Saeco 30511 Espresso Machine

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  • So space age even the Jetsons would be jealous

    May 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Coffee so good, you'd think you were at Starbucks!
    Cons: Goes through beans rather quickly

    Summary: When I got married two years ago, we received a variety of wedding presents. Everything from crockpots and bath towels to wine glasses and coasters. By far, my favorite gift that we got was the Seaco Vienna Espresso Machine. I think I had ... read more

  • Good machine for newbies like me

    Nov 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Does most of the work for you. Good features for the price.
    Cons: Noisy start up. Bean hopper is not removable. Steam wand hangs too low.

    Summary: I have had my machine for almost a year, and have been very pleased. With no Starbucks on the way to work, I needed a way to get my daily latte. With no experience in espresso making, I did a lot of web research before I purchased this unit (based on ... read more

  • Goodbye Starbucks

    Sep 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Price (compared to other superautomatics), convenience
    Cons: None so far

    Summary: First, I'd like to plug the site where I ordered the machine: wholelattelove.com. I was very impressed with the site quality. They have pro and consumer reviews, videos of different machines, feature comparisons, faqs, etc. Plus the selection of the ... read more

  • Ever Closer to Coffee Nirvana

    Nov 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Super easy cleaning, awesome brew, quiet, fully automatic
    Cons: Manual and video could use extra attention

    Summary: Previously my experience with coffee has led me through burr grinding and home roasting. I've always felt (and even more so now) that the only area in which my quest for the best brew was lacking was in the equipment. I was tired of buying new machines an ... read more

  • Makes good coffee but can be quirky.

    Aug 7, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Makes good coffee easily.
    Cons: Bean hopper not easily removable. Grinder gets clogged a lot and not easy to clean.

    Summary: We got one of these for our small office and although it makes great coffee easily, it has some drawbacks. One of the most serious is the inability to remove the coffee hopper to change the coffee. We would like to switch to decaf in the afternoon but ... read more

  • ESPRESSO READY TO GO

    Jul 24, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fresh aroma when the machine is being used. Easy digital display
    Cons: No cup warmer. Manual lack of instructions

    Summary: Last week I joined this community to write some reviews (and of course read a lot of them) about mac ... read more

  • Long wait for service

    May 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It's easy to use and makes a great tasting brew
    Cons: Have to release the pressure after frothing, difficult disassembly and cleaning, service takes 3-6 weeks

    Summary: I made about one cup per day on average and mine stopped working three months after purchasing it. Saeco comes highly recommended but in talking with other owners of this product (see Chip's review **)they were very disappointed with this particular ... read more

  • Great for professionals on the run who enjoy good Joe!

    Apr 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great for the busy adult who love a good cup of coffee!
    Cons: People say the price, but I say it's worth it!

    Summary: My husband and I bought the machine about 6-months ago after weeks of contemplation. We began out search for a good, easy to operate, low maintenance machine when I realized that between the two of us we were spending $170 at Starbucks in about ... read more

  • Very Disappointed

    Mar 22, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: No coffee grounds mess.
    Cons: Milk mess instead, and need to drain off over-pressure every time.

    Summary: Based on several very positive reviews of this machine here on epinions, I purchased this machine. I was very disappointed in it, and have now sent it back for a refund. I wanted to post a counter-point opinion here to keep others from being similarly ... read more

  • Won't go back to regular coffee maker!

    Mar 14, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to set up, machine notification (i.e. cleaning needed, 3 different coffee settings
    Cons: Bean hamper and water reservoir should be larger.

    Summary: This is my first espresso maker (actually bought it for my wife for Valentine's day) and we absolutely love it. A novice in making mochas, latte's and cappuccino's I quickly learned how to (or more accurately the machine does it automatically) make ... read more

  • Good machine for light users...

    Aug 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy, simple to use, begins with great coffee.
    Cons: Wear and tear are fast depending on the amount of use; leaks, clogs up.

    Summary: We purchased our machine 4 years ago and are officially putting it to rest today while awaiting our new machine to arrive(total different make). I did extensive internet research as to the best machine selling at that time. It was highly recommended ... read more

  • Why did I wait so long to get it!!

    Jul 12, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: best coffee, cup for cup
    Cons: no additional container for decaf or other coffee

    Summary: This coffee maker is it!. My brother-in-law in the Netherlands has the more expensive digital model. He got me hooked on this machine. Since the price was a little more than what I wanted to spent, I waited for a year to buy it. Do not do what I did!!! ... read more

  • Coffee Bar coffee at home!

    Jan 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome coffee, easy to use.
    Cons: None

    Summary: My husband is an espresso lover and spent lots of money per week buying his quadruple lattes at the local coffee bar. We purchased a cheap espresso machine at a department store, but were very disappointed in the quality of the coffee it produced and ... read more

  • A classy machine for seriously great coffee

    Dec 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fully automatic, great cup of coffee.
    Cons: Uses up beans rather quickly.

    Summary: My brother has a different model Saeco, and has been very happy with it. We got this model as a Christmas present for mom, and we are truly thrilled with it! Somehow, we found this model in silver, to match the industrial high-tech kitchen my ... read more

  • I'm having the coffee as I write this. UPDATED 11-02

    Nov 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Finally, good coffee. No grounds in the cup. No clean up.
    Cons: Costly. Plastic-look is not as impressive as the metal-clad units.

    Summary: I do not like hand grinding beans, putting them in the re-usable gold-tone filter, pouring in water, making average (if even that) coffee, dumping grounds, and cleaning the filter. And, the amount of water used to clear the filter makes me wonder if it ... read more

  • Capuccino at its best!

    Oct 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of use, quality of the espresso
    Cons: None

    Summary: After many days of searching the web for all available espresso machines, I finally decided on the Saeco Vienna Automatic. What I was looking for was a machine which could consistently deliver excellent espresso, was easy to use, required minimum ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Good Machine for the money

    Apr 9, 2004 by
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    Pros: Great for Dark coffee drinkers. Quick, easy, very affordable.
    Cons: Foaming milk is slow as the unit takes a while to heat up.

    Summary: I've had my machine for five years now and it gets HEAVY usage. In college I had four roomates we all used the machine constantly and it withstood the abuse. This is a great machine for high quality dark coffee drinkers. This is not the best machine if ... read more

  • Technological Advancement???Maybe for the Italians.

    Jan 6, 2004 by
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    Pros: Can make several cups one after another
    Cons: Noisy,Noisy,Noisy....average coffee, time consuming, laborious

    Summary: Noisy,Noisy,Noisy....average coffee.... time,time,time,,fine if you have 10+ minutes in the morning to make your first cappuccino. Nothing about this machine is automated.....well maybe the grinder. Then you have to wait for it to heat up to steam the ... read more

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