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Cafe Roma Espresso Machine

Bring out the inner barista.

Thermoblock heating system extracts espresso at the perfect temperature. A full 15 bars of pressure maximizes créma for a rich, barista-style aroma and taste. Effortless frothing and foaming.

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ESP8XL

This product has been discontinued.

  • Extended Warranty

    N/A

  • Water Tank Capacity

    40.6 oz (1.2 L) removable water tank

  • Included Accessories

    Two stainless steel espresso cups and saucers Stainless steel frothing pitcher Tamping tool/measuring spoon/cleaning tool

  • Warranty

    1 Year Limited Product Warranty

  • Dimensions

    N/A

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November 5, 2012

Perfect for Espresso

"I've had my Cafe Roma since 2008, and it's still absolutely perfect. I have used it to make single and double espressos 2-5 times per week throughout, and never had a single issue. I rarely use the milk frother, but when I have, it has worked just fine."

August 21, 2011

Love It

"I've had my Cafe Roma for nearly two years and am very happy with it. I've had virtually zero issues. I've always been able to produce great beverages with this tool. I have one small issue. It doesn't seem to be able to handle the finer grinds. Many of the more expensive espresso machines have 15-bar pumps and some seem to do better with the finer grinds. Other than that, I am quite pleased with this machine."

April 1, 2011

Cafe' Roma machine

"I have had my Cafe' Roma for about 2 years and couldn't be happier with the quality of espresso that it makes. I have had several machines and for the price the Breville machine is the best. the quality of the coffee handle could be a little better, but all in all I am very satisfied.

I found that the minor problem of the filter clogging when using very fine grind could be solved simply by wiping off the shower head, rinsing the filter and running a shot with the filter empty. Cleans it great. I do this whenever it starts to run slow."

March 8, 2011

Love my machine

"I bought this in 2006, works great, makes a super crema for any type drink. Easy to clean and use. "

January 26, 2011

THRIFT SHOP FIND

"I bought my espresso machine from a local thrift shop for $ 7. It came with an ESE Pod Filter. I was not sure if it was broken, but the clerk assured me that I can return it within a week for a refund. I've been using this machine for 2 months now and I am very pleased with the espresso I get every morning. This is an awesome machine. I am very happy with my thrift shop find."

January 26, 2011

THRIFT SHOP FIND

"I bought this at a local thrift shop for $7.00. It came with an ESE pod filter. At first I thought that it was broken. The clerk assured me that I can return it within a week. I've had this awesome machine for 2 months now and I am very pleased with it. I had an espresso machine in the past, but nothing compares to the espresso I get each morning. I am very happy with my thrift shop find. "

June 9, 2010

Best espresso; worst froth

"I have owned an espresso machine ranging from high to low end for the past 15 years, about 6 machines, and this one makes the best espresso.

I began studying the art of espresso making at age 13 (now, 29) and have worked as a barista a few times, although my barista studies were not company training, but just a hobby I was interested in.

So, I was very surprised to see the liquid remaining in the portafiltre, after pulling perfect shots! But the reasoning behind this was explained to me in a recorded message at the hotline number, and the espresso is perfect, so I cannot complain that the machine doesn't create dry pods of used coffee grounds.

BUT, I have to keep the cheap machine that I bought between this and my last machine for steaming milk, because the Cafe Roma does not make quality froth. Typically, with any machine, I can make quality, dense, wet foam which can be free-poured to make a proportioned cappuccino (=pts milk and froth) so I thought I may get accustomed to the different steam wand, but I haven't.

When frothing milk on the ESP8XL, I am only able to get about 20% froth from the milk. Again, I've always achieved at least as much froth as milk, or more froth than milk if I choose, regardless of machine or steam wand. These have always been traditional wands, somewhat straight, with a removable hex tip, but they have varied in length, angle (slightly), and in how far they extend from the machine.

Although I know that typical "froth enhancers," are designed to create froth for people who don't know how to make froth, and that instead of creating froth they create bubbles, I gave it a try to see if it was necessary on the machine. Indeed, it made bubbles instead of froth.

The steam wand on the Cafe Roma ESP8XL has a few problems:

A: It does not extend far enough from the machine, restricting the user from freely moving the milk pitcher slowly down, keeping the tip of the wand 1/8" below milk level during the entire frothing process. It should extend further out by at least 2". When pulling the pitcher down, the drip tray at the base of the machine gets in the way, stopping the milk pitcher, forcing the user to tilt the pitcher.

B. It is angled from the machine at about 225 degrees (the wand has a 45 degree bend in it), which is a problem, because in order to properly froth the milk, without creating bubbles, a steam wand should be held parallel to the side of the milk pitcher. This means that milk begins to pour out of the pitcher when about halfway through the frothing process, both because the pitcher is tilted at 45 degrees to keep the wand parallel to the pitcher, and because of problem A.

C. The steam wand now has a rectangular tip, which does not unscrew. The slight release of steam through gap between the steam wand and traditional screw-on hexagonal steam tip allows for better aeration of milk, increasing the quality/density/wetness of the froth. This wand does not have that slight gap, so aeration is reduced.

D. The steam wand is not long enough, and does not originate from a high enough point on the machine. The wand should be about 2" longer, and should extend from the highest possible point on the machine, to allow the maximum amount of downward pull on the milk pitcher.

These issues should definitely be addressed when the next machine in this line is released.

I don't want to sound like I'm unhappy with the machine. The quality of espresso I am producing with the machine is worth it. I would like to see a metal water tank, instead of a plastic one, but other than the steam wand issue, and my opinion about the water tank, I am very satisfied.

The machine makes such good espresso, that I am willing to keep the Cafe Roma and the cheap Mr.Coffee machine on the counter, side by side, so I can make espresso with the Cafe Roma, and use the other machine for its steam wand (which is the typical, standard, straight wand with removable hex tip).

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June 1, 2010

Beautiful Metal Machine Outside; Plastic Inside

"I just purchased this machine, but have not had a chance to use it yet, because the water tank was plastic, and had a hole in it. I saw another review about a higher end machine on this site, which made a mention about the few cheap plastic components. I would agree that with all the metal on the machine, the thickness of the exterior metal could be reduced , to offset the manufacturing cost of a steel water tank that won't break.

Otherwise, I'm excited to get my water tank via FedEx so I can start using the machine. I had a DeLonghi Rialto, which was very expensive, and does everything, including steaming the milk for you. I had little control over the quality of the espresso or steamed milk, and regretted the purchase--the trading of coffee quality for convenience, not that it was a bad machine. It made the quality espresso Starbuck's has been making since they stopped using the La Marzocca machines in their stores.

I'm looking forward to being able to control my brew, and hoping that I can pull a true Ristretto shot with this machine."

April 10, 2010

Great Machine

"I just got the cafe roma as a gift. Since I've worked in Miami for most of my life I've gotten spoiled with Cafe con Leche. Ive had a few of the cheap machines and they were better than nothing. This machine rocks. I don't know why there are any negative reviews unless people just don't want to take the time to make the drink they like. No more 4.00 lattes for me. I make mine the way I like it and the machine is as good as any high end home model I've seen or tasted. I will recomend this to all my friends. As far as the noise, you need a pump to get the best expresso."

April 6, 2010

Excellent machine, excellent customer service, love the Aussie design!

"I had a Breville when I lived in Aus, and when I moved back last year, I was happy to find this machine at Macy's. It has great, sturdy, Aussie desingn, heats flawlessly and is really easy to use and clean. When I accidentally threw away the filter, emptying old grounds, Customer Service responded to my email really quickly. I love my Breville toaster also, and think the upscale Breville products are worth the extra money."

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