48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Commercial Quality - Won't be paying a premium in coffee shops anymore!,
This review is from: Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine ESP8XL - BREESP8XL (Kitchen)I'm new to espresso makers with this being my first purchase (previous Tassimo owner). This machine surpassed my expectations and absolutely destroys Tassimo in quality - as you would expect. At first I wasn't steaming my milk long enough and the latté was not hot enough. After speaking with Breville and doing research, I bought a thermometer to steam to 140-160 degree range and it's absolutely perfect now. The more expensive machines do the same thing, just with more automation and conveniences (example, this one leave wet grinds instead of a dry puck - no big deal in my opinion). Also, I don't mind having to manually turn dials on and off to brew the espresso. One tip - take the frothing enhancer off of the steamer if you want to be able to steam for longer without the milk frothing up over the top of the pitcher. This helps it to get to proper temperature.
I did have an issue with the machine in that it was leaking behind the drip tray each time I brewed. Breville and... Read more
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
this is as good as it gets for this price,
This review is from: Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine ESP8XL - BREESP8XL (Kitchen)Have been using this machine for just over 3 years now. I got it on sale here at 130$ and really, this is as good as it gets for this price. This is the machine you want to step up your coffee making game and stop going to your favorite coffee shop. Here's why :
Get good beans, Grind them, make coffee. No fancy pressure gauge, buttons, lights or programs. Turn on, let the water heat, turn the knob, Enjoy coffee !
The taste will definitely vary from the type of beans and the coarseness of your coffee grounds. Give yourself couple days to experiment then the whole neighbourhood will be lining up outside your house for more !
Simple machine, simple and nice looking design. Great machine overall. I only have 2 downsides that are definitely not deal-breakers :
1. Steam wand : great wand to use but since the machine only has 1 pump, you can only make either coffee, either frothed milk. It takes time if you'd like both. Obviously such a feature that allows to... Read more
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Just won't stop smelling and tasting plastic,
This review is from: Breville Café Roma Espresso Machine ESP8XL - BREESP8XL (Kitchen)
After almost daily use over almost a month, I still have to flush the entire system every time I want to make a coffee to prevent *most of* the plastic taste. I've had to throw coffee several times because of strong plastic taste that rendered it undrinkable. When the unit heats up, it emits a plastic smell. The water tank seems to be the worst part of all. Even after washing it several times, it still has a horrible volatile plastic smell and any water that stays in there for longer than 5 min ends up tasting plastic as well. Even the vapor that comes out of the frother tastes plastic, if I have it condense to water in a metal cup.