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.
|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.
|Case Material||Stainless Steel/Plastic|
|Boiler Material||Stainless Steel|
|Cup Clearance||3 inches|
|Reservoir Size||42 ounces|
|Steam Wand Type||Panarello Only|
|Available Portafilters||Pressurized and Non-Pressurized|
|Boiler Design||Single Boiler|
|Pod Friendly||Yes - without adaptation|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
|Auto Shut Off||No|
|Material||Metal and Plastic|
Submit a question directly to owners of this product and ask what they think about it!
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
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
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
...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
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
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,
Kim Jul 29, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92pIaIUWGSo Jul 22, 2013
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
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
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
Thanks! Dec 30, 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xbRzYVn58 Dec 30, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine
|What it Covers:||
Saeco espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders
|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
Great starter machineReview by Jon
Price Value Quality
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 runningReview by bobluhrs
Value Quality Price
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.
Ok...here 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 guts..no 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 portafilterReview by Decaf
Price Value Quality
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 machineReview by JeffB
Price Value Quality
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 machineReview by bob
Price Value Quality
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 priceReview by CHARLES
Price Value Quality
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.Review by Lee
Price Value Quality
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 machineReview by MLo
Price Value Quality
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 steamReview by James
Quality Price Value
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 MachineReview by Clint
Quality Price Value
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!Review by CC
Quality Price Value
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)