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: 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.
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: Having used several other piston and steam type models at work, I am pleased to say this one is as easy as any to get a great cup of espresso. This machine replaces a Krupps. First Impressions: My first cup was a little weak (I did not measure). After using the provided measure and a light force tamp, the second cup was perfect. So was the third. Some other reviewers noted the coffee was not hot enough, I thought it was just right..
Summary: Let me say this up front. You can make very good espresso with this machine. That being said you must become an espresso expert to get that good shot. Use the proper grind size, tamp pressure, time your brew time and you may get a good result. I don't think that the single serving filter is good because the surface area of the filter is smaller and cannot get a decent tamp going.
Summary: First of all this is a very nice looking machine. It is well built and has a solid feel to it. As far as I can tell it does almost everything the 800XL does for a lot less money. But how does it make espresso and froth? Pretty good once you learn its little quirks. First of all, don't expect this machine to be an automated espresso maker; it isn't. It also doesn't cost thousands of dollars like the automated - do everything for you machines.
Summary: I was completely new to the espresso world when I bought the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma. A friend of mine turned me on to espresso, but his machine was too expensive for my budget, so I sought out a cheaper machine that would produce a quality espresso. The Cafe Roma fit the bill. I've had the machine for about a month now, and after finally finding the proper grind and tamping pressure, I've been pulling shot after shot of great espresso.
Perfect - Taste Functionality Features Looks and Style
K. Angus, Amazon
10 March 2010
Summary: I've owned several machines over the last ten years, from the $49.00 'wait for the steam', a $4000 Venezia VAE-22, an 'all-in-one' $1000.00 Starbuck machine along with my current (broken) Starbuck Barista. None of the machines I've owned come close to the Cafe Roma ESP8XL for quality and design. From the water feed systems removable, cleanable, replaceable, easy to access water tank to the three tang filter holder, precision and functionality was first for the designers.
Summary: This is the second espresso machine I have owned, the first one was a professional one in my restaurant and made perfect coffee quickly! This machine for a home espresso machine lacks nothing in it's ability to produce a great espresso other than the time required to do so. The crema it produces is thick and the steamer produces a reasonable, constant flow of steam making it possible to make perfect foam with your milk.