Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished



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A certified refurbished Saeco Poemia is an excellent way to build your budding barista skills. A great learning machine, it is easy to use and forgiving of many rookie mistakes. With a pressurized portafilter, there is no need to perfectly tamp your espresso in order to pull a great shot. The built-in panarello will have you making lattes for your friends in no time! Taking design cues from higher end Saeco machines, the Poemia is stylish, compact and affordable.

This is a Certified Refurbished Espresso Machine

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Features & Functionality of the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished

  • Easy to Make Espresso and Coffee: Fill the portafilter basket to level with finely ground espresso and twist onto the brew head. Depress the brew button to start brewing and then press again to stop. Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E) pod friendly for easy clean up and accessiblity.
  • Frothing Wand for Easy Foam: Simply place the frothing tip (panarello) into a milk pitcher and open the steaming knob to begin steaming milk. The specially designed wand will automatically froth the milk to the desired temperature and foaminess. The wand is mounted on a swivel for easy steaming access.
  • Saeco's Patented Aluminum Pressurized Portafilter Design: Typically a very fine grind of espresso (from an expensive grinder) and 30 pounds of tamp are required to achieve and ideal shot of espresso. The Poemia's heavy-duty pressurized portafilter does away with that concern by pressurizing the brewing chamber to improve extraction from almost any fineness of ground beans, promoting the perfect brewing conditions. A non-pressurized portafilter is also available for those that are into tamping their own grinds.
  • Powerful Pump For Consistent Shot Extraction: The Poemia boasts a powerful vibratory pump rated at 15 BAR of pressure, the same pump found on top of the line Saeco espresso machines to pull maximum flavor from the coffee beans.
  • Safe, Rapid Recovery Boiler: The Poemia has a large stainless steel, 950-watt quick recovery boiler. And the boiler also incorporates a thermal fuse to shut down the heating element should the machine run dry during operation.
  • Cup Warmer: Allows you to store your cups and glasses on top of the machine and it also pre-heats them to keep your brewed beverage toasty warm.
  • No Need to Tamp - There's no need to tamp with the Poemia Espresso Machine and a pressurized portafilter.
  • Removable Water Tank - The Poemia is easy to clean because of its removable water tank.
  • Mon Petit - Made of metal and plastic, this ultra compact design easily fits into most places.
  • Non Articulating Steam Wand - The design of the steam wand can make it difficult to fit larger milk frothing pitchers underneath.
  • Messy Portafilter - When using the pressurized portafilter, the puck will be a little messy after brewing.
How Does it Compare?

This little machine is in the same league as the Aroma and Venezia, but takes design cues from the Saeco Xelsis, featuring a compact metal and plastic casing. It inherited a panarello wand from its superautomatic cousins, making microfoam a breeze, however with mobility limited to left to right motions, larger frothing pitchers are difficult to maneuver.

Tips and Tricks

When you place your water tank back in your machine, make sure that you place the filter below the water line or else you'll find water leaking everywhere.


Model Number HD8325/01
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 8.25 inches
Depth 11 inches
Height 11.81 inches
Watts 1050W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 3 inches
Reservoir Size 42 ounces
Solenoid Valve No
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Single Boiler
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Metal and Plastic


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Is this a steam or 15 bar pump pressurized espresso machine?
sally b on Apr 28, 2013
Best Answer: This Poemia is a 9 bar pump espresso machine. 9 bars is the rated number of bars for espresso pressure, and more bars than that, such as 15 or 17, are generally at peak pump pressure, and not the pressure on the grounds during extraction. This machine is definitely capable of producing a shot with a good amount of crema!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 29, 2013
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Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to make an americano size coffee with the Saeca Promeo machine?
Kathryn F on Jun 10, 2016
Best Answer: The Poemia has a small clearance for cups under the brewhead. I usually use a squat cup to capture the espresso then use it in whatever type drink I am making at the time. The Poemia is a strictly manual machine so you can pull a nice long shot if required by your drink choice.
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bruce a on Nov 26, 2016
Best Answer: Just a case design! the 89 dollar Poemia has stainless sides while the $79 has black plastic sides.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Nov 27, 2016
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If comparing the shot quality (robustness, crema, and assuming bean grind, tamp, etc. all done properly) of the manual Poemia vs a Syntia fully auto, (assuming a non-pressurized portafilter for Poemia) which one would prevail?
A shopper on Nov 4, 2015
Best Answer: That really depends on your preference! The importance of a good espresso shot is how it tastes to you! I personally prefer a semi-automatic over a superautomatic, but you can get a good shot out of both. I'm sorry to be so cryptic, but it really is a personal preference.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Nov 4, 2015
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Can I substitute the non-pressurized portafilter in place of the pressurized version? If not how do i get one, just order separately? Would you recommend converting the pressurized portafilter to achieve a non-pressurized or is it likely to damage the portafilter's functionality?
A shopper on Nov 4, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, you can substitute for a non-pressurized by purchasing it separately here:

I wouldn't recommend taking out the spring in your pressurized portafilter as it will compromise its functionality
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Nov 4, 2015
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can i order this item even though it is out of stock?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2015
Best Answer: No, we do not do backorders. Please click on the "sign up to get notified when this item is back in stock" link and you will receive an e-mail when we get more in.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 10, 2015
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After the lower green espresso light turns on, I rotate the middle dial to the left for espresso. Only a small amount of espresso comes out before the lower green light turns off. Do I rotate lever to stop and wait for green light to come back on? It only stays on for a few seconds and takes a while for the light to turn green again so the process is tedious. Is the green light supposed to stay on for the entire time you are filling your cup?
Robin S on May 28, 2014
Best Answer: Though the green light indicates that the boiler is at brewing temperature on your machine, no, it will not remain illuminated the entire duration of brewing. It is perfectly normal for the light to go out as water is dispensed during espresso brewing and the temperature lowers, and you do not need to turn the dial back and forth.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 29, 2014
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How many continuous shots can i pull with this machine? I mean can this machine function for 2 hours straight?
Amman, Jordan on Apr 6, 2014
Best Answer: The Poemia is made to produce 10-15 drinks per day for home use. The machine can stay powered on throughout the day however running shots and steaming continuously may burn out the heating element or the pump pretty quickly, unfortunately. You might consider a heat exchanger machine that will allow you to brew and steam at the same time. Heat exchangers also have larger boilers which will allow you to brew and steam for a longer amount of time. The Nuova Simonelli Oscar machine would perform well and produce consistent shots within a two hour period.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 6, 2014
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What's included in the box, portafilter, pressurized filter holder, pod filter adapter? Or is this just the machine?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2014
Best Answer: The Poemia comes with the pressurized portafilter along with the double basket and single basket and pod gasket. You would still need a frothing pitcher and shot glasses.
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Fantastic machine for the priceReview by Matt
I was looking for an entry level espresso machine, and picked the poemia based on the two crew reviews that were posted on YouTube. For only $80, you get a hell of an espresso machine! You won't get latte art quality foam, but it seriously make a great latte regardless. i'm still learning how to use it best, and its easy to brew the coffee too hot if you steam the milk first, but with some practice that problem will solve itself. (Posted on 6/27/2016)
Follow UpReview by Chuck
After having this little machine for a month, and pulling 1-2 shots every day, I can honestly say that I wish I had a machine with a Non-Pressurized portafilter, and a grinder that could support it.
The shots are decent, but not good. The crema is fake, for the most part, but all the shots come out too fast, and seem a little sour. I am saving for a Breville Barista Express, or at the very least, a good grinder and a non-pressurized portafilter for my Poemia. (Posted on 5/4/2016)
Nice little machineReview by Chuck
After watching SEVERAL review videos of various machines, in various price ranges, I settled on the cheap-o option and went with the Saeco Poemia (refurbished). After watching the refurb video on SCG's YouTube channel, I felt confident in ordering this little espresso maker.

I received the box 5 days after ordering...(seemed like an eternity!!! LOL) Everything was in its place, and the machine appeared flawless...except for 1 small detail. One of the nozzles on the bottom of the portafilter was broken off... BUT, a quick phone call to Customer Service, and a new PF is on it's way!

It took a while before the Poemia would produce steam consistently... I had to kind of coax it along 2 or 3 times before it would make constant steam from the wand. However, it is working fine now. Also, do NOT push the panarello piece onto the steam wand too far after cleaning... the little pinhole at the top will get blocked by the rubber piece on the wand and you won't get any frothing action. It will heat, but NO FROTH! I learned this the hard way...LOL.

So, all in all, I am happy with this machine for now. Do I wish I had a new Rocket, or CC1? Of course, but money is an issue, and this one makes nice espresso.... (Posted on 4/8/2016)
best coffee machine for the price rangeReview by dan
super good coffee maker. unfortunatly mine is fading away after extensive use. i am desperate to find an other one here in panama cause no other machine of the same price range can do better coffee... (Posted on 3/21/2016)
Excellent Value, Great CoffeeReview by LisaH
We're very happy with our Poemia, which we received a week ago. We'd been using cheap steam machines for years and the coffee -- and froth -- with this machine is better and more consistent now that we've figured out the best proportions, tamping, and the like. Our machine arrived very clean and in good order. Thanks! (Posted on 2/21/2015)
Great Espresso Maker for the price.Review by DB
I bought a refurbished Poemia for my daughter for Christmas. (it was the only way I was getting my Saeco Aroma back from her dorm room! :) ). This a great little espresso maker for the price and she is very happy with it
A couple little quibbles: the drip tray needs to have some kind of catch on it. It just slides on and doesn't stay put very well. There is very little room to put a cup under the frothing arm. Solved this problem by getting a thick wood cutting board to sit the espresso maker on. (Posted on 1/21/2015)
Great little machine, Best customer service!Review by Sol
I am loving this machine. The price was amazing, you can't find an espresso machine for $49 anywhere else. It isn't without a couple annoyances tho, the drip tray's grill has a hard time staying down, and the steam wand is not that great. I ended up buying the steam wand Gail recommended in one of the youtube videos, a stainless Gaggia one. A part in my portafilter broke, I told them and they sent me out a new one free with 2 day air!! Great company, will definitely buy from again! (Posted on 12/31/2014)
I LOVE IT!!!!Review by mario
The pressurized portafilter serves this machine no justice, u must upgrade to a non-pressurized system, a little extra $ but well worth it if you have the right burr grinder. I am just in love with the creama that you get, and not foam that you get from other pressurized machine. I was once told that your better off with a $200 machine and a $400 grinder, and that is so true. Your machine is only good as you grinder. For the cheapest bar style espresso, the POEMIA is the way to go. (Posted on 11/25/2014)
Good espresso machineReview by richblood
Bought once, returned due to water leaking, got exchanged for another... seen no problem so far, and made real good coffee. Amazing product! (Posted on 11/14/2014)
Perfect and cheapReview by Rose
So, this machine is making the start of my day so much fun! Awesome coffee maker! Just a brief note about the espresso coffee you buy....I am from Spain and our coffees there are super fine, not the Starbucks espresso it is not fine enough so I am using my grinder few seconds to have the texture I like....lattes now are only 30 cents per worth it!!! (Posted on 11/11/2014)
inexpensive way to start making your own latte!Review by ania
I've never owned any expresso machine so can't really compare with others. However it works perfectly fine, we had no problems to make a good latte from the very start. (Posted on 10/2/2014)
Good entry level machineReview by Tuan
Summary: if you are looking for the cheap entry level, this is for you, but dont expect quality build.

The refurbished machine came in the box, all things as expected. The machine does show some scratch, coffee grind and water in the filter. I prime the machine with two fill of water tanks. Some greenish stuff came out of the boiler, smell like anti-freeze of sort.

it's made of plastic and it is light and does require placing an arm over it to tighten the portafilter.

The puck is soupy after a brew. Does not seem to affect the quality of the coffee, but I was not expect a soupy portafilter puck.

For the price, I would think it's ok. But the feel of machine is cheap. If I had seen the machine prior to order, I probably would not buy this model, but spend a little more money for stainless steel model. (Posted on 7/3/2014)
Considerably better than expected.Review by Mark
The refurb arrived pleasantly packed with all accessories. I fired up my Baratza Preciso with a grind of 7D as recommended by an espresso friend of mine.

I warmed up the machine, did a blank shot, loaded the grinds and within a few seconds my shot poured. Very excited, I tried my first sip and it was SOUR. Like crazy sour. I went got it and jumped down to 6 for the grind. The shot was even more sour. I did a few more shots trying different grinds, and tamp, no tamp... all the shots were super sour.

You're going to wonder why I rated this machine highly... but read on.

I tried a third shot and the machine leaked all over the place. I took the portafilter off and grinds were all over the showerhead, the basket was a muddy soupy mess and I had coffee all over my counter... so I said to heck with this pressurized stuff and disassembled the portafilter pressure valve, and took out the plastic buffer and the oring from below the basket. Moved my grinder back to 7D, tamped to 30 pounds and POOF, it was a great shot considering it came out of a $69 machine.

Now, I am used to the amazing shots out of my friend's Rancilio Silvia V3 when I go to visit, and am a little spoiled, but hey you get what you pay for. *BUT*, the shots out of the Poemia were quite comparable and pretty decent.

I've been using this machine two days now and so far it's been all great shots ever since the conversion.

A note for readers and future review writers alike: You should give stars and reviews based on the specifics of the machine and the claims and features of that machine only. Don't write a review on a sub 100 dollar espresso machine and complain it doesn't have a pressure gauge and pid control. Just had to put that out there based on reading hundreds of reviews all over the interwebs.

I'm giving this 5 stars because *for the price* this is a great machine (once un-pressurized) and can actually produce a decent quality shot. (Posted on 5/7/2014)
Nice compact espresso machine!Review by Sherrie
I purchased what was supposed to be a "refurb" but ended up doing a descale after having to bend the brew head filter back to where it should have been (flush against the gasket!) and seeing how dirty the back side was. I also had to request a replacement for the stripped steam knob. The machine's now making me some mighty fine Americanos and cappuccinos. My portafilter basket also doesn't sit flush against the holder so I have to scoop the puck out with a spoon, but I haven't noticed it having any impact on my shots, which I'm happy about. Unfortunately, I'm inclined to believe that MY machine was never really given at least a "once over" before shipping it out :( (Posted on 4/3/2014)
Great entry level machine.Review by ArtieH
This machine is my first step up from a steam machine. What a difference in aroma, flavor and color. I used the machine as built for a few weeks. (Auto frothing wand and pressurized portafilter) The machine performed well but I felt it could do better. I first looked to purchase a latte art frothing wand, but after days of research decided to just remove the auto frother entirely from the metal wand. It took some getting used to, but even though the wand is short, it's fine for a 12oz pitcher; and, now I'm getting pretty close to a nice white paint consistency with the steamed milk. The next step was purchasing a refurbished Bratza Encore grinder and removing the pressurization from the portafilter. I found that the Encore can choke the Poemia on its lowest settings but I can pull a 23 second shot on a 5 or 6 setting, depending on the beans. With this machine I'm well on my way to outperforming many of the baristas at Starbucks.

- Machine heats up fast for those times that I just feel like having a latte or espresso.
- Although it is made mostly of plastic it looks good and fits on the counter.
- As far as my limited experience allows, I believe that this machine is capable of great shots.

- The machine is light and does require placing an arm over it to tighten the portafilter.
- No 3-way valve so the puck can be soupy. But it usually is not, if I unload the portafilter after preparing the drink.
- The drip tray does not clip into position and easily comes loose when wiping. I'm used to it now and no longer have any issue with it.
- The cover is not hinged but I have not had any issues with it.
- Water reservoir is small, but I'm not making lattes for a large crowd.

I was looking for an inexpensive way to step into the real world of espresso. This machine fills that requirement. I am very happy with this purchase, and when I retire this machine I'm sure my next will be a step up. (Posted on 3/16/2014)
Perfect machine to start withReview by JNewville
After doing lot and lots of research I finally decided on the Poemia for my first espresso machine. I didn't need all the bells and whistles on the expensive machines but I still wanted to to control some of the aspects of my espresso. The pressurized portafilter is a great starting point for someone who has not made espresso before. While the overall construction is a bit "cheap" being plastic, I can't complain because I only paid $89.00 for it. I think if you take the time to learn about the machine, it's limitations and its strengths I think anyone would be happy with it. Having used many different types of beans they all seem to work great. If you are looking to upgrade down the road you can always get the non-pressurized portafilter to practice with. Make sure you get a tamper as well, because the scoop/tamper that comes with it is useless. Overall I am very pleased with my purchase and would recomend it to anyone. (Posted on 2/8/2014)

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Warranty Information for the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished

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

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes

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

Caring for the Saeco Poemia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Wash all removable components with soap and water on a regular basis. (Many are not dishwasher safe.)
  • Remove and clean the panarello wand weekly.
  • Clean brew head with group head brush weekly.

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