Is it your first time using the Breville Espresso Machine? Then don’t worry we’ll help you through. Read this article till the end to easily operate your Breville espresso machine and get the most out of it.
Founded in 1932, Brivelle has been an iconic brand enhancing the lives of people in more than 70 countries by manufacturing fantastic kitchen products. It dominates the market when it comes to its espresso machines as it has gained the full trust of its customers.
Moreover, the Brivelle Barista Express has been awarded as the best home espresso machine in the market. So let’s now learn how to use the Breville Espresso Machine with plenty of quick and easy tips and tricks.
Why Select Breville Espresso Machine?
Apart from their easy user interface and user-friendly brewing system, Breville espresso machines brew high-quality espresso and yet are available at a very low price.
And there’s a reason why Breville espresso machines are preferred over the others:
- Its espresso machines pull great shots of espresso.
- They are very simple to use.
- The espresso machines are reasonably priced.
- They have a good quality heating system.
- Its machines allow you to do latte art.
- They allow for a hassle-free grinding.
How To Use Breville Espresso Machine?
Whether you own a “Breville Barista Express,” “Breville Oracle Touch” or “Breville Barista Pro”, its functioning is almost the same with a few modifications.
As reading the wordy user manual is a tedious task, we have concisely explained to you the steps to use Breville espresso machine:
STEP 01: The first step after unboxing your beautiful Breville espresso machine is to clean it. Though it remains packed, dust settles on its surfaces or even interiors.
You must wash the removable parts of the machine with warm soapy water and clean the other parts with a damp cloth. Once the cleaning is done, structure the espresso machine as shown in the manual.
STEP 02: Fill the water tank and run a few brew cycles before you make your first shot to ensure its cleanliness.
Note: Always check the water reservoir before you brew, because some Breville espresso machines don’t alert you when there’s no water. And brewing without water may cause a permanent or temporary machine damage.
STEP 03: Now’s the time to preheat the espresso machine. Usually it warms-up within a few seconds/minutes, but let it warm-up for 10-15 minutes for an espresso with rich crema.
While it’s heating-up, place your espresso cup on the cup warmer so that your cup and espresso remain warm for a longer time.
STEP 04: Here’s where we start playing with the coffee beans. If your Breville espresso machine has a grinder, then add enough fresh whole coffee beans into it and set the grind size to the middle setting or 5 as they recommend.
Now set the grind amount dial to the 3’o clock position and attach the portafilter to the espresso machine.
Note: For a perfect shot of espresso the grind amount must be 8-10 grams and for two shots of espresso, it should be 15-18 grams.
If you’re using pre-ground coffee beans, then use fresh roasted ones, 2-10 days old. But if you can’t find it, pre-ground coffee beans that are 30 days old would also do.
PRO TIP: Weigh the portafilter before hand and zero the scale so that you get to calculate the right amount of coffee grounds entering into it.
STEP 05: Tamp the coffee grounds by applying some pressure. Make sure to remove the extra coffee grounds from the edges of the portafilter, otherwise it won’t secure tightly to the espresso machine and will remain lose.
BONUS TIP: In case your Breville espresso machine has a gauge, then see that it sits in the middle of the gray band “espresso range” during the brewing process. If it is lower, then you need to increase your tamping pressure and if it’s higher, then you have to apply less pressure when tamping.
STEP 06: Now’s your favourite part. IT’S BREW TIME! Attach the portafilter back to the espresso machine and turn it to the lock position. But wait, before you attach the portafilter, click the ‘one-cup’ button to run hot water into a mug which will help in maintaining the proper brew temperature during the extraction of espresso.
Now press the ‘one-cup’ button if you need one shot of espresso and the ‘two-cups’ button if you desire two shots of espresso. Most importantly, don’t forget to place a cup under the brew head. And your espresso is ready. Enjoy!
How To Steam Milk?
Steaming or frothing milk for a cappuccino or latte requires skill and expertise. But being a novice coffee brewer how do you steam or froth milk to perfection? Don’t worry, I’ll explain to you the process of steaming of milk in an easy way. Read the points below:
- If you’re planning to make a milky drink for yourself, then remember to keep the milk pitcher/jug and also the milk as cold as possible for getting the ideal milk consistency. Try refrigerating the milk jug to make it cold.
- Fill the jug with cold milk (The volume of milk increases while frothing). Try using whole milk for a cappuccino as it is more wholesome and creamier, and use skimmed milk for latte as it helps in making a good macrofoam.
- Before you use the steam wand, don’t forget to purge it, turn the dial to steam and 10-15 seconds later, you see water dripping. After a few more seconds turn the dial to standby and hurry to froth your milk within like 8 seconds, otherwise you have to purge it again.
- Put the steam wand just below the surface of the milk, neither too high as it creates large bubbles nor too low as it makes a horrible noise, and start the steaming process.
- When the milk pitcher is too hot to even touch, your frothed milk is ready. Tap the milk jug on the counter and swirl it to get rid of any large bubbles. And it’s time to add it to your espresso.
Note: Purge the steam wand after every use and wipe it dry so that the milk layer on it doesn’t harden to give you a bad tasting coffee.
Pros and Cons of Breville Espresso Machine:
- Customisation settings.
- Classy design.
- Simple to use.
- Great value for money.
- Fast and strong heating system.
- In-built steam wands.
- Decent grinder.
- Some Breville espresso machines do not alert you on low water level.
How To Clean Breville Espresso Machine?
Cleaning and maintaining your Breville espresso machine spic and span is also one of the reasons of a nice cup of espresso/coffee. But before you clean unplug your espresso machine. Let’s discuss some cleaning tips:
- Empty the drip tray and the filter basket after each use.
- Wipe the steam wand after steaming milk everytime, and also the portafilter and group head after pulling your espresso shot.
- Wipe the exterior of the machine and scrub it with a cleaning brush.
[Note: Don’t use any abrasive materials for cleaning your espresso machine.]
- Soak the portafilter, filter basket, disc and steam wand in warm, mild soapy water.
- Backflush your espresso machine to remove the limescale build-up by replacing the filter basket with a blind basket and running water through the machine, whilst placing the cleaning tablets in the blind basket.
- Wash the drip tray and water tank with mild warm soapy water.
- Change the water filter every two months.
- Decalcify your espresso machine once every 3-4 months with a solution of water and white vinegar. Make sure that you run several rounds of water after decalcifying to remove any trace of vinegar.
Set an alarm that reminds you of cleaning your espresso machine regularly and thereby preventing any major damage.
What Are The Safety Measures While Using Breville Espresso Machine?
Be it any electronic appliance, you need to be vigilant while using it.
Keeping in mind your well-being, we’ve listed down several safety measures that must be followed while using the Breville espresso machine:
- Keep away from the reach of children.
- Do not place the machine at the edge of the table.
- Place the Breville espresso machine in a clean and dry space.
- Do not place it near a hot surface such as an electric burner or hot stove.
- Make sure the portafilter and the plug are fastened and not lose.
- Do not touch hot surfaces.
- When using the grinder, make sure the hopper lid is in the proper position.
- Never use the espresso machine without water in the water tank.
- Never detach the portafilter during the extraction process.
- Keep the appliance away from sunlight.
- Do not move the machine while operating.
- Unwind the power cord fully before use.
- Do not immerse the appliance in water.
- Never use outdoors.
- Always turn off and unplug the Breville espresso machine before cleaning.
By adhering to the precautionary measures, you can keep dangers at bay and use your Breville espresso machine to its fullest potential whilst being careful no matter whether it is in use or not in use.
By learning the proper way to use the Breville Espresso Machine, you can slowly venture into its advanced features and techniques.
By knowing the basic way to operate an espresso machine, you will eventually master pulling a perfect shot of espresso and making fantastic milk froth for your milky drinks.
The key to brewing fantastic espresso is to practice making it and observing the nitty-gritty details. I’m sure you’ll very soon learn everything about an espresso machine.