Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine | Image by Lena Kovadlo
I love drinking coffee in the morning and up until recently all I drank was instant coffee because I didn’t have a coffee machine and didn’t know which one to buy. Then about one and half years ago I was gifted the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine and I have not had instant coffee since. I love this machine a lot. I get to enjoy a great tasting cup of espresso coffee every morning, or any time of the day for that matter, and without leaving home.
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine has a built-in grinder, which allows me to use fresh coffee beans that I buy at Whole Foods. The espresso pressure gauge lets me know how great the espresso extraction is. And the grind size selector lets me adjust the grind size of the beans to create the best extraction of my coffee. The steam wand now allows me to add steamed milk to my coffee, rather than using cold milk from the fridge, which is great because it tastes that much better, especially with all that foam on top.
While the machine gives me great tasting coffee there is a bit of maintenance required. About every month or so I have to clean the machine with the cleaning tablet (when the clean me light lights up) and also decalcify it as well with a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. And every two months I have to replace the water filter. On a regular basis, every time I make espresso coffee, I have to rinse the stainless steel milk jug, portafilter and filter basket and clean the steam wand with a wet cloth or bounty and let the steam wand run to clear excess milk inside the steam wand. I need to wipe the shower screen with a damp cloth or bounty to get rid of ground coffee particles and let water run through it as well. Don’t let all this cleaning and maintenance that needs to be done, especially the regular basis one, scare you away from buying the espresso machine because it’s not very time consuming at all; and it is not difficult to clean and maintain at all once you get the hang of it. I’ve been doing it for over a year and find all this to be an easy task that I don’t grow tired of doing.
Compared to regular coffee makers, or maybe even other espresso machines, the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine is not cheap but it saves you money in the long run. Why? Because buying Starbucks coffee drinks every day will run you more a year than what you pay once for the machine, even including what you spend on water filters and cleaning tablets. Personally, I think it is a great investment.
Thinking about it now, even if I had not been gifted this machine I’d have bought it myself. It’s worth every penny and I can have great tasting coffee whenever I want without having to go to Starbucks or some other shop to get it.
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
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