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Breville 800ESXL - Kevin Baxter's Review
Posted: June 12, 2007, 3:49pm
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Breville Espresso 800ESXL
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Arrow The Breville 800ESXL has 66 Reviews
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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: 9.8
Product Reviewed: ESXL800
Manufacturer: Breville USA Quality: 9
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Sears Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: The sleek, the sexy, the Breville 800
Positive Product Points

Great Looking, large 2 Liter water reservoir, heavy duty construction
Easy to use
Simple instruction booklet

Negative Product Points

After use the esspresso ground do not come out like a puck, but is a sloppy mess
After steaming the milk and turning machine to "standby" a shot of steam comes out and could potentially burn your hand

Detailed Commentary

This is my first thermoblock system (I had an aluminum boiler machine for 3 years) and It is very fast at warming up.  I love the fact that it has a storage area for the supplied group head inserts and the provied cleaning tool.  I used the "froth enhanser" once and then didn't use it again after it produced sea foam like results.  Perfect Crema every time, however it did take me a while to get the coffee grind right. (30 seconds timed with a black and decker blade grinder).  It is the center point and interest to everyone who visits the kitchen area and soon they are hooked.  I do have bad news as apparently the machine is being discontinued in Canada by all the stores that I know of.

Negative point - After brewing the perfect shot, the group head comes off to show a black sludge (not the dry puck I am used to) that will make your knock box very slimy.  I have learned to just wash it down the sink. (Edit September 14/07: This no longer happens as I have made the grind finer and tamped it with as much pressure as I can)

Buying Experience

Great warranty (3months replacement) from Sears

Three Month Followup

The machine is still great.  Learned about the slime in the group thing.  Just needed to select a finer grind and tamp it as hard as possible. Problem solved.  It is starting to get some nicks and scratches on the top where we keep the cups, and I threw away the froth aid peace of garbage.

One Year Followup

I have now had the machine for about three years and the plastic tamper that came with the kit finally broke on me! I have most definately made more than a thousand lattes with the machine and it still works like a tank! I clean once a month with vinegar and water in the tank and run it through and have not done anything major to it. Just need to buy a replacement tamper now.

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