Breville is a manufacturer of quality small kitchen appliances. The company was founded in 1932 in Sydney, Australia. At its inception, Breville made radios and even mine detectors during wartime. Following WWII, and especially with the growth of television in its native country, Breville turned to small appliances for the kitchen as their specialty. Besides espresso Machines, the company makes other items such as coffeemakers, food processors, toasters and microwave ovens.
The Breville espresso machine is currently available in five different models depending on your needs and affordability. The top-of-the-line “Dual Boiler” model has been excluded because it is not a typical home use appliance. It is also very expensively priced at $1199.99.
This is Breville’s economy version for the espresso beginner. If you are just beginning to experience the joys of mochas, lattes and cappuccinos this is the choice for you. The standard controls are easy to manipulate. It comes complete with a stainless steel frothing pitcher and even a measuring spoon. A porcelain cup and saucer are also included to add just the right touch for a blossoming Barista. Its water tank will hold 40 ounces. This particular model has been around for awhile and has proven to be highly reliable. The retail price is $149.99.
This is the next step up for a Breville espresso machine. The Die-Cast is made of sturdy stainless steel. The controls are still very accessible and simple to use with just a few extra “bells and whistles” than that of the Café Modena. Like all Breville espresso machines, this unit features an “auto purge” option which allows for a complete flush of the system after each use. This affords you the freshest tasting product with each and every cup. The only negative is that some soupy grounds are present following extraction, but this is stated in the manual so it is just the nature of the process. Positives include a large drip tray, water level indicator and a handy storage drawer for accessories. This machine retails at $349.99.
The Infuser espresso machine from Breville offers a technological feature not found in the previous two models we have discussed. As the name indicates, this technique allows for a pre-infusion of steady low pressure which expands the grinds prior to the high pressure that follows creating an even extraction. This particular model also is enhanced by a Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) which is a programmable digital control with relay and temperature probe. This provides the ability of controlling the temperature of the water to within one tenth of one degree. This version Breville espresso machine provides 1600 watts of power and has a price of $499.99.
This Breville espresso maker basically is a combination of all the best features that the other four models have to offer. What distinguishes it from the rest is a built in grinder. Any expert Barista will tell you that the secret to an ultra fine espresso is the freshness of the bean; therefore, the less time in between the grinding and the preparation the better. The Barista Express was voted the 2013 Best New Product Coffee or Tea Prep by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The suggested retail price is $599.99.