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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

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  • 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

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December 11, 2009

Best tasting espresso for triple the money

" thought that I knew how real coffee tasted but I now know that I was mistaken. I never knew coffee could taste so good without all the sugar and creamer. But espresso has changed my mind. And the Cafe Roma made it happen.

I'm a retired auto worker who had always taken my own coffee to work in a thermos rather than drink the rank swill from a vending machine. I even joined a co-op that invested in a coffee machine that was stored in a locker. We paid $5 a week for all the coffee we could drink. But mostly, I carried my own into work. I bought only gourmet whole bean coffee. I always thought I was enjoying the best that the bean could offer.

Long before I began drinking coffee on a regular basis, way back in the 1970's, I experienced Italian espressos in Manhattan, NY but came away unimpressed. Too strong and too bitter for my tastes. My Italian friend said that a good espresso would put hair on a even a woman's chest. I guess he was right. It tasted horrible enough. But then again I hadn't been much of a coffee drinker.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago and hundreds of gallons of coffee under the bridge later, I once again tried the espresso. I'd tried it at a friends house and was instantly hooked. I couldn't believe it was so delicious! His espresso machine was a super automatic and cost about $1500 (too costly for my bank account). So, I bought a cheap Mr. 'C' steam machine and traded up to the Mr C 15 bar pump soon after. It served me well with a blade grinder for 2 years. About a month ago I decide to upgrade again. I did a little research and bought a good (not great) burr grinder marked down from $50 to $30 made by a company starting with 'C' and ending with 't'. The grinds are inconsistent but it does the job okay.

I tried and returned 5 other espresso machines by Breville's competitors and their espressos all had that burnt, sour, or bitter taste no matter the bean, grind, tamp or water I used. Some couldn't froth milk well or their steam wands shot off like a ballistic missile into the milk pitcher. I went through 2 pounds of 5 different variety whole beans in many blends and roasts trying to find that wonderful flavor that I craved. For three weeks I bought and exchanged machines. I put them all through their paces using all the techniques I'd developed using my old Mr. C. pump espresso machine (it also uses the dual wall filter system) that gave me a really good tasting brew (albeit slightly sour and bitter at times when I was in a hurry) and most of the time it had good crema. I swear not one machine I returned could come close to the Mr. C in flavor, crema, or milk frothing capabilities and every one them cost 2 to 5 times more than my old machine.

I was about to give up. I almost bought another (updated model) Mr. C..

Boy am I glad I gave the Cafe Roma a chance despite some disillusioned reviews by clearly biased individuals calling themselves coffee snobs or aficionados! Quacks, each and every one of them, I say. The Breville Cafe Roma is the best tasting and best crema making espresso machine I've tried at 1/3 to half the cost of the other so-called primo brands! I swear that my buddy's $1500 super automatic machine didn't even taste as good as the very first pull from the Cafe Roma and I didn't have to fuss with the grind or tamp very hard. After about 30 or 40 espressos later I swear I've always had very good crema and full bodied flavor (even with the left-over grinds that I brush off into a special container that I store in the freezer as a back-up to just in case I run out of fresh beans).

Not once have I tasted a sour note or the slightest bitterness from a shot. That sweet cocoa taste lingers on the sides of my tongue that I've grown to expect and love. Every shot was dark, smooth, not watery, or flavorless with only a slight blonding of cream towards the end of the extraction as some reviewers have complained. I wonder if they were reviewing the same machine? Even a noob would get a wonderful shot after a few tries. I tried some old drip coffee Folgers and I still got decent crema with a coarser grind! Those are even more fussy requiring exacting precision with grind, dose, tamp pressure and water temp--even the slightest varible will not be drinkable...

Try using preground Folgers with a Rancilio Silvia or Gaggia! If you can't get crema using the Cafe Roma it's the operator's fault, NOT the machine. And don't over tamp! That's fatal to a dual wall filter system. Lightly with a gentle polish is always best to avoid a soggy mess and to get perfect extraction. I almost always get a dry puck, well not completely dry as a browny, but close enough to qualify.

And who cares what the coffee snobs say about the pressurized filters producing 'fake' crema? It's still tasty crema. And although it's not as honey syrupy it still tastes great! I've had both kinds and nobody can tell me there's a big enough taste difference to justify the extra, extra, extra costs towards a more expensive machine that won't work unless a burr grinder that costs a weeks salary is used! Sure, the quality of a bean matters, and a good burr grinder is important but when a burr grinder costs as much as the espresso machine to do the job somebody is being taken for a ride! The snobs will say the coffee is better but I guess they must justify the expenditure somehow. But if that's true why are they always looking for the next big thing? Upgraditis maybe? Keeping up with the Jones' maybe? Looking for the Holy Grail maybe?

I love espresso but if I have to spend a month's pension check for a machine and grinder combo then I think I'll just spend the money on better green beans and practice my roasting technique!

I always do several doubles daily savoring each and every sip. At night I use decaf for a latte or cappuccino. I do have a couple of negatives, the steam wand dribbles water like a teething baby and the steam is too wet for my tastes. The Mr. C had perfectly dry steam and made decent micro foam for latte art that machines 5 times its cost cannot even come close to producing. The Cafe Roma does produce some decently thickish foam but I've not made even a heart yet with it let alone a fern leaf. Maybe with more practice...

The other negative is that the steam wand has very little clearance even with the 8 ounce pitcher. But it swivels. The reservoirs also runs out of water too fast for my liking. It's difficult to see the water level too. The portafilter could be heavier as well but better than the Mr. C, not as good as the Krups in the same price range. The Krups pf also fits the Cafe Roma rather snuggly so I might replace the CR pf with a Krups version (XP4050 $30). I tried it when I compared the two units and the pf worked flawlessly (I almost returned the Krups pf with the Breville pf... ;) but figured I'd just be honest, darn it....).

I almost bought the Breville 800esxl, and I might return the Cafe Roma to BB&B and upgrade to it or the BES820xl now that I trust the quality of the company's espresso machines. I own Breville's Juice Fountain Compact and have been very happy with it for 2 years. I highly recommend Brevilles products."

December 11, 2009

The best tasting and crema filled espresso anywhere

"I thought that I knew how real coffee tasted but I now know that I was mistaken. I never knew coffee could taste so good without all the sugar and creamer. But espresso has changed my mind. And the Cafe Roma made it happen.

I'm a retired auto worker who had always taken my own coffee to work in a thermos rather than drink the rank swill from a vending machine. I even joined a co-op that invested in a coffee machine that was stored in a locker. We paid $5 a week for all the coffee we could drink. But mostly, I carried my own into work. I bought only gourmet whole bean coffee. I always thought I was enjoying the best that the bean could offer.

Long before I began drinking coffee on a regular basis, way back in the 1970's, I experienced Italian espressos in Manhattan, NY but came away unimpressed. Too strong and too bitter for my tastes. My Italian friend said that a good espresso would put hair on a even a woman's chest. I guess he was right. It tasted horrible enough. But then again I hadn't been much of a coffee drinker.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago and hundreds of gallons of coffee under the bridge later, I once again tried the espresso. I'd tried it at a friends house and was instantly hooked. I couldn't believe it was so delicious! His espresso machine was a super automatic and cost about $1500 (too costly for my bank account). So, I bought a cheap Mr. 'C' steam machine and traded up to the Mr C 15 bar pump soon after. It served me well with a blade grinder for 2 years. About a month ago I decide to upgrade again. I did a little research and bought a good (not great) burr grinder marked down from $50 to $30 made by a company starting with 'C' and ending with 't'. The grinds are inconsistent but it does the job okay.

I tried and returned 5 other espresso machines by Breville's competitors and their espressos all had that burnt, sour, or bitter taste no matter the bean, grind, tamp or water I used. Some couldn't froth milk well or their steam wands shot off like a ballistic missile into the milk pitcher. I went through 2 pounds of 5 different variety whole beans in many blends and roasts trying to find that wonderful flavor that I craved. For three weeks I bought and exchanged machines. I put them all through their paces using all the techniques I'd developed using my old Mr. C. pump espresso machine (it also uses the dual wall filter system) that gave me a really good tasting brew (albeit slightly sour and bitter at times when I was in a hurry) and most of the time it had good crema. I swear not one machine I returned could come close to the Mr. C in flavor, crema, or milk frothing capabilities and every one them cost 2 to 5 times more than my old machine.

I was about to give up. I almost bought another (updated model) Mr. C..

Boy am I glad I gave the Cafe Roma a chance despite some disillusioned reviews by clearly biased individuals calling themselves coffee snobs or aficionados! Quacks, each and every one of them, I say. The Breville Cafe Roma is the best tasting and best crema making espresso machine I've tried at 1/3 to half the cost of the other so-called primo brands! I swear that my buddy's $1500 super automatic machine didn't even taste as good as the very first pull from the Cafe Roma and I didn't have to fuss with the grind or tamp very hard. After about 30 or 40 espressos later I swear I've always had very good crema and full bodied flavor (even with the left-over grinds that I brush off into a special container that I store in the freezer as a back-up to just in case I run out of fresh beans).

Not once have I tasted a sour note or the slightest bitterness from a shot. That sweet cocoa taste lingers on the sides of my tongue that I've grown to expect and love. Every shot was dark, smooth, not watery, or flavorless with only a slight blonding of cream towards the end of the extraction as some reviewers have complained. I wonder if they were reviewing the same machine? Even a noob would get a wonderful shot after a few tries. I tried some old drip coffee Folgers and I still got decent crema with a coarser grind! Those are even more fussy requiring exacting precision with grind, dose, tamp pressure and water temp--even the slightest varible will not be drinkable...

Try using preground Folgers with a Rancilio Silvia or Gaggia! If you can't get crema using the Cafe Roma it's the operator's fault, NOT the machine. And don't over tamp! That's fatal to a dual wall filter system. Lightly with a gentle polish is always best to avoid a soggy mess and to get perfect extraction. I almost always get a dry puck, well not completely dry as a browny, but close enough to qualify.

And who cares what the coffee snobs say about the pressurized filters producing 'fake' crema? It's still tasty crema. And although it's not as honey syrupy it still tastes great! I've had both kinds and nobody can tell me there's a big enough taste difference to justify the extra, extra, extra costs towards a more expensive machine that won't work unless a burr grinder that costs a weeks salary is used! Sure, the quality of a bean matters, and a good burr grinder is important but when a burr grinder costs as much as the espresso machine to do the job somebody is being taken for a ride! The snobs will say the coffee is better but I guess they must justify the expenditure somehow. But if that's true why are they always looking for the next big thing? Upgraditis maybe? Keeping up with the Jones' maybe? Looking for the Holy Grail maybe?

I love espresso but if I have to spend a month's pension check for a machine and grinder combo then I think I'll just spend the money on better green beans and practice my roasting technique!

I always do several doubles daily savoring each and every sip. At night I use decaf for a latte or cappuccino. I do have a couple of negatives, the steam wand dribbles water like a teething baby and the steam is too wet for my tastes. The Mr. C had perfectly dry steam and made decent micro foam for latte art that machines 5 times its cost cannot even come close to producing. The Cafe Roma does produce some decently thickish foam but I've not made even a heart yet with it let alone a fern leaf. Maybe with more practice...

The other negative is that the steam wand has very little clearance even with the 8 ounce pitcher. But it swivels. The reservoirs also runs out of water too fast for my liking. It's difficult to see the water level too. The portafilter could be heavier as well but better than the Mr. C, not as good as the Krups in the same price range. The Krups pf also fits the Cafe Roma rather snuggly so I might replace the CR pf with a Krups version (XP4050 $30). I tried it when I compared the two units and the pf worked flawlessly (I almost returned the Krups pf with the Breville pf... ;) but figured I'd just be honest, darn it....).

I almost bought the Breville 800esxl, and I might return the Cafe Roma to BB&B and upgrade to it or the BES820xl now that I trust the quality of the company's espresso machines. I own Breville's Juice Fountain Compact and have been very happy with it for 2 years. I highly recommend Brevilles products."

December 11, 2009

Great for a Newbie

"I got this from my local Costco for about $132.00 U.S. payable up to twelve months. That makes about $11 a month. Starbucks here cost about $4.46, so just a couple espressos one day pay the machine. My wife and I used a nespresso concept that we had for a gift (about $492 plus the shots $.75cents each). But with Brevill we have plenty of options with the local coffee to choose from, and not limited to buy a certain variety. The down side, may be the cleaning but I organized a sustem, and takes no more than 5 minutes even with the milk froth. For me was amazing, the first time as well as the last time (one month with it). You need practice but with two sessions from youtube, we get there. My only concern is the vibration. I love and plenty recommend this equipment even for I newbie like me.!! "

December 8, 2009

Great Product

"I am surprised by the negative responses. The negative responses appear to be from folks who are too lazy to keep their product in good working conditions. Do you think Starbucks doesn't do maintenance on their machines? They do decalcify their machines and they do figure out the correctly grind setting that works best for their machine.

To use the product effectively...
1) Use good quality water. I have an R-O system and use that water for my Cafe Roma. In over 2 years, I've only had to decalcify it once.

2) Read the instructions. The manual as Amber wrote above is to not use a fine setting when grinding espresso. This clogs the hole in the filter, which is why they give you the self-cleaning tool.

"

December 8, 2009

Good product

"I am suprised by the negative feedback. Reading through the responses, I suspect folks didn't read the manual about the best way to make espresso.

1) Use high quality water. Using R-O water will significantly reduce the amount of calcification.

2) You cannot, I repeat - cannot, pack the espresso to tightly in the filter. You will clog it up, which is why they give you that little tool with a needle at the end. Best thing to do is use a medium grind of espresso and 'lightly' pack the espresso in the filter.

I've had my Breville Cafe Roma for over 2 years and have yet to have any issues by using the above steps. Before that I had 2 Starbucks machines that broke exactly at the 1 year warranty."

December 7, 2009

GREAT

"I have had this machine for 3 years. I have not had any problems. It make great espresso and froths milk easily. I use only LAVAZZA espreso though, it's the best."

December 5, 2009

I also cannot believe the negative reviews

"I have had nothing but great coffee/espresso and great frothed milk. I have cleaned it twice in a year and had no negative experiences at all. I use mine every morning and I love it. "

December 4, 2009

Hold ON!!

"Machine makes great espresso, but when you start to brew I have to hold the machine down or it will vibrate all over the counter and the cups on top will not be there when you are done. I Have no problems with any grind of coffee Even if i use coffee ground to a powder it still pushes out no problems. I recomend using ro/di water and you will never have to decalcify."

December 2, 2009

fantastic

"Had this machine since may 09 and used it every day since then with no problems. I did notice that the water resevoir has to be FIRMLY in place or sometimes the motor will run but no water will come out. This is my first espresso maker and I love it!"

December 1, 2009

Great product. Can't believe the negative reviews

"I have had this machine for 3 years now and I love it. I have never had a problem with the product. My friends who have worked in coffee shops for years love coming over and using the machine. They always comment that it makes one of the best home cups of espresso they have ever had. Not sure what all the other negative reviews are about, but I have never had an issue with the machine and it continues to make a great cup of espresso every time."

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