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How The Breville BES870XL Barista Express Is Different Than The Gaggia 14101 Classic

Breville, Gaggia, Semi-automatic Espresso Machines Feb 08, 2020
Breville Barista Express Vs Gaggia Classic

We’ve talk a lot about the Breville Barista Express before. It is certainly one of our favorite espresso machines with built-in grinder and one of the best espresso machines by Breville.

The Breville Barista Express is often compared to the Gaggia 14101 Classic, a great Italian semi-automatic espresso machine. While both machines produce exceptional shots of espresso, they’re quite different in how they work.

Comparison Between The Breville Barista Express and Gaggia Classic:

The Short Version:

  • Both machines are commercial grade but for the home consumer.
  • However, the Breville Barista Express is more complete with an integrated conical burr grinder, programmable and manual features.
  • The Gaggia Classic operates manually and does NOT include a built-in grinder.

Now for the long version…

First up, the Breville Barista Express:

Breville The Barista Express Coffee Machine

This semi-automatic espresso machine is definitely striking piece of machinery that you’d love to have at home! The main feature that sets it apart from the Gaggia Classic is that is has a built-in conical burr grinder and a bean hopper, which gives you a fresh grind right before you brew your coffee.

Its full feature list includes:

  • 15 bar pump pressure.
  • Thermo coil heating system.
  • Built in conical burr grinder with 1/2 lbs bean hopper.
  • Manual and programmable coffee settings.
  • Ability to adjust coffee grind strength as you desire.
  • Built-in tamper and portafilter cradle.
  • Hot water dispenser.
  • Steam pressure gauge.
  • 67 oz (2 Liters) removable water tank.
  • Swivel steam wand for easy milk frothing.
  • Clean light indicator lights up when machine requires a clean up. Cleaning kit is included.

With the Barista Express, you are quite guaranteed the best shot of espresso you’ll ever make at home. It has a feature called the Auto Purge function, which ensures automatic adjustment of water temperature for the optimal espresso extraction temperature. The result is a shot of espresso with a thick crema layer and a strong aroma that will take you to another world!

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine:

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

First thing you’ll notice about this Gaggia machine is its classic looks. It’s compact in size, made of brushed stainless steel housing so you know it’s quite durable. It’s fairly simple to operate, you’ve got two switch buttons for steam and shot control and a knob for frothing.

The full features include:

  • 17 bar pump pressure.
  • 72 ounce water tank.
  • Brass portafilter and grouphead allows for a stable temperature.
  • Frothing wand also doubles as a hot water dispenser.
  • Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches

As we’ve already noted, the Gaggia Classic does not have a built-in grinder, so you’ll want to make sure you have one (see our top rated conical burr grinders here). Although the machine is small in size and has a classic look, it uses advance commercial grade technology to extract a great shot of espresso. It has a higher pressure than the Barista Express, with a high voltage boiler that heats up quickly.

A Closer Look At The Difference Between The Breville Barista Express and Gaggia Classic:

  • Built-In Conical Burr Grinder: Available in the Barista Express.
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar for the Barista Express vs. 17 1/2 bar for the Gaggia Classic.
  • Water Tank Size: 62 ounce for the Barista Express vs. 72 ounce for the Gaggia Classic.
  • Manual/Programmable features: The Barista Express can be programmed, reprogrammed or used manually. Gaggia Classic can be used manually only.
  • Portafilter: Both machines include different size filters for sinlge, double shot or e.s.e pods.
  • Hot Water Dispenser: Both machines have this feature. The Barista Express has a separate dispenser while the Gaggia Classic’s frother doubles as a dispenser.

Which Should I Buy? The Breville Barista Express or The Gaggia Classic?

That would solely be up to what you’re looking for in an espresso machine for your home.

  • The Breville Barista Express gives you an all-in-one at home cafe experience. You won’t need to buy additional accessories to get the best coffee, it already has everything it needs to product consistent coffee every time.
  • The Gaggia Classic is quite a solid machine, too. It is cheaper in price in comparison with the Barista Express, but you’ll still need a decent coffee grinder next to it, which would total up to the same price. It’s also good to keep in mind that this Gaggia Classic won’t save your preferences, so it’ll require a bit more of work on your part.

Breville The Infuser vs. Gaggia Classic, What’s The Difference?

Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine

Looking at the difference between the Breville Barista Express and The Infuser should give you an idea of how they’re both different than the Gaggia Classic. The Infuser has the same qualities of the Barista Express, only it lacks the built-in grinder and it slightly smaller in size (Which means smaller water tank). But how does it compare to Gaggia’s Classic? Well, like the Classic, it will require that you invest in a separate conical burr grinder, bringing your overall budget up a bit. Otherwise, the Infuser can offer you automatic as well as manual espresso extraction, and it can remember your settings (even when you don’t!), that’s something you won’t have with the Gaggia Classic.

Watch The Following Videos for More Information:

See the Breville Barista Express in action:

See the Breville Infuser in action:

How to Make a Cappuccino Using Gaggia Classic: