, how much it costs or how it’s made, as long as they get it fast. And those like me who dream about duplicating some of the alchemy that goes into making espresso at home, on the cheap. If you’re in the latter group, then Breville’s Barista Express is a dream come true.

What if I told you your dream of turning into a deranged, drooling espresso junkie who inhales multiple shots of caffeine to start their day could be realized in one easy step?

Measuring 16 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide and reaching a depth of 12.5 inches, the Breville Barista Express is roughly the size of a standard drip coffee maker but about twice as wide. Compared with compact espresso machines such as the De’Longhi Dedica and Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista, Breville’s espresso maker is larger and physically more robust.

Creates a more consistent, smoother taste than pressurized and automated machines.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to brewing espresso, or at least that’s what I tell my girlfriend when she asks why I’m doing yet another review of an espresso machine. You see, there are two types of espresso drinkers in the world: those who don’t care where their elixir comes from, how much it costs or how it’s made—as long as they get it fast—and a second group who dreams about duplicating that perfect cup of precision-brewed coffee alchemy at home, on the cheap. If you’re in the latter category and have been looking for a budget semi-automatic espresso machine but have been scared off by prices higher than $1K (for similar machines), then the Breville Barista Express is your huckleberry.

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