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Saeco Magic Combi - Tom B.'s Review
Posted: July 20, 2000, 8:34pm
review rating: 6.0
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Saeco Magic Combi
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Arrow The Saeco Magic Combi has 4 Reviews
Arrow The Saeco Magic Combi has been rated 7.10 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Greg O'Keefe 10.00
Roger Placer 9.00
Tom B. 6.00
Axel 0.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: $400.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Decent inexpensive espresso/grinder combination.
Positive Product Points

A reliable workhorse. Has been relatively problem free. Pressurized filter makes it easy to produce decent crema espresso.

Negative Product Points

Cant maintain water temperature through the second shot. You have to stop and wait for it to heat up. Rubber gasket wore out after 1 year. They sent another and it was easy to replace.

Detailed Commentary

Paid about $320 for Magic Combi, which is the Magic (not the superautomatic, but the manual model) with an attached Saeco grinder. Both are probably good for beginners. Weve used this machine heavily for 2 1/2 years and probably made 6000 lattes or so. Im almost kind of hoping the machine dies so I can buy the next step up, but it keeps humming along. Occasionally I get really superb coffee out of it, but I cant make it consistently, which Im guessing is irregular water temperature. The best way to run this machine is to turn it on, prime it, make steam, then prime it again, THEN make espresso. It works better after the internal parts have had some time to really warm up. I kind of like the little panarello plastic frother attachment, though a lot of people hate them. I find it a LOT easier to get fine grained foam and the plastic tip only takes a second to rinse after each use.

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