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Saeco Magic Cappuccino - Guthrie Collins's Review
Posted: March 25, 2002, 8:39pm
review rating: 6.3
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Saeco Magic Cappuccino
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Arrow The Saeco Magic Cappuccino has 6 Reviews
Arrow The Saeco Magic Cappuccino has been rated 7.00 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Bill Adams 7.00
Douglas Engel 6.50
Brett Boyds 6.40
Guthrie Collins 6.25
Edgar Carbaat 5.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.6
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Second hand Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 6 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Reasonable entry level machine for the price.
Positive Product Points

The best points about this machine is its relative ease of use and the short time that the boiler takes to warm up.

Negative Product Points

The worst point about this machine is that it includes a pressurized portafiller.  This feature inhibits the ability of the machine to produce a good quality espresso.

Detailed Commentary

I believe that this machine provides reasonable value for money.  It cannot compare to higher end machines (Silvia etc), but with some small modifications it can produce reasonable coffee.  After a month of frustration, I decided to disasseble the portafiller and remove the pressurizing device.  It was then much easier to see the results of changing the grind, tamp pressure etc.  If fresh beans are used, they are ground fairly fine and tamped hard into the basket, and the cups are prewarmed, a good espresso can be produced with reasonable consistancy.
I dont know if it is just my machine, but all of the screws in the portafiller and group head are very soft and easy to round when you try to disassemble and clean the machine.
I find the steaming wand adequate (if a little short) for the small number of milk drinks i need to make.  It has a plastic attachment which must be used as the metal wand is too short to be useful.

Buying Experience

I would recommend the product to anyone who couldn't afford a higher priced machine.

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