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Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Superautomatic Espresso Machine

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We'll take your stainless steel-cased Saeco Syntia and raise you an automatic milk frother. Yes, the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Superautomatic Espresso Machine comes with that extra added feature of a milk frother, making less work for you when you want to enjoy your favorite frothy drinks. Even better, the Syntia Cappuccino no longer has a steam wand and comes with a quieter ceramic grinder compared to other machines in its league. The stakes have never been higher with Saeco's Syntia Cappuccino machine.
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We'll take your stainless steel-cased Saeco Syntia and raise you an automatic milk frother. Yes, the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Superautomatic Espresso Machine comes with that extra added feature of a milk frother, making less work for you when you want to enjoy your favorite frothy drinks. Even better, the Syntia Cappuccino no longer has a steam wand and comes with a quieter ceramic grinder compared to other machines in its league. The stakes have never been higher with Saeco's Syntia Cappuccino Machine.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

  • Three-Color Display: With simple and intuitive icons for brewing and maintenance, the Syntia is very easy to operate.
  • Pre-Ground Coffee Option: When you want to brew a quick batch of pre-ground coffee, you can use Syntia's bipass doser located on the top of the machine.
  • Automatic Milk Frother: After pushing one button, the Syntia Cappuccino machine will do the rest: frothing, brewing and placing your drink in a cup with no need for assistance.
  • Ceramic Grinder: A quieter grinder than steel, ceramic grinders also stay sharper longer.
  • Aroma System: The Saeco Aroma System offers pre-programmed settings that allow you to adjust the amount of coffee the Syntia will grind. Choose from an array of mild, medium or strong to adjust the strength of your java!
  • Removable Water Tank: The 40-ounce removable water tank includes one Intenza water filter.
  • Energy-Saving Function: Your Saeco superautomatic can be set to shut down after a certain amount of time, so you never need to worry about wasting power.
  • Protective Hopper: The large coffee bean hopper has an airtight sealed lid with an anti-UV coating.
  • Simple to Use - The Syntia has simple, one-touch button controls and an easy-to-use three-color interface.
  • Stainless-Steel Casing - Nothing looks better in your kitchen than stainless-steel casing wrapped around your espresso machine.
  • Compact Design - The Syntia is smaller than most of the other superautomatic designs on the market and is sure to fit almost anywhere.
  • No Oily Beans - As with all superautomatics, the Syntia does not like super oily beans because they can clog the grinder over time.
  • No SBS - This machine does not feature the Saeco Brewing System like some of its other counterparts.
  • Not that Hot - If you like your milk hotter than the center of the sun, or even 165°F; this and many superautomatics will not reach those hotter temps.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
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This is a great one-touch if you don't have a lot of extra space.

Model Number HD8838/47
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.875 inches
Depth 15.375 inches
Height 12.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 24.7500
Watts 1400W
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Brushed Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.25 inches
Reservoir Size 41 oz
Warm Up: Brew Time 58 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 29 seconds
Boiler Design ThermoBlock
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch Yes - One-Touch Functionality Only
Bean Hopper Capacity 8.8 oz
Material Stainless Steel

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Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Superautomatic Espresso Machine
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A shopper asked: How do you like the foam? Is it stiff, creamy, frothy or milky? Is the foam adjustable? Nov 26, 2012
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LYNN C: For me, the foam is good. It's not high-end, awesome coffee shop creamy, but it's good. I'm not sure I'm expert enough to answer about the exact quality of the foam, but I'd probably answer frothy. I don't know if the foam is adjustable. If it is and I could move it to creamy, I'd be in heaven.

Honestly if I were going to purchase again, I'd probably buy with a manual milk frothing wand. Don't get me wrong this is a great machine, I just think cleaning a frothing wand is easier than filling the milk container, priming the pump (this happens when you turn it on automatically - it's easy but requires switching cups because water comes out of it), making the latte, letting the cleaning cycle run, then emptying and cleaning the milk container. I usually make 1-2 lattes a day. This would probably be different if I made a bunch and felt comfortable just leaving the container with milk in it.
Nov 27, 2012
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Richard M: The foam is great. It is almost layered - really light on top and thicker below. I think it is much better than when using a panarello wand. The foam is not adjustable (different results may be obtained with different percentage milk), but the amount of frothed milk is fully adjustable, just like the amount of coffee is. The frothed milk is also great on the hot chocolate. :-) Nov 30, 2012
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George E: Well, I got the version without the built-in foamer. Regrets I can't help with that. But as for the rest of the machine, we love it. Had it almost 2-years and use it every single morning. Wonderfully easy to use and easy to maintain. Makes great espresso. And looks good on the kitchen counter. Nov 27, 2012
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Don C: It all depends on the milk you use. The more fat content the stiffer the foam. It is very easy to adjust how you want your foam also. I love this machine. Jan 24, 2013
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Charles C: It is very frothy. Functional, but you won't be making any latte foam art with it. I haven't found any way to really adjust it. Nov 27, 2012
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Peter W: It depends on the milk - I found it has to be full fat milk to give a good foam. 2% is just about OK, skim is worthless. Nov 27, 2012
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A shopper asked: How can I froth milk in this machine, as it shows no option for frothing alone? Nov 15, 2013
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Teri KStaff: If you choose the Syntia SS model, the panarello makes it easy to froth separate of brewing espresso. Otherwise, with the Syntia Cappuccino One Touch, I'd follow Jhon's advice above for brewing with preground espresso. This prevents the machine from grinding coffee, and once the machine is done dispensing frothed milk, you can remove your cup and stop the "brewing" process (which would only be hot water since the unit does not have any ground coffee). Nov 16, 2013
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Jhon S: There is a menu item that will froth milk only. You have to press the lower right hand button past the bean settings and the bypass for ground coffee, then there will be the steam milk icon. At this point you can press the the center cappuccino button and the steam milk process will begin. You can use the memo function to set the amount of steamed milk you want. Nov 16, 2013
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Peter W: Easy. Connect the milk container, select the coffee bypass option and press the Cappuccino button Nov 18, 2013
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Timothy S: You cannot separate Froth milk. Milk is only frothed as part of dispensing a Cappuccino. Nov 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does this machine make plain coffee? Jul 12, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Though this Syntia Cappuccino is an espresso machine, you can also make an americano with this unit, which is essentially a shot of espresso with more water pulled through it. The Syntia allows for 8 ounces of liquid to be pulled through each ground dosage of coffee. Jul 14, 2014
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Kimmie asked: We have this machine and am having troubles with the beans going through the machine. We will go to make a cappuccino and it will act like everything is good but then it will display the sign of a bean with the circle slash and will dump fresh grounds and not make the coffee however there are plenty of beans in top load area. We have cleaned the machine to no avail. We got at Christmas so it is still pretty new but it used just about every day.
Any help would be great. What are we doing wrong??
Feb 20, 2014
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Teri KStaff: It sounds like you might just need to make a grind adjustment, or maybe that your beans are too oily. Super automatic machines like this Syntia Cappuccino don't preform very well with a shiny, dark roasted bean, and can have trouble with clogging. If the bean you are using is shiny with oily spots, then I would recommend switching to something with a dry, matte finish. If you are using a dry bean and the machine is still dumping dry grounds with no moisture to the puck, then I would suggest going just slightly finer on the grind setting. If the grounds are slightly wet but have still been dumped without brewing, then the ground should be just slightly coarser. Any grind adjustment to a finer setting should be made with the grinder running, and it will take about 3-4 cups before the new setting is in full effect. I hope these tips help, and if you're still having issues, you may want to check with Saeco for warranty coverage at 800-933-7876. Feb 20, 2014
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Courtny N asked: i am just wondering what size of space is between the coffee dispenser and the drip tray? I am looking for a to go travel mug that fits underneath but i am away from home for some time and not sure what size i am looking for. Thanks Jan 16, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The cup clearance on the Syntia Cappuccino is 4.25 inches. Jan 20, 2014
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SaraG asked: I am curious about the height of this machine. The Saeco website says it is over 16" high (415mm), but I've seen retailers suggest it is 12.5" high. I have only 15.5" of clearance under the spot in my kitchen I'd like to put it, so want to me be sure. Can anyone confirm? Jun 15, 2013
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Teri KStaff: I measured ours again in the showroom to be sure, and the total height for this Syntia Cappuccino is 12.5 inches. Keep in mind you will need to access the bean hopper on the top of the unit for refilling, but the unit is also fairly easy to slide out if cabinet height presents difficulty for you! Jun 17, 2013
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Kevin B asked: Can this machine just make steamed milk or frothed milk without the coffee after. So if you wanted to make a tea latte you could just make the frothed milk? Jan 13, 2012
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LYNN C: Yes, you can just steam/froth the milk.

It also gives you the option to dispense hot water (without any coffee)
Jan 16, 2012
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A shopper asked: We have one (superautomatic), our milk foamer worked well for the first few coffee's. It now seems that too much air is getting into the foaming process. I cleaned the system, checked the tubing & connections all good no kinks. I also checked the "cappuccinatore" all tight no damage rubber twisted and clean. Any suggestions how to fix the problem of too much air? Jun 29, 2013
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Richard M: A couple of questions. How did you clean the system? Did you take apart the milk container? If you did take it apart make sure it is out together correctly. The groove on the black plastic part protruding from the milk container should be facing you when inserted into the frothing port. Also make sure it is fully inserted into that port. I clean that plastic part after every use by taking off the cover from the milk container and running water through it, always into the plastic part so it runs out the tube. That way it won't clog with the fat from milk. I also occasionally take the tube off and run hot water through it to clear the accumulated milk fat. Jul 1, 2013
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Jhon S: I found that there are a couple of things I need to do get get the air out. First, make sure the milk carafe nipple is clear. Second, run hot water through the system for about 10-15 seconds (this is beyond the warm up cycle). And, just to be extra sure, I take out the connections and heat them up. It seems when all the piece are clean and "hot" the frother works just right. Lastly, you have to make sure the carafe is fully seated on the drip tray; even a little off will introduce too much air. Jun 30, 2013
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Mike S: We had the same issue a month or two after purchasing our machine. I played around with the milk container and found that attaching it loosely to the fitting works better than making the connection too snug. I leave the milk container resting on top of the two rivets on the drip tray rather than sliding the milk container all the way in behind them. Jun 30, 2013
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Joe L: Attaching it loosely really did the trick, thanks Mike! Dec 3, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Syntia Cappuccino 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 Syntia Cappuccino Machine

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

User Manuals for your Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Machine

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Second Saeco Machine

Review by

Just received my new Saeco Syntia Cappuccino Super Espresso Machine. Have been loving the coffee and cappuccino every morning. The only feature that I would have redesigned would be a larger capacity water container and offall container, but understand that with the smaller machine every feature gets smaller.

(Posted on 4/25/14)

love it!

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We have had this machine for about a year and half, brewing 2 to 6 cappuccino's daily. No problems, easy enough to clean. Quality of coffees is consistantly good. Love the one touch and it's done feature.

(Posted on 3/16/14)

Love it!

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This is our second Saeco Automatica espresso machine. The first (now sold as the Vienna), lasted a wonderful 10 years before we wore it out (one day it just stopped working). We had two hiccups - one was within 90 days of purchase - a power surge took out the computer. Saeco repaired that (via the mail), no questions asked. We've kept it on a good surge suppressor since then. And then one trip to SCG for maintenance at about the 7 year mark for a boiler issue.

We're looking forward to at least that many years with Syntia.

Love the small footprint of this machine.

Love that the water and spent grounds drawers are easily accessible from the front of the unit.

Love that the amount of coffee is variable from one shot to the next - 3 levels of 'strength' available at the touch of a button.

Love that the amount of water per 'short' and 'long' shot is user programmable - and easy to program (just watch Gail's video, or read the directions in the manual).

Love the taste of the coffee - we mostly do americanos (i.e. extra tall shots) and iced coffee. We do use extra dark beans, normally Kirkland's espresso roast. They're not super oily, but not exactly "dry", either. They seem to do just fine (and did do fine for 10 years with our last unit).

Love that the spout goes up just far enough, so I can fit my tall coffee cup under it (15 oz ceramic mug).

Love that it shuts itself off after an hour (time is programmable), so I never have to worry about having left it on all day.

We don't use the milk wand or frother, so can't speak to that.

Only cons: Bean hopper is small. Drip tray is small. Water tank is small. But, counter-top footprint is also small, so I think it's a worthy trade-off versus a larger machine.

It would also be nice if there was a visible level on the water tank, so you know when you're getting low.

The machine does do a lot of self-cleaning and priming... but now that I'm used to it, I like it. I keep a cup under the spout to catch the drips, so the drip tray doesn't fill up too fast. The level 'pop-up' indicator on the tray is a nice reminder when it does need emptying. I find the drip tray easy enough to remove and replace.

We've had the machine for about 4 months now. It's just now warning that a descale is requested, so I'll be going through that shortly. The instructions make it look fairly easy to do - all automatic other than adding the solution and running a few rinse cycles.

(Posted on 3/5/14)

Finally a Great Cup Superautomatic Cappuccino at reasonable price

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I've long been able to pull a good espresso. But Cappuccino was always harder and messy. Pretty much had to toss any extra milk. Now a machine that does all this and is easy to clean. And at lower price than most.

Pros: Great espresso and great cappuccino, smaller than most units and very little to clean.

Con's: Small water capacity.

(Posted on 5/15/13)

The Great and Small

Review by

My first super-automatic. My Saeco Aroma / grinder combo has been moved to the media room, too much work for the wife. This is an outstanding machine for cappuccino and espresso. It is easy to use and produces one of the best drinks that I have ever experienced. Used it about a month with about 6 drinks per day, no issues. Easy learning cycle. Fantastic value for the money.

Being a smaller sized machine, it needs to be attended (add water, dump grinds, dump rinse water) after about 6-8 servings, add beans ~12 servings. Be careful with the frother and milk container, wash well every 1-3 days, it does get nasty. Quality of product is extremely dependent upon the quality of the beans, not a big surprise. Overall extremely pleased!!!

(Posted on 1/28/13)

Amazing Machine

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Great machine. Eliminates the hassle of foaming milk!

Quick Brewing, Great Foam Froth, Foam Froth and Great, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cup height is low, Drip try hard to remove, Small Water Container, Drip try fills up quickly

(Posted on 11/30/11)

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