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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.