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Date: 22 Dec 2006 20:21:14
From: photogman
Subject: question re: Breville Espresso Machine - 800ESXL
I am interested in getting a machine that will make great coffee lattes and
chai tea lattes. I really don't need the super high caffeine in espresso,
but occasionally I would try it. The Breville 800ESXL sells for about $400.
The price is within my range as I want quality. Would this work well for
making the coffee lattes and chai tea lattes? Thanks a load for your help!






 
Date: 24 Dec 2006 05:33:58
From: daveb
Subject: Re: question re: Breville Espresso Machine - 800ESXL
ANY gaggia will do better than this machine for much less.

super-high caffiene?? not!

dave



 
Date: 23 Dec 2006 15:33:32
From: Danny
Subject: Re: question re: Breville Espresso Machine - 800ESXL
photogman wrote:
> I am interested in getting a machine that will make great coffee lattes and
> chai tea lattes. I really don't need the super high caffeine in espresso,
> but occasionally I would try it. The Breville 800ESXL sells for about $400.
> The price is within my range as I want quality. Would this work well for
> making the coffee lattes and chai tea lattes? Thanks a load for your help!
>
>

OK, the answer is really too complicated for one simple response, you
should search the archive (Google groups) for much advice. Briefly:

Espresso is the key ingredient in any espresso-based drink, of which
latte is one.

Espresso does not contain "super high caffeine". It can contain as
much as 30% less caffeine than tea or instant coffee. This is due to
the much shorter brewing time, the lower brewing temperature, and the
coffee itself, of which most quality blends contain lower robusta and
high arabica percentages. Arabica contains less caffeine than robusta.

Unless you are intending to purchase a superauto, you will need a
decent burr grinder.

The model you cite has a crema enhancing function. This is not
desireable for quality espresso based drinks.

Having said all that (briefly), if you want to drink milk drinks that
taste of coffee then you may be happy with this purchase. Personally,
I'd research further. If you really want a one-button solution, with
no grinder, I'd research the pod systems out there (some of which also
have tea pods).

--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)
http://www.malabargold.co.uk (UK/EU ordering for Malabar Gold blend)