Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine

September 29, 2013 - Comment

Included dual wall filters provide excellent practice for budding baristas The dedicated hot water outlet makes brewing Americanos and hot chocolate easy. Included single wall filters provide a more challenging experience for those who have already mastered the art of espresso Why the Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine? For espresso with a well-balanced flavor, flavor

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Dual wall filters, 54mm Included dual wall filters provide excellent practice for budding baristas Dual wall filters, 54mm The dedicated hot water outlet makes brewing Americanos and hot chocolate easy. Single wall filters, 54mm Included single wall filters provide a more challenging experience for those who have already mastered the art of espresso

Why the Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine?

For espresso with a well-balanced flavor, flavor needs to be drawn evenly from all the coffee grinds. What is the best way to prepare the grinds for an even extraction?

Rather than starting with bursts of high pressure, the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine starts with steady, low pressure to gently expand the grinds. This helps fills in any cracks, gaps, or irregularities in the coffee puck before full pressure is applied, so even pressure is applied to all parts of the coffee puck and optimal flavor is extracted.

BES840XL Features

The BES840XL has both automatic features, like temperature settings, and programmable features like volumetric control. The key features that set it apart from other espresso machines in its price range are the pre-infusion technology, the thermocoil heating system, and PID temperature control technology. See chart below for details.

Other helpful features include a cup warmer on the top of the machine and a feature that removes excess water from the filter basket after coffee extraction, so the used grounds form a dry puck for quicker cleanup. The machine goes into ‘Sleep Mode’ after 1 hour and automatically shuts off after 3 hours. There is extra-tall cup clearance for brewing directly into travel mugs.

Other touches include an ‘Empty Me!’ indicator that lets you know when the removable drip tray is full and a ‘Clean Me’ cleaning alert. The storage tray houses the included accessories. Lastly, all parts that come in contact with water and coffee are BPA free.

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Product Features

The 61 fl. oz. (1.8 L) removable water tank is a top-fill tank with a handle. It has a replaceable water filter to reduce impurities and scale. The 1600W thermocoil heating system circulates the water through a heated coil, heating water ‘on demand’ for better temperature consistency. It also uses PID technology to regulate the temperature. A 54mm stainless steel portafilter with commercial style spouts and a 54mm tamper are also included for expert tamping control. The tamper is stored magnetically on the machine, but is easily removable for tamping. The dry puck feature removes excess water from the ground coffee in the filter basket for easy disposal of the coffee puck. The espresso pressure gauge helps you monitor espresso extraction pressure, so you know whether the espresso is being over- or under-extracted. The volumetric control functionlets you set shot volumes. Use either the preset volumes or manually over-ride them with your own preferences. Once you figure out what volumes you prefer, you can program it to remain at your customized setting. The dedicated outlet for instant hot water (for making Americanos, hot chocolate, and for warming cups). The steam wand is used for effortless milk frothing for making lattes and cappuccinos. It is made of stainless steel and swivels 360 degrees to accommodate different size frothing jugs. The auto purge function automatically adjusts the temperature of the water used for steaming milk and extracting espresso. The function automatically begins to cool the boiler to the optimal temperature for espresso extraction after using the steam wand. The removable drip tray is partitioned for both wet and dry spills, with an ‘Empty me!’ indicator for when it’s full.

Product Features

  • Pre-infusion function applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction
  • 1600w thermocoil heating system with integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature
  • Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
  • 15 bar Italian pump provides complete volumetric control – preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable volumes
  • Accessories: single & dual wall filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool, water filter with holder.


Comdet says:

The Breville BES840XL vs the Breville Double Boiler: a surprising shoot-out result Bottom line: I was expecting the Double Boiler to blow the BES840XL out of the water when it came to shot quality. That was not the case at all. While the milk texturing capability of the 840 is a pale shadow of the DB, and it lacks the multitude of convenience features of the DB, the 840 absolutely holds its own with regards to shot quality.Full review:I’ve been using the Breville Double Boiler espresso machine for nearly a year and have been very pleased with it. I was hesitant at first, but great shots and the many, many convenience features won me over. So, when the opportunity came up to compare their top of the line Double Boiler (DB) with their new machine (I’ll call it the 840) I thought it wouldn’t be a fair fight. Well, I was wrong.I’ve never been a fan of thermoblock machines since the temperature stability is just not there. Breville seems to have solved that using two methods. First, the thermoblock is really a thermocoil — it’s a solid…

Yarii says:

“The Infuser” vs. the “Barista Express” – Breville Espresso Comparison If you can’t decide between the two, maybe I can help. I’ve owned the almost 2 years. Eleven months into my 1-year warranty, I woke up to find water all over the counter. Breville has superior customer service and replaced my leaking Barista Express within a week. Two weeks ago I woke up to the same thing with the warranty replacement. It turns out that the Barista Express has a 2 piece ThermoBLOCK heater and the gasket where the 2 pieces join together eventually leaks.This new Infuser has a one-piece ThermoCOIL heater. Will this one last longer? Only time will tell and I will update this review if I have a leak with this model.Where the new Infuser excels:– Smaller footprint, the Infuser measures slightly over 10″ wide– Hotter espresso, 5 degrees hotter according to my thermometer– Quieter pump– Drip tray…

Alexandra says:

Strong machine with good features Got this machine from Amazon about two weeks ago now. Setup was a breeze and the machine works very well. Overall very satisfied.Pros:-Looks great-Pressure gauge is very helpful – though good shots are usually pulled on the high end of the pressure range-Pre-infusion has generated good results-Pre-programmed shot amounts are really helpful-Machine prepares quickly-Quiet operation-Steam arm is long and on a great ball joint-hot water dispenser is nice-Great tamper holder built into machine-large water tank-Includes both pressurized and non-pressurized baskets-Uses a thermocoil instead of a thermoblock-Easy cleaning cycleCons:-Shots pull fine, but come out not as hot as expected (when pulled stand alone). I haven’t measured temp on them but if cups and porta-filter are warmed as suggested in instructions i’m sure I would have better results.-In-spite of built in feature to…

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