October 17, 2006

Review: Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Arrives for Review


Update: See our Breville Cafe Roma XP8XL Review

We are happy to say that the shiny stainless steel Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Machine has arrived for review at SingleServeEspresso.com. This popular espresso machine hits on a lot of the best features found in many espresso machines these days, and goes a step further by jazzing things up with a great stainless steel look that is classic. The Cafe Roma is being sold at several outlets this year, you may have seen it at Macy's and of course, Amazon.

The pump driven maker is rated to give you 15 bar of pressure to deliver a beautiful crema every time. A full 15 bars of pressure is maintained throughout the process to maximize crema, giving the coffee a rich, barista-style aroma and taste. Three stainless steel filters (single shot, 7g; double shot, 14g; and E.S.E. pod) incorporate Breville’s unique dual-wall crema technology. Beneath the first wall’s 333 pores is a second steel wall with a single exit hole. This produces a backpressure, ensuring a rich, smooth flavor and texture from every extraction. The 40+ ounce water reservoir should keep us going shot after shot, and won't make us run to the tap very often. We'll be running it through a few tests and then use it for a few weeks to experience life with teh Cafe Roma before writing up our review.

I'll tell you that when lifting this out of the box, it is solid, and by that I mean pretty heavy. There's no doubt that this was built to last with heavy guage stainless all around. We're not talking thin little facades we're talking beefy. Anyway, the heft doesn't mean it's clumsy, because it's not. It's still a beautiful machine in person and one that will stand out on the countertop with its classic design.Cheers!

You can read more about the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso machine at Breville or at Amazon.

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Posted by Scott Martin at October 17, 2006 7:34 AM
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