Summary: I don't know why this product has so many low reviews, either I got the one gem of a machine or Breville no longer makes these like they use to. I bought this product in Sep 2010. Its now Sept 2013 and my machine is still awesome. 3 years of flawless espresso making!
Summary: I owned my machine for 2 years and 2 months. We made on average 4-6 cups per day...usually lattes. I figure I got my money's worth out of the machine, but wouldn't buy it again. I was a barista for 13 years, so I know how to adjust the grind and brew perfect shots.
Summary: I've had this machine for nearly two years... I recently read an online blog on how to make perfect foam and thus perfected my technique.... First, I use 1/2 cup cold whole milk. I add 1tsp of sugar in the raw to the cold milk.
Summary: I wanted to purchase a reasonable priced espresso machine for my husband. I did a lot of research and was a little hesitant to purchase this machine due to some of the negative reviews, but I am so glad I did!
Summary: Just received this item as a Christmas gift. So far, I've only used it to make lattes, but they've been delicious. The machine is easy to use and I seem to be getting the correct espresso extraction. The milk steamer/frother is great, too.
Great little machine BUT read the directions and use common sense
Brandon B, Amazon
19 December 2011
Summary: We finally got one of these things from our neighbors after constantly oohing and ahhing over the fine lattes and expressos they served. I am certainly into "good" coffee (fresh beans from a local roaster, no syrups, sprinkles, or flavorings) and my wife is a Chai drinker.
Summary: I researched home espresso machines extensively before buying the Cafe Modena, noting that virtually all of them had too many owner-reported durability/reliability problems reported to instill much confidence in any selection I might have made.
Summary: This is the first espresso machine I've owned. I've had it about 6 weeks, and make 3 lattes a day - heats up my almond milk in about 45 seconds. A swivel wand would be nice, but that's why others are more expensive - more features.
It works as advertised, but it's a love/hate relationship
Bruce W. Butler, Amazon
3 August 2011
Summary: I am a coffee snob. After years of using inexpensive $69.00 throw away espresso makers (which delivered great cups of coffee nonetheless), I decided to get the Breville Cafe Modena. First thing that I must say is that operating this unit is very easy. Love.
Summary: First off, I'm not a true espresso aficionado, just a guy who one day added up how much he had been spending at Starbucks and realized something had to give. I first tried my wife's old steam-driven machine but hated it, so after poking around at basic starter-model reviews online settled on the...