Then … I began procreating. Coffee snobs looking forward to immersing themselves fully into barista-quality milk-based coffee brews at home. That’s $60 a week, or as my husband pointed out, an average of $240 a month. There is one crucial highlight that comes up a lot in most reviews, though: the placement of the water reservoir. However, it means a lot as you don’t want smelly milk carried forward to your next cup. Like, three-seconds fast. Clearly, I could drink less, which I did (sometimes), but my husband is also a coffee drinker, so oftentimes we’d go together and, well, you get the point. You can also go ahead and name it as you wish. © 2019 COFFEEVERDICT.COM. This espresso maker packs a wide array of high-end functions compared to competitors that have the lowest price on Amazon. 54mm (has 2 pressurized and 2 non-pressurized baskets). Let’s find out in this Breville Barista Touch review! To stave off your sadness, consider the savings you’re about to create out of thin air. Not cheap. Similar to any other pump-powered machine, the Barista Touch makes a noticeable level of noise, especially when using the frother. Espresso brew temps should be around 200F degrees. This unit measures 13.25’’ by 12.5’’ by 15.75’’ (height). For novice coffee enthusiasts, the programmed coffee brews and pressurized filter basket will be a perfect combo. After tinkering with the Barista Touch for a couple of weeks, I can attest that the goods are legit. The lattes I’m brewing are DELICIOUS, and just how I like ’em — silky and light — and my husband swears the americano is one of the best he’s ever tasted. No, the Breville Barista Touch is not meant for regular coffee. My original unit from Amazon (purchased Dec 2018) would only reach a brew temp of 145F degrees AT THE MAX BREW TEMP SETTING. Thanks! CoffeeVerdict is reader-supported. Importantly, being able to grind directly into a portafilter means that all the essential oils in the coffee beans will end up in your cup before they are oxidized. The machine is all about customizing your brews to you, however. This is a swipe-and-select panel that lets you; Whether you are into espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americano, or flat white, all of these have been programmed for you. That’s right, it can achieve your optimum extraction temperature in just three seconds, which is faster than any other machine in this category. If this sounds overwhelming or too inside baseball for you, fear not, the machine’s color touch screen is super intuitive and comes pre-programmed with step-by-step instructions loaded for each of the five drink options (espresso, latte, americano, flat white and cappuccino). True story: Until five years ago, I had never had a cup of coffee in my life. The Barista Touch is also the younger sibling machine to the Oracle Touch, both of which came to market late last year. An essential feature of the Breville Barista Touch that is regularly mentioned in most reviews on Amazon is the automatic micro-foam frother. (And for your reference, whipping up a traditional latte takes about a minute.). Welcome to your new part-time barista job. You’ll only need to swipe and choose the type of drink that best fits your mood, and the Breville Barista Touch will make just that. COFFEEVERDICT.COM IS A PARTICIPANT IN THE AMAZON SERVICES LLC ASSOCIATES PROGRAM, AN AFFILIATE ADVERTISING PROGRAM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A MEANS FOR SITES TO EARN ADVERTISING FEES BY ADVERTISING AND LINKING TO AMAZON.COM. And to hone in on the point of this story, I began drinking A LOT of these fancy joes. More reasons I’m on the bandwagon: The Barista Touch is Breville’s update on its iconic (but a wee-bit dated) Barista Express, that has nearly 2,000 reviews on Amazon. On coffee. It’s not the most compact if you were to compare it with other affordable manual espresso machines. In addition, its height- 15.75’’- means that it will easily slide under most kitchen cabinets that have a standard clearance of at least 18 inches. What exactly makes it the dream machine for most coffee snobs this year? My main hesitation was the labor. And when you’re a new parent, survival is all about two drinks — wine and coffee. Breville’s barista touch is one of the easiest and most cost effective way to get them. By signing up I agree to the A burr grinder is the mill of choice for most baristas thanks to its consistent grind.