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Breville 800ESXL - Davin Gegolick's Review
Posted: March 7, 2009, 2:18pm
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Breville Espresso 800ESXL
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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: 8.4
Product Reviewed: 800ESXL
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese origin) Quality: 10
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $300.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: London Drugs Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Looks great but takes time getting used to
Positive Product Points

Looks great & is well built. Works well if you have the right grind & tamp.

Negative Product Points

Not very consistent. Very finicky with grind & tamp. Should have come with an unpressurized basket.

Detailed Commentary

I'm currently in the search for a Krups 2-cup unpressurized basket (part #MS-0907163). I have heard great things from users who have purchased this for their machine. I am eager to find out how my espresso is going to turn out. I have found that the grind has to be more coarse than standard espresso grind. My advise is to find a grinding setting that keeps the consistency of a grind that works for you. Otherwise you will be ending up with water in your basket or lack of espresso. Takes some time getting used to but I feel it's a great starter machine in which you can grow on.

Buying Experience

Purchased from London Drugs. Had the cheapest price on this item.

Three Month Followup

Use it every weekend...still holding up great!!! Purchased an unpressurized basket that I use constantly. Works much better than the stock baskets. Wish it came with a frother cup with more of a lip so I can practice espresso art. Very happy with this machine!

One Year Followup

After 3 years of owning this machine, it finally died out of the blue. I got it repaired by a local repairman for $40 (turns out one of the diodes on the circuit board burnt out). I've always used the unpressurized basket with this machine. I've been super happy with it!

My wife recently bought me the 820ESXL as a gift which works even better than this machine. I'm now selling the 800ESXL.

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