Breville BES840XL – An Espresso Machine Review

Breville BES840XL – An Espresso Machine Review

Can’t start your day without a strong, flavorful coffee? You need a coffee maker like the Breville BES840XL or The Infuser. The machine has become popular over the years for its durability, gorgeous looks (it looks stunning, we can’t help but appreciate the sheer beauty of its design) and excellent quality coffee.

Is The Infuser worth the hype? The answer is- yes. This machine will bring you a variety of coffee drinks, all made with unmatched perfection. You will never really have to think about buying a coffee machine ever again. And the looks? If this machine doesn’t melt your heart, we wonder what will. It comes with such a beautiful and attractive design, that it becomes very difficult to take your eyes off it. Let’s dive deep into the working and features of this machine.

Why We Love The Infuser?

The machine is a perfect espresso maker that brings home the most delicious coffee experience without burning a hole in your pocket. Retailing for around $500, this semi-automatic machine can easily provide you a strong and aromatic drink within a few minutes. The quality of the brew remains consistent with each brewing.

The machine boasts of a pre-infusion function which greatly enhances the taste and aroma of the brew. A pre-infused coffee always tastes richer and more delicious. Therefore, strong and flavorful coffee lovers always try to find pre-infused varieties to drink. It has a decent sized cup warmer and the drip tray is removable for easy cleaning. Moreover, you can accommodate larger sized cups in the machine with ease.

The sheer quality of the machine’s design is what attracted us most. It is made up of stainless steel that brings beauty as well as practicality to its design. It is available in two colors- black and red. We find both of them attractive (but we will give extra marks to the black one). You can fit this machine into any kitchen with ease.

The Details About The Infuser

It is a semi-automatic espresso maker. This gives you more control over the functions but also demands some careful setting selection before brewing. Though the learning curve is small, it will certainly take more time to learn how this machine works, especially if you are new to coffee brewing at home. The machine comes with PID temperature control. This improves the heat stability of the machine, providing you a more consistent brew each time.

The most important feature of this coffee maker is pre-infusion. In this process, the coffee beans are ground at a very low pressure in the beginning and they are infused with a little water as well. These wet beans/grinds provide better extraction and make the coffee taste richer. As the coffee beans are slowly expanded ground, they release more powerful flavors in the extract which make your espresso the perfect kick starter for your day.

The machine has an auto purge feature as well. It will automatically adjust water temperature after steaming to ensure that your extract drips out at the right temperature. Moreover, you will also get the option to froth silky smooth and beautifully textured milk for your lattes and cappuccinos. The swivel action, the 360-degree steam wand is perfect for getting milk froth that will make your coffee even more delectable.

The machine comes with easy cleaning options as well. For example, it will extract extra water out of the puck after brewing. This makes the puck dry and easy to remove. Moreover, it has a large water tank. This 61-oz. the capacity tank is removable, which is great for refilling as well as cleaning. The water tank comes with a water filter, which catches dissolved minerals and impurities from the water with ease.

The stainless-steel body of the machine provides great looks as well as extra durability to the users. It has 54 mm pressurized and non-pressurized portafilters. Plus, it has both single walled and dual walled filters. Therefore, you get to choose the kind of coffee you want to make and get more control over your brew.

There is even a black plastic insert in the machine which prevents spills from the filters. Moreover, the insert helps in reducing heat loss of the espresso right after extraction, keeping your brew fresh and piping hot. It is helped by a 1600-watt thermocoil heating system. This system helps in heating your brew more evenly and maintains the machine temperature as well. Therefore, you never face the problem of cold brews that turn watery because of heat loss.

Why should you buy The Infuser?

The Infuser is a value-for-money product, selling at less than $450 on major retail stores and online stores. This machine is durable and will likely live up to its reputation. It fits into your kitchen with ease, being a medium sized machine. Though it isn’t particularly small or light, it isn’t heavy or bulky either. It fits into both traditional and modern kitchen decors, without looking like an eyesore.

If you like lattes and cappuccinos, you can find plenty of other options in the market. However, if an espresso is your choice of coffee, there is nothing better than this coffee maker. The pre-infuser system saves the original flavor and aroma of the freshly ground coffee, making it taste richer and more delicious. You must note that a coffee grind starts losing its freshness within 15 minutes. With this pre-infusion system, this freshness remains intact and you get a strong and impeccable morning brew each day.

We suggest this coffee maker to every homeowner who wants café quality espresso but doesn’t want to break the bank. The machine has a slight learning curve but as it is a semi-automatic coffee maker, you get extra control in the bargain. The product comes with numerous accessories which help you in getting the best coffee with this machine.

It isn’t compatible with ground coffee and may be slightly slower when it comes to brewing higher volumes. Moreover, you may want to buy a heavier steel tamper for the machine. Apart from these quirks, the machine is perfect and will continue being the most important appliance in your kitchen for years to come.

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AuthorStuart Jones

A Die Hard Coffee Lover and Blogger.

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