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Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker
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- Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar thermoblock pump
- Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema; froth enhancer, cup-warming plate
- Accesories: Stainless steel frothing pitcher Tamping tool/measuring spoon/cleaning tool
- Removable drip tray and grid; Frothing jug included
- Measures 9 x 9 x 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty
- 40.6 oz (1.2 L) removable water tank
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"Thermoblock heating system extracts espresso at the perfect temperature. A full 15 bars of pressure maximizes crema for a rich, barista-style aroma and taste. Effortless frothing and foaming." Included Accessories Single, double or pods espresso shots Stainless steel frothing pitcher Tamping tool and measuring spoon Cleaning tool.
Top Customer Reviews
When it was working for the first number of years, it made good shots, with good crema, and the (rigid) steam head worked OK to froth milk. The basket was pressurized, so it overcame the bad grinds we were getting from the chopper grinder we had. We mostly used bottled D.I. water, and only flushed it with a mild vinegar solution a couple times a year. The pump always seemed to provide enough pressure, though the shots were never super hot. The most we ran through it regularly was 2-4 shots, but occasionally we pulled 8-10, letting it heat up again between every couple. My wife ran it dry a few times, but it seemed to bounce back and keep going, despite our lack of maintenance or care.
It's a smallish unit and looks pretty good. We liked the all stainless exterior with easy to clean parts and exteriors. The plastic tamper worked OK, but not great, and the stainless cups aren't the highest grade material (i.e. they stained, which meant they were releasing chrome into our drinks.) The water reservoir is an OK size also, but we had to always remember to fill it just about every day. All of this was a good compromise for the very small footprint, low running noise, and ease of use.
All worked pretty well, with few complaints until about 4 or 5 months ago; when it didn't turn on morning for a few hours. Then we started having seal leaks (splattering grinds all over the place) about once a week. Little glitches would crop up once a week or so, until last week when the pump just went on and stayed running whenever the power was flipped on. Total unit failure.
That is when I decided to open it up to see if it was reparable (I'm fairly handy, so I figured I might at least see what was wrong). Nope. It looked like the thermoblock had sprung a leak months ago and started corroding everything inside. The switch that failed looked like it just rusted through. Every other piece of metal in it was rusted, and every chrome piece was coated with white oxidation. On a plus note, the structural elements were indeed stainless steel and showed little sign of corrosion. And the top piece was very heavy and well built. Now with all that mess in there, I was actually shocked that it had continued to work all this time. It was getting glitchy, but it still was putting pressure into the portafilter. I was also shocked that there hadn't been an electrical fire, or short-circuit. Good safety design, maybe. or lucky?
So, I have mixed feelings about the unit. The thermoblock seems to have been poorly designed (A thermoblock is probably a bad idea in general), but despite that, all the rest of it was very well put together and durable enough to overcome massive corrosion and part failure for who knows how long. For a unit in this price range, 5 years of solid use with little trouble is probably a pretty good record considering all the QA and durability problems most electronics have these days.
We are replacing it with the more expensive BES840XL, which has a solid, newly designed, one piece thermo coil. Hopefully Breville has overcome the issue of a leaky heating unit, creating a silver bullet for those of us who don't want to shell out the bucks for brass boilers. I would recommend this unit, with the caveat that buyers understand that in this price range it is a lot to ask for a machine to make good shots year after year with no problems. I think ours did a great job for us with this understanding.
Simple and elegant design that is easy to use and clean. Quick start-up warm-up time; I was able to dial in a superior extraction with an espresso grind on my conical grinder. The first shot pulled produced a dark speckling over substantial amounts of crema, tightly compacted and the crema was persistent. It was more golden-brown in color, slightly foamy and more sweet-tasting than my 40 year old Italian Salton Espresso machine can make (I've been pulling shots of expresso for over 40 years). The milk frother quickly makes thick foamy milk for preparing cappuccinos and lattes. The cost of this machine is 20% of any mid-priced high end espresso semi-automatic or automatic machine; that makes this Breville a great value for the performance of a 15 bar machine.
You won't get a thing if you don't clean the machine. Biggest part of the bad, Breville has discontinued this model from production. Parts are already hard to find and will be really expensive in a few years.
Given the price point of this machine (it cost less than my conical grinder) and the performance, I was really happy to find this great espresso machine. At the same time I was sadden also, when I found out that Breville discontinued this machine. Given that, I went out and bought two more of these espresso machines as back-ups and for parts. Even after buying three of these machines it cost me less than the next level-up espresso machine. I even had money left over to buy some bulk Valhalla, Death Wish and custom Vietnamese/Indonesian blends for their dark carmel roasts and high caffeine content that provide an espresso extraction with super crema. Now I am happy-happy on an espresso high and I saved lots of money. As a serious espresso drinker I do bleed black; love the ESP8XL; and saved lots of green with the Breville machine.
Mine came with two ceramic espresso cups with saucers, the measuring spoon and tamper combo and the frothing cup. Nice touch. And the tamper is really sturdy. It's not a flimsy plastic job. It's thick plastic.
All in all I was very impressed. I made a great latte out of the gate with some pre-ground Lavazza espresso coffee. I will eventually move to a burr grinder. First things first.
I acquired the taste and appreciation for good cup of specialized espresso drink. At home I never invested on coffee machines. I got instant ones.
Anyways, took me few trials to make espresso in the way I prefer. Steam part is amazing. Simple little machine, looks wonderful. Came with two porcelain shot cups with saucer. Beautiful set. Photo showed two stainless steel ones and honestly I was okay with that but receiving a quality item.made me really happy. Came with all accessories you need.
Taste of the coffee is amazing.possibbilities are endless. I can make hot apple ciders, hot chocolate, any kind of latte, cold and hot drinks. Machine would probably pay for itself in 2 months. Based on me getting cup of coffee a day from starbucks.
I am really happy with this machine so far. Its a real treat.