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alan55
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 3:04pm
Subject: Digital Italia died- Not happy with Saeco Intelia
 

My 8 year old Starbucks Digital Italia died after over 5000 shots, as it was leaking water all over the counter. I replaced it with a Saeco Intelia and I'm not happy at all. My main complaints:
  - Uses too much water (rinse each time it starts up)
  - No cup warmer
  - No timer
  - Shots not as good as on Digital Italia.

I though the Intelia was similar in capabilities to my old machine, but my mistake in not being more thorough in my research, as I needed a new machine quickly.

I will be returning it to the store and I am entertaining suggestions for a replacement machine. The Intelia cost $1000 and am willing to spend up to $1500 or so.

Thanks for any advice.
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 5:10pm
Subject: Re: Digital Italia died- Not happy with Saeco Intelia
 

Really? A super-automatic?

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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 5:11pm
Subject: Re: Digital Italia died- Not happy with Saeco Intelia
 

OK, let's take it from the top . . .

Standard Questions:
1)  What kind of drinks do you like/want to make?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's capabilities.)
2)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself needing to make at ay one time? (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's ability to work continuously.)
3)  How many drinks, on average, do you see yourself making in any given week?  (This will tell us what you need in terms of a machine's durability.)
4)  Can you plumb a machine directly into the water supply, or do you want/need a pourover machine with its own reservoir?
5)  Do you have a 20-amp circuit available, or only a (standard) 15-amp circuit?
6)  What is your budget for a new machine?  Does that also include a grinder?  If not, what is your budget for a grinder?

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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 5:58pm
Subject: Re: Digital Italia died- Not happy with Saeco Intelia
 

Alan, do you know the different classifications of espresso machines available? Why they do, and don't do?
I suggest you read the following: "How to Buy an Espresso Machine"



By the way, check out espresso grinders. Understand that we here are not particularly enamored with Super Auto machines.
NO WAY can you get even close to the results of a $300 espresso grinder and $500 machine.

 
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