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Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso Machine

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Quick Overview

The Saeco Syntia Compact Espresso Machine offers the ease of one-touch espresso shots with the fun of foaming your own milk. Get frothy with an easy to master panarello wand. Cutting-edge functions include a three-color display with simple icons for brewing and maintenance, Saeco's Aroma System that pre-wets your coffee grinds, a quiet ceramic grinder and a Rapid Steam System, just to name a few. With the Saeco Syntia, your favorite drink preferences are easily stored and ready to brew again and again.
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The Saeco Syntia Compact Espresso Machine offers the ease of one-touch espresso shots with the fun of foaming your own milk. Get frothy with an easy to master panarello wand! Cutting-edge functions include a three-color display with simple icons for brewing and maintenance, a quiet ceramic grinder and a Rapid Steam System, just to name a few. With the Saeco Syntia, your favorite drink preferences are easily stored and ready to brew again and again.

Features & Functionality of the Saeco Syntia

  • 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.
  • Rapid Steam System: The Syntia Stainless Steel Compact Espresso Machine has Saeco's Rapid Steam boiler system that ensures there is always water at the right temperature for brewing, steaming or dispensing hot water.
  • Ceramic Grinder: A quieter grinder than steel, ceramic grinders also stay sharper longer.
  • Aroma Adjustment: Select the amount of coffee to be ground (mild, medium or strong).
  • 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.
  • Fresh is Best: The large coffee bean hopper has an airtight sealed lid with an anti-UV coating.
Pros
  • Simple to Use - The Syntia has simple button controls and an easy-to-use three-color interface.
  • Stainless-Steel Casing - Attractive sitting on the counter in your home, office or break room.
  • Compact Design - The Syntia is smaller than most of the other superautomatic designs on the market and is sure to fit almost anywhere.
Cons
  • 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.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

This machine is similar to the Syntia Cappuccino. If you don't need a one-touch milk function, this is a great option.

Model Number HD8837/47
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 10 inches
Depth 15.5 inches
Height 12.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 23.0000
Watts 1400 watts
Volts 120 volts
Programmability Yes
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.25 inches
Reservoir Size 1.2 liters
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer No
Warm Up: Brew Time 58 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 29 seconds
Boiler Design ThermoBlock
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch No - Panarello Only
Bean Hopper Capacity 9.2 ounces
Bypass Doser Yes

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Saeco Syntia SS Compact Espresso Machine
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Seattle Coffee Gear Store asked: Why did you choose this?
George E: Seems like just the right mix of features. Attractive design. SCG had the best price. Not just so I could say I got a Syntia for Cynthia (my wife). Nov 10, 2011
Dave J asked: What is the largest size cup that will fit between the drip tray and the spout? Jan 7, 2012
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LINDA R: I'm assuming you mean cup height, and if so, I would say up to about a
4 1/2 inch high coffee cup. Of course, width-wise, the sky's the limit. Having said that, you can use a taller cup, just tilt the cup and hold it under the spout until your desired brew amount. This is one of THE best super automatic machines I've ever owned, especially given it's compact size. I actually own two of these machines, one is in my summer home. It's super sleek looking, and it makes the best foam ever, better than another machine I owned that cost more than twice as much! You will love this machine, and I highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed!
Jan 11, 2012
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George E: The spout slides up and down so that for low cups there's no splatter. I just measured. Down, it's about 3". Up it's about 4 1/4". Which is taller than all but the one of the 30 or so randomly assorted mugs in our cabinet.

BTW - we're incredibly happy with this machine. Have had it over a year. No signs of wear, which was a concern since there are a lot of moving parts inside. Easy to keep clean. Very intuitive to operate. Attractive on the counter.
Jan 11, 2012
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Stuart L: The dispenser raises up to accomodate a maximum height of 4 1/2 inches. For taller cups I guess you'd have to 1) hold the mouth of the cup at an angle under the two dispenser vents, or 2) remove the drip tray deck for about another 3/4 in, or 3) just use a small cup to catch the brew and dump it into the large cup. Jan 11, 2012
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Jacqueline L M: I can set any of my full-sized pottery mugs in place with the dispenser in highest position (4-1/4" approx without having to "manipulate") or bring dispenser down to espresso cup level so there is no "splatter". Adjustment is as simple as just "pulling" it down (or up) to level you want. Jan 16, 2012
Barbara M: The tallest cup that would fit would be 4-1/2 inches. When I want to fill my travel mug, I just make my coffee in a regular mug and pour it into my tall travel mug.

p.s. I *LOVE* my Syntia!
Jan 11, 2012
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Gene W: Hi Dave,

The spout can be adjusted from 3 1/4 to 4 1/2 inches above the drip tray. You need some clearance, so I think a cup height of 4 1/4 inches is about the maximum.

Gene W
Jan 11, 2012
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Carolyn H: Hi Dave,
I just put a 4" cup under the spout and it fits with a little room. This is with the spout "handle" moved to the "up" position. Hope this helps. I love my machine! CH
Jan 11, 2012
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Robin H: I use a stainless steel pitcher, but a regular size coffee cup fits. This machine is wonderful. use it nonstop without problems and it is stunning on the countertop! Jan 11, 2012
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Terry D: Hi Dave, not quite sure if i understand your question! but you can fit between the drip tray and despenser a cup/mug up to 5" tall. good machine :-) Jan 12, 2012
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Darius S: We bought a shallow 12 ounce cup that seems to do the trick. You have a full cup clearance of about 3 - 3.5 inches (height). Jan 11, 2012
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Rungnapa R: A coffee mug can fit between the drip tray and the spout. Any other size cup is larger than that won't fit. Jan 11, 2012
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Vihar S: 4.5" would be the absolute maximum. I would really 4.25" tall or shorter. By the way, we love our machine! Jan 11, 2012
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Michael F M: A cup heigth of 4 3/8 inches is the maximum size that will slide under the spout. Jan 11, 2012
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Tom B: 4.5 inches is the tallest cup that will fit under the spout Jan 12, 2012
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A shopper asked: What is the turn around time between cups of cappuccinos? I guess I'm asking how long does it take to make one cappuccino so I can determine how quickly I can make multiple cups for my guests? Feb 1, 2014
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Cindy E: I tested mine today and a double shot takes 45 secs to a minute. It took me a bit longer today, but I had just cleaned the machine and sometimes it takes a couple of runs to get the water system fully charged. It only takes 5 or 10 secs between shots. I use the rec water filter and with it in the tank, you can get 2 doubles, plus steam for the frother from one tank if water. Refilling only takes the time to pull the tank and refill. If you were doing say 8 cappuccinos, I would rec using a stand alone frother to save time. Great machine. We have 2, 1 as a backup. Starting our 3rd yr of #1. We thought it was broken, so we ordered another thinking we would send the old one in to be repaired. But the original healed itself. We use it probably 8-10 times a day - 2 doubles for me and the rest for my husband. Great value, highly rec! Feb 2, 2014
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Patricia T: We only make espresso (very concentrated, low liquid) on our machine but each shot takes about 30-45 seconds. There is maybe 5-10 seconds between operations where the machine is discarding the puck, but otherwise very quick. The only thing that would slow down a big load of drinks is the small water reservoir and waste container- these need to be emptied every 6 or 7 shots, but since we make doubles its pretty often. Feb 3, 2014
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ron k: The saeco machine will make 2 shots at a time and can make a second set immediately. It dumps the old shot and can immediately make more shots. Has worked well... Only hassle is water container small and have to refill frequently Feb 1, 2014
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Darius S: Each brew for espresso is 30 seconds. Each brew of a cup of coffee is about 45 to 50 sec. Caps take anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes depending on your frothing skill. I like mine. Makes 4 cups of coffee in about 4 min. Feb 1, 2014
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Tapi H: To brew one shot literally takes seconds. Maybe. 12-15 seconds. You can restart another immediately. I love this machine! Had it for a year now no problems! Just make sure to use a non oily been. Feb 1, 2014
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George B: Turn around is very fast. I make double shots for my me and my wife every morning and it takes less than a minute. This is a great machine. I've had it for over a year. Feb 1, 2014
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sohail s: Greetings,
Usually it takes about three minutes.
I hope this answers your question.
Enjoy.
Feb 1, 2014
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Edward N: About a minute. Feb 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: I've watched the video on bypass doser measurements, but want to make sure I understand/ heard it right. For a Saeco Syntia, you should only put 1tablespoon in the bypass doser-- correct? Sep 17, 2013
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Reid B: The Syntia (and other Saeco machines with a bypass doser) comes with a measuring spoon in the box for the appropriate amount of ground coffee. I just did a rough measurement of the Saeco measuring spoon and it came out to about 1.75 Tablespoons. You don't want to put too much in the bypass doser because it can damage the machine, so I would say 1.5 to 1.75 Tablespoons would be fine. I would just use the spoon that comes with the machine to be safe, though. Sep 19, 2013
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Ken O: Yes. I don't use the bypass doser very often, but if I put more than a tablespoon in - it rejects the whole cycle and dumps it all out. I'm not sure the mechanics of it all, but I'd guess its to keep too many coffee grounds from binding up where it is compressed.
Still use this machine everyday, sometimes 4 times a day and love it.
Sep 18, 2013
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Cindy E: First of all, I only use beans and highly recommend using beans. However, looked at the instruction book and it says one scoop of ore-ground coffee. The scoop comes with the machine and appears to be somewhat more than a tablespoon. Love the machine. Stumble out of bed very morning straight to it! Sep 18, 2013
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Andrew R: The Saeco Syntia SS includes a scoop that is used when you want to add ground coffee in the by pass. I do not know how much (Tbs or ?) the scoop holds. I use a level scoop of ground coffee. Sep 18, 2013
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D O: It comes with a scoop that is equivalent to about 1.5 tablespoons. So, depending on how strong you want your coffee, about up to 1.5 tablespoons. Sep 20, 2013
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john C: The scoop (that came with the Synthia SS) that I use to load the bypass doser holds just under 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Sep 18, 2013
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Edith K: That's what we've used and it's been fine. Sep 19, 2013
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Tempa B: Yes, that is what we do. Good luck. Sep 19, 2013
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shirley k asked: In the demo video the person making the expresso said the the saeco syntia did not have the SBS that some others had. I do not know what this means, can you explain what it is, and its importance in making coffee drinks? Thank you Jul 8, 2012
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Michael F M: It is, in essence, an adjustable pressure device to set the rate of flow from the coffee filter (if this were an ordinary espresso machine it would be a pressure controller on the spout of the portafilter - but this is very different from the pressurized baskets or pressurized Portafilters we know about and dislike). There are two parts to it - there is what Saeco calls a "smart valve" or "SBS brew valve" which actually has some engineering to it so that it can hold a steady back pressure on the coffee brewing chamber and then there is the dial on the front panel that controls it by adding just a tiny bit of resistance (making a hole smaller or larger) which the smart valve reacts to with a much larger change of resistance or back pressure. It's very simple and I'd say it's about $5 worth of parts that raises the cost of the machines that have it about $300 more than machines without.
Having access to a Saeco Incanto S Class that has the SBS and a Saeco Syntia that does not have the SBS - I am equally satisfied by both machines and never use the SBS. Saeco has really tuned the machines at the default settings to provide the best cup it will produce anyway.
Jul 10, 2012
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George E: Hi Shirley. I found this on the page for one of the other Saeco machines. "Saeco Brewing System (SBS): Turn the knob to adjust the intensity of your drink, from Americano to ristretto."

Our Syntia is a year and a half old and hasn't had a hiccup. We love it.
Jul 10, 2012
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Jeffrey M: Below is a copy and paste from the Internet.


Saeco Brewing System
   One twist. Infinite types of coffee. An absolutely revolutionary innovation. Saeco's new patented international exclusive: SBS (Saeco Brewing System) is the avant-garde technology which has changed the world of coffee machines. This ingenious system allows you to make an infinite variety of coffee beverages from just one fully automatic machine and at the mere twist of a knob. Whether it is an intense Italian ristretto (turn the knob to the right) or an American-style long coffee (turn the knob to the left) SBS satisfies all tastes, giving a full flavour and a truly unique creamy layer. In addition, the coffee dose in the extraction chamber is fully manipulated, thanks to the pressure, which remains constant throughout the extraction cycle. Through this process, all of the aroma is concentrated in the cup, offering you a superb crema finish and a truly rich flavour.
Jul 10, 2012
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Vivien N: "SBS" stands for Saecco Brewing System, which allows you to chose the strength and consistency of the crema of your coffee by turning a dial. While the Saecco Syntia does not have that feature, I get plenty of crema with my Saecco Syntia simply by using the right beans (which is what is most important for a good cup of coffee anyway). The Syntia does allow you to choose the strength of the coffee by selecting 1, 2 or 3 beans and by adjusting the amount of water. Jul 11, 2012
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Larry F: We have used the machine daily for a year and a half. Whatever the Saeco Brewing System(SBS)is we don't miss it. If you need a short reliable machine, this is a good one. The only annoyance is being limited to dry coffee beans Jul 10, 2012
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LINDA R: Hi Shirley,

I apologize, I do not know what that means either! It MAY have something to do with the frothing wand??, otherwise not sure. I can tell you that we absolutley LOVE this machine and have NEVER had a problem with it. In fact we own two, one for our summer home and one for our winter home! It makes great coffee & wonderful cappuccinos and foams like there's nobody's business. I highly recommend this beautiful machine, especially at this price point and it's nice compact size!

Linda
Jul 10, 2012
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Darius S: I am not sure about what the SBS is. I can tell you that we have this machine. You can brew espresso with one setting and full cup coffee with the other.

This of course will allow you to make an Americano, Latte, and Capp with the steamer.

All you need to buy with the unit is a few extra filters and a few packs of descaler.

I hope that helps. We love our machine.
Jul 10, 2012
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Lincoln T: I don't know exactly what the SBS is, however this machine has a way to select the amount of coffee is ground. There is three settings: 1, 2, and 3 beans. There is no dial to select the amount of crema (maybe this is what SBS is). However I'm satisfied with the crema results and the taste with 1 bean selected. Jul 10, 2012
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Al M asked: What are the benefits of the Bypass Filter and the SBS (Saeco Brewing System)? Is it possible to produce a credible Cafe Americano? Feb 23, 2012
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J Andrew H: The brewing system is just the guts of the thing, it works great and comes out for cleaning. I had the earlier version of this from about ten year ago, and it kept ticking (replaced a couple of rubber band type seals, that's about it). It's now in our vacation house, still working. I think the SBS also includes the newer computer assisted screen and buttons. That part all works fine. The bypass filter is new to my use, and I love it for those (rare) times someone wants decaf - you can run grounds through the bypass and not have to empty to usual bean hopper. Can it make an Americano? Quite well, quite easily. My only complaint is the mandatory descaling schedule the computer runs on. Our water in San Francisco is relatively soft, so the machine compels descaling probably more often the necessary, about every six weeks of daily use. Better safe than sorry, I guess. Feb 23, 2012
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Al M: Thanks Andrew for your thoughtful input. You even answered a question I forgot to ask regarding the longevity of the Saeco machines. I feel much better about the ability to produce credible Americanos which we prefer in the morning. I can deal with descaling every 6 weeks or so. Don't think I really need computer assisted screens. Dials are fine. Continue to enjoy your Saeco. Feb 25, 2012
Michael F M: The SBS is not a feature of the Syntia. It is a small knob that lets you adjust the steam and fine tune the coffee. The Bypass doser is just to allow you to use preground coffee to make 1 cup at a time instead of using the Syntia to grind whole beans in an automated sequence.

I have access to a Saeco Incanto S class that does have the SBS and I own a Saeco Syntia. I normally use a 3 bean setting and brew a long cup or a short 3 bean espresso shot. I have brewed a 1 bean long cup for my daughter with excellent results for a Cafe Americano.

The coffee I brew on the Saeco Incanto with the SBS is identical to the coffee I brew on the Saeco Syntia. I do not miss the SBS. The Syntia is shorter and more compact and better fits my more normal size cabinets while the Incanto fits well in the monster kitchen of my daughter.
Feb 23, 2012
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Al M: Thank you Michael for your thoughtful response. I was particularly interested in your comments re the SBS since I feared I would be missing out on a very important extra gadget. We prefer Americanos in the morning and Espressos the rest of the day - decaf after 5PM. Seems as though the Syntia will satisfy all of our needs including a smaller footprint and height. Thanks for your input. Feb 25, 2012
Al M: Thanks for taking the time to answer my concerns regarding the Syntia. I was particularly concerned that I might regret buying a machine without SBS. You have put my concerns to rest. Seems like SBS offers just a minimal tweak. I really appreciate your input. Feb 25, 2012
Carolyn H: It is my understanding that the bypass filter is for decaf (ground) so you can have a cup of decaf w/o emptying the regular beans in the hopper. If you want an Americana, you can either make the espresso and add boiling from the steam wand or just select the large cup of coffee to get a great cup of coffee. We love our machine even though the containers for water, coffee and to hold the coffee "pucks" are small. It is handy to have it near a sink so you can fill the water daily (if you use it daily like we do). Hope this helps. Carolyn Feb 24, 2012
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Al M: Your input is most helpful. We prefer Americanos in the morning but Espressos the rest of the day. We plan to locate the machine on a kitchen counter near the sink, so water availability not a problem. The Saeco Syntia seems like the best available machine for the money. Thanks again. Feb 25, 2012
Vihar S: Not sure what you mean by Bypass Filter. There is a Bypass Doser that allows you to put preground beans in that may be different than what's in the machine already (different roast, decaf . . .). I'm fairly certain this machine doesn't have the SBS. Based on my research I didn't feel it was necessary and don't really notice not having it. The Americanos the machine makes are great, though you have to do some experimenting to get the flavor exactly how you want it. My wife and I have one every morning. Feb 24, 2012
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Al M: Thanks Vihar for your thoughtful input. I agree that I can live without the SBS. We prefer Americanos in the morning but Espressos the rest of the day. Decaf after 5PM. Seems like the Syntia will satisfy all of our needs. Thanks again. Feb 25, 2012
Brenda H: We get consistently good Americanos and Espressos with our Syntia. We only use the Bypass Filter if we have coffee in the evening, when I need decaf (to sleep) and my husband does not want it. That way we can leave his bean mixture in place and we grind my decaf in a separate grinder and dump it through the bypass. I wouldn't want a machine without it. We love our Saeco Syntia SS! Feb 23, 2012
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Al M: Thanks Brenda for your input which is helpful in my decision about purchasing the Saeco Syntia. We especially enjoy Americanos in the morning and espressos the rest of the day. Decaf after 5PM. Your info is greatly appreciated. Feb 25, 2012
Nick G: Bypass filler allows you to use pre-ground coffee as opposed to letting the machine grind beans. I have never used it; I always let the machine grind the beans. I have enjoyed the coffee it makes. I make a 4-shot latte daily with steamed 1% milk. Feb 23, 2012
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Al M: Thanks Nick for your input. I assume you like your Syntia and have not had any problems with it. I appreciate your input. Feb 25, 2012
Nick G: I really like it, Al. I live that it's not so huge on the counter and that it makes great coffee. If I could redesign one thing, I wish it had a bigger water tank. I took out the filter (I know I know I shouldn't have) so that it can hold more water. Watch the videos ... very helpful. Nick :) Feb 25, 2012
Robin H: Sorry, I only make lattes and have never used bypass filter. Feb 25, 2012
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Al M: Thanks anyway. I appreciate your input. Feb 25, 2012
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A shopper asked: The following text is in the Syntia SS description:
"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."

I do not find this to be true of my Syntia SS, no such setting exists to turn on, turn off, or adjust. There is some mention of an Intenza Aroma System in the pdf owners manual, but it has to do with the optional water filter, nothing to do with the brewing cycle. What gives?!
Nov 21, 2013
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Michael K: I looked into the menu selections. That pre-wet feature is not a menu item that one could adjust. The operating manual mentions nothing about that feature either.
The Saeco company shouldn't advertise that feature if it can't be part of the menu selection for adjustment.

The problem I have is the display light colors have disappeared. The coffee maker still operates, but without the color display (green, yellow, and red).
Dec 5, 2013
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mary g: I can't find any info regarding pre-wetting the grinds in my owners manual. I do see where the manual has an Aroma Adjustment section which refers to adjusting the quantity of coffee ground or sets the use of pre-ground coffee. That is done by the button with the coffee bean(s) on it. Sorry not to be of more help. But I do love my machine! Nov 22, 2013
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Michael S: I wasn't aware that such a setting exists. in fact, my only complaint is that when brewing starts, a small plain water passes into the cup. if such a feature can be turned off I'd like to know how to do it. Nov 22, 2013
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Teri KStaff: You are correct, there is not a way to adjust the preinfusion on the Syntia. I will let marketing know to make the correction to the site so we can remove this information. Thanks for pointing it out! Dec 4, 2013
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Robert I: The ground coffee is infused with water for a few seconds but the feature cannot be turned off or adjusted in this machine unless the company updated the settings during the past year. Nov 22, 2013
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J R: That's a great question! I have wondered about the same thing. If anyone ( such as the store staff ? ) has the answer, please let us know. Nov 24, 2013
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Diane M: There is no such feature on this model Nov 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: I've had this machine since Christmas and I absolutely love it, but I do have one question: the manual says that it will indicate when the coffee bean hopper needs refilling, but I never see that indicator. My machine will even "brew" a coffee without beans at all - what gives? Jul 16, 2014
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Teri KStaff: This can happen on occasion with a newer Saeco Syntia unfortunately, as the machine "learns" and adjusts to your beans, and when the grinder motor is new. For this reason, if you frequently change beans or use a darker roast, then the machine may not always provide the out of beans indicator before trying to brew with a partial or empty dose. It is also the case that over time as the burrs wear in and the grinder motor strains/ages, you will see more of that out of beans indication. I spoke with a technician about this and unfortunately there is not a way to alter this indicator on the unit, however it is actually a good thing, as it means that the grinder motor is relatively new and unstrained! I am sorry I can't offer better assistance on this for you but I hope this helps clarify! Jul 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: Seriously considering this machine, after researching some that are much more expensive. But I've got a question. I start my day with two regular cups of coffee, not espresso.....but would like to have espresso function for afternoon coffee. Can I use the Syntia SS Compact machine to make a 16 oz cup of coffee? Or will it be 16 oz of espresso strength coffee? Apr 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Saeco Syntia 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. You can press the brew button twice which will grind twice and produce up to a 16oz americano. Apr 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: I actually already have this machine, but lost my manual (!!!) and cannot find another one online for this model. Does anyone know of an online link to the manual (again, for THIS model)? I got a yellow alert on the digital read this morning (a cup that appears to have small triangles floating in it??) and don't want to do anything until I fix the problem. Thanks! Feb 26, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Sorry you lost that Syntia SS Compact manual! We have that online at the link below:

http://seattlecoffeegear.com/assets/user-manuals/saeco/saeco-syntia-espresso-user-manual.pdf

The cup with triangles inside indicates that the machine needs to be descaled. Hope this helps!
Feb 26, 2014
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Mandy C asked: Can this machine be plumbed? Feb 9, 2014
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Teri KStaff: No, the Saeco Syntia cannot be plumbed, and has a 42 oz water tank only. Feb 10, 2014
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Connie C asked: What is a one-touch milk function? Is it an important feature to have? Feb 1, 2014
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Teri KStaff: One touch milk frothing means that the touch of one button a machine will automatically froth your milk and dispense both it and your espresso without moving the cup. The Syntia SS Compact has a panarello while the Syntia Cappuccino offers one touch automatic milk frothing. The one touch systems are easier to use, but do not froth the milk quite as hot as you can froth with a panarello, and one touch systems also don't offer the ability to froth at different foam levels. Hope this clarifies! Feb 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hello, is this BPA free? Dec 26, 2013
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Teri KStaff: While Saeco has verbally told us that their machines are BPA free, we do not have written proof to that effect, unfortunately. More info can be found in the article from Kat below:

http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2010/12/07/the-abcs-of-bpa/
Dec 30, 2013
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Jamarys H asked: Im trying to decide between the syntia and the intuita. Tried to cc ompare but hard to decide.
Anywy, my question is do both of these machines make epresso and coffee.or just espresso?
Also, does it really matter that the syntia doesnt have the sbs ?

Thx
Jamarys
Dec 6, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Both the Syntia and the Intuita make espresso or long coffee, which is an espresso shot with more water pulled through it. No, I would not say that the SBS should be a deciding factor in determining which machine you choose, as this feature only reduces crema, and is not a real advantage for a machine. Hope this helps! Dec 6, 2013
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A shopper asked: can you add an automatic milk foamer to the wand of this machine? Nov 29, 2013
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Teri KStaff: No, unfortunately there is not an automatic milk frothing attachment to this Syntia SS. Check out the Syntia Cappuccino for an auto froth carafe option:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-syntia-cappuccino-superautomatic-espresso-machine-certified-refurbished
Nov 29, 2013
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Dantek asked: Hello there, what is the actual difference between syntia ss vs incanto?? Which is the better machine? Thanks Aug 23, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Syntia has two programmable buttons and a smaller water tank and bean hopper, while the Incanto has a third programmable button and a much larger water tank and bean hopper. They are both going to brew the same shots and be the same in terms of reliability. Hope this helps! Aug 27, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have had my Syntia for a bit over a month now. For the 5 kinds of coffee beans I tried so far, the extraction time on Syntia is all between 14 and 17 seconds (measured by pump-on time, excluding pre-infusion). All beans are medium roast. Three of them are fresh locally roasted single origins and the other are Lavazza blend of arabicas and robustas. The parameters are kept constant: finest grinder setting, highest water temperature, maximum aroma (amount of beans) and default single shot volume (1.5 oz.). All my espresso shots are a bit sour, consistent with the short extraction time. I am running out of tricks to raise the extraction time to 20-25 seconds range. Is the shorter than usual extraction time to be expected on a super automatic? Thank you very much. Feb 28, 2013
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately it is the case that with a super automatic machine, the same timing for extraction you would have with a semiautomatic is not possible. I would advise not timing your shots and instead concentrate on the flavor, making slight adjustments to aroma and temperature in the programming. If you choose to alter grind, keep in mind that any adjustments should be made slowly, and then it will take about 3 shots before the setting is complete in the cup of brewed espresso due to the grind chute in the machine. If it is the case that you still don't like the flavor, you may want to consider upgrading to a semi automatic machine and a stand alone grinder, as there are many more factors you can alter with this style machine! Mar 2, 2013
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Bob P asked: Unfortunately I had a house guest put beans into the ground bean slot and the machine is jammed. I've opened the side door, vacuumed up loads of whole beans and tried to remove the brew group but it's jammed. Anyone face this problem before? ... I've pulled/twisted and even held the machine upside down to try to get out loose beans but no joy yet. I'm a little hesitant to make a herculean effort to yank the brew group out thinking something might break. Any ideas? Dec 22, 2012
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Teri KStaff: If there are pieces like the brew group that are still stuck in the machine, then I would advise turning the machine on and off a few times in order to attempt to reset the brew group to it's home position for removal. If this does not release the brew group from the machine, it would be best to take the machine in to an authorized repair center to safely get that part out for you. Jan 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the a way to reset the descsaling reminder without actually descsaling the machine? I only use reverse osmosis water in the machine, and there is zero mineral content in the water. With the water hardness setting at the lowest setting, the descsaling reminder popped up in a few months and stays front and center on the display. By the way, I love this machine. Dec 16, 2012
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Teri KStaff: We really do recommend descaling the machine, even if you use distilled water. Unfortunately there is not a way to reset this reminder on the Syntia, and so you will need to go through the process of a descale, even if it is just with regular water and you use the descaler less often. Jan 15, 2013
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(unknown) ( asked: I heard on another site that some people were having trouble with the warrenty due to the fact that Saeco was bought by Phillips. Are there any more details on this? Will warrantees not be honored? Apr 5, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: I have not heard of any issues with the Saeco warranty being honored after being purchased by Phillips. However, if there are any issues, Seattle Coffee Gear will ensure the warranty is honored. Apr 6, 2012
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Kate A asked: Good morning! The height of the machine - does the measurement include the top piece for the beans? My boss has a very low countertop and wants to ensure it fits underneath. Thank you! Mar 5, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: Including the bean hopper, the height of the Saeco Syntia SS is roughly 12 3/8" H. Mar 8, 2012
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Allen K asked: The default wand doesn't make good quality microfoam, which can be made easily by the wand tip in Rancilio silvia, for example. Is there any wand tip replacement for Saeco syntia to make it similar to Rancilio silvia? Dec 2, 2011
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SCG SStaff: The steamer on the Syntia is designed for easy foaming with the special panarello attachment included. Unfortunately, it is not designed for creating the finer foam for latte art and we are not aware of any wand or tip replacements that would make this steam like the Rancilio Silvia Dec 2, 2011
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laura b asked: hi. what are the dimensions? thanks! Nov 26, 2011
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SCG SStaff: Dimensions for the Saeco Syntia are... 10 1/2 inches wide by 16 inches front to back and only 10 1/2 inches tall, although you will need some additional height to access the bean hopper. Nov 26, 2011
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pparent asked: Between Talea giro plus and syntia, which one is best and produces best coffee? Any noticeable build quality differences? Jan 30, 2013
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Richard D: I cannot comment on the Talea giro. However, I can tell you that the Saeco Syntia is a reliable, top quality, low maintenance espresso machine. It has given us flawless service and is used everyday. This smart machine requests and is given both water filter changes and De-calcifying services regularly. It has a sophisticated menu of programs. The quality of the espresso is consistently excellent.

Previously, we owned a Delonghi espresso machine purchase about 2007 from Starbucks. After less than a year, this machine began to have leaks and o-ring seal problems. I made numerous repairs and replacement of a plastic part that failed. Finally, corrosion caused the boiler to fail. This is when we purchased the Saeco product.

I give the Saeco Syntia 10 out of 10 stars. It is one beautiful machine! One note: We don't use the steam wand but this is only a personal preference and nothing to do with its functionality. While sounding bizarre, I finish heating our lattes in my microwave for about 90 seconds.
Jan 30, 2013
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Emilio R: I don't have experience with the Talea, but here's my take on the Syntia. We've enjoyed it for almost two years and it has been mostly trouble free. The coffee is consistently great to our tastes. We only use Illy espresso though. We're not connoisseurs by any stretch though. We make about 4 double-shot lattes a day.

Only two problems. One is we've consistently had is excess fresh ground coffee collecting in the drip/drain area under the brew unit. The Seattle Coffee Gear folks were more helpful than Saeco in trying to fix this but nothing has worked. So the result is some wasted ground coffee. About 1 oz per weeks. It adds up.

The second is that the silver lining of the froth wand is actually metallicized plastic and pretty quickly pealed off. Low quality and ugly, but doesn't impact brewing.

Hope that helps.
Jan 31, 2013
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Beth B: I've had the Syntia for a little over a year, and have the same two issues with mine (excess/wasted ground coffee around the brew unit, and silvery finish coming off of the steam wand). Neither of these bothers me much, otherwise I'm extremely happy with it. Apr 6, 2013
Teri KStaff: The Talea Giro and Syntia SS Compact machines will produce essentially the same espresso/Americanos, with the differences being in features and programming. The Talea Giro has a crema adjustment, also known as the Saeco brewing system, or SBS. This feature can reduce the amount of crema on your shot if you prefer an Americano. The Syntia lacks this feature, but does have 2 programmable buttons to save your favorite size drink- like espresso shot, or short or long coffee. They both have a pretty great build quality, and the only other major differences will be in the size of the machine, water tank, bean hopper capacity, etc. Hope this helps! Jan 30, 2013
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Jeff G: I've not used the Giro Plus, but have been using the Syntia for a year, I previously owned a Krups Automatic, the Krups was in for service more often than it was on my countertop. The Syntia has been wonderful, I can say if I were to need another one, I would buy the same again. The water tank is small so I need to fill it up about every four cups, but I with the unit being as compact as it is, I dont think theres an option. Go with the Syntia! Jan 30, 2013
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LINDA R: I've bought three Syntias now from Seattle Coffee Gear (two homes and one as a gift). I have never had a problem with any of them. I can't answer on the other two as I am unfamiliar with them. I liked the Syntia because of it's smaller, sleek, compact design, ease of use, and price point . It produces the best foam for cappuccinos and makes the best coffee too! I would highly recommend the Syntia! Jan 30, 2013
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Vihar S: I've never used the Talea Giro Plus but I do own the Saeco Syntia SS. It's a great machine and the build quality is very nice. The side panels are metal and all the removable parts have maintained a very smooth fit after a lot of use. Jan 30, 2013
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Ray M: Love my Syntia! This is the best espresso maker I have ever owned and I've owned several different brands. I have not tried the Giro but I can say that the Syntia has never given me a problem and produces great espresso! Jan 30, 2013
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Darius S: I only own the Syntia but I can tell you that we use it daily with multiple brands of bean and ground coffee and it is consistent every time. Maintenance is key. Follow their instructions and you won't have issues. Jan 30, 2013
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Jill M: Hi, I can't comment on the Talea but we have the Syntia and it does a great job for the price. Jan 30, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Saeco Syntia SS Compact 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 Syntia SS Compact Espresso 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 SS Compact Espresso Machine


Videos Featuring the Saeco Syntia SS Compact 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?

Saeco Syntia Alarms and Errors

Saeco Syntia Test Mode Tutorial

Great machine

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So far we've been very happy with our purchase. Coming from a Tassimo machine that's not saying much but the espresso this machine puts out is great. My only complaint would be the smallish reservoir. Like another reviewer said, I find myself filling it up after 3 or so drinks to avoid running out.

(Posted on 6/16/14)

LCD screen broke after 13 months of use

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As has been pointed out in previous reviews, the Syntia is compact, stylish, easy to use and makes very good espresso and long coffee. We generally liked it a lot (despite the small water capacity), but after only 13 months of use, the LCD screen malfunctioned and ceased to display anything. We had the extra one year warranty that Seattle Coffee Gear threw in when we bought the unit and they repaired it free of charge after I spent over $100 shipping it back to them (double boxed) from the East coast. They had to order the part and we were without the unit for about one month between the shipping both ways and the time to wait for the part. We are giving the Syntia another chance, but if it breaks again (especially if out of warranty), we will look at something else to replace it.

(Posted on 5/16/14)

Wastes a lot of coffee

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Love the machine but it wastes a lot of coffee. When you clean it out there is always coffee grounds that don't make it into the tamper and leaves the machine a mess.

(Posted on 1/10/14)

Happy campers!

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A Saeco Syntia SS was a visitor to our household when a relative was here for a week-end, ....they take it everywhere. We decided that we should have one too!

I read quite a few bad reviews on the internet about the poor quality of espresso produced from super-automatics, soupy pucks, etc., but we get great results from this machine.

It just takes some minor tweaks to get it all dialed in. Initial soupy pucks that we got were solved by adjusting the grinder to a finer setting for the beans that we are using. Cleaning and maintenance is a breeze. Just remember to dump the overflow tray and rinse it frequently, as it will accumulate water and some grounds from the brew group functioning, not just from any spillage that may be operator caused (such as not having a container under the spouts when it goes into stand-by and does the self-clean process).

We also got a Breville Milk Cafe milk frother, it makes life so much easier than using the pannarello on the Syntia. Much simpler to clean it up.

We are Happy (caffeinated) Campers!

(Posted on 11/21/13)

Just buy it.

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I reviewed a lot of machines. I was leaning toward a Saeco because a friend of mine has one for years and never had an issue.

I was concerned that I wouldn't get a true espresso similar to what you get from a coffee shop. My worries were put to rest. This is a great product and I definitely recommend it. I'm happy that I get a great cup of espresso without the complexity of a manual machine.

Thank you for all of the videos. You made my decision process much easier.

(Posted on 11/13/13)

Great coffee macho e

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Our old Saeco machine died - after almost five great years. This new one is really a step up - wonderful cup of coffee and simple to use. Thanks again!

(Posted on 9/22/13)

GREAT

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Bought this a Christmas present for my and husband and me in 2011. Daily use, probably 6 times a day, and it still works great. Keep the instruction manual handy for the descale process. Re-inserting the brew group can be tricky, but just be patient.

We live 35 minutes from Santa Fe, so no convenient coffee shops. This machine is easy to use and does the trick. We love this machine.

(Posted on 7/5/13)

Great purchase

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I purchased this machine as a gift to my boyfriend. I have not used this myself. He makes espresso daily. It is so simple and completely automatic. It makes great espresso. Making espresso the first few times was trial and error to get the flavor just right.The machine is quite compact for an espresso maker.It fits perfectly under the kitchen cabinet. It seems to be a quality machine and worth the money. My guy is real happy with this machine. We highly recommend it.

(Posted on 2/20/13)

I absolutely adore it!

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This machine is really the best I could ever wish for in an espresso machine. I wanted a serious machine that allowed for different settings while having as few moving parts as possible to avoid breakage (tampering and portafilter were a big issue in my previous machine). This is it! Coffee, both espresso and elongated brew consistently and at the right temperature, one after the other with absolutely remarkable results every single time. Disassembled for cleaning and maintenance and this is a breeze. Two small capacity issues: the size of the water reservoir is on the smaller side and I seem to be refilling it often; and the overflow container is ridiculously small and hard to pull out. However, not enough negative to prevent me to give it a 5 star rating all the way. I use Inteligentsia Black Cat Espresso beans for the smoothest, creamiest, tastiest espresso ever. Did I mention that I was in love with this machine???

(Posted on 2/17/13)

Great espresso machine at a good price

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After researching espresso machines in depth we decided on the Saeco Syntia. SCG answered all my questions with patience. I ordered the refurbished model from SCG instead of buying a new model from Costco because of the reviews I read about how finicky espresso machines can be and the 2 year extended warranty that SCG offers on their refurbished machines and the additional savings with buying a refurbished model. The machine showed up in great condition and works perfectly. It took a little bit to dial in the amount of espresso I wanted, but easy to use and makes good espresso with little effort.

Thanks SCG!

(Posted on 12/29/12)

Love This Machine

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The Saeco Syntia is my first superautomatic coffee machine. Months of research and thought went into my buying it. The excellent reviews were the main deciding factor, but I also liked the stainless steel exterior (not the cheap-looking silver plastic many have) and the small size to easily fit under the cabinets on my counter. I bought a refurbished version to get the cost down, and I have not for a minute regretted that decision.

I have owned this machine about six months now and use it multiple times every morning. I make mostly Americano coffee, with only the very occasional latte. My long-draw button is programmed for an 8oz cup, and it is a perfect cup. Just the thought of it gets me out of bed in the morning. The water reservoir is small and can only make three of these coffees before refilling, but refilling is easily done through the front, so that is not problem. The controls are easy and guests are making their own coffees with only a few seconds of instruction from me. Maintenance and clean-up are a snap. I love this machine and talk it up every chance I get..

(Posted on 12/6/12)

The best value available

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The Saeco Syntia is an excellent value. I have tried several machines and am amazed at how good the steam wand is on this small machine. I am amazed at the quality of latte you can make and plus 160 milk temps are no problem.

I love the looks of the Krups EA82 machine and quality but the steam wand is not even close to the quality of this machine. My Lattes with the Krups tasted like microwaved milk. At $499, refurbished you cannot lose. I wish I found this seller sooner because I could have save some money.

(Posted on 12/6/12)

Awesome!

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Very solid construction, quite grinding especially compared to my old maker. The water and puck reservoirs are smaller but worth it to get the size advantage. Easy to remove parts are easy to clean and put back.I like this one a lot it's like they tought about the customer experience..

(Posted on 9/21/12)

Nice machine, small reserves

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A great machine that is very easy to use, clean and quiet. The espresso tastes great.

The down side is the water reservoir. Some reviews call it smallish and I would call it tiny. In fact, I have gotten in the habit of adding water every morning regardless of the level.

If they Saeco could increase the the water reservoir by 50% it would be a home run.

(Posted on 8/10/12)

worth it!

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I had really great cappuccino in Belgium over the holidays. When I returned, I could not find anything to compare at the major coffee shops. I bought this machine because it seemed great based on the reviews. It absolutely was worth it! This machine is very efficient, EASY to use, and make delicious expresso. I used to only be an iced coffee drinker, but this machine has changed that. I recommend Illy coffee. Bit expensive, but absolutely worth the cost. After buying this machine, I would never purchase one of a different brand. I also never have an excuse to go to Starbucks again, except when I'm not home to use my Saeco. Those days make me sad, because nothing else compares.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 2/12/12)

"I would buy this product again

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I really appreciate that Saeco

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

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Small Water Container

(Posted on 1/29/12)

Excellent

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Excellent looking and constructed unit; easy to make short or longs. SCG has great pricing, quick shipment & excellent follow-up. Would definitely recommend this unit and SCG.

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Quick Brewing, Awesome tasting espresso, Beautiful looking, Great Taste, Love the super automatics, Commercial Grade, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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Tray scratches easily, Small Water Container

(Posted on 1/23/12)

Great machine that is easy and fast.

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I was going to get a Saeco machine from a major retail club store and started some research. Lots of pros and cons everywhere, but I narrowed my needs down to a compact, quiet, stainless steel, super-automatic machine with a bypass doser that was as easy to use as possible. Although I am a big fan of my local retail club store, I read too many complaints about the machines they sold. Even though they may have a great return policy, I just didn't want the hassle...Seems like there were not many (if any) poor reviews of the Syntia but I still had a hard time dropping this much money for an espresso machine. The repair facility at SCG was a factor in my decision as they also extended the manufacturers warranty. They were very knowledgeable with everything on the market and very helpful. The video reviews and demos are fantastic. I've never made good espresso at home until now. The setup was intuitive, and it is very easy to use. It makes great espresso and the crema is impressive. Steaming milk is a breeze and cleanup is quick too. I'm at a loss for anything negative to say about it. A few reviews I read mentioned the beans sometimes get stuck in the hopper. I removed the plastic guard that is designed to keep people from putting their fingers in the grinder and haven't had a problem with the beans flowing freely. It still allows the hopper to be sealed with the large lid. The water reservoir is a bit small, but certainly adequate for home use. I have had it for a month now, and have made over a hundred drinks. When I wake up and turn it on, it takes 1:15 to heat up and prime itself, :45 for a shot of espresso. For my latte, it takes an additional 1:15 after turning on the steam wand for it to heat up, prime and steam the milk. One more minute to wipe it clean, and rince the panarello. Less than 5 minutes from turning it on to walking away. If you are looking for fast and easy, this is your machine. It looks great, is simple to use, and makes perfect drinks. We are not coffee snobs, but stopped by the local coffee shop daily, and the Syntia makes comparable drinks and is much more convenient.

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

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(Posted on 1/6/12)

Great value

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Best Price anywhere! Shopped around extensively for this coffee maker and Seattle was by far the best price. Probably the reason why it was back ordered for a month. None-the-less, it was worth the wait and makes great coffee. Fast and efficient. Love my new toy!

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Quick Brewing

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Small Dreg container

(Posted on 12/15/11)

Great machine

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I was going to get a Saeco machine from [@]and started some research. Lots of pros and cons everywhere, but I narrowed my needs down to a small, quiet, Stainless steel, super-automatic machine with a bypass doser that was as easy to use as possible. I wasn't comfortable with anything that [@]sold (I am a big [@]fan), because there were so many problems with every machine they sold and many, many complaints and returns. I just didn't want the hassle...Seems like there were not many (if any) poor reviews of the Syntia but I still had a hard time dropping this much money for an espresso machine. The repair facility at SCG was a factor in my decision as they also extended the manufacturers warranty. They were very knowledgeable with everything on the market and very helpful. The videos reviews and demos are fantastic.My machine arrived and I'm very impressed. I've never made good espresso at home until now. The setup was intuitive, and it is very easy to use. It makes great espresso and the crema is impressive. Steaming milk is a breeze and cleanup was quick too. I'm at a loss for anything negative to say about it. A few reviews I read mentioned the beans sometimes get stuck in the hopper. I removed the plastic guard that is designed to keep people from putting their fingers in the grinder and haven't had a problem. It still allows the hopper to be sealed with the large lid. The water reservoir is a bit small, but certainly adequate for home use. It looks great, is simple to use, and makes perfect drinks.

Pros:
Intuitive, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing

Cons:
Small Water Container

(Posted on 12/14/11)

Really, Really Excellent

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We are thrilled with the new Syntia, which replaced our newly 'dead' Gaggia Titanium (6 yrs). Packed [...] beautifully, simple quick start guide, 5 mins to optimal dose and liquid extraction size and we were making great shots! They are significantly hotter than the Gaggia for some reason. Beautiful crema even without SBS control. We have the grind on 2nd finest. We're devoted Illy whole bean users and so far no blockage.Yes, the reservoirs (water and dregs) are smaller, but I wish we could post pictures in these reviews because the form factor is beautiful. We drink mostly Lattes, espressos and cappuccinos and my wife and I have the same tastes. So, if your similar and don't need a ton more programmability I don't think you need to jump up to a Xelsis or similar. Love It!

Pros:
Stainless steel, Super hot shots, Good cup height, Simple Controls, Quiet, Fast heat up, Quick Brewing, Small footprint, Great Taste, Fast to customize flavor

Cons:
Small-ish water container

(Posted on 8/26/11)

Some problems but they were fixed

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[...]. The set up is a bit confusing but you eventually get the process down. The machine did not produce coffee from ground coffee. I like caffine free so use the pre-ground. Saeco was very easy to deal with to get a replacement machine. It has been working fine since we received it. This machine is very easy to use once set up and produced very nice expresso.

Pros:
Produces great expresso

Cons:
Using pre-ground coffee

(Posted on 3/19/11)

We like the Syntia

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We wanted a small super automatic, and my wife decreed that it had to be stainless steel - the Syntia fits that. After almost two months of use we've converged on the settings that produce great lattes. The small containers mean that you're adding water and beans and emptying the dreg pucks pretty often, but it's very convenient. Pay attention to the weekly maintenance cleaning of the brew unit - not because of any problem with the unit, but because loose ground coffee spills into the space around it fairly quickly.[...]

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

Cons:
Small Water Container, Small bean holder

(Posted on 1/12/11)

A Stainless Steel Jewel

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Not the plastic shell for big money as in some machines. So solid and easy. Espresso CREMA!!!!! I am so happy with this machine and pleased that a super automatic can make such wonderful espresso without all the fuss.

Pros:
CREMA, Perfect Compact Size, ALL Stainless, EASY

Cons:
Small Water Container

(Posted on 11/21/10)

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