Save 20% on a Breville Espresso Machine Before October Prime Day

2022-10-08 13:22:55 By : Mr. Simon Zhao

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A well-built espresso machine offers you the chance—much like a pourover coffee maker—to have your morning, afternoon, or evening cup taste exactly the way you want. But precision and automated features like bean grinding come with a higher price tag. That’s why now is the right time to upgrade your coffee bar.

Ahead of Amazon’s recently announced Prime Early Access Sale, you can snag the Breville Barista Express, a semi-automatic espresso machine, for 20 percent off and have room in your budget for coffee beans to fill the attached hopper.

The Expert: I’m a cookbook author and food writer, who regularly tests kitchen products for national publications. I drink coffee daily, often from multiple types of coffee makers, including espresso makers that use pods or freshly ground beans. I’ve also pulled shots of espresso on commercial machines, and threw multiple events pairing coffee and ice cream (try blueberry, it’s an unexpected joy) to make summer floats.

The Barista Express lets you get hands on with a shot of espresso, yet like the bumpers on a bowling alley, keeps you from going too sideways. With the semi-automatic machine, you’ll be manually pulling the shots of espresso with a well-weighted tamper. When not in use, that tamper hangs magnetically to the left of the coffee grind dispenser. The attached burr grinder with a half-pound bean hopper and 67-ounce water tank (a replaceable charcoal filter neutralizes tastes and odors) lets you sling espresso drinks in minutes. You control the grind size and amount, which you’ll adjust before making a bright single or double shot of espresso. This step will take some trial-and-error as the dials aren’t numbered. Precision matters with espresso: Too fine a grind can be bitter, too coarse a grind leads to the sin of weak coffee. Then, spend the next few years perfecting your latte art with the attached steam wand and included stainless steel milk jug.

Set a calendar alert: Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale is a new two-day shopping event on October 11 and 12. Get a jump on holiday shopping—ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales—with deals on kitchen appliances, electronics, and toys (keep an eye out for discounted Lego sets). The sale is only available to Amazon Prime members, and new members get their first month for free.

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