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Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished

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Regular Price: $349.99

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Regular Price: $349.99

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Quick Overview

The Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia has the great looks of a stainless steel case and employs some of Saeco's most time-tested features. The Via Venezia produces creamy, robust espresso each and every time. How? You'll find a panarello style frothing tip for perfect foam, a large water reservoir to draw from, a powerful pump rated at 15 BAR of pressure and a safe, rapid recovery boiler that keeps the hot water coming. When combined with the included pressurized portafilter it makes pulling espresso shots easy and reliably delicious.
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The Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia has the great looks of a stainless steel case and employs some of Saeco's most time-tested features. The Via Venezia produces creamy, robust espresso each and every time. How? You'll find a panarello style frothing tip for perfect foam, a large water reservoir to draw from, a powerful pump rated at 15 BAR of pressure and a safe, rapid recovery boiler that keeps the hot water coming. When combined with the included pressurized portafilter it makes pulling espresso shots easy and reliably delicious.

Features & Functionality of the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

  • Simple Brewing: Fill the portafilter with finely ground espresso, tamp lightly and secure in place on the machine. Press the brew button to initiate brewing and then press again to stop.
  • Frothing Tip For Perfect Foam: Like magic, your Via Venezia steaming wand will make beautiful foam just by slipping on the Panarello frothing tip. Mounted on a swivel joint, the wand conveniently swings aside and clean up is a snap.
  • Pull A Perfect Espresso Shot: It stands to reason that the correct texture of the coffee grounds and the right pressure used to pack them, (know as tamping), makes a huge difference in the quality of espresso produced. The Via Venezia's heavy-duty pressurized portafilter does away with that concern by pressurizing the brewing chamber to improve extraction from the ground beans, promoting the perfect brewing conditions. A non-pressurized portafilter is also available for those that are into tamping their own grinds.
  • Big Water Reservoir: The 98 ounce water reservoir is prefect for home and entertaining. You can brew a number of espressos and then refill the reservoir right where it's at, even if it is still brewing. Simple to remove, the reservoir can also be carried to a faucet.
  • Powerful Pump: The Saeco Via Venezia boasts a powerful vibratory pump rated at 15 BAR of pressure, the same pump found on top of the line Saeco espresso machines to pull maximum flavor from the coffee beans.
  • Removable Components: This removable cup tray and plastic drip pans make clean up simple. One of the two layered designs can be removed during brewing to provide additional clearance for taller cups. The Via Venezia provides a stainless steel passive heat cup warmer that cleverly eliminates the problem.
  • Safe, Rapid Recovery Boiler: No hot water, no espresso. The Via Venezia keeps hot water coming with a large stainless steel, 950-watt quick recovery boiler of stainless steel. This boiler also has burnout protection; a thermal fuse to shut down the heating element should the machine run dry during operation.
Pros
  • Sturdy, Compact Design - The Saeco Via Venezia has a compact and sturdy all-metal design and fits easily into compact spaces.
  • Easy to Use - With its pressurized portafilter, this is one of the easiest espresso machines to use that we have tested.
Cons
  • Messy Portafilter - When using the pressurized portafilter, the coffee will be a little messy after brewing.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare? The Via Venezia is larger than the Saeco Aroma, has a larger reservoir and offers more room for your steaming pitcher.
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.625 inches
Depth 11.5 inches
Height 13.0 inches
Watts 950W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 2.75 inches
Reservoir Size 98 oz
Solenoid Valve No
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute and 35 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 50 seconds
Boiler Design Single Boiler
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Stainless Steel

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Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished
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Dawna asked: I have been using tap water for my espresso using the Via Venezia. Should I be using filtered water? Aug 8, 2012
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Teri KStaff: Using filtered water or a water filter in the tank of your machine cuts down on possible mineral build up. It is a good idea to use filtered (not distilled) water instead of tap, and the machine should still be descaled once every 2-3 months. Aug 13, 2012
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Menelaos K: Depending on how hard the tap water is (mineral content), it may be necessary to descale the coffee maker more often. Some prefer the tap water though, for the taste.

Another factor for experimentation. ;-)
Aug 28, 2012
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Jingmiao Jeanna S asked: Is there any steaming wand that I can get to replace the original panarello wand in order to make latte art? May 21, 2013
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Ben D: There is a stainless upgrade that makes better foam. There's a video on their site about it.
http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-panarello-assembly-stainless-steel
I haven't used one personally but the "crew" seems to like it.
May 22, 2013
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MICHEL L: I bought a "regular" wand from a Starbucks machine (made by Saeco) on ebay for about $10 and it works great. Switching out the wands is also very easy; it takes about 10 minutes and only requires one wrench. The trick is finding the steam wand.

Good luck.
May 22, 2013
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Sky C: I believe you can get other wands... but I don't experience great froth from the Via Venezia. The machine spits out a lot of water with the steam, diluting the milk. I sent my first unit back for a replacement, but the second machine does the same thing. May 22, 2013
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Ellen S: My understanding is that there is another panarello to replace the plastic one the machine comes with but I did not purchase it. The original one does produce big bubbles which does not work well with almond milk. May 22, 2013
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Jean B: Hello- the original wand I received with my re-furbed machine stopped working soon after. I imagine there are other types of wands but am not familiar with any. I am wondering if any wands are made to last? May 22, 2013
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Susan G: I'm sorry, but I don't know about replacement wands. However, the guys at Seattle Coffee Co. are so awesome, just call and ask!! May 22, 2013
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Roger S: I'm sorry we can not answer this question. We have never looked for a different wand. Good luck in your search! May 22, 2013
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Jingmiao Jeanna S: Thanks guys, i'll keep searching! :) May 22, 2013
marie h asked: with this machine ..can you do any latte art? Jan 9, 2013
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Kim S: hi marie-

i'm a novice home-barista so i couldn't tell you if this machine is capable of doing latte art or not. i can tell you (from the limited experience i have) that the steaming wand is one of the better ones i've worked with on a small machine like this one. there is definitely some power behind it - it really froths beautifully and quickly. my impression is that the art is actually done when pouring the steamed and foamed milk into the espresso - so given that the steaming wand/pump work so well - i would say yes so long as the person pouring it is capable of producing the art.
Jan 16, 2013
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MICHEL L: I think with the original panarello wand you would find it very difficult. I replaced the panarello with a "regular" steam wand and can make much better micro foam, which is what you need for latte art. That being said, I have not had much success, although making art isn't my prime objective. (My daughter, on the other hand, is obsessed with trying to make art on my coffee every morning.

This machine does make great coffee and seems to have plenty of power for making espresso and steaming milk. I have been very happy with it since getting it in September.
Jan 11, 2013
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Helen C: I purchased this for my daughter. She is extremely satisfied with her results and has achieved her quality of Starbucks venti mocha! She makes me a mean latte. As to the art work...her reply was "who needs the art when you can have a great coffee?" It has performed beyond our expectations. Of course the grinder is a principle component. We are very satisfied with it and your timely service. Jan 12, 2013
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Roger S: We're not into the art aspect. We're into really good coffee and i can tell you it makes really good coffee! We love our machine. It's actually our second one. We need to know if we can send our first one in to have it refurbished and sent back to us? Does anyone know the answer to that question? Jan 11, 2013
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Kaylie KStaff: Give our repair department a call at 866-372-4734 and they'll be happy to walk you through the options. Thanks! Jan 11, 2013
Scott M: you can do latte art with just about any machine if you practice, the quality of espresso isn't really great for it though and the steam wand it's equipped with isn't too great with making properly frothed milk. so while it is possible, it's not an easy feat. Jan 11, 2013
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David L: I'm QUITE sure someone with more skill than I possess could definitely do latte art - I just haven't. It makes great lattes though! Jan 11, 2013
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Ka Y asked: My Via Venezia stopped making coffee. The steamer works perfectly fine but somehow the water is not pumped into the machine so no water comes out when I press "espresso" buttom. What do you think is going on? I have a feeling that it will be an easy fix, just don't know how to. Please help! Feb 8, 2014
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Teri KStaff: If you are having trouble getting water from the brew head of your Via Venezia, the easiest thing that I would suggest trying would be to remove the brew head screen and clean it, as it may be clogged with coffee oils that are preventing good flow. You can also descale the machine to be sure that there is not a scale clog anywhere. If the machine needs a little bit of cleaning, then I would also suggest giving it a tune up at home, with the Via Venezia Tune-Up Kit found at the link below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/seattle-coffee-gear-tune-up-kit-for-saeco-via-venezia
Feb 8, 2014
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Walter W asked: Does the Via Venezia accept ESE type pods as well or have an adapter? Dec 14, 2012
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Teri KStaff: The Via Venezia will accept ESE pods without purchasing any additional adapter. To use pods, simply place the pod gasket in the portafilter and put the single shot basket on top of it. With an ESE pod you're ready to brew! Dec 19, 2012
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A shopper asked: I will be receiving this Via Venezia in two days, and I would like to purchase a tamper. Which size one do I need? I will also purchase the non-pressurized portafilter.
I've waited far too long for a great cup of coffee!
Jul 19, 2012
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Kaylie KStaff: The Via Venezia uses a size 53mm tamper and only requires tamping when you use the non-pressurized portafilter. Jul 26, 2012
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Warranty Information for the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

What it Covers:

SCG's Certified Refurbished Equipment

Including Saeco, Rocket, Rancilio, Francis Francis Refurbished Equipment

Length: 6 months
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Wash all removable components with soap and water on a regular basis. (Many are not dishwasher safe.)
  • Remove and clean the panarello wand weekly.
  • Clean brew head with group head brush weekly.

User Manuals for your Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia


Videos Featuring the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

Saeco Aroma vs Saeco Via Venezia

Nice CS but disappointed with machine

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After calling CS and asking about the general aesthetics of the refurbished units, I ordered a SS one. When it came, my husband and I anxiously unpacked it and his first comments were "this really looks used - as if someone dragged it across the floor".

After an overall cleaning of the machine and removing what looked like white paint off the cord and unit, we were surprised about how deep some of the scratches on the front and top of stainless steel were. We both also remarked about the sharp edge on the top of the machine. He thinks we may be able to sand it down so fingers won't get cut. That is, if we decide to keep it.

After purchasing refurbished items in the past, my experience has been the insides are replaced/fixed on aesthetically new looking externals. In our case, someone heavily used machine then returned it and it was inspected and fixed and resold. The unit does appear to work well in the week we've had it.

Others have mentioned that cost is in line with the value. I think it makes a difference what the condition refurbished unit comes in. For me, the cost is to high for a very used piece of equipment.

(Posted on 2/18/14)

Great machine at a low price

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I have had this machine for 4 months. When it arrived it was missing a piece for the espresso button, but SCG quickly mailed me the part and it was an easy fix. The first coffee I made was delicious, but then the flavor started to decline. I discovered it was because I wasn't freshly grinding the beans each time, so I bought the Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2 and it made a world of difference. The espresso I brew with this machine is so good, it has ruined me for coffee anywhere else. My husband and I are completely spoiled. The only thing I would change is the steaming wand. It is too low, making it hard to use. I don't use this much, as I make americanos, but if you plan on using the steam wand frequently, you may want to find or build a stand to raise the machine off the counter a few inches. A couple of tips -I found that I need to pack/tamp the grounds in the self-tamping portafilter to get the brew strength I want. Also, the top cover for adding water to the tank is hard to open because it has a bump on either side of the cover to keep it closed tight. While opening the cover, slightly push on the side of the cover and this will move the bump in just enough to make it easy to open. **Thanks for your review videos SCG! It helped me make my decision for both machines!

(Posted on 1/1/14)

Great Machine for Newbies!

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We wanted a semi-automatic machine that (1) enabled us to make good drinks from the beginning but also gave us room to grow as we learned more and (2) had an articulating steam wand.

Friends of ours recommended their Via Venezia and we could not be happier.

We bought a refurbished and are generally pleased. There are a few cosmetic blemishes, but nothing that impairs the function of the machine.

(Posted on 12/9/13)

A good machine

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We have a Via in our winter getaway home so we were familiar with the quality and ease of operation.
Before finding Seattle Coffee Gear we had ordered this machine from Amazon. After returning three of them for various manufacturing defects, we gave up until my hubby found SCG. No one guessed that this machine was not new out of the box. Thanks SCG.

(Posted on 8/26/13)

Not bad at all!

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I worked at a coffee house for 3 years so I may be a bit spoiled by way of espresso machines. I figured I should get that out of the way before I got on to rate this.

For the price, this machine is great! It isn't a Pavoni, but it also isn't $1400, so I can't reasonably the expect the same quality. The steamer is wonderful. It makes velvety, creamy foam. The basket is great too, as long as one fills it to the appropriate level. I also love that the reservoir is large enough that I don't have to fill it every time I make a latte.

(Posted on 8/23/13)

not sure

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tried some of the best espresso in the world and this is average maybe the coffee i am using?

(Posted on 8/10/13)

Great Starter Machine

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I'm really enjoying learning the in's and out's of pulling a shot., and this is a great little machine to do it on. Refurbished? This unit arrived flawless out of the box.

I upgraded to the stainless steamer panarello (sic) and once I get the feel for my new grinder. Re-zeroed thanks to Gail and Kats more than clear video. I'll more than likely invest in a non pressureized porta-filter.

Thanks SCG.

(Posted on 6/29/13)

Great, budget friendly machine.

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I spent over a month going back and forth about buying an espresso machine, let alone a refurbished one. I finally called Seattle Coffee Gear and was able to ask questions, get answers and tell them what I was looking for. I have had this machine for about a and I could not be happier with my purchase. It works well, gives good shots and it took me only a few days to learn to make my Starbucks latte. What a money saver. I love this machine!

(Posted on 6/19/13)

Great first

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I love my Via. I think it's great for a novice. I'm just learning all about making espresso and this machine is very easy. I am having a hard time with tight foam but that might just be some skill I'll need to develop. I've got soap-bubble sized foam down tho.

(Posted on 4/4/13)

A fine machine and a great value

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I was initially reluctant to purchase a refurbished espresso machine. But then I thought: I've purchased many used cars, why not a a gently used and refurbished espresso machine? The Via Venezia I received was pristine--not a blemish on it I've been able to find--and pulls a great shot every time. Perfect for my morning latte. And SCG delivered my order quickly and with helpful documentation.

(Posted on 2/26/13)

Excellent

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Couldn't be more satisfied with performance of this espresso machine.

(Posted on 2/22/13)

Great machine for a great price.

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This little machine produces a solid shot of espresso and has plenty of steam for steaming milk -- and apple cider for my kids! I don't love the panarello, because it is impossible to steam milk without producing tons of foam, which I don't want. It would be great if there was a non-panarello wand available for this machine, then it would be just about perfect.

(Posted on 11/21/12)

great deal

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so far, it's been great. quieter than my old machine. good crema.

(Posted on 11/12/12)

Solid Espresso Machine

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This is my first espresso machine, so my experience is limited, but I am overall very satisfied. It certainly makes a good cup of espresso, which is of course what is most important.

(Posted on 9/11/12)

Buy this Machine

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This is a great machine, the easiest to use and dang near any grind you have will produce a stunning crema. Took the machine to burningman and it survived and cleaned up nicely for the kitchen. Iv'e owned 8 or nine very nice machines and this one is better than most of the fancy higher priced imports.

(Posted on 9/7/12)

Really.... 5* is the highest?

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Love this expresso maker!
I recently re-married and I was asked what did we want? Easy, a great cup of coffee or expresso.
This is the only item we asked for, and I opted for a refurbished unit. I like that it has been tested every step through the inspection process, new machines are not, they go through a sample inspection, perhaps every two to three machines.
We have the stainless steel and it is gorgeous sitting on the counter.
We've used it three times a day since receiving it (a week ago), there is a very slight learning curve, very slight.
Listen up, if you want a great expresso, you must start with great coffee, not Costco's.
I read the reviiews posted here, and ordered Lavazza crema e gusto, excellent, first time made.
I believe one shouldn't need to add milk to make coffee taste good. That said, the frother is great and I do use it for latte's, wonderful.
I based my purchase of coffee on the reviewers, and they are great.
Breville Smart Grinder....come to mama, your next!

(Posted on 8/4/12)

Good as new

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I was very hesitant to buy a refurbished machine. After pondering this machine for about a month I decided to give it a try. It works perfectly. I could not be happier with my purchase. It took me only two days to learn to make my white chocolate mochas as well as Starbucks. I love this machine!

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Consistent shots, Great Taste, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 5/12/12)

A good value

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This machine works well for my casual use. It produces a good consistent shot of espresso. The frothing wand is easy to use and its location has not been a problem for me. It put together well with the exception of the knob to control the frothing wand. It easily slips off the unit if placing any pulling tension while rotating the knob. This is the only reason I gave it four stars.
The unit heat up quickly in the morning for the first cup. I purchased a refinished unit and it working well.

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Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/20/11)

Great machine, great service

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I'm a real novice but find this machine to be a great start. It was a refurbished model and I had a slight problem when it was delivered - Patrick was a big help. And I find Kat and Gail's videos entertaining and informative. Thanks!

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing

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(Posted on 12/17/11)

Great machine

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We've used this machine for over two weeks, for ourselves, family, and company. It makes GREAT espresso and does a great job frothing, giving you a good amount of foam. It also is consistent in quality and easy to operate. This machine is not messy if you give the portafilter 30 seconds after you're done to remove and clean. If you get in a hurry it can be messy. Great machine, I have no reservations in recommending it.

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Quiet, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Love it, Easy To Use

Cons:
Messy depends on operator

(Posted on 10/29/11)

A winner on most counts!

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The best thing is that this was my second kick at the can of a new machine. I had purchased another model and decided I did not like it. I dealt with Jessica who quickly arranged for its return and she recommended a few other machines I might like. I took one of her recommendations after researching it and am now getting the cup of coffee I was looking for. Seattle Coffee Gear understands good customer service.

Pros:
Tray allows for large cup, Easy to operate, A great cup of coffee, Large Water Container

Cons:
Too small a portafilter

(Posted on 9/19/11)

Works better than expected

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I make my wife a late every morning. This machine workS GREAT!!!!!

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

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(Posted on 5/14/11)

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