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Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL - cup is moving during the process

I just got this machine and I did a run with water only to see how it works.

I see tow problems:

1. The machine rattles and the cup is moving when dripping.
2. It does not drip equally through the 2 spouts of the filter holder. So if I want two cups, one will be full faster.

Is there a way to fix these or do I have to return the machine?

Thanks.


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Once you've got the tamp right: no more rattles! The perfect tamp also makes a better cup of espresso.
The single hole is not a cheapo, lazy manufacturing defect.  The Cafe Roma has a "double walled" basket which is to produce a thicker crema.  The single hole is designed to allow pressure to build up behind it thus forcing a jet effect in the basket, giving the the coffee its crema.  This, by the way, is why it is also a sloppy/wet puck rather than a dry one.
The thump during steaming just gives me something to dance to in the morning.  "When the saints go marching in" always seems to come to mind;  perfect timing.
I am very happy with my Cafe Roma.  Just took some practice.
Happy espresso to you,

Posted on Jan 18, 2009

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GET A NEW MACHINE. i just bought one used for $25. the previous owner said it had been sitting in his basement for over a year, and that he used it only maybe ten times (WHY, I WONDER?). it was not cleaned before being stored. let me preface my comments by stating that i have used a saeco-made starbucks barista machine for about 9 months now, and this one was supposed to be a backup. here are the things that i have issue with about this machine: 1) re: the thumping sound during steaming: the pump inside the machine is poorly mounted; it has a metal bar around it which, i believe (from examining the guts of the machine) has scarred an adjacent plastic piece from repeated impact, while causing the thumping sound everyone hears. one can feel the vibration on the outside of the machine by placing a finger or hand anywhere on it's surface. the cause: poor quality pump and poor manufacturing.
2) and in support of "poor manufacturing" theory: if you hold up the metal coffee filter basket to the light, you can easily see the hole. yes, coffee comes thru ONLY ONE HOLE in the filter basket. there are a score of other "holes" that you CANNOT see light thru-these are FALSE HOLES. comparing to an espresso maker that costs twice as much, every hole seen in the filter basket is in actuality a hole (light can be seen through each). clearly, the breville basket lacks a crucial/vital step in its finishing: the last step of drilling out each individual hole (instead of drilling only one).
to review: i spent $25 on this POS. how much did you spend? no wonder cust. service doesn't help!

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