I love the latte I get from it- great froth and ...
Lani from Yorba Linda "Lani", Amazon
25 September 2014
Summary: My first Breville 800 lasted more than 7 years but finally the espresso drip was excruciatingly slow coming that I think the pump must have been worn. So this is my second machine. I love the latte I get from it- great froth and great flavor.
Summary: Let's just start with- I was a Starbucks barista and trainer. I had very high standards. Right off the bat, I'll let you know I gave up dry pucks in this instance. I wasn't THAT concerned about it. It's good espresso, with a great velvety foaming frother.
Good things come to those who read the instructions
21 November 2013
Summary: This has been an easy target for critics...perhaps in part due to the "Breville" brand, which has cone to be the new standard for aging yuppies and other pretentious types. So much for that....just blather. This machine requires one small but significant thing of the user....read the manual.
Summary: This machine looks beautiful but it is not durable. I have owned it for just 1 year an 1 month and it no longer creates steam. It still creates enough heat to pull a shot, but that's it. For the price of this machine and the overall quality one would expect the product to last longer.
Summary: My machine produced "good" espresso shots (better than average coffee shop, not excellent) once I got single walled baskets, a good tamper, and a burr grinder. The steam wand is able to produce excellent quality microfoam for two small or one medium drinks.
Summary: I have owned two of these Breville 800ESXL espresso makers. I liked the first one quite a bit, but it broke down - stopped heating the water - after a little more than a year. Since I liked the machine, and hoping I'd just been unlucky with the first one, I purchased a second one.
Summary: Since 2008, I have had 2 of these. On both of them the pump broke, meaning you end up with a $500 piece of scrap metal. I am firmly convinced the pump deign on these is flawed - I did not use the machines heavily, and previous to these I had a $250 Krupp that lasted over 5 years.
Summary: After 8 months this device began to have problems which I was able to work around. During the past few months I didn't use the machine. One month after the warranty expired, I tried to use the machine and the heating light flashes without doing anything else.