Summary: I bought elsewhere- Christmas discount. This is, I think, our eighth espresso capable machine so we have some experience with the mechanics of espresso coffee. We have not globetrotted in search of the perfect cuppa, nor do we typically rinse and spit or do comparative analysis. We do reflect on the qualities of the cup from time to time, but only to the degree that our own taste buds inform us. We brew one double shot into two cups daily.
Summary: I've had this machine for 3 months now, and absolutely love it! I don't know much about espresso machines, but this machine is very simple to use. The factory settings work perfectly, no fiddling required. Once I dialed in my grind and dosage with the companion Breville grinder, I am now consistently pulling beautiful shots for my lattes! This was a large purchase for me, and I do not regret it one bit! I love making my own lattes, when I want.
Daily workhorse espresso machine backed by EXCELLENT customer service
Southern Charm, Amazon
30 March 2015
Summary: This is my fourth Breville espresso machine. I have two primary reasons for continuing to purchase Breville espresso machines: 1) they make damn good espresso at home and 2) Breville customer service is top-notch. Long ago, I purchase the Breville BES800XL for home. It had an issue within a few months of not maintaining pressure, and I contacted Breville customer service.
Summary: We have a small Church Cafe and this Espresso machine works wonderfully for us. Quite honestly, I was not a coffee drinker before but once I had a cup from this machine, I stated that "I could quite easily become a coffee drinker now". So kudos to Breville for a great machine!
Summary: One word - AWESOME! I use a Baratza Forte grinder, espro calibrated tamper and pull through a naked portafilter to watch the art flow! Make sure your beans are fresh. Very easy to setup and repeat the same delicious pulls!
Summary: This replaced a Gaggia Titanium automated espresso machine, and even though we loved the old one, the BES920XL blows it out of the water. Yes, the Breville is a bit more involved to use (need a separate grinder, more complicated cleanup), but it makes so much better espresso, like we are not even using the same beans. I would highly recommend this machine to any coffee lover!
Summary: This machine is fabulous. We use it every day, along with the Breville Smart Grinder, and we pull consistently great shots. The steamer works really well, too. So easy to get a stellar cappuccino out of this puppy! At work, I have access to a much more expensive espresso machine (like 3x), and I find that the Breville is comparable! No need to spend thousands of dollars for good espresso at home.
Summary: This is my first espresso machine I have owned. So far one month of 6 shots a day I have had no issues at all. It does take a few tries to get a good shot with a new roast. I am now getting consistent shots daily and find I can get the right pressure range now and it does make a big difference in the extraction and flavour.