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Saeco Magic Cappuccino - Jin Yu's Review
Posted: July 15, 2004, 1:46pm
review rating: 4.7
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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
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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: 6.4
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: $249.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $61.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: ebay Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 2 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Solid Stepping Ladder in Espresso Addiction
Positive Product Points

Good coffee, reliable, durable, easy to use.

Negative Product Points

Leaks water from steaming spout when brewing.
Leaks water from grouphead when steaming.

Detailed Commentary

I'm a noob, and I find this to be a basically good espresso machine for the marketed price, and a great deal at us$60 used.

It took a while to adjust the grind and tamp to produce ideal shots.  The pump produces considerable pressure compared to my old Delonghi Bar14, so it requires a relatively fine grind...  tried to get away with a cheap grinder, but later found it necessary to get a burr grinder with adjustable setting.  I get considerable amount of crema compared to the Delonghi, but that may just be the pressurized portafilter.  I am thinking of buying a non-pressurized portafilter so I can better adjust my routine to get better espresso.

Only reason I wouldn't buy it again would be...  because of my growing espresso hobby (obsession?--do I really NEED to spend half a grand or more for a coffee machine?).  At any rate, I will probably want to upgrade to a Solis or Rancilio.

Buying Experience

Ebay, fulfilling my need to shop, gamble, and drink espresso.

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