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Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine

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Get your favorite coffee drinks at the push of a button with the Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine. The double boiler provides instant steam and automatic milk frothing function for total bean-to-cup customization. Saeco designed its Exprelia with pre-programmed buttons for cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos as well as access to automatic cleaning and descaling. All you have to do is sit back and relax then enjoy the frothy goodness your machine will magically create.
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Get your favorite coffee drinks at the push of a button with the Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine. The double boiler provides instant steam and automatic milk frothing function for total bean-to-cup customization. Saeco designed its Exprelia with pre-programmed buttons for cappuccinos, lattes and macchiatos as well as access to automatic cleaning and descaling. All you have to do is sit back and relax then enjoy the frothy goodness your machine will magically create.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine

  • Removable Milk Frothing Carafe with Automatic Cleaning Cycle: External container automatically froths milk into your cup. The top portion of the handle swivels to the left to dispense steamed milk directly into your cup during the brew cycle. When the handle is swiveled back to the container it automatically rinses itself to keep the container clean and clear of any milk clogs.
  • Alternate Steaming and Hot Water Wand: The Exprelia has a dedicated hot water and alternate steaming wand with dedicated second boiler for strong steaming power. The stainless steel wand does not include a panarello and is perfect for creating your own micro-foam.
  • Removable Water Tank: 1.5 liter removable water tank
  • Double Boiler System: The Exprelia has two stainless-steel boilers that ensure there is always water at the right temperature for brewing, steaming, or dispensing hot water.
  • Saeco Brewing System (SBS): Allows you to choose the strength and consistency of your coffee by turning a dial.
  • Aroma System: The Saeco Aroma System pre-wets your coffee grinds to ensure the best possible coffee extraction. This feature, also known as pre-infusion, can be turned off or on, or lengthened to suit your taste.
  • Auto-Clean: Your Saeco superautomatic will automatically clean and descale for you leaving you with a well-maintained machine that will produce flavorful drinks every time.
  • Customization: Each beverage can be set to your personal preference. It allows you to program the quantity of coffee to grind, coffee temperature, size of your drink and quantity of milk or water.
  • One Touch - The Exprelia has true one-touch technology for cappuccinos, lattes, and other beverages using Saeco's removable milk carafe.
  • Steam Wand - The Exprelia has an alternate steaming wand with more steaming power (and no panarello) than any other superautomatic we have tested.
  • No Oily Beans - Oily beans really gunk up superautomatic grinders and the Exprelia is no exception. Try to stick to a medium roast for best results.
  • Milk Carafe Hot, but not Extra Hot - In testing the automatic milk function, we found it was not as hot as a one-touch models from Jura or DeLonghi. If you are looking for an extra hot latte, use the alternate steaming wand to get the milk as hot as you like.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 5
Ease of Use 5
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

This machine does not have all of the proverbial bells and whistles that the Xelsis does, but it shares the same one-touch functionality.

Model Number HD8856/47
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.625 inches
Depth 16.375 inches
Height 14.125 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 40.0000
Watts 1500 watts
Volts 120 volts
Programmability Yes
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.25 inches
Reservoir Size 1.5 liters
Steam Wand Type Traditional Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute and 29 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 12 seconds
Boiler Design Double Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch Yes - Optional, with Steam Wand
Bean Hopper Capacity 10.5 ounces
Bypass Doser Yes
Material Brushed Stainless Steel

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Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine
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Seattle Coffee Gear Store asked: Why did you choose this?
steve M: Offered the most options and ability to customize drinks at this price point. Apr 10, 2012
Kaci V: I couldn't ask for a better machine. It is simply perfect and my family loves it. Heck my daughter loved the hot water for instant hot chocolate until she found out that steamed milk makes an even better hot chocolate. Like I said it's perfect for the entire family. Add some Lavazza super crema and you'll be one happy customer! Mar 21, 2012
M L: compact and sleek design. manual and auto frother. Can put milk container back into refridgerator. Jan 20, 2012
terri k asked: what is the difference between the Exprelia One Touch and the Exprelia Evo? Dec 9, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Exprelia EVO is a newer model that has been updated to froth finer foam that is just a bit hotter than the original Exprelia machine. In additional to the new look of the machine and carafe, the Exprelia Evo also has an additional milk button (now two buttons on the top right corner of the front of the machine) for programming in quantity of milk when using the auto froth carafe. Dec 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: How tall is the Exprelia? This website says 14.125 ', but Saeco's says 16.5. Nov 11, 2012
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Teri KStaff: The machine is about 14 1/4" high. However, keep in mind you access the water and beans with two doors at the top of this machine. So, unless you want to pull the machine out or be creative when filling these up, the doors need an additional 6" to open. Nov 20, 2012
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Donald S: It's 14.25" to the top of the lid on the bypass doser.

Since the bean hopper and water container doors flip up you need enough space to access these. I have my machine under a cabinet with 18" of clearance and have just enough space to fill the bean hopper. For the water, instead of removing the tank to refill, I have a plastic tube that connects to my filter water faucet and it snakes into the tank.
Nov 20, 2012
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Craig G: Website is correct at 14.125" but there is also the covers for water and coffee

compartments which when open completely add 5" to overall on height.
Nov 21, 2012
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Lynne C: I measured and mine is about 14.125-14.25....I imagine saeco's measurement is in the box? Nov 20, 2012
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Sally L: Mine is a little over 14 inches. After using it for a year we are very happy with it. Nov 20, 2012
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Bruce N: My tape measures the unit height which agrees with the website - 14.125" Nov 25, 2012
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Leigh M: I just measured and the Exprelia is 14.125" talI. Nov 21, 2012
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david f: I get somewhere between 14 1/4" and 14 1/2" Nov 27, 2012
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Richard H: It is about 14 and a quarter inches high. Nov 26, 2012
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Kimberly W: Just under 14 1/4 Nov 20, 2012
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Lynn Z: It's 14.25 inches Nov 20, 2012
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Leslie M: 14 1/4 inches Nov 21, 2012
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A shopper asked: We are considering purchasing this machine, having at home one that is rather old and noisy, but worked well for us. How loud is this unit when in use? Also, how many cups of cappuccino can be made before refilling either the milk or water? Sep 2, 2012
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Grover S: In my opinion, this machine seems more quiet than the old and noisy Saeco Incanto Rondo it replaced in our home. No idea how that compares to other makes. My wife and I prefered the simplicity of the old machine and the larger water tank but we are enjoying the ability to program and customize coffee and espresso drinks to our tastes. We use this machine primarily for long coffee so tend to have to refill the water tank frequently. If you intend to use it primarily for cappaccino or Latte Macchiato, then you will end up refilling the milk carafe more frequently than the water. The water tank holds 1.5 liters. You will likely get 3 to 4 cappaccinos before re-filling the milk carafe but thats not an issue for us. Since you should only leave the milk carafe on the machine (or at room temperature) for about 10 minutes, before putting it back in the fridge, I usually just add the minimum amount of milk I plan to use at one time. One other consideration regarding this machine is the height and additional clearance needed to open the water tank lid and coffee bean hopper lid. It can't occupy the same space on our kitchen countertop as our old machine unless I want to deal with dragging it out from underneath the overhead cabinets every time I need to add or check the water or beans. Had to relocate ours to the laundry room counter. All in all, it's a really nice machine. Hope this helps. Sep 13, 2012
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Alicia S: Hello,

We previously had a Delonghi. While it worked great, it was very loud. I find this machine to be much quieter. It is definitely not silent, but we did notice a big difference between the two. You can set the milk quantity to your own preference so it is hard to accurately tell you how many cups you would get. I would get 3 -4 from the milk pitcher. Also note that the milk does not get too hot. We have to refill the water daily, but we drink a lot of coffee. Compared to the Delonghi, adding water is not a big deal. I just use a pitcher to add some to the spout on top.

Good luck with your decision. Overall, we love this machine.
Sep 10, 2012
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Todd M: The grinding of the beans generates the most noise of the process. It's a little less loud than a typical bean grinder. I usually get about 6 or 7 shots before needing to empty the two interior bins (it's super easy to empty those). I usually refill water about the same time too. Results will vary though based upon how much milk you set it to dispense, amount of beans to grind, and how much water to dispense in brewing. The best feature about this machine is the auto-cleaning milk attachment. So easy and saves so much time compared to other high-end machines I've owned. Sep 11, 2012
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Donald S: Much quieter than the Jura I had previously. The grinder is probably the loudest component of any super automatic yet the Exprelia is very quiet, probably because of the solid metal casing which contains the noise.

The number of cappuccinos it makes depends on the size you make them. Each drink can be customized with the amount of espresso and milk. The milk carafe holds 18oz of milk so figure on 3 cappuccinos before refilling.
Sep 10, 2012
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Audrey C: The machine is very quite. We had a Delonghi super-automatic before this one and it was much louder. You can make 4-5 cappucino's before running out of milk. Not sure how many before running out of water, probably six- eight. Water is easy to refill as is the milk. We like the machine a lot. Hope this helps with your decision. Sep 10, 2012
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Exprelia is not terribly noisy, but I would recommend watching our video for an idea of how loud it is when operating. The amount of milk and espresso can be altered, so the quantity of cups before refilling will vary depending on the ratios that you include in your drinks. Sep 10, 2012
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Louis B: I think it's pretty quiet. It is noisest when frothing milk. Milk capacity is good - you can probably make 4 or 5 cappuccinos before refilling. The water seems to require filling more often considering the rinse cycle at start up. Sep 10, 2012
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steve M: I think the unit is relatively quiet, but you certainly are able to listen to the process. I think you can get roughly 4 to 6 cappuccinos before a refill of the water and probably four out of the milk frother. Water refill is easy. Sep 10, 2012
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Bruce N: Not sure about the milk container, but the water container must be refiled after about 4 to 5 regular "cafe" cups. I have both the Exprelia and a Jura; neither are silent nor do I consider them loud. Sep 10, 2012
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Cecil P: Slightly noisy on the grinding portion of cycle. We make iced lattes and usually get four to five shots made before signaled to empty coffee bin or water. Not bad but thought it would be more. Sep 13, 2012
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Joel B: This is the 3rd Saeco we have owned and it is very quiet. I would say you could make 6-8 cappuccinos before refilling. Sep 13, 2012
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richard a: Very quiet and milk every 4 cups and water about every 10. Sep 10, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hi, I am interested in this machine and see that the spout height is adjustable. What is the maximum height of the spout (i.e. what is the largest cup that will fit underneath)?
Dec 8, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Customer Don M. wrote in with the following info as well:

If you remove the SBS rectangle you can get about 7" tall... I have a 16oz mug that is 4" across 4" tall and it barely fits between the carafe and the steam wand but the steam wand can be moved out of the way so something with a bit more diameter would still work.   The travel mugs we have will not fit even with the SBS piece removed.   I also recommend having a permanent mug under the unit because it will rinse at turn on and when it goes to sleep so I keep a mug under the spout to catch the liquid instead of constantly cleaning out the tray.
Dec 9, 2013
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Steve N: If you take the drip tray out, which is easy and take off the "split" spout, which is also easy you can fit a 7.5 inch cup under it. My wife uses her to go cup regularly. Caveat is if you are making a milk drink it fits a 5.5 inch cup as the milk carafe is lower than the main spout. My wife and I love the machine. We use it many times daily! Dec 9, 2013
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Erik S: Actually that unit slides off so you can get tall glasses or a travel mug underneath. The tallest glass that can fit is about 8" give or take...from the tray to the bottom of the SBS dial. Dec 9, 2013
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Richard H: 6 3/4 inches, the outer siler rectangle can be removed and the spout is 6 3/4 inches (exactly) from the tray, so you may want a cup that is a bit shorter. Dec 9, 2013
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Craig G: The largest height to slide easily under the spout of the Exprelia is 4 5/8 inches. Slightly higher will fit if you tip the cup slightly. Dec 9, 2013
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Joel B: A standard coffee cup will fit, but a tall one (like a grande drink size) will not. Dec 9, 2013
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Donald S: 4.5 inches would be the maximum height of the cup Dec 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: What is the maximum volume of a latte macchiato? Big enough to fill a traditional coffee mug? I'm a little concerned because it doesn't do a cafe latte (vs. the much more expensive Xelsis). Also - how much work is needed to keep the milk frother clean on a daily basis? Mar 21, 2012
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Kaci V: You can adjust the volume of the latte but it will not fill a 18-20oz travel mug. You can always do it manually by dispensing 2 shots of expresso and then having the milk caraffe dispense the appropriate level of milk. This machine is made for dispensing up to ~12-15 oz of the beverage and I ordered 12oz cups from Keep Cup for this exact purpose. The settings for the latte macchiato as well as the cappuccino are fully programmable. I actually have the cappuccino button on my machine programmed to dispense what would be considered a macchiato (although technically the milk gets dispensed first so it's not a true macchiato since it's "not stained with milk" but rather just a bit with a full shot of epresso added to it). The latte macchiato is what I have programmed for my wife who drinks lattes. I make her latte in the bodum 15oz latte mug and add a second shot of espresso to it and it's perfect. Took a while to program it exactly to her liking but it's better than most baristas can make around here (adding the 2nd shot is critical to make it strong enough for such a volume...of course we like our coffee strong). So don't be turned off by the nomenclature because you can customize the drinks for yourself. I was between the exprelia and the xelsis and when I asked the great crew at SCG they turned me onto the exprelia because it's just for my wife and I. Now if it was to be used by more than 2 people then the xelsis would be the way to go. Hope I answered your question. Mar 21, 2012
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Leigh M: We use very large (tall) coffee mugs, so we took the center silver box shapped cover off the dispenser so that our tall cups fit on the tray under the dispenser. You can set the volume (length) of milk and espresso for machiattos and cappuccinos. I think the only reason that you don't have a latte choice is because the hot/steamed milk goes into the cup first and then the espresso is next. A formal latte is the other way around. The carafe is so easy! When you are done, you simply slide the nozzle back even with the handle and the machine automatically steam cleans it very quickly and you put it in the fridge. I hand washed my carafe once per week forthe first month, but now I just throw it in the dishwasher once a week. The machine is so easy to use.You stick the carafe on, put your cup down on the tray, slide the carafe nozzle over above your cup and hit one button. It's effortless. Mar 21, 2012
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steve M: The Latte Macchiato in my estimation is the exprelia version of a latte and its of sufficient size to fill a normal coffee cup. The machine allows you to adjust and customize and save the settings to your preference so while I have not tried I believe you can adjust the volum on the drink.

Cleaning is no issue on the frother I just wipe it off. The autofrother auto cleans with each use and can be cycled on demand. Cleaning the carafe seems easy. I have not cleaned the internal portion as of yet sut seems straight forward.
Apr 10, 2012
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mike s: We have been using the Exprelia since January 2012 and we are very pleased. You can easily adjust the volume of your coffee drink and our Macchiatos easily fill a larger mug. They are delicious. The milk frother is easy to maintain. It automatically runs a cleaning cycle each time you move the wand back to the closed position. The manual also shows you how do do a more in-depth cleaning and we do this about once a week. Mar 21, 2012
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Kaci V: As for the milk frother...This thing is amazing. I clean it once a week by taking it apart and rinsing it with soap and water (I don't throw it in the dishwasher). Other than that it cleans itself after every drink and is amazing. I mean think about it...If someone is going to spend this kind of money on a superautomatic espresso machine they want it for convenience and Saeco knocked it out of the park on this one. Mar 21, 2012
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Alex R: Easily made a latte macchiato big enough for a standard coffee mug. I think there was still range to increase the size if we'd wanted. The carafe is self-cleaned by the machine. We don't like to leave leftover milk in there more than a few days (although we always store in the fridge) so we wash it a couple of times a week (rinse out in hot water) but that's not truly necessary. Mar 21, 2012
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Elaina M: It fills up a mug for me (not an oversized mug). No work really to keep frother clean--it cleans itself after each use. I clean it when milk volume gets low. I always keep it in the fridge. Mar 21, 2012
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Kathryn K asked: Are you happy with the Exprelia?

We were looking at the Xelsis which has tons of positive reviews; the Exprelia seems like a similar machine but has a lot fewer reviews, so we're wondering if it's as good. thanks!!
Jan 16, 2012
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Sally L: We LOVE the Exprelia. The coffee is delicious, and we like the flexibilty of using the milk carafe for automated latte macchiatos and cappuccinos or using the steam wand to do it ourselves. It has worked flawlessly and we found the customization options to be perfect for our needs.

The machine is easy to clean and maintain with one word of advice. When I descaled it (recommended every 1-2 months.. a message displayed), it took about 40 minutes and does need direct supervision. It uses a lot of water and you need to pause it and empty the containers to avoid spilling.

One last thing. It is really attractive and well engineered. The fit and finish is lovely and it looks gorgeous on the counter.
Jan 20, 2012
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M L: Have used machine almost everyday since I bought it (7 weeks). Love the compact size. Very easy to program and use. I didn't need the multiuser programming (like in Xelsis) so this machine works great as you can still program one drink per button. I think the trade off of having a smaller machine is that the inner drip tray/dreg box may be smaller than others. I find myself having to empty it after about 4-5 drinks. Some might find that annoying. Another thing I'm looking into is that my machine tends to leave a lot of grounds outside (more than my previous Incanto) the trays and that makes the cleaning process take longer. That aside, I love it! Very happy. Jan 20, 2012
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Cecil P: Yes, I am very pleased with the machine.Do not know much about the Xelsis because mine was a gift from my husband.Would like to see larger water tank and larger capacity to hold pressed coffee and not have to refill/empty so often. Jan 20, 2012
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Mark L: My family loves it - I just hope that we dont wear it out! Thanks Jan 20, 2012
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Gordon R asked: What's the difference between the Exprelia One Touch and the Exprelia Evo? Aug 1, 2014
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Bob M: Hi Gordon,

I have used my Exprelia One Touch for over a year and really like it. Easy to use, easy to maintain, and makes great coffee drinks.

From what I know the Evo is essentially the same machine only newer: same price, specs, features, and guts as the One Touch, only with a bit of a cosmetic face lift.

You won't go wrong with either one of them.

(I've also been very satisfied with Seattle Coffee Gear)

Cupertino, CA
Aug 1, 2014
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Steve N: I apologize as I do not have an answer. I do not know details about the Exprelia Evo. I can tell you that my wife and are very very pleased with the Exprelia One Touch. It was and is definitely worth it for us. We use it ourselves daily and have even taken it with us for friends dinner parties. Aug 4, 2014
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Gordon R: Thanks for the info. I'm going to order one or the other for my wife's birthday. Aug 2, 2014
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A shopper asked: I love my Expedia, but lately the milk that comes out of the carafe splatters every time. I have cleaned it but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Any suggestions? Aug 6, 2014
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Teri KStaff: There will usually be a small amount of splatter from the auto froth carafe, however if the amount is far greater than when you first began using the machine, there may still be some build up. If you are getting a fair amount of splattering, I would suggest using a milk cleaning detergent like Rinza on your Exprelia to soak all of the components. You can also "froth" with Rinza diluted with water in order to run this cleaning agent through the components of the carafe, and disassemble the milk carafe as steps 39 and 40 in the Exprelia user manual indicate to make sure everything is clean and fits together again well. Hopefully this should solve it!
Aug 6, 2014
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kee nethery asked: some of us drink decade, some drink caffeinated. Does this have hoppers for both types of beans or is there just one? And if there is just one, is it easy to pull the hopper and swap in an alternate to switch between bean types? Mar 31, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately the only super automatic machine that has two separate hoppers for beans is the Jura Giga 5. This Saeco Exprelia does not have a removable hopper for switching beans, and if you removed the beans there will be some of the previous grounds. In order to brew with another type of bean, you will need to utilize the bypass doser, which is a chute that you can put a scoop of preground coffee into in order to brew one shot with another type of coffee. Hope this helps clarify!
Apr 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: Will the machine make an espresso (or americano) if the milk carafe is not "plugged in" (if the milk carafe in the fridge)? Sep 21, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this Saeco Exprelia will make any of the coffee based drinks on the machine without the carafe attached. Sep 25, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can the Exprelia also just make a great cup of coffee? May 27, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Exprelia will make an eight ounce americano, which is what any of the superautomatics will provide that comes closest to a regular cup of coffee. The machine uses the same dosage of grounds of espresso with more liquid pulled through. It's a great machine with a ton of features! May 28, 2013
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Betty M asked: Do these super automatics accommodate the fine grind of illy pre-ground espresso? Jun 22, 2012
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Stephen S: Yes, the Exprelia has a bypass doeser meaning it will accommodate preground coffee Jan 24, 2014
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Joel B asked: I am considering the Exprelia. I have had two other Saeco's (Magic Deluxe and Taleo Giro Plus [finicky]). I have heard some reviews of the milk frother saying that it does not get very hot. I tend to steam my milk to around 150 degrees. What has your experience been on the temperature. Secondly, can a tall mug (like a grande height cup) fit underneath the frother, or do you need to use another shorter cup? Mar 22, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: It will really be a personal preference on whether or not the temperature of the milk from the automatic milk frother on the Exprelia is hot enough for you. The temperature from it is such that you can drink the beverage immediately or very shortly after brewing.

You may need to use a slightly smaller cup than normal to fit it under the frothing spout, but you would need to experiment as you may be able to slightly tilt the cup to get it to fit appropriately.
Apr 3, 2012
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Saeco Espresso Perfetto

The independent coffee tasting organization Italian Tasters has certified Saeco's Xelsis, Exprelia and Intelia superautomatics  as producing Espresso and Cappuccino Perfetto. Learn More.

Warranty Information for the Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic 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 Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.
  • Clean and rinse the milk pitcher in soapy water between fillings.
  • Wipe the brushed stainless casing with a damp rag or sponge. Casing can be cleaned periodically with stainless steel cleaner/polish.

User Manuals for your Saeco Exprelia One Touch Superautomatic Espresso Machine

Videos Featuring the Saeco Exprelia One Touch SUperautomatic Espresso Machine

Cleaning a Superautomatic Brew Group

Compare One Touch Superautomatics

Compare Saeco Superautomatics

Can I Use Grindz to Clean My Superautomatic?

Saeco Superauto Brew Group Lubrication

Saeco Superauto Shot Calibration

Saeco Superauto Bypass Doser Dosages

How Does a Superautomatic Work?

SCG Gift Guide 2012: Superautomatic Espresso

Broke After One Year

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Aside from it failing and it's at Seattle Coffee Gear as I speak (and they are SLOW to fix's been one month), the machine is everything and more. The machine rocks and from what I've been told, the issue is uncommon. We shall see but me loves me Exprelia.

(Posted on 1/20/14)

Great Espresso Experience

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I have had my machine for 6 weeks and all I can say is, it is a performer. Once you do your initial programming, it is exact from one shot to the next. I wanted a long time before investing this much money and did lots of research on espresso machines but so happy I decided on the Exprelia. The folks at SCG have been wonderful to answer all of my questions, and always very friendly, which made my entire experience excellent. Their videos are very helpful also.

(Posted on 12/26/13)

Excellent, she does need some attention...

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I followed Gail's recommendation (on the video about the favorites...) and recently purchased my Exprelia (just before EVO was out).

It's an amazing machine. It does need set-up and you must pay attention to some details.

First thing - do not settle for the warm milk - check your power grid.

I'm from Brazil and I bought mine in Europe (220 volts). I can say by experience that while in Europe, the milk got really hot and yummy. Really, I was used to heating the cup with my old super auto... and I didn't have to do that anymore, because if I did, it would burn my hands.

So, I'm back to Brazil, and... warm milk!

After a while I noticed that the electric voltage transformer (industrial one, proper for equipment >1500 w) was doing strange noises. I had the network remodeled (no more transformer) and updated circuit breakers. Pay attention here, check the caliber of the wiring too, as it may melt if you go overcapacity...

And now I'm back to hot milk. Of course it won't boil the milk, but way way waaay hotter vs. before I switched the power grid.

About the drip tray vs. water tank. She rinses a lot. You may choose... You can turn the rinsing off. Of course that would lead to washing down and disassembling the brew group for cleaning more often, but you will then get the 11 pucks...

About the espresso: the out of the box set-up is just fine, but it's amazing to be able to control the extraction. I got mine between 25-30 seconds combining grind and the pressure system device.

Pros: amazing cost-benefit. Amazing shots. You can tweak the extraction. You can custom the amount of coffee and the amount of liquid.

Cons: the drip tray is small and as a very clean lady, she rinses a lot, and you will have to empty it all the time... or solve that by turning the rinsing off and washing down/disassembling the brew group more often. Also, you can’t adjust the temperature of the milk – and to achieve acceptable levels, you may want to check the power grid.

(Posted on 10/17/13)

Excellent Product

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I've had my Exprelia for 1 1/2 years now and it's performed flawlessly, producing almost 900 long coffees and 60 lattes. (I need to make lattes more frequently). Anyways, the machine offers a full-slate of customizable features to allow you to fine tune drinks to suit your taste. And better yet, once you find that perfect cup the Exprelia will produce the same cup day after day at the push of a button. What more could you ask for?

I've been using the same brand of beans for several years but the Exprelia extracts depths of flavor I never knew were there. Just shows what a quality machine can do, you get what you pay for.

If you are passionate about coffee, the Exprelia won't disappoint.

(Posted on 5/25/13)

Nice machine that does it all

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This is a nice machine, pretty maintenance free. It looks nice and is pretty easy to operate. The cons would be that the milk doesnt get very hot, which requires you to have a very warm cup or froth the milk with the wand again.
Also, because it auto cleans every use, you do have to add water & empty the drip tray often. But that is the price you pay for low maintenance. It is fun to watch it at work making a cappuccino or latte.

(Posted on 4/18/13)

The Exprelia ROCKS!

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OK - I've had the Exprelia a bit over 6 months now. I waited because I wanted to give a more experienced and detailed review, and gee, who has the time!

1) If you want a superautomatic (and who doesn't?), and you don't need multiple fancy drink-memory settings, this is the machine to buy. Makes truly excellent coffee and lattes, very easy to maintain, fast, simple - no faults, really.
2) Buy from Seattle Coffee Gear. They are great, and their customer service is excellent.


Size - I got a request once asking about dimensions. Sitting on my counter the maximum depth of the machine is about 19". That is including the handle of the milk carafe and the electric plug in the back. You can't push the machine back flush against a wall because the plug sticks out about an inch. Without the milk carafe, it is about 16.5" deep including the plug. The machine is 14" high, but you will need about 19" of height to clear the doors to water and beans. It is only 10" wide, but the front door opens to the right and swings out so you need about 14.5 inches of width to clear.

Capacities: I can get about 6 lattes from a filling of water. The milk runs out after about 4 lattes. The beans last far longer; at least 4 times as long as the water. It all depends on your settings, too. But this really isn't bad. The machine is very good about letting you know when water is low, and it's easy to fill. The inside drip tray and grounds bin fill up after about 6-8 lattes. It seems sooner, but often it is the drip tray that is full, not the grounds hopper (see more on that below). The frequency is not a problem, as the machine lets you know and it's pretty easy to empty and wash - but having a sink not too far away will avoid testing your balancing skills - the drip tray inside can be pretty full. NOTE - there IS a bean-hopper-empty sensor. But it doesn't work so well. Sometimes it doesn't let you know at all, sometimes it lets you know too late to avoid tan dishwater. That's my only minor complaint, and once you know the machine you can tell by the sound of the grinder when the beans are low (like any other superautomatic!). I actually returned my first machine after a few weeks because the bean sensor didn't work. Seattle Coffee Gear and Philips customer service were both friendly and helpful. Philips ended up sending me an entirely new machine, no charge. That is the machine I've had for 6 months, and the sensor works, kinda, some of the time. Hey, it's Italian. It has personality.

Coffee: If you like caps or lattes, trust me, your milk consumption will go WAY UP. Ours did. It is so easy, and they come out great. What used to be a morning cup with some microwaved milk has become two or three lattes every day. Some reviewers have grumbled about the temperature of the foam. Nit Pickers. For a home machine so small and easy, it is pretty darn good. Much, much better than the standard fare at most coffee shops. If you need super-hot foam, you can use the panarello, or you can just go to your favorite barrista. For 99.9% of us, 99.9% of the time, it is just fine.

Milk: The carafe is awesome. The cleaning feature works great. We dis-assemble and wash it (for flavor and sanitation) about every week - your mileage may vary. After the morning brews, we put it back in the fridge, then refill in the morning, and wash on the weekend. Full-fat milks (or goat milk) are not the best - we have settled on 2%.

Beans: No more COSTCO oily espresso beans! The Exprelia is so good and so consistent you can easily tell the differences between beans. It is great fun to try new beans and find favorites - something I haven't been able to do on any other machine I've had. For our milk-based drinks, our current favorite is Zoka Organic Espresso Cuatro (from Seattle Coffee Gear!). We are going to try a hyper-local roaster next, who does home delivery!

Quirks: We have named our machine "Bugnata" which is Italian slang (perhaps not the nicest slang) for "Loudmouth". The machine (she) talks a lot - the display is nearly always telling you something: Refill water, Empty Drip Tray, Please Wait, Close Front Door, Carafe Cleaning... Sometimes we talk back to it. The machine rinses itself frequently - which is why the inside drip tray fills up faster than you might think. It depends on what drinks you are making and how often you cleanse the milk carafe, and how often you turn it on/off or have it sleep. There is an adjustable sleep timer so the machine will power down after a period of time, and that rinse sometimes catches us by surprise, as Bugnata had been sitting quietly for some time, then she starts doing things with no one near her... But that is why she makes great coffee and is easy to keep clean. The rinsing also causes the outside drip tray (under your cup) to fill, but that too is easy to empty and wash.

To repeat - this is a fantastic machine, worth every penny, and we're never going back (or to another brand!).

Hope this helps you all!

(Posted on 3/23/13)

I am in love

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I thought I had a great relationship with my husband of 18 years, and then I met the Saeco Exprelia. I love this machine. I can't wait to wake up in the morning and brew my first cappuccino. The temperature is just right, the flavor is robust, the milk is frothed to perfection...all with one touch of a button. My teenagers love to make themselves a hot cup of frothy cocoa as well, so between my lattes and their cocoa we're keeping a lot of farmers in business.
In all seriousness, I'm really impressed with this machine and wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend it to anyone who loves coffee.

(Posted on 1/13/13)

An outstanding machine... delivers everything as promised!

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It took me less than 2 hours to unpack it, set it up and program it. The next morning, absolute deliciousness.

The milk carafe is an excellent feature.

I have already recommended this model to friends.

(Posted on 9/7/12)


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Amazing machine! It took a day for us to bond (me to adjust the settings properly), but on day two my cafe lungo was magnificent. The one touch cappucinno is my wife's favorite. And, the self-cleaning milk carafe is a huge success. I've owned or used 3 different Saeco machines and 1 Jura, and the Exprelia is definitely the best in all categories. The coffee it produces is well balanced, but robust and full-bodied and hot even when adding cool cream. There is no bitter or sour notes you can get with other machines.
Having lived in Europe for the past three years and being very use to having a daily ristretto, I'm am completely satisfied with this machine.
IF I had any suggestions for improvement, it would be to include a warning and stop the brew cycle when there aren't enough beans in the hopper to fill the chamber. I managed to make a cup of rather murky brown hot water once. I now dutifully check the hopper and water container before brewing.
The best recommendation I can give is that I would recommend this machine to all of my Italian friends.

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

Smallish water container,Lacks warning during brew

(Posted on 6/2/12)

I would buy this product again!

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We love our new coffee machine. Its really getting a workout as we enjoy the many possibilities for making different coffee and simplistic controls to get there.

Easy to use, easy to clean and a very nice look all confirms our decision to purchase our new machine from Seattle Coffee Gear.

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

Small Water Container

(Posted on 4/24/12)

Excellent, but warm milk issue is true

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Excellent, smaller machine with everything as promised and easy to use. Menus are basic and easily programmable. Unfortunately milk frother via automatic pitcher is warm at best. Have to heat milk in cup in microwave 1st, then all is well and efficient with little mess on the milk side of things. Hope all manufacturers will figure out how to heat up milk equal to espresso temp from same machine.

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

Small Water Container

(Posted on 3/21/12)

Great Product

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Easy to use --best intergration of milk carafe.

Easy To Use, Great Taste

Small Water Container

(Posted on 3/5/12)

It really works as easy as they say

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The container for used grounds is small and must be emptied more often than my old machine. Easy to fill water and beans. Tastes great.

Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Pretty much push a button, Great Taste

Small Water Container, Small coffee container

(Posted on 12/20/11)

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