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Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker,1.2 liters

$239.99

  • Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar thermoblock pump
  • Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema
  • Froth enhancer, cup-warming plate included
  • Accessories: stainless steel frothing pitcher, tamping tool/measuring spoon/cleaning tool
  • Removable drip tray and grid
  • Measures 9 x 9 x 12 inches
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 40.6 oz (1.2 L) removable water tank
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Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker, 1.2 liters

Buying Guide

Introduction

Choosing the right espresso maker is essential to enjoying a perfect cup of coffee. The Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker is a top-notch option to consider. This buying guide will walk you through the key factors to consider when selecting this espresso maker.

Design and Build Quality

The Breville ESP8XL features a sleek stainless-steel design that adds a touch of elegance to any kitchen. Its compact size (9″D x 9″W x 12″H) makes it suitable for both small and large spaces. With its solid construction, this machine ensures durability and longevity.

Espresso Making Features

The 15-bar thermoblock pump delivers ideal pressure for extracting rich flavors and aroma from your coffee beans. The dual-wall filter system enhances the crema for a perfect espresso every time. Additionally, the froth enhancer provides barista-quality foam for cappuccinos and lattes.

Accessories and Included Items

  • Stainless steel frothing pitcher
  • Tamping tool/measuring spoon/cleaning tool
  • Removable drip tray and grid
  • Frothing jug

Water Tank Capacity

The 1.2-liter removable water tank allows you to brew multiple cups of espresso without the need for frequent refilling. This is especially convenient if you have guests or a large household.

Ease of Use

The Breville ESP8XL features a user-friendly interface with buttons for easy operation. The manual control allows you to customize the brewing process according to your preferences. Its fully automatic operation mode ensures effortless coffee making.

Warranty and Customer Support

This espresso maker comes with a 1-year limited warranty, ensuring peace of mind for your purchase. Breville is known for its excellent customer support, so you can rely on their assistance whenever you need it.

Conclusion

The Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker is a highly recommended choice for coffee enthusiasts. Its outstanding features, durable build, and user-friendly design make it a great investment. With its sleek stainless-steel exterior, this espresso maker will add an elegant touch to your kitchen while providing you with delicious espresso-based beverages.

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Specification: Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker,1.2 liters

Brand

Breville

Operation Mode

Fully Automatic

Product Dimensions

9"D x 9"W x 12"H

Special Feature

Manual

Coffee Maker Type

Espresso Machine

Filter Type

Reusable

Style

Modern

Specific Uses For Product

Espresso

Color

Model Name

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

Voltage

110 Volts

Number of Items

1

Human Interface Input

Buttons

Item Weight

13 pounds

Manufacturer

Breville

Item model number

ESP8XL

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

No

Date First Available

March 18, 2004

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  1. Rolly

    Gasket un peu faible mais fait du très bon café comme souhaité.

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  2. minoujill

    Reçu hier et profitant de mon premier espresso ce matin, je serais simple et discret sur l’utilisation de l’appareil. Je ne providerai donc pas d’informations sur la durĂ©e de vie de l’appareil mais bien sur les aspects technique et les apparences.

    Par points forts et faibles

    Forts:

    L’eau chauffe très rapidement. J’ai connectĂ© celui-ci Ă  Alexa via une prise intelligente. Ă€ mon rĂ©veil, lorsque je lui demande de lancer l’appareil, il me suffit de me lever et de prĂ©parer mon cafĂ© puisque l’eau est dĂ©jĂ  chauffĂ©. Moins de 1 min de temps suffit. Pratique pour les matins hivernaux!

    Beaucoup de petits accessoires: pichet Ă  lait de bonne facture, temper/cuillères (prĂ©fĂ©rable de vous acheter une meilleure qualitĂ© mais pour un accessoire de plastique, il va plutĂ´t bien), une rallonge pour le bras Ă  vapeur, un petit grattoir /nettoyeur/dĂ©boucheur pour le bras vapeur, des autocollants français pour la machine ( pour moi c’est un Ă©norme gaspillage environnemental mais pour d’autres, ce sera apprĂ©ciĂ©) et 3 filtres ( simple, double et dosette)

    Elle n’est pas trop grosse et paraĂ®t pas mal pour une petite machine bas de gamme.

    L’extraction est très rapide

    Assez silencieuse! Certains disent qu’elle tremble etc… Personnellement, je l’ai placĂ© sur un petit tapis de table… Et elle ne tremble pas, etc…

    Mousse le lait très rapidement. J’ai testĂ© avec le lait de soya ce matin. Moins de 10 secondes, ont suffit pour obtenir une belle mousse,

    Bon rĂ©servoir d’eau,

    Très facile à nettoyer et utiliser ( à droite on coule, à qauche, on mousse point),

    Beau crèma! Une belle grosse couche! La machine coule très rapidement avec une bonne pression!

    Assez haute pour mettre des tasses basses Ă  cafĂ© au lait sans enlever le plateau rĂ©cupĂ©rateur. Sur la photos, les grosses tasses empilables ont mĂŞme de l’espace!

    Prix abordable et vient avec une garantie de 1 an du fabricant.

    Faible

    La machine ne produit pas de capsules secs, et votre filtres va se retrouver avec du grains mouillĂ©… Donc, un peu plus sale… J’ai simplement placĂ© un plat de rĂ©cupĂ©ration Ă  cĂ´tĂ© de la machine… Cela pourrais dĂ©plaire Ă  certains. De mon cĂ´tĂ©, c’est un petit dĂ©sagrĂ©ment qui se place en bas de ligne. ConsidĂ©rant que la machine coĂ»te si peu.

    Le bras Ă  vapeur est assez court, et mieux vaux mettre la rallonge. Certains prĂ©fĂ©rons le faire sans…

    Beaucoup de parties en plastique (Moitié/moitié),

    Entièrement manuel ( ceux qui préfèrent les multiples obtions serons déçus),

    Pas de clic lorsque l’ont met le bras… Donc attention Ă  ne pas trop pousser…

    Pas assez haute pour mettre une tasse rĂ©gulière. Presque… On y est presque… ( je sais que certaines personnes aimes cette option… Pour les lattĂ©s, par exemple),

    Un peu lourde pour une petite machine.

    En bref: je ne peux malheureusement pour l’instant parler de la soliditĂ© dans le temps. Elle semble de bonne facture, solide et fiable au prime abords.. Le temps le dira!

    Pour des espressos plutĂ´t biens ( je ne dirai pas excellents, mais bons), pour l’apport qualitĂ© /prix en rĂ©sultats, la facilitĂ© d’utilisation et simplicitĂ© du nettoyage, les nombreux accessoires ( le filtre Ă  dosette est une surprise rarement inclus dans les entrĂ©es de gamme) et la vitesse/pression plutĂ´t impressionnante… Je conseil!

    Ce n’est pas une machine Ă  Barista industrielle, mais une vraie petite bĂŞte pour les petites cuisines ou les bureaux!

    Allez, bonne caféine!

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  3. D. Brown

    I originally gave this product a 4-star rating. I have been thinking about the problems I continue to have and changed this to a 3-star rating.
    1) The steam wand is awkward to clean. It has a metal tube over it, to help make foam for things like latte’. The tube gets cooked on milk inside. That can be run through the dishwasher. Or, you can use like a test-tube brush to clean. The bigger issue for me was the steam wand. If you leave the tube on for say 3 or 4 cups, the steam wand ends up getting a fair amount of cooked on milk deposited. Since the steam wand is not removable, you need to clean it in place. A wet scrub sponge will eventually take the grunge off, with some elbow grease. Of course, most coffee shops don’t have the tubes, just the steam wand. They also use a damp cloth to wipe it down after every use. YMMV.
    2) The portafilter seems to retain espresso coffee. It doesn’t drip through. After the brewing cycle is complete, the excess steam if vented down into the tray. But, when I remove the portafilter for cleaning and I find that there is some coffee still trapped between the bottom of the coffee grounds filter and the two exit holes. You would think that eventually everything would drain out. Despite having several minutes to an hour between espresso shots, the coffee is retained. I have cleaned the holes with a brush (a bristle brush for cleaning metal straws), so I know those are clear. I believe that the coffee is accumulating below a black plastic insert in the portafilter. I’ve tried removing the screw on the bottom of the portafilter. I didn’t push too hard on the plastic insert in fear of breaking it. I just drain the portafilter and rinse it until clear water comes through then I tilt it to drain the water that is retained under the black plastic insert.

    Regarding the first problem, I bought a stand alone milk heating and foaming pitcher. It’s dishwasher safe. For the second problem, I plan to try to find a new portafilter that is open at the bottom, i.e. “naked” portafilter. Then there’s no place for coffee or grounds to hide!

    It makes good espresso!

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  4. minoujill

    C’est notre deuxième CafĂ© Roma. La première nous a servi pendant près de 20 ans.

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  5. Ryleigh

    Bought this for my boyfriend and he loves it. Super easy to use and the price point is obviously great. Had it a couple months and no changes or wear and tear. Would recommend buying this if you do not think you need the grinder option. In my research, that seems to be the biggest reason for a price jump between models.

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  6. Gerald McNicoll

    Likes: Good quality. Minimalist design, very easy to use.
    Dislikes: Dorky steaming wand.

    If you like espresso machines to look like a cross between a beer brewery and the cockpit of a 747 look elsewhere. This espresso maker has the absolute minimum number of knobs and switches on it, its pure simplicity is perhaps its best feature. It does one thing and does it well: make espresso (okay, it steams milk too). Simplicity means its easy to use, there are fewer things to break or fail, and more can be invested in higher quality components.

    The top of the unit is cast metal and it has a lip around the rim making it convenient to keep clean cups there to prewarm them. The machine takes between 2 and 3 minutes to warm up when first switched on. Water is heated in a “thermoblock” rather than a boiler. No water gets heated until the pump starts pumping. This means that there is no chance of all the water evaporating from the boiler tank when the machine is left on for a long time, as can happen with a boiler type design. The pump is strong, quite a bit stronger than on my old machine (which was an Estro Profi). But the downside of that is it vibrates quite a bit and can be a bit loud in noise-sensitive environments. But you’ll get that with any espresso maker.

    Through clever design of the filter basket the coffee grounds and heated water are highly pressurized before any significant amount of liquid leaves the filter, making for a consistent brew with a nice crema every time. The strong pump is fairly forgiving of variations in how much the coffee is tamped. Just remember that you’re only tamping to take a bit of the fluffiness out of the coffee, not compacting a roadbed for paving.

    The main thing I dislike is the “For Idiots” steaming wand. To steam milk with a “real” steaming wand all you have to do is keep the tip of the wand right at the surface of the milk and you get volumes of rich creamy foam every time. Anybody that can’t figure that out shouldn’t be allowed to use sharp objects. This steaming wand will foam milk but all you get is a modest quantity of rather dry thin foam. And it doesn’t heat the milk as much as I’d like.

    Hey Breville, if you’re reading this, I have some suggestions to make this product awesome.
    1. Include a normal steaming wand in the box as an optional attachment the buyer can install if desired.
    2. Apply some cushioning tape under the metal lid where the water tank goes so it doesn’t rattle so loudly.
    3. The machine apparently has a CPU in it already based on how the pump behaves when steaming, so the machine could readily be designed to regulate water temperature far better, at minimal added cost.

    I considered rating this at 4 stars because of the steaming wand, but someone could argue that that’s just a reflection of personal preference and not a product deficiency. Whatever floats your boat. For making espresso it’s awesome. Very solid and simple machine, I expect to be enjoying it for may years.

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  7. Amazon Customer

    I spent hours watching YouTube videos, as well as reading reviews almost to the point where I almost lost all interest in buying an espresso machine, but I do not regret getting the ESP8XL. My main goal was to find a machine that could pull shots that taste “near as good” or “close” to Starbucks, and I have to say that the ESP8XL has done it! Granted, this is subjective. I don’t mean to say that a double shot of espresso from a $200 machine will match that of a $1K machine, but if I cannot tell the difference between a shot from the ESP8XL and a shot from Starbucks, I have what I need – and that is what I got with the ESP8XL. But I give the ESP8XL 4 out of 5 stars because it has more potential than it presents with. Basically, it pulls really fast shots. I have yet to be able to achieve a 1:2 ratio of grounds to espresso. Currently, I am about 1:5. I start with 9 grams of grinds in the double basket and turn off the brew at about 40grams of espresso (with 10 more grams of espresso dripping in afterwards). I know this is not correct. Just watching the espresso come out from the portafilter – its clear that it is coming out faster than it should. At first I thought it was a malfunction. But when I ground the esspresso beans to a near pulp akin to a turkish blend (baking flour consistency) I was unable to pull a complete shot (only got a few grams of liquid), so its not like you don’t have control over the draw time and cannot achieve the correct draw time. The problem is that the difference in grind time between what is a good espresso grind (find sand feel with clumping and a slight residue on the skin when pinching it) and baking flour consistency is a few seconds with my grinder. Granted, my grinder is a cheap Mr. Coffee grinder that beats the beans into oblivion rather than “cutting” as good burr grinders do. I have not tried to find this perfect grind “spot” but I believe if I had an “equally good” electric burr coffee bean grinder, I could hit this sweet grind consistency and achieve a 1:2 ratio. As of now, my 1:5 ratio tastes absolutely perfect – not bitter, not sour, full of boldness and flavor. That is what is so crazy. It makes me think that the whole 1:2 ratio is not “just” what makes a good shot of espresso. As for the other elements of the machine, the ESP8XL heats up (from a cold start) quickly. From the moment of turning on the machine to the heating light going off (meaning the water has reached the correct temp) I have ground my beans and filled the portafilter. At first I thought I would not like the fact that you are in complete control of the amount of water dispensed. Like, there is no one or two shot button that you can push and the correct amount of water is used. There is only a dial that has three settings: on (brew), off, and steam wand. This means that you have to start the shot and turn it off yourself – the machine will not do it for you. But I quickly found that I enjoy this feature as I can tinker with brew times as I please. In terms of water temp, I am not hitting the 195-205f temps that are best for espresso. The water temps fluctuate between about 150-170 depending on the timing of the shot. Again, despite this, the shots are still coming out very tasty! I like the weight of the machine. With a full tank of water, I barely need to hold it to get the portafilter in. Clearance between the bottom of the portafilter and the drain tray is 3.5 inches, so you are not going to get a traditional coffee cup under the portafilter (removing the tray gives you an extra 1 inch) but I drink straight espresso so my cups are smaller and there is never a problem (for me). The ESP8XL is not loud in my opinion. I have owned other machines that sound like a rocket blasting off. I like the build materials too – mostly all stainless steel – feels solid, especially when you slide it around on top of the counter as I have to do to save space – feels like a rock, but not hard to move. The basket diameters are documented at 50mm, but they are bigger – more like 51.5mm (at the brim) so if you are looking for a good tamper, don’t get a 49mm (as I did) you will want more like a 50mm if you are a perfectionist. I have only used the steam wand twice. It seems to work well without the metal attachment piece that it comes with. The ESP8XL never slows down either. It is also making sure that there is adequate heated water/steam when needed. In between shots or between a shot and then using the steam wand, it quickly re-heats in seconds so you never seem to be waiting for it to “heat up”. All in all I am very impressed and glad that I bought the ESP8XL. I never write reviews but I was so happy (mostly to have found something after all of my research and reviews) I had to let everyone know.

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