Reviews and Problems with Breville Die-Cast Espresso Machine
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Love at First Use aka So Far So Good, by this Starbucks addict
24 December 2012
Conclusion: "Mr. Coffee was my first espresso machine. It produced strong, bitter, horrid drip-tasting coffee without a drop of crema, even when I used Starbucks espresso roast, which is my all time fav. Because my Starbucks habit has become excessive this fall AND because there are times I crave a latte or cappuccino but don't want to leave home, I bit the bullet and spent more than I wanted to. Must one really spend hundreds of dollars to make espresso at home? According to my Mr.
Summary: I bought this espresso maker for my adult daughter, who is a real coffee lover. She loves it! She uses it as often as she can and it makes a great cup of espresso. If you're into the strong stuff, this is the machine for you.
Summary: I use it every day and I love it! The water reserve makes it so you don't have to keep adding water after each use, and the steaming wand has a nice rubber handle on it so you don't burn yourself. The only bad thing I can say about it is that it doesn't come with a frothing cup for the milk. But the value is great!
Summary: I wanted to love this beautiful machine. I had problems getting a good crema. Tried Starbucks, Illy esp. for espresso machines, Bustello, etc. I tried slightly different grinds. I tried to contact Breville by phone. I was allowed to leave a voicemail which they did not return. I might not have returned the machine if Breville had followed up on their customer service. Overstock made the return very easy. I still think about that gorgeous machine.
Summary: I LOVE this machine! It is a quality piece of work. It brews wonderful espresso with a layer of "crema" that I didn't even get with a cheaper machine that I had that broke down six months after having it. The water reservoir is a really nice feature which allows unlimited steaming/frothing of milk. Which, by the way, works really well. The "froth enhancement nozzle" produces coffee shop quality froth for lattes, cappuccinos, etc. -- even with nonfat milk!
Summary: Very good machine for the price. I just wish it would stop on it's own, you have to eyeball it, and know when to stop the brewing. I love it though, I recommend using Lavazza or illy espresso for a true Italian flavor.