Saeco Energica Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished

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Hot and frothy lattes and cappuccinos with just a touch of a button. Who could say no to that? The refurbished Saeco Energica Focus Superautomatic Espresso Machine offers simple one touch brewing and efficient double boilers to reduce wait time between frothing and brewing, creating a magical drink in no time flat!

Features & Functionality of the Refurbished Saeco Energica Superautomatic Espresso Machine

  • Programming: The Energica allows you to adjust the coffee temperature, size of your drink (amount of water used for brewing), the amount of coffee to grind and the quantity of milk for each beverage.
  • Removable Milk Frothing Carafe: The removable milk frothing carafe dispenses warm frothy milk directly into your cup. Swivel the handle over your cup to begin dispensing and swivel the handle back to align with the container for an automatic rinse.
  • Removable Hot Water Spout: Remove the hot water spout to attach the milk carafe when a latte or cappuccino is a must!
  • Stainless Steel Double Boilers: Two boilers ensure there is always hot water available for steaming, brewing or simply dispensing hot water for a spot of tea or a cup of soup.
  • Pre-Brewing Function: The Energica offers a pre-brewing function that pre-infuses (slightly dampens) the coffee prior to the full brew cycle. This function works to bring out the full aroma and can be set to low, high or off.
  • Auto Rinse: This machine performs an automatic rinse/self-clean cycle every time it is activated and when preparing to go into stand-by mode.
Pros
  • Double Boilers - Brew and steam drinks faster with double the hot water capacity of most machines.
  • Set and Forget - High-tech programming options will remember your drink preferences for consistent cup-to-cup flavor.
  • Auto-rinse - The Energica runs a rinsing cycle every time you turn it on for clean, consistent shots.
Cons
  • Auto-rinse - While the auto-rinse is great for the maintenance of your machine, you have to wait for the rinse cycle to finish before you can brew.
  • No Steam Wand - Without a built-in steam wand, there's no option to manually froth your own milk.
  • No Oily Beans - Like most superautomatics, dark roasted beans are more likely to cause build-up in the internal grinder.
How Does it Compare?

The Saeco Energica is very similar to the Saeco Exprelia, but with a few key differences:

  • The Energica does not offer a manual frothing wand like the Exprelia. The Energica only offers automatic milk frothing with the included milk carafe.
  • The exterior case of the Energica has black sides and a black top (Exprelia is all stainless), as well as a black handle on the milk carafe.
  • You must remove the hot water spout from the Energica to attach the milk carafe, as there is only one port for both.

Specs

Model Number HD8852
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.75 inches
Depth 14.25 inches
Height 16.50 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 30.0000
Watts 1400W
Volts 110V
Volume (Decibles) No
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance Max: 6.00 inches
Reservoir Size 54 ounces
Temperature No
Boiler Design Double Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch No
Bean Hopper Capacity 10.50 ounces
Bypass Doser Yes

Q&A

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Can you use soy milk? Is it possible to buy an extra milk container?
Ross F on Mar 7, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, you can certainly use soy milk. You can also purchase an extra container, and while we don't carry the Energica milk carafe specifically, we do have the Exprelia/Xelsis milk carafe, which has the same fit and operation, just a slightly different look. They can be found here:
https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-xelsis-milk-carafe
https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-xelsis-milk-carafe-assembly-v3
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Mar 9, 2015
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What kind of coffee bean is recommended for the Saeco Energica?
Gerry T on Jan 8, 2016
Best Answer: Of course non- oily beans, but I roast my own beans at home. For the small investment of time, and a $3-$20 popcorn popper, there is so much more in payback. You can control the flavor by your roast time, temp. etc. Once you taste home roast you will not want anything else.
This year my favorite green coffee beans are Papua New Guinea and Mexican Turquesa. I use the finest grind setting and the highest coffee dose.
Hope this helps. Happy roasting!
Reply · Report · Luke W on Feb 6, 2016
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Is there a cup warmer on this machine?
A shopper on Feb 6, 2017
Best Answer: No it doesn't. There is a hot water function. I warm my cup by putting it under spout when machine is warming up and doing self-clean. I toss hot water when machine has finished grinding beans.
Reply · Report · Jonathan R on Feb 7, 2017
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I noticed there is not a review for this model or Pros and Cons listed, I also couldn't find many reviews online. I was looking at the Saeco Exprelia Evo as well. I know the Evo is no longer in stock refurbished so I am looking into the Focus which is available and a little cheaper. What are your thoughts, particularly surrounding the automatic milk frothing? Thank you
A shopper on Jan 14, 2015
Best Answer: With the Energica and the Exprelia, the milk temperature from the carafe is not all that hot. It really depends on your temperature preferences, but the original version of the Exprelia is about 110 degrees from the milk carafe, so Saeco made some improvements to the temperature, so the Exprelia Evo will get up to about 118 degrees. The Energica, by comparison, is about 112/113 degrees, so it's somewhere in the middle. I would certainly suggest that if a hot temperature is important for your milk, none of these machines will likely work for you, unless you don't mind steaming the milk yourself, in which case the Exprelia's manual steam wand would work for you.

The Energica is great in that it has a nice stainless steel front and easy to access brew unit/dump box through the front door, and an easy to use display, both of which mimic the Exprelia, but with plastic sides and back, it helps to keep the costs down, and it doesn't have the manual steam wand. It's very similar to the Intelia, but offers the front door access and display/programming like the Exprelia.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 14, 2015
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Is the height of this machine truly 16.5 inches... as that will not fit under our top cabinets on our kitchen counter... it's just odd that all the rest of the machines are around 14 inches...??
Wes W on Aug 15, 2016
Best Answer: The total height of this machine is 14.25 inches, but I would advise against placing it under your top cabinets since the water tank and coffee tray are loaded from the top. You would need more space than just a few inches to replace the water tank.
Reply · Report · Jakub K on Aug 16, 2016
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Is the Saeco Energica Focus manufactured in Italy?
Darren C on Apr 3, 2017
Best Answer: yes
Reply · Report · Herbert K on Apr 4, 2017
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Is this refurbished unit comes with carafe?
Todor J on Mar 10, 2017
Best Answer: Yep! This comes with a carafe.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Apr 10, 2017
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what is the range of grams of coffee for these machines? Some Juras appear to be 5-16 while some of the Saecos are 6-9.
Krista H on May 24, 2016
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Best Answer: Seems like we get 10 grams with the Energica - we also have had two other Saeco Machines - loved them!
Reply · Report · greg V on Jun 13, 2016
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How can I make a cortado with the Energica?
Jgt7448 on May 1, 2016
Best Answer: I set my espresso shots at around 5 seconds on the Energica (as opposed to around 20-30 seconds from an espresso bar) because of the quick shot-delivery of superautomatics. After the espresso is in the cup, I hit the "special" button, choose "hot milk" and add 4-5 seconds of milk. I do this manually to control the milk delivery. If you use the cappuccino button, the milk goes in first, and you lose that golden crema beneath the milk. A great Cortado has plenty of crema on top!
Delish!
Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Luke W on May 3, 2016
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Instead of milk, can I use half and half for a creamier drink?
Maria A on Jul 9, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, but it will take longer to froth
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jul 9, 2015
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What kind of grinder does this unit have?
A shopper on May 31, 2015
Best Answer: Ceramic
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jul 2, 2015
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Is the bean hopper removable? Looking for a machine that we can switch from regular beans to decaf easily.
Jody F on May 15, 2015
Best Answer: No, this bean hopper is not removable. Take a look at the Saeco Gran Baristo which has a removable bean hopper!
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Jun 5, 2015
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I hear the heat is a problem with this machine. Does it get up to 200? And how hot does the milk get?
AtilaTheHoney on Apr 29, 2015
Best Answer: Heat for milk is a bit of a general problem in all superautomatic machines. The brew temp certainly gets up to 200 though and the espresso shot is good. Milk, while hot, usually gets to around 113 degrees.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on May 26, 2015
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Does this machine do an automatic rinse of the milk spout like the more expensive models do?
A shopper on Feb 26, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, it does have the capacity to automatically rinse through the top portion of the milk carafe after the machine performs a milk based drink like the Exprelia or Xelsis. Additionally, you can push the Clean+ button, and it will do it for you when this button is pressed.
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Mar 11, 2015
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Reviews

Molto BeneReview by Geezer
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Fairly easy machine to program. My wife claims the cappuccinos are the best this side of Italy. It does a great job frothing milk, and the auto carafe cleaning feature is a real plus. Hard to find any fault in the machine. Our third machine with the removable brew group, and I wouldn't buy a machine without this feature. SCG is so easy to work with! Thanks. (Posted on 5/17/2017)
A great machine high qualityReview by Ronald
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Easy to dial in . (Posted on 7/12/2016)
Any SuperautomaticReview by Laurent
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I read a lot of complaints about having to empty the coffee ground drawer too often or having to empty it, when it was just emptied!
Well guess what!? I just read the manual (oh yes I did!), and it specifically says that you should leave the machine turned ON while emptying the coffee ground drawer.
Why you ask? Well the machine has an internal counter that works, only when the machine is turned on and not off.
I hope this makes sense and helps in solving the mystery of the unpredictable "empty coffee drawer" message.
Rock & Brew! (Posted on 7/6/2016)
Excellent Machine / Great EspressoReview by Corbin
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This machine makes fantastic espresso drinks! I have been brewing espresso at home since 1990 (using Starbuck Barista/Saeco Via Venezia type machines). Ten years ago I bought a top quality grinder and in 2011 I started roasting my own coffee.
Unfortunately, none of my efforts produced the really great espresso shots I was seeking…until now. This Saeco Energica is a great product and I highly recommend it . Like others, I was a bit concerned about buying a reconditioned unit, but when it arrived, it looked perfect and worked beautifully. My thanks to the great staff at Seattle Coffee Gear for their help! (Posted on 9/23/2015)
The Good and Bad in DetailReview by Luke
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This is the third Saeco superauto we've owned. The Royal Office was our favorite by far. 27,000 shots over 8+ years before it was retired. The Vienna Plus (refurb) lasted only 2 years. In all fairness we probably didn't descale it as often as we should have, but we did used bottled (filtered ZH spring) water.

We have had the Energica for 2 weeks, so I have a fairly good feel for how it performs now.
Let me first say the refurb machine was practically new, with only about 7 drinks total dispensed. It is a very sharp looking machine with a smaller footprint than the others we owned.
I still went through the water flush steps to rinse it out good before using it. I'm glad I did because even after that, plus 10 shots or so later, it still had some "new machine" taste in it. I suggest doing the rinse and using some old coffee you don't mind dumping to start the "seasoning" process. It took several days and probably 1.5 lbs. of coffee to "season" the machine. Now I am experimenting with different roasts, since I usually roast my own coffee beans. This makes a huge difference in flavor, as most all store bought beans are already old and stale.

It took 2 days to get all the drinks we like dialed in. We mostly drink espressos, caffe' (2.5 oz. coffee shot - first drink in the morning to get our eyes open ), cortados (equal parts espresso & frothed milk), and cappuccinos.
So I'll first give the pros of the machine followed individually by a related con and then extra info where needed:

Energica only takes about 1.5 minutes to warm-up, including a slow rinse cycle.
However, when you first flip the switch on back of the machine, it goes right into standby mode for some reason, then you have to hit the power button on front to wake it up.

Dispensing a variety of drinks with the integrated froth carafe makes whipping up cappuccinos and cortados a breeze. However, switching between the hot water spout and carafe is a pain, so we leave the spout off and just use the carafe. We use a hot pot for hot water. While you can't expect "true espresso" from these superautos, the shot I perfected is still better than many pro espresso bars will put out with very expensive machines. I dialed the amount of water way down (coffee length) and have the grind at its finest setting, which still isn't fine enough. It dispenses a 1 ounce shot in about 5 seconds but with a nice crema.
I also suggest getting a 5 ounce measuring shot glass (Wal-Mart) to help you figure out setting your amounts easier.
Again, roasting your own beans gives way more flavor and quality control.

Since the flavor of the coffee is very important to me, I usually dispense with the splitter pulled off the spout, especially when making a shot of straight espresso. While this keeps the flavor from deteriorating more, it is a bit messier because this machine isn't the neatest at dispensing. You'll have great clearance for a tall mug with the splitter off, but I use a container under my small espresso cup to get it up close to the spout.

I also have the coffee aroma (strength) on the highest setting, otherwise the pucks are muddy and messy and don't get pushed out of the brew unit properly. This also happened on the coarser grind setting. Unfortunately, you wind up using a bit more coffee, but it saves time in clean-up.

The milk carafe is great for the milk based drinks. You can also add a bit more under the special button if your coffee is still too strong for someone. The quick carafe clean feature is also nice, as it allows you to put the carafe right back in the fridge when finished.
I have read some reviews online (and there aren't many on this machine) that complain the milk isn't hot enough. I know it is summer and I am in Florida, but the coffee temp is set to medium and is still hot enough to burn if I'm not careful. The milk froth is hot enough right now also. I will just slightly warm it before filling the carafe if it isn't hot enough in the colder months.

So while this is the most complicated superauto machine of the 3 I've owned, it also has the most features. Energica does take more maintenance, but is still way easier than a semi-auto or manual machine.
I'm pretty disappointed that Saeco didn't do better on this machine with all their knowledge. They should be keeping the best features and have all the bugs well worked out.
The things that are disappointing are:
- the instant standby mode each time you flip the power switch on the back (I don't like leaving it on standby all the time)
-the dump box prompting to be cleaned, sometimes after only 1 or 2 pucks. The inner water tray fills up much quicker than the outer one also
- no option to turn off rinse cycles
-the outer water tank door drips water condensation into the bypass doser when you open it...c'mon Saeco, sheesh! The bypass doser is usually moist from steam coming up through the machine also, so hopefully it's not a problem to have moisture in there.
- the messy dispensing, especially at the end of the milk dispensing (watch the video).

Overall I'm happy with the purchase. I would not be happy had I paid for a new machine. This refurb is a great deal at this price point if you want milk drinks and don't mind its quirks. You have to go up about $300 to get anything with more features, or get less features for the same price, or use a manual or separate milk frother to get something cheaper.
Hopefully it will hold up well. If it lasts 3 years or so it will be a good value.

Our savings are quickly adding up since our desire to go to a café or espresso bar is almost completely gone. Energica is cranking out much better drinks than the shops with our home roasted coffee beans. (Posted on 7/9/2015)
I'm impressed with this machineReview by Robert
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OK, we just got this machine yesterday but we've put it through it's paces and with very little effort, we were able to set it up and get it cranking out really awesome coffee. This replaces a La Pavoni semi-auto and Rocky Rancilio grinder and I had some trepidation about how this machine's extractions would compare and was pleased that it compared quite well! The milk frothing feature is unbelievable. With no effort at all, it makes awesome cappuccino and latte drinks. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the machine delivers. :) We got the refurbished unit and I don't think it's possible to get more bang for the buck than you can get with this unit, particularly buying refurbished. At this point, we couldn't be happier. (Posted on 2/18/2015)

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Warranty Information for the Refurbished Saeco Energica Superautomatic Espresso Machine

What it Covers: SCG's Certified Refurbished Equipment. Including Saeco, Delonghi, Rocket, Rancilio, Francis Francis Refurbished Equipment

Length: 6 months

Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear, read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.

Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes

Can SCG Repair? Yes, read more about our repair services


Caring for the Refurbished Saeco Energica Superautomatic Espresso Machine

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.
  • Clean and rinse the milk pitcher in soapy water between fillings.
  • Wipe the casing with a damp rag or sponge.

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