Summary: I worked as barista years ago and we used old school espresso machine. Not the ones they use nowadays. I acquired the taste and appreciation for good cup of specialized espresso drink. At home I never invested on coffee machines. I got instant ones. Anyways, took me few trials to make espresso in the way I prefer. Steam part is amazing. Simple little machine, looks wonderful. Came with two porcelain shot cups with saucer. Beautiful set.
Summary: My wife and I got one of these from a department store 6 years ago. It wasn't heavily used for the first year or two, but then it was used 2 or 3 times almost every day. It finally failed last week when the main control knob stopped being able to shut off the pump (The pump immediately went on when the power toggle was flipped on). When it was working for the first number of years, it made good shots, with good crema, and the (rigid) steam head worked OK to froth milk.
Summary: I bought the Breville ESP8XL in early 2012 after much review reading and procrastination. I've only used large professional/commercial style 2-4 group machines in my bakery and struggled with the thought of not quite as much steam head and big boiler mechanics in a small espresso maker. One particular review captured my attention because it outlined the parameters of using the Breville and I expect many others in this price class.
Summary: BREVILLE ROMA This is a very good coffee maker and I recommend it. And here a few comments that may help. In the last 20 years I have owned three Cappuccino machines, now including the Roma. The other two were Starbucks Barristas. The three are identical in the quality of coffee produced and the manner in which they produce it. The quality of the coffee is excellent. There are a few tips to making them last. 1.
Summary: I've had the same issues with my machine, the clogged filter situation, and after trying nearly everything suggested, I found the best solution thus far. I put the filter on my stove top, directly on a burner, and turned it up to high. I could literally hear the coffee burning away inside. Afterwards I simply let it cool, washed off the bottom, and it worked perfectly. It's happened a few times since, and each time this method worked.
Give it proper grinds, and it is idiot-proof, giving a beautiful crema
23 July 2012
Summary: 'll try to make this short. I've made thousands of espresso shots (under the eye of a Michelin-chef and culinary expert/diva) using finicky big European restaurant machines that always had to be serviced just to be able to function at all. For good espresso one needs: (a)good beans (b)consistent and proper grind, and a close third, assuming we're talking about an actual espresso machine (not some similarly-shaped-object like a Kraps steam-joke), (c) a functional...
Summary: Just know that when you buy this espresso machine, you won't get the cups, saucers, an extra pod, or a pre-made pod piece that this model of Breville comes with. When I got my Breville I called and said it was missing all these parts and they said since it's a refurbished model it only comes with just the machine????The machine it's self is goof for people who like medium-strong coffee, It gets hot, but not anywhere near hot enough.
Summary: I love my Breville. I thought that the black piece was missing off of the frother, because the manual and photos show a previous model that has the black baffle. I went to the Breville web site and found out that the upgrade on this model does not need the black plastic//rubber baffle, so don't be confused. The machine is very high quality. You will enjoy it!
Summary: Lavazza Qualita Rossa, Caffe Ground Espresso, 8.8-Ounce Bricks (Pack of 4) I have owned this machine for about a year (my third machine after returning two others, made by different manufacturers). When buying this machine, I was afraid of all the negative feedback regarding the filters getting clogged. In my experience (touch wood), after using this machine about 150 times... I HAVE NEVER ENCOUNTERED A CLOGGED FILTER.
Summary: This review is simply a warning that the water reservoir in this unit is #7 plastic (polycarbonate) and contains the toxin bisphenol A. Breville needs to keep up with the latest health info and offer a BPA-free plastic or stainless steel water reservoir. Update: I am increasing my rating to a 3 from a 2 since the average rating at the moment is a 4 and I don't want to skew the overall rating too much considering my review is not a real review.