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Breville 800ESXL - Joe Can's Review
Posted: April 8, 2010, 10:54am
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 8.0
Product Reviewed: Espresso 800ESXL
Manufacturer: Breville (Chinese origin) Quality: 9
Average Price: $499.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $298.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Costco Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: some plastic jobbie
Bottom Line: NEW BOTTOM LINE after 6 months: Look for a better machine and pay a little more...
Positive Product Points

- Looks great.  
- Pulling great shots after a couple days of learning.
- Hot water option means I can store the  kettle off of the counter too for the occasional tea.
- Large water tank. easy to refill from the front.

Negative Product Points

- Somewhat noisy on startup and during operation.  Nothing really loud, just not silent.

Detailed Commentary

We saw this in the show room at Costco and were immediately impressed by the looks.  I jotted down the model info and checked out the reviews on coffee geek at home.  An 8.0 with 50+ reviews.  Well, next time at the store we grabbed one.

I won't re-hash the +/- from above, but it did take us about 20+ shots over the course of a few days to get the best tasting coffee we've ever had (We're total noobies). What more could you ask for?  I myself pack the double basket hard and pull a double now and just add a spot of the white stuff.  My wife likes a single with lots hot steamy frothy milk (which this unit does very nicely).

Lots of crema (other reviewers call this fake crema due to the included, pinhole pressurized basket).  There is mention of a Krups basket that does better and you don't get clogging (I haven't experience any clogging yet, btw.).  I ordered one too, just to try out since it is so cheap (see below).

My good friend down the street has a Saeco Classico, which I hope to borrow, or at least try with my beans for comparison, just to see what kind of difference there is. The Saeco is a better rated machine here at Coffee Geek.

The tamper is kind of cheesy, so I'll be looking for a new one, but the frothing jug that comes with the unit is tops and sharp.


TIP FOR CANUCKS!:
Get the Krups Basket (part # 0907163) from:

Groupe SEB Canada Inc. (Krups supplier in Canada): 1(800) 418-3325

Part cost is $7.30 + 5.99 shipping + taxes

See you in a few months with a follow up.  Keep on pulling...

Buying Experience

Bought from Costco.  This is a safe bet in Canada as we figured the price was right and Costco Canada has no stated return time limit (90 days for electronics, satisfaction guaranteed for everything else) , so if this was a bust after putting it through its paces, we'd just take it back.

Three Month Followup

Okay, really a 6 month followup.  This machine is all about getting the right grind.  Once you hit it, it is a very acceptable machine for the price....but that is it.  It is worth what I paid.  I like my mini french press at work more though from a coffee taste  point of view.  

At least it looks great on the counter...Shouldn't have any trouble selling it when I get the itch to move on. Which will be soon.

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