Breville BES820XL Review

The Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine is an espresso machine under 1000 that is suitable for the first timer as well as the more experienced espresso lover. It has an intelligent programmable function and a manual function which would allow the more experienced user to experiment with different options. You can use the custom settings to get the correct amount of coffee with a simple touch of the button. There are three settings – Auto Shot, Custom Shot and manual Shot.

Unlike some espresso makers the Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine comes with a range of accessories. Included with this you unit you will receive one- and two-cup dual-wall stainless-steel filters, an espresso-pod filter, a tamping tool and measuring spoon, a cleaning tool, and a user manual with recipes to try out.

The Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine also has a Power Save mode which will kick in if it is not used for an hour. In this mode it will use 45% less power than it does when in Stand By mode. In addition if not used for three hours it will shut down completely.

Features & Benefits of the Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine

The main features of the Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine are:

  • Dimensions: 10 x 10.5 x 12.2 inches
  • Weight: 22.5 pounds
  • Pump or Steam: this espresso maker has a pump driven mechanism which is self priming.
  • Maximum Pump Pressure: operates at a maximum of 15 bars with a stainless steel boiler.
  • Water Tank Capacity: The tank, which is removable, has a large capacity of 75 ounces which is approximately 9.5 cups.
  • Steam Wand: this comes with a steam wand.
  • Drip Tray: this espresso maker has a large, slide out drip tray for ease of cleaning.
  • Espresso Pod Adaptor: this espresso maker has an industry standard E.S.E (Easy Serving Espresso) coffee pod adapter.
  • Cup Warmer: this unit comes with a cup-warming surface on top of the machine which uses the residual heat from the boiler to keep your cups warm and ready for use.
  • Timer: as with most espresso makers this unit has no timer
  • Warranty: comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Those who have already bought and used the Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine are generally impressed with this machine. In particular the speed of heating up, size of drip tray, large water tank and the crema produced receive praise. As the Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine is suitable for pods as well as ground coffee it means that you could use the pods for a coffee that you use less frequently so that you do not have to empty the grinder to produce an occasional different coffee.

Of course, as with every espresso machine, you will have to try out several combinations of grind size, packing pressure and amount of coffee before finding the combination that is just perfect for you. The pressure gauge on the front of the Breville BES820XL Die-Cast 15-Bar Programmable Espresso Machine will indicate when the needle is in the Optimum Zone thus giving the perfect pressure for that ideal cup of coffee with a divine layer of golden crema.

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