Whether you already own a Barista Touch, or thinking about getting one, a question that many people have is whether they can make regular coffee with the Breville Barista Touch.
The answer is yes, you can make coffee with the Barista Touch, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
The Breville Barista Touch is an Espresso machine, so it doesn’t make drip coffee like a traditional coffee maker, but it has a preset for Americano, which is espresso mixed with a full cup of hot water, and it’s as close as you can get to a regular cup of coffee.
Breville Barista Touch comes with a built-in grinder, which means that you use freshly ground beans to make espresso. The machine also has a hot water function that allows you to dispense hot water for making tea or other hot beverages. However, it’s important to note that the Breville Barista Touch is primarily designed for making espresso-based drinks, so you might not get the same taste or flavor profile as you would with a regular drip coffee maker.
If you want to make regular coffee with the Breville Barista Touch, you can use the hot water function to dispense hot water into a cup, and then add your espresso shot to the hot water. In fact, this is something that the Barista Touch does for you automatically, simply select the Americano preset from the menu and customize the settings to your taste.
Making Regular Coffee (Americano) with Breville Barista Touch
Step-by-Step Guide to Make an Americano
The Breville Barista Touch is a lovely touch display with icons of many coffee drinks. Scroll until you find the Americano setting.
- Select the coarseness of the grind. Since Americanos are made with Espresso, I’d keep it as fine as possible. If you’re unsure, keep the grind setting to medium.
- After grinding and tamping the grounds in the portafilter, attach it to the group head to start the extraction process.
- Select “Americano” from the screen.
- Choose your desired strength and size.
- Press the “Start” button.
This will extract espresso, then automatically follow it with hot water from the integrated dispenser. You don’t have to boil any water separately. With that, you’ll have a full mug of black coffee.
Tips and Tricks
- Here are some tips and tricks to help you make the perfect cup of coffee with the Breville Barista Touch:
- Experiment with different beans and grinds to find the perfect combination for your taste.
- Make sure to clean the machine regularly to ensure the best flavor and performance.
- Use fresh, room temperature water in the reservoir for the best taste.
- Preheat your cup before brewing to keep your coffee hot for longer. Preheating your portafilter (and drying it before grinding) helps, too.
Breville Barista Touch Americano Settings
With the Barista Touch, making an Americano is easy and convenient. The touchscreen interface guides you through each step of the process, so you don’t have to guess or experiment to get the perfect cup.
One thing to keep in mind when making an Americano with the Barista Touch is that the hot water is added to the espresso shot after it is extracted. This means that the water is not filtered through the coffee grounds, so the resulting drink may not be as smooth or full-bodied as a regular drip coffee, but it’s just as delicious and it’s definitely worth a try.
Best Settings for Breville Barista Touch
With an espresso machine like the Breville Barista Touch, it’s always a trial and error type of process until you find your favorite settings. So I can’t tell you what you’ll like and won’t like, but I can recommend a few things to help you to the right track. Here are some tips on the best settings for the Breville Barista Touch:
Coffee Freshness: Use freshly roasted coffee, preferably from your local roaster. Store bought beans can be alright, but not as fresh as locally roasted beans. Using beans 5 days after they have been roasted is ideal.
Brew temperature: The brew temperature affects the flavor of the coffee. For espresso, a temperature of around 200°F is recommended. You can adjust the brew temperature in the settings menu.
Use a Digital Scale to Measure Volume: The water volume determines the strength of the coffee.Using a digital scale will help you determine that you are extracting the correct amount of coffee for your dose. While your Breville Barista Touch has preset settings and is programmed to yield the best results, if you ever want to take your brewing experience to the next level, a digital scale is a must.
With the right settings and fresh ingredients, you can make delicious coffee with the Breville Barista Touch. Experiment with different settings to find the perfect balance of flavor and strength for your taste.