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Breville Barista Express

Brand: Breville
$999.99 CAD
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Breville Barista Express

The Barista Express is the entry-level espresso machine in the Barista series, and the ideal product for people who want to be hands-on like a barista, with manual milk texturing to deliver amazing specialty coffee at home. This is a great choice for people who do not wish to invest in a separate grinder and prefer to have a built-in grinder.

These are the best features of the Barista Express:

  • It is all in one. No need to purchase a grinder or a milk frother separately.
  • It is Manual. If you are looking to have a hands-on experience with drawing your own shots and frothing your own milk, then this is a great machine.
  • It is amazing value for the build quality, features, and price point.

Is this a good model for beginners?
Yes, as a matter of fact, the Barista Express is THE gateway model for most enthusiasts into the semi automatic espresso machine world. 

Are Breville machines easy to use and maintain?
Yes, Breville machines are designed for ease of use and maintenance. Maintaining the Breville involves daily tasks such as emptying the drip tray, cleaning the portafilter and group head, and wiping down the steam wand. Weekly, you should deep clean the portafilter and filter baskets, clean the drip tray and water tank, and brush out the grinder. Monthly maintenance includes backflushing with cleaning tablets and descaling the machine. Using filtered water and following the machine’s maintenance prompts can help ensure optimal performance and longevity

Does this model come with built-in grinders?
Yes. This model gets its own built in grinder with 16 grind settings.

How quickly can a Breville machine brew an espresso?
This model gets can be ready to brew in just 30 seconds, making them some of the fastest machines on the market.

What drinks can you make with this model?

The Breville Barista Express is a versatile espresso machine capable of making a variety of coffee drinks. Here are some of the key drinks you can prepare with this model:

  1. Espresso: The foundational drink, made by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee. The machine allows you to adjust the grind size, dose, and extraction time to perfect your shot.

  2. Americano: Made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso. The Barista Express has a dedicated hot water spout to make this process straightforward.

  3. Latte: Consists of a shot of espresso and steamed milk, topped with a small amount of milk foam. The machine's steam wand helps create smooth, creamy milk for lattes.

  4. Cappuccino: Similar to a latte but with more foam. It includes equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. The steam wand allows you to texture the milk to the desired consistency.

  5. Flat White: An espresso with steamed milk and a thin layer of microfoam. This drink is similar to a latte but typically uses less milk and more microfoam.

  6. Macchiato: An espresso "stained" with a small amount of steamed milk or foam. The steam wand can help you achieve the right amount of foam.

  7. Mocha: A combination of espresso, steamed milk, and chocolate syrup, topped with whipped cream. This drink can be customized by adjusting the chocolate and milk ratios.

  8. Long Black: Similar to an Americano but made by pouring a double shot of espresso over hot water. This results in a stronger coffee flavor.

Is the milk frothing feature automatic or manual on this model?
This model gets a manual frothing system, meaning you do need to practice a few times to get the perfect milk foam.

What is the warranty and customer support like for Breville products?
Breville offers a one-year limited product warranty and excellent customer support. They provide comprehensive user manuals, online resources, and responsive customer service to address any issues.

Things to Consider Before Buying This Model

The Barista Express is a popular model in the Breville lineup. 

Keep this in mind though:

  • Always use fresh beans.
  • Take your time to dial in the coffee.
  • Willingness to Experiment: This goes for any semi automatic coffee machine but even with its automated features, the machine may require some experimentation to find the perfect settings for your taste. If you enjoy the process of fine-tuning your coffee, this machine will suit you well.

If you prefer a much less messy tamping and puck preparation method, take a look at the Barista Express Impress. Its Impress Puck System is a game changer.

What's in the Box?

Breville Barista Express | Stainless Steel Milk Jug | Portafilter | Cleaning Tablets | Descaling Powder | Single and Dual Wall 1-cup and 2-cup baskets | Water filter holder and filter | The dosing funnel | Allen Key | Cleaning Tools | The Razor | Instruction Booklet


Ristretto | Espresso | Americano | Cappuccino | Macchiato | Espresso Doppio | Latte | Flat white | Milk foam | Hot Milk | Hot water



Thermo Jet

Innovative ThermoJet heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds, ready to make your best coffee without the wait, using up to 32% less energy annually compared to Thermoblock systems.

54mm Basket

Experience exceptional coffee creation with the Barista Express' 54mm stainless steel portafilter. This professional-style feature allows for an optimal 18g dose of freshly ground beans, unlocking a flavor-packed cup bursting with rich and complex taste.

Simple Interface

The Breville Express boasts a user-friendly interface with two options: volumetric shot control for effortless single or double shots, or manual control for ultimate personalization. Tailor your coffee strength and enjoy café-quality beverages at home.


Despite its impressive capabilities, the Breville Barista Express doesn't compromise on size. At only 16 x 34.7 x 30.5 cm, this powerhouse fits comfortably on any countertop, so you can enjoy cafe-quality coffee at home without sacrificing valuable kitchen space.

Auto MilQ

The Barista Express's automatic steam wand empowers you to create barista-quality beverages. With adjustable milk temperatures and textures, you can craft silky smooth microfoam, the essential ingredient for stunning latte art at home.

Low Pressure Pre Infusion

The Barista Express's low-pressure pre-infusion gently saturates grounds, ensuring even extraction. Followed by a powerful 9-bar brew, it unlocks captivating flavors and delivers a luxuriously velvety texture, for an undeniably rich and satisfying coffee experience.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
You are going to love it

Love the quality coffee, espresso and specialty coffee beverages available to me at home.
I can make a perfect Latte anytime I want.
The machine is very intuitive and easy to work/clean.
It also looks very nice on my kitchen. The heater is very fast and quite compared to my old Philips.
The grinder is professional too.
Just love it.

The Breville Express is an awesome machine.

I’m replacing a La Marzocco GS3 which is a smaller espresso maker. I used to entertain a fair bit for which the larger machine is wonderful but for me to make coffee for myself on the weekend it leaves much to be desired. It broke and the repair cost more than covers the cost of purchasing the Breville so I did some research and decided to get the Breville.
The drinks are very well drawn and the grinder works like an expensive burr unit.
There are two ways I use to bring the head and portafilter to temperature. One is to run a bunch of empty shots through to warm things up. The other is to wait a half an hour for the machine to heat the head and portafilter. Waiting does a better job so if I have the time that’s what I do.
I found that the manual is very readable and does a good job of emphasizing the factors important to getting good results. I’m not going to comment on the process of cleaning the machine because I haven’t owned it long enough to make any sort of judgment on the matter.

I can’t believe how good this machine is for it’s very modest cost. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for an espresso maker for low volume use.