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Saeco Aroma - All - Nick Romancer's Review
Posted: July 19, 2009, 8:47am
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Saeco Aroma Espresso - All
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Arrow The Saeco Aroma - All has 26 Reviews
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 9.0
Product Reviewed: aroma
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 8
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $190.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: ebay Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: rancillio silvia
Bottom Line: What the heck have I been drinking all my life? I wont buy a coffee again.
Positive Product Points

probably the easiest machine to use
makes top notch coffee
least expensive machine worth buying

Negative Product Points

cant really think of anything worth saying

Detailed Commentary

Im so excited about this machine that i joined this site and gave up my lurker status.  Don't pass this machine over too quickly my coffee fiends.
My best friend and I are coffee nuts but with only experience with drip, french press, mokka pot and cafe coffee in Edmonton, i just put i like coffee in my description.   We decided to take the leap into espresso because we were not satisfied with our coffee from tasting the standards from abroad.  He ordered a Silvia with PID.  I ordered this based on ratings and ebay price so i could have some shots before work or workout.  My first shot I followed instructions from other reviews here and youtube instructionals.  I used my blade grinder and some Kirkland Espresso beans i had around that i was planning to throw out because they were terrible in my mokka pot.  
Dang!!!!!!! First shot was a nice espresso!  Id put it up against any shop in town.  It took several weeks of practice and many types of beans on my friends Silvia before he was making espresso as good as mine.  We  use the same beans and Gaggia grinder set at 5.  the blade grinder wasn't consistant  so a good burr grinder is a must in my opinion.
Maybe if my friends makes a better espresso with his Silvia, I'll get a naked portafilter and tamper and try to improve mine.  Until then, I'll just enjoy my new addiction.
The buyer must ask themselves do they just want quality coffees or do they want a new hobby?  This machine does the first, with a unpressurized portafilter, maybe both.

Buying Experience

Perfect Ebay experience.  Used BuyNow option.  Paid with Paypal.  Received by courier.  It was a refurbished unit.

Three Month Followup

im drinking 3 doubles or more a day. i need help

One Year Followup

nothing new.   my espresso's are still better than my friends, just a little and i dont think its just preference.   i dont  use the foamer so i cant comment on it.  this is the easiest way to make a great espresso.   but to make a good coffee you need a good bean and grinder before you have to decide in upgrading your machine from anything.   water matters too.

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