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Breville 800ESXL - Adam Radford's Review
Posted: March 25, 2010, 10:09pm
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Breville Espresso 800ESXL
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Steve Koellhoffer 10.00
H H 10.00
Pat D'Arcy 9.50
Ben Moore 9.00
L Blumen 9.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Product Reviewed: Breville 800ESXL
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese origin) Quality: 9
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Williams-Sonoma Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rancilio Silvia PID
Bottom Line: This machine works GREAT if you have the seattlecoffeegear.com filter, let it warm up, and have a real grinder!
Positive Product Points

Water tank that fills from front or rear.
Finish of the machine.
Water level indicator light.
Auto-fill boiler/thermoblock.
Reliability: Not a SINGLE thing failed on the machine after FIVE years.
Drip tray full indicator.
Amazingly nice stainless steel frothing jug.

Negative Product Points

Stock filter baskets are for pre-ground espresso coffee or a low level grinder.
Needs to heat up for an hour or more for a good cup (So does my Silvia).
Thermoblock, and no way to add a PID.
Crappy stock tamper.

Detailed Commentary

I have had this machine for 5 years, and I have tried all of the following filter baskets:

  1. Stock baskets - Coffee not rich enough for my tastes but work well with lower level grinders and pre-ground espresso.
  2. Krups MS0907163 - Doesn't fit 16 grams of coffee, holes too big, grinds in the cup.
  3. Breville ESP4 1/2 cup filter - Barely fits 14 grams of coffee, filter too tapered at bottom.
  4. Breville stock 2 cup filter with bottom drilled out - Holes slightly too big, grinds in the cup, doesn't fit 16 grams of coffee.
  5. seattlecoffeegear.com Breville 'unpressurized basket' - Fits 16 grams of coffee, holes VERY tiny, NO grinds in the cup!

Here is how I get a GREAT double Ristretto out of this machine:

  1. Let machine and cups on top warm up for one hour with portafilter installed.
  2. Grind out VERY fine coffee on a real grinder (I am using a Mazzer Mini E).
  3. Use the seattlecoffeegear.com breville unpressurized DEEP basket with TINY holes.
  4. Weigh exactly 16 grams using a good scale (I am using an Escali 600 digital scale).
  5. Use good coffee (I am using Barefoot The Boss or Barefoot Element).
  6. Tamp 30 lbs with a real tamper (I am using a 51mm lava tamp from espressoparts.com).
  7. Extract 1 to 1.25 ounces of espresso in 25-30 seconds.... WOW... almost as good as my PID Silvia!
Buying Experience

Williams-Sonoma has some great equipment.

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