Breville Barista Touch Impress review: a truly exceptional coffee maker

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is a truly exceptional coffee maker that will have you brewing 5* coffees in 3-seconds flat

5 Star Rating
Breville Barista Touch Impress being tested in writer's home
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is a stunning coffee machine that stands out for its touch screen and ability to froth different types of milk. It boasts a guided menu, grinder, and puck system that will be great for beginners and experts alike, and the rapid heat-up and intelligent grinding are seriously impressive.


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    Guided menu with touch screen

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    Grinder and puck system remembers your settings

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    Ability to froth different types of milk


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    May be overkill for coffee experts

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For those who can't start their day before a strong cup of coffee meets their lips or who can't think of anything more luxurious than an after-dinner espresso, having one of the best coffee makers in their kitchen is essential. Crafting the perfect latte or cappuccino in your kitchen is a game changer.

The Breville Barista Touch Impress aims to simplify the process of creating that flawless coffee, starting with its puck system. Intelligent dosing, assisted tamping, and auto-correction of the next dose help users achieve a more precise grind, and auto MilQ has three new alternative milk settings. These calibrate pressure, temperature, and timing to suit more kinds of milk. In short, it promises to be one of the best espresso machines on the market.

I tested out the Breville Barista Touch Impress to see if it could deliver on its promise of being one of the best single serve coffee makers. I pitted it against plant-based milks and a coffee-lover who has only previously enjoyed Barista-level coffee when made by a Starbucks employee.

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Caroline Preece

Over several weeks, Caroline tested the Breville Barista Touch Impress, using the machine for her daily coffee fix. She experimented with different strengths, settings, and types of drinks to assess the machine's performance and have friends and family members give their verdict. Testing was done in a small kitchen with three different coffee bean brands.

Breville Barista Touch Impress: Key specs

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Row 0 - Cell 1
Capacity67 ounces
DimensionsH16.4 x W12.9 x D14.1 inches

Breville Barista Touch Impress: Price & Availability

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is priced at $1,499.95 in the US and is currently available from major retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. It is also available in the UK for £1,199.95. Note that Breville is known as Sage in some international markets.

You can buy the machine directly from Breville on the brand's website.

Score: 4 out of 5

Breville Barista Touch Impress unboxed beside components

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Breville Barista Touch Impress: Setup

While we'll get onto the Breville Barista Touch Impress's compact design, the unboxing process still involves its fair share of heavy lifting. Once unboxed, though, there are surprisingly few things to assemble and build to get the machine in working order.

The only things were the bean hopper up top, which easily clicked into place, the rubber-sealed cover, and the removable water tank with a filter positioned at the back of the machine. Once assembled, you can fill these with your beans and water, respectively. All in all, it took us around ten minutes.

The box also contains a stainless steel milk jug, single/dual wall filter baskets, a portafilter, and a razor trimming tool. My filter basket was already equipped with the dual wall filter I used throughout the testing process.

You're also not short on cleaning tools, such as a cleaning disc, tablets, brush, descaling powder, and tool for keeping the steam wand gleaming. The drip tray also slides out for easy washing and emptying.

Disappointingly, the packaging involved a lot of polystyrene and plastic alongside the main cardboard box.

Breville Barista Touch Impress side lever being pressed

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Breville Barista Touch Impress: Design

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is shockingly compact, considering how much it can do. The whole thing measures in at H16.4 x W12.9 x D14.1", meaning it likely won't be the smallest appliance in your kitchen, but it would also fit into a corner quite nicely. As you can gather from my photos, the Touch Impress was snug in my kitchen but didn't make a nuisance during the testing period.

The only size-related concession I had to make was removing my mug while steaming my milk, but this is hardly a problem and completely normal.

The machine looks gorgeous, though we'll admit to preferring the black and white models more than my stainless steel. This is because of the usual issue of every drip, fingerprint, and scratch showing up on the steel, ruining the aesthetic. Just be aware that you must wipe it down after every use.

Score: 4.5 out of 5

Breville Barista Touch Impress ground coffee

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Breville Barista Touch Impress: Performance

The Breville Barista Touch Impress is absolutely stuffed with features that any coffee lover will appreciate. You'll be assured that, at the end of it, you'll perhaps get the best coffee you've ever brewed at home.

Guided menu

The Touch Impress's special feature is its touch screen, which sets it apart from similarly specced machines. Immediately upon turning it on, you'll be greeted by a menu of drink options. You can also create your preferred drinks, which involves manually changing each setting.

I followed the Barista-grade advice, which includes the perfect grind size, milk temperature, and froth level. When you select your drink, the screen will display these elements side by side, and you can easily adjust the strength and preferred foaminess. You can also select the milk type, but we'll discuss this later.

Grinder and puck system

First, you'll need to fill the bean hopper, and you can ask the machine to determine the ideal grind size based on the beans you've purchased. I tried three different types during testing, and the results didn't vary much. The advice remained on or around '17', but you can easily adjust this using the wheel on the side.

After grinding, you will be instructed to press the coffee into the puck using the tamp lever. The intelligent system detects whether you need more or less coffee for the optimum drink and - here's the clever part - remembers for next time. Once I had used the machine a couple of times, I didn't have to use the included razor at all, and rarely did it produce too little.


Next is the fun part - the extraction. As said, you can adjust the strength using the options on the screen, from one shot of espresso to 2+ (which I assume means boss-level caffeine). You can see how well and quickly this process works in the video above, with Breville's promise of rapid 3-second heat-up holding. If you want to add extra water, this is also super-fast, making your kettle obsolete.

The coffee itself comes out creamy and strong and completely consistent with every brew. 

Milk frothing

One feature that Breville has been keen to really shout about is the Touch Impress' ability to froth different types of milk. This is an understandable boast since many of us who prefer or require almond, oat, soy, or other options can often be left with sad, limp drinks while our dairy-drinking friends get all of the froth to themselves.

But whether the claim could hold up was another matter. The second menu allows you to choose the type of milk, with special settings for diary, almond, soy, and oat.

I compared the results side by side using semi-skimmed lactose-free cow milk and an oat brand designed for baristas. The same amount of milk and coffee was used, as well as the same-sized mug and settings:

Breville Barista Impress milk frothing

BrevilleBarista Touch Impress milk frothing (Image credit: Future)

Breville Barista Impress oat milk frothing

Breville Barista Touch Impress oat milk frothing (Image credit: Future)

The test may not have been scientific, but it still demonstrates (along with my inability to create latte art) that the machine is excellent at creating similar results across different types of milk. If anything, the flat white with oat milk tasted creamier than its counterpart. 

Another nifty feature is the steam wand's self-cleaning, which involves channeling more hot water into the drip tray. 

Score: 5 out of 5

Should you buy the Breville Barista Touch Impress?

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Price & availabilityVery expensive★★★★
DesignCompact and well designed, but steel gets mucky easily★★★★½
PerformanceTouch-screen, amazing customisation, delicious coffee★★★★★

Buy it if...

You spend a lot of time at coffee shops

The Touch Impress is certainly expensive, but its results mean you won't need to visit your local coffee shop again.

You want some expert guidance

If you're not confident with what goes into the perfect brew, the guided menu and advice here will be a delight.

You don't drink dairy

The Breville machine does a great job of getting creamy results from alternative plant-based milks.

Don't buy it if...

You already have a decent coffee maker

While the Touch Impress is - if you'll excuse the pun - impressive, those already adept at getting the perfect coffee from their existing machine may not want to upgrade.

You're on a budget

This machine does not fall into the 'affordable' category, and there are other options at a cheaper price but with slightly fewer features. 

How does the Breville Barista Touch Impress compare?

We recently tested the Breville Barista Express Impress, which is similar to the Touch Impress in several ways.

The basic construction of the two machines is the same, but the cheaper Express Impress lacks a touch screen and many of the automated features that come with it. Still, the dose level is still controlled with a slightly cruder (but more tactile) light level, and many who know their way around a coffee machine will prefer fewer bells and whistles.

Both machines were awarded 5/5 by us.

How I tested the Breville Barista Touch Impress

I tested the Breville Barista Touch Impress over several weeks, swapping it out for a basic filter coffee maker that delivered mixed results. I used the machine to make drinks daily, experimenting with different strengths, settings, and types of drinks over the testing period.

It was also trialed by coffee connoisseur family members, whose opinions informed the opinions written above.

Read more about how we test.

  • First reviewed: September 2023
Caroline Preece
Deputy Editor

Caroline is the Deputy Editor of Top Ten Reviews. Joining Future at the start of 2021, she has since served her time across all of the company’s home titles, including Real Homes, Ideal Home, Livingetc, and Homes & Gardens. Caroline has spent years testing out products for the home, which she trials in her cozy one-bedroom basement apartment in Suffolk, UK. She’s passionate about helping people choose the very best appliances, tech, and anything else that might make their lives easier, more cost-efficient, or just more fun.