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Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

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Regular Price: $279.20

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Regular Price: $279.20

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Quick Overview

The Saeco Aroma is a compact and durable espresso machine that makes brewing your favorite espresso, cappuccino or latte beverage a snap. With the Aroma Espresso Machine, you have the option to use already ground espresso or E.S.E compatible pods using the included special adapter. The Aroma's pressurized portafilter makes it one of the best performing home espresso machines we have tested. Place this cool and compact espresso maker just about anywhere in your kitchen or coffee space.
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The Saeco Aroma is a compact and durable espresso machine that makes brewing your favorite espresso, cappuccino or latte beverage a snap. With the Aroma Espresso Machine, you have the option to use pre-ground espresso or E.S.E compatible pods using the included special adapter. The Aroma's pressurized portafilter makes it one of the best performing home espresso machines we have tested. Place this cool and compact espresso maker just about anywhere in your kitchen or coffee prep space.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

  • Easy to Make Espresso and Coffee: Fill the portafilter basket to level with finely ground espresso and place onto the brew head. Depress the brew button to start brewing and then press again to stop.
  • 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 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 Aroma'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 upgrade is also available for those that are into tamping their own.
  • Large 88 oz Water Tank: You can brew a number of espressos and then refill the reservoir right where it's at (by removing the top lid). The water tank can also be easily removed for cleaning or to refill at the sink.
  • Powerful Pump For Consistent Shot Extraction: The Aroma 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 Aroma 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.
Pros
  • No Need to Tamp - There's no need to tamp with the Aroma Espresso Machine.
  • Removable Water Tank - The Aroma is easy to clean because of its removable water tank.
  • Compact Design - An all-metal, compact design easily fits into most places.
Cons
  • Steam Wand and Cup Clearance - The steam wand swivels nicely, but because of the machine's compact design, it can be difficult to get large frothing pitchers under the wand easily.
  • Messy Portafilter - When using the pressurized portafilter, the coffee will be a little messy after brewing.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

It's smaller than the Saeco Via Venezia, therefore it's great for those with limited space. It has a sizable water reservoir, but limited steam wand mobility, making it difficult to froth milk with larger pitchers.

Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9 inches
Depth 11 inches
Height 12 inches
Watts 950 watts
Volts 120 volts
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 2.125 inches
Boiler Volume 5 oz
Reservoir Size 85 oz
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute
Warm Up: Steam Time 40 seconds
Boiler Design Single Boiler
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Stainless Steel

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Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine
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A shopper asked: 2 quick questions, please:

1. Which descaler do you recommend for use with the Aroma?
2. I have seen friends remove the grate from their drip trays so that they can use cups instead of shot glasses (different machines, not Saeco Aroma) -- anyone here try that with their Aroma's?

Any help and advice would be appreciated.
Feb 6, 2013
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Greg C: 1. I don't need to descale yet but I will use the SCG recommended product.
2. You can try removing the tray but the cup will have to be rather skinny to fit because of the size of the drip tray itself. The issue is the distance between the metal part that houses the drip tray and the handle of the portafilter. It's less than 2 inches. I checked out the Saeco Via Venezia which uses the same internals as the Aroma. Its a few dollars more but the quality is much better and the clearance is greater.
Feb 13, 2013
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Nathan S: I have not yet had my new machine long enough to descale it. For the cup question, unless you have some very narrow cups, taking the grate off the drip tray will not likely help since the drip tray is fairly narrow front to back. I just happen to have some coffee cups that came with our Pfaltzgraf table sets we got for our wedding 16 years ago that are low and wide and just fit under the filter. Works well so I don't have to use a separate shot glass. Feb 21, 2013
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Roy S: 1. No opinion about a descaler. We do not have hard water so no hard buildup on coffee makers.

2. We use 2 different sized cups, one a coffee cup and one a demitasse that are both 2 1/2" high. They fit perfectly on the tray and slide in without having to be tipped. We also have shot glasses to use if we want to make Americano.
Feb 14, 2013
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Peter D: Hi,

1. Our machine is pretty new (2-3 months), so we have not used a descaler yet.

2. It is doable with a smaller coffee mug. Due to both height and width space restriction, a large coffee mugs fits fine if you remove the grate. A tea cup fits fine even without removing the grate.
Feb 13, 2013
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Rita P: I can't recommend descaler yet. I've used Durgol, which I purchased at a local store, and it worked but was expensive. I am going to try the Urnez descaler next time.

Re: removing the drip tray. I only make espresso so don't need to do that but a standard 12 oz. mug will fit.
Feb 13, 2013
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Rebekah P: 1. Durgol is what I use, but I am sure Dezcal works too.
2. Depends on the circumference of your cup. The tray is 7.5 in by 3.5 in. My latte mugs wouldn't fit, but my normal coffee cups would.
Feb 11, 2013
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roxanne c: Answer to #2. The drip tray is 3.25 inches wide so a cup less wide would fit. I just use a small glass pitcher and know by eyeing it when to stop. Cups might be harder to eye..... Feb 17, 2013
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Joe W: 2. I do this all the time. Just the grate, not the drip tray. The bodum assam 6 oz double wall cups fit perfect. The 8oz pavinas probably work too, but I can't be certain. Feb 13, 2013
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Kathy L: 1-I have not used descaler yet - so I would like a recommendation as well.

2 - yes, the drip tray will accommodate a standard mug if you remove the drip tray
Feb 19, 2013
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Donald L: 2 I have removed the grate to accommodate cups and it works well. Put a piece of paper towel in the bottom to catch the drips Feb 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: I need help to achieve the right grind for the pressurized filter, so that the taste is low acid and not overly bitter. I also need help with getting a stiff foam for my capps.

This is my situation: I want to use organic coffee beans from my small local coffee roaster. I have one of those small hand coffee grinders and at the moment cannot afford a burr grinder. It is a hit or miss with the grind that I can achieve.

A few questions:
1/ Is it better to get the beans ground at the place where I buy the beans? If so what is the best way to store them.. fridge, freezer, cupboard. I buy it in 1 lb quantities, and go thru a 1/2 lb a month (just myself).

Or do i just play around with the grinder that I have (perhaps next year I'll invest in a burr grinder).

2/ I am used to the regular wand for making foam. I am finding that the foam with this model, isn't stiff enough.
I keep the stainless steel canister & milk in a very cold fridge. I try to keep the wand at the top of the milk to foam; after that I place it deeper to heat the milk.

What can I do to get stiffer foam, y'know the kind with the nice peaks?

I loved getting this Saeco as a Xmas present... now I am trying to make the best espresso and capps that I can with pressurized filter.

Any help and hints would be much appreciated.
THanks in advance.
Jan 10, 2013
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Joe W: A couple suggestions:

I would suggest buying in 1/2lb quantities if at all possible. If not, I think SCG did a youtube video on freezing versus airtight.

I would get it ground for espresso at the grocer. With the pressurized portafilter, how truly fresh or precisely ground doesn't seem to matter as much, especially if it's being used in capps.

I can tell you ALL about stiffer foam, because I've been getting the opposite of you while looking for creamier, less stiff foam. :)

Put the wand into the milk as deep as it will go without covering the airhole. As the milk rises, keep pulling the milk down so the hole at the top of the pannarello isn't covered. You'll want to play with how strong a flow of steam you use to get the firmness you want.

Saeco offers an aftermarket automatic steamer attachment thingie with a tube into the milk jug, which may work better if your goal is just some serious foam. There's an old model and a new model (which is just like the one that comes with some of the superautos). I don't think SCG sells either though, or they're out of stock. :(

Hope this helps!
Jan 11, 2013
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Nina O: Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated! Will follow your hints,

cheers,

nina Jan 15, 2013
Greg C: I also tried going to a local roaster and getting their special beans ground 1/2 lb at a time. I was disappointed that even though I asked for espresso grind, the grinder they used was similar to the one in Costco that allows for you to grind it yourself. The grind seemed inconsistent and coarser than the brick packs I can get in the local supermarket here. The first shots I made were so aromatic and had bold flavor. Subsequent shots have not been as good. So fresh ground even though you don't have a top quality would trump using preground.
The panarello wand on the Aroma is notorious for making "mega" foam as it sucks so much air. SCG sells a stainless steel replacement panarello wand that really is a wand from some other brand that fits just fine. I didn't get the replacement yet so in the meantime I froth a small amount of milk probably 4 oz and have the steam knob adjusted to let just enough steam so I hear the chirping. It's a slow process but the foam is much finer and the milk really gets up to temp better that way.
Jan 14, 2013
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Nina O: thanks Greg, I'll look into the stainless steel panarello wand - i believe it is on back order at the moment. But in the meantime I'll follow your example of frothing. Jan 17, 2013
Roy A: I have a Seco Aroma and bought the non presserised portafilter to go with it, I also own two diferent $200. grinders. Grind fresh and look for a even fresh grind, keep your beans at room temp. Great espresso, I think I will have one now! Jan 11, 2013
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Michelle D: 1. I buy whole beans in small quantities (1/2 lb.) from a local coffee roaster and grind them right before I brew. I store the beans in the cupboard in a glass (dark) jar. I do have a burr grinder ( by Bodum) but I still find it hit and miss sometimes with the taste.

2. I have not used the wand yet as I have only been making shots of espresso.

Good luck!
Jan 26, 2013
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John S: I use a burr grinder and accept the foam the way it comes, sorry I know this is no help Jan 11, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is there a trick to removing the basket from the Portafilter? We just received our new Aroma today (it's like CHRISTMAS came early) and noticed the fit is rather snug. In watching the video, Gail seems to struggle a bit with the basket, but it comes out without too much effort. Ours seems much more tightly set into the Portafilter. Thanks in advance for any help!! :) Dec 5, 2012
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Teri KStaff: Yes, the baskets for all machines, including this Saeco Aroma, are snug at first, and will loosen up a bit over time. They are meant to be tight so that the basket stays put and does not become stuck to the brewhead. We offer a great little tool that makes removal much easier, and it can be found at the link below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/pallo-caffeine-wrench
Dec 6, 2012
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lawrencd L asked: Is the drip tray easily removed and cleaned? This doesn't seem to be addressed in the specs.
Thanks, Larry
Jan 12, 2013
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Greg C: Yes. It is very easily lifted out. The drip tray is made of hard plastic and the grate is stainless steel. The Aroma comes with a hard plastic knock box with a little block of wood. Both are easily cleaned. However, the plastic isn't the most durable kinda and I am not sure how long either might last. Also, the clearance of the portafilter doesn't allow for a regular cup to fit on the drip tray. You will need to get espresso shot glass sized containers. Jan 14, 2013
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Adrian R: Hi Lawrence,

The drip tray is very easy to remove and clean.
There is a black plastic box with a metal grate. Just pull the box strait up, pull the grate off and wash.

I'm not sure if they are dishwasher safe so I just wash them by hand.

Hope this helps!

Adrian
Jan 14, 2013
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Carla C: Yes, the drip tray is easily removable. The machine works great all around. The worst part (and as been noted on the Seattle Coffee Gear website), is that the frothing wand is too low. We solved this with a piece of wood cut to size and finished. It looks and works just great. Jan 14, 2013
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Daniel S O: The drip tray (and grate) pull out for easy cleaning once you swing the assembled steam wand to the front. It removes without swinging the wand forward, if the nozzle has been removed for routine cleaning. The tolerances are such that the tray and grate are an easy drop-in fit. Jan 14, 2013
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Carol W: Hi,
Purchased Espresso Machine as a gift and it hasn't been used yet.
Looking at it the drip tray is easy to remove, there are finger notches on both side of the machine so the tray comes right out, hopefully making clean quite easy.

Enjoy!
Jan 14, 2013
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Bradford P: Larry,

Yes the drip tray can be removed from the machine. You have to move the panarello out of the way, but then the tray lifts up out of the base. The grid and plastic basin can also be separated for cleaning.

-Brad
Jan 14, 2013
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Joshua B: Hi Larry,
The drip tray does come out very easy. All you need to do is ensure the steam wand is moved out of the way.
Cleaning of the tray is very easy.
Sorry it took so long to answer your question.
Joshua
Jan 19, 2013
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Christian B: Yes, the drip tray can be easily removed and cleaned. The only annoying thing about the machine is the low height of the frothing wand, as others have already posted. Apart from that, I'm really happy with the machine. Jan 14, 2013
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Christine D: Yes, the drip tray comes out easily and can be cleaned. When you return the grate on top to the box, just be careful because one side is straight edged and the other is curved to match the box. Jan 14, 2013
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Dale H: Very easy. I use it with the cover off as the cup i have is too tall to use with the tray in. I put a paper towel in the bottom to catch any drips. Easy to take out the plastic tray and clean Jan 14, 2013
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Nathan S: Yes, you just have to swing the steam wand out and it lifts right out. Very easy to clean. I only need to clean it every week or so and I use the machine every day at least 3 cups. Jan 14, 2013
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Suzanne A: super easy and simple. just lift out, metal tray comes off of plastic drawer beneath and rinse both. i havent had any issues Jan 15, 2013
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Roy S: Yes. You just need to swing the steamer nozzle forward out of the way, and the drip tray and grill lift right out. Jan 14, 2013
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Brian C: The drip tray is easy to remove and clean. However, I am not sure if the parts are dishwasher safe. Jan 17, 2013
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roxanne c: Very easy to remove tray and clean. The top to the tray is easy to remove from body too Jan 14, 2013
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Kathy L: Yes, the drip tray is easily removed and cleaned.

I love my Aroma!
Jan 14, 2013
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Rita P: Yes it is. It lifts out easily and comes apart for easy cleaning. Jan 14, 2013
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Timothy M: Yes, the drip tray is easily removed and very easy to clean Jan 15, 2013
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Emilie T: Yes. It is easily removable and cleaning is quite simple. Jan 17, 2013
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Jennifer L: Yes, the tray and holder are easily removed for cleaning. Jan 15, 2013
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Donald L: The drip tray is very easy to remove and clean Jan 14, 2013
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Jolly R: Oh yes! Really easy. Jan 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: I am considering buying a saeco aroma espresso machine. I noticed that the water tank is clear. Has anyone had problems with algae growing in the tank ? How often do you have to clean it ? Jun 19, 2014
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Greg C: Algae will grow anywhere you have stagnant water, and it will develop in this and any tank as well if you leave water in them for days without use. The tank is removable and easy to clean. The tube however, is a different thing. If algae starts growing in it, there is no way to clean it besides pulling down the machine.
It's a nice sized machine, but you are limited to the tiny espresso cups, or cups of similar height, because the clearance under portafilter does not allow for anything taller.
The pressurized portafilter gives "artificial" crema which is really thick but that does nothing for the flavor of the coffee itself. So be prepared to swap out the portafilter and invest in a grinder and tamper.
The panarello frother leaves a lot to be desired for microfoam - more like megafoam. It takes a lot of patience to slowly froth the milk to get some some half decent foam going.
Jun 19, 2014
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Nathan S: I have had my machine for about 9 years and have never seen algae. I use my machine daily for at least 3 shots and I only have to refill the tank every couple weeks or so, but I only make espresso, never using the steam wand. The clear tank makes it easy to keep an eye on the water level. I suppose if you never use it and leave it where it gets direct sunlight, it could grow something, but if you are not going to use it several times a week, just don't buy it. Go to Starbucks instead. Jun 20, 2014
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Susan T: In answer to your question about clean tank water. I wash my water tank and refill it at least once a week. I make espresso daily for my self and my friends and I like fresh water. Water that is fresh from the tap actually has more oxygen and chlorine in it than water that has been sitting. That is why older water tastes flat. If you use fresh water, your coffee will taste better. Just use common sense. Jun 20, 2014
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Suzanne A: I have had the machine since 2012. I rinse out the tank only every so often, but mostly just keep refilling it when it gets about 1/2 or 2/3 low. I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ALGAE OR CLOUDY WATER. I am very, very satisfied with this machine. Jun 19, 2014
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Roy S: I've never cleaned the tank, just used the water and replaced it when empty. The machine sits on a kitchen counter where light is ample, but algae have not been a problem. Jun 19, 2014
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Deborah L: We have never had an issue with algae but we use bottled water. We also use our machine several times a day so water doesn't have time to obtain any impurities. Jun 19, 2014
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Dale C: I've owned this excellent machine for nearly two years. Algae has never been a problem in the tank. But then, the water in mine doesn't sit there very long. Jun 19, 2014
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Kathy L: I have had absolutely no problems with the water tank or machine at all in 2 years of daily use. I descale the machine a bit less than recommended. Jun 19, 2014
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Shideh M: It depends how often you will be using it. I use it twice a day and so far I have not seen any algae, I should say I do use filter water. Jun 21, 2014
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JUAN M R: No algae whatsoever, never cleaned it either and wife is a neat freak. Always use distilled water though, I think that helps overall. Jun 19, 2014
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Ananda N: No... i haven't had any problems with algae. But I also don't have it in direct sunlight. Jun 19, 2014
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Donald L: I have three machines and have had no problems. Rin se the tanks and use fresh h2 o Jun 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: I just got my aroma yesterday and I've pulled three sets if shots and all three times the left shot glass fills twice as fast as the right. I am using espresso ground beans, but I am not tamping since it is the presurized portafilter. What am I doing wrong? Mar 30, 2014
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Timothy M: Two things it may be, I had to play with the grind a little and be sure even if you are not tamping, that you don't fill the coffee holder too high.
I grind my espresso between the espresso setting and the cone drip filter.
When ever I fill the coffee holder too high it does not flow the same.
I also have found that it does not make a stronger coffee if you fill it more. The secret , which I'm sure you know is to have very fresh beans.
I hope this helps. We love our espresso machine! Brewing 8-10 shots a day since we have owned it and never have had a problem.
Apr 4, 2014
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Nathan S: I have always brewed both sides of the filter into the same cup, so this has never been a problem for me. I have noticed that one side or the other lets out more than the other sometimes, but I never use less than 2 shots in any drink I make. I usually tamp the grounds very lightly just so I know that I am getting the right amount in there, but I exert pressure with only fingers and not my whole arm like you need with other machines Apr 5, 2014
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Burton L: Sorry, I'm not an expert on this issue. I always put the coffee in one cup. So, I never had that problem. But, I use a tamper. I suggest you take out the filter and clean the mechanism. And, use a tamper. There are videos on youtube that show how to pull the perfect shot.

BTW, I find the taste of the coffee amazing.

Enjoy,
Burton
Mar 31, 2014
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Liliam R: Sometimes I have the same problem. This is my second Aroma the old one did the same. I never use the two cups approach, I have one container to receive the coffee and then transfer to the cups. The aroma makes excellent coffee. If your machine does not make good coffee you should return it.
Good luck!
Mar 31, 2014
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Michael: I don't think you are doing anything wrong. If it is brand new the portafilter is not assembled correctly. If it were old that would mean it is clogged. I would contact for a replacement. Note that they won't be completely even but 2x as fast is not right. Mar 31, 2014
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Kathy L: When this has happened to me it generally is because I filled the portafilter too full with ground espresso.

If that does not resolve the problem for me, I generally descale.
Apr 5, 2014
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peter s: I would make sure the grounds are fine enough and evenly distributed in the portafilter regardless of whether or not it is presurized Apr 5, 2014
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Shawn K: You are not doing anything wrong. I have owned my Saeco for over ten years and it always fills faster on the one side. Apr 2, 2014
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Rita P: The only thing I do differently is tamp (not too hard) the ground coffee. I also grind fine. It seems to work for me. Apr 4, 2014
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Steve H: I have always found that to be the case with cheaper espresso machines. Instead of shot glasses, I use a 4 oz carafe. Mar 31, 2014
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Allen C: I haven't had that problem but i do gently tamp it that way I make sure that the coffee is in there evenly. Mar 31, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does the water or coffee come in contact with ANY plastic or aluminum. What are the materials that touch the coffee, water and milk? Thanks. Jun 4, 2014
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Craig S: The water is held in a plastic storage tank. You can refresh the water every time you use the machine so that you are not using water has been sitting in plastic for a long time. The boiler is stainless steel and you can buy the stainless steel portofino to replace the plastic one that comes standard with the machine. Jun 23, 2014
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Craig S: I meant to say "buy the stainless steel Panarello" not portofino. Jun 23, 2014
Barbara W: I'm not the best person to answer that because I use pods. Since they are packed in paper the coffee grinds don't come in contact with any metal or plastic. The water reservoir is plastic. The espresso pours through plastic unless the portafilter is lined with metal of some sort.
Hope that helps.
Jun 4, 2014
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Allen C: you would have to check with the manufactor for more exact answers. this is what I know. The water is held in a hard plastic container and the coffee goes into a metal porta filter. The milk can be frothed in any container you want to use. Jun 4, 2014
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Sudhir R: The water receptacle is plastic. The steam wand thats used to froth the milk has a plastic sleeve. Ground coffee is placed in the portafilter which is all stainless steel, so coffee doesnt come into contact with either plastic or aluminum. Jun 5, 2014
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Sally S: The water is contained in a plastic water tank and then flows through the brew head. The specs indicate that the boiler material is stainless steel and the portafilter is encased in plastic, but the actual filter is stainless steel. Jun 4, 2014
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Shawn K: The water is stored in a plastic container in the back of the machine, and the water flows from the storage tank to the espresso through a plastic tube. Also, the espresso touches stainless steel. Jun 4, 2014
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Steve H: The water tank is plastic. The frother is plastic. There may or may not be aluminum in the brewhead, how would I know? You will have to ask the mfr if you need more details. Jun 4, 2014
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Rick C: The water container is plastic, the foaming wand is plastic, and the outer part of the pressure filter is plastic. Don't know about aluminum parts. Jun 4, 2014
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Terrie B: Plastic: pump in the tank and the water tank
Coffee and milk stanless steel
Jun 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: I can't decide between the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine and the Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine. I am planning to buy one of these but they seem very comparable. Any suggestions on which is the better machine all around? Jan 31, 2013
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Janelle S: Hi - I purchased the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine (Black) in November 2012. I have been very happy with my purchase.

I think one thing that helped my decision between the two is the location of the steam wand. On the Via Venezia, the wand is on the left. I am right handed and the espresso machine I owned before the Aroma had the wand on the right. Also, I don't have a lot of choice of where to put my machine and if I had purchased a machine with the steam wand on the left, it would have been impossible to use.

Price made a difference - the Aroma was cheaper and I got a good deal on it.

It looks like the main difference between the two machines is the layout of the buttons. I don't like that the power button on the Aroma is located on the side of the machine and I sometimes forget to turn it off.

I also watched a LOT of informational videos. They're super helpful. If you get the Aroma, make sure to also get the stainless steel steaming wand. The foam is MUCH better.

Hope this helps -
Feb 10, 2013
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Greg C: I saw the venezia and remembered that they were comparable and so I went for the Aroma. Knowing what I do now, I would have sprung for the Via Venezia because its just a much better quality machine and the finish is much more refined. Its a great no frills, slightly smaller, work horse, but the low cup clearance is a huge inconvenience. Feb 13, 2013
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_Luc_: BUT, if I may, the water basket is much, much more easier to get out of the Aroma than the Venezia. To get it out from the Venezia, you'll have to get the front tray out, the tubes going to the pump, the portafilter. It is very messy. With the Aroma, it simply slides behind the machine. Much more convenient. Apr 9, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Aroma and Via Venezia machines are the same machine internally, with the differences being best shown in the video at the link below. The Aroma is offered at a lower price point, but has a shorter cup clearance under the portafilter, and the steam arm just swivels back and forth. The Via Venezia allows for a taller cup under the portafilter, has a tray for storage that can be removed for an even taller cup, and the steam arm is on a ball joint, so it is much easier to fit a frothing pitcher under the arm. Check out this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCwoGlgfGWI
Jan 31, 2013
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Cher W: I bought the Aroma about 2 months ago. I am very happy with it. I like the small size machine for my counter. I usually only make one espresso at a time so the water reservoir is more than I need. The only advantage I can see for the Via Venezia is the articulating arm on the frothing wand. It is difficult to get the frothing container under the arm on the Aroma unless you set the machine on a raised surface like a butcher block. If you watch both of the videos, you can see the difference in the frothing wands. Hope this is helpful. Feb 10, 2013
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Damon M: Hi, I like that I can help other customers... This is cool.
Anyways, the only difference we saw was the size of the water storage (bigger for via venezia) and the fact that the steamer arm articulates out so it's easier to get a mug or pitched under.

Made about 100 espressos with the aroma already and not cared about articulating arms and we only fill the water ever 3 days. Was worth the savings to us!
Jan 31, 2013
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Jean-Yves P: I don't really know about Vienna, but the Aroma is winning every comparative tests I have seen at TV & consumer guide magazines. I own one since 2001 and I would by it again anytime! Cheers! Feb 10, 2013
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John S: Sorry, cannot compare as I have never ever seen the Via Venezia. Only fault I have with mine is that there is only barely enough space beneath the outlet to admit very small cup. Feb 11, 2013
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B W: Where are they manufactured? Jun 21, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Both the Saeco Aroma and Saeco Via Venezia are made in Romania. Jun 21, 2014
Dan A asked: My wife and I enjoy double-caps.

Is the processing time on this unit fast enough to produce 2 back-to-back double shots plus froth such that we can enjoy our double-caps simultaneously, or will my wife be finished with her drink while mine is till being pulled?
May 12, 2012
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Martha S: Honestly, it will depend on how fast you can pull them, and how quickly she drinks hers (assuming she gets hers first). My wife likes to drink hers hot, and I like to clean up before I enjoy mine so she has usually finished before I take my first sip.

If you wanted to enjoy them together, and were willing to put cleanup off until after you've both enjoyed your beverages, then I would say it *is* possible if you were willing to invest in a second portafilter, shot pitcher and frothing pitcher. With both portafilters staged and ready to go, as well as the two frothing pitchers, you should be able to get two done in about the same time, with the difference being the time it takes to foam the second pitcher of milk - about a minute or two.

I usually pull two dead shots to preheat our cups and get the gear up to temp. After that, you can pull your espresso shots back to back with very little wait between and keep the shots hot atop the machine. Then, after switching modes for frothing, another brief (10-15 sec) wait and you can froth two pitchers back to back.

It's a great little machine for the price. If i'd had a bigger budget I would have moved up to the Rancilio Silvia, but you'd have to spend much, much more for a multi-station unit to truly produce two simultaneously (and unless you're wife's going to foam the milk, that part of the process will be performed by you sequentially anyway).

Good luck!
May 14, 2012
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La' Akea S: I think the processing time is fast enough for you to enjoy your drinks together. It takes a minute or two for the machine to reset to pull another shot. That give you enough time to put new grounds and tamp and it's ready to go.

I found that after a couple of years of regular use, the pressure seems to be reduced. I spoke to an Espresso supplier in Seattle and they suggested weekly or more cleaning of the machine using a backflush technique. This helps a lot. The machine is easy to clean and use.
May 14, 2012
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Carin G: It does pull shots quickly. Id say about 10-15 seconds. The frothing however takes a bit of time maybe 1 minute and unfortunately its not like a professional machine, the milk starts bubbling up so you create more foam than just steamed milk. Id say thats the only negative because sometimes the milk will overflow from all the bubbles so you need to make sure you steam it in a big enough cup. May 14, 2012
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Jerry K: I make two double shot lattes every morning. I pour the two (four shots) first and put the shots in two mugs and then foam the milk for both. Takes about 3 miniutes for the whole task. Longest time is waiting for the foamer/steamer to heat up after you draw the shots, but that is the same time whether doing one or two. Once you get used tio the machine, it is pretty simple and quick. May 14, 2012
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Dominic D: To make 2 double espressos back to back you will have a lag time between each of approx a minute. So, your coffees are done, now you make the froth for both as the third step. This is a great machine for the price, do not expect the same capabilities as machines that cost thousands. Hope this helps. May 14, 2012
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Giovanna F: I have made up to 4 espressos very quickly, but do not often use the frother. For double capps I would froth the milk first. I love the machine! May 14, 2012
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Karen D: Hi Dan. Reheat time is short- under a minute. By the time you've dumped the grounds and repacked fresh ones, it should be ready to go. May 14, 2012
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Joan M: Yes, my husband and I make two lattes by running two shots first and then frothing the milk. May 14, 2012
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Rolando M: i like the espresso machine very much. May 15, 2012
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A shopper asked: I saw from the video that this creates ALOT of foam when you steam milk. Any chance I can tap over the air intake hole in the panarello to reduce this foam? Feb 10, 2013
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Vassily B: Based on my experience with this machine, the real problem is that after you're done with the milk, there isn't enough pressure left for the coffee, so it might take a lot of time to get the usual two espresso shots. I tried brewing coffee first and then steaming the milk, and it's worked (at least, it's worked for me) -- the coffee is pouring faster and it tastes better (and the puck in the portafilter basket is almost as dry as it's supposed to be), and the milk doesn't get that much foam any more. Feb 13, 2013
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Daniel S O: I drop the steaming wand into the milk far enough that the air intake slots are immersed in the milk when I've gotten the amount of foam that I want. This stops the air from entering the wand, which causes foam production to stop. They show this in the video for the Saeco Aroma, so you can look to that for visual clarification. I think that the amount of foam produced is a non-issue. You can control it very simply with this technique. Feb 13, 2013
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Greg C: The taping the panarello doesn't work. You can get okay foam if you cut down on the amount of milk you use and slow down the process by using less steam as well. That way the milk gets heated properly and the bubbles are finer Feb 13, 2013
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Patrick C: I would confirm that a lot of foam is generated but I haven't found that a problem myself so haven't tried to do anything about it. Sorry I can't be of more help. Feb 14, 2013
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Michael M: I wouldn't recommend it. The steam might cause the tape to contaminate the milk. Try varying the depth of the wand in the milk pitcher. Feb 14, 2013
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Dale H: I push the wand all the way to the bottom of the frothing pitcher and keep it there. It keeps the foam to a minimum. Feb 13, 2013
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Mac M: If you don't want foam, just warm milk in the microwave. No foam! Feb 14, 2013
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matheus c: Yes Feb 13, 2013
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Dan A asked: I'm the individual that asked about the turn-around time for double-caps and wanted to thank those that answered -- greatly appreciated!

I also have a follow-up question regarding pre-ground coffee (not ready to deal with a grinder purchase quite yet): If anyone here has experience, will this unit function well with Levazza and Illy style pre-ground espresso, or will the machine choke on it? -- I'm aware that some machines in this price range just can't tolerate too fine of a grind, but haven't been able to find info on this unit.

Thanks again!
May 14, 2012
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Jiri M: Dan, my wife uses pre-ground (store bought) fine espresso, the machine does fine with it. I use a (relatively inexpensive) hand crank burr grinder (Camano coffee mill - makes for a nice morning ritual), can grind it as fine as it gets (although I don't do it - too much work) and get a fine shot of espresso. A friend of mine does use Lavazza, I never had anything less than a great coffee from him (his machine is the reason I bought ours). We have this for about 18 months, the only way I have ever screwed up was to use very fine grind and pack it in. The coffee still comes out great tasting but it takes forever, one drop at a time (and ends up cold at the end - we're talking 10 - 15 minutes). So - don't do it, fill it with coffee, leave it somewhat loose, don't pound it in, that's all the magic.
Hope this helped. Jiri.
May 14, 2012
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Patricia S: Most times, I use the grinder machine in the store to grind my beans. I set the dial to the "expresso" or "turkish" setting - very fine - with no problems. I have also used the Illy italian pre-ground that comes in the red/silver (?) can - Very Fine ground. No problems - actually may be better than the rougher. I bought my machne Sept 2010. May 14, 2012
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Linda K: I have not used the pre-ground espresso. However, I would highly recommend getting a burr grinder - they are the best thing going for fresh, consistent, and uniformly ground coffee. They are not that expensive and so easy to use! We set the grind to one coarser than the finest setting. Also, we love our Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine!! May 15, 2012
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Melissa W: I haven't had a problem with fine ground beans. The only problem with using pre-ground espresso beans is it doesn't hold the flavor as long as fresh ground. Also, if you use fine ground beans, do not tamp down the beans in the cap very hard then. Otherwise the water will not low through very well. May 15, 2012
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Ross N: Dan:

I buy beans and have the store grind it very fine. I would assume at some point you can get too fine, but so far I have not had trouble. I have not used the preground esspresso specific coffee, so I cannot comment on them.
May 15, 2012
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Ron H: Dan,

I'm a grinder user myself and grind to 8 for espresso, which is almost as low as I can go (only to 4 I think). Should be able to handle the premix in my opinion.

Good luck, Ron
May 14, 2012
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Jolly R asked: New to espresso machines! Just got the Saeco Aroma. Can I extract 4 ounces from one fill of the portafilter? Jan 14, 2013
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Teri KStaff: You can extract as much or as little liquid as you like, however the double basket is really meant for just 2 oz of liquid, so if you pull 4 oz through, you can risk over-extracting the grounds. I'd suggest tasting to see how you like the flavor versus pulling just 2 oz through the brewhead, and then adding 2 oz of hot water from the machine through the steam wand (you can get hot water out of the steam arm when the machine is at brew temperature, not steam temp, by simply turning the knob). Jan 14, 2013
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Patrick C: I hadn't actually measured that but did just now. There isn't a lot of vertical height under the portafilter so my containers hold about 3 oz each. With foaming they are about 2/3 full with one filling of the portafilter and so I would say the answer is yes you can get 4 oz or espresso strength coffee. I use a pretty fine grind for this. BTW so far I really like this coffee machine. I have owned several different brands and for noise level, tip cleaning, etc. this one has been the best. Good value. Jan 14, 2013
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Leo D: I have been packing the porta filter 80% and making a 4oz coffee. I guess it all depends on the strength you like! I have owned my machine for about 3 weeks now and LOVE it! Dunkin Donuts can't hold a match to this! Jan 14, 2013
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Michael M: I've never measured it, but two "standard expresso cups", filled to the brim, are no problem when I use a portafilter filled level with the top. I would GUESS this is about 4 oz. total. Jan 14, 2013
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Vassily B: Yes, I get two regular servings of espresso, 2 ounces each, from one fill of the portafilter basket. Jan 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: How large is the portafilter? I like my coffee strong. I used two scoops (2-tablespoon scoop) for my double shot. Apr 14, 2012
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Sebastien C: It can fit 1 or 2 scoops of coffee depending on which filter you use. Usually one scoop will make one espresso. If you use 2 scoops to make one espresso, believe me, it will be STRONG!!!

I've had my Saeco Aroma espresso machine for 6 years now and it need VERY little maintenance and it makes great coffee.

This is a very good purchase!

Seb
Apr 16, 2012
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Patricia K: I'm not sure of the actual measurement (and too lazy to get up and see) - but I usually get three good shots from it. The coffee has to be not too fine, or it clogs up. Apr 17, 2012
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Gordon J: I don't remember how large the portafilter is as I never used it. I purchased the non pressurized portafilter to use with the machine instead of the stock portafilter. Apr 16, 2012
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Thomas E. H: Using the ground coffee filter in the portafilter easily holds 4 tbs. Apr 16, 2012
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Carolyn W: It is the deep basket. I use two scoops to fill it. Apr 16, 2012
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p e asked: how much does the non pressurized coffee holder cost and what are the differences between the one that comes with the machine (which I have) and the non pressurized. I think it is dryer pucks, is this right?

Thank you,
Paula
Dec 10, 2011
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Rajeev K: Costs about $XX bucks to get a non-pressurized portafilter - Not sure if it is in stock. Do a google search and you'll find a youtube video on this topic by seattecoffegear.

Difference is much greater control on the shot. If you are not very particular about your espresso shots and don't care to get into the details, what you have probably works.

I have de-pressurized mine, instead of shelling $40. There are instructions on home-barisata DOT COM website. Do a google search on depressurizing saeco portafilter.

With a depressurized portafilter, you have to pay MUCH closer attention to

- bean freshness
- grind size
- water quality
- tamping

in order to get that perfect espresso. The upside - you get MUCH better espresso shot than a pressurized espresso can ever produce. (pressurized one creates a "fake" crema..)

HTH
Dec 10, 2011
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George R: I can't answer the cost question. The difference is the pressurized holder has a valve which requires a certain level of pressure from the pump before water will flow through the ground coffee. The non-pressurized holder does not have the valve and relies more heavily on having the right amount of ground coffee, the right fineness of grind, and the right degree of packing. It takes a little practice to get it right. I would say there isn't a huge difference between the two assuming you've used the same amount of coffee and packed the same. The non-pressurized will be more sensetive to the fineness of grind. Dec 10, 2011
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Lawrence K: We paid $XX for the non-pressurized portafilter and consider it a bargain. The pressurized one that comes with the machine we found to be messy to use, particularly if we wanted to brew additional espressos.

We are totally satisfied with the non-pressurized portafilter. It is easy to use and to clean up, and it fits directly onto our Baratza Vario coffee grinder so that filling it is simply a push of a button, tamp, and put on the Saeco.

Larry K
Dec 10, 2011
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Wayne L: Hello,
You are correct about the dryer pucks. You will need to have a good quality grinder that can truly grind for espresso machines with the non-pressurized portafilter.

Wayne
Dec 11, 2011
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alan y: Yes, the pucks end up being drier, but I think that the main advantage is a better tasting shot after one has mastered the tamping pressure and grind consistency.

Alan
Dec 10, 2011
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Brad H asked: I'm a budding Barista who SO desires to produce art with my lattes and capuccinos (I make about 10 drinks a day for my office). We have the Saeco Aroma, and turn out some tasty drinks with it. But for the life of me, I can't get the milk right to be able to pour designs. It is either too milky or too foamy.

Anyone have any suggestions?
Apr 26, 2013
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David W: I have been using Saeco machines for years, now into my third aroma model. To regulate your foam remove foaming nozzle insert milk container till temperature reaches a satisfactory heat and then shut off steam, replace nozzle, reopen steam and continue foaming to satisfactory level. Takes seconds and produces the perfect expresso. Apr 27, 2013
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Brad H: Interesting. So you take the panarello nozzle off and just use the tip to heat the milk? In essence, heating before foaming (instead of the other way around). Do you think it would work the same if you just submerged the panarello to heat the milk first and then lift it out to foam?

Glad to hear you like the Aroma so much. We bought ours to satisfy our 2:00 espresso need in the office. That little thing gets a LOT of work! Apr 27, 2013
Richard D: For best results use 2% milk with the panarello. There is a whole lot of air being incorporated so do the following:
1.) Start with the tip in the milk until you about the right amount of foam
2.) Bury the panarello as deep as possible in the foamed milk -- you are trying to get the air holes at the top of the panarello under the foam
3.) Steam until the milk is warm -- too hot to hold a finger on the bottom of the pitche
4.) Work the foam by banging the pitcher on a table a couple of times and swirling to incorporate the large bubbles.
Jun 4, 2013
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Brad H: I have watched several videos since posting this, and am now seeing that the panarello just produces a LOT of foam. I think I'll try today creating foam just for a bit, and then submerging the air inlet to see if my foam is more manageable and micro'ish. Apr 26, 2013
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Christi J: Same here. Even with the pannerello frothing wand, can rarely make anything remotely artsy. So tasty to practice though! Apr 26, 2013
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Brad H: Did you replace with the panarello that has just the single hole for air? It sounded like that would really make a difference.

I also tried limiting the amount of time I was incorporating air yesterday (dropping the wand low at the end) to see if that helped. Indeed it did, but not perfect. The milk looked a lot better, and I was able to get limited pouring ability with it. Maybe as I practice more, I'll be able to do more (that or spend $800-$1500 more on a more powerful machine). :) Apr 27, 2013
John H asked: I saw in the video that this machine creates a lot of foam when steaming milk. Could I cover the air intake hole in the panarello with tape to reduce the amount of foam produced when trying to steam milk? Feb 10, 2013
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Richard B: I wouldn't recommend covering the panarello discharge end with tape - I'm pretty sure it would melt anyway. You can adjust the amount of steam by turning the steam valve cam (outside knob) clockwise. This will move the inside shaft towards the closed position and reduce the amount of steam being discharged. Feb 19, 2013
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Nathan S: I tried something like that and it did not seem to help. I have taken to doing most of the heating of the milk in the microwave (obviously not in a metal pitcher, I use the stoneware creamer pitcher from my Pfaltzgraff set) and then just using the steam wand for foam. It is faster my way, too. Feb 21, 2013
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Greg C: The taping the panarello doesn't work. You can get okay foam if you cut down on the amount of milk you use and slow down the process by using less steam as well. That way the milk gets heated properly and the bubbles are finer. Feb 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: i got this about a month ago .. and i was using this pretty much every day. few days ago i don't know what happen my steam doesn't work anymore.. it kinda works but . strong steam only comes out only for 10seconds and dies really quick and water and steam start coming out together.. i found some other site that waterfill indicator had scales on it so my boiler has been overfilled. so i descaled it today but still has the same problem .. do you have any idea what is worng with this? im looking every where to find the solution and have no luck.. Feb 1, 2014
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Caroline B: This hasn't happened with our new one but we have only been using it a few weeks when our old Venetia espresso machine finally croaked. When that happened with it, it seemed that possibly a blob of milk had clogged the passageway. First try heating the water and depressing the button you would to make the coffee. Then turn the foaming nob up all the way. It should pop any obstruction out.
2nd choice: add a cup of white vinegar to about 3 cups of water in the water container, heat and run some through both the coffee making channel and the wand. Let sit (power off) for about 20 minutes. Then turn the power on, run the steamer, normal way, then the way I suggested above, coffee button depressed and steamer wheel full on.
Feb 2, 2014
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Steve H: Have you primed it? Feb 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: What size tamper should I get to fit the Saeco Aroma pressurized portafilter? May 1, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: On the Saeco Aroma, you do not need to tamp with the pressurized portafilter, only if you are using the non-pressurized. May 4, 2012
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Richard S: I use a tamper that is 2 inches in diameter May 2, 2012
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chaz L asked: i need to know if this new or reconditioned????....thank you Jun 25, 2014
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Teri KStaff: This Aroma is a new machine. We also offer this unit refurbished, which can be found at the link below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-aroma-espresso-machine-certified-refurbished
Jun 25, 2014
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Bryce asked: I just purchased the Saeco Aroma and was wondering what size frothing pitcher seems to work best with this machine? Apr 20, 2014
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Teri KStaff: I would recommend using a frothing pitcher that is between 12 and 20 ounces with your Saeco Aroma machine. The 20 ounce size allows for a larger amount of milk to be frothed, but also allows for greater volume of foam to be built up. Any basic frothing pitcher will work, like the Stainless Steel Pitcher at the link below, which comes in both 12 and 20 oz sizes.

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/stainless-steel-milk-frothing-pitcher
Apr 21, 2014
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Angelo M asked: What are the power specs (amps, watts, etc) for this device? Apr 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Aroma is 950 watts and 120 volts. You can find a list of the complete specifications for the machine on the machine page under the specs tab.
http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-aroma-espresso-machine
Apr 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: Would a 55-58 mm espresso pod
18 grams per pod, work in the Saeco Aroma machine?
Mar 11, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Aroma uses a 53mm portafilter, and the pods for it are ESE pods which are typically only about 6.9 grams each. I think the pods you have may not be right for this machine, unfortunately! Mar 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: Could you tell me about how much grounds do you use for a one shot of espresso?
And what is the best "grind" to use when grinding the beans?
Thank you!~
Mar 11, 2014
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Teri KStaff: We typically just fill up the single or double basket in the portafilter of the Aroma, level the grounds off without pressing down, and attach that to the machine to brew a shot. There is not a universal espresso grind, unfortunately, and so you will need to adjust your grind size to a fine consistency that is not too fine for best extraction. You may find this video regarding dialing in shots on a pressurized portafilter helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xbRzYVn58
Mar 12, 2014
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Carol D asked: Just unpacked my new Aroma. What is the extra black plastic tub with a wood divider for? Mar 11, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The black container in your Aroma with the wooden bar is for knocking the portafilter against to remove the grounds- a knock box. Mar 11, 2014
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Ishpreet Singh asked: How many cups can be brewed in one day? Mar 4, 2014
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Teri KStaff: This Saeco Aroma is a very basic home machine that can produce between 3-5 drinks a day, spread out over a few hours. Mar 4, 2014
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A shopper asked: My initial question is why my machine sometimes brews and other times it does not. After I turn on my machine and let it warm up until the brew button lights up I press it to start pulling my shots. However, more times than not, it just does nothing but sound as if it is trying to pull the shot. I have read the manual and done all the steps regarding this issue. So why is is not brewing? Do I need to let it warm up a little more? Jan 28, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Do you mean that water doesn't come out of the brew head, or that espresso doesn't dispense through the grounds in the portafilter? I might suggest trying to get water from the brew head with and without the portafilter attached, and then with and without grounds in it in order to narrow down if the issue is in the screen, in the portafilter, or in your grounds. You may have a clogged screen or portafilter, or if water comes through these two pieces easily and you only have trouble brewing espresso, then your grounds may be too fine, or you may be using too many grounds. Hope this helps! Jan 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: I just purchased a Saeco Aroma as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend. We unboxed it last night and did all the correct steps to prep the machine. Understandably the filter basket fits very snugly until you get some use out of it. However once the portafilter is lined up with the black dot and turned to the right, it does not turn smoothly and does not stay positioned in the center lined up with the arrow afterwards.The portafilter moves smoothly and into the correct position when there is no filter basket inside. Any suggestions? Is the unit defective? We appreciate any help or suggestions! Jan 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Both the portafilter and basket of the Aroma do need to wear in, and over time will fit more smoothly into the machine because the gasket is new. It is also the case that the handle will not necessarily end up at a specific point on the brewhead- like that arrow or the exact center. As long as there is no leaking around the edge, your portafilter is locked into place. I would suggest leaving the portafilter in place all the time to help the gasket wear in, and you will notice a difference as the machine ages! Jan 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: Where is it made? Dec 31, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Aroma is made in Romania. Jan 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this a refurbished machine? The price seems to be much lower then other retailers. Dec 15, 2013
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Teri KStaff: No, this Aroma is a brand new machine. We do offer it refurbished as well, but the item listing will notate "Certified Refurbished" in the heading. I have included a link to the Refurbished machine below as well for further clarification:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-aroma-espresso-machine-certified-refurbished
Dec 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: What size is the protafilter if I choose to tamp the ground coffee. Would a 58mm tamper work with this unit? Nov 28, 2013
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Teri KStaff: No, the Saeco Aroma uses a 53mm portafilter, and will not be compatible with a 58mm tamper. Keep in mind the pressurized portafilter that came with your machine is self tamping, so you'd only need a tamper if you purchased a non pressurized portafilter upgrade like the one found below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/non-pressurized-portafilter-upgrade-for-saeco-and-starbucks-espresso-machines
Nov 29, 2013
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Dee C asked: What is the Model # of this Saeco Aroma Espresso machine? Thank you! Nov 26, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Aroma is model RI9373/47. Nov 27, 2013
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Dee C: Teri, you have been most helpful. Thank you
Regards, De Nov 28, 2013
A shopper asked: I just ordered this and received it . However, I did not see a manual in the box.
I tried to look on the internet but the Philips site seems to have the Italian manual instead of the English.
Does anyone know how I can get an English manual for this?
Nov 13, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, we have the Aroma user manual online under the Resources tab of our webpage. I have copied the link below:

http://seattlecoffeegear.com/assets/user-manuals/saeco/saeco-aroma-user-manual.pdf
Nov 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: For the Saeco Aroma: instructions say there is no need to tamp. Would there be any advantage to tamping with this machine? Also, I notice that some grounds are left where the water comes out, after I remove the Portafilter. Is this normal? How do I clean this? I have just been wiping clean (and I also run water through the portafilter before brewing coffee). Oct 6, 2013
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Teri KStaff: There is not really an advantage to tamping with this Saeco Aroma because the portafilter is pressurized and the machine is self tamping, so these two factors will provide restriction to the flow of your espresso. If you use a pressurized portafilter, plus a fine grind, plus you tamp, there can actually be too much resistance in the portafilter and you may have trouble getting any flow from the portafilter. This can result in off flavors or sometimes even no espresso from the machine! We always recommend not tamping this unit for these reasons. Yes, it is normal for there to be some grounds left on your brewhead and wiping them free as you are doing is the best way to clean them off. Hope this helps, but let us know if you have any other questions! Oct 11, 2013
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Yosef A asked: Does this have the Brass porta-filter like the Pre-Philips toggle-switched Aroma, or does it have the Aluminum one like the Poema? Sep 8, 2013
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Teri KStaff: This Aroma uses the chrome plated brass portafilter and not the aluminum portafilter of the Poemia. Sep 11, 2013
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A shopper asked: Where is this machine made? Jul 2, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Saeco machines like this Aroma and Via Venezia are made in a variety of places, so we can't guarantee that yours will come from one specific location, but right now in the warehouse we have Aromas listing they are made in Romania. Saeco is based in Italy but have manufacturing plants in a few different locations. Jul 6, 2013
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A shopper asked: I'm using Illy grounds and seem to be in need of a tamper. What size tamper should I buy to work with this machine? Jun 13, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Aroma uses a 53mm tamper, however if you are using the standard pressurized portafilter that came with your machine, you should not be tamping. The slight spring to the handle compacts your grounds, and using espresso-fine grounds and a tamper to press more firmly in the basket can create too much resistance, causing the espresso to drip out slowly instead of flowing out as it should. Jun 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: Any tips on how to avoid the sloppy puck? Can you upgrade with a 3-way solenoid valve? Jun 8, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately there is not a way to change this machine and add a 3-way solenoid value or a pressure release for drier pucks. The non-pressurized portafilter upgrade will allow the Aroma to produce somewhat drier pucks, but requires a good quality grinder, and a tamp with 30 pounds of pressure. This portafilter is found at the link below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/non-pressurized-portafilter-upgrade-for-saeco-and-starbucks-espresso-machines
Jun 10, 2013
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Shelley S asked: I have had a Saeco Aroma for 2 years. I like the lattes I make with it. One thing about my machine is that the steam wand drips when the machine is on. It's not a slow drip, but not a fast drip, just a drip. I'm wondering what is causing this drip and if I should have it checked out? It has done this from the start, I think. Thank you May 11, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Generally a drip from the steam arm indicates that there is a scale build up in the machine preventing the steam valve from closing completely. For this reason I'd recommend descaling your Aroma, with a product like Dezcal. If this doesn't solve that leaking for you, then the machine may need a tune up at a repair center. We can do that for you if you'd like, and more information is below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/service/repairs
May 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: In what country is the Saeco SS aroma machine made? May 8, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Stainless Steel Aroma is made in Romania. May 8, 2013
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Frank asked: I've been using a refurbished Aroma for the past three years and I only have nice things to say about it. Now I'm getting one for my office. It might be easier for my colleagues to use pods. I'm not clear on whether the new machine comes with the single shot filter and gasket that i believe is necessary to use pods - my refurbished machine did not come with one!
Does anyone know?
Feb 1, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, the Aroma machine does come with the single shot basket and the pod gasket. To use pods, remove the double basket from the portafilter and replace it with the single shot basket with the rubber gasket seated below it. These pieces are actually included with both the new and refurbished Saeco Aroma machines at this time. Feb 4, 2013
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Frank: Thanks! I'm pretty sure my refurbished machine didn't have it :( (note: i did not purchase it through SCG). Thanks a lot again, now i know what to order. Feb 4, 2013
Adi M asked: Does this machine have two thermostats inside - one for brew and one for steam? I can't seem to find that in the specs. Thanks! Dec 13, 2012
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Teri KStaff: Yes, the machine does. It will heat to brew temp when you turn the machine on and the machine is ready to brew when the brew cup button turns red, and heats to steam temp when you press the steam button and it will also light red at the correct temperature. Dec 19, 2012
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A shopper asked: Does it already come with a portafilter or do you have to purchase one separately? Nov 28, 2012
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Aroma comes with the standard pressurized portafilter. Dec 6, 2012
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Travis T asked: What is the correct size tamper for the Saeco Aroma?

I want the perfect fit!

Thank you.
Feb 2, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: The correct size tamper for the Saeco Aroma is 53mm. We have a variety of 53mm tampers available, including ones from Reg barber, Rattleware, and Cafelat. Feb 3, 2012
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A shopper asked: Does this model have a stainless boiler? Bill Jan 31, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: Yes, the Aroma has a stainless steel boiler. Jan 31, 2012
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A shopper asked: does this machine use ese pods? Nov 10, 2011
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SCG SStaff: Yes. The Saeco Aroma is designed to work with both ground espresso as well as ESE pods. Nov 14, 2011
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Aroma 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 Aroma 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 Aroma Espresso Machine


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Great for espresso not for milk.

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The machine makes great espresso but the steam wand is short and the attachment can fly off under the high steam pressure needed to properly foam milk. The more you use the machine, the sooner this will happen and it's almost $50 to replace the cheap, plastic attachment. Replace that enough and you're better off buying a more expensive but higher quality machine.

(Posted on 6/14/14)

Always a winner

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Over the years have had a Francis and 2 Gaggias, but switched to Saeco after reading a review by a former Sbux barista who stated it gave the best bang for the buck. I concur; this is my 3rd Saeco Aroma. Need I say more?

(Posted on 5/3/14)

perfect

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I love the machine. I have no trouble making myself a delicious latte in the morning, while still half asleep. Although I was concerned about the non-pivot steam wand, it turns out that the milk gets frothed really nicely and all I need to do is tilt the machine a tiny bit to get the pitcher out once the milk is done.
I understand the machine is very sturdy, I don't understand why it is out of stock for Seattle Coffee Gear. I am super happy with it.

Additionally I should say that on a couple of occasions I needed advice on how to use the machine or troubleshoot issues, when I first got the machine. Amazingly I was able to call and speak with someone at SCG who walked me through solving the problem. Very nice!

(Posted on 3/17/14)

Great Machine

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I had this machine for about a month now. I make 2 doubles just about everyday. This is my second espresso machine and by far, superior to the first.
Pros: it's ready fast, big water reservoir, very simple to use, looks good and feels sturdy/well built, perfect drink temperature.
Cons: the steam wand will occasionally leak even when I haven't been using it, messy wet pucks, the ese filter always leaks, can't figure that out

(Posted on 3/8/14)

Excellent Machine That Will Last Years

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I have been using this machine 2-4 times per day since December 2009. Taking an extremely conservative calculation to account for days we went out for coffee, and vacations, we have made well over 3,000 espressos with this little machine.

Easy to use and easy to clean this machine always delivers a beautiful shot of espresso. The original steam wand that came with the machine was plastic and broke through daily use. We bought the metal wand from Seattle Coffee Gear and it makes beautiful foam.

For the price, I say this is a solid value.

(Posted on 3/6/14)

Thermal Fuse Issue

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I like this expresso maker except the thermal fuse blew within 2 1/2 months of getting the machine. It's an archaic way to solver for the machine overheating and makes it doesn't turn on.

Why not put the find of fuse in that has a rest button? To replace the fuse it cost's $50. Calling Saeco customer support is panful at best. There is no email or ticket system. I spoke with someone on the phone who had a strong accent and gave me an email address - a week later and still no response from the company. I emailed Seattle Coffee Gear and they said they couldn't help and that I needed to deal with Saeco.

A huge hassle overall. Once I finally do get a hold of someone (which they obviously make very difficult to do) I'll have to Fed Ex the machine to them and wait a long time to get it back.

(Posted on 3/5/14)

Great machine for the price

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I love the machine. I think it's the best you can do for the price. I have made 2-4 lattes per day and it's working great. Many have complained about the steam wand injecting too much air. I have found that just getting the wand deep enough to cover the intake crack solves the problem. Then when the milk is hot lower the mug to get the perfect froth. I have only had the machine for about a month, so I cannot comment on whether it will continue to work; however, I think it is the best machine unless you go to a double boiler...and that will jump the price through the roof. Been loving the espresso from this machine.

(Posted on 2/22/14)

Love it!

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Terrific cup of Espresso.....consistently satisfying. Excellent "cremma"

(Posted on 2/5/14)

Love it!

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I've had my Saeco Aroma for just under a year and I am loving it! Makes delicious espresso and works like a horse. The only downside is that the panarello is too low and doesnt have much flexibility, but if you put the machine on an elevated space (so that its not right at the counter level). it takes care of the problem. Strongly recommend it and you definitely get your money's worth. A big Thank You to Seattle Coffee Gear for your video demonstrations and unbiased suggestions. I wish all retailers were as helpful and honest about product descriptions as you guys!

(Posted on 1/28/14)

Excellent coffee! Great service!

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After enjoying the coffee my brother has been making using his older "Classico" machine for 8 or so years, I finally treated myself to the newer "Aroma" machine, and I can now enjoy quick and excellent coffee any time. Great machine. Great service.

(Posted on 1/27/14)

Great coffee, poor frothing

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The panarello takes a while to master for foam. On our previous Vienna, we just took it off. But no other option here.

(Posted on 1/12/14)

Pleased with the machine.

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So far my daughter and son-in-law are enjoying the machine and think it works really well!

(Posted on 12/17/13)

Coffee

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I have been using this machine daily since I got it in the mail three weeks ago and I have been loving it. This is my first espresso machine, and the first I ever really used, and I've had no issues working with it. Only little annoyance is the clearance between the drip tray and the portafilter is a little less than I would like.

(Posted on 10/15/13)

Long lasting quality!!

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I have had this machine for 5 years now!!! It works as good today as it did the day I bought it!!!!! I could not be more pleased!!!!

(Posted on 10/3/13)

Hard Worker

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This little machine keeps on making me coffee, all day long. Its such a bargain at its low price. Its pressurized portafilter does a wonderful job, with good creme floating on top. I also like the easy to install Tune-Up Kit. Its a perfect unit!

(Posted on 10/1/13)

This Saeco has a great Aroma

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Great espresso maker! Solid steel construction, huge water tank, proven reliability, great looks, and soo easy to use. Once you dial in your grind this baby makes some great espresso. Even though this maker only comes with a pressurized portafilter, I think that it's actually a plus. It's a great feature for an entry level machine, and makes it much easier to make a very good cup with an entry level grinder like the Baratza Encore. But there is room to grow. There is an optional non-pressurized portafilter that can be purchased, and combine that with a better grinder like the Rocky, or a more adjustable Baratza, you can go to the next level.

(Posted on 9/13/13)

Love my espresso

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The machine is just what I was looking for to make my own espresso at home and to experiment a little bit with it. The only down side is the steamer that is positioned too close to the machine and its very hard to remove the milk cup with out spilling it a little.
This is a very good web site.

(Posted on 9/8/13)

Loving the Saeco Aroma

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I found this machine after doing some research, looking for a simple, straightforward espresso machine that makes a quality espresso with little fuss and isn't the size of a small school bus.

Seattle Coffee Gear had the best price - way better than Amazon's - and offered the extended warranty which is great. Shipping was fast, too.

It's been about a month and I absolutely love this machine. I had an automatic Saeco before and while it was fun, it often choked on a super-fine grind and just seemed temperamental. It was also very large (and expensive).

This machine is manual and very simple - just fill the water tank, prime the pump, put in the grounds & tamp then press GO (ok it doesn't say "go" but you know what I mean). It's compact, too, which mattered to me because of old-fashioned (small) counters that are already fairly full.

It makes great espresso, super easy to use and clean up and I'm so glad I bought it. Thanks Seattle Coffee Gear!

(Posted on 9/5/13)

This machine delivers!

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Can't say enough good things about this machine. The Saeco Aroma gives the best espresso possible for any machine in its price range, hands down! This is my second one; the first lasted ten years, with one purchase of a new basket. Outstanding in every way - Seattle Coffee shipped right away, beautifully packed, arrived in top condition. Opened up box, followed first pull directions and had a perfect little espresso within minutes. Am back in business now that I have my Saeco! Thank you, Seattle Coffee Gear!
Also, a big thanks for the extra perk of the surprise gift card!

(Posted on 9/2/13)

good espresso machine

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I love it !!! easy to clean and work with, the only compliant for me: takes a long time to wait to drain the cool water before the steam is ready, I had a cheaper espresso machine before and it was better for that purpose ( frothing milk) I got the steel and goes well with my kitchen but it has 3 little pimples. I thought was defected but they said that's the way it comes it looks like the screws from the back are touching the metal, not big deal but you can see it.

(Posted on 8/28/13)

Great for Newbie

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I am not obsessive about coffee. I do like a good cup, and I did have a cheap Krups espresso maker which died after several years. I was never able to get good foam from it. The Saeco Aroma is a sturdy, well-built machine; super easy to use; I now have nice foam very quickly. Good price point also. I feel like a real grown-up coffee maker. Seattle Coffee Gear's website was very helpful in deciding what machine to buy, and the turn-around was quick.

(Posted on 8/26/13)

The best espresso EVER!

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I bought this machine 4 years ago and since days one till now I love it! The best espresso I can get is at home. Love it, love it, love it!

(Posted on 8/22/13)

great espresso maker

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This little machine is outstanding. Well built and works great. FANTASTIC espresso. Decent milk frothing ability.
The only complaint I have is that you can't fit a decent size cup under it. It is not tall enough. I had to find some short and fat coffee cups to fit it. let that be the only problem I ever have with it.

(Posted on 8/9/13)

Seco Aroma Rocks!

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This is the best espresso for the price. It is very consistent, easy to use, and makes great coffee. Seattle Coffee is a great company with excellent customer service

(Posted on 8/9/13)

great little machine

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I have never bought a personal machine before, but I did own and operate a drive-thru espresso stand for a couple years. The commercial machine I had was manual and older but high quality and well maintaned. Compared to that commercial machine, trying to get the grind just right in different tempatures, humidity, timing, etc. this machine is very, very simple. The shots seem to be weaker, so I am doing a quad in my americano insead of a usual double shot. I have only had it a few weeks, but it seems to be very consistent in flavor. The steam wand works great for foam, in fact mabye too good for someone who does not like alot of foam. I would definetly recommend this machine for anyone. My only complaint is the height and lack of movement on the steam wand. I just put the machine on a block. Also my order was delivered in 2 days, great service from this company so far.

(Posted on 7/22/13)

Great machine

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Only have had a short time but it has worked flawlessly. Used it at a men's conference and it was a big hit. Love the big water reservoir. Key is to keep it clean. It works with regular store bought coffee as well as special home roasted espesso. Great little machine.

(Posted on 7/14/13)

A superb machine!

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I just got these in the mail a few hours ago. I am very happy with this machine.The pressurized portafilter really makes it easy to get a good shot of espresso with a lot crema. Before this I had a $40 dollar Mr. Coffee espresso machine an upgraded to something better although I wish I could afford the rocket machine but not yet. Anyways the machine heats up very quick its fairly easy to clean.

Cons:

Like Gail said in her review there is little clearance between the panarello and the pitcher for frothing which may be a little awkard but I can live with that.

Also, there is little clearance to put a decent size mug in the machine when brewing but thats okay.

I would definitely recommend this to anybody wanting a a good high quality espresso machine for a reasonable price. Thanks to kat and gail for there wonderful reviews.

(Posted on 7/9/13)

Very happy with machine and with Seattle Coffeegear

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This is my third espresso machine. My first was a simple inexpensive steam machine that is still working great after over 20 years, and we now use it in our summer cabin. My second machine was a DeLonghi Cappuccino maker that took forever to heat. While it made a good cappuccino while it lasted, it had much too short of a life span for the price. So far, I am extremely happy with the Saeco Aroma - very sturdy, and heats so fast! And it's good for multiple espressos. I am also very happy with my Seattle Coffeegear experience - everything arrived impressively fast. And there is so much information available on the web site. Thanks!

(Posted on 6/25/13)

Great Value

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I really like my Saeco Aroma. Trouble free, easy to clean, makes a good espresso. It gives a lot of value for the price.

I found a really nice and inexpensive alternative to putting the machine on a wood block to get clearance for the panarella. I went to one of my local granite shops where they literally give away the sink cut-outs and other granite scraps for free (they have to pay the trash company by the pound for disposal). The owner trimmed the slab that I picked out to the exact dimensions I wanted for $5.00. I deliberately chose a granite that had a strong contrast to the granite of my counter tops to make the coffee station stand-out. Wife is thrilled, neighbors give rave reviews.

(Posted on 6/16/13)

Great Machine

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I am on my second machine and use it daily. It make very good and consistance espresso.

(Posted on 6/7/13)

Frother doesn't really work well

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Not really satisfied

(Posted on 6/6/13)

Still trying to figure out how to brew that perfect cup!

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Comments on the Moccamaster and on Gail and Kat's video follow:
The Moccamaster (MM) arrived about 8-10 days after I placed the order. In the shipping box were the MM, a bag of Velton's ground coffee, a cleaning kit, a box of cone filters, and a lot of styrofoam packing peanuts (a bit of a shock from environmentally-concerned Seattle folks). A gift card for $20 was sent by e-mail before this. I was surprised and a bit worried when I opened the bag of coffee and discovered it was ground to espresso grade. I had watched non-SCG videos on the MM, and drip-, or coarser-than-drip grind was used, so I called SCG and they said that that was what they used in the shop. I also talked to Velton Ross (the coffee-roaster) who concurred. After a variety of trials and errors with different grinds, I do prefer using the MM with drip grind. In fact, in the MM owners' manual it states that, "Technivorm Moccamaster filtered drip grind should be on the coarser side..." In the video, Kat's close-up of the paper filter containing the unbrewed coffee is so brief that you don't get a good look at the grind size. However, to my eyes it doesn't look like espresso. The video omits mention of the grind size they recommend. It also omits mention of the Brew-thru-Lid, which I have abandonned in favor of the screw cap as this seems to keep the coffee warmer longer. Also puzzling in the video is Gail's setting up the MM to make 6 cups and adjusting the drainage valve on the filter cone to 2-5 cups (mid-position). Back to the MM: I have found that any stirring of the grinds during brewing over-extracts the caffeine and does not improve the flavor, resulting in too much buzz. By the way, I used the $20 gift certificate toward a grinder to use in my evolving coffee lab!

[Notes from SCG: We use corn starch peanuts, which may appear like styrofoam but are 100% biodegradable and certified compostable.]

(Posted on 5/28/13)

wand design is unacceptable

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The wand does not swivel in "ball joint" style like almost every other machine on the planet. That makes it impossible to get a pitcher under the wand, or remove it without spilling steamed milk. It's silly that you have to put it up on a block, or put it next to the sink, or do the other kluges that reviewers are happily recommending. Spend a few dollars more and get a decent machine! (Or, drink only espresso.)

(Posted on 4/16/13)

Very Pleased

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After three weeks of ownership and daily espresso making, I am very pleased with the Saeco Aroma. As others have said, it produces considerable crema and flavor. "Molto meglio" than Gaggia machine that gave up the ghost at Christmas.

(Posted on 3/31/13)

Great Machine for the Money

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After owning my Aroma for one year and using it nearly everyday; I figured it'd be time to post a review. This machine is a true work horse for your kitchen. It has always been reliable and consistent for me. If you're looking for an entry level espresso machine this is the one for you.

(Posted on 3/29/13)

Super good

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I have had this machine for 5 years. I had the cord replaced and one of the buttons would not light up so we had that replaced....Great machine, very dependable.....I would buy another one!!

(Posted on 3/21/13)

Love the crema

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It does have great crema on the top. Better than any machine I've had before. I like not having to tamp. I always make a cappucino with it once a day. The frother works great. I don't have a huge cup for it, so I'm able to get it under there fine on the counter top. Haven't had to descale and all that yet.

(Posted on 2/28/13)

no complaints

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I got this machine to replace a heavily used Via Venezia. The two machines are pretty similar. There are two primary differences between the two machines. The water tank on the Aroma is easier to access than on the Via Venezia. The steaming wand is less convenient on the Aroma; it doesn't swivel, and I usually have to tip either the machine or the pitcher to place a pitcher under the wand. This is the only major problem with the Aroma (if you consider it major) It was suggested that people put the Aroma on a block to raise it up off the counter, but it's not that big of a deal for me. Some people complain that the Aroma makes too much foam, but I love a lot of foam, and this machine delivers. I like to put a light drizzle of syrup on top of my latte and I need foam to do that.

(Posted on 2/20/13)

Very pleased

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This was a gift for our daughter ar Christmas, she is a latte lover, ex Sbux employee. She wanted a machine to save her the 100 a month she was spending on coffee... So we chose this one. Very affordable, works well so far, no troubles except do not run the water reservoir out, you will have to prime the pump to get it to work. Not a big deal, but not something most people would know how to do, or even figure out that is the problem.
Well this has made me a daily latte drinker also, so much for the drip my hubbie makes daily.
One thing it does sound like a freight train half the time, and the wand is too long for normal coffee cups, we just keep it next to the sink, to enable more room to get a cup under. No biggie.

(Posted on 2/20/13)

Good solid machine

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We've enjoyed some wonderful espresso drinks with our Saeco Machine in the last two months. There's definitely a learning curve required for the machine and I've been hit or miss with a stable foam. There are no instructions in the manual about technique but the Seattle Coffee Gear web site has lots of instructional videos and other opportunities to learn. One word of advice, do read the manual! And when you take the Panarello (steam wand) apart for cleaning be sure to pay attention to where the washers go. There IS a video on the site but it's a lot easier if you take care with these washers. If not properly put back in place steam can escape and burn you. Don't ask me how I know this:). This is a great machine! Read the manual!

(Posted on 2/20/13)

Great little machine

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This is the second one of this little machine I have purchased (the first had the power switch go out after 6 years of heavy use) and I just love it. It makes a great espresso with a good head of crema. I can't really speak to the frothing/foaming capability because I very seldom use it, but I crank out at least 3 cups of americano every day and it always turns out great.

(Posted on 1/14/13)

poor milk stem

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I was very disappointed in the machine. After reading all the reviews i thought this would be an outstanding machine but it turned out to be a big let down. I wouldnt recommend this model to anyone. The milk has way too much foam even after i adjusted the steam and it then stop working. I would pass this one up.

(Posted on 1/5/13)

Excellent Product

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I have had this product for almost a month, and I love it. It produces a good shot of espresso, and is easy to use. The only issue, which has been stated before, is the panerello wand clearance, or lack thereof, and getting your pitcher under it. I just locate the machine at the edge of the counter which makes it easier. In the future I plan on getting a nice wood block to raise it up.

(Posted on 1/2/13)

4 years and going strong!

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I have nothing but praise for this machine!!!! We purchased it a little over 4 years ago, in 2008. I have used it a least once a day since. It works as great today as it did when it was brand new. Still looks great too! I have never had to do anything to it, other than the basics to keep it clean and functioning well. It has more than paid for itself. Thank you Saeco for making a great machine!!

(Posted on 12/30/12)

Great little machine

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I had an inexpensive espresso machine that I found very unsatisfactory. It seemed to never have enough pressure to steam the milk. The Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine is a very easy machine to use and it makes a great cup of espresso.

A couple of things to be aware of - the cup clearance is for an espresso-sized cup, not a regular coffee cup. Although some have commented about the steam wand not having much flexibility, I have found it's swivel design works just fine. I would highly recommend it!

(Posted on 11/12/12)

good value

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Bought the refurbished Saeco Aroma for our vacation home. We have a Rancilio Silvia at home and love it. I mention this so that readers will understand that I know good espresso drinks from a home machine. We wanted something serviceable and more economic for this place as we spend a lot less time there than at home. The Aroma is quick and consistent; it makes thoroughly decent microfoam and good shots. There is less involvement than with the Rancilio in regard to several steps of the process, namely tamping and steaming, but I can live with that since the results are very good. I bought this particular Saeco model for the shallow reason that it had the steaming wand on the right side (other models on the left) and we had space for it on the left side of our sink--so it fit in easily without shifting a bunch of kitchen stuff around. This is a real good value for the money.

(Posted on 10/5/12)

Great Machine :) Great Help from Staff :)

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I have tried many machines in the $100. - $250. Range seems I never can afford a good machine when I need one :( I make aprox 3 -4 Lattes' a day. This is a great machine. My last machine was a
Cuisinart for the same price, Absolute JUNK! Lasted 4 months. Was never any good.
My best advise if you by this machine and use it as much as I do, is baby it! Keep it like new. As I find machines in this price range tend not to last me more then a year or so.
★My Very BEST ADVICE is decide what you can spend then go with the go with The Very Educated Advice of Seattlec✹ffeegear ! ★ They know their business ! Thank you Happy w/ Mine:)

(Posted on 9/17/12)

Great

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5 years now and had cord replaced and still running great!!

(Posted on 9/14/12)

Great little machine!

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I've used fully automatic high-dollar espresso machines but they cannon be annoyingly temperamental. This tiny soldier requires a bit more effort from me but produces a cup of expressly every bit as good. Sturdy construction and a wonderful value .

(Posted on 8/13/12)

Great machine for the price

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This is our second Saeco machine,the first lastest 6 years used daily. Works great at home,but would not support a work place with a lot of users standing in line to get coffee. My wife loves the milk foamer,so a latte starts her day.No bad remarks to make on this machine.

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Easy To Use,Large Water Container,Great Taste,Quiet,Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 6/5/12)

Great home machine -- for double shots

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When my trusty but rusty Saeco '2002' finally gave out after 20 years, I got this machine (the stainless version) to replace it, and I am overall very happy with it – so long as I make double shots. The pressurized portafilter and double basket make good espresso with plenty of crema, even with pre-ground coffee. It took me a little while to get the hang of the steaming wand, but now I get a nice balance of foam most of the time (sometimes the bubbles are still too big).
Another bit of learning involved removing the double filter basket from the portafilter, where it is an extremely tight fit. After alternately burning and tearing up my fingers trying to remove the basket, or prying it free every time with an oyster knife, I checked with SCG and found out it was OK to remove the little spring ring from the inside of the portafilter. Now the basket knocks out as easily as it did with the old machine.
Which leaves only the single-shot problem. every time I try to make a single, water and coffee leak out around the top, and what does come out the spout is undrinkable. I have tried it with the non-pressurized PF and baskets salvaged from my 2002, which appear to fit perfectly except for the length of the locking tabs. But no matter what combination of old or new portafilter, old or new single-shot baskets I use, nothing works. The filters don't look bent or damaged, so I don't know why they won't seal, but they won't.
Still, as long as I make doubles, this machine is everything I hoped for, and I use it nearly every day.

Pros:
Quick Brewing,Easy To Use,Great Taste,Large Water Container

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Single shot doesn't work

(Posted on 6/3/12)

You get way more than you pay for...

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We tried to talk ourselves into a higher priced Italian machine, but we could not get past the reviews of the Aroma, especially given the price. We replaced an old Starbucks Sirena that we ran into the ground after four years. Our machine is responsible for multiple (4-6) lattes per day, almost exclusively double shots and associated frothing. It is a great, straightforward performer, and puts out consistent shots without struggling. The only way I could justify spending more on an espresso machine is if we were concerned with aesthetics. Though portafilter is pressurized, we still use nice heavy 53mm tamp and grounds are easy to remove. Only "cheesy" part of this machine is the included knock box, but we don't use it anyway. Bottom line: absolutely a great machine, and a great price to boot. We have yet to be disappointed. Also, kudos to the gals and their videos, which helped us make a great educated decision.

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Best Bang for the Buck, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 5/31/12)

Great espresso - Beautiful Crema

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the bad is that the machine only fits small cups and the placement and design of the milk frothing system is a joke...works well but messy.

If you can live with these two drawbacks (which my other machines (Breville) don't have) you are looking at a great espresso maker with excellent tasting coffee and a beautiful crema. Very compact and you can't beat the price.

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Great Taste, Quiet, Quick Brewing

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Messy

(Posted on 5/27/12)

Great little machine!

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produces great crema and the steamer is very good.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 4/24/12)

Good looking and Easy

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Very attractive and easy to use. Taste test with Pavoni was close, though Pavoni slightly sweeter. The pressurized portafilter makes the process easier, but the sloppy puck is, well, sloppy.

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Quick Brewing, Quiet, Large Water Container, Easy To Use

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Sloppy puck, Messy

(Posted on 4/14/12)

Awesome machine!

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This is a formidable machine that rivals the $500+ makers. You do need to upgrade to the non pressurized portofilter and get a decent tamper. And just as important, you need an excellent espresso grinder. Spend the money on an excellent grinder - it's that important. And lastly, fresh coffee. If you live near a roaster, you're in luck. It's sturdy, in the 6 years I've owned it, I've left the brewer on overnight, overfilled the portofilter with the grinds, made the grinds too fine locking up the machine. It still works, no leaks. I learned to use my machine over the years, and I'm more gentle with it. It's a great entry level machine and no need to upgrade.

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Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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(Posted on 4/6/12)

Highly recommended Espresso

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I love this espresso maker and use it multiple times in the morning to make shots for everyone in the house. I use it again at lunch every day to make about 2-4 more shots for an afternoon wake-up.
It makes consistent espresso and is not difficult to use. I agree with other reviewers that the steam nozzle is positioned low to the counter and my pitcher requires I tilt at a 45

(Posted on 3/27/12)

Solid little performer

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Had the previous model, Saeco Espresso Classico. Gave me 8 yrs of great use. The new design has some changes that I don't like- the on/off button placement, the panarello that produces too much foam. However, this little machine is a great value for the money and has proven to be solid, compact and dependable. I even take mine on road trips. Makes a marginal hotel room SO much better!

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Forgiving, Compact, Easy To Clean, Dependable, Large Water Container

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Bad location of on off, Panarello too boisterous

(Posted on 3/20/12)

Great first machine

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Great little machine in many aspects, small but solidly built. Pressurized portafilter makes for easy but very good shot making. It also makes for more messy cleanup though. The steam wand is a little clunky at first but with the proper sized pitcher, the fit is fine. The steam wand is designed for easy frothing but if you want to do anything different with heating the milk you can't. The wand is also a little more labor intense to keep clean. If I were to get another machine for a vacation house or work this would be a great one for the money. This is a replacement machine and had hoped it would do a bit more but what it does for the price is outstanding. Ended up sending this back to get the Rancilio Silvia at a much higher price.

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Quiet, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing

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Steam wand, Limited

(Posted on 3/15/12)

The best little espresso machine

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This machine brews a beautiful rich espresso with a thick crema. Easy for beginners to brew a commercial cup of espresso.

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Easy To Use, Quiet, Simple and easy to brew h, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container

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(Posted on 3/7/12)

We love it

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We use our machine every day and love it, this is our second one. The first we had for 7 years and is moving to our camper.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 2/1/12)

I love this machine

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After trying many inexpensive machines that were all disappointments I finally bought the Saeco Aroma....A friend suggested this machine and I did watch Gail and Kat's video's....I'm very happy with the performance and the quaility of the espresso it makes...It's fast and easy...I like how it froths the milk...The steam spout does sit a little low so it's hard to remove your pitcher once the milk has frothed...The machine itself is constructed well and made of metal...The drip pan is plastic and kind of a pain to remove and clean...The metal grate that sits on top is directional so you had to be careful when reassembling....When you clean the steam spout, be careful when removing the top, there are 2 washers in it that can be lost easy and have to be put back on a certain way...Thanks Gail for the video...Overall....I love this machine.

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Quiet, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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Steam spout sits too low

(Posted on 1/25/12)

Great machine for the money EXCEPT

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This is my third Aroma in maybe 8 years. (I am a lax descaler and live in an area with very hard water so I don't blame the machine. THIS TIME I WILL DO BETTER!) It's a great machine for the following reasons: it is ready to go almost immediately. It is very forgiving on the coffee grind: consistently good crema on the shots no matter the grind (within reason). It's easy to produce good foamed milk with the wand. But there is a serious problem with the design of this Saeco -- the on /off button is on the side and when it is on there is no light on the front of the machine to indicate that it is on. It is very easy to forget to turn the machine off. I have very consciously popped it out when I am done but there are multiple users in the house and the chances it will be left on all day to burn out really worries me.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 1/23/12)

Makes good coffee, but................

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I really do like the machine, especially compared to what I had. The coffee is much better, no or little bitterness. Don't really have to add sweetener, but do at times.
I purchase this with intention of buying the non-pressurized filter adapter so I can enjoy the coffee making experience. It hasn't been available and I'm very disappointed in that. I hope it wasn't misleading advertising and will soon be in stock. I think the pressurized filter makes an aereated crema instead of just a true crema.
The frother bubbles the milk too much and is too thick to allow for nice latte art on the top. The foam should be finer I think. I've been using 1% milk, and maybe 2% or whole milk will foam differently. I don't know why machine have these plastic frother attachments. Most professional machines have just a stainless wand.
But, again, it make very good espresso, especially for the price. A good value.

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Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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Foam is to bubbly, Crema is airy, Need Non pressure filter

(Posted on 1/7/12)

I love it

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I have just begun to appreciate latte`s and this machine is perfect for me. Brews wonderful latte`s and saves me $. My gain is [@] loss. I agree with a few reviewers that the steam wand is a bit difficult, but not awful. I ordered the larger latte` pitcher - I would recommend a smaller one - that would make manuvering it a bit easier. But basicly, I'm happy!

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Reasonably priced

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Steam wand a bit difficul

(Posted on 1/2/12)

Gift for Son-in-law

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He's still experimenting to get that perfect cup. Need to raise machine so it's easier to get pitcher under the steam wand.

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Easy To Use, Quiet, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 1/2/12)

Makes good Espresso and Latte.

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Follow the instructions and you should get results.
Did not have to pay big bucks!
Makes a good espresso like I got in France.

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Easy To Use, I am not an expert, The results are good, Great Taste

Cons:
I now drink more coffee

(Posted on 12/22/11)

Limited experence review

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First try was a cheap steam combo machine. Then I got a DeLonghi EC140 which was OK but small water reserve and vibrated so bad you have to hold the cups. The Seaco Aroma has a much bigger water supply and portafilter. The portafilter is harder to clean probably because it is deeper and straight sides. It was shipped missing 1 of 4 rubber bottom supports but no problem getting a new one from the supplier.

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Quiet, Large Water Container, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/15/11)

A good, solid machine.

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I received this machine a year ago as a Christmas present. It still works just as well now as when I took it out of the box. I expect to get many years out of this machine.

It produces quality espresso shots, as good or often better than I find from various coffee shops in the area.

The only real draw back is, as many others have noticee, the steaming wand. It is compact and requires a bit of finess, but I can't say it is all that problematic, and it is easy to clean.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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Noisy

(Posted on 11/4/11)

I would buy this product again!

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Great product, easy to use!

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(Posted on 8/21/11)

Happy!

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When our beloved 8 year old espresso make died, we needed a replacement right away. We looked locally but weren't ready to buy an ABS plastic machine. And although we use mostly whole beans, we love the convenience of ESE pods on occasion (travel to vacation rental, big dinner parties). Our son has the Saeco Aroma so we knew it would be compact, sturdy and good enough looking.We've been pleased with the shots we get from the pressurized porta-filter and very happy with the ease of using the ESE basket and the quality of the shots it produces. [...]

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Great Taste, Sturdy, Compact and clean design, Large Water Container

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Hard to see "ready" light, Hard to read "on" setting

(Posted on 7/28/11)

Happy!

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When our beloved FrancisFrancis X-5 died after 8 years of use, we needed a replacement quickly! We primarily use whole beans (Capresso grinder), but have loved the convenience of ESE pods for certain times (trips to vacation rental, big dinner parties). We realized that we weren't ready for an ABS plastic machine after looking at the Baby Gaggia in town. Our son has the Saeco Aroma and we knew it would be all metal and not too large.We are happy with the espresso we are getting. We think we might get even better shots with a better grinder --- we're using Capresso at maximum fine setting. And ... we're delighted with the ease of use and quality of shots from pods. The machine is not as beautiful as our previous one and the "on" switch is not lighted, nor is the "ready" light very easy to read in a well-lit room. Those are our only complaints and we are adapting![...]

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Easy To Use, Sturdy solid, Large Water Container

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Hard to read

(Posted on 7/27/11)

A nice and foamy cup of coffee

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Saeco invented a system by which the coffee gets a bit of foamy texture. Perfect for capuccino if you add some milk.

I had the same coffee machine in Europe and bought it again over here.

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Easy To Use, Unique Saeco system, Great Taste

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(Posted on 6/29/11)

Wife loves it

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Easy to use, alway ready to make a cup of coffee.
Best with expresso ground but can use regulator coffee. But not as good.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 6/28/11)

super happy with it!

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It's great! People wrote that its hard to use the steam wand but its not! It's really great!

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Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

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Hard To Clean

(Posted on 6/16/11)

Great Product!

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I have been really happy with my espresso machine. I was worried at first that this would be a low end product because of the cost, but I am very happy with the proformance.

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Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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Noisy

(Posted on 6/3/11)

I Love My Saeco Aroma!

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I make myself a white-chocolate-toffee-nut espresso every morning. I take my hot, steaming, sweet cup of espresso on the bus to Seattle (a 45 min commute), and it just makes me feel...happy...especially when it's raining. I am totally enjoying what the Saeco offers. It heats up quickly and delivers really tasty espressos with great crema. On the down-side, its panarello doesn't allow enough room for the milk pitcher to fit; but Gail addressed this in one of her videos, so I knew this BEFORE I bought my Saeco. I bought it because I read the reviews, watched a lot of videos by Gail, and figured the Saeco was a really good buy. I actually bought two Saecos - I bought one for my daughter's family, and then I bought one for myself. It was money well-spent! Thanks for brightening my day, Seattle Coffee Gear!!! I'm home sick with a cold today, so I'm gonna go downstairs right now and fix myself a third espresso of the day. Life is good!

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Great Taste, Good price value, Large Water Container, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Panarello is too long

(Posted on 6/2/11)

Great basic machine

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Makes a freat cup of coffee

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing

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Messy

(Posted on 6/2/11)

I love it!

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I agree the power button on the side is too easy to forget to turn off. Something I saw on your site taught me something new.... Froth before brewing-- it's better for the machine and the whole process seems to go faster than the other way around. It's a grate, inexpensive, machine

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Easy To Use

Cons:
The frother arm too short

(Posted on 5/29/11)

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First time purchase from Seattle Coffee Gear, and I bought the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine - Black (00347). For the price, it is a good machine, however there are some annoying features. The steamer is way too long and there is literally no space to put your stainless cup of milk to steam. Very awkward. There is also a very small space to brew the espresso into the shot glasses. It is easily bumped and spilled. The machine makes a great shot though, so for the money it is worth it. I read many reviews before purchasing from SCG, and I am happy so far. [...] I previously purchased a Jura Ena 3 from [@], and returned it because the steamer had issues of becoming loose and making a huge mess. So, I decided to downgrade and see how it goes.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste

Cons:
Messy, Small space to brew, Steamer is weird

(Posted on 5/26/11)

Excellent Machine

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I bought one of those cheap machines, and I got what I paid for. It lasted for a month or two, and now it is in the trash. It was very slow, and then one day it quit working altogether. So I decided to buy a good machine that would do what it said it would do, and would last. I am totally satisifed with my new coffee maker, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a good machine that will last, and does not cost a fortune.

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 5/20/11)

Great machine for the money!

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My first Saeco Aroma lasted about five years. Then I thought the pump was getting weak and I couldn't imagine not having the machine while I ordered and installed a new pump in the old one. So I bought a new one at a great price from Seattle Coffee Gear. It is working perfectly. My new pump for the old one should come in this week, so I will have a second machine to put on the shelf or take to the office.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Durable, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Serviceable

Cons:
None

(Posted on 5/2/11)

Love this machine!

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This is my first espresso machine (got tired of paying someone else for what I could do and have better control of the ingredients) and I love it! So easy to use and clean. The portafilter was a little tight at first but now it is perfect. I make delicious iced and hot espresso. I am going to order the non-pressurized portafilter when I get better at using the machine. Oh, and I use the knock box to store the portafilter and podkit.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Great for beginner, Great Taste, GREAT PRICE, Easy To Clean, Large Water Container

Cons:
None

(Posted on 4/17/11)

Well built and great shots

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This is my 2nd Saeco and I'm consistently impressed with the quality of shots this little machine delivers. I am using ESE pods from a supplier in Italy and the crema delivered is excellent, and without the mess. The machine's boiler heats up very quickly and is ready to pull several shots back to back. Foaming milk with the wand requires you to pull the unit to the edge of the counter due to the wand length, but this isn't too big of a hassle as I drink mostly espresso. I would buy this machine again in a heartbeat [...]

Pros:
Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 3/24/11)

Ideal Entry-Level Espresso Machine

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Thanks to the videos provided on SCG's website,I was able to choose this perfect "beginner" espresso maker. Preheating the portafilter and cups ensures a good hot cup of java. In addition to that 1st cup of coffee in the morning, we enjoy Affogatos (a shot of espresso over vanilla gelato)as a special dessert. The only con is having to raise the machine up off the counter to enable ease in frothing, that is a simple adjustment. I had a 2" high cutting board that accommodated the machine, knock box and all the necessary accessories needed for a cozy little coffee station.

Pros:
Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, No need for tamper, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 3/23/11)

Good machine, built like a tank.

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I bought this machine to replace my old machine that cost quite a bit more. I was happy with the quality, not only in operation but in feel with the heavy stainless case. I was at first disapointed with the taste as I was using the included Pressurized porta filter. Tamp and grind seemed to mean little. I tried to obtain a non presurized unit but it looked not up to par compared to the included unit.

The solution turned out to be easy. I took the bottom off of the included porta filter, removed the plastic valve and spring then drilled out the hole in the middle with a small 1/8 inch sharp drill bit and screwed the bottom back on. Wallah! instant non-presurized porta filter.

And what a difference that made! Now this unit is producing BETTER tasting coffee than the old unit that cost twice as much.

After 6 months of use, I gues the best I can say is I am on the site today buying a second unit for my jobsite. Life is too short for bad coffee!

Pros:
Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Decent Price, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Presurized porta filter

(Posted on 3/23/11)

Decent machine for the price

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Brews a decent cup,however the steam wand leaves much to be desired. Found that with the frothing wand attached you can't heat the milk near hot enough, take it off and you can get it much hotter, houever you end up with a buyer mess. If you are making several cups in a row you have to reptile the pump fore more steam, dissent take long, just more steps than other machines. Owned a cafe prestige machine before this and liked it's brewing capability to brew and steam better. This is a much quieter machine though and if you want a black machine that's NOT plastic, this is it.

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Not cheap plastic

Cons:
Steam wand lacking

(Posted on 3/6/11)

Good machine; better than my old Solis

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Great machine. My third after two disappointing Solis units. Much better at half the price. Great tasting coffee. Pro crema. Will upgrade to new frother. Great quality and close to Pro for a great price.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 3/6/11)

New friend

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This machine replaced my old friend of 10 years that had to be put out to pasture. I was quite nervous bringing a new machine into the house. My espresso machine was my favorite possession. This machine has moved in and taken the place of my old favorite. It is simple to use. It is solidly built. It makes great espresso and steamed milk. It is much faster than my old friend and makes better steamed milk. I use the pressurized portafilter but may someday order the upgrade non-pressurized. It is spoiling me a little but I do miss the tamping a bit. My only complaint and it is minor, is the position of the steam wand. It is very close to the machine and can be awkward to hold your steaming vessel under. I purchased the Rattleware 16oz no handle pitcher from this site and it is a great fit but only for a single. If you want to produce more steamed milk you will need a short fat pitcher which I happened to have. Although sad to see my old friend go, I feel this machine is an "upgrade" even though the price was very reasonable. If you love espresso, cappuccinos, lattes etc. and have limited funds, you will feel like you have a top of line find in this machine! Enjoy! One additional note, some reviewers mentioned that raising the machine up off the counter helps with the steaming and that is true. While contemplating this idea, my daughter came up with a solution. There is a "as seen on tv" product called "counter caddy". It is a simple sliding tray that holds an appliance under your cupboards on the counter and then lets you pull the item forward on the counter. Not only is this nice to pull the machine forward, but it lifts the machine off the counter an additional inch which is just enough to aid in the milk steaming. I put some of that grippy shelf liner under the caddy, put the machine on the caddy and then can pull the machine away from the wall for use or filling with water. (this is in no way an advertisement for the caddy. I just found it really helpful in this situation and wanted others with this machine to know about it.)

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container

Cons:
Award steam wand

(Posted on 2/21/11)

A good buy for average household use.

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This is my second Saeco same unit. My first one lasted 10 years, and still runs..but finally the pump became weak, and it was time to replace. I'd say for the the price these units are, its a great machine for how long mine lasted.

It makes great expresso...which I drink straight, so I don't use the Frother nozzle at all for myself, but have occassionally for guests, and it works fine also.

Nice Crema developed by this machine/Portafilter, which is a must for we straight Expresso drinkers.

I'm very happy with these machines, and happy with the price on my new one from Seattle Coffee Gear.

Pros:
Easy To Use, DurableEfficientCompact, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing

Cons:
None

(Posted on 2/20/11)

vry good espresso machine

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Perfect manual machine generating excellent level of coffee crema at really good price

Pros:
Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

Cons:
Messy

(Posted on 1/25/11)

Stainless Doesn't Rust

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Big fan of Saeco Aroma but my original Black model rusted and left "rust dust" on the countertop. Finally bought the stainless version and solved the problem. Minor complaint with the newer model is on/off switch located on side of machine is easy to forget and leave on because it has no light.

The Aroma is great basic reasonably powered espresso machine for reliable everyday use at a modest price.

Pros:
Won't RUST, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 1/10/11)

Outstanding and fast

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We use it everyday and makes great espresso and lattes. It has a very fast recovering time to heat and foam milk. It can make thick foam in a matter of a minute. This is my third machine and by far the best. There are probably better machines, but I do not believe there is one at this price point that can do what the Saeco Aroma can do!

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 1/6/11)

Excellent value and performance

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I have owned one for 5 years and it has performed flawlessly. I just purchased this new one for my parents. This is an excellent machine for someone who wants easy espresso and has killed more than a few garage sale Krupps machines.

It comes prepped for ESE Pods (super easy) and with the Pressurized Portafilter (easy) so anyone can make excellent coffee drinks right out of the box, without worrying about grinding or tamping.

I have been using my Aroma with a non-pressurized filter for years. Paired with a good grinder (Rancilio Rocky), this thing can go toe to toe with much more expensive machines.

In my opinion, its unbeatable at this price -- which is why I can award it 5 stars. Plus the Seattle Coffee Gear service is outstanding.

Pros:
Great Taste, Versitle, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 1/5/11)

Ahh Aroma

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I'll start with this. i'm replacing a Saeco Rio we bought at a yard Sale back in 1994 or so. this machine was still going and retired in 2010. Rio is going to the family Cabin. The Aroma is Awsome. The coffee has a wonderful carmel,frothiness. My mother in - law has gone through several other machines ( names withheld) even a barrista. We like to foam up a little milk every now and then. This machine will not dissapoint. I expected to spend some time waiting on this process. My rio steamed (frothed Milk) slowly. actually i never got foam. The aroma took less than 5 seconds. you will enjoy this machine. the price is perfect. Stop ordering out for a couple of months and it is paid for. I prefere a cup from home than my favorite place. This was a gift for my wife but i enjoy making her Coffee and her breakfast. Gourmet breakfast and a goumet coffee.

Pros:
Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, It wll pay for its self, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade

Cons:
None

(Posted on 1/3/11)

None

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This was a Christmas present for my wife. When I "describe yourself" above, I describe her. I am not a coffee drinker, but my wife and son (home from college for Christmas) are having a wonderful time making espresso. It's fun to watch them!

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 12/29/10)

I got whay I paid for!

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Great machine for the money, very quiet, and large water tank! Steam wand has a poor design, but we all knew that! Just flat out a great machine for the money! I was surprised, that it has a pretty decent finsish on it. But the steam knob is kinda cheesey, but ya can live with it!

Pros:
Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

Cons:
Steam wand

(Posted on 12/29/10)

Great Little Powerhouse

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Heats up fast. Switch to steam quickly. Good results without fussing, just fill up filter cup, install in machine, press start, press stop. Consistent results with the right grind. The seal where the filter screws into position has residual coffee grinds that are a little tricky to clean out. The pressurized filter always leave a little coffee. If you run the filter empty first, the residual coffee will get washed out into your cup. This simultaneous;y pre-heats your cup. When I ordered the Aroma I intended to order the non-pressurized filter but have not been able to find it. I was looking forward to being able to fine tune my techniques and get the "perfect cup" but the results with the pressurized filter is really great.

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Heats up fast, Compact

Cons:
Hard To Clean, Messy, Steam wand awkward

(Posted on 12/28/10)

My first pump espresso machine

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This is a great way to get into the espresso world. Get yourself a non pressurized portafilter and begin to experience real espresso for the first time at home. I get great results with this machine and a good burr grinder.

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Large Water Container

Cons:
Short frothing wand, Panarello wand for steam

(Posted on 12/20/10)

Yummy espresso

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I use it for coffee loving family and friends, and especially appreciate its dependability, relatively quiet operation, and speed.

Pros:
Great Taste, Fast, Easy To Use, Compact, Consistently good coffee

Cons:
none I can see

(Posted on 12/15/10)

Great Machine

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I received this machine for my birthday and just absolutely love it. I'm a beginner at making coffee and I think I make it better then going to a coffee place. Simple to use other than the steam wand dosent come out far enough from the machine and very foamy when steaming milk. It's not stopping me from using and loving it.

Pros:
Easy To Use

Cons:
Creates too much foam

(Posted on 12/2/10)

Solid performer

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The machine doesn't care much about grind type and tamping. It consistently makes great espresso. It could probably make an awesome espresso if I knew how to take it to it's limits. Simple, easy to use, solid metal construction, easy to clean - the wand can be taken apart and cleaned in a matter of seconds. I don't have to wait for the machine to cool down to remove the portafilter (like I did with our previous machine) to make more coffee. The steam wand could have been a bit shorter or placed higher so one can fit a tall glass under it without spilling the foam. No big deal - use a short cup or place the machine at the edge of kitchen counter.

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Reliable, Consistent, Easy To Use, Great Taste, Any coffee grind, Solid metal body

Cons:
Steam wand a bit long

(Posted on 11/23/10)

Good bang for the buck & easy to use.

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The combination of compact size and the pressurized portafilter makes it a great machine for your office. Stop spending so much cash at the cafe! The included pressurized portafilter makes for easy and quick use, as the beans don't need to be ground perfectly with a pricy burr grinder and there's no need to tamp. I may buy another for home and "upgrade" to the non-pressurized portafilter and burr grinder to keep it real, but the Rancilio Silvia becomes tempting at that point. The only issue that I'm encountering is that the steamer isn't strong. About a 1/3 of the way into steaming a small amount of milk, the pump seems to loose strength, and it takes it a bit to recover and complete. Otherwise, it's a great little machine for the price. And I would recommend popping for the stainless model.

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Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 11/2/10)

Excellent Machine Great Espresso

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The pressurized portafilter makes it hard to clean and grinds get pushed up against the water output. You have to wipe the machine's under side and run it to get the grinds out as they tend to 'float' with the non-pressurized portafilter. The knock box that comes with it is not useful at all and should not be included.

The machine acts exactly as promised and brews lightening fast after the boiler heats up which only takes a few seconds. The coffee quality is outstanding (though I think it will be better with the non-pressurized portafilter). The 'silly' cup warming feature (basically because the hot water happens to warm the top) is actually really useful. Water reservoir is simple to replenish even if the hose does want to sit at an angle and must be coaxed to sit lower int he tank. The waste / spill catch is of good size, location and is easy to clean. The bottom of the machine is also easy to clean with a drain in case of spillage so you don't have a bathtub if your cleaning the portafilter out using the brew feature causes spillage (happens if you are cleaning or pre-heating without the basket).

Pros:
Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing

Cons:
Hard To Clean

(Posted on 10/26/10)

Saeco Aroma works great

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The coffee/espresso maker had a defective portafilter(coffee holder that leaked around the sides). I called to troubleshoot to a bad portafilter with Seattle Coffee Gear and they had me call Saeco directly for a replacement. Saeco sent out a new portafilter 2 days later and that one worked fine.
Capacino/espresso is great. The milk frother works great. No complaints on this maching after 2 weeks of daily use. I used to have a similar Gaggia machine that was much louder and rusted away after 3 years. We'll see about the Seaco.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean

Cons:
First portafilter was bad

(Posted on 10/21/10)

Good choice

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I'm so grateful to Gail and Kat and all the crew at Seattle Coffee Gear. If it were not for their YouTube videos I'm not sure where I would have bought my machine. It was clear to me that these folks know their stuff and are serious about coffee --- I think I made a very good choice!

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade

Cons:
Messy, Hard To Clean

(Posted on 10/18/10)

Great purchase!

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This is our first espresso machine for our home...I wanted something that was reliable, brewed great espresso, but was not huge (we live in a town house and have a small kitchen...no counter space!). I also couldn't afford the $1200 models....so this was the best find for our budget and needs. We have been thrilled so far!

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 10/3/10)

Easy to Use - Great Value

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I am far from an Aficionado, but I enjoy a decent cup of espresso. I think this machine is perfect for the amateur person looking for quality, but not ready to spend for a Silva.

I have been using the machine for a little over 3 weeks now and feel the machine has more than delivered on its promises. It is:
* Incredibly easy to use
* Heats up quickly
* Pours a pretty decent espresso (only tried using the pressurized portafilter).

As expected it has a few minor drawbacks:
* Can be a bit messy and drippy
* The pressurized portafilter leaves a wet puck that can be a bit messy to clean.

Overall, minor drawbacks considering the ease to get a good cup of espresso.
I highly recommend the machine.

Other note: I can't speak on how easy it is to do a maintenance clean because I haven't owned it long enough.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste

Cons:
Messy

(Posted on 10/3/10)

Good starter machine.

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This is definitely a good starter machine. It heats to brewing temperature very fast. The included portafilter is pressurized, so it is not fussy about grind quality, nor are you required to tamp the grounds into the portafilter. However, the shot quality from the pressurized portafilter is only average. To really get the best shot from this machine you need a good grinder and unpressurized portafilter.

The distance between the bottom of the portafilter and the top of the drip tray is very short. Plan accordingly.

If I were to do it again, I'd pass over the Aroma and spend the extra on a Sylvia. However, at this price point, it's hard to beat the Aroma.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 9/25/10)

Love the Saeco machines!

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This is my third Saeco machine, second Aroma. The coffee comes out great with a beautiful crema. We mostly use it for cappucino and it makes a great steamed milk with thick froth.

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Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 9/11/10)

I'm hooked

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Things you should know: 1) for the best crema use a coarser grind with pressurized portafilter, 2) when engaging the pump, hold the handle of the pressurized portafilter to the right for 5-6 secs before releasing, 3) do not knock the pressurized portafilter to clear the grounds [you could damage the internal mechanism], and 4) after emptying and rinsing the pressurized portafilter, clean it by making one last espresso without coffee in the basket.

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Manual could be better

(Posted on 9/4/10)

The best one ever

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I set it up in under 5 min and had my first cup of espresso, it was better than a Starbuchs shot.
I will be telling all of my friends about this. If your thinking about getting this one stop thinking and just get it.

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Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Great Taste

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(Posted on 8/22/10)

I'm very happy

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I am happy with my Mochas now. The steaming arm is very close to the machine which can be awkward to fit the pitcher under but can be done. I am a fan again of expresso machines. The price is fair relative to other machines I've tried and not found to be as user friendly.

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Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste

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(Posted on 8/15/10)

Very good semiautomatic Espresso machine

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Very nice semiautomatic espresso maker that creates excellent crema and consistent flavor. I use it with a Capresso grinder. The combination gives very good control to achieve the result I want. Overall, very happy with it.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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(Posted on 6/28/10)

A good first espresso machine

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This is my first foray into the world of espresso and the first machine I have ever owned. I've been using the Saeco Aroma daily now for about 3 weeks and so far so good. It is affordable, easy to use, easy to clean, and makes a quick, delicious cappuccino. I started out with pre-ground coffee (Lavazza in Blu), which is very good, but I plan to experiment with other coffees in the future. We have extremely hard water here, so I also purchased an in-tank resin water softener. I have no idea if is working or not, since I have not tested the water. I'm just hoping it's doing the job. I plan to descale with Dezcal periodically anyway, just to be on the safe side.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 6/25/10)

Love this machine

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After watching several of the videos from Gail and Kat, I bought the Saeco Aroma. I have it elevated on a cut-out piece of granite, which helps with the frothing wand. I make a carmel macchiato every day. They are so yummy! Regarding the messy portafilter I've read about, after I remove it from the machine I let it sit on the counter while drinking my coffee. The puck then comes out clean and easy.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 6/20/10)

Awesome

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This is a great manual machine, though, it would earn the full five stars were the steamer stem a little longer for reaching in to mugs.

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Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Commercial Grade, Great Taste

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(Posted on 6/9/10)

It's good....

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Good/smallish size. Easy to use for my morning coffee ritual. Nice crema.

Pros:
Good price value, Easy To Use, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Wand drips, Knob has no forward stop, Flimsy drip tray

(Posted on 6/5/10)

Loving it for the price and ease of use

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Haven't yet mastered the frothing for capucciono, frequently use my own frother.

Very little wait to make the second double shot.

Still experimenting with coffee brands and grinds

Pros:
Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Looks Great, Good size footprint, Quick warm up, Large Water Container

Cons:
Shots a little weak

(Posted on 6/3/10)

Excellent Machine

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We love our Aroma. It provides good quality espresso with less work (skill, knowledge, etc.) than a higher end machine and at a price point that's really reasonable. We're extremely happy with our purchase.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container

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(Posted on 4/10/10)

Great solid little machine

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This is quite a small machine, but built like a tank, and will compliment any stainless steel equiped kitchen.
The saeco portafilter is such a solid classy item, and the whole machine feels like it will last years - my previous cafe italia did.
Espresso is brewed flawlessly, no matter how you tamp. The panarello wand was new for me, and seems to have been a source of complaints with some swapping it out for a Gaggia wand. I found it does a nice job, with really good microfoam produced and you just leave it to it unlike a manual wand that requires your constant attention.
Only downside to this unit is it takes a lot of turns on the control knob to switch on the steam fully, and thats about as minor as it gets.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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(Posted on 3/22/10)

This machine saved our marriage

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We got this as a wedding gift, and really couldn't be much happier with it. With the pressurized portafilter, it makes a delicious shot of espresso with great crema, with absolutely zero fuss or expertise required.

It's solidly built, holds enough water for a week of cappuccini for two, and is easy to clean and maintain. The only potential downside is the strangely placed steam wand, but we just put the machine at the edge of the end of the counter, and with the right size of frothing pitcher, once you slide the pitcher onto the wand, the pitcher just rests on the drip tray so you can walk away while it steams. Way to turn a liability into an asset, us!

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Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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(Posted on 3/21/10)

Bomb Diggity

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This thing looks nice, tastes good, and all around makes me feel awake. Make sure and uses espresso ground coffee though, and you will have awesome creme' shots

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 3/20/10)

If you like cars with automatic ...

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I use the Aroma every morning for my double shot and most afternoons for a single shot. My wife uses it for a daily latte.

I have only two complaints with this otherwise great machine: (1) Its pressurized porta-filter produces bubbly crema, not the really thick crema one gets with a manually tamped non-pressurized one. (The advertised non-pressurized porta-filter seems to be permanently out of stock.) (2) Because the Arome lacks a triple solenoid, its residue is wet and messy --- especially when one pulls a singe shot.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Very quiet

Cons:
Messy, Bubbly crema

(Posted on 3/20/10)

Lovin' my Saeco Aroma

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I am thoroughly please with my Saeco Aroma. It pulls a great shot in it's stock form. The only think I've noticed is after some use it seems to drip a lot more from the steam wand.

I have to give a great compliment to Seattle Coffee Gear here as well. I asked about a more expensive machine, setting myself up for an easy up sell, but the sales person who helped me didn't take advantage and told me my original choice (the Aroma) was a better one!

Major kudos to Seattle Coffee Gear!

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

Cons:
Messy

(Posted on 3/19/10)

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