Espresso Nerds : Breville Barista Express ($700) , Pro ($800), or Touch ( $1000) ?

Bitter Moose

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I got the express for my birthday a few months ago. Really happy with it; the screens seem useless on the slightly nicer models.
 

hootpie

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Oct 5, 2003
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Do not spend $1000 on a fucking Breville. If you're going that expensive, get a legitimate espresso machine. Rancilio, Gaggia, and Bezzera all make good machines for < $1,000.

Edit: I had the Breville Bambino Plus, thought it was great, started not making espresso well, and I swapped it for a legit machine from Bezzera and the difference is night and day.
 

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Do not spend $1000 on a fucking Breville. If you're going that expensive, get a legitimate espresso machine.
The key is ease of use. My wife does not, in any way, want to learn how to make proper espresso or foam milk. I’d spend $1500 on the touch of it kept me from having to teach her over and over.
 
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Oct 9, 2002
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Only paid $700 for the touch. They run crazy sales over holidays.

however, be aware, breville has the worst customer service I have ever dealt with. Legendarily bad.
what issues have you had with the Touch? quality or durability?
 

xconverge

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Apr 11, 2008
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I like my gaggia classic :shrug: I think I am happier with it than I would have been with the barista express

I do have a breville smart grinder though and it is OK, I like it, but I also see how it is right on the cusp of being ok for espresso
 
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absolut87

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I’ve heard a few bad things about the all-in-one units being prone to breaking but I’m sure if your good about maintaining it you’ll be ok
 

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