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Saeco Classico - Dave LaFollette's Review
Posted: November 3, 2003, 7:10pm
review rating: 8.4
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Arrow The Saeco Classico has 30 Reviews
Arrow The Saeco Classico has been rated 8.36 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Steve Zlatev 8.50
Dave LaFollette 8.44
Mark Bounds 8.00
Mark Johnston 7.50
Mike Pass 7.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 10
Average Price: $250.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: eBay Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Braun
Bottom Line: I highly recommend the Classico as a first or second machine. It's the real thing.
Positive Product Points

This is an easy machine to use.
It is of very high quality, especially for a low priced machine.
It works great.
It heats up quickly.
It is made of metal, not plastic.
The brew screen is easily removed for cleaning.
Microfrothing is easy.

Negative Product Points

There is no auto refill on the boiler.
It comes with their pressurized portafilter.

Detailed Commentary

This is a machine of simple design and solid metal build. There is no auto refill, no timer, no gauge, just a simple espresso maker with indicator lights. It is a great machine to learn on and it will last a long time. The first thing that you will notice is that it is all metal instead of the plastic housing that you usually get in this price range. It comes with a pressurized portafilter, but for an extra $35.00 you can get a non-pressurized portafilter from Saeco and your machine becomes a poor man's Sylvia. One thing that you will find is that the Classico is exceptionally quick to heat up. This minimizes the fact that you can't leave this machine on a timer due to the lack of a boiler auto refill. Temperature surfing is not needed due to the rapid heat up. My Classico is the S/S model, but the black metal one is about $75.00 cheaper and is the same machine. The following is my procedure for making a cappuccino with the Classico.

                    Step One: Priming the Machine

  1. Put a mug under the steam wand and open the steam valve.
  2. Turn the machine on.
  3. Some steam and water will come out of the steam wand. Wait for it to stop.
  4. Turn on the hot water switch.
  5. When water starts coming out turn the hot water switch off.
  6. Some residual steam will come out. Wait for it to stop.

                       Step Two: Steaming The Milk

  1. Turn on the steam switch.  
  2. After steam has started, steam the milk.
  3. Wait for the residual steam to stop after steaming milk.
  4. Turn off the steam valve.
  5. Put the empty portafilter on the machine.
  6. Put a mug under the portafilter
  7. Turn on the hot water switch to refill the boiler.
  8. When water starts to come out turn off the hot water switch.
  9. Some residual steam will come out. Wait for it to stop.
  10. Remove the portafilter and dry it.

                             Making The Coffee

  1. Put two rounded scoops of beans into the grinder and grind.
  2. Fill the portafilter full and level off excess grounds.
  3. Very lightly tamp the coffee grounds.
  4. Secure the portafilter onto the machine.
  5. Place your mug(s) under the portafilter and turn on the brew switch.
  6. Once you have about two ounces of coffee brewed turn the brew switch off.
  7. Remove the portafilter and rinse it out.
  8. Put the portafilter back onto the machine.
  9. Turn on the brew switch and run hot water through the empty portafilter.
  10. During this, move the portafilter back and forth a bit in the machine.
  11. Turn the brew and power switches off.
  12. Dry the portafilter and set it on the drain tray.
  13. Build the cappuccino.

The entire procedure only takes a few minutes. I have owned my Classico for two and a half years and it has served me very well with no problems. I make two or three cappuccinos a day. I am now in the process of upgrading to the Isomac Venus, which operates the exact same way. The Classico is going to my cousin, who wants to get started in espresso making. It should serve him well for years, too. I highly recommend the Classico as a first or second espresso machine. It's the real deal. Oh, the most important thing, the cappuccinos taste great.

Buying Experience

The eBay seller was great. A smooth and easy transaction. You don't get a warranty through eBay sellers, though.

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