Review – Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

Like a good man (or woman), a good espresso machine is hard to find. The Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker didn’t disappoint me, though. Packed to the brim with features and fitted with a sleek design, this machine will perform at the highest standard, rivaling store-bought espresso. It’s also one that you won’t be embarrassed to have on your kitchen counter, as the Espresso Maker will go beautifully with your other stainless steel appliances.

No more waiting in lines for my coffee or rushing into work late because I had to get my morning “fix”. I can get the caffeine and taste I need to be successful during my busy workday.

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Product Features:

  • Large water tank
  • 15-bar Thermoblock pump
  • Froth enhancer
  • Warming plate
  • 1 year warranty (limited)
  • Dual-wall filter


There’s nothing more frustrating than making an espresso, wanting another one, and not having enough water left in the system. That’s when my time goes, eaten away by the machine. With the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Maker, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Its full water capacity is 1.3 quarts, which is more than enough. If I could die from caffeine poisoning, this machine would do the job for me.

To achieve a perfect espresso, it’s important to have a good pump, which the Breville Cafe Roma provides. Without it, the flavor doesn’t have as much depth. The 15-bar Thermoblock pump, a standard for espresso machines, provides excellent flavor, especially combined with the dual-wall filter. It tastes better than it does in the coffee shop, because it’s made right in my own home. I can get it before I get ready in the morning, and then I can have another one right before I leave for work. The convenience of the Breville Cafe Roma can’t be beat, and the price makes it a worthwhile investment.

In addition to making smashing espressos, I can also make cappuccinos and lattes with the espresso machine. The froth enhancer that comes long with the machine works superbly. Anytime I want to go crazy and shake up my morning routine, I can. There are some mornings that can only be fixed by a decent cappuccino or latte.

While it’s important to have standard features in an espresso machine, I love all the little perks that come with the espresso maker. The warming plate is easy for me to clean, and even though I shouldn’t I put it in the top rack of my dishwasher once in a while. The one year warranty was a huge deciding factor when I was looking, as I took the plunge and bought the espresso machine. You don’t have much to lose by trying it out. I don’t particularly like the white china espresso cups, and this one comes with stainless steel cups, which matches the rest of the system. They’ve even thrown in a frothing jug! Most espresso machines don’t come with all of the extra features like this coffee machine does.

The Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker has been a big hit in my home and will cure the morning zombie disease faster than anything else. It’s one of those things that make me wonder how I possibly lived without it before. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in dark, delicious, frothy luxury?


  1. Beatriz says

    I just purchased the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker for my parents who live overseas. When they opened the box they found the water tank was broken. When you pour the water it flows out from the bottom part.

    Do you know if I can purchase a replacement water tank and where?

    Many thanks for your help.

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