Crew Review: Saeco Intelia Focus

Featuring a small footprint, simple to use interface and a cool new approach to the finger guard that actually promotes -- instead of hindering -- coffee bean feeding, there's a lot to love about Saeco's new Intelia Focus superautomatic espresso machine.

Watch as Gail takes us through the ropes, including its features, functionality and an overview of the accessories Saeco includes. Then she demonstrates making a delicious cappuccino!


4 thoughts on “Crew Review: Saeco Intelia Focus”

  • FrigLick

    I got the Intelia Focus for Christmas to replace my Jura Capresso machine. So far (2 months of use) I'm for the most part pleased with the shots brewed. However, the "jiggy" finger guard does't jiggle enough and seems to be increasingly impending the flow of beans to the grinder; I frequently have to remove the bean hopper cover and jiggle the guard manually. This is very frustrating - I'm thinking I may remove this guard (if I can figure out how) to see if that improves bean flow to the grinder. Don't want to do anything yet though that may void warranty should other more serious problems arise. Although not a design or operational flaw, I find the 30 minute time out to go into the energy saving standby mode frustrating and it's apparently hard programmed and can't be changed. I'd really like to be able to finish my first leisurely cup and brew a second without having to reinitialize the machine. Wake up and going into standby mode requires rinse/warmup cycles that wastes water and necessitates refilling the water more frequently.

    • Brenna

      Hi FrigLick,

      I'm sorry to hear you've been having a bit of trouble with your Focus. Luckily, both of the issues you've been having can be remedied. First of all, you can certainly remove the finger guard by unscrewing the skew in the center of the guard and then just lift off the guard. The guard isn't at all necessary, so you can either toss it or keep it for later, whichever you prefer.

      Also, you can actually change the amount of that elapses before the machine goes into energy saving mode. To do this, push on the Menu button, then scroll over (using the bean/preground button) once until you have the listing for several minute timeframes: 180’, 60’, 30’, and 15’. You can then select how long you would like it to wait until it goes to energy saving mode, 2 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, or 15 minutes. Once you make your selection, you can push escape to get out of the menu. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions.



      • FrogLick

        Thank you form responding to my comments. Unfortunately this Intelia machine does not have a "Menu" button to allow adjustment of the Eco time out. Pressing the "Calc Clean" button brings up a menu for selecting water hardness and filter settings only; other buttons allow "Memo" adjustment for espresso and longo shots. I've carefully reviewed the user manual (including the Standby section) and don't find any indication of how to enter a more comprehensive menu to be able to page through. Is there perhaps a two bottom combination that will allow me to get to the standby time out selections you indicated? Maybe a diagnostic mode where this time selection can be made? Thanks for your help.


        • Brenna

          Hi FrogLick,

          You are right! We were looking at the silver versions of the Intelia cause we thought they'd be the same, as the black (the Focus) but they are not. Unfortunately from what we can tell there isn't an option anywhere to change the time on the standby mode. We're looking into this further, so if I find out otherwise, I'll let you know, but I didn't want to keep you hanging.



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