The 60's may have lied to us about flying cars and houses on clouds, but this Jetsons-esque espresso machine makes up for all of that! With its automated milk frothing and programmability, the Saeco Exprelia Evo helps you make the perfect beverage every morning. Just hit one of the pre-programmed buttons, which can be customized to meet your specifications, and watch it go to work. It even cleans up after itself (and provides easy access to automatic cleaning and descaling cycles for routine maintenance) - it's like having your very own Rosie!
Curious about the Exprelia Evo's milk frothing capabilities? The milk frothing system has been reworked to create finer foam and slightly hotter milk compared to previous versions.
Features & Functionality of the Saeco Exprelia Evo HD8857/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Removable Milk Frothing Carafe with Automatic Cleaning Cycle - The milk container is easy-to-use. Simply fill it with milk, plug into the machine when it's time to brew, and then pop it back in the refrigerator for next time. The swiveled handle goes off to the side to dispense frothed milk into your beverage, then swivels back into place for an automatic rinsing cycle.
Alternate Steaming and Hot Water Wand - Prefer to froth milk yourself? The Evo's traditional steam wand allows you to do just that. It can also dispense hot water for tea or Americanos.
Removable Water Tank - 1.6 liter water tank removes for easy refilling and cleaning.
Double Thermoblock System - With two stainless-steel-lined thermoblocks, the Evo is always prepared to brew, steam, or dispense hot water.
Saeco Brewing System (SBS) - Easily choose the strength and consistency of your coffee at the turn of a dial.
Aroma System - The Saeco Aroma System pre-wets your coffee to ensure the optimal extraction. Also known as pre-infusion, this can be programmed to suit your tastes.
Auto-Clean - In addition to automatic rinsing when the machine turns on and off, the Saeco Exprelia Evo also has an automatic cleaning and descaling cycle, so you can save time while maintaining your machine.
Customization - The Evo features plenty of programmability, allowing you to set the quantity of coffee to grind, coffee temperature, size of your drink and quantity of milk or water for each beverage.
One Touch - With the removable milk carafe, this machine is a true one-touch that will whip up espressos or lattes with the push of a button.
Steam Wand - Many one-touch machines don't have an alternate way to steam your milk. The Exprelia Evo not only has that, but it also has the steam power to back it up!
No Oily Beans - As with all superautomatic espresso machines, steer clear of oily beans to prevent grinder buildup.
How Does it Compare?
With less programmability than the Xelsis but improved milk frothing - slightly higher temperature and finer foam - over the Exprelia, the Saeco Exprelia Evo is a great one-touch option.
Product Weight (lbs.)
Dose, Milk Volume, Pre-infusion, Shot Time, Temperature
My question is about the dimensions, specifically height. The Saeco website indicates 420 mm (16.5 inches), this website says 14.17 inches.(Is this counter to top of machine)? Does the Saeco dimension account for the top access door(s) being opened. I have only 15.25" clearance to get the unit under my cabinets!! So basically according to Saeco, none of the high end machines will fit.
A shopper on Dec 7, 2013
Best Answer:The Exprelia Evo machine is about 14 1/4" high from the counter to the top of the unit. However, to access the water and beans with the two doors at the top of this machine you will need more than an inch, unfortunately. You may need to look at alternate choices unless you want to pull the machine out or be creative when filling this unit up, as the doors need an additional 6" to open.
Would UHT boxed milk such as Parmalat in the frothing pitcher produce decent foamed milk in the Exprelia Evo? We are looking for an easy to store long shelf life product, but don't want to give up on good flavor. I understand this type product is used widely in Europe, and that we can get it in whole, 2%, etc. Not sure where to get locally to give one box a try, so hope someone has experience with UHT boxed milk and can recommend which type might work best in the Evo.
Best Answer:I've tried various types of milks / alternatives like Almond milk, soy milk, etc. and I think what it comes down to is the thickness. Some things we tried were too thick so it wouldn't come out very well and wouldn't froth up properly. If the milk you are talking about is similar consistency to normal milk, then it should work fine.
I think that milk with the highest protein content foams best. I use non-fat milk with 9g protein/cup (from Jersey cows who produce higher-protein milk). Parmalat is available in my local grocery(8g protein/C), and it works, but not as well as the higher protein milk.
The specs say this machine has an auto-on feature. Can I program it to turn on in the morning?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer:Thanks for catching that! The Exprelia EVO is super quick to heat up but that was an error, and while there is an auto off feature, this unit does not have an auto on. I will have marketing make the correction. Thanks again!
Do you leave your machine on all the time or shut it off at night. I use my machine throughout the day so I leave it on during the day and also during the night. But should I shut it off at niight???? I know it has the stand-by feature but just wondering what is BEST for machine life.
SCG forwarded your question to me because I just bought the EVO.
I don't know about machine life. I have mine set to shut off, which causes it to rinse on shutdown (arguably a good thing) and then reheat on startup. I can't see how staying hot would be worse than that, apart from power consumption.
My only other thought is that if you registered the machine, you have a long warranty on the guts. I bought a couple years of warranty from SCG too.
We have only had our machine for a few weeks and we do not turn it off. I think turning it off would continue to reset the counter for the coffee grounds. I wouldn't think leaving it on stand by would have any effect on the machine life because after standby the machine stilll has to heat up before brewing a drink. Separately, we had another machine from a different brand for 5 years and never shut it off. It was still working when we upgraded to our Saeco.
I don't know if this will help, but we're doing exactly the same. Leaving it on and allowing its shutdown procedure to do its job. So far we love the machine. We had a Jura for years and finally gave up on it as we could adequately clean the brew group. Not a problem with this machine. I just hope we get 10k cups from it as we did with the Jura.
Sharon: I do the daily cleaning that is recommended and then turn the machine off. I don't know that leaving it on is going to hurt the machine but I don't see any great advantage in leaving it on. Power surges can burn out electronics and I just feel better turning it off!
Sharon,I only turn the machine completely off if I leave the house for several days. Saves money and electricity to leave in standby mode as it is quicker to heat up the boilers if you don't turn it off at the back of the unit. John B
Would you recommend the Exprelia Evo over the Xelsis Digital ID (not Evo Xelsis) for overall quality? Is the temperature of milk-based drinks and espresso that much hotter on the original Xelsis? Also, can Almond milk be used in the frother (understanding that it will not get as foamy as regular milk)?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2013
Best Answer:I would recommend the EVO over the Xelsis - I didn't buy the Xelsius because it had options that I don't need - Re the temp of the milk based drinks - I have the Evo and the Milk comes out at 120deg
I'm sure you can use Almond milk but if you go on coffee sites you'lll see you don't get as good of a froth.
I have no experience with any other Saeco superautomatic, but I can tell you that the temperature of milk from my Exprelia Evo is luke warm at best. I once tried to use the machine to make hot chocolate, but was forced to discard the drink, because the milk was not hot enough to dissolve the cocoa powder. I too purchased the Exprelia Evo, due to its supposed improvement to milk temperature. If the Exprelia Evo is an improvement over past machines, then the previous machines must have been a disaster. The machine produces fantastic foam, though!
This is the first super-automatic that I have had so I can't compare it to others. Based on the review posted on Seattle Coffee Gear I was expecting the milk to be hotter but the froth is good and overall I am really happy with this purchase. I also can't speak to the almond milk use in this machine as I don't use almond milk.
We have narrowed our choice down to the Saeco Exprelia Evo and the Jura Impressa J9. I would appreciate any input on how these two machines compare from ease of operation/maintenance and quality of drinks produced. Also, much has been written about the temperature of the espresso, coffee, milk-based drinks. In measuring the temp of the coffee that we drink currently we usually wait for our coffee to cool enough so as to burn our mouth. What am I missing regarding the inability to drink 190+ degree coffee? Tks.
A shopper on Feb 3, 2014
Best Answer:I recently purchased the Saeco Evo and was considering the Jura J9 as well. Based largely on video reviews from Seattle Coffee gear, I went with the Saeco. I can't comment on the J9 as I've never used one, but I have no complaints of any kind about the Saeco. Although everybody's tastes and preferences are different, I find the coffee and milk temp of the Saeco to be "just right" when dispensed. It would probably get too cool if I let it sit for more than a few minutes.
Proper cleanup of the machine takes a bit of time and there's a small learning curve in learning to properly assemble/disassemble the milk unit, but I think it's on par with all super autos...lots of parts that need to be cared for and cleaned after use.
No second thoughts whatsoever. This is a great machine.
We chose the Saeco because it had a detachable milk carafe ( we didn't like the look of the machines that had a little plastic tube sticking out of it if you want to make a cappuccino) and because the overall reviews (and we researched a lot) were very positive about the machine, quality of beverage and service. The other big factor was the price as we didn't want to pay more than $2K for a machine. We've had the machine for a a bit over a month and love it. Great espresso and other espresso based beverages and the steam wand froths perfectly. The water tank could be bigger but we fill our tea kettle once a day so why not the coffee water tank every other day or so. easy to clean and maintain. all pluses and it looks good too. Seattle Coffee Gear also has great pricing.
Your question is spot on re coffee temps. I am very pleased with by Exprella Evo but there is one negative....the milk drink temps are not as hot as I would like. I previously owned a Jura Espresso (over nine years old) It was a wonderful machine, but you needed to warm the milk in the microwave or use the steam wand.. The temps of an Espresso, Lungo, of reg coffee is plenty hot enough for me. The two milk drinks are hot enough, but not lip burning and this is with the coffee temps set on high. Saeco's manual even recognizes this fault and suggest warming your cups if the drinks are not hot enough for you. The milk carafe on the Evo is wonderful and for me the milk drinks are hot enough. Good luck with your purchase.
I have had the Saeco for a few weeks and it is great. The coffee is not too hot - I would prefer that it was hotter, but that is my personal preference. I had a Jura a few years ago and this is easier to use and clean. And the milk attachment makes really pretty good foam.
There is only one draw back for me. I have the machine on a counter under standard height overhead cabinets and the water dispenser, which I fill daily, cannot be removed without pulling the machine out from under the cabinet. I get around that by filling the reservoir with a water bottle I refill from the tap.
I have the Saeco Exprelia Evo where there have been complaints of too tepid drinks. Yesterday I took the time to measure the milk, coffee, and final mix temperature. Milk, 100, coffee, 190 (both coming out of the machine) and the final mix temperature, 155 which is hot enough for me. Note that I am a chemist and choice not to bias the results by using a cold ceramic cup. I use a Bodum double walled glass. Was the first drink after waking the machine from overnight sleep, latter drinks may be hotter. I have no experience with Jura
I have owned both machines. The Saeco is by far the most versatile. The brew group coming out allows for easy cleaning. The coffee temp is adjustable 3 levels. If you don't want hot coffee, omit heating the cups. The evo is very flexible,Very consistent. Has a smaller footprint and is quite simply the best I have ever used. The Jura model I owned self-destructed after a short time and was a pain to program. If you have not experienced a detachable brew group.that is the key to consistent flavor and ease of use.John
Hi - We just received our Exprelia EVO one week ago. I selected this machine after watching multiple on-line videos of how espresso machines function, as I have never owned a fully automatic machine before. I have to say I absolutely love it! I am not familiar with the other model mentioned, so cannot comment on its functionality. I set the Exprelia espresso temperature on high because I prefer hotter coffee, and am very satisfied with the result. Highly recommended!
We had an old model of the Jura, maybe an E9? We were very happy with it as it lasted six+ years and produced over 10k cups of coffee. We decided to go with the Saeco because it allows the user to clean its brewgroup. If the Jura allowed us to regularly clean its working parts, we might still be using it. Jura is a good coffee machine, but I'm hoping the Saeco is a better machine. I can't help with your concerns about the temperature of the coffee.
We absolutely love our EVO. Extremely easy to use, and the drink quality is excellent. The lattes come out hot, but drinkable off the machine. My wife, who is not mechanically inclined, is comfortable with all of the upkeep requirements of the machine (emptying grounds, emptying trays, refilling water and beans).
The machine is well engineered and has performed flawlessly (since Christmas)
I've had the Exprelia for a little over a month now. I don't have any negatives. Drink quality, temp, etc... is all very positive. Ease of use is great, coffee consumption has increased substantially! We are really pleased on all fronts. The only issue we had was that decaf purchased at the store had to be ground further, the store grind was too course for the machine.
The fact that the steam sucks up the milk as it passes means that the resulting coffee drink is below that 160 to 180 degree temp range. You need the sleeve when you get your latte from starbucks. You don't need the sleeve with this. But it's okay.
The feature I would point to on the EVO is that little steam wand. Nice to have.
Does the Exprelia Evo allow customization of foam density for the milk froth like the Xelsis Evo?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2014
Best Answer:The Exprelia Evo does NOT have automatic control settings to control froth density. You can, however, use the frothing wand to manually customize froth density. Be aware that the type of milk, fat content and sugar content dramatically affect froth density; I found that when using non-dairy milk, higher fat and sugar contents afford higher froth density.
I just bought this thing last week and so far I am loving it. My question for all the other owners is what settings do you recommend for each type of drink? Obviously I know everyones tastes are different, I just want some suggestions before I make 1000 cups of espresso to play a game of higher or lower.
Best Answer:Ben,settings depend on the quality of the whole bean you use and your individual taste. You can alter the parameters of each type as you know. Starting at the medium grind which produces good crema, I moved the grind one click finer,(while the grinder was working) increased the temp to hotter. I use half and half. Be sure you don't use fat free milk if you like froth Of course use heated cups.. Quality coffee depends on 3 things. Good water,a great machine and superb coffee beans. I use Seattle's Appasionata Arieta blend which for our taste is perfect. You have the machine and the flexibility to alter easily. This is my 5th SAECO, and the evo is easily the best at making what I require. Would suggest you by a book on the art of brewing coffee. That will get you in the ballpark. Good luck!
Your first inclination is correct - everyone here enjoys their coffee at differing strengths and temperatures. We set our machine at the hottest setting and the second strongest brew. Most folks are happy with those settings.
Loving the new EVO machine, I do find that it produces too much froth, I just give it a stir and that settles it down a bit. I also like the steam wand for a little extra heat, but that's personal preference.
I am about to buy an automatic coffee machine for a home use. Was thinking about Saeco Xelsis model but after read that newer Experlia Evo model produces better milk foam and hotter milk (not sure what are other improvements though if any) not so sure anymore. Despite better functionality which Xelsis model has (which is good for me for a family use) is Exprelia Evo much better in terms of quality (whether it is maximum temperature of the drink or anything else) compared to old Xelsis (HD 8943 model)? I really hope that someone who experienced using both machines can share his/her thoughts.
Best Answer:We are actually now carrying the Xelsis Evo, which also has the updated carafe for slightly hotter milk, plus the more extensive programming for a larger number of users. Other than the updates to the carafe, though, there aren't any huge differences between the original Exprelia and Xelsis models and the updated Evos. I have included a link to the Xelsis Evo below:
Does the Saeco Exprelia Evo HD8857/47 have an all stainless steel exterior including the top, and both sides (as well as the front)?
A shopper on Jan 20, 2016
Best Answer:The front and sides are SS... the lids on top that flip up are plastic plated not with chrome but with a brushed nickel look to match the SS. the bottom drip tray is also plastic but the metal plate that sits on top of it is SS (what the cup sits on). In all, the quality, look and finish is really top notch. Regards, Dave
Yes, Its all SS, as in the pic. We have had the machine for about 2 years there is no rust and none of the internal components have failed. It does require constant cleaning per the instruction manual. I believe this helps keep it in good working order. But it is a bit of a pain to keep the thing cleaned.
Best Answer:I usually empty it each day — after maybe four pucks. The sensor is probably the worst part of the system--I've had it ask me to empty it when nearly empty already—but it's a 5 second chore at most. Otherwise, it's the best purchase I've made in years.
What brand/ fat content of milk would you recommend for best frothing for cappuccino?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2016
Best Answer:We have been using 1% and 2% mostly with a few whole milk uses for the past year and have had zero issues. Due to the way the system comes apart for cleaning there have been no clogs within the system and cleanup is a cinch. We had a Saeco Prima Touch Plus before and clean up was much more difficult, so we rarely used the milk function.
Our counter to cabinet is exactly 19.5", so you should be fine. It's a close fit.
Initially we were filling the tank up and putting it in....worried about spillage, but then we started using common sense and started filling it up with a Brita pitcher. Made the close fit a non-issue. Hope this helps!
The unit is around 14.25 inches tall. The water container with the handle extended is around 6.5 inches tall. So, the total space needed is around 19.75 inches. 20 inches should just be enough. It will work with less height if you don't use water container handle.
You need about 23" to lift the tank out. I thought it might be an issue, but since my upper cabinet is not as deep as my counter I just slide the machine forward when I need to lift out the water tank. Then it's no problem.
Best Answer:Hi - I love my machine but have not used decaf beans. I grind my espresso beans very fine, though. You may want to experiment with less expensive beans until you find your favorite setting. I went through several cans of premium beans while looking for my favorite. Should have experimented with less expensive beans! :-)
From much of what I've read, the Exprelia Evo looks very impressive. I usually drink lattes, preferring a coffee with mainly steamed milk, rather than foamed milk. 1) When using the latte button vs. the cappuccino button, does the machine automatically draw this distinction? and 2) Can I customize the ratio of steamed milk to foamed milk for one of the programmed settings? In all of the videos I've seen, the machine makes foamy milk, so I'm concerned that it really just makes cappuccinos, when using the milk carafe. If the only way to get a really good late is to use the steam arm, it makes the Syntia a more attractive option, at half the cost of the Exprelia Evo. Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences and any suggestions/advice.
The milk frother cannot be adjusted. What I've found to be the difference between a cappuccino and a latte is simply the amount of milk. For a Latte, the approx. 8 ounces of frothed milk will settle and become mostly steamed milk (about 2/3 to 3/4 milk and 1/3 to 1/4 froth) and then you add the espresso shot (or two). For a cappuccino, the approx. 4 ounces of frothed milk will settle to about 1/2 steamed milk and 1/2 froth and then it adds the espresso shot. No matter what, there will always be a foamy head. Since my wife is not a big fan of the froth, I bought a 20 ounce Krups SS pitcher so i can steam the milk using the wand and not add any froth for her. I'm quite ok with a latte with a head of foam on top. So far, I'm a big fan of the Evo and am amazed at how hot the milk comes out compared to my buddy's Jura. Hope this helps with your decision and good luck.
The machine does draw the distinction between a cappuccino and a latte. I am a latte drinker and it definitely makes lattes. Essentially the cappuccino comes out more foamy with less milk volume overall and the latte is less foamy and more milk. You can't adjust the ratio of milk to foam, but you can adjust the amount of milk overall. We love the machine!!
I tried to upload photos of the latte vs the cappuccino but this site doesn't seem to be able to accept them. Here's my thoughts on your question: 1) no, there doesn't seem to be much difference in the machine settings for a latte vs cappuccino. 2) no, there are no settings to adjust the foam/milk ratio. There is adjustment for the quantity of milk but you have no adjustment for foam vs steam in the automatic settings. The amount of foam seems similar to me for both settings. If you want only steamed milk, I believe you would need to use the steam wand. We tend to drink cappuccinos and we love them and think they are superior to most restaurants. Most days one of us says, "Um, this is good coffee" and we are glad we bought our Evo. We love the self-cleaning carafe, too. For us, it was worth the cost. We have had our Evo 4 months now.
While you can program the amount of milk dispensed from the carafe, it's as you say "froth," rather than truley steamed. There is no way to "blend." If you really want steamed, you need to use the steam wand. That being said, the cappuccinos and lattes this thing puts out taste great!
I haven't been able to find any information concerning the water temperature dispensed by the Saeco Exprelia Evo, when used to produce espresso. I'm looking for a super-automatic that can compete with my Rancilio Silvia v3 (w/PID). The specifications for a very similar machine (Gaggia Accademia) report water temperature to be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I would hope that this is an in-cup temperature reading.
Have you measured the water temperature dispensed by the Saeco Exprelia Evo?
Best Answer:This Exprelia EVO does dispense espresso at a pretty good temperature, and my tests with an instant read thermometer indicated a temperature of about 175-180 degrees for espresso at the dispensing spout, and about 5 degrees lower in the cup. Hope this helps!
Best Answer:This machine has programmable buttons for the different drinks, you can program those buttons for different peoples preferences but unlike some machines you can not attach a name or image with the drink profile. There are 3 programmable coffee buttons and 2 programmable milk-based drink buttons.
In watching the demo video for the Evo, it seemed to take a long time to make the cappuccino, but am wondering if that's because the machine was cold? Once it's warmed up, will it produce drinks more quickly, which would be helpful if you're serving several people coffee drinks after dinner.
Best Answer:The partially the longer time was because the machine was not up to temperature yet. Once, its up to temperature however it will take about 1.5 to 2 minutes to make a drink depending on your volume.
Does this machine have a ceramic grinder? How loud is the grinder for this model? Previously I had a Saeco Talea Giro Plus, and one thing I liked about it was the ceramic burr grinder, which ran very quietly.
A shopper on Oct 31, 2015
Best Answer:Yes, it is a ceramic burr grinder. The grinder makes some noise but is not too loud.
How do you make a single cup using the bypass port without emptying the entire grinding container? When tried, the machine always defaults to the grinder and dumps the pre-ground coffee after giving a "Max Brew Group Pressure" error.
In the walkthrough video on this site, it seems like a long wait from when you push the cappuccino button and when the milk/coffee comes out. Much longer than other models like the DeLonghi Perfecta. Does anyone else feel that is the case? Also any thoughts between pros/cons of this one vs. the Perfecta?
Saeco Exprelia Evo HD8857/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
DeLonghi Perfecta ESAM 5600 Espresso Machine
Best Answer:They will both need some time to heat up to steam temperature. The main difference between the machines (besides some of the other features to the machines) in relation to making cappuccinos is the milk temperature. Depending on your preferences, the milk coming from the Exprelia will be a much cooler temperature than from the Perfecta. If you tend to like your drinks pretty hot, this will be a major factor in your daily use. Otherwise, the wait time to make a drink is pretty much the same from either.
I really want to buy this machine but know that 120 deg milk for a latte will not be hot enough for me. Could you steam a finished latte to make it hotter? Or maybe use slightly warm milk in the carafe instead of cold?
Best Answer:Superautomatic machines are known for not producing the hottest milk. Unfortunately re-steaming it would not be a good idea. Also, using slightly warm milk in the carafe instead of cold will affect the froth as cold milk froths best. If you're really set on controlling the heat of your milk I suggest going for a semi-automatic with a manual steam wand.
I understand you can remove the front dual shot head if you want to use a taller mug. How tall of a mug can you use? Is this measurement the same for the Exprellia Evo? We are deciding between the 2 machines.
A shopper on Aug 19, 2015
Saeco Exprelia Evo HD8857/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Saeco Xelsis Evo HD8954/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Best Answer:The Xelsis Evo has a cup clearance of 4.5 inches and the Exprelia Evo has a cup clearance of 4.25 inches.
I'm ready to buy my first espresso machine since I've been spending at least $5 a day at Starbucks. I'm debating between 2 models with very different pricing. I know I want a super automated machine with a separate steam wand and like both the Saeco Exprelia and Saeco XSmall and note that both are your staff picks. I had hoped to spend no more than $800 and started out looking for the Odea Giro model my friend has but that's been discontinued. I do like the style and features of the Exprelia but I'm concerned about making that kind of investment but I am willing to do so rather than be penny wise and pound foolish. I occasionally drink espresso, I mostly drink Cappuccino, Cafe Latte and Flat Whites. I am looking for advice on an easy to use beginner's machine. Which machine is the better choice?
Best Answer:These are 2 very different machines. If you're willing to spend the extra money, you'll enjoy the Exprelia much more as it has programming options which include the drinks you most enjoy such as cappuccinos, cafe lattes, and flat whites. The XSmall is a good little machine but it is very basic. It will only make you espresso and then you will froth the milk yourself and pour the milk into your espresso. The Exprelia Evo does it all for you right into your cup and you can even program each drink the way you like it so you are left just pushing one button and the machine does the rest! I say if you're going to invest, spring for the Exprelia Evo.
Looking at the video, it seems there is a long wait for the milk to steam and express, and another significant wait for the espresso to come out. Wondering if the total time for, say, a cappucino on this machine is about the same, or significantly longer, than on other machines? (ps... I'm waiting for my reconditioned Saeco of more than 10 years to finally break down so i can try a new one!).
Has anyone given a thought to taking the "chill" off the milk in a microwave before putting it in the carafe? I would just bring it to something over room temperature. The unit would then do the normal thing an raise the milk temp with steam and the result would be higher temp frothed milk. Any negatives to this idea?
Can you add syrup along with milk in the milk carafe?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2015
Best Answer:I would not recommend this as it will cause the hoses inside to become sticky and very difficult to clean, which can lead to clogs that your machine doesn't like. It's best to add any syrups to your drink after you've made it, or, you can drizzle some into your cup and then brew on top of it.
I see recommendations in the Q&A and from Saeco/Phillips to use milk circuit cleanser and coffee tablet cleaners, but I can't see to find Saeco/Philips approved versions of these products for sale in the US. What do you use, and how often do you do those cleanings?
A shopper on Mar 28, 2015
Best Answer:While Saeco certainly has their own brand of cleaners, there are several cleaners on the market you can use. Check out our website for cleaners you can purchase, some of which can be found at your local hardware/home goods store as well. https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/accessories?cat=113
Best Answer:Saeco has several manufacturing sites throughout the world, so unfortunately there is no definitive answer. They make some of their machines in Italy, some in Romania, and some in China. We will receive machines from all of these locations.
I would like to use almond or cashew milk instead of cow milk. Is it to use those in this machine?
A shopper on Feb 7, 2015
Best Answer:Yes you can! Just keep in mind that the frothing will not be as consistent or thick as standard milk, and you will likely find that you get larger bubbles that dissipate quickly since it doesn't have the same consistency or fat content. The same is true of using fat free milk, and you'll see similar large bubbles in your cup. The other thing to consider is that you will still need to clean it thoroughly pretty frequently by disassembling all the pieces and soaking/scrubbing them to be sure there isn't any built up residue that will impede the machine's ability to steam and froth for you.
I intend to buy a refurbished espresso machine (Saeco Xelsis Stainless Steel One Touch Espresso Machine), I'm wondering in what condition the product exact is, is it an equipment that was used as a demo model in your retail store? Except for the ability to program different users preferences, does Exprelia Evo offer most of the features of the Xelsis?
Best Answer:These machines go through our refurbish department and are thoroughly tested before we clean and box them to sell, so we make sure that everything is operating properly. They are not demo machines, they have probably been used and returned to a store within a store's normal 30-60 day return policy, before Saeco can box them up and send them to us for refurbishing. They may have some minor blemishes or scratches, because they likely were previously owned for a short time.
The Xelsis will have a slightly larger size overall, can be programmed for each button up to 6 different users, and while it's nice to have the milk carafe, the temperature that it will steam and froth to is slightly lower, at 110 degrees. The Exprelia Evo, on the other hand, will have a little bit smaller footprint, and you can program each button just once. The temperature of the milk from the milk carafe is slightly warmer, although for many people is still on the cool side at 118 degrees.
When they are refurbished, they will not come with a water filter. It's not a necessary item, but if you choose to use a filter, then you will need to descale a little less frequently. If you want to use a filter, you will likely replace it every 2-3 months, depending on your starting water hardness. Otherwise, other cleaning items will be a descaler like Dezcal or Durgol, and you can use a backflush detergent to occasionally soak your brew unit in (Cafiza or Joe Glo), and finally a milk frother cleaner like Rinza. Other than that, use a medium roast with your beans and not an oily or dark roast, and you're in business!
Best Answer:There isn't any right or wrong answer for that, it will really just be a personal preference based on what kind of flavors you're looking for! With any superautomatic, we don't recommend using a dark roast or an oily bean, as it will clog up the machine really quickly. Instead, it is better to use a medium roast, where the beans don't have an oily sheen to them so that you don't get clogging or need servicing often. From there, you'll just want to experiment with different medium roasts to find the one that you like the best, whether that is an Italian roaster or something roasted more locally to you. This is part of the fun of brewing with coffee! :-)
Best Answer:The water tank is on the top left side of the machine. Unfortunately the machine doesn't swivel, so you would need clearance to open the water tank lid and then you can either pour into the water tank with a pitcher, or you can pull out the water tank. I have heard of people putting the small coasters or felt underneath the feet so that the machine can be more easily pulled out or swiveled for access to the bean hopper (top right side, also with a lid) or the water tank. Hope this helps!
My wife likes different milk than I do. Does it make sense to buy an extra milk carafe and switch carafes depending on who I am making the latte for? What is the part number for the Exprelia carafe?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2014
Best Answer:You could absolutely have two separate carafes that you change out for different people using the machine, just keep in mind that having two carafes means thoroughly cleaning more every few days since the hoses need to be kept really clean to froth the best. If you would like to purchase another carafe, you can find it here: https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-exprelia-milk-carafe
Saeco Exprelia Evo HD8857/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Saeco Xelsis SS One Touch Espresso Machine
Best Answer:The big difference between the Exprelia and the Xelsis (besides the larger size of the machine with the Xelsis) is the programmability. So, while both machines have 5 buttons that you can program (the Exprelia has 3 coffee and 2 milk based buttons, the Xelsis has 2 coffee and 3 milk based buttons), the Xelsis allows you to program each of those buttons for up to 6 different users. So, if you like many different configurations of each of the drinks, then the Xelsis would be great, or if you wanted to program it for different people. However, if you generally like the same drink and don't need to program if for so many people, then the Exprelia would probably do the trick. It really just depends how you will be using it!
Thanks Miranda, your answer was really helpful, I'm looking forward on getting one of these machines as a Christmas present for home, what about americanos and lates? We love americanos and lates just wondering which one offers the best option
Yes, you could certainly use either machine for an Americano or a latte. When using the carafe to automatically steam and froth into your cup, you will generally get more of a wet cappuccino as far as the froth consistency goes, but the nice thing about both of these is that they also have a steam wand if you would like to manually steam and customize your froth! However, this isn't quite as convenient as the carafe. :-) For your Americanos, you can either make more of a lungo (let the machine pull extra water through the grounds) or you can brew your shot, then add water from the steam wand afterward. Either one would be able to accommodate these drinks!
Best Answer:If you're getting an E5 message on your Exprelia EVO, it may be the case that you have something as simple as a scale or coffee clog that a deep clean and descale would solve, or it could be a problem with the flow meter that would need addressed in a service center. If you can get water from the steam arm, I would clean the brew unit (check out the video below) and descale the unit, but if this doesn't solve it or if you can't get water from the steam arm at all then you should bring it into a service center. To find an authorized Saeco service center, give them a call at 800-933-7876.
I've seen videos online, some from SCG, how to clean some of the Saeco super autos but could not find a video how to do this one in particular. Has anyone had luck cleaning the grinder, blades, and chute for the Exprelia Evo? If so would you mind posting a nice how-to video? :) Or maybe SCG can post a how-to video them selves for this machine? Thanks in advance.
Best Answer:Thanks for checking with us! Unfortunately the downside to most super automatic machines is that their grinders are not easily accessible, and so we do not generally recommend taking apart the burrs at home on this Exprelia Evo for cleaning. I will pass along your request to my marketing team to see if this is a video we may decide to create down the line!
We purchased the Exprelia Evo and the coffee is not hot. We have all of the settings maxed out but still not even close to being hot. I understand from reading the other questions and answers that the frother is lukewarm but shouldn't the coffee be hot? It's to the point of returning the machine and we don't want to do that prematurely if someone else can help us.
Best Answer:I am sorry you're not happy with your Exprelia! Unfortunately the downside to home super automatic machines is that the internals are plastic, and so the espresso may not be as hot as you'd prefer- especially if you like your drinks super hot. To increase the temperature a bit you can preheat your cup, and keep in mind that the second drink will always be hotter than the first, as you have preheated the lines. I hope that these tips help!
Best Answer:The milk out of the auto froth carafe on the Saeco Exprelia Evo is only about 120 degrees, and so if you like your milk much hotter than that, then you would need to use that traditional wand and froth or put your drink in the microwave, unfortunately.
Since learning that our new machine, and other superautomatics, should not use oily beans, and having always loved the deep flavor of bold Italian Espresso and French roasts, what other dark full-flavored beans would you suggest that we try.? So far, we've only used one of the Lavazza roasts. We want to keep tasting, but don't want to clog up our built-in ceramic grinder during our bean explorations.
A shopper on Dec 26, 2013
Best Answer:The best think to keep an eye on when selecting new beans to try in your super automatic machine is the surface- you want a nice matte finish bean that is not shiny or oily. The Lavazza Crema e Aroma is our favorite for a bolder bean, and typically European espresso roasts are not roasted quite as dark as American espresso beans can be. I'd suggest looking for medium and light roasts, and check out the surface of the bean for those oils as you try new blends. Hope this helps!
Hi. Does this machine also make regular coffee for the my non espresso drinking friends?? I can't seem to find this answer easily…thanks
A shopper on Dec 6, 2013
Best Answer:This Exprelia Evo makes an Americano, which is a shot of espresso with more water pulled through the grounds. Though not the same as drip coffee, this is a good option for folks who don't want straight espresso shots.
Best Answer:The dredge drawer on this Exprelia Evo is fairly small, but it should allow for more than three pucks. Be sure to empty the tray with the machine turned on to reset the sensor, as the machine will provide the notice to empty the grounds after a specific number of cups, and cannot register how many pucks are actually in the container. Hopefully this helps!
I am new to the superautomatic scene, so forgive me if this is a naive question, but how long (ballpark) does the Evo take to heat up and reach the point where it is ready to brew from the time I initially turn it on? Ideally, I would like to operate the machine for about an hour each morning before I leave for work to minimize power consumption. Thanks in advance for any help.
A shopper on Nov 29, 2013
Best Answer:The great thing about super automatic machines like this Saeco Exprelia Evo is that heat up time is super quick. You will basically need to power on the machine and allow it to heat up and go through a rinse cycle. The rinse cycle allows the machine to preheat the plastic brew unit and the internals by just dispensing a small amount of liquid from the brew spouts. It is very quick though, and so you will be ready to brew in about 2 minutes!
Loving this machine. But have questions on water filters & decalc. We have well water that we soften, and for coffee, we use water run through our refrigerator filter. Still, during initial machine set-up, I thought the water test strip would show some degree of hardness - but after the dip and wait, we didn't even register a "1". So I didn't install the tank filter. - also forgot to set the water hardness in the machine's water menu. Now, 16 days after purchase, the screen message advises "decalc". I will go ahead and run that process, but am surprised at the 16-day window for decalcification. So - could the test strip be defective - should I find a water test kit and keep testing until my water registers at least a "1" for hardness? Finally, if we find we truly have soft water, is there any advantage to also using the water tank filter (on top of the filtration in my fancy frig)? I suspect not installing it would allow more room for water in that little 52 ml tank. I have reset the machine's water hardness menu to indicate "soft" for now. Thank you!
A shopper on Nov 17, 2013
Best Answer:We have well water, but do not soften. I use the filter but in 10+ years have never decalcified.
I am new to the super automatics but with a 3 yo running around I LOVE the idea of simply pushing a button for a cappuccino. My question is in regards to the water used in the Evo, can you use tap water or does it have to be a special type water like distilled?
Best Answer:Yes, you can use regular water in the Exprelia Evo, but filtered water is better (bottled, or run through a filtering system/pitcher), or water that has a lower mineral content. This will reduce the amount of scale that can build up in your machine, but if you do have scale build up, descaling with something like Dezcal will just need to occur more frequently. You can also use a water filter like the Intenza to reduce scale before it goes into your unit. These options are actually better than distilled water, as distilled water doesn't provide best flavor. Hope this helps clarify!
HI, I just bough this machine and so far so good with one exception, the milk froth is awesome but the temperature is warm not hot....is this normal or is this a defect?
A shopper on Nov 14, 2013
Best Answer:Unfortunately the downside to the machines like this Exprelia Evo One Touch is that the auto froth carafe does not heat the milk quite as hot as you can heat the milk with a panarello or steam wand. For this reason, if you like your milk frothed hotter, we love the fact that this Exprelia has a steam wand, which you may prefer for manually frothing hotter milk as opposed to using that carafe. Unfortunately the carafe is very convenient, but is not going to produce the hottest temperature for your milk.
Can I use flavored coffee in the pre-ground section?
A shopper on Nov 10, 2013
Best Answer:Since flavored coffee is generally sprayed with those flavorings, it is not a good idea to use this type of coffee in this Saeco Exprelia Evo or any super automatic espresso machine. These flavorings can clog the brew unit and the internals of the machine and cause lots of issues in the machine. It is best to add any flavorings after you are done brewing, unfortunately!
It is hard to say how much of a difference you'll notice upgrading the carafe to that of the Exprelia Evo. We noticed a definite jump up in temperature, however I have had a few customers say the change was not dramatic for them. Unless you are able to come into the store for a demo of the EVO to determine preference yourself, I wouldn't be comfortable recommending the carafe as an upgrade.
I have been told that the Intelia models produce hotter espresso and steamed milk, where applicable, than all of the other Saeco models. Being new, does the Exprelia Evo produce hotter beverages that the Xelsis and the original Exprelia, too? I also have another question: What do you believe the greatest advantages, if any, the Evo has over the original Exprelia? Thanks!
A shopper on Sep 5, 2013
Best Answer:From our use of the machines, we've found the Saeco Intelia to have the hottest auto-frother. The Saeco Exprelia Evo would be a the next hottest auto-frother of the machines you mentioned, though the Saeco Royal is able to get a bit hotter than the Evo.
The biggest advantage with the Evo over the previous model is that it can froth the milk a little bit hotter. Otherwise, it will have the same number of programmable buttons, and will make a very comparable shot of espresso.
Once I've steamed milk using the wand, how long to have to do the spritz of steam at the end to clear the wand? I always try to do it immediately, but on occasion I've finished steaming the milk and gotten a low water message, or I've accidentally hit the button to make the espresso without having done the little fffffttt to get the milk out. Remember, I'm using this machine before I've had coffee. Do I have a minute or two leeway?
First off how would I clean the system for initial use? Like would I need to wash the carafe with soap and water before first use Or is it good to go? What about the bean depository? Also the wand? Will I need to toss out the first few cups before I can drink?
Secondly how would I go about flushing out the system? Like switching between different types of beans. And cleaning out the milk lines.
A shopper on Oct 4, 2013
Best Answer:good choice of machine!Have had Saeco for many years and the Evo unit tops them all. The unit has auto or manual rinse/cleaning cycles. Follow the instructions i the manual. Rinsing the carafe in hot water a couple of times does the trick. The interior of the carafe is steam cleaned auto or manual. The bean depository should be good to go. The frother is SO good you will not use the wand for frothing 2% or half and half(which is my preference) Non fat milk does not work! I find a bean that I like and if I want to change just use up all in the hopper. The screen will tell you when beans are gone, as it will for cleaning cycle and emptying dregs box etc. The quality of the product is way superior to all my previous machines be it espresso, latte or capuchin.Small footprint,fast to warmup and attractive stainless body. Well worth the money.
On first use do wash your carafe with soap and water. No need to wash the bean deposit or wand; no need to toss out the first few cups before drinking. The machine comes pre-tested from factory and does a rinse once you power it up and when it powers off.
In my experience with super-automatics, it is best to stick to one type of coffee bean and not change around. My favorite is Lavazza Crema e Aroma... a superb flavor overall. Even my wife, who is not into espresso loves them!
Cleaning out the milk lines... see your manual and buy a milk circuit cleaner. You should also buy a coffee oil cleaner tab...
Enjoy your Exprelia... is the best I have ever tried!
I believe all of this is covered in the product manual. You do have to rinse out the water tank and clean the milk carafe as detailed in the maintenance part of the manual. You will probably want to program the different drinks to your liking so the first few cups will not be ideal necessarily. I let the beans almost run out, then refill with new beans. You may get a blended cup but that is not such a big deal. The manual also tells how to clean the milk lines, which is done weekly. Great system but my suggestion is to take an hour to read through the manual BEFORE you start setting it up. Makes it much easier!
Wash the caraf with soapy water. The milk lines are self cleaning. You can get most of the beans out with a scoop, the rest with a hand vacuum. The manual (available online) has the procedure for initial startup and priming including the water filter which passes a fair quantity of water through the system. You might want to wipe the steam wand and pass some steam through it before first use.
Recently purchased this machine after very helpful advice and recommendations from SCG. Now I'm learning how to use it... Is it possible to make a Caffe Macchiato with this machine? I'm not referring to the Latte Macchiato, which is a pre-setting. Ideally I'm hoping I can pre-program the machine to make a full shot of espresso and top it with a small amount of frothed milk, without using the steam wand. Thank you!
Best Answer:Rachel you have not programmed the machine to your wants and are using the default setting for the Macchiato; read the manual carefully. You can regulate the amount of coffee and milk to your hearts desire....... read the manual carefully!
Perfect machine for my needs.Review by Elizabeth M
I'd never made a good cup of coffee in my life. I've read directions, watched videos...I've even, on a few occasions had people who make good coffee stand over my shoulder and direct me...but it still came out terrible. I'm pretty sure that microbial cloud that scientists say we're each surrounded by is real, and mine contains bad coffee gremlins. Meanwhile the ubiquitous coffee chain wasn't tasting good to me any more, but I was a 30 minute drive from coffee shops I enjoyed. So I needed a machine at home that required little to no interaction with the beans before they became coffee.
I'm the only coffee drinker in the house so I didn't need the big sister of this machine that has programming for multiple people. I wanted a machine I could set up exactly the way I want it, without a bunch of extra functions going unused. (Though it would have been nice if this one went on sale when the other one did)
I also wanted the option to steam the milk myself with a real steam wand rather than panerello. I like the idea of a one-touch machine so I can press a button and pick up my latte on the way out the door. This machine does that well, but the steam wand makes such wonderful, creamy, thick foam (after some practice), and it only takes a couple of extra minutes, so I rarely use the one-touch carafe.
I love this machine! I love drinking good coffee in my own home, in my PJs.
(By the way, Alton Brown said that the one simple thing he doesn't make well is coffee. The struggle is real!) (Posted on 5/18/2016)
Great super automaticReview by smb
This replaces an old Saeco we had for about 8 years that finally died. This unit makes much better espresso and caffe than our previous unit. The espresso and caffe is much hotter and just tastes much better using the same beans we have always used. Many complain about the chore of emptying the drip tray but we find we are not having to do this that much more often than on our old machine and the improved quality of our coffee is absolutely worth it.
We don't steam milk every day but the steamer works great and we are happy to have purchased a machine with this option. (Posted on 1/18/2016)
makes a decent coffee with minimal fussReview by bdzero
My 'other' machine is a Sylvia (PID'd with Rocky grinder) and I've been roasting my own for over a decade. However my wife lacks the interest in learning how to pull a good shot thus we've been eyeing a super-auto for a long time. Been using both bunn drip and k-cup machines for a few years...
We've only had it for a week so far, a few observations.
The grinder 'range' from fine to course seems to not provide much variance, I think this is normal as the machine is in essence just dispensing espresso. I roast single origin and tend to stay around full city for the max varietal 'variety' which worked great for drip however I had to use the finest grind to avoid underextraction.
The steamed/foamed milk is excellent, does what I'd consider an amazing job. Sure I can get more microfoam doing it manually, however the machine does really good job, enough that I'm not going to bother manual foaming...likely ever (might do it if I need to pour a bunch of milk based drinks, it'll be faster than allowing the machine to do it).
The ability to tweak settings for each beverage is very handy, and the strength/quantity overrides are very nice. I like that you can stop the milk in a milk based drink and it'll continue on to the espresso (which you can stop at your liking as well).
The only thing this is missing is the ability to automate an americano. I'm sure that's due to no way to bypass the grounds internally....I advice guests to use the hot water feature if the coffee is too much for them.
All in all a very handy tool that does it's job well. it's a bit pricey, but when you register with Saeco they extend the warranty on the brew group by 4 years. (Posted on 10/26/2015)
Had it for over a year, love itReview by Carolyn
We purchased the Exprelia Evo after traveling in Europe and missing our daily coffee fixes :). The Exprelia has performed flawlessly since we received it, using it many times per day. It does take time and patience to set up the grind and heat levels to match what you like, but once that's done, it's coffee perfection! I at first used Lavazza and was not entirely pleased, but then switched to George Howell espresso and like that much better. The foam setup is terrific, and I like that I can store the milk carafe separately if we're not using it for a time. If I were to change one thing, it would be to warn you of low water level BEFORE grinding so as to not waste coffee. If you get in the habit of checking the water level each time you use the machine, then that solves the problem, I guess. Regular maintenance is easy. We had a bit of sticker shock when we bought the machine, but in retrospect it's saved us lots of coffee because we no longer brew pots of coffee. I love it when guests are here also, as it's of course easy to give each person exactly the drink that they want - even tea - with the hot water wand. A+! (Posted on 9/22/2015)
Look no more. You have found your machine. Review by el
We absolutely love this machine. At first, before optimizing the options the coffee was just so-so. However, once we adjusted all of the internal settings we realized we had ourselves a perfect espresso, cappuccino, and coffee. Better than we could get any in any coffee shop. Seriously this is perfect. It doesn't matter what type of coffee based beverage you want you can perfect it here. And this has the best milk frother I've ever used. The coffee is hot! The frothed milk a little less so ( perfect for capuccino but alone not super hot). But worry not. You can steam it more yourself to make it hotter if you need! Seriously. Stop looking. This is your machine!! (Posted on 2/7/2015)
best machine yet.Review by jamie
The Evo replaced our Gaggia machine, great coffee, love that it self cleans each time. This make for great coffee, no old stale flavors. the milk jug is great, so easy. great milk froth at the push of a button, then great espresso to next go. (Posted on 2/6/2015)
Love it!Review by Heidi
I owned a Saeco Odea Go previously and wanted to upgrade. After looking at the videos I was debating the Xelsis and this model. I thought that the Exprelia Evo offered most of the features of the Xelsis except for the ability to program different users preferences for quite a bit less. This machine makes a great cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte, and espresso. While it definitely is an investment, I am now saving money by not going to buy coffee shop coffee anymore. I have my coffee shop at home!
I first heard of Saeco a few years ago in Germany and was impressed with the quality.
Customer service of Seattle Coffee Gear is great. Helped me find alternative for automatic milk frother cleaner and oil remover tablets. (Posted on 9/6/2014)
All good both Exprelia EVO and Seattle CGReview by Rick
This is the first expresso machine I have owned although I have enjoyed coffee in Europe hundreds of time over the last . I finally decided to give it a try after my most recent trip to Spain. I have had the machine about 2 weeks and couldn't be more pleased with the quality and ease of use. My only complaint is that the bypass for ground coffee does not really seem to be worth using. My wife prefers decaf so I hoped to use it for that but this feature just doesn't seem ready for prime time. (Posted on 9/4/2014)
what an expensive habitReview by Dave (aka wileetoyote)
This is my first espresso machine... I've only used a drip machine using a bean grinder so my coffee was always fresh, good and strong since I used French Roast beans. My stove top Bialetti is what I used for espresso/lattes and was ok. I've used super-automatics in Japan at the hotels and my buddy has a Jura (which the coffee was luke warm when making a milk based drink :( That said, I'm really liking this Saeco Evo...
1) Espresso is really good using an espresso med/drk bean
2) I can make 6 drinks before the puck drawer and water bin is full which for me is dumping and rinsing every other day.
- Since I had to cleanup my drip machine every day/every use this is heaven for me not to mention I ALWAYS brewed too much and had to dump a cup or two each and every time i made coffee... what a savings!
- Rinsing out the brew group once a week is easy
3) The milk frother works great and the drinks are always hot!
4) The machine is quality! Looks good and is easy to wipe down.
I have some small pet peeves...
1) 'Fill water tank' will come on in the middle of a brew and stop, ruining a puck and having to 're-do' a shot. imho, there should be enough of a reserve that if it had enough water to start a brew, it should finish it AND THEN display the 'Fill Water Tank' message.
2) On one brew, it ran out of beans and brewed a really weak shot.
I've had two issues with the dozer...
1) Whenever I fill the scoop it came with and use the dozer for flavored beans for the wife, it spills all over the inside of the brew group making a mess. I just have to figure out how much to use to not make a mess.
2) You HAVE to tell it your using the dozer by pushing the bean button several times displaying the scoop icon... I've added a scoop, then hit an auto button forgetting to tell it to use the dozer. it will grind beans and then give you an 'over pressure error' dumping the scoop and the beans it ground having you start it all over again... Its not very smart and I'm sometimes forgetful when you're trying to make coffee and you're distracted by conversation.
Other than that, I love it (as does the wife who was against the purchase initially because of the cost but eventually gave in to my 'want'. Again, great coffee but it is an expensive machine. No regrets, I'd buy it again. (Posted on 6/4/2014)
LOVE the EXPRELIA EVO and SEATTLE COFFEE GEARReview by M & L
We have had our Evo for 4 months and I absolutely love this machine. Our prior machine was a DeLonghi semiautomatic which was very good, but when it started having some issues we decided to go for a superautomatic. I did a fair amount of research before picking the Evo. I wanted the option of a manual steaming wand in the event I was dissatisfied with the automatic milk frother since we primarily drink cappuccinos.
I have to say it did take some time to find an espresso bean that I liked and that was not oily - the kiss of death for a superautomatic - but I found beans perfect for the almond milk we use for our cappuccinos. And the machine makes fabulous foam. We did have one bad experience when my husband tried a new brand of almond milk. The milk just would not foam correctly (the milk sort of spit out of the milk carafe and had lots of bubbles). We were concerned the carafe and/or machine had an issue. After doing a full machine clear (milk clean, descaled and coffee clear) and it still did not get better we brought it in to Seattle Coffee Gear. They thoroughly checked it out and found no problem. They were very thorough and very helpful - so glad we bought our machine from them. So we decided it was the new brand of almond milk and went back to the old brand and voila - it worked great. Turns out the new milk was too thin.
This machine grinder is so much quieter than our DeLonghi, a definite plus. I love the various options to customize drinks which are always fabulous as are the espressos. A minor complaint is the milk does not get super hot but it is fine for us.
This is a superautomatic so it does require some maintenance, but it goes quickly. The drip tray takes a minute or so to clean. - love that the door swings out and you do not have to remove the cups when the "clean drip tray" message comes on. I wash the brew group and milk carafe once a week. Obviously it needs to be descaled on occasion, but our water is soft so that is not too often.. I have done the milk clean too since we drink primarily cappuccinos.
I highly recommend the Exprelia Evo. (Posted on 5/5/2014)
Frothier not hot.Review by Dennis
I love the looks of this machine. I like the way it operates but the milk does not get hot as suggested in the video. It is warm at best. If it could get the milk hot it would be an excellent machine. (Posted on 3/6/2014)
Quality MachineReview by ThomasD
I rate this machine, my first super-automatic espresso machine, as very good-to-excellent based upon one month of use.
The only deficiencies that I have observed are (1) the internal drip tray has to be drained frequently (after about four brews), (2) the chrome metal cover for the external drip tray scratches easily (because it is chrome electroplated instead of made of brushed stainless steel) and (3) the bean hopper does not provide adequate warning that it needs to be replenished - resulting in a weak cup just before the hopper is empty.
Also, although not the fault of this machine, I have found that the quality of foam for cappuccino is extremely dependent upon the brand and type of non-dairy milk. (Posted on 2/2/2014)
love itReview by David
We've had this machine a couple of months and really love it. We probably use it 2-3x a day, mostly for milk drinks and americanos (but some straight espressos) and pretty much every time I think how delicious and convenient it is.
I assume it's not giving me the same espressos I could possibly get from a semi-automatic machine, but I am fine with that (vs. having to wait for the boiler to heat up, and temp surf, etc.).
I empty out the grinds and drip tray every night, and refill the water, which is fine for us-- no more work than a drip coffee maker really. I take the milk carafe apart to clean it on a weekly basis but that just take a few minutes.
The milk isn't super hot from the carafe. I find it's hot enough to mix into coffee but not hot enough to make hot chocolate (but there's always the option of the steam wand, and overall we're happy to have a self-cleaning carafe-- did I mention how convenient this machine is to use yet?)
I spent way more than I ever thought I would, but don't regret it all. (Posted on 1/24/2014)
Excellent machineReview by Andrew
I did my home work over a 6 week period. I'm impressed. The only issue would be the frequent need to empty coffee/water bins. I can make 4 cappuccinos befor I need to empty. This has nothing to do with making perfect coffee. The milk frother works perfect. Overall a great machine. Worth the money. No regrets. (Posted on 1/6/2014)
Quality as advertised.Review by Jay
I bought the Exprelia for my wife as a Christmas present and she has loved it from the first day. Easy to use, (but I do suggest to read the manual thoroughly), it makes the best coffee that I have tasted outside of Italy. I purchased the Lavazza Crema with my gift card and the cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos are out of this world. What a treat at the press of a button to experience a touch of Italy in your own kitchen. Great aroma, enticing taste. I would highly recommend this product. It hasn't failed to satisfy us yet. (Posted on 12/30/2013)
Perfect!Review by Deidre
I bought this machine in November for my husband's birthday, and we LOVE it! This is our first superautomatic espresso machine, and I did a lot of research before deciding on this one. I agree with Kris' review above--that the price-level is a splurge, but definitely worth it. The best part of the machine is the milk pitcher which just snaps into the machine (without the unwieldy external tube connections of so may other machines). The milk does come out HOT and frothy just as Gail and Kat say on their great seattlecoffeegear.com video for this machine (check it out). The cappuccino/latte beverages are miles better than what I used to get almost every day at my many neighborhood coffee stores. Weekly and monthly maintenance on this machine is very easy and is actually a pleasure, a small task to do in light of the delicious drinks this machine churns out! Each beverage can be easily customized (e.g., coffee strength, coffee/milk proportions) to your taste. Even though it was a gift for my husband (he loves it too), it has become my little baby, I just LOVE it so, and I think you will too! (Posted on 12/28/2013)
Saeco Exprelia Evo is almost perfect Review by Sharon
After much research I decided against the Gaggia academia and went for the Saeco Exprelia Evo. The machine is exceptionally very good looking, compact and self contained. I already have a Rancillo Silva which takes some work to make a Latte or Cappucinno so we were looking for a superautomatic for our coffee bar. So far we are very happy with it. I would have given it a 5 stars if the temperature of the coffee and milk was able to get hotter. The coffee ground drawer and the water does have to be replaced after about 4 cups of cappucinno but this is a small price to pay for good coffee.
I choose Seattle Coffee Gear because of the "Gail & Kat" You Tube video's - when I bought my 1st expresso machine - I learned everything that I know from them. Keep the video's coming.
Thank you Seattle Coffee Gear (Posted on 10/21/2013)
first class experienceReview by kiwi coffee lover
Have just completed a few days of setup and trials of my Exprelia Evo super automatic Saeco and after owning 5 different models over the last 8 years I can honestly say that this is the perfect machine I have experienced ever. Out of the box the setup was easy, the brew perfect, the frother perfect and the product hot. The adjustments to strength length and quantity were easy and the bean presoak time adjustable parameter gave us the optimal return for taste from the bean. The stainless finish and construction is admirable with the instruction manual well written.The brew group is unique in that cleaning is easy and convenient. The improvements on the Evo shows that Saeco is listening to their consumers! (Posted on 10/19/2013)
Almost IdealReview by Jim La Jolla
The Plus: I bought this to make cappuccino, which I love. Had been using a Solis 5000 to make coffee and it was just too much of a hassle to steam milk. Research for ever (like two years) and finally focused on the Exprelia. Ordered it and then, researching more, noticed the Evo update. Contacted customer support to see if I could switch by returning the previous version and that went perfectly. Cudoos to Seattle Coffee customer support.
The Evo makes perfect milk froth for a cappuccino, which, after all, is what I was after.
Downside: small capacity all around. Milk container makes about four cappuccinos, you will need to refill the water container constantly and empty the two water waste containers and the spend grounds container often. I was annoyed at first but have quickly gotten used to the routine. The upside to the constant refill/emptying is that the unit is constantly doing self cleaning.
But the balance that Saeco played between in and out capacity and size I deem perfect for a California kitchen, most of which are very shy on space. (Posted on 10/9/2013)
Awesome coffee system!!!Review by kris
I have had the EVO for a couple of weeks and LOVE it! Makes perfect coffee drinks and the milk is plenty hot for me. I thought about it for a long time because of the price but it is so worth it if you can swing it. I had another brand of super automatic that required me to froth manually and it just wasn't happening. Really enjoying all the different drinks! (Posted on 10/2/2013)
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