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Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine

SKU# ESU119A0100

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Quick Overview

When saving space in your kitchen is key, go with the ultra compact and easy-to-use Saeco Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine. Saeco's Focus includes a built-in grinder for whole bean coffee plus a bi-pass doser for making decaf or preground coffee as well. 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.
Saeco Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine

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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

  • Three Color Display: With simple and intuitive icons for brewing and maintenance the Focus is very easy to operate.
  • Ceramic Grinder: The Focus has Saeco's ceramic grinder design for more consistent grinding of coffee beans.
  • Removable Water Tank: 40-ounce removable water tank includes Intenza water filter.=
  • Rapid Steam Feature: The Saeco Focus has Saeco's Rapid Steam boiler system that ensures there is always water at the right temperature for brewing, steaming, or dispensing hot water.
  • Preground Coffee Option: When you want to brew a quick batch of preground coffee, you can use the Focus' bipass doser located on the top of the machine.
  • 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.
  • Energy Saving Functions: Your Saeco super automatic can be set to shut down after a certain amount of time, so you never need to worry about wasting power.
  • Protective Bean Hopper: The large coffee bean hopper has an airtight sealed lid with anti-UV coating keeps the bean fresh longer.
  • Compact Size: The Saeco Focus is much smaller than many other espresso machines without sacrificing features, meaning it will easily fit under your cabinets.
  • Pros
    • Easy to Use Controls - The Syntia Focus has simple button controls and a three-color graphic interface.
    • Compact - The Saeco Syntia Focus is designed to be more compact than most superautomatics on the market.
    Cons
    • No Oily Beans - As with most superautomatics, oily beans can clog the grinder over time.
    • Plastic Body - The Saeco Syntia Focus features a plastic exterior, which some users may not prefer.
    Model Number RI9833/47
    Manufacturer Saeco
    Width 10.5 inches
    Depth 16.0 inches
    Height 12.5 inches
    Product Weight (lbs.) 19.5000
    Watts 1400W
    Volts 120V
    Programmability Yes
    Case Material Plastic
    Boiler Material Stainless Steel
    Reservoir Size 40 oz
    Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
    Boiler Design ThermoBlock
    Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
    Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
    Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
    Bypass Doser Yes
    Material Plastic

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    Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine
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    BClarke asked: I'm trying to decide between the Jura ENA 4 and the Saeco Syntia Focus. The most important thing for me is the quality of the espresso -- which one is better?

    Thanks,
    Ben
    Aug 19, 2013
    Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine
    Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine
    Jura ENA 4 Espresso Machine - Black
    Jura ENA 4 Espresso Machine - Black
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    Mohamed E: Jura is known to be very reliable, but the quality of your espresso shot will mainly depend on the quality of the beans you use. I have owned the Ena 4 for 2.5 years and been getting consistent results. I mainly set it at the finest grind and pull a shot at the STRONG setting; you'll get a great shot, not as good as a semi-auto machine, but very good for a super-automatic. At the office, we own a Saeco Intelia and Syntia which are good as well, but the Jura Ena is easier to use and the programs can be easily changed or modified on the fly thanks to the programming wheel.

    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
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    Claude R: For me espresso quality is also most important, as my favorite coffee drink is a good plain espresso.

    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
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    Wladyslaw P: Better is a tough question, as it definitely up for debate, as for longevity, the Jura will deliver the most consistent cup with years to come. Aug 20, 2013
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    kenneth r c: I don't know that Saeco machine but my brother has a Saeco and my preference for espresso is the Jura which I own and love. Aug 20, 2013
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    DUSAN R: Ena 4 is going to give you a better espresso shots but worse foam/steaming jura is better quality product Aug 20, 2013
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    F. Dennis A: I have the Jura, love it....the real quality is the espresso bean. Aug 20, 2013
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    BClarke: Sounds like the Jura is the one to go with...thanks! Aug 21, 2013
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    BClarke: Thank you all! Aug 20, 2013
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    Mike B asked: Im conflicted on whether I should get the Syntia Focus, or Syntia Stainless Steel. Which machine is newer? I Know the SS does not have the SBS. Which machine would you recommend? Apr 23, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: The Syntia Stainless Steel machine has more extensive programming than the Focus, along with stainless steel panels on the exterior. The Focus has less programming in the menu (for things like water hardness), but neither have SBS (which is a crema adjustment to reduce crema on long coffees). Both of these machines have been available for about the same length of time. Hope this helps! Apr 24, 2014
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    Mohamed E asked: Hi, can I use the Saeco Cappuccinatore Kit attachment that comes with the Odea Giro? If so, do you sell it separately? Apr 22, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately the Cappuccinatore Kit is not compatible with the Syntia Focus machine. Apr 22, 2014
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    Don B. asked: Comparing SAECO super-automatics: Syntia Focus, Vienna Plus and Xsmall. Any thoughts on relative pros and cons? Feb 16, 2014
    Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine
    Saeco Syntia Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine
    Saeco Vienna Plus Superautomatic Espresso Machine - Graphite - Certified Refurbished
    Saeco Vienna Plus Superautomatic Espresso Machine - Graphite - Certified Refurbished
    Saeco Xsmall Superautomatic Espresso Machine
    Saeco Xsmall Superautomatic Espresso Machine
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    Teri KStaff: Differences will be in the size of water tank and bean hopper, and the Focus has the additional bypass doser feature that both the Vienna Plus and the Xsmall lack. Otherwise all three of these machines will produce similar shots! Feb 17, 2014
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    A shopper asked: Which one is better, Saeco Syntia Focu or DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3300? Feb 2, 2014
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    William T: Well, I can't compare and contrast as I have no experience with the DeLonghi, but I have had a Seaco Syntia for more than a year. I very much enjoy my morning coffee (I make a latte most the time). The machine fits nicely under cabinet, easy access to for adding water and for dumping grounds. I'm the only one that drinks coffee in my house on a regular basis and this machine is just right for me. I think it is fine for 2 people, but probably would be a pain for 4 or more as the water supply would need to be replaced pretty often. Anyway, I'm quite pleased with this machine and I've used it for quite a while now. Feb 11, 2014
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    Connie C asked: What is SBS that the woman refers to? She says this machine does not have it. Jan 6, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: The SBS is a crema adjustment that reduces the amount of crema on your brew for something like an americano. Generally most folks don't use their SBS, and many of the newer Saeco machine don't even offer it, so I would not say it should be a feature that determines your machine selection. Jan 6, 2014
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    rebecca g asked: Will I be able to fit a tall travel mug under this? Jun 12, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately not if it is a very tall mug. The cup clearance under this Syntia Focus is just 4 3/8 inches. Jun 17, 2013
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    K M asked: Hi
    ... 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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    Teri KStaff: Actually, the only differences are that the Syntia Stainless Steel has a stainless steel body and a larger display screen. The Focus is black plastic and has a slightly smaller screen with a few icons for various processes and messages. They will both perform exactly the same for you! May 1, 2013
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    Jill B asked: Hello, I have the Saeco Syntia Focus and somehow I messed up the size of my espresso shot. On the model that I have it is not possible to re-set to factory settings but I read in the manual that the pre-set size of a single espresso shot is 82 milliliters so I got out my beaker and re-set it. That seems like a pretty hefty shot! However, if set to less, I don't get much crema. What do you recommend as far as setting the shot size on the machine? Thanks! Jul 18, 2014
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    Warranty Information for the Saeco Syntia Focus

    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 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.

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    Oily Beans = Clogged Grinder in no Time!

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    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 machine

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    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 packages

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    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.

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

    Cons:
    Small Water Container

    (Posted on 12/19/11)

    Very Compact, Well Designed & Attractive

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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.

    Pros:
    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

    Cons:
    Small Water Container, Mostly Plastic Internals, Poor Instructions

    (Posted on 12/26/10)

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