The Barista Express Espresso Machine (BES870)

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Big Bambu: >really dark viscous flow<

Huh? When a shot is that blond and runny it's time to end it.

Eric Coovert: Thanks for posting this video. I am a proud owner of this BES 870XL. It has worked flawlessly up until recently. Here is what's going on. I have found that setting the coarseness of my grind at the number 5 setting, my espressos have been coming out perfectly. Pulling the shots has been taking from between 25 seconds and 30 seconds with the pressure between 8.5 and 9.5 bars or well within the grey area. In fact I usually can keep the needle nearly dead center of the grey area the way I have everything set. Lately however, my shots have been barely coming out of the portafilter with the pressure shooting to about the second grey line outside the solid grey area on the pressure gauge. Naturally I decided to set the grind to a coarser setting and have gone all the way up to the number 9 setting with little or no noticeable difference. I then decided to do a lighter tamp which did help somewhat but only with the grind set at number 9. I then pulled the shower head out and made sure it was clean on the top and bottom sides. By the way, I am using filtered water, I regularly perform the back-flush procedure as needed as per the instructions, I replace the water filter every 2 months as per the instructions and I descale with white vinegar once per month as per the instructions. I am at a loss here. I understand ambient temperature and barometric pressure can make it necessary to adjust the grind but this all seems to have happened overnight. One would also expect that if this is weather related that the need to change the settings would fluctuate but I have had the grind set at number 9 now for a full week while doing a lighter tamp than I have been in the past. I have not changed the beans I am using either. By the way, I have just performed an advanced cleaning of the grind burs, grind fan and chute. That hasn't helped either. Could it be that for some reason my grinder just suddenly started to grind finer on it's own?  Can anyone tell me what's going on here? Is this normal?

Vafi Salmasi: There is always a good reason when something is cheaper than its rivals. $600 for a combo grinder and espresso machine that has a built-in PID is definitely a steal. BUT you are really paying much more for its horrible durability, especially, combined with lack of responsibility from Breville. Initially, the grinder gave me a good range of fine coffee for my espresso and the espresso machine brewed perfect shots of espresso. In less than 6 months the grinder started to slip and the grind size became significantly course despite regular cleaning and maintenance. I followed instructions of the manual and the technician on the phone to clean the whole burr groups; however, I still do not get a fine grind unless I set it at the finest and even then it is not always consistent. The espresso machine still works fine. I called Breville again and they mentioned that my grinder needs to be serviced but they voided my warranty since I had not purchased the machine from their “AUTHORIZED RETAILER”. Basically, they are not taking responsibility for a machine that malfunctions only after less than 6 months. I already spent enough for my espresso equipment for now so I need to wait longer for an upgrade which is certainly NOT a Breville. My next purchase is definitely going to be from a company with a better durability and responsibility 

SSTMM: Had mine almost a year. BEST COFFEE I have ever had! This machine is amazing!

John Bilsbury: I do not see what the machine actually does other than to use force to let water drop onto ground coffee through a filter into a cup. It maybe uses a specific temperature although if you had a thermometer and knew it you can do it with your own arm

SoulxReaper366: 3:45 I don't get this result from the steamer, I get barely any steam (no it isn't clogged or anything) even after minutes just having it on. Oddly enough, the only way I get it to work is I turn the dial to hot water, and then a ton of steam (not a stream of hot water as you'd expect) comes out of it, so I put it back in stand by, and then after I've done that, the steam wand will work right. Why is this?

AegisHyperon: What's the point in being able to change the grind amount when every setting overflows the filter?

wilson ganks: Just got this machine but having a little issue with the steaming. Apparently just by putting the knob to the steam sign does nothing to prepare the steam until I give it another slight push as though there is a trigger switch at the end to start the preparation of steaming. Is this normal as I view all videos, all you guys did was just switch the knob over. Please let me know if my machine is defective. I got it like only 3 days back. Thanks.

LiopleurodonJuice: My machine broke down a few months after I got it and Breville customer service wasn't great. I'm still waiting to get it back from a shop I had to ship it to. If I could go back in time I would get the Rancilio Silvia instead. 

Chris Jones: I love this machine.
Requires a bit of practice, but with the automatic grind and extraction as well as the pressure gauge it takes away a lot of the guess work. Once you've figured out the correct grind size and time you don't even need to think about it (unless you charge coffee bean).
The only thing I've struggled with is texturing the milk perfectly, but even that has improved dramatically with practice. The trick is to do as shown in this video and get the steam up to temperature and pressure before quickly shutting it off, placing in the milk and turning it on again. Listen to the sound of the steam wand, you want gentle hissing until you've reached the desired amount of foam (note the height of the milk - always fill to the v initially) then dip the wand in slightly lower until the milk reaches temperature.
I've had consistency and quality that rivals my favourite cafes.

Ando000: Coffee boner is not a myth

Nikolaj Seryabkina: I fixed the issue in this comment, this coffee machine is great! Read below how to fix for others having the same issue I was.
I have this machine and I loved it at first. However, later down the road about half a year later the pressure gauge never gets into the espresso zone. 

I am unsure on how I am going to fix this issue. 

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Joe Farries: just bought this at bed bath and beyond. They took my 20% off coupon YAY !!

Raquel Ross: Is it sad that I want this machine more than I want anything in my life right now? Sucks being a student for now, but I am hoping one day I can buy this machine! AMAZING!

Chuck Brown: Great cup of Joe!!! Love it Bob.

astph: Can we use the builtin grinder to grind beans for french press? 

Bob O'Brien: I just purchased this at Bed Bath and Beyond. If it fails, they will always take it back. The reason I purchased it was after researching it, and looking at YouTube reviews, it appeared to be a great value for the money. Plus, the Associate at Bed Bath and Beyond has used it and was able to explain the differences between machines and was also able to show me how to use this machine. I can't wait to try it. By the way, I stopped purchasing major appliances at places other than BB&B, Costco and SAMS Club. Their return policy is fantastic and never a question.

squeeze louise: This may be the Bugatti Veyron of coffee machines
The Barista Express Espresso Machine (BES870) 5 out of 5

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The Barista Express Espresso Machine (BES870)