Breville Barista Pro vs Touch [3 Key Differences]

When it comes to home espresso machines, Breville is one brand that stands out from the rest with its technology and its stainless steel classy design. They have continually innovate their products lines. Since their popular Barista Express, they have reinvented their heating technology and the new technology can be found in two new models. In this post, we would compare these 2 new models Breville Barista Pro vs Touch, both which are more advanced version of Barista Express.

 

Barista Touch has greater automation and thus is easier to use with its coffee recipes preprogrammed. You can still adjust the parameters of the recipes if you like and store your preferred settings. Milk texturing is also automated but you still have the option to vary the temperature and texture of the milk.

Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine

Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine

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If you want more control, Barista Pro will be a better choice and it is also at a cheaper price. This would also mean you will forsake the higher degree of automation in Touch. But you do get to see all the brewing parameter on the beautiful bluish backlit LCD screen.

Breville Barista Pro

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Breville Barista Pro vs Touch : 6 Key Similarities

1 Integrated Grinder

Both Breville Barista Touch and Barista Pro comes with a high quality conical burr integrated grinders which are great at maximizing the surface of coffee beans for grinding with minimal heat. This will result in an excellent extraction of the flavors and aromas from the coffee beans. And this grinder comes with 30 grind size options for you to experiment to get a different taste from your coffee beans with different grind size.

2 Hands-free dose control grinding

And the grinder also comes with dose control. That means after you hit the button to start grinding, the grinder will channel the ground coffee right into the portafilter. And it will stop at the right quantity of coffee grounds required for the best flavor.

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3 Low pressure pre-infusion

When you force water through the coffee grounds at high pressure, it will naturally find the path with the least resistance to flow through. This will result in the uneven extraction of the flavors and aromas in the coffee. Hence, an additional pre-infusion step to moist the coffee grounds at low pressure will help to ensure an even extraction. And this step is a feature for both the Breville Barista Pro and Touch.

4 PID Temperature Control

In addition, both machines come with the PID temperature control. It can take a lot of practice and knowledge to pull a great tasting espresso. These Breville machines reduces the guesswork with the PID temperature digital control that will ensure that the temperature of the brew extraction takes place at a consistent and optimal temperature. The result is a flavorful espresso.

5 ThermoJet heating system

Barista Touch and Barista Pro comes with the Breville’s new Thermojet heating technology. With this system, the heating up of water to brewing temperatures take just 3 seconds. That means that you won’t have to stand around wasting time waiting for the water to heat to the brew temperature again.

6 Capacity

Both Breville machines comes with the same capacities. They have a 67 ounces removable water tank and 0.5 pounds coffee bean hopper.

Sage Barista Pro vs Barista Touch : 3 Key Differences

1 Display Screen and Automation Level

Apart from similar technology, both machines also look very similar. And the most obvious difference lies in their display screens. Barista Pro comes with a basic blue backlit LCD with button controls. On the LCD, you get to see information such as the extraction progress and grinding time. In contrast, Barista Touch comes with a full color touch screen with a lot of customization options. You can easily customize the strength of your espresso, the texture and temperature of the milk and you get to save these preferences in up to 8 profiles. To avoid the guesswork, Touch also comes with 5 pre-programmed coffee recipes.

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2 Milk Texturing

The next difference lies in their steam wand.

Barista Pro comes with a manual steam wand which you can use to create microfoam milk. This is great for Latte Art but takes a lot of skill and practice to master the art of creating the perfect microfoam.

In contrast, Barista Touch comes with an automatic steam wand which delivers the micofoam based on your selected temperature and texture of milk. While you can still create Latte Art, it takes the guesswork out of creating a good quality milk foam for your latte.

3 Hot water option

Barista Touch comes with a hot water option. This is not available on Barista Pro.

Breville Barista Touch or Pro: Which is better?

Whether Barista Touch or Pro is better really depends on how much involved you want to get with making your milk based drink.

Barista Touch has greater automation and thus is easier to use with its coffee recipes preprogrammed. You can still adjust the parameters of the recipes if you like and store your preferred settings. Milk texturing is also automated but you still have the option to vary the temperature and texture of the milk. And this automation doesn’t stop you from playing with Latte Art.

Breville Barista Touch

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On the other hand, if you want more control, Barista Pro will be a better choice and it is also at a cheaper price. This would also mean you will forsake the higher degree of automation in Touch. But you do get to see all the brewing parameter on the beautiful bluish backlit LCD screen.

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At their price points, you may wonder. Is Breville Barista Touch worth it? Is Pro worth it? Honestly, Breville espresso machines are really intuitive to use and no matter which you buy, both are a great bargain as you get both a high quality espresso machine and a high quality grinder, both of which will cost a bit on their own.

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Hopefully this review on the Breville Barista Pro vs Touch has helped you make a decision on which is a better option to buy for your home.

 

 

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