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Breville Cafe Roma - Sean Sweet's Review
Posted: September 18, 2007, 5:01pm
review rating: 8.3
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Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL
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Arrow The Breville Cafe Roma has 41 Reviews
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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: 7.2
Manufacturer: Breville Quality: 6
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $220.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: London Drugs Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Minimal fuss/expertise results in truly great shots and lattes. Tip: froth your milk before pulling shot.
Positive Product Points

- Well built: has not worn at all after 1.5 years of daily use.
- Price/value is biggest plus.  With a $100 Gaggia burr grinder, I am getting solid results nearly 100% of the time.  

- Size: fits just under my counter cabinets!

Negative Product Points
  1. It's a thermoblock.  Texturizing milk first and pulling one double shot works well.  Trying to froth another pitcher soon after doesn't work.  
  2. The PF has a cheater in it to 'enhance' crema.  It works, but does not train one to grind and tamp well - perfect for a beginner, but a person with intermediate or above skills will get bored.  
  3. Steam wand does not move.  It also is on/off only - cannot dial in the amount of steam you want released.
  4. The water level is hard to view - dark.
Detailed Commentary

A decent post-novice machine that will not break the bank.  Brevelle makes decent equipment (I also have their slow cooker) and love the brushed metal look & feel.

Some reviewers are saying 'save up and get something better,' but the next level up in value and noticeably better results is at 3 or 4 times the price (remember, the better the espresso machine, the more you'll have to pay for a grinder).  A friend of mine has the Brevelle with both boiler and thermoblock (the Ikon?), and he has to be much fussier with grinding & tamping.  

I would keep this machine 5 years if I could do back to back double shots and milk foaming at the same level as doing only one double with milk.  This is the biggest disappointment.
I will pony up to a better set up within 12 months, but no regrets or major suffering while I wait!

Note: To clarify, I say I will not buy again, because it is a transition machine for me (i.e. I'll be going in the direction of a major boiler machine like the Silvia for next purchase).  If I was, again, looking at options 18 months ago, when I bought the Brevelle, I WOULD buy it again.

Buying Experience

London Drugs is easy.  Return in 15 days, no questions asked.  I did not approach their staff with questions (expected them to not be knowledgeable).

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