The more we can streamline our lives, the more we can manage to get done. The Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine allows you to do just that. With an integrated burr grinder, you can grind fresh coffee with perfect consistency, tamp with appropriate pressure and make a shot or two of espresso in under one minute.
If you are a coffee or espresso aficionado, I don’t have to tell you that a perfect shot relies on doing so many things right at the same time. The fresh coffee bean, the fineness of the grind, the right water temperature, the appropriate water filter, the pump pressure, how to tamp the ground, how long it takes to pull the shot and much more. For newbies, it’s about trusting the machine to get the job done. For experienced baristas, being able to control some or all the variables makes such a huge difference in the outcome.
The BES860XL is designed with both end-users in mind no matter how advanced you are in your pursuit of the art of espresso. All the features and functionality don’t compromise the style. This espresso machine carries on the Breville signature style in stainless steel casing that’s so timeless and will complement any home décor.
The most competitive design feature in Breville’s appliance is the ease of use. This espresso machine is no exception. To brew an espresso, follow the instructions in the User Manual.
One important key to a perfect shot is to preheat your cup by pressing the one cup button and running hot water without the portafilter inserted into the group head. Then place the warmed cup on the warming tray. Another factor is to preheat the portafilter similar to the cup. Of course, the fineness of the grind, the amount and the appropriate tamping force and how long to pull all contribute to the overall “success”.
The BES860ES frothing wand is of commercial grade that comes with a frothing enhancing attachment. The attachment should be used when frothing a large volume.
Fill the pitcher with maximum ½ full. Cold milk is recommended for achieving the best frothing result. Surprisingly low-fat milk produces the most froth and regular milk or cream creates the creamy texture and flavor. Of course, you may use soy, rice or almond milk if you are lactose-intolerant.
There are two steps in frothing the milk including stretching to aerate it and swirling to make it silky with the right temperature between 130 to 150 F. It takes about 2 minutes or so, which is longer than other espresso machines. The BES860XL comes with a stainless steel pitcher.
Credit: Divine Espresso
Other related blog: Bisuzs coffee