Superautomatic

Enjoy the convenience of quick and delicious espresso with superautomatic espresso machines.
  • New Product: Jura Z8

    Last week we took a look at the Jura D6, but that's not the only new Jura machine! The Z8 is a high end machine with an extensive featureset that justifies its high price point. So what sets this machine apart from its sibling machines?

    Connectivity and Performance

    The Z8 takes the stellar performance of Jura's existing machines and adds in a whole lot of connectivity and ease of use features.

    The most noticeable addition is the 4.3 inch touchscreen. This display is clear and concise, and reminds us of a high quality mobile device. The interface is extremely clear and easy to use, giving you a huge degree of control over your drinks.

    This machine also features smart visual touches like a blue-lit water tank, smart tracked filtration, and one-touch options for your favorite drinks. On the whole the Z8 offers 21 drink recipes, most of them with a high degree of customization.

    The Z8 also connects to Jura's J.O.E. mobile app, giving you control of this machine via bluetooth.

    None of this would matter if the machine didn't perform, but thankfully, the Z8 does. Using Jura's P.E.P. brewing process, this machines brews hot, well extracted espresso. The Z8 also steams impressive milk using the included cappuccinotore.

    Overall, this is a strong machine operating at the top end of the superautomatic price range. Check out the Z8 on Seattle Coffee Gear right here!

  • Introducing the All New Miele CM5300!

    Miele has brought quality coffee to kitchens around the world for a while now. The CM6 series offers powerful programmability, great performance, and ease of use. Joining the 6 series is the all new CM 5300!

    New Footprint, New Price

    The CM5300 is, at its core, the same quality brewer as the 6 series' offerings. It still provides delicious espresso and milk drinks, features easy cleaning, and offers powerful programming options. It also clocks in at a lower price, with some upgrades in other areas.

    While the CM5300 lacks a hot water spout, this has allowed for a slimmer footprint. This is a great help for smaller kitchens, where space is often a serious consideration when considering a machine purchase. this slimmer case also comes in slick new colors, without sacrificing the cup warmer or other capabilities.

    Exquisite Programming

    One of the things that this machine can't be praised enough more is programming options. While it's standard to see things like a serving doubler, volume control, and other bells and whistles on high dollar machines, the CM5300 offers these features for less. The double serving option is great for making two lattes or espressos, but can also be used for larger containers like travel mugs. These sorts of options being offered at this lower price point are very exciting!

    It helps that all of this is backed by a longstanding tradition of performance in the CM6 series too. Programmability is great, but if the milk or coffee quality isn't there then it's hard to justify the price of one of these machines. The CM5300 offers that same taste and texture produced by the CM6, just with the changes mentioned above.

    We're sure you'll be just as excited about this machine as we are once you see (and taste) what it has to offer, so check out the Miele CM5300 here now!

  • Seattle Coffee Gear’s Top Three Espresso Machines of 2018

    It’s that time of year again! Leaves are falling, the air is getting cool and crisp, and Summer is well and truly in the rear view mirror. All of this means that we have plenty to share about our favorite machines for 2018! Today we’re taking a look at SCG’s top espresso machines of 2018! We focused on picking the best buys of the year, not limiting the list to machines that came out this year.
     
    Chances are that if you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’ve seen a machine from Rancilio. From stalwart commercial machines to no-frills home machines, Rancilio earns its reputation. The Silvia is no exception! For starters, many of the Silvia’s features are inspired by its commercial siblings, but adapted for the smaller form factor. The controls are also extremely easy to use. Simple on/off switches control extraction and steaming, with clear indicator lights to tell you when something’s not right.
    All of this combines with excellent construction and component quality to produce a solid machine. The Silvia doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some higher dollar machines. It also doesn’t have the boiler capacity of machines above its price bracket. It makes up for this with usability and reliability. New this year is a stylish black powder coat over the stainless steel frame. The classic stainless Silvia is still a nice looking machine, but the black may fit better in your kitchen, and we love how it looks.
    The Silvia is the perfect machine for someone upgrading from an entry level brewer or looking to spend a little extra on their first machine!
     
    If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know that we’re big fans of this machine. The Saeco Xelsis is an update to a classic machine that well outperforms the previous model. We’ve said it before, but the programmability, milk quality, and ergonomics of this machine punch above their weight. It’s an excellent superautomatic in its price bracket.
    The control options in the Xelsis are more varied than most other superautos. This means you get to change things like milk texture, flavor, strength, and so much more with the slide of a finger. Additionally, while the shots from the Xelsis are on par with any of its competitors, the milk is the real star. The hygiesteam system froths milk with quality that’s not easy to achieve from a device of this nature. That system, plus Saeco’s tried and tested AquaClean water filtration, make maintaining the Xelsis easy.
    It’s great machine wether it’s your first superauto, or an upgrade.
     
    We don’t have too much to say about this machine that we haven’t already. Between the Appartamento’s stellar looks, excellent build quality, and capable components, this is simply one of the most successful home espresso machines that we offer. The first thing you’ll likely notice is its looks. This machine shines with its beautiful stainless steel casing and tactile controls. These controls give you the ability to make fine adjustments to your brewing process. They also help you “feel” every aspect of pulling the shot and steaming your milk. This gives you a great sense of the science behind your brewing.
    It wouldn’t be one of our favorites though if wasn’t also high performing. The Appartamento features a 1.8 liter heat exchange boiler, this will allow you to steam milk and brew shots at the same time, something that’s hard to find in machines at this price point. The heated E-61 group also keeps water temps and extraction even through the brewing process. To top it off, the build quality of the Appartamento is extremely solid. In the end it’s a fine machine for someone ready to buy a machine they’ll hold onto for a very long time.
    Check out the video version of this piece, where I discuss these picks in our studio! Stay tuned for even more best of 2018s, coming very soon!
  • SCG Expert Review: Saeco Xelsis Superautomatic Espresso Machine

    Sporting a lot more than a new look, the new Xelsis from Saeco is here. We know you're eager to hear how it stacks up against the old Xelsis One Touch. We can say comfortably that these two machines aren't even comparable. Let's start with the first thing you'll probably notice about the new Xelsis, its looks.

     

    If Looks Could Brew

    Superautomatic espresso machines have never been the prettiest addition to the kitchen. While manufacturers like Jura and Miele do offer some strong design elements, most of these machines could be described as "coffee boxes". It's not the fault of other machines in the Xelsis' price range really, these devices cram a lot of components into the smallest form fact they can. It's no wonder, then, that aesthetic design takes a back seat to practicality.

    With the new Xelsis, Saeco took advantage of modern design tropes to build something truly striking. Regardless of color choice, the smooth angles of the face of this machine look and feel great. The chrome accents and textured buttons add this the machine's appearance in a big way too. This smart beautiful design is enhanced further by little touches like the illuminated water tank and smart logo placement. It all combines with a form factor that impresses.

    The smart case design factors into more than just the looks too. Many superautos have tanks that need to be lifted out of the side or top. This is manageable, but low counters can make refilling your water tank a pain. The Xelsis solves this by making the 2-liter water tank pull out from the front of the machine. We love this design touch, and when combined with the ease of removing the grounds bin and drip tray, makes maintenance a breeze.

    If we have any complaints about the case, it's that some of the seams can feel a bit... Plasticy. While the case as a whole feels solid and premium, some of the gaps in the plastic don't feel as premium by comparison. This wasn't to noticeable except when handling the machine to move it, however.

    The cherry on top is, of course, the touch screen. This screen also serves as your gateway into an incredible degree of drink options.

    Brew Like a Pro

    One of the key reasons to consider a semi-automatic machine over a superauto is control. You can control things like dose, extraction time, milk steaming, and temp very directly. Superautos usually let you adjust things like strength and temp, but not with the granularity of a sem-auto. The Xelsis bucks this trend by giving you nearly unparalleled control over your drink.

    It does all of this with the ease of use of a smartphone app. Controlling things like temp, strength, and more, are done with clear sliders and buttons. The only problem with this is that for some, it may offer TOO many options. Let's take a look at the basics:

    As you can see, strength and volume options are the basics, which most machines offer. Swiping right gives you access to more granular items like flavor, temp, foam, and more. It's a dazzling set of options that can feel intimidating at first. In the end though, with a little bit of experimentation, you'll be able to dial in your perfect drink. What's more, you can save your drinks to a profile so that you'll always be able to get the perfect cappuccino or latte. For those who don't want to customize, the default options still provide delicious drinks too.

    Other menu options like cleaning, and more granular machine settings, are easy to access too. The cleaning menu gives you simple, step by step instructions as well. Speaking of cleaning...

    Squeaky Clean

    Cleaning and maintaining a superauto can sometimes be a hassle, but we found the Xelsis' options to be simple and effective. the machine rinses automatically, and brew head cleaning is as easy as following prompts from the machine. The Xelsis also features Saeco's tried and true AquaClean filtration system. These filters cut down on maintenance like descaling by simply telling you when they need to be changed through the machine's interface. They are a great option that have proven themselves in other Saeco machines, and do so here as well.

    The hardest thing to keep clean in a superauto is the milk system. Saeco's attempt at solving this problem in the Xelsis is the Hygiesteam system. This system takes the form of a convenient, round carafe that fits easily in the fridge. A cappuccinotore wand fits through a hole (which can be closed) in the top of the carafe. From there, as you'd expect, milk it pulled up through the wand and tube and into the frother. The system automatically purges itself in the cappuccinotore caddy attached to the side. You can also manually purge the wand from the cleaning menu. It's a great system that is easier to work with than other carafes, which often have plastic points of contact that need to be scrubbed by hand.

    Ease of use, looks, and cleaning are all great, but what about performance?

    It's All About Performance

    The coffee out of the Xelsis is definitely on par with other machines at its price point. It won't blow your mind, but it should please any coffee drinker who's used to superauto espresso. The taste also lets the unique notes of the coffee through better than cheaper models, a great reason to consider an upgrade. All of that said, nothing beats manually dialing in and pulling a shot from a semi-auto or lever driven machine, but the Xelsis tries it's best and matches the performance of its peers. But superautos aren't just about the coffee.

    The Xelsis features some of the best milk texturing and flavor of any superauto we've ever seen. This is often the hardest thing to get right on a machine like this. Recreating the delicate process of hand steaming milk is a huge challenge, and the Xelsis really knocks it out of the park here. The microfoam from this machine is even of a high enough quality to pour latte art, not something that can be said about most home superautos.

    This machine should be able to keep up with the demands of a family coffee drinkers as well. The Xelsis features a short warm-up time and the ability to pump out several drinks in a row without stopping.

    So what's the verdict?

    Conclusion

    The new Xelsis definitely sets the bar for its price point, and even punches up in ways the previous model did not. While elements of the machine on their own are relatively standard, the full package is an incredible proposition. The HygieSteam system in particular, for it's ease of cleaning and fantastic milk, is a great reason to buy. We definitely recommend at least trying the coffee and milk out of this machine beside others in its price range to see the difference for yourself.

    Check out the Xelsis on Seattlecoffeegear.com here!

     

     

     

  • SCG Expert Review: Saeco Incanto Plus

    The Saeco Incanto Plus is a Seattle Coffee Gear Exclusive version of the basic Incanto machine. While we like all of Saeco's superauto range, we offer the Incanto Plus exclusively because we believe in the upgrades it offers. Read on to find out why!

    A Solid Platform

    So what makes this machine tick? The Incanto Plus is a sub $1,000 superauto, which puts it on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. In many cases, this may mean you're sacrificing shot quality for value. While the Incanto may not be the best shot you can get, it's surprisingly solid at this price point. The internals feature a stainless steel-lined aluminum boiler with a thermoblock design. The machine is a little slow to heat up when compared to pricier models, and does not feature an auto on, so you will want to remember to heat it up first thing in the morning. Otherwise, the recovery time is pretty reasonable, especially in this price range, and the shots taste good, especially good when compared against other lower cost espresso options.

    This strong brew performance carries over to milk steaming as well. While you won't be pouring any latte art with this machine, it does a perfectly fine job of texturing milk that is tasty in a latte or cappuccino. Given that this is one of the hardest things for superautomatics to perfect, it's very impressive that the Incanto does such an admirable job. What's more, the Incanto produces very hot drinks, something all superautos tend to struggle with. The base Incanto does require a bit of human work with its panarello steam wand, but the Plus includes a free Cappucinatore attachment. This attachment provides automatic steaming and texturing of the sort on higher end machines. It's one of the things that makes the Incanto Plus so... Well, plus!

    Controls and Cleaning

    The controls on the Incanto do leave a little bit to be desired. This is, unfortunately, one of the common casualties of lower priced machines. While a vibrant touchscreen with slick dials and sliders would feel better to use, the Incanto's no-frills buttons make sense. Unfortunately, this machine doesn't offer the degree of drink customization of something like a Miele. That said, it's easy to get to options like a cappucino, latte, or simple espresso shot. One thing that is mildly frustrating is that the icons on the screen aren't always clear. This can lead to a need to check the manual to figure out what the machine is asking you to do.

    One area where the Incanto shines, however, is in it's ease of cleaning. The entire machine can be disassembled and cleaned with ease. The drip tray has a simple indicator to indicate when it's full, and the screen will alert you to empty the grounds. On top of all of this, the brew unit is plastic, easily removable, and easy to rinse and clean. Most of the parts and accessories are dishwasher safe as well. Finally, with Saeco's AquaClean filters (sold separately), you'll be able to avoid regular descaling. A huge bonus for an already easy to maintain machine.

    Build Quality and Case Design

    One thing the base Incanto is, is very plastic. This isn't a terrible thing, but the black plastic case does leave something to be desired. The Incanto Plus, however, features a stainless steel face that looks great on a countertop. This is the same face found on the more expensive Incanto Carafe.

    The fact that the beans and water are top-loading comes with some pros, as well as definite cons. the top loading hopper and tank make for easy, quick refills, but also could create issues when it's placed under kitchen cabinets. The doors on top of the machine need several inches of additional clearance above the 14 inch body to be able to open fully. While the machine is light enough to pull out for refills, this can be a pain. Aside from these issues, the footprint of the machine is a satisfying 9 inches wide and 18 inches deep, meaning it will slot in nicely in most kitchens.

    The Verdict

    We know it may seem obvious that we like an SCG exclusive machine, but it's because we like it that we offer it exclusively, not the other way around. While this machine may not stand up to a comparison with a multi-thousand dollar competitor, it is one of the best superautos in its price range. It's no-frills design is mitigated by solid, consistent performance, easy maintenance, and some sweet upgrades from the base Incanto. Check it out here.

     

     

  • Video Roundup: 7/6/2018

    Hey coffee lovers!

    We're here for another video roundup!

    First up, Gail gave us a great Crew Review of both models of the Saeco Incanto!

    Next, we joined John for a Commercial Crew Review of the Baratza Forte BG:

    Finally, we welcomed the weekend with a White Russian cocktail with Heather!

    Enjoy your weekend, and remember to make coffee you love!

  • New Product Spotlight: Jura J6

    The Jura J6 offers great shots and milk frothing without the learning curve of a more complicated semi-automatic espresso machine. With that in mind, it's easy to get excited about this machine. With 12 drink options, easy setup (and cleaning), and a simple interface, the Jura J6 might be just the thing your kitchen needs!

    Setup and maintenance

    Anyone familiar with superautomatic machines knows that setup and cleaning can sometimes be the price paid for ease of use. Not so with the J6. The manual is clear and easy to read, and will help you get your J6 up and running in 20-30 minutes. You will want to do some extra dialing in to make sure you get the best shots (something we covered in a video here!). Otherwise, setup is a total breeze.

    Cleaning and maintaining the J6 is easy as well. Simple guides help you to replace the CLEARYL Smart Filter,clean the milk system, and descale the machine. These tasks usually don't require much more than a container of cleaning solution and pressing a button.

    Great taste and easy to use

    One of the reasons some folks prefer semi-automatic machines to superautos is taste. With a semi-automatic machine you have full control over the flavor of your espresso. This is less true with superautos, usually offering few settings to control the taste. Luckily, the J6 pulls great shots out of the box. Even more impressive is that these shots are achieved with a push of a button.

    Even more impressive than the shots are how well the J6 nails milk texture. Superautos usually get close to chain café quality, but pale in comparison to a seasoned barista manually frothing milk. Then there's the J6. While nothing truly beats the range of texture possibilities on a manual steam wand, the J6 definitely edges out the drive through café experience. On top of that, it does it all with a button press.

    Footprint, head room

    While not noticeably smaller than other superautos (it is, in fact, a little on the tall side), we had no trouble fitting the J6 on a crowded countertop. The bean hopper, water tank, and accessory storage are all easy to access as well. Furthermore, the bean hopper and water tank are quite large. This means you'll have to refill less, making maintenance on the machine even easier.

    We're excited to offer the J6, if you're ready to see this great machine in action, check it out here!

  • Miele CM6150 | Crew Review

    SCG_Miele_CR (2 of 4)Overview

    Sleek, modern, and highly programable—it's the Miele CM6150. One of Miele's newest offerings in their line of Swiss-made coffee makers, the CM6150 serves as a relatively affordable entry point into high end superautomatic espresso beverages deliciously prepared. It features a sleek plastic case available in both white and black, simple one-touch drink recipes, and auto-on and off functionality. Perfect for a large family or small office of coffee drinkers who desire options without a headache, the CM6150 will look great in your kitchen or break room without breaking the bank. Worth noting as well is Miele's remarkably effective auto-rinsing as well as the milk siphon tube flush function preventing unappetizing build up anywhere in the machine.

    SCG_Miele_CR (3 of 4)How does it compare?

    When it comes to having options, your possibilities are endless with the CM6150. Easily one of the most programable machines at its price point, Miele's entry-level superautomatic gives you a truly impressive amount of drink options without sacrificing features found on many higher end machines.

    After comparing the CM6150 with the similarly priced Jura E6, we found the overall quality of the drink to be slightly smoother from the espresso to the milk texture. Moreover, the ability to set your drink to five different temperature settings allows for the user to enjoy their coffee without the fear of it cooling down too quickly (or being too hot for that matter). However, with so many ways to use your Miele, programming the machine may feel like a chore for the first few times of use compared to the E6's straightforward one-touch design. Additionally, the machine lacks Jura's Intelligent Water System, which keeps track and notifies you when your water filter is due to be changed.

    Nevertheless, we've found Miele's CM6150 tough to beat when it comes to superautomatic machines at this price point. The CM6150 looks great on a counter, can prepare two drinks at a time, and brews a super delicious "pot of coffee" featuring 3-8 cups of Joe!

    SCG_Miele_CR (1 of 4)Who will love this machine?

    Miele's CM6150 is the perfect semiautomatic espresso machine for the large family or small office that appreciates modern design and plenty of options when preparing a drink. It is affordable and easy to clean, so once you get the hang of its many features you'll be on your way to quick and delicious coffee!

    Purchase the Miele CM6150 here!

  • Top 8 Gear Essentials for 2018

    We know you're well into the new year, but we have an addition to your list of resolutions. MAKE COFFEE YOU LOVE!  Delicious coffee at home couldn't be simpler, so we put together a collection of some of our favorite gear essentials to get you on your way! Get on the road to your best brew yet with these items!

    Essential Drip Brewer - Bonavita Metropolitan Coffee Maker

    bonametr1 Why you'll love this Drip Brewer: The name of the game is "simple" with this 2017 drip brewer release from Bonavita. This brewer features a one touch design, easy to use optional pre-infusion, and a consistent brew at the 200° sweet spot. The Metropolitan produces a deliciously clean cup for a brewer coming in at just below $100, which is credited in part to its straight forward unibody plastic case.

    Essential Superautomatic Espresso Machine - Saeco Incanto Plus HD8911/67

    incanto_plus Why you'll love this Machine: Saeco's new Incanto Plus is a Seattle Coffee Gear exclusive that gives you many of the diverse features of a solid superauto without going too in-depth with overwhelming technology. You'll also enjoy easy drink programmability and panarello wand or automatic cappuccinatore steaming options. The Incanto Plus is accessible not just in it's usability but also with its price.

    Essential All-Purpose Grinder - Baratza Vario Burr Grinder

    57 Why you'll love this Grinder: It's 2018 - the year of ditching your blade grinder. While it may sound like an overwhelming investment, you WILL taste the difference. Baratza's line of grinders are accessible at multiple price points including the Encore, VirtuosoForte AP, and many more depending on your needs. So why the Vario? It's just about perfect when it comes to grinding anything from espresso to French press. And, with automatic dosing by weight you don't have to worry about wasting excess grounds. Paired with a quiet grind and easy cleanup, the Vario is a total winner.

    Essential Electric Kettle - Oxo On Adjustable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle

    oxo_kettle_main Why you'll love this Kettle: Let's just make one thing clear from the get go—this kettle is FAST. In fact, it is the fastest of all of the kettles we currently carry, heating a liter of water in four minutes. Additionally, the gooseneck design allows for optimal pour over control. With its easy to use temperature dial, built-in timer, and ability to hold your temperature for 30 minutes—this sleek kettle is a must have.

    Essential Scale - Acaia Interactive Coffee Brewing Scale

    home-left-right-image-1 Why you'll love this Scale: We've all had that experience of enjoying an incredible cup of coffee that we just can't seem to replicate. While there are many contributing factors going into that cup like differences from roast-to-roast and the quality of the harvest, there are a handful of tools you can use at home to brew a more consistent cup of coffee. Using a scale to measure your coffee as opposed to eyeballing your amounts will do wonders! The Acaia Scale features an LED screen, touch-sensitive buttons, heat resistant pad, and and an interactive app that lets users recreate recipes from the past and experiment with new brews.

    Essential Coffee Storage - Airscape Coffee Bean Canister

    airscape_64_black Why you'll love this Product: All of the gear in the world can't make stale coffee taste good. Whether you go through a pound of coffee in a week or a month, having the proper storage is crucial to a tasty bean! The Airscape's patent-pending valve allows maximum freshness by removing oxygen that causes your beans to grow stale. Available in two sizes, the larger of the two holds about 16oz of whole bean coffee. Pick your color of choice and taste the difference fresher coffee can make!

    Essential Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine - Rocket Espresso Appartamento

    sa-roc-app-w-2 Why you'll love this Machine: Milan-based espresso machine manufacturer Rocket Espresso brings cafe quality coffee to your home at a fairly affordable price with the Appartamento. Featuring Rocket's tried-and-true heat exchange boiler and E61 group head pairing, you'll be pulling shots and pouring lattes in polished style. Featuring a small footprint perfect for those with limited space! Pair this with a solid grinder (maybe the Baratza Vario!) and you'll be enjoying delicious espresso in no time!

    Essential Travel Coffee Maker - AeroPress Coffee Maker

    aeropress_updated Why you'll love this Coffee Maker: World travelers—say goodbye to instant coffee. The AeroPress Coffee Maker is here to help you brew a wonderfully smooth and robust cup of coffee from your kitchen, hotel room, or camp spot. Easy to clean and super lightweight, the AeroPress is tough to beat when you're craving a cup of Joe. Whether your traveling with a compact hand grinder or freshly ground beans, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how delicious the coffee coming from this simple brewer can be!

    Taking your love of coffee to the next level in 2018 doesn't have to be hard! Whether it's this gear or another favorite piece, a little effort goes a long way!

    Want to share a picture of your essential gear setup? Use the hashtag  #makecoffeeyoulove to show everyone what you're working with!

  • Crew Comparison: DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart vs Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino

    How Does It Compare?

    They grind, they brew and they make cappuccinos at the touch of a button. We’re talking about one-touch superautomatic espresso machine! We compared the DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart against the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino.

    The Smart earns it name from DeLonghi’s milk frothing carafe called the LatteCrema system. Built into the carafe is an adjustable dial that whips up silky microfoam and fluffy cappuccino foam—seriously! While it’s a frothing genius, it lacks the programmability and drink options you’d expect from a machine called “smart.”

    The DeLonghi ECAM 23260SB Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart is equipped with a simple interface and one-touch technology. The DeLonghi ECAM 23260SB Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart is equipped with a simple interface and one-touch technology.

    The Deluxe Cappuccino aced coffee 101 with a specialty coffee menu and two dedicated espresso buttons that we can program. The simplified menu is a refreshing sight to swiftly guide you to your morning cup. The Deluxe Cappuccino also brews one-touch drinks but the carafe creates one foam, what we're used to in most carafe systems. Don’t just take our word for it, check out these two machines for yourself!

    The Intelia Cappuccino features a one-touch milk frothing carafe.

    Shot

    The Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino replaced the previous model with an updated coffee menu, including specialty drinks! At this price point, the additional drinks add creativity to otherwise classic options. Our personal favorite from the specialty menu is the baby cappuccino—an espresso shot with a dollop of foamy milk. That’s what perfect mornings are made of. And for mornings that need multiple cups of coffee, you’ll appreciate the quick recovery that ensures your machine is warmed up in time—hallelujah!

    The Deluxe Cappuccino features an intuitive menu with a digital display. The Deluxe Cappuccino features an intuitive menu with a digital display.

    For easy, relaxed mornings, the DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart know how to get the job done. The simple interface and classic drink options promise consistency in each cup. While we love simplicity, an expanded drink menu and more customization wouldn’t hurt! That said, we can adjust the brew temperature, coffee dosage and grind setting for a personal touch. If you need more of a pick-me-up, the 2x button increased the grounds per shot.

    The Smart features an intuitive and user-friendly interface for sleepy mornings. The Smart features an intuitive and user-friendly interface for sleepy mornings.

    Steam

    The LatteCrema system has to be one of the better auto-frothing carafes we’ve seen! Featured on DeLonghi’s high-end lineup, we were stoked to hear it was included on the lower-tiered DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart. Where in lacks in programmability, it makes up with customization! Three milk foam options froth between a silky microfoam and thick cappuccino foam. When you’re done with the milk, flip the dial to clean for a spic and span carafe ready to store in the fridge.

    The Smart's LatteCrema system has three milk foam options to create creamy lattes or fluffy cappuccinos. The Smart's LatteCrema system has three milk foam options to create creamy lattes or fluffy cappuccinos.

    While the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino’s carafe isn’t as advanced as its competitor, we control the milk volume. Better yet, there is a dedicated milk froth button that is manually turned on and off for piping hot milk on demand—hot chocolate, anyone? The Deluxe Cappuccino also has a ‘carafe quick clean’ button to rinse out residue for safe storage. That said, we can’t get over how well the Smart’s LatteCrema system whips up frothed milk.

    Style

    Outfitted with a brushed stainless steel casing, the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino complements modern kitchen appliances. The front accessible reservoir and dump box optimize your counter space. Similarly styled to the Deluxe Cappuccino, the DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart’s compact and front access design save valuable counter space. The polished black casing contrasts against the silver detailing giving it a clean, contemporary finish. When it comes down to looks, your personal style is all that matters.

    That said, the Deluxe Cappuccino interface offers functionality and drink options than its competitor. Considering both machines are in the similar price range, we appreciate the little things! The Deluxe Cappuccino also features dedicated espresso buttons that brew at the touch of a button. The Smart’s only drinks are available in the select drink menu.

    The Deluxe Cappuccino impresses us with a speciality drink menu. The Deluxe Cappuccino impresses us with a specialty drink menu.

    Conclusion

    Both one-touch superautomatic machines fall into the same price range and category. The DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart features DeLonghi’s impressive LatteCrema system. That said, if you want more drink options and programmability, the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino fits the bill. What do you think? Share your favorite machine in the comments below.

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