Between laptops, tablets, smartphones and TVs, are there too many screens in your life vying for attention? Recognizing the need for simplicity and convenience in your coffee ritual, Saeco designed the Intuita Superautomatic Espresso Machine. With a unique satin finish and simple push button interface, the Intuita takes it back to brewing basics. Select one of three dosage settings using the dial above the brew head, and push either the espresso or coffee button depending on your desired volume. Essential functionality is captured in additional buttons for steaming, hot water and cleaning. It's intuitive design at its finest.
Features & Functionality of the Saeco Intuita Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Programming Essentials: Program your desired coffee volume into the espresso and long coffee buttons, just keep in mind that coffee dosage is still selected on the fly.
Saeco pre-brewing Technology: Pre-infusing espresso grounds before extraction maximizes the flavor from each shot.
Automatic Rinsing: Before entering and when returning from standby mode, the machine auto-rinses the circuit to prime it for optimal brewing.
Ceramic Burr Grinder: The integrated burr grinder consistently grinds without overheating to maintain your beans' maximum aroma.
Indicator Lights: Lights above the brew and steam buttons will alert you to low water and bean levels, when to empty the dump box and when it's time for descaling.
Removable Brew Group: The removable brew group snaps in with one click and can be rinsed under the sink for easy maintenance.
Energy Saving - This machine automatically turns off after 30 minutes of idle time.
Easy to Operate - Spin the dial, push a button and you're brewin' - it's so easy you can do it half asleep.
No Oily Beans - As with most superautomatics, oily beans can clog the grinder over time.
Blinking Stand-By Mode - The newer models of the Intuita no longer offer a power switch at the back of the machine. To turn on the Intuita, plug in the machine and press the on/off button located at the front of the machine. When the machine enters stand-by mode after 30 minutes of inactivity, the on/off button will continue to blink until it is taken out of stand-by mode or unplugged.
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The Intuita case takes its design cues from the Saeco Intelia series but features a matte finish, has a simple push button interface, and lacks a bypass doser.
Hi, I was doing my research on Intuita and most bad reviews are about malfunctioning after Descale process. Most of them are from Costco customer. However, how is your experience with the Descale process and could it just be a wrong step in the process itself or is it a buggy series of Intuita? Thanks
A shopper on Nov 16, 2014
Best Answer:My experience has been that after the first descaling process the coffee maker never exited the descaling process. Every time you unplug it and plug it back in the descaling light comes back on and it reenters the cycle. I finally got it to go back to normal by pressing all the buttons while unplugging it and plugging it back in repeatedly at the same time. But that took me days of trying. This coffee maker makes great coffee but plan on devoting at least an hour every week to clean it out. It makes a huge mess. You have to empty the drip tray every other dayee all over the counter if you skip a week cleaning it out. I just can't believe someone would purposely make a coffee maker that creates such a huge mess every week.
No, there is not a way to increase the temperature from the Intuita, unfortunately. If you notice an issue with a decrease in temperature, then descaling with a product like Dezcal may bump up the temperature by a few degrees.
I am looking at purchasing the Intuita machine and I understand that oily beans are not good for the machine. Aren't expresso beans oily? How can I brew shots of expresso and deal with this issue?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2013
Best Answer:While types and roast levels of beans are often best suited for one application or another, no, not all espresso beans are oily. Typically American espresso roasts are darker than European espresso roasts, and beans from Starbucks and Peets are far too oily for super automatic machines like this Intuita. Look for a medium or light roast, and view the surface of the bean to be sure it has a matte finish, without large droplet of oil or sheen. Check out the Lavazza beans for great non oily beans for espresso:
Yes, any and all of the Lavazza beans are acceptable for use in this machine. Check out the video on the flavor profiles we found to be present in each of the blends a the video below. For a mild blend, try the Qualita Rossa, and for something more bold try Crema e Aroma.
Best Answer:A superautomatic like this one will pump with 15 bars of pressure. While the pump has a capacity of a higher pressure, it is set to ideally produce the water pressure at that 15 bars so that you can get the best flavor as has been determined by the manufacturer for the setup that these superautos use.
Hi. I'm deciding between this Saeco Intuita and Breville 870XL. I owned a Breville 860XL up until a week ago when it died and not sure if sending it for repair was worth the cost and shipping. So I'm looking for a replacement. I understand some difference between the two - superautomatic vs. semi-automatic. However, I'm wondering about the quality of the espresso between the two. I've made a pretty decent shot with Breville 860XL and and I'm not sure if being fully automatic, Intuita will produce a good espresso to my taste. Would it make a good shot? From the SCG youtube the shot seems very light and watery. On the other hand, i'm concerned about Breville quality. I only had 860XL for about 2.5 years when it died (water coming out of the group head when machine is turned on, but no water coming out when brewing, when steam is turned on the steam comes out of the group head instead of steam wand - it's all messed up).
A shopper on Nov 18, 2014
Saeco Intuita Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine
Best Answer:I am sorry that your Breville 860 is no longer working well for you! Any machine can have problems and unfortunately having a built in grinder can increase the potential for issues because it means that there is more to go wrong. Moving to the Saeco Intuita would not produce the quality of shots you are likely used to with your Breville, nor would it provide you with less to go wrong, so I would be hesitant to recommend it as your next machine. Super automatic machines like this Saeco are meant for convenience and quick results, but the downside is that the shots aren't as adjustable by the user and there is more to go wrong in this type of machine, since the machine is doing the bulk of the work. A semi automatic like your Barista 860 has more factors the user can tweak for a superior shot, plus there is actually a better track record from machines that don't have the internal grinding and dosing, and a brewing chamber that compacts coffee grounds. If you are looking to move to a machine that is less of a mess and a bit quicker and easier to use, then the Intuita would be a great choice. However if you are looking for a machine that can produce the same or better shots, plus potential for a longer life, you may want to stick to the semi autos. I would suggest looking to the Breville Barista 870, or alternatives like the Breville Infuser plus a separate grinder, or even moving up to a Silvia and Rocky or Silvia and Baratza grinder package. I hope this helps, and if you have further questions please call in- we'd be happy to help! 866-372-4734
What size frothing pitcher do you recommend with the Saeco Intuita to make a cappuccino?
A shopper on Nov 1, 2014
Best Answer:I would recommend using a 20 ounce frothing pitcher with your Intuita if you like a larger cappuccino, or a 12 ounce frothing pitcher if you prefer a smaller cappuccino. Both of these size options can be found at the link below:
I LOVE the intuit, it makes great easy espresso. However, The descale button is right next to the steam want, and the inevitable happened. Is there anyway to interrupt the descale process? Turning it off and back on did not work. Thanks!
Best Answer:Have no idea how to answer the question about the gram setting for the aroma dial. The water volume for the small cup is 2 ounces. The water volume for the large cup is 4 ounces. However, you can program each of these settings to the volume of your choice. For example, I configured the large cup setting to dispense 5 oz of water. Follow the instructions in the manual to program each button. Hope this helps.
I am trying to decide between this machine and the more expensive Intelia. I honestly don't think I would use the fancy milk frothier option that the Intelia offers, so I am leaning towards the Inuita. Is this the main difference between the two? Is the control over the strength of the espresso shot any different between these two machines?ni don't care about programming the shot, just want to be able to tweak the strength of the shot! Thanks!
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer:Both the Intelia and the Intuita offer strength programming for the shots, and yes this will be the same for both of those machines. The two machines are very similar (unless you are looking at the stainless steel Intelia models, which offer the auto frothing options you mentioned) however the biggest difference is that the Intuita does not offer a bypass doser for preground coffee. Folks tend to like this feature for decaf use, but if you plan to only use whole beans in the grinder than the Intuita may be the way to go! Hope this helps!
Hi. I have just got the Intuita but it seems to have a mind of its own. It cleans sporadically, should it be rinsed every time you make an espresso? Also the standby button blinks red nearly all the time, the store model did not, so presume something is not right with my set up or usage. Any advice would be great!
Best Answer:The Intuita blinks red in standby mode, which is completely normal. It is also the case that the machine will rinse at warm up, or when it goes in or out of standby mode. This is to rinse and preheat the water lines of the machine to ensure that they are clear of blockages and hot when you brew your shots. There is nothing wrong with the performance of your machine, and more info is below:
Best Answer:Generally if a machine is not sold with a cappuccinatore, then you shouldn't use one with it, as the control board and internal design will have differences. Since there is not a cappuccinatore sold with the Intuita, I do not know how much success you will find using one, even if you are able to find one that will fit. The Intelia Cappuccinatore may fit your machine, but I am not certain, and would suggest contacting Saeco directly for further information and to purchase this part.
I just purchased an Intuita and this is my first experience with a Pannarello steam wand. I am having trouble getting the steamed milk up tp 150+ degrees without the froth overflowing the pitcher at about 115 degrees. Any suggestions?
Looking to purchase an auto esspresso maker. Stuck between this and the Saeco vienna plus. Which one would you guys chose? Whichever machine I buy, will be used alot.
A shopper on Dec 5, 2013
Best Answer:Either machine will give you basically the same results, and so you are basically looking to aesthetic and operational differences when making your choice. The Vienna Plus is a slightly older machine that offers a dial to change volume on the quantity of liquid coming out of the machine. The Intuita, on the other hand, is a newer machine with push button operation for different volumes. Neither machine offers a bypass doser for preground coffee, however. The only other big differences are in size of the water tank and size of the bean hopper, and if the machine is going to have lots of use, tank and hopper are larger on the Vienna. Hope this helps, but let us know if you have any other questions!
Best Answer:You know, I don't know (exactly), but it DOES add more for the larger selections. (2 or 3 bean). I leave it on the 3-bean and it makes the right cup. I'd also play with the grind settings, depending on your type of bean.
If I had a scale, I'd weigh it, but judging by the grinds it ejects, it can't be THAT much of a difference.
Between Odea Go plus and Intuita, which is recommended? There were quite a few user reviews that Odea broke down 3 to 6 months after purchase. I worry about the same thing for Intuita.
A shopper on Nov 18, 2013
Best Answer:The Intuita is a newer machine than the Odea Go, but neither should have an issue within the first 3-6 months if cleaning and proper usage is followed. The super automatic machines are sensitive to an oily bean, and so we recommend a matte finish bean without an oily surface. This typically means staying away from Starbucks and Peets, as both of these roasters tend to roast all of their beans very dark, and these surface oils clog up your grinder. You will need to be mindful of keeping the steam arm clean and flush water through that arm before and after you steam to keep it clean and free of blockages. The brew unit needs to be removed and rinsed once a week, and descaling should happen once every 2-3 months. If these tips are followed, it is very unlikely that either the Intuita or the Odea Go will have issues within the first 3-6 months. Hope this helps!
I have a 40 year old La Pavoni lever press machine that has just about run its course. I was thinking of either replacing it, getting a super automatic like this one, or getting something like a Rancillio Silvia to go with the grinder I have. I do like the simplicity of this machine. Would I experience a drastic change in the quality of shots and capuccinos going from my Pavoni to a super auto like this?
Best Answer:It is hard to say exactly how much of a difference you will notice, but yes, I think you will notice a difference going from a manual machine to a super automatic machine like this Intuita. The frothing is mostly larger bubbles on a super automatic, while the shot is not quite the same quality, and since the brew unit is plastic, the temperature will not be quite as hot as it is with the Pavoni you are used to using. The Silvia would be a great choice for something similar to what you are used to, while going to a super auto will give you great ease of use, but less factors to control and also a shorter life expectancy than the manual or semi auto machines. Keep in mind that due to the built in grinder, super autos like the Intuita also doesn't handle oily beans very well and can clog up if you like a darker, shiny-surfaced bean!
Best Answer:The Intuita is actually a move just below what you have now, though it is a newer model machine than the Incanto. With superautomatic machines, you are really just choosing features and programming, and the Incanto has more of both. The Incanto actually has a stainless steel front and three programmable buttons, while the Intuita is plastic with two programmable buttons. The Intuita also lacks the bipass doser that the Incanto has- which is a big bonus on the Incanto and something you may miss going with the Intuita. A big step up would be choosing a machine with an additional feature, like the autofrothing of the Intelia One-Touch Cappuccino, found at the link below:
Thank you for getting back to me. We are looking for a step up from the Incanto but would like to keep the wand for frothing. We already purchased the Capresso frother (and love it!) so we are not looking for the autofrothing feature right now. Any recommendations while staying around $1000-$1300?
I'd still suggest checking out the Intelia as an option if you want to go with a new Saeco. If a refurbished machine might also work for you, then the Exprelia is a great choice, and offered at a great deal Refurbished. Though it has the autofroth option, you also have a traditional steam arm and a number of additional buttons for programming, a bipass doser, and the SBS brewing system. It is found at the link below:
Unreliable Delivery, Weak EspressoReview by TheBeachBum
We owned one of these for over tow months before I finally said enough is enough and sent it back. It was easy to set up and simple to operate, but it would constantly fail to allow enough beans into the grinder for it to make enough grounds for a full pack. This resulted in the Intuita recycling (throwing away) the grounds and flushing the delivery tubs into the awaiting cup. Even pushing the beans into the grinder feed one by one would not work often enough. After 4 or five 'fails' you might get a pack deemed usable enough for the machine to brew a shot or a cup.
There are 5 or 6 grind settings and 3 strength levels, but even at the strongest combination, I thought the espressos it made were a bit weak.
After 10 or so minutes of non-use, the machine goes into a 'stand-by' mode and the power light blinks red constantly. All day and night. Why? (Posted on 3/15/2015)
Great Machine!Review by Tuxshoe
We have had this machine for 2 weeks, and are enjoying great coffee!
If I were to change anything, it would be that it would stay on longer before going on standby. The auto rinse cycle goes off when it goes to standby, and then again when you turn it back on. This uses up the water quickly.
We all are enjoying this easy to use machine!!! (Posted on 2/16/2015)
love how simple and easy to make. I have an seaco odego older and this one is so much better!Review by Diane S
Love this machine but I haven't rescaled yet so I hope all goes well! (Posted on 11/17/2014)
Great espresso but buggyReview by Andy
Like Steve L, I have had all my buttons flash Red twice. The first time they said it needed a firmware update, but the second time was when I ran the descaling operation. I tried pressing buttons and shutting it off, but no luck. So its going back. Sad that Saeco has so many issues with its firmware, otherwise it pulled a great tasting shot. (Posted on 11/15/2014)
calc clean buttonReview by tulsa roaster
i saw in the video that gail said if the descaling button is pushed you have to complete the cleaning cycle. the pdf manual it says if the calc clean button is accidently pushed you can push the steam button to cancel. its on page 32.
if anyone was thinking of passing on this machine as i was thats not an issue. with the smaller footprint and front access to dregs box and water tank make this a great machine for me (Posted on 9/25/2014)
A very well thought out, capable and intuitive machine.Review by Yochanon
My previous espresso machine was the fully manual retro Bar32, which was great but tedious, especially if making more than two servings. Based on SCG's review and video, I made the Intuita my upgrade machine. I am extremely happy with this machine. Thanks, gals!
I set it to the finest grind and slightly reduced coffee sizes to shift the three aroma settings to stronger levels.
My favorite features are the large front water and puck bins, double button hits, auto-purging, and auto shutoff. This machine spoils you. No measuring, no tamping, no cleaning.
It's smaller and newer than the Vienna, my previous choice before this one came out.
This automatic is indeed super and rightly deserves the name Intuita.
(Posted on 5/9/2014)
Good coffee and easy maintenanceReview by Norbert
I just purchased this machine from Costco for $432.
It is simple and makes excellent coffee. Just wish the standby button would stop blinking when the machine is in standby mode and the machine would have a single cup bypass for ground coffee (for people who like decaf).
Otherwise, great value and great coffee! (Posted on 3/23/2014)
First timer - works wellReview by Alex
This is my first superautomatic, after a few weeks of using it, it is very easy to operate and clean.
I purchased this because SCG was the only one to offer a video review, thanks!
(Posted on 11/18/2013)
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