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Breville Cafe Roma - Jason Smith's Review
Posted: October 31, 2006, 2:44pm
review rating: 5.3
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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
Arrow This product has been in our review database since April 5, 2006.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 7.0
Manufacturer: Breville Quality: 8
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $249.99 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Bed Bath and Beyond Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: This is a good machine for the casual user but should be overlooked if you want a great espresso.
Positive Product Points

Great Finish on this unit.  It looks great and fits in with the modern kitchen well.  Short time to heat up block.  Steams very well.  Great water capacity.

Negative Product Points

Not pleased with the pour.  The machine vibrates like hell and will "walk" the cups off the tray if you do not hold them. This is a great machine for making my wifes' lattes but dissapoints on the espresso.

Detailed Commentary

The pour is inconsistant with this machine.  It may be my technique but I have been testing out different tamping and timing on the pour with less than desirabe results.  I notice that when you pour your shot and turn off the water after about 7 seconds the machine drops some more water in the basket causing a bit of water to fall into the shot.  This machine is 100% better than the 2 different crappy Krups machines I had last. They should also add a feature where the machine will dispense the right amount of water with the press of a button insted of requiring the user to stop the pour each time.  One button for a single shot and another for two shots.   The vibration issue is troubling too, as if you do not hold the cups the machine will walk them off the tray.  This causes difficulty when trying to turn off the pour.

Buying Experience

Great!  Bought at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% coupon.  No one in the sore knew a thing about it but I had a great experience with the purchase.

Three Month Followup

I had to replace the unit because of the vibration.  Called Breville and they verified that there was a problem with the unit and told me to take it back to the store.  I did and they (Bed Bath and Beyond) exchanged it with no trouble at all.

One Year Followup

It took a while to figure out the machine but it does pour a great shot of espresso.  You have to have the right grind and fill the portafilter just right with the just right tamping as well.  What an art.  I do love the machine I just wish there was a bit more room between the portafilter and the tray for a normal size cup.

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