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Saeco Aroma - All - Michelle Rhoades's Review
Posted: June 13, 2008, 12:45pm
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Saeco Aroma Espresso - All
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Tim Cashin 9.00
Tom Stubbs 8.33
Brian S 7.25
Nick Romancer 6.50
Dave S. 6.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Product Reviewed: Aroma
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 9
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $219.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Costco.com Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: moka pots
Bottom Line: If you aren't a total purist or a coffee snob, buy it!
Positive Product Points

The thing is a little tank. I don't find it noisy--it purrs like a machine doing something. I expected much more noise based on other reviews. It is easy to use and provides good espresso with a nice heart if you use good coffee. Steam wand works, provides good milk foam. Water tank when filled will last a couple of days for me.

Negative Product Points

Yeah, it looks a little boxy, just like an old Volvo. A "tiny" bit of cleanup involved. Drain tray is flimsy.

Detailed Commentary

Look, for the 219.00 I paid, this is a great deal. Yeah, it's got some of that Seaco goo going on but it's easy to remove with a little running water over the sink (turn the disposal on!). I saw a you tube video of the goo and I thought the noise was going to be horrible when the  machine was on. Not so. It really isn't bad at all. Just sort of a loud purr. Certainly not a deal-killer. What might be for some is the foaming wand. It doesn't move much and that's annoying if you plan to make lots of steamed milk. I am in it for the espresso, so it's not a big deal to me. It works, you just have to be a little careful with it. The drain tray that the cups sit on is flimsy, I think. But again, not a deal-killer for me.

Coffee. That's what it's about. It's easy to use, the pressurized bit doesn't bother me as I am not a super-expert in this area. Pucks or no pucks, water temp and so on? I just want to turn it on, hit the button and get my espresso so I can get back to work or wake up. In terms of that this little machine is making me really happy (and it's cheaper than a flight to Paris, after all...though not as pretty, it's true). I don't have a grinder (I don't care THAT much about coffee nuances) and Lavazza espresso in the machine makes a better creama than Illy, as far as I can tell. Amazon has some deals on coffee too. I use the stuff in the black can. I'd buy an aroma again. Not sure at this point if I'd ever buy a more expensive model or different make.

Oh yeah--costco got it to me in about 5 days. This was well short of their quoted 10-15 day delivery estimate.  

In other words, for me this purchase worked out great. Good Luck!

Buying Experience

Awesome and I got a price much less than the $350.00 I've seen in some places.

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