Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine
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- 15 Bar Italian Pump
- Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
- The Triple Prime Pump releases 3 bursts of hot water to moisten the ground coffee resulting in greater build-up to extract the fullest flavor
- Thermoblock Heating System
- 75 Fl.oz (2.2L) removable front-fill water tank
- Espresso machine with ThermoBlock heating system and 15-bar Triple Prime pump
- Durable stainless-steel housing; selector dial for espresso, steam, or hot water
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|Color||Brushed Stainless||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Silver||Black Sesame||Grey and Black|
|Item Dimensions||16 x 15 x 13 in||12.5 x 13.25 x 15.75 in||12.5 x 12.5 x 13.25 in||8 x 9.5 x 14.2 in||15 x 16.25 x 15 in||11 x 8 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||26 lbs||23 lbs||17 lbs||20 lbs||30 lbs||6.68 lbs|
The Breville 800ESXL Die Cast Designed Espresso Machine is incredibly beautiful, as well, as functional! It has a thermo block heating system, 15 bar Italian made pump, dual wall crema system, a pre-brew function and an auto-purge function (anti burn) just to name a few. This espresso machine will look gorgeous on your countertop in your kitchen. It's a functional show piece.
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The build quality is solid, it steams great, and the espresso comes out creamy. When you power on the machine, the top surface heats, which is a great amenity if you don't want your hot espresso pouring into cold cups. I can make every hot drink I'd make in the shop with this machine. The extra features are nice too. The bottom slides out to easily dump excess water or espresso, and there is a hidden compartment to store various things. The accent lighting behind the buttons is a nice touch too for anyone who appreciates a machine that's also eye catching. There's also an attachment that goes over the steam wand (mine came pre-attached, but you can pull it off) that makes the drinks extra frothy.
It comes with a milk pitcher and espresso tamper. All you may want to invest in is a couple of shot glasses. Overall, it was a great purchase.
I have owned 15 bar home espresso machines in the past that have been cheaper than this one by Breville that produced slightly better crema and frothed milk a little better. After two uses, I removed the froth enhancer, deciding it to be more of a gimmick than a useful addition to the steam wand. Milk can be textured easily and well without it with a little practice.
The machine is generally pretty easy to use and works really well. The only thing that is annoying is the inability to set the machine to heat up for steam without actually operating the steam wand. The manual tells you to turn the central knob to steam (or hot water) and when steam starts coming out, place the milk pitcher over it quickly so you don't spray milk everywhere!! Again, I have owned at least one cheaper machine that allowed me to select the steam (or hot water) button, then turn the central knob to steam on the front once the correct temperature had been reached to operate the steam function. This seems like clumsy product development by Breville.
I also had to deduct points for another annoying habit of the machine to spray water everywhere when you are using the steam wand, turn it off to remove the pitcher, then turn it back to on to purge the steam wand of milk. Just shows how quickly this machine purges to get to espresso brewing temperature after steaming.
The water tank is also a bit under-sized for the machine - I can make maybe four mug-sized (double shot) lattes and the tank is empty by the time I clean the portafilter and group head (by running water from the machine through both the filter and the group head to remove adhered grinds).
All in all, it has a few annoying quirks but makes a really nice coffee so I would still recommend it to anyone wanting a manual machine without the hefty price tag.
I will cut to the skinny and skip over what most reviews have already covered, and cover what I found to be the best combo to get the best tasting shots out of this machine.
1.) Get the freshest whole bean coffee you can get of whatever kind you fancy, and keep them fresh.
2.) Get a quality grinder, the grind is critical. I bought the Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder and it accompanies this machine beautifully. Your settings will vary from bean to bean so that's something you will have to experiment with. You are trying to achieve a 25 to 30 second pull for 1 to 1.5 oz shot with a 25 to 30 lbs tamp. I suggest getting some decent Costco coffee beans while you hone your grinding, and tamping skills. The shots will get better and you won't break the bank while doing so.
3.) Buy a signal walled filter basket. The Krups MS-0907163 2 Cup Filter works perfectly and I suggest buying it.
4.) Buy a quality tamper. The RSVP Terry's Tamper for Espresso works perfectly and I suggest buying it.
5.) Pre heat the machine before pulling shots. I also run the machine with the portafilter empty for a couple seconds prior to adding the grids to get it up to temp.
6.) Purge the machine and wipe down the group head after each use. A clean machine produces better tasting shots.
If you're making cappuccino despite what some reviews say this machine will froth milk very well if you know what you're doing. Start off by removing the metal sheath on the steam wand and learn how to froth milk without it, your results will be much improved. There are tons of YouTube videos on how to do this. Your ears along with a quality temp probe will be a great deal of help. I suggest buying the Cooper-Atkins 1236-70-1 Bi-Metals Espresso Milk Frothing Thermometer with Clip, 1" Dial and 5" Shaft Length to help monitor your temperatures. I froth my milk with the tip of the steam wand just enough in the milk so there is a suction sound until the milk reaches 100 degrees. Then I submerge the steam wand into the milk so that there is a whirlpool until 160 degrees, and produce amazing results.
With some patients, and trial and error anyone should be able to produce cafe quality espresso/cappuccino with the Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine. If you are on a budget and just getting into the hobby of being a at home barista, the items I've listed above will get you well on your way and should keep you going for years to come.