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Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine

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Quick Overview

For those of you who want to be your own home barista but feel like you don't have the experience, the Saeco Poemia is your new best friend. A great learning machine, it is easy to use and forgiving of many rookie mistakes. With a pressurized portafilter, there is no need to perfectly tamp your espresso in order to pull a great shot. The panarello wand on makes milk frothing a breeze! You'll be making lattes for your friends in no time! The design is similar to higher end Saeco machines, stylish and affordable.
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For those of you who want to be your own home barista but feel like you don't have the experience, the Saeco Poemia is your new best friend. A great learning machine, it is easy to use and forgiving of many rookie mistakes. With a pressurized portafilter, there is no need to perfectly tamp your espresso in order to pull a great shot. The panarello wand on it makes milk frothing a breeze! You'll be making lattes for your friends in no time! The design is similar to higher end Saeco machines, stylish and affordable.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine

  • Easy to Make Espresso and Coffee: Fill the portafilter basket to level with finely ground espresso and twist onto the brew head. Depress the brew button to start brewing and then press again to stop. Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E) pod friendly for easy clean up and accessiblity.
  • Frothing Wand for Easy Foam: Simply place the frothing tip (panarello) into a milk pitcher and open the steaming knob to begin steaming milk. The specially designed wand will automatically froth the milk to the desired temperature and foaminess. The wand is mounted on a swivel for easy steaming access.
  • Saeco's Patented Aluminum Pressurized Portafilter Design: Typically a very fine grind of espresso (from an expensive grinder) and 30 pounds of tamp are required to achieve and ideal shot of espresso. The Poemia's heavy-duty pressurized portafilter does away with that concern by pressurizing the brewing chamber to improve extraction from almost any fineness of ground beans, promoting the perfect brewing conditions. A non-pressurized portafilter is also available for those that are into tamping their own grinds.
  • Powerful Pump For Consistent Shot Extraction: The Poemia boasts a powerful vibratory pump rated at 15 BAR of pressure, the same pump found on top of the line Saeco espresso machines to pull maximum flavor from the coffee beans.
  • Safe, Rapid Recovery Boiler: The Poemia has a large stainless steel, 950-watt quick recovery boiler. And the boiler also incorporates a thermal fuse to shut down the heating element should the machine run dry during operation.
  • Cup Warmer: Allows you to store your cups and glasses on top of the machine and it also pre-heats them to keep your brewed beverage toasty warm.
  • No Need to Tamp - There's no need to tamp with the Poemia Espresso Machine and a pressurized portafilter.
  • Removable Water Tank - The Poemia is easy to clean because of its removable water tank.
  • Mon Petit - Made of metal and plastic, this ultra compact design easily fits into most places.
  • Non Articulating Steam Wand - The design of the steam wand can make it difficult to fit larger milk frothing pitchers underneath.
  • Messy Portafilter - When using the pressurized portafilter, the puck will be a little messy after brewing.
Ease of Use 5
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

This little machine is in the same league as the Aroma and Venezia, but takes design cues from the Saeco Xelsis, featuring a compact metal and plastic casing. It inherited a panarello wand from its superautomatic cousins, making microfoam a breeze, however with mobility limited to left to right motions, larger frothing pitchers are difficult to maneuver.

Tips and Tricks

When you place your water tank back in your machine, make sure that you place the filter below the water line or else you'll find water leaking everywhere.

Model Number HD8325/01
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 8.25 inches
Depth 11 inches
Height 11.81 inches
Watts 1050W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 3 inches
Reservoir Size 42 ounces
Solenoid Valve No
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Single Boiler
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Metal and Plastic

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Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine
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Bruce B asked: my machine is finicky about how much coffee is in the portafilter. It will not accept pods in the filter. It is like there is not enough head room to allow the griping of the portafilter. I can not twist the portafilter on to the unit. any ideas for a fix? is the pressure plate in the machine adjustable, like, move it up in the machine further? Nov 27, 2013
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Richard S: I haven't used pods but the manual has detailed, although confusing, directions on using the coffee pod adapter. I think this is how you do it. First remove the regular filter basket from the filter holder. Then you must separate the two parts of the coffee pod adapter. One is a black plastic (you will notice it has notches on the rim so you can insert a spoon to pry it out) and the other is metal. After they are separated place the black plastic piece into the filter holder with the convex side, the one with the cross or x, facing up. Then place the metal part on top of that. then insert the pod, the manual warns to make sure the paper of the pod does not overhang the filter holder. Then insert the filter holder into the machine and follow the usual brewing procedure. Nov 27, 2013
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Viorel P: The pods need some practice. First the black rubber cup in the portafilter,
then the shallower metal cup pressed down firmly ( both on the top compartment under the lid ). I wet the pod before placing on top. Should work after a few tries. In what the amount of regular coffee: using the plastic measure / spoon might give you a better idea. Sounds like you are filling it too much.
Nov 27, 2013
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Yi-Chian T: Mine have same problem, but put less coffee in can twist the portafilter on to the unit. Nov 27, 2013
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Chris M asked: How do you know when coffee brewing is complete? -newbie Jul 20, 2013
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Ryan P: The machine doesn't stop automatically so it's up to you to decide how long you want to go. I think that's how most semi-automatic machines are. The instructions do have some guidelines on what the "optimal" shot is but ultimately, I think it's a matter of taste. Personally, I like this feature because it allows me to adjust the strength of my shot. (Plus I wanted a more authentic experience for when I'm playing barista in my kitchen :-P )

Only other advice/info I can give you is to read up. There's a plethora of material out there (the SCG site included) that will give you guidance on what constitutes as the best amount/time for a shot of espresso.

I've only had the machine for a short time so I can't be detailed but so far it's been a great little machine!
Aug 6, 2013
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Dean M: The goal I go for ( if using double shot basket) is 2 oz in 30 sec of extraction time. If you are using the pressurized portafilter provided ( I purchased the non-pressurizer one to have more control) you cannot control the tamping pressure but you control the grind. If 2 oz is taking less than 30 sec then I would use a finer grind, if longer than 30 sec to get 2 oz of espresso then coarser grind. Have to play with it, different beans will act differently with the same grind setting. Hope this helps. Have fun! Aug 16, 2013
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Alan S: What I do is use a shot glass that I've marked at 2oz. When the coffee (not the creama) hits the mark, I turn it off. Seems to work for me. Aug 22, 2013
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Dabney B: This machine does not have an automatic shut-off. You must turn it off when you feel brewing is complete. Since it only takes 20-25 seconds to brew a good cup this is no problem. Brewing time will depend on grind of coffee. Watch and turn off when you have nice crema on top. This will take a little practice and may change with different beans. Takes about 20 seconds for me. One tip: if you want coffee nice and hot, turn the knob to steam (with steam valve closed) rather than to center position to preheat. That will preheat the water to a higher temperature. Then just turn it to the cup setting to drawn the shots. Works great. Aug 22, 2013
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Michael B: You have to determine how much volume you want to brew. Some people will brew longer to create an americano, some will brew only a shot or two of espresso. The machine doesn't have a timer, it will brew water through the grounds for as long as you have it set to brew. It is up to you to determine how much water to run through the grounds to achieve the strength of coffee you desire. Sep 2, 2013
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Lynne H: I think there's an optimum measurement in your instruction booklet -- 1 1/2 oz. comes to mind but you'll want to check that to be sure.

I just watch the thickness of the expresso coming out and decide what strength I like it. It also helps to use the same cup or expresso shot glass each time to easily duplicate your last cup.
Aug 21, 2013
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Stephanie J: I read somewhere that pressurized portafilters brew faster than non-pressurized and the poemia has the pressurized. Generally, a non-pressurized brews in around 25 seconds and the pressurized takes about 20 seconds. So always count to 20 seconds from the moment coffee starts coming out of the portafilter. Hope this helps! Aug 21, 2013
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CYNTHIA C: If you are not using a little esspresso cup or shot glass, you need to watch the liquid as it pours into your cup and notice the color starts rich and chocalatey, then turns pale, almost white, at which point it is done. This happens rather quickly, only putting about an inch of coffee in a latte sized cup. Aug 22, 2013
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Chris M: All great suggestions, tips, and feedback! Thank you. We are loving this affordable machine, playing with the various aspects is also part of the fun I guess. Will try the shot glass/line method to fine tune, and order non-pressurized ports filter soon to try. Aug 28, 2013
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Paul S: When you turn it off before it overflows the cup! Lol Aug 21, 2013
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Tristan I asked: I'm having two related /maybe unrelated issues with this machine [which has been fine for the few weeks I've had it until now].
1) the mesh basket that sits in the pressurized portafilter will not sit flush within the portafilter, riding up a few mm and unable to be pressed down properly. Water will drip out over ; and
2) a few times lately the portafilter has actually detached whilst brewing a shot, spilling coffee everywhere. I think this is related to pressure build up and problem #1; the portafilter will actually loosen during the shot and then unlock itself to fall out. Happens even if I try holding it.

I have tightened the portafilter into the machine as much as possible but it still seems 'loose', have cleaned up in the machine where it attaches, and ensure that no coffee grains are sitting on the edges of the portafilter.

Any advice how to fix this? I'm not beyond buying a new non-pressurized size portafilter if someone can give me the measurements.
Jul 27, 2014
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Kim Long: Hi Tristan -

I also experienced an adjustment period with my Poemia regarding the mesh basket and the portafilter. Here’s what I found;

Make sure you’ve pushed the mesh basket completely into the portafilter. I rarely remove the basket now except for an occasional cleaning. I make sure to rinse my portafilter/bakset after each use without disassembling it.

I have also found that when loading espresso into the mesh basket it’s important to use fine espresso grind, put in a scoop, tamp it down but be careful not to compact it too much, add a second scoop and tamp it again. Each time be careful not to compact it too much. I like a double shot each time I brew :)

When attaching the portafilter be sure you’ve tightened it to the right as far as it will go. I crank mine to the middle and then again to the right. Each time my machine makes a slight ‘hissing’ sound that actually sounds like it’s creating a pressure seal of some kind. To be honest, my machine didn't do this at first. Not sure why. But, that's how I know it's set now. I listen for that sound.

Tristan, I can’t say if any of this will be helpful in your case, but I can tell you that once I figured out a few of the nuances of the machine it now works perfectly fine for me.

Wishing you all the best with your new machine.

Kind regards and happy brewing,

Jul 29, 2014
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Ryan P: I haven't had this problem with my machine but knowing the way the filter attaches here's a couple suggestions:

1.) The retaining spring that holds the filter basket may be misaligned. I had mine pop out once and it could cause the basket to sit funny.

2.) I have noticed that the locking edges that protrude from the sides of the portafilter wear down. I have to slide the filter handle over much farther to lock it in than when I first used the machine. It could be that yours are finally worn out which would probably mean your best course of action is a new portafilter.

Hope you're able to get it figured out. Espresso is best in a cup not all over your counter :-/
Aug 2, 2014
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CHARLES L: How tight is the portafilter when you lock it in? I max out the tightness; I need to hold the machine with my other hand.

I'm been using the bigger mesh basket and 15 grams of beans. I've been making two to three shots a day; almost every day since I've had the unit.

If you're maxing out the tightness, then something is wrong with the unit, IMHO. Is the screen on the unit itself screwed in? That's all I can think of.
Jul 30, 2014
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fernando g: My basket sits about 2 mm above when fully seated. Never had the problem you described. I might suggest brewing a shot with half the basket filled and see if it brews okay. It sounds like what could happen if you have too much coffee and try to make a shot. I make 1 shot using a basket filled only 2 thirds of the way filled and never had an issue. Good luck. Jul 29, 2014
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Michael B: That is definitely not normal. It is probably defective. I will say that the first few times i used mine, it was extremely tight and difficult to seat it properly and water leaked out the sides until i was able to get it to seat properly. Jul 29, 2014
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Juan R: You're better off just getting the non-pressurized portafilter and getting a good espresso grinder to go with it. You will see a whole world of difference, as long as you take the time to learn how to use it properly. Jul 30, 2014
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Tristan I: I may well if it unlocks a few more times - haven't had a chance to try it due to early work.
Do you know the measurements for a non-pressurized filter that will fit?

Thanks. Jul 31, 2014
Norma O: I do not have an answer since we have not been able to lock the portafilter either. Am wondering if this might be a problem with this machine Jul 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is it possible to get a nice milk froth for a latte with this machine (wet paint texture?) My understanding of the panarello wand is you can't really use a specific technique for frothing. I have tried many different ways to froth my milk with the wand but I can't seem to nail it. Will I get better with practice or am I limited with this machine? Can I change de wand for a "traditionnal" one and get better results? Any tips or ticks? Thanks! Nov 20, 2013
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GARY H: I think that you are limited with the panarello in that what you get is what you get, and there isn't much you can do about it. My milk froth turns out pretty much like Gail's in the Poemia video on the SCG site. I think that one thing you can do is try milk with different fat contents. I do seem to get better (thicker) foam with lower fat milk, but that seems to be the only variable from my experience with the Poemia. The nice thing about the Poemia is that it does seem to be fool proof, and I'm quite happy with mine. Nov 21, 2013
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Suzana R: While I mainly use my machine for making espressos, I have made a few cappuccinos since purchasing in late August, and my froth/foam was perfect based on expectations. I use the wand the way I used to on commercial machines 25 years ago
...first I steam/heat the milk about 1/3 to 1/2 through, and then keep the end of the steam spout just at the top of the milk surface and subtly move it up and down at the surface level (you will hear the difference as it moves into and above the surface of the milk) until the milk is heated and the froth/foam is to my liking. I can generally get 1-2 inches of dense foam to add to my cappuccino(s). Of course, the heavier the % of milk, the denser the foam. And, believe it is important to express the initial water from the wand before steaming.
Tried and true method for me that continues to work over the years and on this machine.
Good Luck!
Nov 21, 2013
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fernando g: Hi. Good question. At first I was not getting the froth I wanted and then a light bulb went off for me. Heat the milk for 30 seconds in the microwave first and then froth it and I got a much better result. Not sure if it is wet paint but it froths much faster and seems better to me. Otherwise you are fighting trying to heat cold milk and it just wont get hot enough. Try it and good luck. Nov 21, 2013
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Clint H: I'm not convinced this a traditional panarello wand. I don't see any holes up top for air intake. That said, it can make the "paint" froth, but since it has such a small boiler it does take practice. Make sure you have a thermometer to practice with for what temp to "stretch" for the foam and when to dunk to heat. I steam 3.5 oz to 80•F then dunk. Nov 21, 2013
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Olivia P: I have a difficult time frothing the milk as well. Nov 21, 2013
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A shopper asked: how big is the portafilter (in mm, please)? and has anyone tried to use a separately purchased portafilter like a bottomless one with it? Jul 21, 2013
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Teri KStaff: This machines uses a 53mm portafilter, but be sure to get one that is specific for your machine, as size and tabs will vary based on manufacturer and machine. We have tested the non-pressurized and bottomless portafilters with the Poemia and found great results, but you do need a good quality grinder in the $200-300 range for this upgrade, as well as a 53mm tamper. Check out the video below!
Jul 22, 2013
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Paul S: 53 mm, according to the online information readily available. Have only used the pressurized portafilter supplied. Makes a great cup of espresso, with amazing, almost too much, crema. Vertical sides of the basket make dumping the used grounds very difficult sometimes. Jul 23, 2013
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Lee S: It's 53mm. I use a Rattleware tamper with it, which is perfect. Really would like to try a bottomless with it, but have not, due to cost. $60 for a handle? That seems steep to me. Jul 22, 2013
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Rick W: I'm not an expert but, the machine has not disappointed me in any way. You do go through coffee pretty fast because it is so easy to use. Jul 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have tried to make cappuccino but find that the coffee is cold. I tend to turn the coffee machine off in between usages. Could that be the reason? Sep 1, 2013
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On the Mark: If you don't want to wait 20 minutes (sorry, Teri K, that's a long time) what most people do is get the unit to operating temperature (a few short minutes - an indicator will tell you when it's ready) and pull an empty shot.

That's right, no coffee in the portafilter. The hot water will heat up the portafilter and brew head. Now you can take off the portafilter add coffee and pull a shot. You only have to do this for the first pull. Personally, I don't think it's a good idea to leave the unit on all the time, and I'm not going to wait around 20 minutes :)

This is standard operating procedure for machines at this level - I'm a little concerned of the advice given here by the staff :(
Oct 26, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Hey Mark,

Sure, you can heat up the machine a bit quicker by running water through the portafilter, but as long as you've primed the machine to ensure there is water in your boiler, it is perfectly safe to leave the Poemia on to heat for 20 minutes. While we do not recommend leaving this style of machine on all the time, this longer heat up time guarantees that the metal in the brew head and portafilter is hot throughout. That being said, yes, many folks will hurry along their procedure by preheating the portafilter with hot water before they add ground coffee. Hope this helps clarify! Oct 28, 2013
Teri KStaff: Turning of the machine in between uses on the Saeco Poemia could be a cause for cold coffee. While the boiler heats up very quickly, if the external components like the portafilter and the brew head are cold then it will cool down your shot while its being pulled. Typically we recommend letting the Poemia heat up for about 20 minutes so that the portafilter and brew head are able to heat up as well so they won't cool down your coffee. Sep 1, 2013
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A shopper asked: I recently bought the HD8325 and when fitting the pressurized filter holder into the brewing unit, I have followed the instructions "Turn the filter holder from left to right until it locks into place. Release the pressurized filter holder grip.
The handle will slightly turn to the left." (Figures 13 & 14 in the manual)
After fitting, the filter holder still remains at an angle to the brewing unit and it does not seem possible to align the same perpendicular to the unit as shown in photographs. Is this normal ?
I am afraid to push too hard for fear of breaking something !
Mar 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, it is completely normal for the portafilter of the Poemia or any espresso machine to end up in various positions due to the brew head gasket, and it will not necessarily end up straight from the center of the unit. Over time the rubber gasket will wear, and the portafilter may end up in a different alignment, but this is still completely normal. You will want to simply tighten the portafilter firmly enough that you don't have any leaking. Hope this helps! Mar 12, 2014
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Brennan B asked: Ok so does this steam milk? Feb 15, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, the Poemia has a panarello wand for frothing/steaming milk. Feb 17, 2014
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Daniel L asked: If I have the portafilter full with coffee grounds, how much espresso should I extract into my shot glasses? Feb 4, 2014
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Teri KStaff: If you use the shallower single shot basket with your Poemia, then you will extract one ounce. For the deeper double basket, you will extract two ounces of espresso. Feb 4, 2014
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A shopper asked: Had the machine for about a week. Today i noticed that the espresso that comes out of the machine is more like a filter coffee rather than an espresso. Also i noticed water leaking out of the machine in the back although water tank was firmly in place according to instructions. Any idea what could be wrong? Shouls i ship it back?

Dec 30, 2013
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Teri KStaff: If the espresso is coming out weak from your Poemia, you may need a finer grind or more coffee in the portafilter. Also, you should only be extracting 2 ounces of liquid for your double shot. I have pasted a video link below for dialing in the grind on a pressurized portafilter machine below to help you get better flavor. As far as the water, there could be a leak in either the machine itself or your tank, but no, leaking is not a general problem for the Poemia. You may want to give Saeco a call directly at 800-933-7876.
Dec 30, 2013
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BeeKay asked: Is there any difference in quality/materials between the black model and the silver one? I have seen the black one offered for less and cannot figure out why. Oct 29, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The materials that the two Poemias are made of are different, as the black version is plastic, and the silver version is stainless steel (though some components are still plastic, like the drip tray). Nov 1, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine

What it Covers:

Saeco espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Saeco
Warranty Contact Information: 800-933-7876
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Espresso machines only).
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Wash all removable components with soap and water on a regular basis. (Many are not dishwasher safe.)
  • Remove and clean the panarello wand weekly.
  • Clean brew head with group head brush weekly.

User Manuals for your Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine

Videos Featuring the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine

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Great starter machine

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Paid for a refurbished $75 and it has been working for 3 weeks straight pulling 4-6 cups a day so it's already paid for itself.

Grinder: I use a Kyocera manual burr grinder (medieval I know but I did not want to invest in a grinder pricier than what I paid for my espresso machine). I have since reconsidered after 3 weeks of grumpy morning manual labor and may pack the manual away to use with my trusty ol' Blialetti during camping trips.

Beans: Gevalia beans...for a boxed brand I sure get tons of crema from them, I can't wait to try local brewers.

First Impression: Featherweight! When I first pulled it out the box it felt very cheap and light. Portafilter is 85% plastic and I was ready to look up the return policy. However upon closer it wasn't bad at all, good rubber gasket on the froth wand, porta filter was secure and real tight, water basket and everything fit into place nicely. They skimped out but not on important parts.

Shots quality: AWESOME. The amount of crema you get is outstanding. This is my first personal unit but my ex-roommate had a fancy Breville so I'm no stranger to a decent shot. I read tamping is not required for this unit but I still give it a good push due to old habits and I usually get over 3mm of crema (off of a boxed bean shot!)

Froth quality: This is where the quality loses the point. Froths are decent but if you're looking to learn latte art look away. Does the job but microfilm is lacking and you do end up with microfilm along with wallops of foam. There are also times where I had to wait for the boiler to refill before I could get my milk hot enough. Not a major flaw but waiting another 3 minutes to get my morning joe-fix really gets me extra grumpy, especially after manual grinding and froth swirling the whole time.

Conclusion :At the end of the day I really am satisfied with the quality of the coffee this featherweight pulls and I'm glad I jumped on the steal. You might not be drinking latte while enjoying a foamy heart or leaf but it's really all about the coffee and this underdog sure is below it's weight class.

(Posted on 3/25/14)

machine needs tlc and ingenuity to keep running

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I bought the black plastic cased model for around 99 bucks.

This machine is powerful, if light and kind of awkward to handle. The plastic tray parts do fit, but they tend to slide around a little. Not a major issue.

The pump delivers crema, lots of that. In mine the seals are good, no leaks even under the high pressures. goes...after a year, one day I removed the portafilter and on top of the grounds found a metal disk with holes in it. This is supposed to stay in the machine, not come off in the grounds. It appears to have snapped its moorings, as there is a screw up underneath where the portafilter inserts, that appears to be meant to hold it. But the screw is extremely tight and I cannot remove it to investigate. What seems to happen is metal fatigue wore the center of this disk out and it fell down. I think the disk is just a shield to keep grounds out of the seal area where the water comes down? Anyway, I now make a small piece of filter paper disc, place it over the grounds and drop this disk onto it, then put the portafilter in place. So far, so good. The disk may not be centering itself when seated, but the filter paper, I hope, will keep most grounds out of the seal area. Grounds in the seal means leaks, so I don't know how well this will continue to work. Most people would throw the machine out if this happened, I know, but I am willing to work with something imperfect.

Look, for the price you aren't going to get everything, but in this machine the guts seem the same as on the better models, and you can't make up for bad how. I drive an older Saturn. Many of the parts inside, like the wiper motor assembly, by Bosch Germany, are quite good. So for 3k, the car is a steal if you count the internal quality and don't give a rip about window dressing. Reminds me of this machine. I fix minor things if I can, and enjoy a better performance from better guts, which this machine seems to have.

(Posted on 1/26/14)

Hard to fit a portafilter

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First try and milk did not foam well. It was hard to fit a portafilter into a machine, harder than in Aroma or Barista.

(Posted on 8/27/13)

Very happy with this machine

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This is my first espresso machine. I bought a certified refurbished stainless steel model, and I really couldn't be happier.

After watching Gail and Kat's videos with comparisons and demonstrations, I was already very comfortable with the ins and outs of how to operate it, and was able to quickly start making excellent shots.

I'm not a sophisticated coffee connoisseur, however I know now why I almost never drank coffee at home. I'll just say that I will soon be donating my Mr. Coffee to Goodwill.

I can honestly say that the drinks I am making at home with this little guy are about as good as going to my local coffee bar. I am now typically buying locally roasted beans and grinding them with my magic bullet (I know...) though I will upgrade to a real burr grinder some day.

I use a few techniques that have enhanced my shots:

- I tamp/polish the grounds, using the included tamper/scoop, like you would with a non-pressurized portafilter
- I also do a pre-infusion: switch to brew for about 5-7 seconds, just before the coffee is released. Then switch it to the vertical "off" position, wait 5-7 seconds, then switch to brew and pull the 2 oz shot.

This increases the extraction time and also increases the amount of crema, making an excellent shot.

I'm pretty happy with the panerello steam wand too. It seems designed for an "all purpose" application, makes good micro foam, but usually with some larger foam on top, so you pretty much always get both. If I'm doing a caffe crema or macchiato I just scoop off the large foam before pouring into the shot.

It really is a great machine with a nice price.

(Posted on 8/25/13)

good machine

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small, powerful pump, works well with the add-on non-pressurized portafilter. I have not tried with the pressurized one yet, they usually fail quickly, so why bother.

It is a bit slow to heat up the water for shot-making, it seemed to me compared with others, but maybe just because it wasn't primed when I started it up. I finally read directions, and now know how to reprime if it loses water. Overall, solved a problem.

The good is the pump and the seal has backup seals, complex ridges to assure a water tight fit. It is unlikely to blow out until it is near completely gone. And they sell new ones that look reasonably easy to replace, though I'd recommend you bring machine in and have them slip the new one in when you need it.

The bad: the plastic cover on top has no hinges and its fit is truly fiddly and uncertain. It is spit in the wind to put back in place. But it's all very minor when you consider the quality of the shots, pretty much good as any around. Upgrade your grinder before you upgrade this machine. I use a Mazzer major I bought cheap on ebay and rebuilt with new teeth and some chute mods on it. I upgraded from a Briel 400 machine I found for 25 at goodwill years ago, but its gasket was faulty design, so finally I had to get something else. This is doing the job. Thanks for the help at the shop, you earned my loyalty! Bob

(Posted on 8/17/13)

Great unit for its price

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Produces very acceptable shots with good crema.
What I use daily:
Water: Diamond Distilled (Mountain Valley's spring water that is steam distilled.)
Beans: Allegro's "Bel Canto" organic
Grinder: Baratza Maestro Plus, internally recalibrated by adjusting the set screw to "finest" grind and then externally set to maximum fineness "0". Maxed out the unit.
Procedure: I measure 16.0 grams of grounds into the double basket. I need to tamp halfway through since the grounds would overflow the basket. I am getting all 16.0 grams in the basket. My final tamp is with a lot of pressure; probably more than 30 pounds. This is my attempt to slow the brewing process.
The first double shot pours in 16 seconds. Then, I wait for the boiler to reach brewing temperature again, and then I pour a second double shot for 12 seconds. This gets me a pretty good quad cup. This stretches the grounds somewhat when comparing the first and second double shots on their own, but the second shot is surprisingly not sour. This probably only holds for my choice of beans, grind, water, and tamp pressure.
( I do have the non-pressurized portafilter, but I will need a new grinder it pours through too quickly. )

(Posted on 6/10/13)

You get what you pay for, but read on.

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First, this is a great machine for the price. I replaced a several-years-old Lello Ariete machine that died. Same price range, but the Saeco is much quieter. There are a bunch of minor negatives, but again, you get what you pay for. In my case, I opted to put money into a grinder instead, and bought a Baratza Preciso from SCG to pair with this. What they say about a grinder making all the difference is true. Also note that I roast my own beans. I believe that the grinder+beans combo for me means this machine can't go very much wrong.

The negatives are all minor. The portafilter is lighter and cheaper than, say, the Starbucks I saw recently that was obviously brass. The machine weighs nothing, so it requires two hands to lock in the filter or remove it. It is going to cost me $60 to buy a simple bottomless portafilter at some point. Steam is anemic, but I don't use it so it wasn't an issue. And there's a weird metal-to-metal feel to locking the filter in place. But it doesn't leak and ultimately makes a great shot.

Positives: it's inexpensive and gets the job done if you have good beans and a good grind. It has a small footprint, and it looks good.

This was my first order from Seattle Coffee Gear and I'm very happy with the service.

(Posted on 5/7/13)

Wonderful home machine

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The Saeco Poemia is a wonderful home espresso machine. I purchased it a few weeks ago as a starter machine for myself and I can already tell I will not be needing to upgrade for a very long time. The espresso shots pulled are rich and flavorful and the panarello wand produces great foam as well as heats the milk in less than a minute. This little espresso machine is wonderful and for the price you can't beat it.

(Posted on 4/17/13)

good espresso, better with real portafilter, inconsistent steam

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I've had my poemia for several months now and am generally pretty happy with it. I found that the pressurized portafilter made acceptable espresso, but it really started to shine when I got the bottomless portafilter and upgraded to a baratza preciso grinder. Now it makes excellent espresso. It really is true what they say about having a quality grinder.

The steam unfortunately is not nearly as consistent. I've found that the first blast of steam is super wet and the second is usually pretty weak. After that, its a crap shoot of whether it will be powerful enough for proper steaming. On a good day I can get excellent foam sufficient enough to make some rudimentary art. Most days, however, I can only get a little bit of OK foam.

I've tried cleaning the machine and I did not notice a significant improvement in its ability to steam.

(Posted on 4/8/13)

Great Espresso Machine

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After 6 years of service of my previous machine (Capresso steam driven) this was my choice as a replacement. Although the pressurized portafilters are a no brainer for making espresso, I wasn't thrilled with the flavor. So I order the bottomless portafilter from SCG. The difference is night and day. True, it is much more difficult to get a consistent shot, but the flavor is much better. I am also using a 53 mm RattleWare tamper.

It's not noted but the coffee scoop doubles a tamper. It's obviously made to be used as such. I did find that the grind should be the consistency of drip if using the pressurized portafilter.

I agree with SGC's review of the machine so I won't bother to repeat it.

My only complaint with the machine is that it will not keep the brew and steam temperature while pulling a shot or steaming milk. I've found that I can steam 5oz of milk ok and then run 2oz of water through the brew group and let the machine come back up to temp. Sometimes the shot will finish before the temp light goes out, sometimes not.

Overall, I am very happy with the machine and happy with ordering from SCG

(Posted on 3/25/13)

Excellent choice!

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Even though there is some involvement with preparing a cup of coffee, the result is worth the extra few minutes, compared to just a cup of drip coffee. I do not use this machine every day, but often enough to remain well versed in the process. For an inexpensive machine, the coffee rivals what I get at the coffee shop.

(Posted on 3/19/13)

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