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    Newbie Needs Help Buying Breville

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi there all - Im planning on buying the Breville ESP8 Cafe Roma for someone this Xmas :)
    Can anyone tell me anything about this machine? Any input is much appreciated - the pros and cons....dont want to waste my cash!
    Cheers!

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    Re: Newbie Needs Help Buying Breville

    I guess the standard "snobby" "elitist" response you will get here is never buy a coffee machine from a company which also makes hair curlers.

    Ill add my voice to that chorus and advise that if your special someone appreciates a good espresso, buying such a machine will not do them a favour.

    Sorry, but that is the way it is.

    On the other hand, if he/she doesnt really mind the shortcomings, it will impress. After all, a real, $6-700 machine is probably over the top as a gift.

    -Robusto




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    Re: Newbie Needs Help Buying Breville

    Without having used either, Ive always been under the impression that if one is going to go down that road, the Sunbeams are a better buy than the Brevilles.

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    Re: Newbie Needs Help Buying Breville

    If they like their coffee and dont have a good grinder, you might want to buy them that. A good quality grinder is essential for any method of coffee preparation. Apparently the new Sunbeam grinder is supposed to be quite good, but a tried-and-true grinder is the Iberital Challenge.

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    Re: Newbie Needs Help Buying Breville

    I can give you a personal opinion, having had ESP6.
    For a coffee machine thats only a bit over $100 - its great!
    Really cant go wrong with it.
    Not very difficult to use, froth milk quite well (took a while though)
    And you probably can get better result than some coffee shop (definately better than McDonald anyway!!)
    It all depends on the quality of the beans.
    Buy a grinder if you can (a burr grinder like Delonghi KG100/Starbucks/Solis 166) - it will improve the quality quite significantly.
    It may not last very long if you really push it (the espresso machine that is)

    But if you really appreciate excellent quality espresso/cappucino - try avoid anything that says "crema enhancing" - it will give you the false impression that youre making a good cup.
    I realise this after trying a couple of different coffee beans but keeps getting similar result - acidic coffee.
    Never I got the cup that is similar to the review of the beans.
    Probably as indication, most machine that has thermoblock inside will use this crema enhancing unit (apart from the newest Sunbeam)

    I just recently upgrade to a single boiler machine without any of those crema enhancing unit, and boy, the quality jumps significantly.
    I can tell if the coffee is chocolatey, etc etc.
    Also I can froth milk A LOT quicker (around 30 seconds now, compared to probably more than 1 minute with the ESP6).

    You can probably read more here:
    http://www.coffeeco.com.au/articles/july2002.html

    In summary, again, for the price (ESP6 anyway), you cant go wrong if you really just want to spend around $150.

    Are you better saving the money and get Krupps/Gaggia/Saeco/Imat/Nemox?
    Maybe ... if you want to keep it for more than a couple of years - but youll be a better judge on that. Its your money anyway :)

    PS: crema enhancing unit = pressurised portafilter. have a look at this post http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1133488188, it has some good pointer as well

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    Re: Newbie Needs Help Buying Breville

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Thanks for all of your responses....I think Ill dip out and rethink the pressie! :) Cheers!



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