When saving space in your kitchen is key, go with the ultra compact and easy-to-use Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine. Saeco's Syntia Focus includes a built-in grinder for whole bean coffee plus a bi-pass doser for making decaf or preground coffee. With easy access to both the water tank and the coffee grounds, this espresso machine is a perfect fit for those who need to be a bit more space-conscious, or who just don't want a giant espresso machine taking over their entire kitchen.
Features & Functionality of the Saeco Focus
|Product Weight (lbs.)||19.5000|
|Boiler Material||Stainless Steel|
|Reservoir Size||40 oz|
|Steam Wand Type||Panarello Only|
|Water Sources||Reservoir/Internal Tank|
|Bean Hopper Capacity||8 oz|
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Ben Aug 19, 2013
One other thing to consider, with the Ena, you need to use cleaning tablets since you cannot remove the brewing unit for cleaning. It hasn't been an issue for me since you only need to clean the mahine every 200 cups or so. Apr 16, 2014
I have not been impressed with the Jura ENA4 espresso quality. But I cannot tell if the Saeco Syntia is any better on this front. Grind settings are very limited on the Jura, as well as the coffee size for small volumes like espresso and ristretto. The machine is designed for larger coffee drinks.
In addition the Jura is also terribly annoying because it needs some attention on a daily basis if you have more than one person drinking coffee in the house.
I believe none of those super-automatic machines can match a good semi-automatic machine for a real espresso...but of course the trade off is convenience. Aug 20, 2013
... I would love to know the major differences between Saeco Syntia Focus and Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel Fully Automatic Espresso Machine?...I am having a dilemma...
please help May 1, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Syntia Focus
|What it Covers:||
Saeco espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders
|Who Supports the Warranty:||Saeco|
|Warranty Contact Information:||800-933-7876|
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||Yes (Espresso machines only).|
|Can SCG Repair?||Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.|
Caring for the Saeco Syntia Focus
- Descale every 2 - 3 months. We recommend using Dezcal.
- Soap out water tank and drip trays every few days
- Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.
User Manuals for your Saeco Syntia Focus
Videos Featuring the Saeco Syntia Focus
Oily Beans = Clogged Grinder in no Time!Review by Espresso Freak
Value Quality Price
I'll admit it, I didn't take the warnings seriously enough and thought I could get away with ONE bag of Peets beans (way too oily)...not so lucky! The grinder is now all gummed up after only one week. Saeco is sending my the Oil Removal tablets, and hopefully these will rescue my machine (which I love everything else about:) Never again. The problem is you cannot see into many of the sealed bags at the store, so you don't know how oily they are until you open them. I like to try different beans from time to time, and at $12.99 per bag these days, it's a real gamble. Manufacturers would be so nice to put a warning label on the front for we super-automatic espresso people!
(Posted on 7/2/14)
Excellent coffee machineReview by WJ
Price Value Quality
I've never owned a fully automated coffee maker before, so this is my first. After researching for weeks/months, I finally settled on this Saeco unit and I purchased it from Seattle Coffee Gear due to prices and customer support. This a nifty coffee maker - very simply operation, brews a fine espresso or cup of coffee. It has limited options but I never really use all those bells and whistles normally so this if fine with me. I had to find the right dark coffee beans to maximize my enjoyment of this machine (I had to give up my espresso beans due to the oil on them which not recommended in this machine), but once that was done, I am very happy. For a freshly ground/brewed coffee with the push of a single button - buy this machine!
(Posted on 11/8/12)
Great things come in small packagesReview by Life One Cup at a Time
Quality Value Price
This is a lot of machine in a small package - makes a fantastic cup of coffee, but doesn't take up too much room on the kitchen counter. It is easy to get up and going right out of the box. Adjustments are easy. We make about fifteen cups of coffee per day and, having had the machine for about three weeks, have had no problems whatsoever. The Syntia is quiet, easy to clean and sleekly attractive. One of the drawbacks of a small machine is the relatively small water container, which needs to be refilled after 2-3 large cups.
Quiet, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Easy To Use
Small Water Container
(Posted on 12/19/11)
Very Compact, Well Designed & AttractiveReview by C
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This review applies to the steel version as well, except for the aesthetics.
The design and layout of this machine has been well-thought out by Saeco. I had a difficult time choosing between the steel and the black version, and ultimately chose the latter because I preferred the contrast of the black and chrome (and it matches my decor better).
The set-up of the machine is a bit confusing because there is a small insert paper with instructions that slightly conflicts with the full manual. Perhaps the translation from the original Italian is not entirely accurate. The insert indicated that the supplied intenza water filter must be installed - but this is optional and is not supplied with the machine. So don't waste your time looking for it. Once it is up & running, familiarizing oneself with the meaning of the icons on the LCD is important.
Thankfully, Saeco designed the machine with access to the water tank in the front. The spent grounds compartment is also in the front and the beans go in the top. This is important for a compact machine as the potential buyer probably has size restrictions. Some superautos, like the Jura Ena 3/5 have the water tank attach to the back and the Gaggia Platinum I considered has side access.
The draw of a superauto is the ability to go from bean to cup with one machine at the push of a button. In this regard, the Syntia performs very well. The bean hopper and water reservoir are small, but if you want any compact machine then this obviously is necessary to retain a small footprint.
The espresso the machine produces is quite nice. I choose the strongest setting (3 bean icon) for a dark espresso. I also prefer to produce a double (click twice) rather than a long coffee for a cappuccino so it is not watered down. The machine grinds & brews twice in quick succession when double clicking.
I would prefer a more solid feeling (seems to be part steel & part plastic at the top) however it does a surprisingly good job at foaming milk for cappuccino. The foam I've produced is slightly too stiff & aery - but I think it is more a technique issue at this point. Hopefully with practice I'll get just the right consistency between airy & dense. It is also excellent for steaming hot chocolate, Italian style. Just toss in your preferred hot chocolate mix with some added chocolate and a little milk and steam it until all is melted. Go bitter and serve it with some sugar on the side to taste.
Clean-up is a breeze. The tray pops out easily. The top comes off via a magnet and you can rinse it in the sink. The water & spent grounds reservoirs pop out from the front easily for rinsing. Wiping down the machine is not a problem.
Overall, I've been very pleased with this small machine. It is very easy for anyone to use and you can get great results without much effort.
Steam Spout Foams Well, Water Tank Front Access, Steel Aluminum Boiler, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Used Grounds Front Access, Great Taste
Small Water Container, Mostly Plastic Internals, Poor Instructions
(Posted on 12/26/10)