When compared to other methods, Espresso drinks have higher dependence on the machine being used. It is why people spend a lot of time in research before purchasing an espresso machine for both home & office needs. Personally speaking, we had used Breville BES840XL the Infuser at our office for a while, since we can hardly live without coffee. And the following Breville BES840XL review has been made in light of two weeks’ usage of the machine. We have also taken inputs from other customers who have been using this established espresso maker from Breville. At the end of this review, you will have an idea whether the Infuser is the best choice for your coffee needs.
An Introduction to Breville BES840XL the Infuser
Breville, as you would know, is one of the trusted names when it comes to coffee machines, and particularly the Espresso machines. It also produces a wide variety of home and kitchen appliances, but let’s now keep our focus into the coffee-maker section. As far as we are concerned, Breville BES840XL the Infuser is made for both home and office purposes. Breville BES840XL has been available for a few years and it has got several upgrades in the course of time too.
For those who are completely new to espresso machines, do note that Breville BES840XL is a semi-automatic espresso machine. It means that you have better control over espresso coffee making, but at the same time requires some experience to master the techniques. We are not talking about the specs here. Rather, we’d check out the other aspects you may need to know about the machine, such as performance, style, usability etc.
Finish, Availability and Dimensions of Breville BES840XL
The body of Breville BES840XL the Infuser is made with stainless steel, offering the best looks and strength, for best extraction and related tasks. It does not matter which area we consider — the upper part or wand; everywhere, you can see the strength of the build. For this budget, this machine is one of the best well-built choices in town for sure.
As far as availability goes, Breville BES840XL can be purchased in two different finishes — Cranberry Red and Black Sesame. We always find the black variant attractive, but then, it is your choice. You can also choose a color that suits your kitchen or office interior. The whole design of the machine has been skillfully done, thus offering you better control and sturdiness while getting your espresso ready.
Coming to dimensions, the Infuser measures 10.2” x 12.5” x 13.2”. We can’t say that the Infuser is a compact machine. It is, however, not an ultra-huge one either. If you are planning to keep the machine in a kitchen, the dimensions are okay. Also, the item weighs 17 Pounds, which is not too big for a standardized semi-automatic espresso machine like this.
Summing things up, Breville BES840XL the Infuser has the optimal dimensions for variety of espresso needs.
One of the best features of this espresso machines is its professional-level quality and performance. if you’d asked some experienced customers, they would have talked about its smooth espresso making process.
If you consider the heating system, Breville BES840XL is equipped with a Thermocoil Heating System. It does seem to be an effective shift from thermoblock, in many aspects. Thanks to this new tech, you have a better level of control over water temperature and its accuracy. If you are still wondering, you do need an optimal temperature for the best espresso shot. In our experience, the machine performs the heating part in a really smooth manner. Combined with this is a 15-Bar Pump and Pre-Infusion technology. We found their impact in the final cup of coffee only. While the Pre-Infusion technology keeps the beans wet and in optimal state for extraction, the pump skillfully applies the right amount of pressure. The result is, every cup of espresso we had from Breville BES840XL the Infuser was just amazing.
Talking about the Pre-Infusion tech, it has its impacts on aroma preservation too. We had tried the same set of coffee beans in other machines, but Breville BES840XL manages to offer something better for sure. If we are to consider all these factors, we’d say that the Infuser offers an impressive performance for sure. To say the least, the tastes are incomparable and the aroma, we can’t resist loving. If you are considering the water capacity, there is nothing to worry too. Breville BES840XL comes with a total water reservoir of 61 fl. Oz. It is removable and comes with filters so that any kind of impurities don’t enter the water being used.
Usability and Control
To use a semi-automatic espresso maker, you need some experience. At least, you should know the process of creating a cup of espresso. If you have that idea, Breville BES840XL should be just fine. Thanks to the well-built hardware, managing the machine has been no less than incredible. Without applying too much pressure or force on the parts, you can pull off a perfect shot of espresso. After all, it’s machine that has been made for beginners and intermediate baristas. It also means that you may have to upgrade from Breville BES840XL when you think the machine limits your experimenting coffee-making skills.
For the time being, Breville BES840XL controls are easy as a piece of cake. There are four buttons on control panel of the device — which are for Power, Program, One Cup and Two Cup respectively. In-between, you’d spot the lights for Clean Me and Hot Water Steam, along with the Pressure Gauge. In a single look, you can have an idea of what’s happening with your espresso. Compared to the other machines in market, we find the Control section of Breville BES840XL pretty impressive. And, we’d recommend this machine if you want a pretty usable and customizable way to make espressos, every single day.
Noteworthy Features of Breville BES840XL the Infuser
Are you looking for some worth-having features in Breville BES840XL the Infuser? In light of our experience, we’d say the following ones make a lot of sense. Most of these helped the espresso making easier during a bunch of tests we’d done.
Volumetric Control is one of the most-touted features of Breville BES840XL the Infuser. It means you can control the volume of espresso that is produced from the machine. By default, there are one and two cups of coffee volumes. However, if you need a larger/smaller cup, there is an option to manually override the settings. Personally speaking, we always love a big cup of joe, and the feature was easy to set up too.
Pressure Gauge of the Breville BES840XL can be spotted on the control panel itself. Of course, it has been made to give you a clear idea about the pressure being applied. We already discussed efficiency of the 15-bar Pressure Pump and Pre-Infusion technology. If you want to be assisted, it’s fine, but the machine always has scope for customized brewing.
Another feature we loved in Breville BES840XL the Infuser is its Cup Warming Tray. The whole spirit of espresso goes way if it becomes cold. Understanding this, Breville has added a feature that keeps your espresso cup warm as long as you keep it on the mentioned position. According to our tests to determine the cup sizes, we also found that the machine supports almost all sizes of coffee cups. This is a good thing for constant coffee drinkers.
Drip Tray is removable in the machine, which is a good thing if you think about the cleaning process. It’s also easy to manage if you have different cups. The Infuser also has a dedicated storage box that can be used for keeping all the tools and accessories safely.
Last but not least, Breville BES840XL can provide you normal hot water, through its Dedicated Hot Water Dispenser. So, if you just want to try a cup of tea or soup, the same machine can help you. Just use the respective dial and you can get the perfectly-warm cup of hot water from the Infuser. You can also use the warm water feature for cleaning your cups; you know, it’s good for better extraction of beans.
As we said, all these Breville BES840XL features were just useful during our test sessions. We hope that every espresso lover will find reasons to use almost all these options too.
Pros and Cons of the Infuser – Breville BES840XL
Let’s have a look on what we loved and what we didn’t in this Breville BES840XL the Infuser.
- Even for newbies, Breville BES840XL offers an easy way to make the perfect espresso drinks
- Thanks to the Thermocoil Heating System and Electric PID, temperature management is easy.
- The performance is on par with even the expensive espresso machines out there.
- Additional features like water dispenser, volumetric control and storage sections are impressive.
- A huge-enough, removable water reservoir of 61 fl. Oz.
- An easy-to-manage control panel and display section provide satisfactory information about tasks.
- Manual control of temperature is not possible, due to the electric PID tech.
- Despite the competitive performance, the build quality is somewhat lower.
- Breville could have offered more than 1 year of warranty.
Breville BES840XL Unboxing Video
The Final Verdict
Considering all the sections we have covered above, Breville BES840XL the Infuser is the perfect choice for beginner and intermediate baristas. As we had mentioned earlier, the machine offers an impressive level of control and customizability at the same time. Obviously, we cannot ignore the ultimate performance and its additional features, such as the water dispenser, automated temperature control and better usability. In our opinion, Breville BES840XL has more automated features than you would originally expect from one normal semi-automatic espresso machines.
As we had mentioned in the introduction, Breville is one of the most trusted names when it comes to coffee maker machines. As for this product, you can have one year of limited warranty. However, according to the multitude of reviews we had considered, not many machines seem to be having issues in the long run. Even after two or three years, most customers of Breville BES840XL are satisfied with the build and performance. Now, with all these things in focus, we’d recommend Breville BES840XL the Infuser to all our readers, if you can afford it.