How To Use Breville Barista Express Coffee Maker

The Breville Barista Express is both the best and most complex home espresso machine.

You might feel a little unsure about using the machine if you have never used one before.

No need to worry. If you’ve recently purchased or are thinking of buying this espresso machine, we’ll show you how to use it.

Ways to To Use Breville Barista Express Coffee Maker

Following are some of the essential ways that will help us on how to use Breville Barista Express Coffee Maker

1) Reading the Manual

To begin, read the installation instructions. You will learn how to clean and attach the water filter before using the machine for the first time by following the instructions.

2) Make Sure the Water Is At The Right Level

Before turning it on, you should check the water level. It does not alert you if the water level drops or if you run out of water. Focus on the water level to avoid burning parts.

3) Start The Machine By Preheating It

The machine is ready to use when all six buttons are lit up. Allow the espresso machine to warm up for 10-15 minutes to ensure that all parts are warm.

4) Place The Coffee Beans Inside The Pot

After the machine has been heated, place the coffee beans into the hopper. Do not worry about the exact amount; ensure you have enough.

5) Adjust the Grind Size/Amount To Your Preference

Breville recommends setting the grind size to 5 for best results.

You’ll likely need to adjust the amount of grinding at first. Otherwise, we recommend setting the grind amount in the center, at 3 o’clock.

6) Measure the Portafilter

Make sure that the portafilter is completely dry before using it. An espresso shot requires 8-10 grams of ground coffee. A double shot of espresso requires 15-18 grams of ground coffee. To measure the ground coffee accurately, you weigh the portafilter first, then zero it out.

7) Grind Coffee

Put the portafilter into the ‘Grind Outlet’ after zeroing it out.

Let’s take a double expresso as an example. Press the filter size button to select Double espresso size. Start grinding by pressing in the portafilter, then releasing it.

Weight the ground coffee. It should be between 15-18 grams. Remove a little until you have 18 grams, and adjust the Grind Amount in the future. Add more if it’s less than 15 grams. Push in the portafilter, hold it for 2 seconds, then release and weigh again. Once you achieve 15-18 grams, you can stop.

8) Tapping the Coffee

Push the loose coffee into the portafilter center by using your hands. Too much or too little tamping pressure will cause the extraction process to be too low and vice versa. Ensure that the coffee grounds are flat, level, and even then, tamp it down a few more times, but do not use too much pressure. By twisting the tamper at the end before pulling it out, you will ensure that your grinds are level.

Wipe loose grinds around the portafilter will give a proper seal.

9) Fill a Cup With Hot Water

To stabilize the machine temperature and your mug. Run a single cup of warm water into your coffee mug, then empty it.

10) Prepare the Espresso

The portafilter should be inserted into the ‘Group Head,’ where it says ‘Insert,’ then turned to the ‘Lock’ position.

After pressing the 2-cup button, make the double shot and monitor the red pressure needle.

If, however, your needle reaches the grey’ Espresso Range’. If it fell under the range, increase your tamping pressure next time; if it fell over the range, decrease your tamping pressure next time.

11) Fill the Milk Container

You should fill the jug just to the bottom of the ‘V’s. A cold jug and milk will result in a more prosperous, more acceptable froth. Keeping the jug in the freezer is a good idea.

12) Purging the Steam Wand

The wand must be purge before each use. Place the wand over the drip tray and select ‘Steam.’

Within 15 seconds, water will drip out, then turn into steam. For a few seconds, let the steam run, then turn the standby back on. Put the wand quickly into the milk, then turn back to steam. Purge the wand within 8 seconds, or you’ll have to purge it again. 

13) Steaming And Frothing The Milk

Put the tip of the wand a quarter-inch under the surface of the milk. You will likely hear a high-pitched screeching noise if the information is too low or make giant bubbles and potentially spill milk if the tip is too high.

Milk is ready when the bottom of the jug is too hot to touch. Switch to standby.

14) Re-Purging the Steam Wand

keep the steam wand over the drip tray again as soon as the milk is removed. To clean the rod, let steam come out of the pipe for a few seconds.

15) Cleaning the Steam Wand

Immediately wipe the milk off the steam wand using a wet washcloth. Wipe away any extra water and coffee grinds. Rinse the portafilter and completely dry it off. 

Bottom Line

It won’t take you long to get started on a hectic day with a frothy cup of coffee. It is very easy to handle the Breville Barista Express Coffee Maker. From now on, you’ll be more aware of all that’s going on when you prepare coffee. Try it today and get the best coffee ever!