Awesome product, worth every penny, great frothing steam!
6 August 2011
Summary: I love this machine, had it about 6 months now. Having the dual water switches is awesome. Makes a GREAT espresso and cappuchino. The frothing unit really gives a lot of steam to get the best froth! Quick heat up too. I recommend you don't use the extra frothing attachment, the bubbles are too big with it, I tried it for grins only. I have been making espresso's and cappuchino's for over 10yrs.
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. It has now stopped heating water after 11 months. I make about three cups a day, and maybe this machine just isn't designed to last more than a year or so at that rate.
We love this machine - despite faulty specifications
11 January 2011
Summary: My wife was a barista for several years. She knows espresso machines. We ordered this one in part due to the listed weight of 32 pounds. Turns out that it weighs only 19 pounds. While that was a concern upon arrival, it has proved itself to be a fantastic machine and it makes great drinks. Took only 3 attempts to get it up to high standards. (The first two attempts may have been due to the water/steam not hot enough?
Summary: This was one of my most satisfying purchases ever! Previously I made espresso with a Krups pump machine. The coffee was okay, but I struggled with its rinky-dink parts for many years. The Breville works like a dream. It is sturdy, stores enough water for a few days of coffee, is substantial, but still fits on my counter, and works intuitively.
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. It is a shame, because this Breville is beautifully built: it's heavy, the design is clean and functional and it looks great in a kitchen with other stainless steel appliances.
BREVILLE 800ESXL EXCELLENT HIGH QUALITY EXPRESSO MACHIN
7 April 2010
Summary: I bought the Breville because my daughter and her husband has one exactly like it. This Expresso Machine is very well made all stainless on the outside and I believe brass on the inside, very heavy duty and easy to keep clean. 15 Bars pressure brewing at exactly the right temperature, heats and froths milk quickly and superbly.
Summary: I got tired of buying espresso makers every year, and I was not satisfied with the coffee they made, how long it took for the steam to build up. I roast my own coffee and it was time to get a machine that could put out a good cup every time. The 800ESXL consistantly pumps out a quick cup with froth on top and although it has to be shut off when the process is done it is well worth the minute it takes. The stainless steel is easy to clean and the design is wonderful.
Summary: I really love this espresso machine!...did a lot of review searching before deciding on this one....everyone should. It makes great, smooth...crema rich coffee. Haven't had any problems at all with the filters like some ppl say. You just need to use the correct grind, aparently. The only two drawbacks I can come up with are these: it's very loud and vibrates the pot around, so you need to hold onto it; also, the double shot is small, so I have to run the machine through...
A wonderful, affordable espresso machine from Breville
4 February 2010
Summary: In just the short time we've owned the Breville 800ESXL espresso machine, my wife and I have made over 20 lattes. The quality of the finished product is simply outstanding. We just put a troublesome Starbucks Barista machine out to pasture and are thrilled with everything about the Breville 800ESXL. It is very thoughtfully designed (in contrast to our previous machine, which was constantly beset by vapor lock problems) and performs flawlessly.