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Saeco Magic Deluxe - Richard Seay's Review
Posted: September 22, 2000, 5:10pm
review rating: 6.2
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Saeco Magic Deluxe
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Marc Gagne 8.00
Rod Whiteley 8.00
Chip Scardo 7.00
Jim Pellegrini 6.88
John Geddes 6.66

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 10.0
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 10
Average Price: $800.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Fast, outstanding espresso, good steam, and very easy cleanup.  Great choice if you like drinking espresso/cappucino more than making it.
Positive Product Points

-The Magic Deluxe does it all, from grinding, making the espresso, and dumping the puck, to providing great steam for the milk.  Id been making what I thought was a decent espresso for several years, but never came close to what this machine does every time.  
-Not having to clean up after every shot is too good to be true.  I clean the group head once or twice a week.  Other than that, it requires attention only every 15 shots or so (just a guess) for adding and dumping water, emptying the dump box, and adding beans.
-The removable group head for cleaning, and the bypass doser are great features.  
-It warms up very quickly due to the aluminum heat exchanger, just a couple of minutes.
-I didnt like frother attachments before, but the one that comes with this machine is very good.

Negative Product Points

-I would prefer less plastic.  It looks more impressive in pictures than "in person" due to this factor.  Most of what you see looking at the unit is plastic.  
-The large machine dominates the counter space.  But since we make around 20 shots a day, its an icon to our favorite beverage.  
-Some people might want more flexibility in the settings and might want to look at the Saeco Royal Digital (Ive never used the Digital myself, though).
-The cup warming tray is not effective.  We use hot water from the wand to pre-heat the cups.

Detailed Commentary

I had a Starbucks espresso machine for about 4 years, and when it died, I researched the net to determine what to do next.  I had never looked at the net for coffee information before, and never even knew there was such a thing as a super automatic.  After reading all the comments about needing a good grinder as well as a good espresso machine, and considering the amount that we make every day, the decision to move to a super automatic was a natural.  Another review criticizes the steam volume, but I think its fine.  

I struggled with the ratings, particularly the construction/workmanship and cost vs. value due to the amount of plastic.  However, it seems well constructed and Ive had no problems with it other than the dump box light sometimes coming on sooner than it should and being hard to get turned off.  Ill be interested in seeing how the plastic group head holds up.  Im counting on this machine to last for several years based on the cost.  Considering all the mentioned factors, I chose to give it 5s across the board.

If you like to make espresso, this may not be the machine for you.  Theres not a whole lot to tinker with, nor many decisions to make.  But if you like to drink excellent espresso without all the time consuming setup and clean up, this is a cant miss proposition, in my opinion.  Ive been so excited about it Ive even gotten into home roasting by buying an Alpenrost.  I paid around $700 for it from 1st-line.  See Click Here (www.1st-line.com)  They were very helpful in making my decision and the price is very good as well.  

I know youre wondering by now, but I have no connections or financial interest in either Saeco or 1st-line other than being a very happy customer.

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