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Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Instructions for use
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Australian Customers
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© Copyright. Breville Pty. Ltd. 2004
BarVista is a trademark of Breville Pty Ltd.
Due to continual improvements in design or otherwise,
the product you purchase may differ slightly from the
one illustrated in this booklet.
Model BES200 Issue 1/05
Model BES200
Breville recommends safety first
Know your Breville Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Operating your Breville Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Coffee making tips
Care and cleaning
Troubleshooting chart
Coffees to try
on the purchase of your new Breville BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino Machine.
Breville recommends safety first
We at Breville are very safety conscious. We design and manufacture consumer products with the safety of you,
our valued customer, foremost in mind. In addition, we ask that you exercise a degree of care when using any
electrical appliance and adhere to the following precautions:
• To protect against electric shock, do not immerse
cord, plug or appliance in water or any other liquid.
• Carefully read all instructions before operating and
save for future reference.
• Remove any promotional stickers or tags before
using the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
for the first time.
• Do not place the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino
Machine near the edge of a bench of table during
operation. Ensure the surface is level, clean and
free of water, etc.
• Do not place the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino
Machine on or near a hot gas or electric burner,
or where it could touch a heated oven.
• Do not use on metal surfaces, for example a sink
drain board.
• Always ensure the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino
Machine is properly assembled before connecting
to the power outlet and operating.
• Do not touch hot surfaces. Allow the BarVista
Espresso/Cappuccino Machine to cool down before
moving or cleaning any parts.
• Do not place anything, other than cups for
warming, on top of the BarVista
Espresso/Cappuccino Machine.
• Always switch the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino
Machine to ‘OFF’, switch the power off at the
power outlet and then remove the plug when the
appliance is to be left unattended, if not in use,
before cleaning, before attempting to move the
appliance, disassembling, assembling and when
storing the appliance.
• Unwind the cord before use.
• Do not let the cord hang over the edge of a table
or counter, touch hot surfaces or become knotted.
• This appliance is not intended for use by young
children or infirm persons unless they have been
adequately supervised by a responsible person to
ensure they can use the appliance safely.
• Young children should be supervised to ensure they
do not play with the appliance.
• It is recommended to inspect the appliance
regularly. Do not use if power supply cord, plug or
appliance becomes damaged in any way. Return the
entire appliance to the nearest authorised Breville
Service Centre for examination and/or repair.
• Any maintenance other than cleaning should be
performed at an authorised Breville Service Centre.
• The installation of a residual current device (safety
switch) is recommended to provide additional safety
protection when using electrical appliances. It is
advisable that a safety switch with a rated residual
operating current not exceeding 30mA be installed
in the electrical circuit supplying the appliance. See
your electrician for professional advice.
• This appliance is for household use only. Do not use
this appliance for anything other than its intended
use. Do not use in moving vehicles or boats. Do not
use outdoors.
• Keep the appliance and accessories clean. Follow
the cleaning instructions provided in this book.
• Never plug in or switch on the BarVista
Espresso/Cappuccino Machine without water in
the water tank.
• Only use cold water in the water tank. Do not use
any other liquid.
• Ensure the filter holder is firmly inserted and
secured into the brewing head before using the
BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino Machine.
• Never remove the filter holder during the brewing
operation as the machine is under pressure.
• Do not leave the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino
Machine unattended when in use.
Know your Breville Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Italian designed & made 15 bar pump system
Thermoblock heating system
Cup warming plate
Operating your Breville Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Before Using Your Espresso Machine
Preparing the Coffee
Wash the filter holder and the stainless filters in mild
detergent and water. Rinse thoroughly.
• Place the 1 or 2 cup filter into the filter holder and
fill with ground espresso coffee (use the smaller
filter for 1 cup and the larger filter for 2 cups).
It is recommended to complete a brewing operation
with cold water but without ground coffee before
making your first coffee to ensure that all internal
piping has been preheated (see ‘Brewing Coffee’
page 8).
Removable 1.7 litre water tank
Filling the water tank
Pre-brew function
Auto purge system
• Ensure the Power ‘on/off’ switch is set to the
‘OFF’ position and Selector Control is in the
‘STAND BY’ position.
• Use the measuring/tamping spoon provided to
measure 1 level measure of espresso coffee for the
1 cup filter and 2 level measures for the 2 cup
filter. It is important to use the correct amount of
ground coffee for each filter as the filter
perforations have been constructed to utilise the
pressure build up in the machine to extract optimal
flavour with each brewing.
• Switch off at the power outlet and unplug the
power cord.
External water level indicator
1 and 2 cup filters
Froth enhancer - for easier
frothing and steaming of milk
• Lift up the water tank lid and remove the water
tank. Fill with cold water to the maximum mark
and replace back into position in the machine,
pressing down firmly so that the water valve
opens. Close the water tank lid.
Advanced crema system
The water tank should be filled with fresh cold
water before use.
Check water level before use and replace the
water daily.
Do not use mineral or distilled water.
Water level indicator - prevents
overflow from drip tray
Removable drip tray - catches any
coffee spills for easier cleaning
• Distribute the coffee evenly and press down lightly
with the tamping end of the measuring spoon (if
there is too much coffee, the flow of water can
become blocked).
Stainless steel frothing jug and
measuring/tamping spoon included
(not shown)
Operating your Breville Espresso/Cappuccino Machine continued
• Clean any excess coffee from the rim of the filter
holder to ensure a proper fit under the brew head.
• Place the filter holder underneath the brew head so
that the handle is positioned to the left of centre.
Lift the filter holder until it contacts the brew head
and rotate to the right, as per graphics on the filter
holder outlet.
Pre-warming cups
For optimal coffee temperature, pre-warm the espresso
cups by placing them on the cup warming plate.
Brewing coffee
• Ensure the selector control is in the
‘STAND BY’ position.
• Plug the power cord into a 230/240V electrical
outlet and switch on.
• Press the power ‘on/off’ button to the ‘ON’ position.
• The orange ‘heating’ light turns off when the
machine has reached the correct temperature.
• Ensure the drip tray is in place.
• Place one or two pre-heated cups beneath the filter
holder outlet.
• Turn the selector control to the ‘Espresso’/cup position.
• After a few seconds*, aromatic coffee will begin to
brew into the cups. A pumping noise will be heard
in this operation.
*Pre-brew function
How to froth milk for a cappuccino or latte
When the Selector Control is set to the ‘Espresso’/cup
position, the 15 bar pump pumps water momentarily,
followed by a pause, then continues to pump the
water through to the ground coffee in the Filter
Holder. This pre-brew function is an advanced feature
of the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino Machine. The
ground coffee is moistened by a small amount of
water before full extraction. The ground coffee
expands and when greater pressure is built up, the
brewed coffee is extracted with its full flavour.
The Breville BarVista comes complete with a Froth
Enhancer for easier frothing of milk. When less froth is
required, remove the Froth Enhancer and steam the milk
using the Steam Wand. To remove the Froth Enhancer,
ensure it is cool then simply pull down and remove.
• Fill the stainless steel frothing jug 1⁄3 full with
cold milk.
• Gently move the frothing jug in a circular motion
around the froth enhancer.
• When sufficient coffee has flowed into the cups,
turn the selector control to the ‘STAND BY’ position.
This will stop the flow of coffee.
• Turn the Selector Control to the ‘Steam’ position.
The orange ‘heating’ light will start to flash
indicating that the Thermoblock Heating System is
heating and preparing to create steam.
• When the milk has begun to increase in volume,
immerse the froth enhancer deeper into the milk to
further heat the milk.
• If the steam function is not required, press the
power ‘on/off’ button to the ‘OFF’ position, switch
off at the power outlet, unplug the power cord and
allow the machine to cool.
• Remove the filter holder from the brew head, turn
the filter holder upside down to empty the used
coffee (used coffee grounds should be thrown away
with domestic waste and not down the sink which
may block drains). Remove the filter and rinse the
filter and filter holder with water and allow to dry.
The machine remains ready for brewing and
maintains a constant heating temperature whilst
the Power ‘on/off’ button remains in the ‘On’
position. If the temperature lowers, the orange
‘heating’ light will illuminate and the coffee
machine will automatically reheat to the correct
brewing temperature.
The first step in making a cappuccino/latte is to make
a short espresso (Follow steps on ‘Brewing Coffee’).
If steam starts coming from the Steam Wand
before it is immersed in the milk, pause the
steam by turning the Selector Control back to
the ‘STAND BY’ position. This will avoid the
steam pressure blowing milk out of the jug.
A pumping noise will sound for a short time.
• Place your hand on the bottom of the stainless
frothing jug.
When the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
is creating steam a pulsing noise can be heard.
This is the normal operation of the 15 bar pump.
• When the jug becomes too hot to touch, turn the
selector control to the ‘STAND BY’ position to stop
the steaming function before removing the jug.
• Pour the steamed milk to each cup of freshly
brewed espresso coffee and spoon on the frothed
milk in the following ratio’s:
• As soon as the orange ‘heating’ light has switched
off, quickly insert the steam wand into jug the of
milk so that the froth enhancer is immersed 10mm
into the milk.
Cappuccino - 1⁄3 espresso, 1⁄3 steamed milk, 1⁄3
frothed milk.
Latte - 1⁄3 espresso topped with steamed milk and
about 10cm of frothed milk, (traditionally served
in a glass).
Always ensure that the Froth Enhancer has been
firmly pushed onto the steam wand.
For best results use fresh cold milk
(lite milk will froth easier).
Always clean the steam wand and froth enhancer
after every use (refer to care and cleaning).
Operating your Breville Espresso/Cappuccino Machine continued
Auto Purge System
For brewing more coffee immediately after using the
steam function, the BarVista Espresso/Cappuccino
Machine features an auto-purge system. This ensures
that the ground coffee will not be burnt by the initial
water flow from the Thermoblock that could be too
hot. Instead this water is automatically released
internally into the Drip Tray ensuring that the internal
thermostat is at optimal temperature for extracting
coffee. Your coffee will always be extracted at this
optimal temperature ensuring only the best flavoured
coffee is achieved.
Coffee making tips
Making a good cup of coffee is an art that is simple
to achieve. Here are some tips to help you make the
perfect coffee.
To enjoy an optimum flavoured espresso coffee,
do not extract more than approximately 30ml
(using the 1 cup filter holder) or for a double
espresso do not extract more than 60ml (using a
2 cup filter holder).
The coffee
Pre-ground coffee can be used and should be stored in
an air-tight container, in a cool, dry area. Pre-ground
coffee should not be kept for longer than 1 week as
flavour will diminish. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Whole coffee beans, freshly ground just before use,
are recommended. Coffee beans should be stored in
an air-tight container, in a cool, dry area but should
not be kept for longer than 1 month as flavour will
diminish. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
Water flow
When brewing coffee, make sure the water flows
through the Coffee Filter at the correct rate.
If the water flow is too slow the coffee will be over
extracted and will be very dark and bitter, with a
mottled and uneven crema on top.
If the water flow is too fast, the coffee will be under
extracted – the optimal flavour will not develop,
the coffee will be watery and lack the thick crema
on the top.
The water flow can be adjusted by varying the
pressure that the coffee is tamped (pressed down) in
the Filter or by changing the grind of the coffee.
The grind
If using a pre-ground coffee, ensure an espresso grind
suitable for espresso/cappuccino machines is purchased.
If grinding coffee beans, the grind should be fine but
not too fine or powdery. The grind will affect the rate
at which the water flows through the coffee in the
Filter and therefore the taste of the coffee.
If the grind is too fine (looks like powder and feels like
flour when rubbed between fingers), the water will not
flow through the coffee even when under pressure.
The resulting coffee will be over extracted, too dark
and bitter, with a mottled and uneven crema on top.
If the grind is too coarse the water will flow through
the coffee too quickly. This will result
in an under-extracted coffee lacking in flavour and
without the thick crema on the top layer
of coffee.
Tamping the coffee
After measuring the ground coffee into the Filter it
must be tamped (pressed down) using the flat end
of the measuring spoon. The ground coffee should
be tamped quite firmly.
If the coffee is not tamped firmly enough, the water
will flow through the water too quickly and the
coffee will be under extracted. If the coffee is tamped
too firmly, however, the water will flow through the
coffee too slowly and the coffee will be over extracted.
The taste of your coffee will, of course, depend
on personal preference and on many other
factors such as the type of coffee bean used, the
coarseness or fineness of the grind and the
tamping pressure (pressed down). We recommend
experimenting by varying these factors to
achieve the coffee taste of your preference.
Care and cleaning
Cleaning the steam wand and
Froth Enhancer
Cleaning the filters, filter holder and
brewing head
• The steam wand and Froth Enhancer should always
be cleaned after frothing milk.
• The stainless filters and filter holder should be
rinsed under running water directly after use to
remove all coffee particles. Should the fine holes in
the filters become blocked, the fine pin on the
Cleaning Tool can be used to clear the holes
• Remove the Froth Enhancer and rinse under warm
tap water. Ensure the holes at either end of the
Froth Enhancer are clear. Use the pin on the
Cleaning Tool to unblock these holes.
• Wipe the steam wand with a damp cloth and
briefly set the selector control to the ‘Steam’
position to clear any remaining milk from the
steam wand.
Cleaning the drip tray
Decalcifying the machine
• The drip tray should be removed, emptied and
cleaned at regular intervals, particularly when the
water level indicator is exposed indicating the drip
tray is full.
• Ensure the selector control is in the ‘STAND BY’
position and that the plug is disconnected from the
power outlet.
• Remove the grid and water level indicator from the
drip tray and wash all three parts in warm water
using a non-abrasive washing liquid. Rinse and dry
Do not place any of the parts or accessories in
the dishwasher.
• Ensure the Selector Control is in the ‘STAND BY’
position. Press the ‘on/off’ button to OFF, switch off
at the power outlet, unplug the power cord and
allow the machine to cool.
• If the steam wand becomes blocked, use the pin
on the Cleaning Tool to clear the opening.
• The brewing head should be wiped with a damp
cloth to remove any residual coffee grounds.
• If the Steam Wand remains blocked, the tip of the
Steam Wand can be removed by using the spanner
in the middle of the Cleaning tool. Soak the tip in
hot water before using the pin on the Cleaning Tool
to unblock. Replace the tip back onto the Steam
Wand and secure with the Cleaning Tool.
• It is advisable to periodically run water through the
machine with the filter holder in place but without
any coffee to clean out any residual coffee grounds.
Cleaning the housing/cup warming tray
• The outer housing can be cleaned with a soft,
damp cloth (do not use abrasive agents or cloths
which can scratch the surfaces).
After regular use, hard water can cause mineral build
up in and on many of the inner functioning
components, reducing the brewing flow, power of the
machine, and affecting the quality of coffee.
We advise decalcifying the machine on a regular
basis (every 2-3 months) using a mixture of white
vinegar and water. Use the following as a guide:
Diluted solution (for softer water)
• 1 part white vinegar
• 2 parts cold tap water
Concentrated solution (for harder water)
• Remove the Filter Holder and Froth Enhancer. Pour
the decalcifying solution into the water tank.
• Plug the machine into the power outlet and turn on.
• Press power ‘on/off’ button to the ‘ON’ position and
turn the selector control to the ‘STAND BY’ position.
• Place a large container under both the Brew Head
and the Steam Wand.
• As soon as the brewing temperature is reached the
orange ‘heating’ light will switch off. Turn the
selector control to the ‘Espresso’/cup position and
allow half the decalcifying solution run through the
Brew Head.
• Turn the selector control to the ‘Steam’ position and
allow the remaining solution run through the Steam
Wand. When the solution has stops flowing, turn
the selector control back to the ‘STAND BY’ position.
• After decalcifying, remove the Water Tank and rinse
thoroughly then re-fill with fresh cold water. To
rinse the machine, run half the water through the
Brew Head and half through the Steam Wand.
• The machine is ready for use.
• 1 part white vinegar
The stainless steel filters should not come in
contact with any decalcifying agents.
• 1 part cold tap water
Do not use powdered decalcifying agents.
Troubleshooting chart
Possible causes
Coffee does not run through
Coffee runs out too quickly
Coffee runs out around the
edge of the filter holder
The machine has loud
pumping noise
Machine is not turned on or plugged in
Water tank is empty
Selector control not in ‘Espresso’ position
Coffee grind is too fine
Too much coffee in the filter
The filter is blocked (see Care and cleaning)
• Coffee grind is too coarse
• Not enough coffee in the filter
Filter holder is not inserted in the brew head properly
There are coffee grounds around the filter rim
Too much coffee in the filter
Coffee has been tamped too tightly
• Water tank is empty
• Water tank is not securely in place
Coffee is too weak or watery • Coffee grind is not fine enough
(use coffee ground for espresso machines)
Coffee is too cold
• Machine not preheated
• Cups not preheated
• Milk not heated enough (if making a cappuccino or latté)
No crema
• Coffee is not tamped (pressed) firmly enough
• Coffee grind is too coarse
• Coffee is not fresh
No steam is generated
Milk is not foamy
after frothing
Machine is not turned on
Water tank is empty
Selector control not in Steam position
Steam wand is blocked (see Care and cleaning)
• Not enough steam
• Milk is not fresh and cold
Coffees to try
Intense and aromatic, an espresso or short black, as it’s also known, uses about 7g of ground coffee. It
is served in a small cup or glass to a level of approximately 30ml.
A long black is generally served as a standard espresso with hot water added to taste.
A single dose of espresso in a cup topped with steamed milk, 1⁄3 coffee and 1⁄3 milk.
Traditionally the morning coffee of Italy and France, taken with pain au chocolate or sweet biscotti. This
blend of 1⁄3 espresso to 2⁄3 milk is made with a single shot of espresso. Top with steamed milk, poured
down the inside rim of the glass to give a creamy consistency and perfect layer of froth.
The real thing is served very light and luke warm with 1⁄3 espresso to 1⁄3 steamed milk and a generous
final third of creamy froth. For added finesse, hold a piece of card over one half of the the cappuccino
before dusting with chocolate.
A shot of espresso served short in a 70ml demitasse and stained with a dash of finely frothed milk.
MOCHA FRAPPE (serves two)
Ready in minutes this impressive refresher will delight chocolate and coffee drinkers alike. Melt two
heaped teaspoons of quality chocolate bits into a double shot of espresso. Add 1⁄2 cup cold milk and 9
ice cubes and process in blender on a low speed to a smooth, velvety consistency. Pour evenly into two
glasses and serve immediately.
Totally irresistible, this sweet temptation is simply a single scoop of premium vanilla bean ice cream,
drenched in espresso and, if desired, your favourite liqueur. To create a sense of occasion, serve ice cream
in a martini glass with shots on the side.
Meaning ‘with cream’ this heart warmer is a chic variation on old-fashioned Vienna Coffee. In a 90-120ml
cup, dress a double shot of espresso with a dollop of fresh cream, whipped until glossy. Dust with
cinnamon and serve immediately.