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Breville 800ESXL - Steve Gazay's Review
Posted: September 14, 2009, 11:49pm
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Breville Espresso 800ESXL
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Arrow The Breville 800ESXL has 66 Reviews
Arrow The Breville 800ESXL has been rated 7.95 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 6.8
Product Reviewed: 800ESXL
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese origin) Quality: 5
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $140.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Buy.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: I really enjoy drinking the coffee once I get it to my liking.  Better than a cheapo machine.  Not as good as a $1,000. one.
Positive Product Points

The stainless steel finish and die-cast lends weight and durability to the Breville 800ESXL.  All parts seem to be well built and I had no problems unboxing it and getting it going quickly.  Having both Steam and Hot water function will come in handy some day.  Comes with large stainless steel pitcher which is a plus.  Easy to clean and easy to fill up the water tank.

Negative Product Points

Espresso is not hot enough.  Steamer could be more steam, less water.  Tray which holds extra parts cannot be reached  unless you pull out the water tank and then it's kinda stuck back there.  Not a big deal, because like most people, I leave the porta filter, tamper and jug on top when not using them.

Detailed Commentary

My main issue is that the espresso isn't hot enough.  Breville says that the temperature should be between 158-187 degrees.  I get 146-165 degrees.  Although seems to get hotter after first shot.  Since I only drink Lattes, my steamed milk makes up for that.  It would be nice though to have a hotter cup of espresso.  Yes the tamper is plastic, and yes the Crema is forced, but but $140, what do you want?  Mine was a refurbished machine, so I'll have to do a follow up on durability over time.  Not knowing a lot about pressurized vs unpressurized filter baskets, I may try the unpressurized one.  I got my beans from Starbucks and had it ground at about a 5.  Seems to be the right consistency but the double filter basket leaves a soppy wet goop instead of a puck.  I'm a little perturbed at that but I am biased as I have a $3K machine at work which makes shot after shot after shot perfectly.

Buying Experience

Fast service from Buy.com.  Free shipping even!

Three Month Followup

as mentioned in my comments, I ended up returning it.  I like everything about it except how hot the espresso was.  Good or Bad, I now have a Saeco Spidem Villa semi- automatic.  It makes great espresso with a touch of a button.  fresh grind, tamp and expels puck.  $599 retail, i paid $270 refurbished.

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