A+++ product for the price. Excels at all levels and is HUGE bang for buck!
20 August 2012
Summary: This machine has 15 bars of power, (coffee houses tell you that 9 bars is what they use in shops), works every time, and foaming is amazing. - Simple and efficient, the esp8xl out performs all common espresso machines, (ie. Target/Walmart... Krups etc.), by having a huge power level for steam, simple functioning with a switch dial to steam and brew. - No masters degree required for amazing coffee house coffee.
Summary: This is a fabulous machine. I have another in my winter home & couldn't live without it in the summer so I bought a second unit. Makes a PERFECT cup of coffee (or espresso) everytime. Very fast heating element makes your cup of coffee in 1 minute or less! I use it at least 6 times per day. Easy clean-up, only drawback is drip-catch base fills up rather quickly, have to empty it almost after every use.
Summary: This machine is one of the best values on the market. Relatively cheap it delivers 15 bars of pressure and makes awesome espresso, fully comparable with machines in the $500 class. As all espresso makers, it takes some time to master in terms of coffee grind etc., and as with all espresso drinks, the quality depends on the coffee and the water used. Personally, I prefer to use the gold Lavazza Espresso straight from the package and Aquafina or other purified water.
Summary: This is a pump type espresso machine versus a steam machine (those that sell new for about $50 or less). The ESP8XL makes espresso coffee with a tasty layer of crema on top, that carmel colored, slightly foamy layer that's the goal. It will do this without the high temperature of the less expensive steam machines, which is a bit too harsh for the coffee. The ESP8XL takes some understanding.
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: This machine makes an incredibly good cup of espresso. I use Starbucks pre-ground espresso blend. My trial using pods was not good (too weak); not sure what I did wrong. The only thing I don't like about this machine is the cleanup. I also have a super-automatic and use it most of the time due to convenience. The Cafe Roma is a good value.
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: I've had it for a month and it's been perfect so far!! It warms up in less than 2 minutes, the cup warmer on top obviously takes a little bit longer, but still is much faster than I had expected. The coffee has a great crema and is overall the best espresso you can get. I got it refurbished for 138, and it was a great price for a machine that works flawlessly, but it has a crack in the front...
Breville Cafe Roma EXP8XL is a waste of tome and money
28 March 2009
Summary: Breville Cafe Roma does not heat the steam or expresso to the level expected. 1. it only heats a very small amount at a time before the reheating light comes on 2. EVEN when at maximum heat, it is not hot. 3. The containers for the ground coffee hold water - ie. even when there is no coffee grounds, empty - the water does not express. This is my third expresso machine, it is the most expensive I have purchased and it is by FAR the lowest in quality.