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: 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: 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.