If we had to choose just one java maker, we’d unquestionably go with the Breville Barista Express. Having used one of these high-end, beautiful home espresso machines for years, we’ve found it the ultimate combo of user-friendliness, ease-of-use, good looks – and perfect coffee-brewing capability. But, it’s big and can often a bit much for smaller kitchens and countertops, which is why Breville has now released the Bambino Plus.

Bambino Plus: Premium Features, Compact Build

The Bambino Plus packs the same top-quality, sleek Breville looks and straightforward ease-of-use as Breville’s bigger offerings. The biggest difference is that it’s small enough to fit in between the wall and your toaster, or under low cabinets. Brew quality is top-notch, thanks to precise digital temperature control, 54mm portafilter with 19g grind capacity, and low-pressure pre-infusion; all features found on Breville’s high-end Oracle Touch. The digital temperature control keeps water at exactly the temperature needed to extract a perfect shot of espresso (about 190-195F). The rapid ThermoJet heating system has the Bambino Plus ready to go with 3 seconds of power-on.

Latte artists get ready. Perfect foamy milk is the cherry on top of perfect espresso, so the Bambino offers an automatic steam wand. With just the press of a button, you can create silky smooth microfoam calibrated to your preferred temperature and texture liking.

Beautiful, compact and perfect-espresso-capable. What else could you ask for? (A cheaper price tag, maybe. But from hands-on experience, we think Breville is worth the investment).