Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL Review

Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL
Overall Rating
85
Coffee Quality (40%)
83
Design & Features (20%)
80
Durability (20%)
93
Ease of Use (10%)
83
Brand Reputation (10%)
90
The Bottom Line
An inexpensive entry-level espresso machine from Breville, the ESP8XL Cafe Roma is a serviceable model most notable for its durability. But you'll need to upgrade for more consistent extraction and better foam.
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Key Features of the Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL

Key Features of Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL

  • Type: Pump espresso machine
  • Pressure: 15 bars
  • Reservoir: 40.6 oz removable
  • Portafilters: Pressurized, single and double shot
  • E.S.E. Pod Compatible: Yes
  • Auto-Off: No
  • Unit Size: 9.0″W x 9.0″D x 12.0″H
  • Unit Weight: 13.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year

Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL Overview

The best quality of the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma espresso machine is its durability.

If you read reviews for this model on Amazon, you’ll see a lot of users who report this machine lasting 3+ years.

That’s pretty great!

This model has a lot of stainless steel components, even on the inside of the machine, to keep it functioning well for years.

Though almost all of the machines on this list are stripped down to the essential features — that’s how they keep their price tag low — the Breville ESP8XL really takes that to heart. This unit is smaller and more compact than many pump espresso machines.

The downside of this machine, though, is the 40 oz water reservoir, which pales in comparison to Rancilio Silvia’s 67 oz tank.

Pros
  • Lots of stainless steel, both outside and in
  • Small and compact
  • Capable of making rich espresso with high-quality crema
Cons
  • Espresso temp could be better
  • Frother doesn't create microfoam very well
  • Only comes with pressurized portafilters
  • No Auto-Off feature
  • Double-shot attachment for portafilter is a little undersized, so E.S.E. pods may need to be trimmed

Is the Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL for you?

Are Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL for you?

Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL!

Check out Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL!

Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL
An inexpensive entry-level espresso machine from Breville, the ESP8XL Cafe Roma is a serviceable model most notable for its durability. But you'll need to upgrade for more consistent extraction and better foam.

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I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!

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