Daily Archives: February 21, 2009
Arguably the best little workhorse in the business, the Saeco Aroma is a robust machine that had really only one major flaw (in our opinion): Its pressurized basket. Lauded as a triumph for non-grinding, quick-n-dirty espresso lovers everywhere, the pressurized basket gives merely the illusion of crema by aerating the espresso as it's extracted. People that don't want to put the time and effort into learning how to fine tune their grind and tamp love this contraption because it does give a fairly good shot without much fuss.
But if you're a geek like us and love yourself some rich, thick crema, you're going to be thrilled with the latest release out of the Saeco camp -- a non-pressurized portafilter handle that uses the same baskets that came with your original pressurized portafilter. You can pull a delicious shot with this new non-pressurized portafilter -- one that may rival the Rancilio Silvia!
In addition to the Saeco Aroma, this portafilter is compatible with the following machines:
- Starbucks Barista
- Starbucks Via Venezia
- Estro Profi
- Saeco Magic Cappuccino
- Saeco Gran Crema
- Saeco Via Veneto
Watch Gail pull a shot with the new non-pressurized basket on the Saeco Aroma: