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Breville 800ESXL - Paul Grootendorst's Review
Posted: December 9, 2007, 7:57pm
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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: 8.8
Product Reviewed: 800ESXL
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese origin) Quality: 8
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $340.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: william ashley Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: KitchenAid Proline
Bottom Line: One week in and no regrets
Positive Product Points

- sleek design, compact
- good for beginners
- coffee has nice crema, great flavor

Negative Product Points

- not too much to quibble over for the price paid

Detailed Commentary

After returning my Kitchen Aid ProLine espresso machine to Costco (essentially no water pressure, making pulling a shot a 15 minute affair) I investigated various machines.  Chanced upon the Breville at a William Ashley warehouse sale in Toronto.  Had no knowledge of the machine quality reliability etc but decided to take a chance.  Have not been dissappointed so far.  The machine makes really tasty shots and the frother works quite well, although you need to monitor the process closely or else the milk will get too bubbly.

Buying Experience

No hassles.

Three Month Followup

6 month follow up -- still getting pretty good shots of expresso, although one complaint is that the filter gets clogged easily and the device that they included to unclog the one small hole in the filter broke.  Finally found a needle small enough to fit the tiny hole. Another complaint is this -- I changed brand of coffee beans and cant seem to find a grind fineness on my kitchenaid grinder that produces a good shot (either comes out too fast or too slow).  Bottom line, for the money spent the machine has performed well, but might be time to upgrade.

One Year Followup

The machine is working fine -- no complaints

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