I wrote a review back when this blog was brand new all about my Breville 800ESXL coffee machine, which I had purchased a few months earlier and had fallen in love with, despite a few flaws.
Here it is, 2 years on, and I thought I’d check back in with an updated review in case anyone is thinking of purchasing one of their own and wants to know what it’s really like to own and live with a Breville 800ESXL.
First of all, before I say anything else about this machine, I will say this (again):
IT IS VERY, VERY, VERY LOUD!
Did you hear me?
IT IS VERY, VERY, VERY LOUD!
Loud as in, it sounds like it should belong out in the garage next to the table saw. Loud as in, you will get tinnitus if you don’t protect your hearing while using it. Loud as in, if you have guests sleeping over they will never, ever come back to visit you again if you turn it on first thing in the morning. Loud as in, if you have teenagers that you DON’T want sleeping in you will love it because it will cause them to jump up and run out the door when you turn it on.
Seriously, it is LOUD.
I even made a video to show how very loud it is:
I was shocked at how loud it was!! So that’s a consideration. Yet I quickly learned to get over the noise because I was pleasantly surprised at how great it made espressos and steamed my milk. I also thought it was very well made and the quality in the end product is obvious.
Overall I am still very (VERY!) happy and use my Breville 800ESXL at least once a day, if not two or three times a day since coffee is my medicine. It still works beautifully and is as loud as ever (but not louder, so that’s good!).
It does take some upkeep, of course, so I thought I’d share the steps that Breville recommends to take in order to insure your machine stays working for a good long time (in case you get one for yourself, which I highly recommend as it has paid for itself and then some!):
After Brewing Espresso
- Remove the Portafilter from the Brew head and empty the grounds by turning it upside down over a trash bin or the BCB100 Knock Box and tapping gently on the edge. The filters are held firmly in place to help prevent them falling out when emptying the ‘puck’. Do not discard of the grounds in the sink as they can clog up the drain.
- Rinse the Filter and Portafilter under running water to remove all coffee particles. Turn the Filter upside down and tap it repeatedly on a hard surface such as a cutting board or chopping board to make sure that all coffee particles are loose and out of the Filter holes. Also the fine holes can be cleaned individually with the Cleaning Tool.
- Wipe the interior of the Brew Head with a damp cloth and periodically run water through the machine with the Portafilter in place but without any ground coffee to clean out any residual coffee particles.
After Steaming Milk
- Allow the Steam Wand and Froth Enhancer to cool down after use, these will be very hot if the steaming has just been done.
- Remove the Froth Enhancer and rinse it under warm tap water. Ensure that the fine steam holes on either end are clear, the Cleaning Tool is very helpful with this.
- Wipe the Steam Wand thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove any residual milk.
- Direct the Steam Wand back into the Drip Tray and briefly set the Steam Dial to the ‘Steam’ position and press the HOT WATER button. This will clear any residual milk from the inside of the Steam Wand.
Every 3 months
Over time, mineral deposits from water will build up and crystallize along the inside of the unit. How soon this happens depends on how hard your water is.
We recommend using filtered (not distilled) water in your espresso machine to slow mineral buildup.
|1.||Mix 1 part of white vinegar with 1 part of water to make about 3 quarts (3 liters) decalcifying solution (50/50).
Remove the Froth Enhancer from the Steam Wand and the Portafilter from the Brew Head. Fill the Water Tank of the machine with your vinegar solution.
Pour the remaining solution into a bowl and soak your Filters and Froth Enhancer in it. Leave to stand for about 8-10 hours. The acidic quality of the vinegar will slowly dissolve any calcification.
|2.||When they have soaked enough, rinse the Filters and Froth Enhancer thoroughly under running water and dry. Keep these off the machine for the next steps.|
|3.||Turn on the machine, set it to ‘Standby,’ and wait until it is heated up. Place a large container under both the Brew Head and the Steam Wand.|
|4.||When the brewing temperature is reached, set the Steam Dial to the ‘Espresso’ position and let half the decalcifying solution from the Water Reservoir run through the Brew Head.|
|5.||Next, set the Steam Dial to ‘Steam’ and allow the remaining solution to run through the Steam Wand.
When the solution stops flowing, set the Steam Dial back to the ‘Standby’ position. This will flush the whole inside of the machine with the solution.
|6.||Rinse the Water Tank and fill it with fresh cold water, and again brew and steam all of it through (as in Steps 4 and 5) to rinse any remaining vinegar from the machine.|
By following these steps you can keep your Breville 800ESXL functioning at top performance level for many years to come.
xo Michelle Dellene
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