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Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished

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Regular Price: $299.95

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Regular Price: $299.95

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Quick Overview

The Saeco Aroma is a compact and durable espresso machine that makes brewing you 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 you 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.

How the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine Works

  • Turn on the Aroma and allow the boiler to heat.
  • Once the coffee ready light appears, place pre-ground espresso in the portafilter and place up on the machine.
  • Put a cup or shot glasses under the spouts and depress the brew button to begin brewing. Press the button again to stop the flow of espresso.
  • For steaming, press the steam button and wait while the boiler heats to steaming temperature. Once it is ready, place a frothing pitcher under the wand and turn the steam know to begin steaming.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

  • Easy to Make Espresso and Coffee: Fill the portafilter handle with finely ground espresso, tamp lightly and place up on the machine. 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 is also available for those that are into tamping their own grinds.
  • Large 80 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? Though it is a bit messier, it's also smaller than the Venezia and is therefore great for those with limited space.
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 8.25 inches
Depth 9.75 inches
Height 11.75 inches
Watts 950W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 2.125 inches
Boiler Volume 5 oz
Reservoir Size 80 oz
Solenoid Valve No
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
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Stainless Steel

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Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished
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A shopper asked: I just got into drinking espresso working with a French film crew. I've been watching your reviews and find them pleasant and informative. So my question is do you feel this is a good machine for a first time buyer and beginner espresso maker? Mar 21, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this Aroma is a great unit if you're just getting started! It produces consistent shots with it's pressurized portafilter even if you don't have a grinder, and though the panarello will provide larger bubbles when you froth your milk, it is easy to use. It's also easy to maintain, and overall we have been very pleased with it. Mar 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: Do you sell a bottomless or non pressurized portafilter for this machine. if so is it worth upgrading to it ? May 10, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, we do sell both a nonpressurized or bottomless portafilter for this Saeco Aroma. It will give you good results, and can potentially give you better results than the pressurized portafilter that comes with the machine, but you would also need a good grinder and a tamper (53mm) as well. May 10, 2013
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Leon J asked: I bought a refurb from SCG, and it was the old model with the three switches on the front, instead of two push buttons. During the brewing, the "not ready" indicator turns on after few seconds. Is there anything wrong with it? Should I stop the brewing when the light is on? Mar 25, 2013
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Teri KStaff: This is actually pretty normal, as the smaller machines like the Saeco Aroma and Via Venezia have relatively small boilers, which will not hold a great deal of water. So, as you pull water from the machine in order to brew the temperature will decrease, and therefore the button will turn off. As long as the temperature of the water dispensing is not cold, then it sounds like the machine is working fine for you! Mar 26, 2013
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Michel M asked: I saw in the video that this machine is self tamping. Does that mean that I can't/shouldn't tamp myself? What about if I upgrade to a non-pressurized portafilter? Mar 15, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Correct- this Saeco Aroma is self-tamping, and so you do not need to tamp your grounds. In fact, if you use the pressurized portafilter that comes standard with the machine, a very fine grind, and also tamp, then you can create too much resistance for the espresso, and nothing may pass through. If you upgrade to the nonpressurized portafilter, you will need a good quality grinder and a tamper, and then you will start tamping the grounds and timing your shots, for 2 ounces of liquid extracted in 20-30 seconds when tamped with 30# of pressure. Mar 18, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi! Can anyone tell me how much clearance there is on the Saeco aroma for cups? Thanks! Dec 30, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: The cup clearance on the Saeco Aroma espresso machine is 2.125 inches. Jan 11, 2013
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Curtis O asked: This is a hard question to answer without proper equipment but could anyone try to describe how loud this pump is while drawing shots? Some machines in this price range hum and others seem to rattle enough to wake a neighbor. Any qualitative (or quantitative) data would be helpful. Thanks! Aug 2, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: I would not say this machine is very loud, but your opinion could certainly vary! I would suggest looking at some of the Youtube videos to hear the machine operating. Aug 4, 2012
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

What it Covers:

SCG's Certified Refurbished Equipment

Including Saeco, Rocket, Rancilio, Francis Francis Refurbished Equipment

Length: 6 months
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes
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.

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I didn't buy this machine from this company. I couldn't get crema from this machine and I have owned several espresso machines and never had to try too hard to get crema. I tried all the hints of extra tamping etc. I also didn't think it was expressing enough water for the double serving. The espresso just sort of dribbled out. It was too little, too thick and too syrupy. The steamer wand frothed ok but it was important to empty out an initial squirt of water. However, it turned the milk a little brown. I am thinking there was something wrong with this machine. I will be returning it. Finally, I hated the proprietary portafilter. I like to tamp it really hard and knock the used grinds out quickly. I didn't find the little plastic clip useful at all. I think it will break over time. I used a spoon, the cup is really loose and it just made a mess. I think I am going to buy the Seaco Aroma.

(Posted on 4/23/14)

Great Machine!

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I picked this machine for my own birthday present, and I am so pleased over my decision. I had scoured the internet to find a machine that was in my price range and that was "beginner" friendly. I didn't have Any trouble figuring out how to use it. The preasurized portafilter makes it a no brainer and I love having the option of using pods.

The only down fall would be the steamer wand is too close to the machine. It is hard to move the frothing pitcher while the steamer wand is doing its thing.

The only other thing that id like to point out is that, I have found if I place a folded papertowl under my cup (on the drip tray), that I have way less mess to clean up. This machine can be very messy, but the papertowl solved that problem for me. And really, the espresso is soooo tasty, I would have put up with the mess.

(Posted on 2/11/14)

2 1/2 years and going strong

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I have 3 Saeco aroma machines and they all function well. One has been in continuous use for over 2 1/2 year and functions quite well, 3-4 cups per day. I had to replace the portafilter last month, but the espresso I brew is as good as any I have had. While I understand that some will spend $$$$ for more complicated machines, it is hard for me to believe that they brew a tastier cup of coffee.
It is often said that perfection is the enemy of the good. The Saeco Aroma is VERY good!

(Posted on 1/11/14)

Great value; makes wonderful espresso

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This is my first espresso machine. I roast my own coffee, and until this point have been doing pour-over drip coffee with a ceramic cone and filter paper. I've made very good drip coffee, but also enjoy lattes and cappuccinos and wanted to make my own at home. I'm also a bit tired of forking out $4+ for a latte in a coffee shop, which often aren't very good at all. (Did I mention how bad coffee is at a lot of chain coffee stores?)

The Saeco Aroma can make excellent quality espresso, but not with the included pressurized portafilter. Using the included portafilter makes espresso with great crema, but it's too watery and tasteless. You have two options, though: "depressurize" the included portafilter (remove the pressurization mechanism -- it unscrews easily) or buy the unpressurized portafilter. I've done both, and both will result in much better espresso. Personally, I prefer the unpressurized portafilter -- less plastic in the way of your coffee, but it's about $50 extra.

If you go non-pressurized, you will need a decent burr coffee grinder. I use the fairly inexpensive Baratza Encore grinder to good effect (I opened it up and readjusted the grind range so that it would go finer, based on the instructions here on Seattle Coffee gear's web site.) Then, it's trial and error figuring out exactly how much coffee to put in the basket, how fine your grind should be, and how much you should tamp the grounds. (Did I mention you'll also need a good tamper -- add another $30 or so to your purchase.) I shoot for about a 30-second pour and go on how the espresso tastes and have had remarkably good results -- as good as the best espresso and lattes I've had in a coffee shop.

Is this espresso machine perfect? Well no -- I'm having a hard time with getting fine enough bubbles with the steamer wand. It tastes fine though, but it just means I can't do that nice "latte art" that you see in cups.

I did have one incident when the espresso machine refused to heat up (i.e., the indicator light would not come on for either the brewing or steam option), but it only happened once, so I'm hoping it's a one-time fluke.

Also, while the water reservoir is large -- a nice feature -- it's a bit cumbersome to remove because of the tank's hose and it's a bit too easy to drop a full reservoir because of a lack of places to securely hold the tank as it's being inserted into the machine.

Otherwise, I would highly recommend this machine for its ability to make wonderful espresso and decent steamed milk, especially at its price point.

(Posted on 8/7/13)

Birthday pressie homerun!

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My coffee hound husband received this for his birthday from my family who have a Starbucks barista and we couldn't be happier! We've been using stove top cafeteras forever and enjoy the daily cafe con leche but with this little beauty, well, the espresso is truly espresso! The crema...pure heaven. Not to mention my love of foam, yum.
The steamer arm would be far more effective and usable with a tilting swivel head, I position the machine at the edge of the counter to use it. But overall, we are super pleased, and now I make the children babyccinos and vanilla steamers at will, love it.

(Posted on 5/22/13)

A magic purchase

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After my "Saeco" espresso machine broke down i was decimated. Though it was mostly plastic parts, it was a work horse. I was troubled to find that an equivalent was proving to be costly. This site had one in all METAL and at a reasonable price. Considering the average good Italian espresso machine is usually in the $300 range, Mine was less than half that much.

I was satisfied beyond my expectations. The machine makes me a real Barista once more!!

-Thanks Seattle Coffee gear!

(Posted on 5/21/13)

Great value for money.

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The prior reviews essentially reflect my experience with this machine (refurbished, purchased in January, 2013 for $129 and used daily for 2-3 shots). It allows anyone to produce a very good espresso without much practice. We also have an older model Aroma that I use with a converted, non-pressurized portafilter. The pressurized portafilter produces shots that are almost as good and without requiring a precise grind or tamping pressure. The short steamer wand is only a minimal inconvenience, and the froth is OK for a decent-tasting cappucho, but not for making pretty designs. In summary, it's a very good, basic machine at an excellent price.

(Posted on 5/21/13)

excellent choice

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Bought this for all the parts to refurbish my SS Aroma but so far I am just using the machine out of the box and it is fabulous! I use a non-pressurised Porta filter and it pulls a 17-20 second 2 oz creamy with no worries! Black on black granite counter top-can't miss. The aroma is really the best kept secret around in expresso machines. My first one hasn't missed a beat in 6 years running.

(Posted on 5/15/13)

Great!!

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Couldn't be happier with the purchase. I haven't been to Starbucks since. ;)

(Posted on 4/21/13)

Great little machine,already recommended to a friend.

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Great value. The only thing I would change is a swivel head on the steamer for easier use.

(Posted on 3/30/13)

Excellent coffee and value

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It took me about 15 shots to find the combination of grind and tamp to produce an excellent shot. Great body, crema and flavor. I prefer to use hand pressure tamp, so am not using the auto porta-filter.

Service from SCG is excellent; quick and friendly.

Highly recommended.

(Posted on 3/24/13)

Awesome little machine- buy one and you'll love it

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Don't pay more for a more expensive machine- this little monster makes espresso comparable with any other- period. I've owned two in the last 5 years, and they're both still working well, The 15 bar pressure is on par with expensive commercial machines, and combined with a good espresso coffee- it rocks!!! I buy my coffee at a local coffee shop that imports and sells an espresso grind. Add some stevia natural sweetner and some half-and-half and your drinking an espresso that tastes like an $8 high end restaurant espresso.

(Posted on 3/2/13)

Great for the money

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This is our second Aroma. This one was to replace our four years old one. It was over due. We had used it for a average of 2 Latte a day for the four years.

The choice was easy. And this refurbish no problem been arrived and look brand new. It's going through the same abuse and we love it

(Posted on 2/24/13)

Love this machine

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Ive been enjoying this machine daily for a few months. I've made delicious steamed hot chocolate and several different lattes and cappuccinos. Everyone had really enjoyed this little guy's performance.
I've upgraded to the nonpressurized portafilter and the stainless panarello (hasn't arrived yet). I grind with the hario mini slim mill since its just for me. I'm still tweaking my preparation for the new portafilter, but I'm pulling much better shots.
I purchased my machine as a refurbished model, great decision. As my first espresso maker, i didnt want to spend a whole lot and have a finicky machine to learn on. The aroma is a heavy duty quality that I think will last a long time. I put mine on a cutting block to elevate on my counter, so the steam arm (lack of range of motion) hasn't been an issue. It's been super easy to clean and pretty quick to warm up. I think it's got decent steaming power, not excellent microfoam.
Great entry level machine to enjoy a variety of drinks!

(Posted on 2/20/13)

LOVE!

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For the price you would not expect this Espresso Maker to be this good! The unit heats up quickly and makes an incredible cup! Cleans up well my only complaint is when you want to use one larger cup it is hard to manuver.

(Posted on 1/7/13)

I LOVE this machine!

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Hint for those complaining about the foam: add a little whole milk lactaid to your milk before steaming. I get 'stand on it's head' foam! I make expressos or cappucinos every morning and get rave reviews!

(Posted on 9/28/12)

italian dream

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Ok, the first time I ordered this coffee machine their was a continous flow of water out of the steamer want, and I couldn't get it to stop! The steam knob was broken. After contacting Seattle Coffee Gear, which I have to say provided awesome customer service to get a new one out asap! They say it must have been damaged in shipping.

After understanding how all of the mechanisms worked this new machine is great! It provides the same quality of coffee as an expensive expresso machine...no bean grinder...but who cares when you can buy one for 30$! You are saving about 300-400 dollars not having one built in! Also there is a thick layer or crema on top just like when I was in italy! Even my decaf beans (three ravens blend on seattle coffee gear) has a excellent flavor. The steam wand works great for me...but i only make 1 or 2 lattes/capp weekly...if you make a lot of these maybe you should upgrade to the next level of Saeco with the steam wand that moves around since this one is stuck in place. Especially if you are preparing more than one latte at a time.

Good job and Thank you Saeco.

(Posted on 8/29/12)

Saeco Aroma

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Outstanding service, web site, highly recommended.

thank you we are really enjoying the Aroma.

(Posted on 8/26/12)

Great espresso maker

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No need to tamp portafilter, larger water tank. I have a burr grinder and I can make fresh espresso everyday. Thanks Seattle Coffee Gear for great and prompt service!

(Posted on 8/23/12)

Good mashine!!! A+++

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Good coffee mashine for that money!!!

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(Posted on 5/25/12)

Saeco Aroma Refurbished

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Replacing an over 20 year old machine , that I would carry on vacation with me . This is the best for the money , a very workable shot . Many thanks goes to the great crew at SeattleCoffee Gear , outstanding customer service from across the country .

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Easy To Use, Excellant very workable

Cons:
You need to include a bas

(Posted on 3/14/12)

Beats a Stove top

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This Machine is perfect for a quick morning espresso. Heats up quickly and delivers a good espresso.

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

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(Posted on 2/27/12)

Great Value

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I'm using the pressurized portafilter and usually make an americano. My previous machine was a superautomatic Saeco Charisma that finally died. I think this Saeco Aroma makes better coffee and I'm surprised that I don't miss the convenience much.

I plan to eventually buy the nonpressurized portafilter but need a better grinder first.

The steam wand on the aroma is pretty useless. I've improvised a double boiler setup by using a cheap old krups steam powered espresso machine side by side with the aroma as my steamer.

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(Posted on 12/26/11)

Lovin' it.

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Much traveled espresso aficionado, use it several times a day, experiment with blends. Only wish it was a bit easier to clean.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/15/11)

Best value for an entry-level machine

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I am very happy with the Saeco Aroma and would highly recommend this as an entry level espresso machine. I bought a refurbished stainless steel model with the upgraded stainless paranello wand, and it looks great on the counter. Very easy to use and clean up. I'm new to the hobby of espresso making and started with a Delonghi EC-702 which was a little less expensive but nowhere near the same quality. I returned that machine after opening it and discovering how much of the machine was made of plastic even though it was advertised as stainless steel. The Saeco Aroma is ALL stainless steel and very solid. I'm very impressed with the pressurized portafilter, it is very easy to make an excellent shot of espresso with quality beans and a reasonable espresso grind. I also bought the non-pressurized portafilter and have not been able to create a better shot than the pressurized (standard) portafilter. The non-pressurized portafilter is much pickier about the grind and tamp of the espresso and you can clog up the whole machine fairly easily (at least for me...I'm new). I have gone back to the pressurized (included) portafilter and get consistently excellent espresso shots, so will stick with that going forward. I have two main complaints with the Saeco Aroma, and both are minor:

1) Steam pressure is inadequate for making awesome microfoam. The best you can do is "pretty good." I understand this is a common problem with this level of machine and not a problem with the Saeco. I highly recommend the stainless wand upgrade for better foam. Upgrading the wand brought my foam from "not usable too bubbly and dry" to "pretty good" and usable for a decent cappuccino.

2) Steam wand is too low. Common complaint among the reviewers. Easily solved by moving the machine to the edge of the counter.

Other than those minor nit pickings I love this machine! I'm new to the hobby and was contemplating starting with a Rancilio Silvia...I'm glad I'd didn't start there. All the reviews I've read of the Silvia describe a steep learning curve rewarded by excellent coffee, but getting it wrong is an excersize in frustration. I'm happy with the "very good" quality capps the Saeco Aroma produces without all the extra frustration of getting it perfect for the Silvia. I am loving this hobby and will definetely invest in a fancier machine in the future, mostly for better quality full-pitcher microfoam. I'm glad that I decided to learn on this machine first and I know I will get several happy years out of it before I feel the need to jump to the next level. Even then I will probably keep it and bring this one to the office, I like it that much. One big pro about this machine is the size-- it's very small and stores easily.

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

Cons:
Steam pressure low

(Posted on 4/21/11)

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