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Breville ESP6SXL Café Modena Espresso Machine


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  • 15 Bar pump
  • Thermoblock Heating System
  • Dual-wall crema system maintains 15 bars of pressure through brewing process.
  • Steam wand provides continues steam for café quality drinks at home
  • Stainless steel warming plate warms two espresso cups at a times


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9 x 11.8 inches ; 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 16 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001DYGVWI
  • Item model number: ESP6SXL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,505 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

The Café Modena produces perfect crema every time. With a 15 bar pump and dual-wall crema system, aspiring baristas can make espressos, cappuccinos, and americanos with ease. The machine comes with a stainless steel warming tray and a porcelain espresso cup and saucer set to start your own cafe out of the box. Includes a steam wand to froth milk for cappuccinos and lattes.

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Customer Reviews

If you buy it, you'll regret it!
Joe
Even with a slightly broken plastic handle I have no problems lifting the water container out with ease.
Jon
Worked for 3 months and then just broke!
Joseph A. Cristofalo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Jones on April 19, 2010
My wife and I love this machine. We use it nearly every day for lattes and cappuccinos. While we first used it with espresso ground coffee, we later discovered pods. This machine comes with a pod holder that makes grinding, measuring, tamping obsolete and cleanup is a breeze. The box also includes two espresso cups and saucers, a frothing pitcher and a maintenance tool. The only necessary accessory that is not included is a thermometer for frothing the milk. I bought a cheap one for about 5 bucks at a nearby BB&Beyond that came with a holder with clip and it works very well. The machine always makes perfect espresso with excellent crema. Be sure to follow the directions for preheating the machine and the cups. If frothing milk for latte, be sure to put the brewed espresso in its cup on the top metal heating tray; it really makes a difference. This machine will also easily produce steamed milk for Irish coffees and other drinks. This is my first pump machine. All my previous machines were the steam kind; what a waste of money they were! Note that I did not purchase this machine through Amazon; however this is the exact unit and the price now offered is a bit less than I paid. However, we do get the pods through Amazon as a local merchant never seems to have stock in-date.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce W. Butler on August 3, 2011
I am a coffee snob. After years of using inexpensive $69.00 throw away espresso makers (which delivered great cups of coffee nonetheless), I decided to get the Breville Cafe Modena.

First thing that I must say is that operating this unit is very easy. Love.
But the knob is very hard to twist, particularly if you have arthritis. Hate.

The water reservoir is a terrific idea, and you can make at least 6-8 cups before needing to refill it. Love.
The housing around the water reservoir begins to rust if water splashes when removing/reinserting reservoir. Hate.

It heats very quickly. Love.
It is constantly reheating and there is never enough pressure. Hate.

The resulting coffee is usually delicious, and consistent. Love.
It sounds like a Diesel truck with no muffler when in operation. Hate.

Despite the Love/Hate, I think in the balance, my taste buds say that this machine is worth it, although I would not buy another one of these simply because of the noise and the hard-to-twist handle. If you can live with the negatives, it's a good buy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tweedpatch on July 23, 2011
First off, I'm not a true espresso aficionado, just a guy who one day added up how much he had been spending at Starbucks and realized something had to give. I first tried my wife's old steam-driven machine but hated it, so after poking around at basic starter-model reviews online settled on the Cafe Modena.

It's been a year, and so far so good. My thoughts and experiences:

- The "warming plate" is just a piece of thin metal resting on the machine's molded plastic top. It simply absorbs whatever heat the machine is giving off naturally and only provides a tiny bit of warmth; I'd rate it as near-useless.

- I'm a straight shot or iced latte guy all of the way, so I've honestly never even tried the steam wand, so can't speak to that feature at all. Never tried using pods either.

- The grind makes a huge difference-- I've tried grinding whole beans here at home, and have purchased ground beans from various local coffee shops as well. Whenever I used grinds that were slightly too coarse or too fine, it ruined the pull. Too coarse definitely makes for weak espresso, and one super fine grind I tried clogged the filter to the point where the water couldn't get through it, forcing me to spend 30 min using the provided needle tool to clean out the gazillion incredibly tiny holes in the basket. So if you're new to this like I was, really pay attention to the grind and read the instruction manual carefully first.

- The water indicator really is hard to read, but is such a small issue in the scheme of things I would never not recommend this machine for that reason alone.

- I have hard water in my tap and so follow the maintenance as recommended in the instruction manual carefully.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe on June 6, 2011
Mine broke after 1 month of use! Says that it has 15 bars of pressure, but even though the grind wasn't fine the machine couldn't push water through! A very cheap piece of junk with the Breville name stamped on the machine! If you buy it, you'll regret it!

I bought a Cuisinart for $100.00 that has the same pump rating (15 bars), but this machine works great! The Breville name used to mean something, I think the company was purchased a few years ago for it's reputation. This machine is a piece of crap!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon on April 11, 2011
I glad I didn't read all the negative reviews on here before I bought it. You would think this was the worst espresso machine in the known world. The fact is my wife and I have had it for several days and it is working great. She absolutely loves that I bought this for her. It produces very good stuff, comparable to what you get a coffee shop depending on what you use and how you make it. We have had no major issues.

Well, there is one slight problem. The plastic handle on the water container...well that broke. It's a very small plastic handle that folds flat and is used to pick up the water container. Even with a slightly broken plastic handle I have no problems lifting the water container out with ease. I bought mine for $149 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond so not sure why the list price is $249.

The cleanup is a breeze. It does not leak. I've ran it through several times without any leaks. I've never had to wipe down the counter or anything. It does not overheat or even get hot. It fits together. Looks stylish. Did I mention cleanup is easy? Takes about 2 minutes to clean. Dump the tray in the sink and rinse. Detach the handle, dump the excess coffee in the trash and rinse. Slip off the rubber piece on the froth wand and wash it. Then wash and rub down the wand. I just run the froth wand through another cycle with just water in a cup. It also comes with a cleaning tool for the forth wand, along with expresso cups/saucers, 3 filters (one which handles pods), and a stainless-steel milk frothing pitcher.

Don't forget to check the water level each time and adjust appropriately.

I rated this a four due to the one small issue I had with the handle breaking, but otherwise this is a five star product so far.

UPDATE: We have had this now for about 4 weeks.
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