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Breville 800ESXL - Lionel Goodfield's Review
Posted: June 3, 2007, 8:21pm
review rating: 5.0
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Breville Espresso 800ESXL
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Arrow The Breville 800ESXL has 66 Reviews
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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: 9.6
Manufacturer: Breville USA Quality: 10
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $375.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Local Kitchen Supply Store Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Krups Premium
Bottom Line: Unless you're willing to spend the $$$ for a Rancilio Silvia & Rocky combo, this is the way to go.
Positive Product Points

Great looking machine and easy to use once you get a handle on things.
Built like a tank for the price.
Makes a good froth but takes a little time.

Negative Product Points

Wastes a little too much water.
Water tank reservoir should have been a little larger.
The pressurized filter basket is just all wrong (see below)

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine based on looks, a few recommendations and its relatively good price point.  Initially, I wasn't a happy camper for a few reasons, but with a little research and patience things improved dramatically in a matter of a week. First off, the pressurized filter basket needs to go. I replaced it with a "Krups 2-cup metal filter cup (models 880 & 887), ordered from Authorized Appliance. At the same time, I purchased the Breville Conical Burr Grinder for $80.00 on sale. The improvements in my shots were instantaneous. Finally, like most machines, you just have to experiment with different types of coffee beans; some brands are just better than others.

The machine is very easy to clean and has worked like a charm for nearly 3 months.

Finally, it produces a quality froth but takes a little more time than some machines ... at least the steam wand is first rate.

Buying Experience

Purchased at a kitchen supply store in Montreal and was given good information before I committed.

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