Out of 3 Ratings

Owner's of the Breville Espresso Maker BES870CBXL gave it a score of 4.7 out of 5. Here's how the scores stacked up:
  • Reliability

    5.0 out of 5
  • Durability

    5.0 out of 5
  • Maintenance

    4.0 out of 5
  • Performance

    4.33 out of 5
  • Ease of Use

    5.0 out of 5
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Setting the Grind Size
The grind size will affect the rate of water
flow through the coffee in the filter basket
and the flavor of the espresso. When setting
the grind size, it should be fine but not too
fine and powdery.
There are numbered settings on the GRIND
SIZE selector. The smaller the number, the
finer the grind size. The larger the number,
the coarser the grind size.
We recommend you start at setting 5 and
adjust as required.
Setting the Grind Amount
Set the GRIND AMOUNT dial to the
3 o’clock position as a starting point. Adjust
towards LESS or MORE as required to adjust
the dose amount so the metal cap on the
supplied tamper is level with the top edge of
the filter basket rim, AFTER tamping.
It is normal that the GRIND SIZE
selector and GRIND AMOUNT dial
will need to be adjusted a few times
to achieve the correct extraction rate.
Start with the suggested settings,
extract an espresso, then refer to
the Extraction Guide, page 25, to
determine what adjustments need to
be made.
Selecting the Filter Size
Insert either the 1 CUP or 2 CUP filter
basket into the portafilter (see ‘Selecting a
Filter Basket’, page 22). Press the FILTER
SIZE button to select SINGLE if using the
1 CUP filter basket, or DOUBLE if using the
2 CUP filter basket.
Automatic Dosing
• Ensure the hopper is locked into
position and is filled with fresh
coffee beans.
• Ensure the filter basket is completely dry
before placing the portafilter into the
grinding cradle.
• Push and release the portafilter to
engage the grinding activation switch,
then allow fresh ground coffee to fill
the portafilter.
• Grinding will automatically stop,
however if you wish to stop grinding
before the cycle has finished, push and
release the portafilter.
It is normal for the portafilter to
appear overfilled with ground coffee.
Untamped coffee is three times the
volume of tamped coffee.
Initial Start Up
• Ensure the water filter is securely fitted
inside the water tank.
• Fill the water tank with cold, preferably
filtered water up to the MAX mark.
When replacing the water tank, ensure
to push down completely to lock into
Always check the water level before
use and replace water daily. We
recommend using cold, filtered water.
We do not recommend the use of
de-mineralized or distilled water or
any other liquid as this may affect
the taste of the espresso and how the
machine is designed to function.
• Ensure the hopper is locked into
• Plug the power cord into a 110/120V
power outlet.
• Press the POWER button to switch the
machine on. The POWER button light
will flash while the machine is heating.
If the hopper is not correctly locked
into position, the FILTER SIZE LED’s
will flash.
• A pumping sound will be heard. This
is normal.
• When the machine has reached the
correct operating temperature, the
POWER button light will stop flashing
and all button lights on the control panel
will illuminate. The machine is now in
STANDBY mode, ready for the next step
‘Flushing The Machine’.
Flushing the Machine
It is recommended to complete a water
flushing operation, without ground coffee, to
ensure the machine has been conditioned.
When the machine has reached STANDBY
mode, follow these steps:
1. Press 2 CUP button to run hot water
through the group head.
2. Position the steam wand tip over the
drip tray. Rotate the STEAM/HOT
WATER dial to the STEAM position and
run steam through the steam wand for
10 seconds.
3. Rotate the STEAM/HOT WATER dial
to the HOT WATER position and run
water through the hot water outlet for
10 seconds.
4. Repeat steps 1–3 until the water tank
is empty.