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Saeco Royal Line - Prof. Tournesol's Review
Posted: March 30, 2000, 5:38pm
review rating: 5.3
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S. Barbour 9.00
M T 7.25
Steven Stewart-Sturges 7.00
Carlos Alvarez 6.00
Brian Pellerin 5.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Product Reviewed: Saeco Royal Digital
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $949.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: -- Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: coffee heaven
Positive Product Points

I think that this is the perfect home espresso machine and this is why:
no mess (integrated grinder and coffee pattie bin)
almost infinitely adjustable - even water temperature, volume
consistent coffee every time
coffee at the press of one button
good pressure means good crema (with fresh beans)
easy to clean and maintain
good dealer backup here in Melbourne

Negative Product Points

water tank a little small - only half of the volume is useable
takes a little knowledge to fine tune the initial setup although it seems pretty good out of the box
single boiler means a wait for steam
instructions a little 'telegramic'.

Detailed Commentary

I struggled with a manual espresso machine for 7 years. I could make an excellent cup, but never a consistent cup. I made a lot of mess using a seperate grinder. Buying an automatic machine seemed a 'sell out' at first as it took the 'human factor' out of it, but the skill is still there, it is needed to setup the machine and in understanding the effects of my changes. Each cup I make is now consistently good, and it is easier to appreciate the effect of fresher beans, different grinds, blends etc.
The machine hasn't missed a beat in over 3 years and is the most valuable appliance in our house. I reccommend it to everyone who just wants an excellent coffee every time. If you enjoy the tinkering and challenge required with a manual machine and grinder then it may not be as attractive, but, hey, I used to be like that too!
It cost about AUD$1200 and the price was the same everywhere but the deal varies - ie my machine came with 4 kilos of Cafe Molinari - an excellent commercial Italian coffee

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