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Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker
|Model Name||Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker|
|Item Weight||13 Pounds|
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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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|Color||Brushed Stainless||Brushed Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Black||Stainless Steel||Silver|
|Item Weight||13.00 lbs||3.10 lbs||18.90 lbs||10.00 lbs||9.80 lbs||6.00 lbs|
"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.
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My tips for getting the most out of this machine: Because this machine can't quite extract as much as a professional grade unit, it's best to start with a dark roast espresso bean to compensate for some loss of flavor. Grind using your preferred method, but I go for 30-35 seconds in a cheap blade grinder. Grinding finer might start clogging the filter, but can lead to better extraction. Whether making a single or double shot, I fill the large filter basket to the top. Then I apply a fairly large amount of force (>50lb) onto the tamper three times, spinning the tamper in between. The next thing to watch is the color of the espresso coming out. It starts out dark, then brown, and finally turns tan. You want to stop the machine before it gets tan because the tan portion is basically murky water. If you want to go one step further, you can pre-heat the portafilter and cup by running it without coffee for a few seconds.
Overall I'm satisfied with this purchase. Once I adjusted my technique, the machine has reliably produced good espresso for the entire office over the past few months.
The Cafe Roma Espresso Maker makes great cappuccino. For the cost it works great. I've used my friend's more expensive Breville Barista and loved it, but it wasn't in the budget. I would improve 2 things. The distance between where the espresso comes out only accomodates short espresso cups. I would make it taller so a cappuccino mug can fit. The other thing is there is an extension tube for the frother. Milk gets caked on the inside tube so the exterior needs to be removed to clean it all. The exterior tube needs to be longer so that when it's inserted into the stainlees milk pitcher it reaches below the 1/3 mark so that when it's set down it can froth without holding it. I may get a longer stainless tube made. Still all in all it's a nice machine. My European guest and cappuccino connoisseur was impressed.
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Get good beans, Grind them, make coffee. No fancy pressure gauge, buttons, lights or programs. Turn on, let the water heat, turn the knob, Enjoy coffee !
The taste will definitely vary from the type of beans and the coarseness of your coffee grounds. Give yourself couple days to experiment then the whole neighbourhood will be lining up outside your house for more !
Simple machine, simple and nice looking design. Great machine overall. I only have 2 downsides that are definitely not deal-breakers :
1. Steam wand : great wand to use but since the machine only has 1 pump, you can only make either coffee, either frothed milk. It takes time if you'd like both. Obviously such a feature that allows to operate both will not be found at this price range. The fix : get a cheap milk frother on Amazon for 50$ and you saved yourself 600$+ for a machine with more bells and whistles than you need.
2. Making multiple coffees : when you finish making a coffee, the machine will blow-through the lines to clean and this should dry the used grounds to make a "puck". However, when you make multiple coffees, there's a lot of water remaining that hasn't dried yet making the disposing of it inconvenient. Maybe an operator error but it doesn't bother me anymore.
This machine has been making at least 8 coffees a day for the last 3 years and shows no wear or slowing down. This is a great coffee maker for this price point, even at full price.
Stop looking, just get it already.
I did have an issue with the machine in that it was leaking behind the drip tray each time I brewed. Breville and Amazon's customer service were exceptional to send me out a replacement machine with free one-day shipping. It just arrived and I'll be setting it up tonight. I'll update the review if this still remains an issue, but I'm sure it will be rectified.
For the price, this machine can't be beat (I paid $160 on sale, but it's worth the normal asking price).
When you turn the machine on, it takes about 2 minutes for the system to warm up and be ready for use. That gives me just the right amount of time to get the grounds all ready into the holder and place it on the machine. I usually pop my vitamins during this time as well and all is ready for me to make that espresso.
Price was, was great that I didn’t have to spend lots of money for a commercial machine.
The Café Roma produces a rich espresso with a good crema. We use Lavazza Crema E Gusto for best result rather than Lavazza Rossa previously.
The Café Roma heats water up quickly and dispenses coffee quickly. About 15 seconds after dispensing a cup of coffee and manually turning off the flow, an internal valve automatically opens to relieve steam pressure, discharging residual steam/water mix into the drip tray. This can be disconcerting if you are not aware of this feature. It also means that the drip tray must be more frequently emptied - as shown by the indicator float button. The maximum cup/mug height that can be used is about 3 1/2 inches (distance between dispensing nozzles and drip tray top/cup bottom) -obviously not a problem with regular espresso cups rather than big coffee mugs! Removal of the drip tray to increase cup clearance is not an option due to the steam/water discharge feature.
Overall it's a high quality product that I hope to have around for years to come.
Update: 1.5 YEARS IN and still going strong, we are make 3 coffees a weekday and 5 at weekends in this outstanding machine. Very impressed. If it ever breaks will be going Breville again.
Three months in and we are still loving this little machine. It's an older model but solid and popular through the years. Makes amazing coffee, easy to clean, doesn't take up too much counter space. You could pay a lot more for a fancier model but I doubt the espresso would taste any better. The only thing that would be worth spending more would be if you really want to make two coffees at a time (this only makes one).