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A solid chassis of stainless steel

Adding water is easy

Pour in your whole beans

Choose the amount of grounds

From grinder to portafilter

Trim it if you'd like

Use this gauge to judge the pressure

Let that liquid gold flow

Now here's a creamy crema

Twist the knob for steam

Plenty of steam power

Making frothed milk wasn't a chore

Cafe drinks at home

The Breville Barista Express is constructed from stainless steel for a sturdy and stylish look.

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Thanks to a removable water tank with a firmly attached handle, it's a cinch to fill the Barista Express with H2O.

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There's a bean hopper on top of the machine that feeds the built-in burr grinder.

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There are dials and buttons to select the amount of coffee grounds the grinder will create.

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Ground coffee beans drop right into the portafilter for easy espresso shot dosing.

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Breville also includes a steel "razor" tool to trim excess grounds from the filter.

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Equipped with a pressure gauge, the Breville Barista Express lets you see how successful your shot will be in real time.

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If all goes well, you should have a delicious shot of espresso in about 30 seconds.

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Not only were the shots I pulled very rich, they were topped with a crema that was nice and thick.

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A knob on the right of the Barista Express activates its steam or hot water functions.

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Unlike budget espresso machines, the Breville Barista Express had steam which didn't quit.

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A steel pitcher plus lots of steam power made frothing milk simple and quick.

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With just a little practice you have the tools to create cafe drinks at home.

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