Breville 800ESXL Die Cast Espresso Machine

2-Cup, Stainless Steel - MPN: 800ESXL
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Description
Experience delicious espresso with no need to go to the bistro with this espresso maker that features a 15-bar Triple Prime pump system that locks in espresso's natural flavor. The stainless-steel steam wand froths milk for latt�s or cappuccino.
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Features Frother, Hot Water, Removable Water Reservoir
Product Type Espresso/Cappucino Machines
Color Stainless Steel
Coffee Maker Cups 2
Expert Reviews
Breville Die Cast 800ESXL
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Aug 24, 2011

The Breville Die Cast ESXL model is a high-end espresso machine. The machine is more specifically designed for personal consumer use, meaning more home-based appliance but that is not to say however that the device cant be used commercially for a small business. The Die Cast ESXL body is completely encased in a durable stainless steel with professional grade die cast metal components and a refined professional finish. The ESXL features a full 15 bars of pressure combined with a special patented Triple Prime pump that automatically shoots three quick bursts of steaming hot water into the filter head and creates a much higher pressure inside the device; this allows more crema to be ejected into the beverage leading to a more smooth and rich taste and also prevents burning. A unique dual action selector dial allows users to turn to the right for Espresso extraction and to the left to ... PROS: (1) produces top-end, fine expresso drinks second to none (2) drinks are made very hot, not luke-warm (3) steamer is very effective, froths quickly (4) general operation is very easy, controls are all well laid out (5) brews drinks very quickly, barely any waiting at all ... CONS: (1) occasionally makes a strange popping sound when left on for an extended period of time

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User Reviews
Overengineered *home* appliance is still better than drip coffee
4 Star Review   By member ianlee99 - Apr 6, 2009   

Strengths: much better coffee than drip machines better price when found on eBay non-commercial simplicity - my kind of "starter" espresso maker

Weakness: non-commercial grade espresso maker takes some tinkering to learn the machine - a "starter" machine MSRP is too pricey for a "starter" machine

My father received this machine as a gift, or we would never have considered it. Been using it for almost two years and it has worked out well. I'm now buying a second one so I don't have to wait for the weekends to use my dad's Breville. I jokingly call this my kind of starter espresso maker because it has the minimal functionality to make real espresso (not just strong drip coffee). Much of the machine is manually operated so it takes some tinkering to get the right flavor out. The price is anything but "starter." But it has risen above the pretenders out there that makes drip coffee under the espresso moniker. The spent grounds come out wet unless you let it drain. Not realistic if you're making more than one shot at a time. The grounds are supposed to be loosely tamped according to the user manual. The machine uses a thermal block and heats water in pulses. Not an ideal espresso maker. The "overengineering" is the saving grace. The machine successfully compensates for its shortcomings in temperature control, pressure control, and extraction control by applying an interesting fix: the double walled filter that creates a backpressure. No other machine needs to apply bursts of water into the grounds before extraction. but hey, nevermind that the extraction happens too fast, or that the espresso shouldn't come out dark then light. It tastes great with some experimenting. It's actually good dark.

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800ESXL Breville Espresso Machine and conical burr grinder
5 Star Review   By member SusanRLewis2009 - Jan 1, 2009   

Strengths: Best cappuccino and lattes I've ever had

Weakness: The grounds are a little watery and don't come out as easily as I would like - but the lattes and cappuccinos are worth it!

I got my grinder and espresso machines for Christmas after selecting them based on the reviews and information I found online. I am so happy with the quality of the coffee I wish I had the use of this machine for the past ten years and saved much money on all the lattes I have paid for. The amount and taste of the foam this machine makes is amazing. Though I am not as experienced or sophisticated as some connoisseurs - I could not be happier!!! It is so nice to come across a quality product such as those made by Breville.

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Not bad, but....
2 Star Review   By member brittanyho - Aug 11, 2008   

Strengths: Good design, removable tray, easy to clean

Weakness: cheap portafilter, watery grounds

My mom purchased this machine a few years ago and she has been happy with it. However, I have been less impressed. I've been a barista for two years and have been trained by a professional in the coffee industry (Simon Craven of Craven's Coffee). The Breville only pulls okay shots or bad shots and the filter basket always has watery grounds after each shot is pulled. The reason for this is primarily the poor quality of the portafilter. Commercial grade portafilter baskets are wider, and have more holes for the water to press the extraction through. The Breville portafilter forces the grounds to be stacked higher and the extraction is forced through one tiny hole at the base of the basket. As a result, the shot is never excellent, and the basket is full of wet, watery grounds, which are messy to empty out. While the quality of the espresso brewed from this machine is good enough for most, if you are looking for something with a fuller, bolder, and more complex flavor with good crema, I would opt for a different machine.

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Breville 800ESXL Die Cast Espresso Machine
5 Star Review   By member h2aneal - Apr 6, 2008   

Strengths: It's a beautiful looking machine. It cleans very easy I usually just wipe it down and it still looks new. It's extremely easy to use.

Weakness: I noticed that the coffee grounds don't come out of the filter easily.

Things that I like about this machine: 1) easy to clean and keep clean 2) steamed milk easily 3) big water resevoir 4) is a stylish coffee maker. 5) easy to make several cup of coffee

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I am impressed -- and am a pretty critical consumer
4 Star Review   By member Boltonfish - Dec 10, 2007   

Strengths: Solid construction, professional quality espresso for a reasonable price

Weakness: old school twist & remove filter basket

I have been very impressed with this (first Breville appliance). I am an "experienced" espresso machine person with both home and pro models. This was around $350 (compared to thousands for the automatic home models). It built like a tank, relatively easy to run if you know how to use this type of machine. I wouldn't say it's a good "coffee novice" machine tho. Very hands on, but that's what I like -- old school italian style foamy espresso (there is an aeration system in their coffee holder). So someone here said they were "hoping for stronger coffee" -- I don't get that because I make VERY robust strong double espressos with the double basked, and use that for americanos a couple of times a day. I use high quality coffee beans, grind in a burr grinder fresh (usually espresso or dark french -- tho I prefer the lighter espresso roast in this machine). I use Illy when I'm flush, or S'bucks, or Torrefazioni - so I'm picky. This has been a very good appliance -- and I've been using it daily for about 10 months. No problems at all with the machine, but it is a little messy -- that is just the way "old school" espresso machines are though so I did not have other expectations. I do like the generous volume on the drip tray, and in the water container. I think the little "hide away" drawer for the accessories is also a good design.

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Breville 800 esxl
2 Star Review   By member MichaelPasha - Jul 31, 2007   

Strengths: Heavy, doesn't slide around the counter, heats up fast, convenient water storage.

Weakness: High Price for zero customer Support - Breville doesn't answer the phone... at times someone answers and then hangs up the phone.

Was hoping to get stronger coffee from the machine but the filter basket holds limited amount of coffee. Our old cheap Krups had double the coffee capacity.. maybe it's just me, but I like a good jolt in the morning!

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Extremely Pleased
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Clear, concise operating manual. Simple operation. Well built. Attractive. Best of all...great crema...as good as any commercial espresso.

After looking at semi-automatic machines for several months, I decided to buy the Breville based upon the opinions and reviews of users as well as price. The operating manual is clear and straightforward and the machine is quite simple to operate, but most importantly, the espresso is superb with a full rich crema and smooth taste. I am currently using pre-ground Illy espresso and am delighted.

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Outstanding Performance in a Home Machine
5 Star Review   By member Steve in MA - Oct 17, 2005   

Strengths: Looks good, works even better. Three filter options (single, double, and pod), swivel steam wand.

Weakness: Find a place to keep it on display, its too heavy to move every time you want to use it (I guess that may be another strength)

If the Breville 800ESXL was a digital camera, it would belong in the “prosumer” category. This is a professional quality espresso machine intended for the home user that knows what a good espresso is. Not only does this machine look the part of a professional quality machine, it has the performance to match. This is the third “home” espresso machine that I’ve owned, and it is by far the best. Heavy-duty barely describes how this machine is built, yet its sleek, modern appearance and stainless steel finish is quite at home on the kitchen counter. The high pressure pump, professional quality filter basket, and swivel steam wand rival the features I’ve seen on machines costing twice as much, and this machine lacks nothing in terms of performance compared to those machines. The crema produced is exceptional, and the cup-to-cup quality is consistent. There is no noticeable re-heat lag when pulling multiple shots, and for the cappuccino crowd, the wait for steam is virtually non-existent. One of the true convenience features of the 800ESXL is the ability to re-fill the generous sized water tank in place, or you can slide it out from the front of the machine to take it to the sink. The built in storage container is just perfect for keeping the extra filters (three are included, single, double, and pod) as well as the tamper and cleaning tool all in one place – no more digging through the drawers when you want your coffee. The 800ESXL is a standout in this price range, I recommend it without qualification. Be sure you have a good grinder, get yourself some quality beans, and you won’t be sorry.

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You won't be disappointed.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Simple & efficient. Solid quality.

Weakness: None.

Right out of the box, I could see this was a serious espresso machine. It's my first espresso machine (but, I have used others). So, I was amazed at how easy it was to operate. I can't believe the price. It's right up there with units going for twice the price. I highly recommend the Breville 800ESXL.

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Product Details
Description
Experience delicious espresso with no need to go to the bistro with this espresso maker that features a 15-bar Triple Prime pump system that locks in espresso's natural flavor. The stainless-steel steam wand froths milk for latt�s or cappuccino.
Quick Glance
Features Frother, Hot Water, Removable Water Reservoir
Product Type Espresso/Cappucino Machines
Color Stainless Steel
Coffee Maker Cups 2
Summary
Product Title Breville 800ESXL Die Cast Espresso Machine
Manufacturer Breville
Lowest Price $329.99 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.1 | 10 Reviews
Dimensions
Height: 16.11 in
Width: 14.74 in
Depth: 13 in
Weight: 37.35 g
Warranty
Warranty Information: 2 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Number Of Cups: 2
coffee maker type: coffee makers, espresso makers
Programmable Timer: No
Brew Pause: No
Digital Display: No
Built-in Grinder: No
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Expert Reviews
Breville Die Cast 800ESXL
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Aug 24, 2011

The Breville Die Cast ESXL model is a high-end espresso machine. The machine is more specifically designed for personal consumer use, meaning more home-based appliance but that is not to say however that the device cant be used commercially for a small business. The Die Cast ESXL body is completely encased in a durable stainless steel with professional grade die cast metal components and a refined professional finish. The ESXL features a full 15 bars of pressure combined with a special patented Triple Prime pump that automatically shoots three quick bursts of steaming hot water into the filter head and creates a much higher pressure inside the device; this allows more crema to be ejected into the beverage leading to a more smooth and rich taste and also prevents burning. A unique dual action selector dial allows users to turn to the right for Espresso extraction and to the left to ... PROS: (1) produces top-end, fine expresso drinks second to none (2) drinks are made very hot, not luke-warm (3) steamer is very effective, froths quickly (4) general operation is very easy, controls are all well laid out (5) brews drinks very quickly, barely any waiting at all ... CONS: (1) occasionally makes a strange popping sound when left on for an extended period of time

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User Reviews
Overengineered *home* appliance is still better than drip coffee
4 Star Review   By member ianlee99 - Apr 6, 2009   

Strengths: much better coffee than drip machines better price when found on eBay non-commercial simplicity - my kind of "starter" espresso maker

Weakness: non-commercial grade espresso maker takes some tinkering to learn the machine - a "starter" machine MSRP is too pricey for a "starter" machine

My father received this machine as a gift, or we would never have considered it. Been using it for almost two years and it has worked out well. I'm now buying a second one so I don't have to wait for the weekends to use my dad's Breville. I jokingly call this my kind of starter espresso maker because it has the minimal functionality to make real espresso (not just strong drip coffee). Much of the machine is manually operated so it takes some tinkering to get the right flavor out. The price is anything but "starter." But it has risen above the pretenders out there that makes drip coffee under the espresso moniker. The spent grounds come out wet unless you let it drain. Not realistic if you're making more than one shot at a time. The grounds are supposed to be loosely tamped according to the user manual. The machine uses a thermal block and heats water in pulses. Not an ideal espresso maker. The "overengineering" is the saving grace. The machine successfully compensates for its shortcomings in temperature control, pressure control, and extraction control by applying an interesting fix: the double walled filter that creates a backpressure. No other machine needs to apply bursts of water into the grounds before extraction. but hey, nevermind that the extraction happens too fast, or that the espresso shouldn't come out dark then light. It tastes great with some experimenting. It's actually good dark.

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800ESXL Breville Espresso Machine and conical burr grinder
5 Star Review   By member SusanRLewis2009 - Jan 1, 2009   

Strengths: Best cappuccino and lattes I've ever had

Weakness: The grounds are a little watery and don't come out as easily as I would like - but the lattes and cappuccinos are worth it!

I got my grinder and espresso machines for Christmas after selecting them based on the reviews and information I found online. I am so happy with the quality of the coffee I wish I had the use of this machine for the past ten years and saved much money on all the lattes I have paid for. The amount and taste of the foam this machine makes is amazing. Though I am not as experienced or sophisticated as some connoisseurs - I could not be happier!!! It is so nice to come across a quality product such as those made by Breville.

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Not bad, but....
2 Star Review   By member brittanyho - Aug 11, 2008   

Strengths: Good design, removable tray, easy to clean

Weakness: cheap portafilter, watery grounds

My mom purchased this machine a few years ago and she has been happy with it. However, I have been less impressed. I've been a barista for two years and have been trained by a professional in the coffee industry (Simon Craven of Craven's Coffee). The Breville only pulls okay shots or bad shots and the filter basket always has watery grounds after each shot is pulled. The reason for this is primarily the poor quality of the portafilter. Commercial grade portafilter baskets are wider, and have more holes for the water to press the extraction through. The Breville portafilter forces the grounds to be stacked higher and the extraction is forced through one tiny hole at the base of the basket. As a result, the shot is never excellent, and the basket is full of wet, watery grounds, which are messy to empty out. While the quality of the espresso brewed from this machine is good enough for most, if you are looking for something with a fuller, bolder, and more complex flavor with good crema, I would opt for a different machine.

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Breville 800ESXL Die Cast Espresso Machine
5 Star Review   By member h2aneal - Apr 6, 2008   

Strengths: It's a beautiful looking machine. It cleans very easy I usually just wipe it down and it still looks new. It's extremely easy to use.

Weakness: I noticed that the coffee grounds don't come out of the filter easily.

Things that I like about this machine: 1) easy to clean and keep clean 2) steamed milk easily 3) big water resevoir 4) is a stylish coffee maker. 5) easy to make several cup of coffee

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I am impressed -- and am a pretty critical consumer
4 Star Review   By member Boltonfish - Dec 10, 2007   

Strengths: Solid construction, professional quality espresso for a reasonable price

Weakness: old school twist & remove filter basket

I have been very impressed with this (first Breville appliance). I am an "experienced" espresso machine person with both home and pro models. This was around $350 (compared to thousands for the automatic home models). It built like a tank, relatively easy to run if you know how to use this type of machine. I wouldn't say it's a good "coffee novice" machine tho. Very hands on, but that's what I like -- old school italian style foamy espresso (there is an aeration system in their coffee holder). So someone here said they were "hoping for stronger coffee" -- I don't get that because I make VERY robust strong double espressos with the double basked, and use that for americanos a couple of times a day. I use high quality coffee beans, grind in a burr grinder fresh (usually espresso or dark french -- tho I prefer the lighter espresso roast in this machine). I use Illy when I'm flush, or S'bucks, or Torrefazioni - so I'm picky. This has been a very good appliance -- and I've been using it daily for about 10 months. No problems at all with the machine, but it is a little messy -- that is just the way "old school" espresso machines are though so I did not have other expectations. I do like the generous volume on the drip tray, and in the water container. I think the little "hide away" drawer for the accessories is also a good design.

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Breville 800 esxl
2 Star Review   By member MichaelPasha - Jul 31, 2007   

Strengths: Heavy, doesn't slide around the counter, heats up fast, convenient water storage.

Weakness: High Price for zero customer Support - Breville doesn't answer the phone... at times someone answers and then hangs up the phone.

Was hoping to get stronger coffee from the machine but the filter basket holds limited amount of coffee. Our old cheap Krups had double the coffee capacity.. maybe it's just me, but I like a good jolt in the morning!

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Extremely Pleased
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Clear, concise operating manual. Simple operation. Well built. Attractive. Best of all...great crema...as good as any commercial espresso.

After looking at semi-automatic machines for several months, I decided to buy the Breville based upon the opinions and reviews of users as well as price. The operating manual is clear and straightforward and the machine is quite simple to operate, but most importantly, the espresso is superb with a full rich crema and smooth taste. I am currently using pre-ground Illy espresso and am delighted.

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Outstanding Performance in a Home Machine
5 Star Review   By member Steve in MA - Oct 17, 2005   

Strengths: Looks good, works even better. Three filter options (single, double, and pod), swivel steam wand.

Weakness: Find a place to keep it on display, its too heavy to move every time you want to use it (I guess that may be another strength)

If the Breville 800ESXL was a digital camera, it would belong in the “prosumer” category. This is a professional quality espresso machine intended for the home user that knows what a good espresso is. Not only does this machine look the part of a professional quality machine, it has the performance to match. This is the third “home” espresso machine that I’ve owned, and it is by far the best. Heavy-duty barely describes how this machine is built, yet its sleek, modern appearance and stainless steel finish is quite at home on the kitchen counter. The high pressure pump, professional quality filter basket, and swivel steam wand rival the features I’ve seen on machines costing twice as much, and this machine lacks nothing in terms of performance compared to those machines. The crema produced is exceptional, and the cup-to-cup quality is consistent. There is no noticeable re-heat lag when pulling multiple shots, and for the cappuccino crowd, the wait for steam is virtually non-existent. One of the true convenience features of the 800ESXL is the ability to re-fill the generous sized water tank in place, or you can slide it out from the front of the machine to take it to the sink. The built in storage container is just perfect for keeping the extra filters (three are included, single, double, and pod) as well as the tamper and cleaning tool all in one place – no more digging through the drawers when you want your coffee. The 800ESXL is a standout in this price range, I recommend it without qualification. Be sure you have a good grinder, get yourself some quality beans, and you won’t be sorry.

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You won't be disappointed.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Simple & efficient. Solid quality.

Weakness: None.

Right out of the box, I could see this was a serious espresso machine. It's my first espresso machine (but, I have used others). So, I was amazed at how easy it was to operate. I can't believe the price. It's right up there with units going for twice the price. I highly recommend the Breville 800ESXL.

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