Breville Barista Pro Review 2022: Time To Polish off This Hidden Gem!

After working as a professional barista for many years, Arne Preuss founded Coffeeness.

I’m no jewel expert, but after looking more closely at the Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine, I feel like I’ve found a hidden gem in Breville’s lineup. After you read through my Breville Barista Pro review, I think you’ll agree!

Breville Barista Pro Review Overview

I’m no jewel expert, but after looking more closely at the Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine, I feel like I’ve found a hidden gem in Breville’s lineup. After you read through my Breville Barista Pro review, I think you’ll agree!

I’ve long been championing hybrid espresso machines with grinders. I really do feel like they represent the ideal middle ground between super automatics and traditional espresso makers.

In my opinion, the Breville Barista Pro represents an affordable and approachable solution for aspiring home baristas. Let’s take a look at what it can do!

Breville Barista Pro

I love this machine!

30 grinder adjustments

Intuitive digital display

Precise temperature control

Sleek design

No pre-programmed drinks

Quite a steep learning curve

Breville Barista Pro Review Overview

I’d call the Barista Pro a diamond in the rough, but that implies Breville’s other machines, such as the Barista Express or Barista Touch, are a shoddy bunch. Both of those machines shine brightly on their own, which is why I think the Barista Pro is so easy for people to overlook.

However, I think it’s time we all pay close attention, because there are a lot of impressive features involved with this machine. As I’ll demonstrate in this Breville Barista Pro review, it’s the missing puzzle piece that connects the Barista Touch to the Barista Express. 838.99

At $0.00, it’s a more affordable machine than the Barista Touch  – but it has all the features that I wish the Barista Express had.

With that said, if you’re a fan of Breville’s usual retro aesthetics, the Barista Pro’s appearance may disappoint. The machine has traded analog controls and pressure gauges for an LCD screen. Personally, I appreciate the updated look of the Barista Pro. It’s a good indicator that this is a higher end machine with some impressive features under that stainless steel housing.

At 20 pounds (9.1 kilograms), it’s also one of the more compact machines in Breville’s lineup. Still, I’m not sure it’s lightweight enough for me to dub this a great option for RVs or studio apartments. After all, you’ll find plenty of ultra compact espresso machines around this price range.

Anyway, I don’t think most people will mind giving up a few extra inches of counter space when they see what kind of features the Barista Pro is packing under its hood.

Breville Barista Pro Features

Maybe I’ve had one too many shots of espresso, but I can’t wait another moment to dive into the details of my Breville Barista Pro review. Let’s do it!

Colors

The Breville Barista Pro in the Beautiful Color Truffle Black.

If you were waiting on Breville to offer a color option other than stainless steel or black, the moment has finally arrived. Don’t get too excited, though; the Barista Pro comes in almost all of the gloomy neutrals you can think of.

So, If you’ve ever wondered what Smoked Hickory or Sea Salt might look like as colors, now you can find out! I’d love to know which cookbook Breville pulled these color names out of. I guess Red Velvet Cake just sounds a lot fancier than maroon, huh?

Regardless of which color you get, it’s hard to deny that the Barista Pro is a pretty machine. Its rounded corners combined with a sleek metallic sheen help this elegant beauty really dazzle.

User Interface

I’ve said that the Barista Pro fits like the missing link between the Barista Touch and Barista Express, and its user interface is proof of that. The LCD screen is an upgrade from the Express’ analog controls, but the Pro is still missing the Barista Touch’s drink profiles and pre-programmed recipes.

On the left, you’ll find the power button. Below the digital display, the menu button helps you navigate the screen. The final three buttons control grind and filter size, as well as how many shots you’re brewing. If these controls seem limited, I promise they are not.

The grind size knob doubles as a control for switching between settings on the LCD screen. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be able to adjust brewing temperature or dosing amount.

My only complaint about the user interface is that Breville has done away with the pressure gauge, which is a staple on its other semi automatics. Not only did the gauge complete the vintage look, it helped troubleshoot some rookie mistakes  – like grinding your beans too fine or coarse.

However, I can’t be that upset, because Breville has added something just as useful to the Barista Pro: timed shots. A timer function will really help you dial in consistent espresso, so that’s pretty huge.

Even so, I hope the signature pressure gauge will make a return appearance on newer Breville machines.

Ultimately, I’m a big fan of the Barista Pro’s user interface. While the digital display might represent a steeper learning curve, it’s still intuitive. You might have to open the user manual once or twice, but even newbies should find this machine easy to operate.

Volumetric Control

With timed shot capabilities, do I even need to tell you that the Barista Pro has volumetric control? Well, just in case, here’s the rundown. Adjusting the shot volume is as simple as using the grind dial to flip through the menu.

I’m not surprised to see that Breville has included this feature. It’s standard on a lot of semi automatics, especially at this price point.

Not everyone will utilize volumetric control, but for a lot of home baristas it’s definitely super convenient. There’s no need to hover over the espresso machine in anticipation when you’ve got pre programmed shots in the mix.

Digital PID Temperature Control

Just as a couple of degrees could mean the difference between staying inside or going for a walk, adjusting the temperature of your espresso  – even by two or three-degree increments  – can make or break your shot.

So, I don’t want to understate the importance of digital PID temperature control on the Barista Pro. And if you’re wondering what PID stands for, it’s Proportional Integral Derivative. Geez, even typing that out is giving me flashbacks to Algebra  – let’s just stick with its acronym.

Now, the Barista Pro isn’t the first Breville semi automatic to include digital PID control. Many of the manufacturer’s machines also have this feature. However, the Barista Pro offers more precise control than most.

That’s good news to me  – the more precise your temperature control is, the better.

Boiler

It’s time to talk about one of my favorite features on the Barista Pro  – its ThermoJet heating system. If you’re used to espresso machines that take 10 minutes or more just to warm up, I have a feeling the ThermoJet system is going to blow your mind. It only takes three seconds to reach the perfect temperature for espresso extraction.

Technically, three seconds isn’t instantaneous, but it might as well be. For once, your espresso machine will be the one waiting for you, not the other way around.

Not to mention, the ThermoJet is a major upgrade from the thermocoil system in the Barista Express. Breville tends to favor thermocoil systems in a lot of their semi automatics, including the Express and the Duo Temp Pro.

I’ve got no beef with thermocoil systems, but they can’t beat the lightning-fast speed of a ThermoJet system. In comparison, the Barista Express takes thirty seconds to heat up. That might not seem like a big difference, but on mornings when you can’t function until you’ve had an espresso shot, those extra 27 seconds might feel like an eternity.

Besides its quick heat up time, I appreciate the stainless steel design of the boiler. It’s durable and corrosion-resistant, which is what matters. Stainless steel boilers are already the standard for a lot of semi automatics, but it’s still nice to see one included here.

Milk Foam

Making Milk Foam with the Breville Barista Pro.

If you’ve read my Barista Express review, then you already know everything I’m going to say about the Barista Pro’s steam wand. Essentially, Breville just copied and pasted the Barista Express’ milk system onto the Barista Pro.

The only minor tweak is that the Barista Pro’s steam wand is a little more robust. That shouldn’t affect performance, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pro’s steam wand is more durable.

Ultimately, I only have minor complaints about the Pro’s manual steam wand. It won’t compete with the professional frothers you’ll see in a coffee shop, but it should work just fine for most home baristas. In fact, I’d say you’ll be able to whip up a pretty awesome cappuccino or espresso macchiato in no time.

I’m a little disappointed to see that rubber grip from the Barista Express steam wand has made a return appearance here. I appreciate the safety aspect, but there’s not as much space in front of the machine. As a result, you’ll have to hold a cloth over the steam wand when you flush out milk residue. If you don’t, you risk contaminating the rest of the machine or your coffee with the residue.

All things considered, that’s my only minor complaint. The manual steam wand is still getting good marks from me.

Burr Grinder

If there’s one thing that can ruin your espresso experience, it’s a subpar coffee grinder. You might think I’m making mountains out of molehills  – or, in this case, espresso grounds. However, I’m not exaggerating.

Features like digital PID temperature control or a ThermoJet heating system cease to matter if your grinder is underperforming.

That’s why so many home baristas still end up dropping $200 or more on a high-quality burr grinder. Built in grinders can save you some of that cash, although there are almost always drawbacks with a two-in-one machine.

With that said, the Smart Grinder Pro on this machine is far from a disappointment. It’s also another component that makes this machine stand out. The stainless steel burr grinder boasts 30 grind size adjustments, which should be more than enough when you’re dialing in your shots.

Flexible Shot Control

Not everyone will care about flexible shot control, but I think it’s part of the magic of owning a good semi automatic espresso machine.

On the Barista Pro, tinkering with flexible shot control is as simple as pressing a few buttons on the user interface. I’ve already mentioned that you can adjust the temperature and volume of your shots. However, you can also tweak the dose of ground coffee used as well as the pre infusion time.

If you’re a control freak like me, it’s fantastic to have so much influence over your espresso.

Specialty Drinks

If that heading got you excited, I’m sorry to tell you that the Barista Pro does not have a specialty drink menu. I bring this up because I think this is one of the major differences between the Barista Pro and the Barista Touch.

That isn’t to say you can’t make specialty drinks, but you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way.

For this reason, I don’t think the Barista Pro is going to be a great fit for one-touch specialty drinks fans. Instead, the Barista Touch and its eight customizable drink recipes could be a better match. Is it pricier? Yes. Is it worth skipping a few meals or pawning a family heirloom to have a flat white at the touch of a button? Only you can decide! 

Filter Baskets

The Portafilter of the Breville Barista Pro.

Equipped with a 54 millimeter stainless steel portafilter, I have no complaints about the filter baskets included with the Barista Pro. You get single and dual wall filter baskets  – one of each for a single shot and a double.

Here’s a little fun fact about the Barista Pro. The original portafilter designed for the Barista Pro is no longer included with the machine. A lot of people weren’t keen on its design. As a result, Breville swapped it out for the portafilter included with the Barista Express.

That’s good news as far as I’m concerned, since I like the portafilter on the Express. Unless you buy it used, you should get the new and improved portafilter when you purchase the Barista Pro.

Tamping

I’m pretty sure almost every semi automatic espresso machine since the dawn of time has included an espresso tamper. The Barista Pro is no exception, but I can praise the manufacturer for one thing: the tamper included with this machine is stainless steel, not plastic.

Far too many manufacturers get away with providing plastic tampers. If you ask me, it’s almost insulting to spend $500 or more on an espresso machine only to get a flimsy plastic tool that won’t work properly. It’s one of my pet peeves, so I’m glad to see Breville has delivered the goods.

Pre-Infusion

At this point, pre infusion feels like Breville’s signature trademark. This isn’t the only manufacturer to use pre infusion, but you’ll find this feature in almost every single one of its semi automatics.

If pre infusion sounds like jumbled coffee lingo, allow me to enlighten you. During pre infusion, the machine slowly dampens the coffee grounds under low pressure before it brews. As a result, you’ll get a better extraction and a more flavorful espresso shot.

It’s hard to argue against pre infusion, and once you’ve pulled a shot this way, I doubt you’ll ever want to go back. Pre infusion will help balance out the flavors of your espresso, and you won’t have to lift a finger in the process.

Cup Height

The spout on the Barista Pro isn’t adjustable, but there’s enough space for you to comfortably fit most cups, including travel mugs. So, unless you’re trying to brew your espresso in a coffee thermos, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble with the Pro’s cup height.

If you really do need extra space, you can always pull out the drip tray. Just make sure you don’t accidentally pull out the hidden storage drawer in the process.

Warranty

No matter how great your espresso machine seems, you can never go wrong with a safety net. That’s exactly what the two year warranty on the Barista Pro provides. Granted, it is a limited warranty, so you can’t rely on Breville to cover everything. Unfortunately, you won’t get a free replacement if you drop your Barista Pro into the ocean or use it to fend off a pack of hungry wolves.

However, you can count on the warranty to cover manufacturer defects. As long as you notice these issues within the first two years, Breville has your back.

How To Use the Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine

I’ve spent a lot of time talking up this espresso maker in my Breville Barista Pro review, but that’s not all I’m here for. Let’s put words into action and talk about how to actually use this machine to prepare espresso.

Drink Preparation

Operating some espresso machines can feel like rocket science, but the Barista Pro isn’t one of them. Pulling a shot is fairly easy, although you will probably need the user manual if you plan to tinker with some of its more advanced settings. 

  • Step one is fairly obvious. Turn on the espresso machine, add water to the reservoir and fill the hopper with coffee beans. For first time use, I’d recommend purging the portafilter with water before you use the grinder. 
  • Now it’s go time. Place the portafilter into the grinding cradle, then press and release for automatic dosing. If you want to dose manually, press and hold the portafilter in the grinding cradle.The default setting for grind size is 15, which isn’t a bad place to start for a first time user. You can always use the grind control button to adjust it. 
  • Distribute the grinds evenly in the portafilter and tamp them down. Consistent tamping can take some practice, but once you get good at it, it’ll be like riding a bike. 
  • At this point, make sure to warm your espresso cups using the Barista Pro’s dedicated hot water spout.
  • Lock your portafilter into the brew head, press the single or double shot button and watch the magic happen. 

Don’t forget to check the extraction time. Remember  – you’re aiming for 20 seconds for a single shot and around 30 seconds for a double. If you’re too far outside that range, you’ll need to adjust the grind and dose settings.

Breville Barista Pro Cleaning

The real joy of owning an espresso machine comes from cleaning and descaling it, right? Well, maybe it’s just me that feels like that. Either way, I can’t wrap up my Breville Barista Pro review without telling you how to keep your machine looking and performing its best.

As far as espresso machine maintenance goes, caring for the Barista Pro is no different than most semi automatics. There are things you’ll need to do after every use, as well as occasional descaling.

Speaking of descaling, the Barista Pro does include a water filter, which should eliminate the need for frequent cleaning cycles. Oh, and before you ask, yes, you’ll need to eventually replace the water filter. Fortunately, it’s easy to get hold of a replacement Breville Claro Swiss Water Filter on Amazon. 

Even with the water filter installed, you’ll probably need to run the cleaning cycle every couple of months. The good news about descaling the Barista Pro? The machine will remind you when it’s time to descale. I recommend using Durgol Descaler for the best results.

There’s also a second indicator that lets you know when it’s time to run a flush cycle. A flush cycle does exactly what you’d think. It flushes coffee oil residue from the group head and prevents buildup. For this, you’ll need to get hold of Breville espresso machine cleaning tablets.

Of course, you will need to keep up with more frequent maintenance too. This includes wiping off the portafilter after each use. To purge the group head, run hot water through the portafilter after every espresso shot. You can use a similar tactic on the steam wand by purging the milk residue from the wand.

That may seem like a lot to keep up with. However, all things considered, the Barista Pro is still relatively low-maintenance.

Breville Barista Pro Specifications

Breville Barista Pro
Manufacturer

Breville

Model number

BES878

Product category

Hybrid espresso machine

Housing material

Stainless steel

Color options

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue, Oyster Shell, Royal Champagne, Sea Salt, Smoked Hickory

Milk frother

Steam wand

User interface

Monochromatic LCD with buttons and dials

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Portafilter size

54 mm

Tamping

Manual

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

Number of boilers

1

Pump pressure

15 bar

Maximum cup height

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

30

Bean hopper capacity

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

Specialty drinks

2

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

2-cup function

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1680 W

Weight

20.0 lb / 9.1 kg

Dimensions

16.0 x 13.9 x 13.5 in
40.6 x 35.3 x 34.3 cm

Warranty

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), Dose trimming tool, 16 ounce milk jug, Cleaning kit, Instruction booklet.

Current price on Amazon

$838.99

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Breville Barista Pro vs Other Espresso Machines

I’ve already mentioned a few other machines in this Breville Barista Pro review, but let’s look closer at how it measures up to the competition.

Breville Barista Pro vs Breville Barista Touch

I know that the Breville Barista Touch is a price jump at $879.95, but it might be worth it. The biggest difference is going to be the touchscreen display and specialty drink menu.

Not only is the touchscreen more advanced on the Barista Touch, you can customize up to eight drink recipes. Outside of the specialty drink options, these two are otherwise fairly similar. You have just as many grind settings on the Barista Pro as well as the same digital PID.

If you’re not big on specialty drinks or user profiles, you might as well stick to the Barista Pro. However, if you want the convenience of your favorite espresso drink at the touch of a button, you might want to consider the Barista Touch.

See Also: Best Breville Espresso Machine Review 2022

Breville Barista Pro vs Breville Barista Express

For $599.95, the Breville Barista Express isn’t that much cheaper than the Barista Pro  – but it’s a noticeable step down.

I know that the Barista Express is Breville’s latest poster child, but I see almost no reason not to upgrade to the Barista Pro. You’ll get more than double the grind adjustments, a digital display and more precise PID control.

See Also: Breville Barista Express Review 2022

Breville Barista Pro vs DeLonghi La Specialista

At $749.95, the DeLonghi La Specialista is definitely a more affordable option than the Barista Pro, but is it a worthy investment?

The DeLonghi has a few notable features  – like programmable coffees and pre infusion  – but it’s not as beginner friendly. You can expect a lot of trial and error with the DeLonghi La Specialista, and if you don’t have the patience for that, you may want to stick with the Barista Pro.

For anyone just starting to experiment with espresso settings and controls, the Barista Pro is going to hold your hand in a way that the La Specialista doesn’t.

See Also: DeLonghi Specialista Review 2022

Breville Barista Pro vs Others Comparison Chart

Breville Barista ProBreville Barista TouchBreville Barista ExpressDeLonghi La Specialista
Manufacturer

Breville

Breville

Breville

De'Longhi

Model number

BES878

BES880BSS1BUS1/BES880BTR1BUS1/BES880DBL1BUS1/BES880BST1BUS1

BES870XL/BES870BSXL

EC9335

Product category

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Housing material

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Color options

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue, Oyster Shell, Royal Champagne, Sea Salt, Smoked Hickory

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue

Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel

Black, Metallic, Red

Milk frother

Steam wand

Steam wand

Steam wand

Steam wand

User interface

Monochromatic LCD with buttons and dials

Touchscreen

Buttons and dials

Buttons and dials

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Portafilter size

54 mm

54 mm

54 mm

51 mm

Tamping

Manual

Manual

Manual

Automatic

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

Number of boilers

1

1

1

2

Pump pressure

15 bar

15 bar

15 bar

19 bar

Maximum cup height

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

3.9 in / 9.9 cm

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

12.0 in / 30.5 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

30

30

16

6

Bean hopper capacity

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

Specialty drinks

2

8

2

3

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

2-cup function

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Yes

Yes

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1680 W

1680 W

1600 W

1450 W

Weight

20.0 lb / 9.1 kg

26.8 lb / 12.2 kg

23.0 lb / 10.4 kg

29.7 lb / 13.5 kg

Dimensions

16.0 x 13.9 x 13.5 in
40.6 x 35.3 x 34.3 cm

16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 in
40.6 x 31.8 x 32.3 cm

15.9 x 12.5 x 13.8 in
40.4 x 31.8 x 35.1 cm

17.5 x 15.0 x 14.5 in
44.5 x 38.1 x 36.8 cm

Warranty

2 years

2 years

1 year

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), Dose trimming tool, 16 ounce milk jug, Cleaning kit, Instruction booklet.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Milk jug, Cleaning supplies, Cleaning brush, Trimming tool.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Included Accessories: Portafilter and baskets, Milk pitcher, Cleaning supplies, Instruction manual.

Current price on Amazon

$838.99

$890.00

$729.50

$764.99

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Breville Barista ProBreville Barista TouchBreville Barista ExpressDeLonghi La Specialista
Manufacturer

Breville

Breville

Breville

De'Longhi

Model number

BES878

BES880BSS1BUS1/BES880BTR1BUS1/BES880DBL1BUS1/BES880BST1BUS1

BES870XL/BES870BSXL

EC9335

Product category

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Hybrid espresso machine

Housing material

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Color options

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue, Oyster Shell, Royal Champagne, Sea Salt, Smoked Hickory

Black Stainless Steel, Black Truffle, Brushed Stainless Steel, Damson Blue

Black Sesame, Brushed Stainless Steel

Black, Metallic, Red

Milk frother

Steam wand

Steam wand

Steam wand

Steam wand

User interface

Monochromatic LCD with buttons and dials

Touchscreen

Buttons and dials

Buttons and dials

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Memo function only

Portafilter size

54 mm

54 mm

54 mm

51 mm

Tamping

Manual

Manual

Manual

Automatic

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

67.6 fl oz / 2.0 l

Number of boilers

1

1

1

2

Pump pressure

15 bar

15 bar

15 bar

19 bar

Maximum cup height

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

3.9 in / 9.9 cm

4.0 in / 10.2 cm

12.0 in / 30.5 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

30

30

16

6

Bean hopper capacity

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.1 oz / 230.0 g

8.8 oz / 250.0 g

Specialty drinks

2

8

2

3

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

2-cup function

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Yes

Yes

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1680 W

1680 W

1600 W

1450 W

Weight

20.0 lb / 9.1 kg

26.8 lb / 12.2 kg

23.0 lb / 10.4 kg

29.7 lb / 13.5 kg

Dimensions

16.0 x 13.9 x 13.5 in
40.6 x 35.3 x 34.3 cm

16.0 x 12.5 x 12.7 in
40.6 x 31.8 x 32.3 cm

15.9 x 12.5 x 13.8 in
40.4 x 31.8 x 35.1 cm

17.5 x 15.0 x 14.5 in
44.5 x 38.1 x 36.8 cm

Warranty

2 years

2 years

1 year

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Filter baskets (1 and 2 cup), Dose trimming tool, 16 ounce milk jug, Cleaning kit, Instruction booklet.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Milk jug, Cleaning supplies, Cleaning brush, Trimming tool.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Magnetic tamper, Trimming tool, Coffee scoop, Milk jug, Water filter and holder, Cleaning supplies.

Included Accessories: Portafilter and baskets, Milk pitcher, Cleaning supplies, Instruction manual.

Current price on Amazon

$838.99

$890.00

$729.50

$764.99

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Verdict: Breville Barista Pro Review

Breville Barista Pro

I love this machine!

30 grinder adjustments

Intuitive digital display

Precise temperature control

Sleek design

No pre-programmed drinks

Quite a steep learning curve

We’ve reached crunch time in my Breville Barista Pro review. I’ve said this before, but the Barista Pro really does feel like the hidden gem among Breville’s shiny, stainless steel lineup of semi automatics. For all the hype that the award-winning Barista Express has garnered, the Barista Pro is its more advanced, faster successor.

And costing only around $100 more, I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t opt for the Barista Pro over the Express. I still think some home baristas will eventually outgrow the Barista Pro and turn their sights to something more advanced. In the meantime, I think it’s time to polish off this beauty and give it a turn in the spotlight.

Do you think the Barista Pro compares to the Barista Express? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of this hidden gem!

Breville Barista Pro Review FAQ

The Barista Pro’s many features, including precise temperature control and grind size adjustments, have earned this machine its “pro” title. 

Yes, you can use the powerful manual steam wand on the Barista Pro to make great lattes. 

There may be a learning curve with the Barista Pro, but it should quickly become easy for anyone to use. 

Start with the default setting of 15, and adjust up or down until you’re satisfied with your espresso shots. 

Yes, you can load the portafilter with pre ground coffee, although you’ll get much better results using freshly ground coffee from whole beans. 

 

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