Breville Barista Express Review

Editor’s rating: 4.5 stars

Review summary

Our rating: 4.5 stars

The Breville Barista Express coffeemaker is a great machine for people who like to have more control over their machine’s coffee making process. The machine comes with all the bells and whistles that you could imagine for a coffeemaker at its price range. It’s such a nice coffeemaker that some might argue that it offers a lot more for its price than it should.

This semi-automatic coffee machine will take the taste of your coffee to the next level. It has nice brewing and steaming technologies, cleaning it is a piece of cake, and it looks professional. These things make the Breville Barista Express a very attractive machine in the eyes of many.

Key features:

  • Semi-automatic
  • Doses from 19 to 22 grams of coffee per cup
  • PID temperature control
  • 1600 watts thermocoil hitting system
  • Pre-infusion technology
  • Manual milk steaming with a steam wand
  • Adjustable grind size
  • Precise espresso extraction
  • Single or double shots
  • Internal pressure pump
  • Steel portafilter
  • Hot water nozzle
  • Water tank
  • Drip tray
  • Many accessories included


Makes good coffee

Has a lot of useful features

Highly programmable

Easy to clean


It will take you some time to learn how to use it

Designed with an industrial look

The Breville Barista Express coffeemaker looks very interesting and industrial. It comes in multiple colors, among which black, silver, and red. Its chassis is made of stainless steel, but its internal parts are made of plastic.

This coffeemaker has a lot of buttons, dials, and other parts that are visible on its outside. You can spot the power, grind amount, and filter size button on the left-hand side of the coffeemaker. The program and the two brew buttons are located on its right side.

The pressure indicator of the internal pressure pump is located in the middle of the coffeemaker’s control panel. Furthermore, the coffeemaker also has a built-in bean hopper with a grinder.

This coffee machine measures 16’’ x 13.5’’ x 12.5’’ and is a bit larger than some espresso machines at its price range.

How to make yourself some coffee

To make coffee, you need to first put coffee beans in the bean hopper of the Express. After that, you should decide which of the four filter baskets you want to use. Once you pick your portafilter, press on one of the filter size buttons to tell the machine what kind of basket you’ve chosen.

Once you’ve made your decision, you should put the portafilter you want into the grinding bracket. The portafilters can be double or single (for double or single shots) and pressurized or unpressurized.

If you push your bracket in just shortly, the grinder will grind a standard amount of coffee for your drink. However, if you push and hold the filter basket, the coffeemaker will grind as much coffee as you want. The grind amount is adjustable with the Grind Amount button on the control panel of the machine. Furthermore, you can also adjust the grind size of the coffee with the dial on the left-hand side of the Express.

When you’re done grinding, take the basket out and tamper it with the tamper that’s located on the left-hand side on the Express. Then, put the basket inside the brewing bracket, lock it, and brew your coffee.

The Express lets you adjust your coffee and the brew water temperature to your preferences. These two features make sure that the coffee you get in your cup has the flavor that you want.

Frothing milk on the Breville Barista Express

To add milk froth into your coffee, use the 360˚ swiveling steam wand. You can adjust the wand at just the right angle in your container with milk to get the foam texture that you want for your coffee.

To turn on the steam function, switch the dial on the right-hand side of the Express. The thermocoil heat exchange boiler system makes sure that the machine can brew coffee and froth milk without losing on temperature. This is how you get good-quality coffee and froth.

Cleaning the coffeemaker

Cleaning the Breville Barista Express is not hard. Clean the milk system after each use by letting some steam pass through it. Also, wipe the steam wand after you’re done frothing.

The machine will tell you when it’s time to clean it by turning on the Clean Me light indicator on the control panel. Also, a tiny note that says ‘Empty Me!’ will pop up out of the tray once it’s time to empty it.

FQA about the Breville Barista Express

Can I use the Breville Barista Express to make 50-100 cups of coffee in my coffee shop?

We wouldn’t recommend you doing that. This machine was designed for home use and will probably not be able to last for long if it makes 50-100 cups of coffee on a daily basis. Furthermore, it is a slow machine which makes it inadequate for using it in a coffee shop.

What kinds of coffee drinks can this coffeemaker make?

It can make all sorts of drinks, from espresso and Americano to coffee drinks with milk.

Which accessories does this coffeemaker come with?

It comes with a 54mm portafilter, single and dual pressurized and unpressurized filter baskets, a razor dose trimming tool, a stainless steel milk container, cleaning brush, disk, and tablets, water filter and filter holder, and tool and Allen key.


What are some alternatives to the Breville Barista Express?

Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro Espresso Machine

If for some reason you don’t like the Breville Barista Express, you could check out the Gaggia RI9380/46 Classic Pro espresso machine. This coffeemaker heats up fast, has a steam wand, rocker controls, a three-way solenoid valve, and uses portafilters to make coffee. It’s in the price range of the Express and it offers good value for money.


Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine

The Gaggia Brera super automatic espresso machine is another great alternative to the Express. This machine has a bean hopper and a bypass doser, froths milk, and it has a removable brewing system. Furthermore, the Gaggia Adapting System helps this coffeemaker’s grinder adapt to the properties of your coffee beans and then grind them.



The Breville Barista Express coffee machine has a nice design, great features, and makes good-quality coffee. It might be a little tricky to learn to operate, but that’s because it has a lot of useful features. Of course, these features help your coffee gain on quality.

We hope that our Breville Barista Express review helped you learn more about this nice coffeemaker. If you like this machine, consider cleaning your kitchen counter and getting the Express for yourself.

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