Giveaway: The Barista Express by Breville

**This giveaway has ended. Check back on Sunday for the winners!**

We’re back for another Home for the Holidays giveaway, and this time, the home wannabe barista (Danny) is going to introduce the last item of the week here on Simple Bites!

Aimée’s family introduced me to coffee-culture, and it is pretty much here to stay.  When we hosted a family reunion for them, we went through between 3/4 lb and 1 lb of coffee each day.

To get our coffee fix, we’ve used drip machines, single serve drip, French press, a cheap espresso machine that conked out after roughly 300 shots (2 months in our home), and more recently, a robust espresso machine on loan from my brother. We can finally return that one (thanks, bro) because we will be using our latest caffeine dispensing machine for a while.

If the title of this post did not clarify what it is, here’s a thousand-word description for what we’re giving away:

Yep, today you could win The Barista Express from Breville! It is my “early” Christmas present from Aimée this year.

Valued at $699, this espresso maker will replace 2 items on our counter as the coffee grinder is built into the machine, just one of the nifty features it boasts. Read about how our mornings have gotten a lot better, as well as how to win The Breville Express for your own!

Clearly, I was thrilled to learn that this espresso machine was on its way and let out a whoop at the office when Aimée texted me the pic of the box on our living room floor.  She had to ask the courier to push it into the house, as it is a fairly hefty machine. Since it was my Christmas gift, she didn’t open the package with the kids, and instead made them wait for me to get home.  After a few deft strokes with my car keys on the tape, the kids were left to play with the boxes, and I got to play with the machine.

After washing the required parts that come in contact with the water, and giving the whole thing a wipe-down, I got down to the business of figuring out how to pull a decent espresso. It was easy. In fact, the espresso mahine warms up in under a minute (45 seconds as per the manual).

I found that the Breville Express easily grinds twice as fine and 3 times more consistently than the 10-year-old unit that we have been using – or as I now see it: tolerating.  It is night-and-day upgrade. After a few adjustments for the grind and quantity of coffee dispensed, I have gotten a thick crema every time I’ve used it.

The coffee extraction is pre-programmed for single and double shots, but can be customized to more or less water, if you want to ‘play’ barista like me.  Once you switch on the steam, it takes a few seconds to boil the water, and then you get a consistent supply of hot steam to warm/froth your milk.

Included in the box is a portafilter with 2 sets of coffee baskets: a single and double shot basket for beginners (the “set it and forget it” crowd) and one for people like me who want to play a bit more.  There is also a milk pitcher, a frothing help device and a tamp that magnetizes right into the machine, so it doesn’t roll around your counter and/or you have a free hand to give a necessary morning juice cup to your kids.

Like most Breville appliances, this one looks like it can and will launch into space soon, and looks fabulous on our counter. You’re probably going to want to go ahead and ‘Like’ Breville on Facebook to keep up with promotions and products!

One Simple Bites reader will win The Barista Express from Breville Canada!

How to win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:

1. Comment on this post, answering this question: How would you describe yourself: Coffee geek, coffee addict, or coffee lover?

2. For an extra entry, follow both Simple Bites and Breville Canada on Twitter, and tweet about this giveaway. Make sure you include both our Twitter handles and this post’s URL. Your tweet can be something like this:

I want to win The Barista Express from @BrevilleCanada on @simplebites! #Giveaway is 48h only.

This giveaway will end tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd at 11:59 p.m. I hope you win! We’ll announce the winners of all the holiday giveaways at the end of the week.

About Danny

Danny Bourque is a mechanical engineer who is known at both home and work as either “the geek” or “the numbers guy”. He is very methodical and genuinely loves to analyze almost anything that piques his interest – including food.

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  1. I would call myself a coffee snob : )

  2. Coffee lover for many years!

  3. Kristina Crews says

    I am most certainly a lover of coffee! Early mornings = me, God’s word, and a cup of coffee!!!

  4. Coffee Lover! My husband and I would LOVE this!

  5. Candice Storm says

    Coffee lover

  6. My husband and I are both coffee lovers, but I’m heading towards an addiction, I’m afraid. 🙂

  7. Meg Campbell says

    Coffee lover here!

  8. I’m a coffee lover!

  9. Erica celestine says

    I am a coffee addict and lover… Not sure which came first. But j would LOVE this machine!!!

  10. Jenn Owczarczak says

    I am a coffee looooovvvver! I drive out ofmy way for it, and it’s mandatory every morning! I would love to win, it would make my holiday season!

  11. Jenn Owczarczak says

    I am a follower on twitter and tweeted about your post!

  12. Coffee lova, fo sho. Don’t know why I’m talking like this 🙂

  13. I’m a coffee lover, but my hubs is an addict!

  14. I tweeted!

  15. Indeed, coffee makes the world go ’round at our house. I am not afraid to admit that there have been many mornings that I’ve found myself draped over the kitchen counter, half asleep waiting patiently for the coffee maker to produce that precious, life-giving black gold.

    This would take coffee to a whole new level…

  16. Professional coffee addict. Recreational coffee lover. Dilittante coffee geek.

  17. Jennifer Ackerman says

    My daughter says that this looks amazing! Coffee is the bomb and she’d like the strawberries and chocolate to come with it!! 🙂

  18. Erin Lawrence says

    Coffee lover!

  19. Stacey Cotrotsios says

    I’m getting in this entry just under the wire!!! I am a coffee addict pure and simple. I do not use any sweetener but like a bit of half and half. I make the first pot at 6:00 a.m. and the last pot usually around 9:00 pm. My husband works from home and we drink coffee pretty much all day long. My mother always had a pot on when I was growing up and I remember her always being able to offer a fresh cup to a guest.

  20. Erin Lawrence says

    I’m following both @octoberthings & tweeted about the giveaway!

  21. Coffee lover!

  22. Anne-Marie A says

    my husband is the coffee lover, so i’m entering for him. would be a great christmas present!

  23. Coffee Lover

  24. Coffee lover- I just love the ritual surrounding it!

  25. Coffee lover married to a coffee geek.

  26. Laura Brimm says

    Coffee Lover!

  27. Coffee lover here!

  28. Ooh, I’m a coffee lover!

  29. OMG. I love my children, but I LIVE FOR COFFEE. That machine looks like heaven!! 🙂

  30. Jemima Davison says

    Coffee lover leaning towards addict!

  31. I am a coffee lover. I love the taste. Smell. Feel. Everything.

  32. Tara Shannon says

    I am most definitely a coffee lover. I enjoy the idea of sitting down with a fresh latte and reading the paper. Someday…

  33. I am definitely a coffee lover! My husband is a coffee geek and I would LOVE to be able to surprise him with this!

  34. Coffee LOVER.

  35. Sara sharer says

    What a total treat this would be for a country-bound city cappacino addict.

  36. Moi? Je suis un coffee geek! That is since coffee snob is not an option, I think coffee geek is closest!

  37. i am a coffee lover!!

  38. How about an addicted coffee lover…

  39. I’m a coffee lover, but my husband is coffee geek! I would love to win this for him.


  41. Followed and tweeted. Thank you! Merry CHRISTmas!

  42. Coffee Lover here 😉

  43. This would actually be for my husband – a coffee lover

  44. Sarah Zuber says

    Coffee GEEEK!!!!! from cafe manager to coffee at home, I love it all

  45. Somewhere between coffee lover and addict. Can’t it be both? 🙂

  46. I would have to say I am a coffee addict.

  47. I love my coffee!

  48. Complete coffee snob. Does that make me a geek then?

  49. Coffee lover for sure!!

  50. I’m definitely a coffee geek!

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