The Breville BES840XL is powered by a 15-bar Italian pump and uses a 1600 watt thermocoil for heating water to optimize brewing and extraction of coffee. The machine uses pre-infusion to make the grounds wet and expand them a few seconds prior to brewing it with high pressure.
Aspects and Features
The coffee extracted by the BES840XL is high quality due to the low and consistent pressure that is applied to the grinds. The machine comes with a 61 ounce water tank with a handle which can also be removed for cleaning. Tamping control is very good owing to the 54mm portafilter made of stainless steel. The ground coffee is dried so that the coffee puck can be easily disposed off.
The stainless steel steam wand can be moved 360 degrees to accommodate a container of varying sizes to froth latte or cappuccino. Then the water temperature is automatically adjusted by a purge function after steaming is over so that it is ready for the next shot. It is also possible to use the machine for getting hot water that pours out through a spout next to the steam spout.
The front of the machine contains a pressure gauge that shows extraction pressure so that you can make adjustments quickly if you would like to change the amount of extraction. You can customize the shot volume or use the volumes that are preset in the machine. The drip tray can be removed easily for cleaning.
The dimensions of the machine are 10.2 x 12.5 x 13.2 inches and it weighs 17 pounds. When you purchase the BES840XL you will also get single as well as dual water filter baskets, stainless steel jug, scoop, cleaning tool and a water filter.
The Breville-BES860XL is a conical burr grinder with a 15-bar pump and a 1450 watt stainless steel thermocoil heating system.
Aspects and Features
It has a steam wand that can be swiveled around at 360 degrees to accommodate containers of various sizes. It comes with a stainless steel attachment if you would like to extend it. The front of the machine has a pressure gauge that displays the pressure and you can adjust it if it is lower or higher than you may want it to be. It has a 67 ounce water tank.
You can set the volume of the amount of the shot, or use the preset volume and in case you would like to do it manually there is a manual override. The grind size can be adjusted as well as the grind amount.
The dimensions of the machine are 11.5 x 14.5 x 13.2 inches and it weighs 25 pounds. On purchase you will also get a single as well as dual wall single shot filter, tamper, pitcher made of stainless steel, cleaning kit and a frothing attachment.
What is the Difference Between the Breville BES840XL and BES860XL?
The most notable difference is that the BES860XL is a conical burr grinder which is known for better extraction of flavor from the coffee beans. The BES840XL is 1600w thermocoil heating system whereas the BES860XL has a 1450 watt thermocoil heating system. The BES840XL has a 61 ounce water tank compared to the larger 67 ounce tank in the BES860XL.