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Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine ESP8XL
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
All i have to say is about this expresso machine is 1. built very solid 2. very good tasting expresso ,since we had it me and my wife make are selfs a double expresso every morning and beleive me we have to use self control not to drink 2 or 3 of them in a row. i have 7 breville products and im fully satisfied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2014
Being entirely new to espresso machines, myself and my girlfriend did a lot of research online, and looked at several different machines in various stores, as we feel this gives a better idea of build quality than just looking at photos on the net. We settled on this machine in particular, as it seems to be very well put together, and on the whole has a lot of positive feedback from consumers (every machine has at least a few negative remarks, this seems to be unavoidable somehow, we just figured that the Breville had the least).

The Cafe Roma fits the bill perfectly for myself and my girlfriend, as I'm able to make Americanos and she can now drink authentic cafe lattes to her heart's content. The machine is both easy to use and clean, and offers an excellent shot of espresso, even with limited practice. The steamer is sufficient, but does require a good purge before use, and doesn't froth milk in any great hurry, but from what we gather this is quite normal within this price range and ultimately we're both very happy with it. The layout of the controls seem quite good on the whole, with one dial to control both the steamer and espresso head, conveniently located on the front. I noticed that most machines have the dial for the steam wand on the same side as the wand, which to me seems somewhat awkward to operate. Most machines in this range can only offer steam or coffee at any given time, so it seems pointless to have a separate control for each, this design is a lot neater. I would note however, that for the first couple of uses, it seems more intuitive to turn the dial to the right for steam, as that's where the wand is, but in reality it's actually the opposite. I've only made this mistake once, as has my girlfriend!

As for durability and reliability, it's still early days, but we have no reason to expect any issues. As I said, we find the unit to be very sturdy and well put together, especially when compared to other models we looked at in stores. I will update if at any point we do come across any problems.

To summarise, I feel this machine is probably one of the best out there for under $200, as this was our original budget. The added bonus of the free cups, saucers, stainless steel jug, measuring scoop/tamper and filters is just the icing on the cake. After sifting through all the alternatives, we eventually came to the conclusion that the decision is actually a no-brainer, the Breville is an excellent machine for the money.

NB: For those who don't have their own grinder, we are currently buying pre-ground coffee from local coffee shops, and find that Second Cup's espresso, ground on the number 3 setting of their grinder, produces a nice rich shot without blocking the filter, as can happen on the double-wall filters when using too fine a grind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 2, 2014
After much research I purchased this unit to replace an old Tassimo. We use a Keurig to make coffee, but I was never happy with the quality of the espresso from our Tassimo - to be expected from a pod machine. Now I grind my own espresso beans and I couldn't be happier with the quality of espresso that comes out of this reasonably priced maker. Excellent crema, and I like that the control is manual so I can make double long shots easily.

My only complaint is with the steam wand. It doesn't move up and down, which makes its use a little difficult. Also, you really need to prime it to get through the initial operating phase which essentially just spews water. The water continues to drip throughout use, which can also make your milk a little watery. I've switched from 1% milk to 3% milk and it produces a thicker foam with no watery taste.

For cappuccinos, a separate milk frother is a necessity as this one won't make near enough foam.

All in all, an excellent buy for the price. After a month of VERY heavy use, I haven't had an issue with blockages like some of the reviewers, however we also use RO water and keep the machine very clean.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2014
Not sure yet.
Amazon has to change the picture because I bought this product based on the steamer and the removable frother that is in the picture. This is not the machine I received.

I have yet to try it out, but already I am wondering whether to return it as it looks much different from my old one... First off it looks a little cheap.
The most important thing is I detest this steamer as it looks difficult to clean -- the other (the one in the picture) you can remove the black frother and unscrew the steamer head to clean it -- this one, you can't remove anything and you are going to have caked on old milk inside the frother unless you have a tiny bottle brush or get up there with a Q-tip immediately after steaming.

The jury is out until I try it... but I don't have high hopes....
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It's been a week and things have changed a little.

First off... this machine makes a good crema. The taste is good.

That being said... I still don't like the frother. I have since learned that there is a removable metal tube that has replace the rubber attachment from the previous model. The steamer takes a long time to froth the milk so that the cream rises to the top -- no foam unless you move the milk up and down, so this metal tube thing is sort of useless. The metal / plastic steamer attachment looks a little cheap -- they should have stayed with the old model and forget the movable function.

However... I am moving the star rating from 3 to 4 because on the whole it makes a pretty good cup of espresso.

Amazon still needs to update the picture though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
This is the perfect machine for beginners. Simple, easy to use and its compact size doesn't take over all the counter space you have in your kitchen. I was really surprised with how quickly the machine heats up. As I finesses my espresso making skills I will likely look for a machine that has the capability to heat and froth the milk a little faster. At this point in time, this little machine is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2014
Ok, so after owning a VERY expensive automated machine for over 10 years my expectations of this product were very high. Positive feedback from friends who owned this machine made the difference between repairing my Seaco (having invested 250$ for repair 10 months ago) and purchasing this machine.

So happy I purchased, yes we have to learn how to use this model correctly ... use the correct grind, use the correct amount of coffee and water.... but this is a very fast learning curve. The result is that we now experience the variations in the subtleties of tastes depending on the beans.

Small countertop footprint is another bonus with minimal cleaning and maintenance. The accessories included with this product are also added value, everything you need to get a great coffee within mins. of delivery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2013
Handling is simple and easy to learn: for me as a newbie in espressoing, it works just as advertised. Maybe one complaint though: machine vibrates somewhat during extraction so the cup has to be put back / kept in place. This is probably due to the light weight size of this for-home-use-only machine. Overall, a great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
Regular shipping in 3 business days! Didn't need to go to shopping store, and I paid my Breville Café Roma at the lowest price. Very satisfied! This Expresso Machine is the best value (Quality vs Price) according to magazine "Protégez-vous". And the best "Allongé" ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2014
What a great little machine, and a fantastic price! While vacationing recently we had a nespresso machine in our room. Great espresso but real expensive machine and capsules. With the Breville you can use any brand of Esoresso Coffee and the machine is a great cost. Friends of ours told us about this exact machine and had done the shopping so as soon as we returned from our vacation we purchased the breville! Every day at 3pm I become our resident barista! Easy to clean, easy to fill up reservoir, solidly built and great milk frother option built in!
You can't go wrong, buy this machine. Also looks great on the counter.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
After one year to the day, steamer not working, repaired under warranty, no cost.

One week after repair (not sure what?), water leaking over filter, $100 to repair water problem. (replace pump)

First use after that, worked for 3 minutes, brewed, no steam.

Taking back AGAIN, very frustrated.

Always cleaned after each use and decalcified regularly during first year. Hasn't worked after 1st year!!!!
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