Breville BES840XL The Infuser Review

Breville BES840XL The Infuser Review

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The BES840XL The Infuser is an semi automatic espresso machine that incorporates top of the line components to deliver exceptional quality, performance, and style. This is a replacement model of the Breville BES830, with one significant improvement. To heat water to a perfect temperature consistently, the BES840XL uses a thermocoil instead of a block (which was used in earlier models). The issue with the block was that it was held together by a gasket, which inevitably led to leaking. The coil provides not only much more reliability, but also incredibly consistent water heating capabilities, which are essential to great tasting espresso.

How Does The Infuser Work?

The main selling point of The Infuser (and the reason for the name) is the way in which it extracts from grounds. Once you have tamped and are ready to brew, The Infuser will use slow and steady pressure to gently permeate the empty space between the grounds, then apply the high pressure for an incredibly even extraction and maximum flavor output. Combining this feature with programmable settings (such as volume control) makes the Breville BES840XL a very user friendly and functionally excellent option for those looking for a high quality mid-price espresso machine.

Pros & Cons of the Breville BES840XL

Pros

  • Even Extraction
  • High Quality Materials
  • Drip Tray Full Indicator
  • Compact Size

Cons

  • Grinder Not Included
  • Poor Quality Beans Can Lead To Clogging
  • Cannot Set Specific Brew Temp

Pros and Cons Breakdown

By applying slow and steady pressure instead of blasting the grounds full force like many other espresso machines, the Breville BES840XL is able to extract and deliver maximum flavor and quality in each shot. This is fantastic both given the size and the price point of the machine, but there are a few things to note before buying. First and foremost, you will need to get yourself a grinder, as one is not included with this model. This is not a big issue in and of itself, but some consumers have noted that they had to experiment with the coarseness of their grinds and quality of their beans before being able to capitalize on the full capabilities of the machine. Once you have found the sweet spot however, the built-in PID temperature control will allow you to consistently brew great tasting shots without any additional tinkering. However, also bear in mind that the PID is not programmable, so if you are someone who likes that level of control you may want to find alternative options.

So, How Does The BES840XL Stack Up?

Ultimately, the Breville BES840XL outclasses other machines in its price range when it comes to ease of use and quality. While the PID programming may be an issue for some, it ultimately allows the user to brew fantastic espresso shots with minimal extra tinkering. Features like the built-in water filter and the low-pressure pre-infusion combine with smaller conveniences such as the drip tray notifying you when it is full to make a great end-user experience and truly delicious espresso.

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