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Inspector gadget: with the Breville Barista Touch Impress, your dream oat latte awaits

Did someone say soy milk latte? Coming right up, as we test the Breville Barista Touch ImpressThe Breville Barista Touch Impress’ frothing functionality can handle oat, soy or almond milk like a cafe professional

What’s under the microscope?

The Breville Barista Touch Impress, a barista-quality coffee machine.

What is the Breville Barista Touch Impress? The elevator pitch, please…

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is an intuitive at-home espresso machine that makes everything from espresso to flat whites. Its specialty is frothing plant-based milk.

And in more depth?

For some, making coffee is an exact science so this is great. A step up from the Breville Barista Express, the Barista Touch Impress has 30 grind settings, which can easily be adjusted, and once you’ve got your perfect setting it remembers for the next time. That’s what Breville calls a precision Impress Puck System because it grinds beans, doses and tamps coffee exactly with less mess, as well as giving precise temperature control and extraction pressure.

But here’s where it’s genius. With 40 percent of households now using plant milks, this machine is the first of its kind to have alternative milk settings. There are soy, almond and oat milk settings so you can have cafe-worthy oat milk latte in no time thanks to the microbubbles foaming abilities – that’s at least one million microbubbles per millilitre. You can manually froth the milk yourself or put it on Auto MilQ for hand-free foaming. The Breville Barista Touch Impress also does plain old cow’s milk.

Is the Breville Barista Touch Impress all it’s cracked up to be and do we need it in our lives?

Totally. Unless you only drink tea. It can give you hot water to do that, but it would be wasted on you.

It can’t be all soy milk and roses. Is there any downside to the product?

Well, other than no pea milk setting, no. Okay, it’d be nice if it had a coffee art button.

Is the Breville Barista Touch Impress complicated to use?

I am the person who, when espresso machines were first making appearances in offices, put the beans where the water went so, I may be the wrong person to ask. But, that’s the great thing about the touchscreen – it tells you exactly what to do and when. Foolproof – unless you forget to put the filter basket into the Portafilter (guilty).

What is the cost of the Breville Barista Touch Impress?

$2,499.95 for either the brushed stainless steel, black truffle, or sea salt versions. Shop the Breville Barista Touch Impress here.

Words by: Fiona Hawtin

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