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Saeco Incanto Sirius - Dave Clubine's Review
Posted: June 6, 2007, 3:07pm
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Cino Sweive 10.00
Lee Royle 9.14
M. Vaewhongs 8.00
Ilian Kamenoff 6.00
Norm Akashi 5.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 8
Average Price: $1,500.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $1,800.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: CreativeCookware Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Overall this is a very good machine, easy to use and produces a great cup of coffee.
Positive Product Points

- ease of use
- puts out a great cup of coffee
- removeable/cleanable brew group
- consistent product

Negative Product Points

- price is pretty high
- steam wand is tight to machine but useable
- manual is really sparse

Detailed Commentary

This is my first foray into any coffee machine beyond a drip type.  I researched a lot of them online but found very few locally to try.  And those that I did find were priced at about 75% above the price I'd pay online.  I gave a US$ price on the review but paid $1995 Cdn including shipping.  It was the best price I found in Canada and I couldn't buy from the U.S. for the $1500 price I see everywhere.  

It's pretty easy to use out of the box.  I ran some water through it first as is recommended.  The manual sucks.  It covers most topics & tells you what to do but with very little detail.  It also doesn't go into the "why" of some of the things you're doing.  Once I got it all unpacked & running I killed the first cup as it looked weak.  Every cup thereafter has been great.  I don't do espresso, mainly coffee americano and latte/capuccino.  It does a great job on these.  My wife was unsure to begin with but now she's come around to the ease of use & quality taste.  The frother wand sucks, I'd rather have it on a cord so I could swirl it in the cup but it gets the job done.  The frother attachment is overpriced at $99 but it allows you to suck a cup of milk through the unit and froth it out into another cup.  Works great if you're making a number of milk based drinks.  It's also great for hot chocolate.

I really like this machine.  The messages are informative & the solutions obvious.  There is some leakage as others have noted but it's never been an issue.  I've removed & cleaned the brew group a few times and it's very easy.  When I empty the dreg bin I dump the leaked water and give the brew group a rinse.  It takes a couple minutes at the most.  There are tons of things that you can do to modify the quality/taste of the coffee and I'm still experimenting.  No matter what I've tried I haven't produced a lousy cup of coffee so I'm happy.  I have nothing to compare with but I wouldn't hesitate to buy this machine again if the need arose.

Buying Experience

I got this machine online from Creative Cookware.  They're a Canadian outfit.  They shipped it immediately and the few followup questions I've had have been responded to very quickly.

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