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Calphalon Temp iQ vs. Breville: Review and Comparison

Calphalon is an American brand that specializes in premium kitchen appliances and kitchenware. The name Calphalon is synonymous with high quality hard anodized aluminum cookware, but they also have several appliances, just as premium, and an espresso machine is one of them.

Calphalon’s Temp iQ espresso machine with built-in grinder, which is model we’re reviewing here, is usually compared to Breville’s famous Barista Express espresso machine with built-in grinder, especially that both are priced similarly.

In this post, we’re looking at the features of Calphalon’s espresso machine and how it compares to Breville’s Barista Express.

Features of Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder:

Calphalon BVCLECMPBM1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
  • 15-Bar Italian pump delivers the right amount of pressure for maximum flavor extraction and produces a beautiful layer of crema for your Espresso
  • Freshly grind your beans to your preference With the integrated conical burr mill Grinder with 30 adjustable grind settings
  • Pre-programmed settings for single and double shots, and dial interface for selecting steam, or hot water
  • Includes single- and double-shot single wall filter Baskets
  • Thermoblock heating technology and PID temperature control delivers even heat for consistently great-tasting Espresso, and gentle pre-infusion blooms The espresso grounds for optimally extracted Espresso

The Calphalon Temp iQ espresso machine is a pretty sleek machine that delivers solid results. It has the standard 15-bar pump, so you should expect a flavorful and nicely extracted espresso shot.

On the control panel, you’ll find three buttons. Two of them a pre-set for a single or double shot, the third button is for manual extraction. A dial knob allows you to switch between steaming or hot water, which is useful for instant hot water either for Americanos or instant drinks.

Thermoblock heating as well as PID temperature control (digital temperature control) deliver consistent temperature either for extraction or steaming. The machine will ensure it reaches optimal temperature for each task before it starts.

When it comes to the included portafilter, the Calphalon includes a 58mm portafilter basket, which holds more ground and allows for more even water distribution.

The Calphalon has a generous 94 oz water reservoir that is removable for easier refilling and cleaning.

What’s Included with Your Calphalon Espresso Machine:

  • Stainless steel milk jug.
  • Tamper
  • Cleaning disc
  • Cleaning pin
  • Cleaning brush
  • Single and Double shot basket filters

Calphalon vs. Breville Barista Express, What Is The Difference?

Calphalon BVCLECMPBM1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Calphalon BVCLECMPBM1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Portafilter Size
58mm
54mm
Reservoir Capacity
97 oz
64 oz
Pressure Gauge
Calphalon BVCLECMPBM1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Calphalon BVCLECMPBM1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Grinder and Steam Wand, Stainless
Built-in Grinder
Portafilter Size
58mm
Reservoir Capacity
97 oz
Pressure Gauge
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Portafilter Size
54mm
Reservoir Capacity
64 oz
Pressure Gauge

Breville Barista Express is a widely popular espresso machine. It is packed with everything one might need to get started as a home barista. It is user-friendly, has a built-in grinder and all the technical specs you need to produce a great cup of coffee. When it comes to features, Calphalon and Breville are neck-and-neck. So, are there any differences and how do you pick between them?

If you need to read a full review of the Breville Barista Express you can click here.

There are actually several differences between them that I can bring to your attention:

Although both machines have built-in conical burr grinders, how you adjust the grind settings is quite different. On the Barista Express, you have the Grind Amount and a dial for increment settings, but you have very little to no control over how precise your grind size is. On the Calphalon, you have control over the actual grind numbers giving you more control over your grind.

Portafilter sizes are different. The Barista Express has a 54mm portafilter, while the Calphalon has a 58mm portafilter. Does that make any difference to you? Although both filters can, technically, hold the same grams of ground coffee (up to 22g), having a larger portafilter (Calphalons) allows for better water distribution at pre-infusion and as the espresso being extracted. That’s why 58mm is the standard size used at coffee houses.

The steam wand design on the Calphalon is more of a commercial design than the one on the Barista Express.

Calphalon’s water reservoir is quite large at 97 oz (2.8L). Barista Express’s reservoir is 67 oz.

The Barista Express has a pressure gauge that shows you when your machine has reached optimal pressure. Calphalon doesn’t have a gauge, but uses light indicators instead.

Which Machine Is More User Friendly For a Beginner?

Both machines have been designed with beginner home users at mind. But both will require some trial and error until you get things right. Especially if it’s your first time using an espresso machine.

Things you’ll have to experiment with:

Milk frothing – getting that silky microfoam milk froth requires some practice.

Grind Size: if it’s your first time using an espresso machine, expect to make some terrible shots before you make the perfect one. Getting the right extraction depends on your precise grind setting, and the right grind setting will change depending on the type of coffee beans you use. This is why you’ll have to try different settings until you get the correct one.

Should You Buy an Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder or Buy the Grinder Separately?

Before you decide whether to go with the Calphalon or Breville’s Barista Express, here are some thoughts on espresso machines with built-in grinders:

  • It is important to keep in mind that the built-in grinder in your espresso machine is good for just that – grinding for Espresso.
  • So if you’re someone who also enjoys drip coffee, or any type of coffee other than espresso, you will not be able to use the built-in grinder in your espresso machine for other brewing methods. Grinders built-in to espresso machines have limited range of grind settings that are optimized for espresso grinds only, so all they offer is fine grind settings. If you want a grinder that can does it all (drip coffee and espresso), I highly recommend getting the espresso machine and grinder separately.
  • Built-in grinders are also somewhat harder to clean than separate grinders. You cannot take out the grinder on a built-in espresso machine and put it upside down or shake out older grinds.

Calphalon Temp iQ Espresso Machine (Without Built-in Grinder):

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Calphalon BVCLECMP1 Temp iQ Espresso Machine with Steam Wand, Stainless
  • 15-Bar Italian pump delivers the right amount of pressure for maximum flavor extraction and produces a beautiful layer of crema for your Espresso
  • Dial interface for selecting steam, hot water, and pre-programmed single and double shots
  • 58mm café-sized porta filter holds more grounds and ensures even water dispersion and extraction for robust flavor
  • Thermoblock heating technology and PID temperature control delivers even heat for consistently great-tasting Espresso, and pre-infusion gently blooms The espresso grounds for optimally extracted Espresso
  • Removable 2.0L water reservoir with hinged lid for easy filling

If you like Calphalon’s espresso machine but decided for a machine without a built-in grinder, this would make your best pick. It has the same features as the model with the built-in grinder, but this one is slightly smaller, so expect a smaller reservoir. But everything else should be the same, including the accessories.

Breville BCG820BSS Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Stainless steel conical burrs designed to minimize grinding heat and protect the essential oils in the coffee bean
  • 60 precise grind settings from the finest Espresso to the coarsest French Press Grind. Voltage: 110 120 Volts. Power: 165 Watts
  • Precision Electronic Timer allows users to adjust grind time in 0.2 second increments and consistent dose every time
  • 18 ounce coffee bean capacity with locking system for easy removal, storage, and transfer of the bean hopper
  • Grind directly into portafilter, grinds container, gold tone filter basket or paper filter

You will still need a grinder though, and I highly recommend Brevill’s Smart Grinder which makes a great entry-level grind that has 60 grind settings from espresso fine to coarse grind for french press and everything in between.

DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Express: Which Do You Buy?

Last Updated: February 2020

If you’ve been looking for a mid-range semi automatic espresso machine for home use, you’ve done right by considering La Specialista by DeLonghi. This machine comes as a direct competitor to the beloved Barista Express by Breville, and is the first of its kind by DeLonghi, a brand that usually excelled in making smaller Espresso machines (like the Dedica) or super automatic espresso machines.

In this post, you’ll read about the features of the DeLonghi La Specialista, how it compares to the Breville Barista Express as well as the more compact choice Dedica espresso machine.

Features of La Specialista Espresso Machine:

  • Built-in coffee grinder with adjustable settings and smart sensor to deliver consistent grind and optimal dose every time.
  • Built-in smart tamping station: just as your beans have been filled in the portafilter, pull a lever down for the built in tamper to tamp your coffee perfectly and evenly.
  • Active temperature control helps keep your machine’s temperature optimal and stable for espresso extraction and steaming.
  • Incredibly fast one second start up time.
  • Dual heating system, so you don’t have to wait between coffee extraction and milk frothing.
  • Pannarello steam wand style allows you to create professional textured milk for cappuccino or latte without any work on your part. Simply adjust the steam wand to the type of texture you want to create.
  • Built-in hot water dispenser for Americanos or tea.
  • Pre-set buttons for espresso, americano or coffee. You also have a ‘My’ button to program your own recipe.
  • Rinse button rinses the group head and portafilter to heat it or clean it.
  • Gauge allows you to see what temperature your machine is operating on and when it has reached optimal temperature.
  • 2 liter water reservoir capacity.
  • 250gr hopper capacity.
  • Includes: 2 filter baskets, dual-wall single and dual-wall double baskets.
  • Also includes a stainless steel frothing jug.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi La Specialista, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Video Review of DeLonghi La Specialista:

DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Express, How Are They Different?

De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Grind Settings
6
18
Steam Wand
Pannarello wand
Traditional frothing wand
Built-in Tamper
Automatic tamping
Manual
Hot Water Nozzle
Drink Presets
Espresso, Coffee and Americano
None
De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
Built-in Grinder
Grind Settings
6
Steam Wand
Pannarello wand
Built-in Tamper
Automatic tamping
Hot Water Nozzle
Drink Presets
Espresso, Coffee and Americano
More Info
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Grind Settings
18
Steam Wand
Traditional frothing wand
Built-in Tamper
Manual
Hot Water Nozzle
Drink Presets
None
More Info

As I already mentioned, the DeLonghi La Specialista comes as a direct competitor of the popular Barista Express. As the time I write this post, the DeLonghi La Specialista is higher in price than the Barista Express, so there’s a price difference to start with. But performance and features wise, which machine do you choose?

Now, both machines have quite similar features:

Built-in grinder, hot water on demand, temperature gauge, button controls, hands-free grinding directly into portafilter.

So at this point, it would be easier to see what differences these two machines have:

Grind Settings: the Barista Express has 18 grind settings giving you a variety of options when it comes to grinding different coffee beans and how it can turn out. The La Specialista only goes from 1 to 6 in grind settings, so it’s less options when it comes to coffee ground.

Included Filter Baskets: the La Specialista comes with two filter baskets, a single shot dual wall basket and a double shot dual basket. The Barista Express includes four baskets in total, a single and double shot baskets, single and dual walled. Dual wall baskets are usually a better choice for someone who is still not advanced in dosing and extracting espresso, as it controls pressure better.

Steaming Wands: DeLonghi has been known for its Cappuccino system on their espresso machines for a long time. They use pannarello wands that require no work on your part to get the right texture either for cappuccino or latte. You simply have to set a selector and let it do the work. This is a great choice for a beginner or anyone who is not keen on practicing the art of milk texturing. On the other hand, the Barista Express has a more traditional frothing wand, which will require some practice to get the milk to the right texture, so it’s not as straight forward as a pannarello wand, but it is a better choice for someone who wants to learn the professional way of texturing milk.

Built-in Tamper: The DeLonghi La Specialista has a smart tamper. The built-in tamper, smartly located inside the same head where the portafilter goes to collect the coffee grind from the grinder, requires one single pull of a level (located on the side of the machine) to tamp the coffee perfectly. You don’t have to worry about any mess or any uneven tamping, this built-in tamper does it just right, every single time! The Barista Express has a tamper that is magnetically attached to the machine, but tamping is done manually. And just like milk texturing, tamping is an acquired skill.

Pre-sets: La Specialista has three pre set drinks, espresso, coffee and americano. Upon selecting coffee or Americano, hot water is added to your espresso shot (in different volumes according to recipe). Water pours in automatically and you don’t have to even move your mug, as the hot water nozzle is conveniently located right by the portafilter. On the Barista Express, the hot water nozzle is slightly behind the portafilter, so you do have to relocate your mug slightly and you have to manually start the hot water.

Dimensions: La Specialista is slightly larger than the Barista Express. One noticeable difference is the height of the bean hopper on the La Specialista vs. the hopper on the Barista Express. This might be a problem for someone who is limited on space or cabinet height, so do check the dimensions and compare them to your available space.

Should You Buy the DeLonghi La Specialista or Breville Barista Express?

As you can see, there’s really not much difference in these two machines. However, one wins over the other in terms on advancement:

If you want the manual experience, but do not want to work on learning skills like milk texturing, playing with coffee grind or tamping, the La Specialista would make a better choice. Having less grind settings is not necessarily a bad thing, not everyone wants to get experimental with grind fineness. So, initially, you’ll need to try out from a limited number of settings to get your shot right, then you’ll be good to go. The automatic tamping is great, too. You don’t have to worry about an uneven tamp, which leads to a bad shot, or the mess that comes along with tamping. Last but not least, the Pannarello wand makes milk texturing such a breeze.

On the other hand, the Barista Express gives you more room to experiment and practice. If you’re new to semi automatic machines, you’ll most likely need to make a few shots before you get it right. Same goes for tamping and milk texturing. Since it’s somewhat manual, you’ll have to practice until you get things right. So if you feel like you want to acquire some barista skills, and don’t mind the practice and experimenting part of it, you’ll certainly enjoy using the Barista Express.

You can learn more about the Barista Express on the following links:

Comparing DeLonghi La Specialista to Other Breville Machines:

Although the Barista Express is the most comparable to the La Specialista, we see a lot of questions about comparing it to other machines by Breville. So here are some more comparisons…

DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Touch:

De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Grind Settings
6
-
Steam Wand
Pannarello wand
Traditional
Preset Drinks
Precise Milk Temperature and Texturing
Control Panel
Buttons
Colored Touch Screen
De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
De'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335M
Built-in Grinder
Grind Settings
6
Steam Wand
Pannarello wand
Preset Drinks
Precise Milk Temperature and Texturing
Control Panel
Buttons
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Breville BES880BSS Barista Touch Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel
Built-in Grinder
Grind Settings
-
Steam Wand
Traditional
Preset Drinks
Precise Milk Temperature and Texturing
Control Panel
Colored Touch Screen

Now you’ve learned the difference between La Specialista and Barista Express, you can now learn about how it compared to the upgraded version of the barista express, which is the Barista Touch. You can read about the difference between the Barista Express vs. Barista Touch here. But let’s compare it to the La Specialista…

The Barista Touch has a lot of features that the La Specialista lacks that makes it easier for a beginner to make an excellent cup at first try. It has a lot of automated settings that make it a breeze, but it also has many overrides to make you customize your drinks.

The Touch Screen:

This nice touch screen gives you access to so many options to customize your drinks. But to start, you’ll find a lot of preset recipes: espresso, latte, cappuccino, flat white and more. Click on the image of your preferred drink, and choose to either brew to current recipe or customize your own. Things you can customize are: coffee strength, milk temperature and texture as well as volumes.

La Specialista does have three presets: espresso, coffee and americano.

Save your Customization:

The Barista Touch also allows you to save up to 8 customized recipes and name them so you don’t have to play with the settings each time you brew.

Automatic milk temperature and texturing:

The Breville Touch has a great steam wand that does the work for you. It allows you to adjust the milk temperature and texture to suit your taste. You can expect professional micro-foam quality that you can use to create beautiful latte art.

La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Pro:

Breville Barista Pro falls somewhere between the Barista Express and Barista Touch. Unlike the Barista Express, the Pro version has a screen that displays information and guides you through every step. However, the screen isn’t as sophisticated as the Breville Barista Touch’s.

The Breville Barista Pro does not have pre-sets and can’t save customized recipes. Also, it doesn’t have automatic milk heating and texturing. So it’s up to par with the La Specialista.

How do they compare, though?

The biggest difference here is the LCD display. This display shows you the progress of the grinding, extraction and all other precise information in animations. This helps you understand exactly what’s happening during the brewing process and makes it easier to take notes for your next brew.

Other than that, the La Specialista excels in features like the automatic tamping, the pre-set drinks and the Pannarello steam wand which makes a better choice for a beginner.

La Specialista vs. Breville Oracle:

Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Automatically grinds, doses & tamps the required amount of Coffee for mess Free, barista Quality Espresso
  • Programmable hands Free milk texturing with automatic purge; Water tank Capacity : 84 ounce;Voltage: 110 to 120 Volts
  • Dual stainless steel boilers & dual Italian pumps with PID; Boilers can be descaled by user; Power:1800 Watts; Not compatible with capsules
  • One Touch Americano delivers Water directly into the cup after extraction; 3 preset & 6 customizable settings
  • Programmable shot temperature from 190 Degree 205 Degree; Displays in either Degree Fahrenheit or Degree C; over Pressure Valve: This commercial feature limits the 15 bar Italian pump pressure throughout the extraction, preventing bitter flavours in the shot; Bean Hopper Capacity:1/2 pounds

The Breville Oracle in on another level compared to all previously mentioned machines. However, surprisingly, the La Specialista has two features in common with the Oracle:

First is the automatic tamping, the other is the long black or coffee preset.

So kudos to DeLonghi for including great features in the La Specialista for a relatively affordable price.

Other than that, the Oracle features:

  • Automatic milk texturing and temperature settings.
  • Dual boilers, so you can extract and steam at the same time.
  • LCD display.
  • 58mm portafilter.
  • Triple heat system with a dedicated steam boiler and dedicated espresso boiler and a heated group head.

If you’d like more detailed information on the Breville Oracle, click here.

Breville Barista Pro vs. Barista Express vs. Barista Touch: Review and Comparisons

Breville espresso machines have been ahead of the competition for quite some time now. Apart from having one of the best design, Breville uses advanced technology to ensure that you end up with the most delicious brew. Its compact size and stainless steel surface are part of its appeal. It is just the right espresso machine to have in your home if you want barista style coffee without a lot of complication.

Features of Breville Barista Pro Espresso Machine:

This machine comes with some incredible features that are designed to transform your beans to a delectable cup of coffee within minutes. Every single component functions optimally, and the result is nothing but a bold brew that is hot enough to welcome you to a new day. With the Barista Pro in your home, you will be enjoying every single cup of coffee just the way you like it and without compromise.

Here’s what makes the Barista Pro a great machine:

An interactive display:

You will no longer have to make your coffee blindly. This is because this machine has a nice LCD display. The display is designed to enable you to see the whole coffee making process. Through it, you can set and see the grind size, amount of coffee grounds and the temperature of the water you are using among many others. The details are boldly written and it also comes with backlight to amplify its visibility further. The display shows you all elements you need to pull the perfect shot of espresso.

Built-in Conical Burr Grinder:

Any coffee lover will tell you how important a burr grinder is when it comes to brewing coffee or espresso. Having a built-in grinder saves you from buying one separately. It allows you to choose the exact grind size you want as well as the dose of coffee. The correct choice of these two is significant and often determines the kind of brew you will end up with.

54mm porta-filter:

The consistency of the coffee you get is dependent on the kind of porta-filter incorporated in the machine. For absolute consistency and balanced coffee, Breville espresso maker comes with a 54mm porta-filter which will ensure that you get a smooth cup of full-flavored barista quality brew.

Digital temperature control (PID):

Most espresso machines fail to produce quality coffee due to the temperature of the water used. This is where Breville Barista Pro shines. Its digital temperature control feature allows you to get just the right temperature of water required to extract full flavor from the coffee grounds. When the water trickles through the coffee grounds, the machine makes sure it is hot enough to extract ever flavor from the coffee grounds, this makes your espresso shot bold, flavorful and with an incredible aroma.

A powerful steam wand:

The steam wand is a big part of the espresso machine you own. Its incredible functionality enables it to have micro-foam milk texturing capabilities which is what you need for creating latte art. This part will require some practice from you, especially if it’s your first time using an espresso machine. But once you get it right, you’ll love the delicious creamy coffee drinks you’ll be able to make.

Some other great features that you will find in the Barista Pro are: 2L capacity water reservoir, 250g bean hopper, and 1 and 2 cups volumetric control.

Your Barista Pro will include:

  • Single and Dual filter basket
  • The Razor Precision Dose Trimming Tool
  • 480 ml stainless steel frothing jug
  • Built-in magnetic tamper.
  • Cleaning Kit
  • Water filter

Click here to learn more about Breville Barista Pro, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Barista Pro vs. Barista Express, What’s The Difference?

The Breville Barista Express has been a best seller on our site for years now. It’s the most loved by our readers, and I can’t blame them! It is reasonably priced while packed with so many features that deliver a fantastic at home barista experience. But how does the Barista Pro compare to it? And should you go for the newer model or go for the Barista Express?

The Barista Pro and Barista Express are somewhat similar and can offer you similar results, but one sure offers a more intuitive experience than the other:

Starting with the controls, the Barista Pro has an LCD screen and the Barista Express doesn’t. The LCD display gives you precise measures of everything you’re doing: the grind size, shot timer, options for customizing your shot and other information you need to create your shot as you want it. On the Barista Express, you have the same options for setting your grind size, filter size, number fo shots and volumes, but you’ll have to do it sort of “blindly” without exact numbers but only using button controls. On the other hand, the Barista Express has an important feature on its control panel that the Barista Pro lacks, and that is the gauge. A lot of user find the gauge to be extremely useful in letting them know the temperature of the machine and the best time to switch between brewing and steaming.

Another difference is the machines heating systems. The Barista Pro has a ThermoJet heating system that heats up in as little as 3 seconds and can switch between espresso and steam almost instantly. The Barista Express has a Thermocoil heating system that takes about a minute or two to heat up and requires a bit of a wait to switch from brewing to steaming. And that’s why the gauge is needed on the Barista Express but not the Barista Pro.

Apart from that, both models have the same capacity in water reservoir and bean hopper. There are some difference in design, but nothing that affects the function of the machines.

Learn more about the Barista Express:

Breville Barista Pro vs. Barista Touch, What’s The Difference?

The Barista Touch is another great variation of the Barista Express, featuring similar functions but more upgrades that might or might not be useful to you. I would say that the Barista Touch ranks highest among these three models, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. If it has more features than you need, then go for something else. That’s the great thing about having similar models with some variations.

So how is the Barista Touch different than the Barista Pro?

The Barista Touch is more automated, even easier to use and puts all popular coffee recipes at your finger tips. This model is equipped with an impressive colored touchscreen where all coffee recipes are already programmed and ready for you to enjoy. And of course, there’s always room for customization where you can control the volume of the coffee, the coffee strength and milk texture and temperature.

And how do you control milk texture and temperature? Well, that’s another automated step in the Barista Touch. The machine uses a special milk jug and automatic steam wand that will heat and texture your milk to your desired temperature and foam/texture level.

Another great thing about the Barista Touch is, since it allows you to customize your recipes, it also allows you to save them under unique names for later use. You can create and save up to 8 recipes.

The Barista Touch has the same ThermoJet boiler as the Barista Pro, so heat up time is just as quick.

When it comes to the built-in grinder, bean hopper and water reservoir capacity, all three models have the same capacities: 1/2 lbs bean hopper capacity, 67oz water reservoir and adjustable conical burr grinder.

Click here to read our review of the Breville Barista Touch.

Breville Barista Pro vs. Oracle, What’s The Difference?

The Oracle is on the higher end when compared to the Barista Pro, or other Breville machines.

To start, the Oracle has dual boilers. Which means it can extract espresso and froth milk at the same time, all while being regulated with PID for precise temperature.

In addition to auto grinding, which both machines have, the Oracle has auto tamping, too. The machine will automatically grind and tamp 22 grams of coffee straight into the portafilter.

The Oracle includes a 58mm portafilter and has a 84 oz water tank capacity. Barista Pro has a 54mm portafilter and 67 oz water tank capacity.

Overall, the Oracle is a more advanced machine. It’s targeted at an advanced home user, or if you’re a beginner, then expect some learning and training until you get things right.

Click here to learn more about Breville Oracle and Oracle Touch.

Which One Do You Buy?

Now you’ve read everything you need to know about the Barista Pro, Barista Express and Barista Touch, it’s time to decide which one to buy.

First thing you need to know is that all of these models should give you similar results if used correctly. But here are some pointers to help you with your decision:

  • Budget: these models are priced differently, and the price difference can affect your decision. So make sure to check the prices at your time you’re ready to purchase your machine as prices can vary from time to time.
  • Controls and Automation: Like I previously mentioned, the difference between these machines should give you the same coffee results, but what will change is your experience in making these coffee drinks…

The Barista Express is a semi-automatic with nearly no guidance from the machine other than the steam gauge, which should help you know when the machine is to switch between extracting or steaming. The grind size is set by hand using a dial (with no numbers assigned) and your espresso shots are presets and can be reset either by pressing the buttons longer to going fully manual.

The Barista Pro offers you guidance using the LCD display where you can see everything that has to do with your shot. Grind size, shot timer, single/double and other customizations that help you in making a shot exactly how you want.

Last but certainly not least, the Barista Touch, which is fully automatic. If you don’t want to deal with all the details, this model has all recipes set and ready to go at your fingertips. Simply scroll through the recipes and pick what whichever drink you’re in the mood for. And if you’re feeling quite particular, you still have to option to customize your drink and save them as new recipes, too!

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Breville Bambino Plus Review and Comparisons

Breville is at it again with an espresso machine that is stunning as it is easy to use. We’re no strangers to espresso machines by Breville. An all time favorite is the Breville Barista Express followed closely by the Breville Infuser. So let’s have a look at the Breville Bambino, how it works and how it compares to its elder siblings.

Features of Breville Bambino Plus:

  • Commercial-like quality while being compact in size and easy to use for the home user.
  • Full brushed stainless steel body.
  • Automatic microfoam milk texturing. The steam wand automatically froths milk to the temperature and texture you want.
  • Fast heat up time: the machine is ready to work in 3 seconds.
  • 54mm porta filter with 19 gram dose for the best coffee house quality drink.
  • Pre-infusion setting saturates coffee ground with low pressure water to ensure full saturation before extraction.
  • Digital temperature control delivers water at the exact right temperature for optimal espresso extraction.
  • Auto purging ensures your machine is clean for the next use.
  • 64 oz water reservoir.

Click here to learn more about Breville Bambino Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Who Is The Breville Bambino Plus Right For?

We all know that semi-automatic espresso machines come with a learning curve. You take your time to get your milk texturing skills right, getting the temperature right and handling your machine correctly, overall. And milk texturing is where everyone usually goes wrong. That micro foam texture is the dream of every beginner’s!

Some at-home baristas though do not have the patience for all that. They want the flexibility of a semi-automatic, but do not want to spend a lot of time getting things right. That’s where a machine like the Bambino Plus comes in…

The Bambino Plus gives you room to adjust your coffee shot volume, temperature and texture and it will remember things for you. Also, there are pre-sets all ready for you to use. As for the hard part of milk texturing: the automatic steam wand does it all for you! Select your temperature and your texture (how much foam you want) and it will be done for you. Your coffee drink comes out perfectly right the first time.

How does the machine know the right milk temperature, though? It’s all thanks to the included milk jug, which contacts a sensor placed right under its place where the steam wand goes. The sensor works to measure the temperature of the milk as it heats up and will stop when it reaches your desired temperature.

Breville Bambino Plus vs. Breville The Infuser, What’s The Difference?

Breville BES500BSS Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES500BSS Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Steam Wand
Automatic
Manual
Built-In Grinder
Milk Temperature Settings
Reservoir Capacity
64 oz
61 oz
Breville BES500BSS Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES500BSS Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Steam Wand
Automatic
Built-In Grinder
Milk Temperature Settings
Reservoir Capacity
64 oz
More Info
Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Breville BES840XL Infuser Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
Steam Wand
Manual
Built-In Grinder
Milk Temperature Settings
Reservoir Capacity
61 oz
More Info

The Breville Infuser is also a semi-automatic espresso machine with some programmable features. But it does not have the automatic features that the Bambino Plus has:

  • The frothing wand on the Infuser is not automatic. There’s no selection for temperature or texture like the Bambino Plus. So you’ll have to do your own tests til you get the temperature and texture you prefer.
  • The Infuser features a gauge that should make it easy for you to see where your machine at, temperature wise.
  • The Infuser has a built-in tamper and a built-in hot water dispenser. Bambino Plus has a tamper included as an accessory, but doesn’t have the hot water dispenser.
  • Although The Infuser is physically bigger than the Bambino Plus, it has a slightly smaller water reservoir with 61 oz capacity ( vs. 64 oz for the Bambino Plus).

So, there are some trade-offs between the two machines. If you’re someone who does not want things done automatically and willing to learn, then go for the Infuser. However, keep in mind that it isn’t as compact as the Bambino Plus, if space is an issue for you.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Infuser, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville Bambino Plus vs. DeLonghi Dedica Deluxe:

When it comes to size and footprint, the DeLonghi Dedica is quite comparable to the Breville Bambino Plus. In fact, it’s even smaller. The Dedica Deluxe is only 6″ wide, while the Bambino Plus is about 7.6″ or so.

So, how else are they comparable?

  • Both have a single or double shot buttons that can be programmed.
  • The steam wand on the Dedica is not as advanced as the Bambino’s. There’s no temperature or texture settings. However, you can adjust the frother so it either foams or heats milk (without creating foam). But it’s quite hard to get the right texture or micro foam (which is what you need for latte art) with this kind of frother.
  • Heat up time on the Dedica Deluxe is 35 seconds vs. only 3 seconds for the Bambino Plus.
  • Water tank capacity is 35 oz on the Dedica Deluxe and 64 oz on the Bambino Plus, so that’s quite a difference.
  • Cleaning wise, the Bambino Plus has auto purge which is purge out water to automatically clean the steam wand after each use. With the Dedica, you’ll have to manually clean your wand after use so it doesn’t clog up.

How do you choose between the Breville Bambino Plus and Dedica Deluxe?

There are some clear trade offs between the two machines. If you want automatic milk texture and temperature, as well as automatic cleaning, then Bambino is your choice. The Bambino produces better and more professional quality milk foam. The Dedica, even on its high foam setting, does not produce enough foam.

However, it’s important to note that there’s a big price difference (in the time of writing this post, at least) between the two machines. So you certainly get what you pay for here.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between Nespresso Creatista vs. Creatista Plus vs. Creatista Uno?

Last Updated: February 2020

We’ve talked about the release of the most versatile single-serve from Nespresso and Breville, the Creatista Plus. This exciting release from two powerhouses in espresso machines offers a lot for the home user, without the hard work and complications that other espresso machines come with.

The Breville Nespresso Creatista PLUS comes packed with a lot of great features:

  • Personalized barista-style drinks with a touch of a button.
  • Designed to work with Nespresso OriginalLine espresso capsules.
  • Select from 8 programmed coffee drinks like espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Flat White and more.
  • Adjustable milk temperature.
  • Automatic milk frother creates professional coffee-house micro-foam froth that allows you to create latte art.
  • Self-cleaning frothing wand.
  • Color display screen allows you to easily program and control your Creatista PLUS machine.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Creatista Plus, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between the Creatista and Creatista PLUS?

This beautiful Nespresso and Breville collaboration comes in two models: The Creatista and Creatista PLUS. But what’s the difference between these two?

The Creatista PLUS packs more features and customization options that the Creatisa. Also, there’s a small design difference. Let’s talk about this in details…

Design:

  • The Creatista Plus has a full stainless steel body.
  • The Creatista has stainless steel front panel with colored sides.

Heat-Up Time:

  • Both models have a quick start up time of 3 seconds.

Milk Temperature Settings:

  • The Creatista Plus has a great range of 11 milk temperature settings to select from.
  • With the Creatista, you can choose from 5 milk temperature settings.

Auto-Frothing:

  • Creatista Plus offers 8 milk textures.
  • Creatista has a selection of 4 milk textures.

Coffee Recipes:

  • Both models can prepare different coffee drinks automatically: Ristretto, Espresso, Lungo, Cappuccino, Cafe Latte, Flat White, Latte Macchiato.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Creatista, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Creatista vs. Creatista Uno, What’s The Difference?

Creatista UNO is another addition to Breville’s and Nespresso’ line of Creatista machines. It is more comparable to the Creatista model than Creatista Plus, so how are they different?

Creatista Uno has the same automatic milk texturing feature that both the Creatista and Creatista Plus have. But there’s one big difference:

  • The Uno model does NOT have the colored display to program your settings. Instead, you use buttons. Press the buttons multiple times to program your settings.
  • Uno has 3 levels of milk texture and 3 levels of milk temperature.
  • It also has 3 programmable buttons for ristretto, espresso and lungo. As for other drinks, although they’re not programmed and available with a push of a button, you can still build you own coffee drinks manually.

It’s a great option if you want to get the same quality of drinks, but for less price. The only thing you’re giving up here is the convenience of the colored display.

Click here to learn more about Nespresso Creatista Uno, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Creatista Compared to Lattissima Machines:

Lattissima is a line of Nespresso machines made by DeLonghi. They’ve been the first choice for anyone looking for a Nespresso machine with an integrated milk frother until the Creatista by Breville came along. Now that you have the choice, let’s compare the two kind of Nespresso machines…

Nespresso Creatista Plus vs. Lattissima Pro, What’s The Difference?

The Lattissima Pro is another Nespresso collaboration, but in this case with DeLonghi. The Lattissima Pro has some similarities to the Creatista Plus, but it isn’t nearly as powerful and versatile as the Creatisa.

Frothing:

  • The Lattissima Pro has a detachable automatic milk frother. The machine will froth the milk using a whisk, pour it into the cup and brew the coffee, all automatically. The texture of the milk frothed in the Lattissima Pro doesn’t work for latte art.
  • The Creatista Plus has automatic frothing wand that uses steam to froth milk. Like a professional espresso machine, this frothing wand (with the help of the sensor at the bottom of the jug) will create the perfect froth with micro-foam, with your selected texture and temperature. Then, you’ll pour the milk into the brewed coffee, and you can even get creative and create latte art.

Customization:

  • In the Latttisima Pro allows you to customize the volume of your coffee in the 6 pre-programmed drink settings.
  • Creatista Plus has milk temperature settings, milk froth texture settings and volume customization.

Control Panel:

  • Lattissima Pro has an LED touchscreen.
  • The Creatista Plus has a colored display that can be controlled with a rotating selector.

Click here to learn more about the Lattissima Pro, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nespresso Creatista vs. Lattissima One:

What differentiates the Lattissima One than other Lattissima machines is its single-serve milk frother. Instead of a large capacity milk reservoir, the Lattissima One uses a small container that you fill up every time you use the machine. This eliminates any possible milk waste, and since it’s small in size, it contributes to the machine’s very compact design.

Now when it comes to how it compares to the Creatista, there are two main things:

  • You can expect the same espresso result as both use the same Nespresso pods.
  • But the milk froth result is totally different.

The milk frother on the Creatista is unlike any of the other Nespresso machines. It gives you precise milk temperature and texture very similar to a professional result.

Other than the frother, there is the customization options and control options (colored display, non-color display or no display). These will depend on which Creatista model you choose to buy.

Click here to learn more about the Nespresso Lattissima One.

Nespresso Creatista vs. Lattissima Touch:

The Lattissima Touch is not much different than other Lattissima machines. It has the integrated milk frother that DeLonghi is famous for. And it has some coffee size selection.

It has one-touch button for: espresso, ristretto, latte macchiato, cappuccino, lungo and steamed milk.

The milk frother has a dial for adjusting the froth level, you can choose from a dense or lighter foam.

But again, these Lattissima milk frothers are nothing compared to the Creatista steam wand. Steam wands are usually only available on more traditional espresso machines, so the Creatista having a steam wand is what makes it special.

You can learn more about the Lattissima Touch here.

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