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Breville Cafe Roma - Jason Mickin's Review
Posted: March 16, 2007, 4:55pm
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Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL
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Arrow The Breville Cafe Roma has 41 Reviews
Arrow The Breville Cafe Roma has been rated 7.19 overall by our member reviewers
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Ben Egger 10.00
Charles Gauthier 10.00
Don Ferron 9.00
Marc Tischler 8.50
Dean W 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.4
Manufacturer: Breville Quality: 5
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: local store Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 6 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: You can work with it, but there is a better strategy to getting into espresso (grinder and fresh beans) and for a couple hundred more you can get a much better machine.
Positive Product Points

Good looking machine.

Decent at frothing.

Can produce a decent shot of espresso.

Negative Product Points

Pressurized filter baskets.

Thermoblock.

Water reservoir on top of machine.

Detailed Commentary

Overall

This machine was an upgrade from a Krups Brava (steam) machine.  Without question it's much better than the Krups and brings you closer to true espresso.  This is a decent intro to espresso, but given the pressurized filter baskets and thermoblock, it's near impossible to get great espresso; even with a good grinder and fresh beans.  If I had to do it again I would spend the extra couple hundred and get a Solis SL70.

If you've bought this machine (User Tips):

- either modify the double filter basket or get the Krups double filter basket, as the pressurized filter baskets are an issue (search the forums for more info on this)
- if you use the pressurized filter baskets, make sure to run water through the portafilter & basket prior (or I guess after) use, this removes some grounds/oils in between the 2 layers in the basket...I didn't do this until recently and had noticed the shots were getting worse, when I did this many grinds came out and the shots got better
- heat the machine up for 15+ minutes and run water through the group head and steam wand before getting started, this will get things nice and hot

If I was to do it all over, I would buy a good grinder first (Rocky or something better) and just use drip or french press.  With this equipment I would focus on buying freshly roasted beans and grinding prior to each use.  Then I would buy a machine (this is the most valuable piece of information I pass along).

Buying Experience

Floor model from a local store.

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