Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

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Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker
Manufacturer: Breville
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List Price: $249.99
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Product Description

Breville ESP8XL Café Roma Espresso with 15 bar thermoblock pump has stainless steel commercial housing and includes a bonus stainless steel espresso cup set and frothing jug.

Product Details

  • Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar Thermoblock pump
  • Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema; froth enhancer; cup-warming plate
  • Large, easy-fill 1-2/7-quart water tank; external water window indicates when tank is low
  • Removable drip tray and grid; stainless-steel espresso cup set and frothing jug included
  • Measures 9 by 9 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty

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Customer Reviews

An Excellent Machine
Review Date: May 29, 2005
Reviewer: Lori Smart, Eugene, OR
All I can say is WOW! My teenage daughters and I love espresso & designer lattes, This machine made it a BREEZE for us to give up all the overpriced designer cafes in our area. My brother is a coffee snob and spent literally thousands on a fully automated Capresso machine. You could buy a couple dozen of these Breville machines for the price of his.. and you know what? It's a few seconds more work but the coffee is JUST AS GOOD!

One of my daughters is visually impaired and she can work the machine and clean it with no problems.

Assembly was easy, cleanup is easy, and making three different beverages in seconds is a breeze, too. We have three completely different tastes so we've managed quite a few different drinks. I make sugar free soy lattes using Soy Slender and sugar free DaVinci flavors. We've frothed skim, 2%, whole and soy milks of every type. Even heavy whipping cream and half & half froth perfectly.

The only issue we had was that one time we tamped the espresso a little too firmly and nothing would come out. If you tamp lightly, you'll have no problem at all and the crema is absolutely superb!

As for the reviewer that said their espresso was watery, if you use a fine ground espresso, that definately won't be a problem. The two-serving filter makes a great double shot, but if you try to make more than that, I can see how you could end up with something watery. The drip tray does need emptying once in a while, but that's the same with every espresso maker I've ever used.

I DEFINATELY recommend this machine!!
Great machine
Review Date: February 13, 2006
Reviewer: Cosmas Bisticas, Denver
This is the second espresso machine I have owned, the first one was a professional one in my restaurant and made perfect coffee quickly!

This machine for a home espresso machine lacks nothing in it's ability to produce a great espresso other than the time required to do so. The crema it produces is thick and the steamer produces a reasonable, constant flow of steam making it possible to make perfect foam with your milk. The water storage allows space for more than enough water to make several cups and steam a large amount of milk. The drip tray is large enough to collect a good amount of dripage and the design is sleek and compact. The only thing I think that Breville could do to improve on this unit would be to include a timer to turn the machine on so that I can have espresso in the morning before I leave for work!
Perfect - Taste Functionality Features Looks and Style
Review Date: November 30, 2005
Reviewer: K. Angus, SLC, Utah
I've owned several machines over the last ten years, from the $49.00 'wait for the steam', a $4000 Venezia VAE-22, an 'all-in-one' $1000.00 Starbuck machine along with my current (broken) Starbuck Barista. None of the machines I've owned come close to the Cafe Roma ESP8XL for quality and design. From the water feed systems removable, cleanable, replaceable, easy to access water tank to the three tang filter holder, precision and functionality was first for the designers. The frothing system, the drip tray, the simple controls are all top notch and the cup warming plate is over the top! The pop-up button that shows you the level of the water in the drip tray is a really nice feature. By adding the stainless demitasse cups and saucers Breville created the best machine on the earth. For those that have problems with getting the grounds out of the filter I found a stainless steel Knockout tray with 49mm Tamper that matches the machine and is easy to clean. The first espresso I made was perfect, it took several cups in our stores Venezia VAE-22 to get everything right. Some of the other reviewers seem to have issues with the 'taste', part of learning how each machine functions is the issue. The filter on the ESP8XL is one of the easiest to maintain I've ever used and one of the reasons for the perfect Espresso.
Easy to use, good expresso
Review Date: January 2, 2006
Reviewer: R. A. Harrison, Kansas City, MO
Having used several other piston and steam type models at work, I am pleased to say this one is as easy as any to get a great cup of espresso. This machine replaces a Krupps.

First Impressions: My first cup was a little weak (I did not measure). After using the provided measure and a light force tamp, the second cup was perfect. So was the third. Some other reviewers noted the coffee was not hot enough, I thought it was just right...and I am one who always has to ask Starbucks to make mine "extra hot."

For the record, I used home-roasted beans (using the popular Fresh-Roast plus 8) and grind them using a Cuisinart DBM8. Since the grinder is new, I am using the full espresso setting (18) and am pleased with the results out of the box.

Grips: As noted by others, the steamer is slow. I've used it twice and it takes about 1 minute.

Likes: Quality accessories--I really like the espresso cups. Great looking stainless steel housing, easy to use, and a fairly small counter footprint.
Breville -- Changing Opinions One Mouth At A Time!
Review Date: November 6, 2006
Reviewer: Timothy D. Kiger, Madison, WV
I must admit, I had never really experienced true espresso until I fired up my Breville a few months ago, and neither had my wife or my 10-year-old daughter, who positively hated coffee! After having spent five years with a steam-operated coffee scorcher, I really expected the Breville to be just a bit better quality than what I was accustomed. Needless to say, I was very surprised. I now know why the coffee drinks I snare at all my local coffee shops taste so good -- they're using real espresso machines!
My wife and I can't drink regular coffee anymore, as it's much too thin and has a scorched, watery flavor. We love to find unusual coffee bean flavors and tremendously enjoy exploring the world of coffee beans and all the flavors.
As for the Breville, it works wonderfully, time after time. Every cup is the same, thick and rich, with a beautiful caramel-colored crema, thick enough to flow a dollop of sugar. Experiment with the tamps, a hard tamp gives you a longer shot, whereas a soft tamp gives you less crema. Do the same with the grinds and discover the beauty of coffee, your own way and at your own pace. Have patience and enjoy the journey! We are, thanks to our Breville!

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