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Breville ESP8
6.4 out of 10

Breville ESP8

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Overall 8
8.0

Mixed Feelings

T. McIntosh, Amazon
24 September 2013
  • 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...
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Overall 10
10

Give it proper grinds, and it is idiot-proof, giving a beautiful crema

AmeriMec, Amazon
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.
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Overall 10
10

Worth it. - for the long run.

Marv Conn, Amazon
5 February 2012
  • Summary: I spent a lot of time shopping around and I didn't want to spend the money on a machine this expensive. However, after a lot of research, I realized that they cost so much for a reason. I'm very happy with my purchase and I'm glad I didn't make the mistake of starting with a cheaper unit.
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Overall 10
10

Any serious espresso drinker that bleeds black will love the ESP8XL Cafe Roma

Discerning and Informed Customer at Amazon, Amazon
5 February 2012
  • Summary: The Good: Simple and elegant design that is easy to use and clean. Quick start-up warm-up time; I was able to dial in a superior extraction with an espresso grind on my conical grinder.
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Overall 8
8.0

A few notes in response

J. Solterbeck, Amazon
5 February 2012
  • Summary: Hi - just wanted to comment on this machine, and particularly the first review that appears for it. I read this review and came very close to heeding its advice, essentially that it is impossible to keep the filters clear and functional.
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Overall 10
10

This is a Great Little Machine!

Albert, Amazon
5 February 2012
  • Summary: I read a lot of reviews and checked a lot of machines and prices before I selected the ESP8XL. I read both good and bad reviews on this machine and was torn between purchase or passing on to another machine.
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Overall 8
8.0

What's Not To Like?

David L. Miller, Amazon
5 February 2012
  • Summary: I've had my Breville ESP8XL since Christmas 2007. I make espresso quite regularly, although I have stopped making it every day. Any time I got a bad cup it was because of something I did wrong.
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Overall 2
2.0

Terrible

A. S. Enrique, Amazon
5 February 2012
  • Summary: I used this machine for six months with some inconsistencies on the quality of the shots produced but overall it was ok. Then I started having problems with the filters getting clogged and tried all possible solutions I got from other customers and Breville with no luck.
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Overall 6
6.0

Water reservoir contains BPA

Nader, Amazon
25 January 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

A good machine if you use it properly.

Publius, Amazon
25 January 2012
  • Summary: This is probably the best value in the entry-level 15-bar machines. It delivers a good-tasting espresso drink with consistently thick crema. It's critical that you get the grind just right though -- not too fine, otherwise the filter will clog.
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