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Saeco Espresso Machines (other) - Chris Beck's Review
Posted: February 17, 2001, 2:16pm
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Saeco Espresso Machines (other)
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Product Reviewed: Saeco Espresso Maestro
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: A great machine for someone on a budget or needs a second machine for the office.
Positive Product Points

Brass portafilter with NO crema enhancing gizmos.  Brass boiler, and the 41W Ulka pump, same as the Silvia!  Great steam for a small machine, and good temperature stability during the shot.

Negative Product Points

Small drip tray and small reservoir. Also tough to lock in portafilter due to the small size of the machine.

Also, the small boiler size will limit you to 2 to 2.2 oz. maximum shot size before the temperature takes a dive.

Detailed Commentary

I am amazed at this little machine.  My old Melitta thermoblock machine was frustrating me with my (so I thought) inability to froth milk decently.  Chris Schaefer was over at my house trying to get the Melitta to froth, to no avail.  Flabbergasted, he ran over to his house and brought this Saeco machine back.  I thought it was a joke, a steam toy.  Boy, was I wrong.

We filled it, fired it up, and let it warm up.  After bleeding a little water out of the boiler, we proceeded to froth up some of the best microfoam I have had.  Conclusion #1, thermoblock machines steam for crap.  OK, so I thought my Melitta pulled a pretty good shot, tho.  Wrong again.  Conclusion #2, the Melitta does nott have the pressure or thermal stability of the Saeco.

I had no beans ready that evening, so the next night, Chris came back with his Rocky and some beans.  We ground some up, using the same setting as his Silvia, and pulled the most amazing 25 sec. shot from this little machine.  It was delicious.  That fine of grind would have choked the Melitta solid.  Needless to say, my grinder is being retired and I am getting a Rocky. With a lesser grinder, you will not get anywhere near the quality of espresso it is capable of.  Seems funny to pair a $100 machine with a $200 grinder, but it is necessary.  Do not laugh,  you will get shots that are pretty close to what a Silvia will produce, but the Silvia will be most likely more consistent due to better thermal mass.
 

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