If you’re interested in having an espresso machine that brightens up your morning with a soothing cup of espresso, read on about the Breville 800ESXL – a superb addition to any kitchen.
Admittedly when I first tried the Breville 800ESXL, I had to work my way around a few things. But I’m so glad I did, because this machine makes an outstanding cup of espresso.
The Breville 800E is a dream to use, once you know how to work around it
This is a machine you won’t be able to keep your hands off, especially when it’s basking in all its stainless steel glory on your kitchen counter.
Although it heats up fairly quickly, I usually pre-heat the machine and have the water run through the porta filter for a few seconds first. This allows the water temperature to heat up more, and gives much better results.
I’ve also invested in a quality grinder such as the Rancilio Rocky, which I believe makes it a lot easier. If the grind is too fine, not only do I end up without coffee, but there’s a wet mess to take care of. A good grinder ensures the right consistency and of course, great espresso.
I stumbled a bit during my first few cups using the Breville 800ESXL, but found that most of the time it wasn’t the machine’s fault. For instance, I knew that my tamping technique needed to improve, which resulted in mediocre coffee. I practiced with the included Breville scoop and voila! perfect cup every time.
“After extensive research on how to make a perfect cup of Espresso, I am proud to say this is THE machine that produced a lot of CREMA.” – Jackson Hsu, Amazon.com
I’ve always had a soft spot for beautiful crema floating on a cup of espresso. The Breville 800ESXL produces very thick and rich brown cream needed in any presentable cup of espresso.
On days when I like to spice things up with a latte, I froth whole milk in the jug. After a couple of failed attempts at frothing, I referred to the Breville website and learned its suggested method of moving the jug in a circular motion each time. This method produced perfect froth every time.
To clean up, simply wipe the froth tube with a wet cloth and run it once more with a jug of water. It really doesn’t get any easier!
Remember to clean up after yourself. ALWAYS!
Several reviewers on Amazon have also commented on clogged filters, but experience with many espresso machines have taught me to clean up after EACH USE. Don’t be lazy and expect the machine to clean itself! I’ve been enjoying clog-free machines ever since this ‘revelation’.
Another thing to note is the Breville 800ESXL will not give you a dry puck after use. No big deal, I say. I give it a quick rinse and leave it to dry.
The Breville 800ESXL won’t disappoint. Just don’t be disheartened if the first few cups don’t turn out. This is a great machine built to last and will greet you very nicely every morning.
Granted, it’s not the most affordable model around, but you’ll spend a whole lot more at the store and really, it’s so rewarding when you make it yourself.
You can grab it here at Amazon but hurry, as there are only 3 units left!
You might also want to check out my reviews for:
the Best Budget Semi Automatic Espresso Machine – DeLonghi EC155; or
the Best Semi Automatic Espresso Machine – Rancilio Silvia; or
the Best Value Semi Automatic Espresso Machine – Gaggia 14101 Classic.
You can find more recommendations for super automatic espresso machines and coffee grinders in my best espresso machine page.
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