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. My only complaint is that Starbucks does not make their espresso pods anymore-those were really great and so easy.
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. Bought as a gift for my fiance, and he got hooked quick!! Easy to use, and he LOVES it too!
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. Seems simple, no? I'd bet that many of the malcontents skipped the manual, figuring that they had mastered the basics. Give the machine a chance to warm up.
Summary: I have had two of these machines. The first was purchased six years ago and the machine is heavy and looked great. It gives the impression of being made of stainless metal. NOT SO! The first machine starting developing "bubbles" under the "stainless" looking coating on the sides and under where the brewing device is connected. The deterioration is like a creeping decay under the finish. It continues to spread until pieces of the silver coating falls off.
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. I have read many reviews concerning this machine and many people are having similar issues. I recommend spending the money on a machine with a better warranty and track record.
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: 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. A little over a year and the machine it broke. I'm a bit of a DIYer, so I looked online and found some people who had repaired their machines.
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?