Saeco Royal Cappuccino HD8930/01 Superautomatic Espresso Machine

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The upgraded counterpart to the all-time favorite office espresso machine, the Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino, brings us the same reliable performance with a new look and one touch access to your favorite drinks. The Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino gives you the ability to adjust the amount of coffee you'd like to brew based on aroma, or amount of coffee per drink, temperature, the timing of your brew's pre-infusion, and drink length or water volume. But what you'll also love is at a push of a button, the Saeco Royal One Touch will brew your coffee, steam your milk and pour it all into your cup in one swoop.

The stainless steel milk carafe that is used in the below video is not included and has been discontinued by Saeco.

Features and Functionality of the Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino Superautomatic

  • Auto-cleaning and De-Scaling: The Royal One Touch is easy to use and includes automatic cleaning and de-scaling cycles that guarantee an ideal cup of coffee and will maximize the lifespan of your machine.
  • Cup Warmer: The Royal One Touch allows you to store and heat up your cups on top of the machine so your drinks are guaranteed to maintain it's heat.
  • Double Boiler: The dual boiler in this machine will maintain optimal conditions for both brewing and frothing. The two independent circuits will give you a quicker turn around time to froth immediately after you're done brewing.
  • Three Preset Buttons For Different Sized Cups: Press a button for a single or double shot of espresso. You can brew a small, medium, or large cup of coffee and vary the strength to your taste.
  • Bypass Doser: This option allows you to pour pre-ground coffee into a funnel that is accessed by lifting a small lid on top of the machine. This feature is perfect when there is someone in the group who wants a decaffeinated espresso, or if you wish to sample other blends of coffee.
  • Coffee Strength Function: The Royal One Touch has a feature that will allow you to adjust the amount of coffee to be ground for each individual cup. Adjust it from six to nine grams.
  • One-Touch: This machine will steam up your milk via the attached hose and pour it straight into your cup to make your favorite lattes, cappuccinos and milk-based drinks.
  • Simple to use: One touch buttons for espresso, Americano, cappucino and latte.
  • Clean up: The milk hose needs to be cleaned separately as the machine rinses the brewhead for you but not the hose.
How Does it Compare? This machine has a smaller footprint and sleeker styling than its Royal Coffee Bar counterpart, but cannot be plumbed.


Model Number HD8930/01
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 13 inches
Depth 17 inches
Height 15.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 33.0600
Watts 1400
Volts 110
Volume (Decibles) No
Programmability No
Case Material Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Reservoir Size 2.2 liters
Cup Warmer Yes
Temperature No
Boiler Design Double Boiler
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch No
Milk System No
Bean Hopper Capacity 0.7 lbs.
Bypass Doser Yes
Material Plastic


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Is this machine plumbable?
Brenda S on Nov 16, 2012
Best Answer: No unfortunately the Royal One Touch is not plumbable. We do not offer a plumbable superautomatic machine for home use at this time, unfortunately!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 19, 2012
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I bought this machine today and I'm not happy with the temperature of the 1st cup of coffee it's warm! Is there a way to adjust the temperature of the coffee especially the first cup? Did not see anything mentioned about adjusting coffee temperature.
John D on Oct 16, 2014
Best Answer: you can adjust the temp of each different brew. Have you used the menu buttons? The far left button shows "menu" under it. If you press and hold that, the display changes. The third button from the left is "ok", next "esc", then up and down arrows on the other side of the display.

So, press and hold menu. You. Should see beverage menu on display
Press ok. You should see the different brews.
Press down arrow until the brew you want to change is in the box
Press ok. The second item on the list is coffe temperature
Press down to coffee temp, then press ok
You should be able to finish from there.

Good luck!

Let me know how it goes.
Reply (1) · Report · Bill K on Oct 18, 2014
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What is the maximum size of the coffee drink (I would assume coffee and milk drinks are the same, or are they different)? Is it 8 oz, 10 oz or 12 oz? or 16 oz?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: My guess is around 8 oz. This machine allows you to program the length of each drink to taste but it does so with a bar/meter (like the meter that tracks how much of a file you've downloaded when online) rather than by specifying a precise number. I've had a few superautomatics and always had to adjust the length to suite my taste. This one was no different.

I probably dispense about 5 oz per coffee brewed and usually do 2 coffees per mug. The length "meter" is about 2/3 of the maximum length.

With Lattes, same is true of milk, then espresso. Each one can be adjusted to get the coffee/milk flavor blend you like.

Like I say, every machine I've had I needed to experiment a little while to arrive at the taste I liked for each drink that gets brewed. While the precise quantity is not specified, the system works just fine from my viewpoint.

If there is something specific in your question that I haven't addressed, I'd be happy to try and answer that too (assuming there is a way for us to have a dialog on this via Seattle Coffee Gear).

Overall, I am extremely happy with this machine. If you're trying to decide on this or another, I'd encourage you to purchase this one. Not only is it a great price compared to Juras and others with similar functionality, it has also been the most reliable (this is actually my second Royal, I brewed nearly 30,000 cups with my first one).
Reply · Report · Bill K on Jun 11, 2014
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We use this machine in our office and are very happy with the quality of coffee it makes. The only gripe is that is produces SO much foam for all 'milk' functions, whether it be a cappuccino, latte, or just the hot milk option. Is there a way around this? We are probably wasting a lot of milk due to having to scoop off massive quantities of foam during each use.
Larkin B on Oct 10, 2013
Best Answer: Hi Jason, I take it there is no adjustment on the machine then for the amount of froth produced? I'm looking at replacing a failed DeLonghi that has a milk jug that you slide in and this has the ability to adjust the froth from none to max or anywhere in between. I really like the Saeco but prefer a 'flat white'.
Thanks in advance
D Oct 31, 2013
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What is the total height of the machine? Your site states 15.25 inches but the Philips site states 450mm (17.72inches).
Pat F on Dec 16, 2015
Best Answer: It is 15.25 inches to the top of the bean hopper in the back, which is the highest point.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Dec 20, 2015
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How many espresso shots an hour can this machine make?
A shopper on Nov 3, 2015
Best Answer: A bunch! As long as you want to stand there, it will make shots. That said you will periodically need to empty the bin of used grounds and fill the water. I own 2 of these machines and love how easy it is to clean compared to a Jura automatic which did not allow access to the brew group.
Reply · Report · William K H on Feb 5, 2016
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Does the milk steamer heat the milk to 155 degrees?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2015
Best Answer: No, closer to 130
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Sep 25, 2015
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what is the spiget on the left hand side for?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2015
Best Answer: This is just for hot water. Although it looks like it is for steam too, don't be fooled! You can only get hot water out of this spot, and the only way that this machine can steam/froth milk is by connecting the hose to your milk container and then to the cappuccinatore at the front by the spouts for brewing.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 19, 2015
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For espresso shots, what are the best grind and quantity settings?

Is there an optimal shot size for this machine?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: The advantage to having your own machine at home or in your office is that you are able to really dial things in to your taste. For this reason, the Royal offers different grind and quantity settings that you can alter based on your preferences. Additionally, there is not one specific setting that will work best for all beans, and so you may find that a light roast will require a finer grind setting than a medium roast and can adjust accordingly. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 4, 2014
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Is this machine plum able?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2013
Best Answer: No, this Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino is not plumbable and uses a water tank only. It is not offered in a plumbable version, unfortunately.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 14, 2013
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Does this unit require 220 voltage?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2013
Best Answer: No, this Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino is for home or office use and requires 110V.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 14, 2013
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I am looking for a sarcoma machine which can be plummed by running a waterline to it. Can this machine be plummed?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2013
Best Answer: No, unfortunately the previous version of the Saeco Royal came in a plumbable version, but this new Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino is not plumbable and there is not a plumbable option.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 12, 2013
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1. what types of warning, alerts, and info can i expect on the display?
2. can i see the status / choices or options i choose on the display, as i make choices? will they show on the display as i scroll through the options, if i'm not in programming mode?
3. what is the cleaning frequency? decalcifying?
4. how do i clean the milk thermos itself? what is your recommended frequency?

thank you.
yaelol on May 26, 2013
Best Answer: The display of the Royal One Touch Cappuccino gives you a bar that indicates the progress of the drinks you're making, as well as alerts and warnings for cleaning and maintenance. You will need to access the menu and can then see the drink options and programming available very clearly on the digital display. Cleaning and descaling vary based on usage, but plan to descale once every 2-3 months and rinse out the brew unit once a week. The milk hose needs to be cleaned using the "clean" button and some clear water or water and Rinza after every use, while the thermos should be cleaned every few days, or at least once a week. Again, I'd recommend the product Rinza, a milk frothing cleaner that breaks up milk proteins, for the thermos, and you can soak it and it's components like that hose in a mix of Rinza and very hot tap water.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 27, 2013
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the reviewer says there is no steam wand... what is the metal pipe to the left in the picture?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2013
Best Answer: The metal pipe shown on the front of the Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino is for hot water only, and unfortunately this machine does not offer manual steaming.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 20, 2013
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what really happens when there is water accidentally coming into the grinder?
Conchita C on Mar 9, 2016
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Excellent Machine But keep supplied with waterReview by FlyontheWall
It's been three months since I purchased this machine, long enough for major bugs to have been discovered.

I previously owned the Royal Digital which died after 15 years. It gave us a good run. This is very much like it in design. Here are some points that may interest you.

1. On the quality of espresso and Cappuccino, it is VG to excellent, probably more differences in beans than the machine.

2. Making cappuccino was surprisingly easy and its froth is perfect every time. It is not worth getting a milk thermos in my opinion because it is cleaner and easier to just dip the suction tube into a milk carton. Otherwise you'd have to clean the thermos. With the carton, you just throw it out when it's done.

3. The number one surprise was how often it cleaned itself. WOW. It was too much for us. We went into the settings and cut it back. The default is every 30 minutes. We changed it to 60 minutes but have been tempted to set it to 180 minutes under standby settings. The default uses a tremendous amount of water and, if you are like us, still using bottled water, it requires more water. That said, the self-cleaning is a good idea. We were not so kind to our previous Royal Digital.

4. The cappuccinatore cleaning is also automatic. You can delay it by pressing ESC but it is important to clean it, Don't forget because it might clog. We keep the cappuccinatore attachment on the machine. It can be removed but it's not unattractive. If you do cappuccino frequently, that's probably the better approach. We store the suction tube in a nearby drawer though you can leave it attached if you don't mind how it looks. It makes perfect froth every time.

5. With the regular cleaning, expect to clean the tray and coffee grounds drawer every 2-3 days. The tray fills up with water fairly quickly as it flushes the system when it comes on from being off for a while and it cleans it every time it shuts down. With about 10 cups of espresso a day, three days is about what we've experienced. The coffee grounds drawer is bigger than many but about 10 plugs fill it up. If you don't clean when the warning light comes on, it will start to spill grinds into the unit.

6. The warning light for cleaning the used grinds drawer can be a little unpredictable. Sometimes it's not as full as it implies but we still take it out every time because it is right far more often than it is wrong. The drip tray has a floating red button that rises when it is full. Both are easy to clean.

7. The bean hopper and water tank are larger than many machines. It warns when both are going empty though the water warning is a bit more reliable than the bean warning but it's easy enough to see that you are running out of beans. If you are like us, you might leave it low so you can try different coffees. The bean hopper lid provides a seal to improve how long the coffee stays fresh. Grinding is fairly loud but brief.

8. It includes water filter. We still buy bottled water though that's more a habit than probably needed but it was an issue when it was cleaning itself so often. We were using up a lot of the bottled water for cleaning. We are into our second filter in three months. You can operate the machine without the filter.

9. We also use the machine for tea and it provides water that is hot enough for it.

10. We've had to descale once in the past three months. It's simple but takes a while maybe 30-45 minutes. In our previous Royal Digital, descaling was so complicated that we often didn't do it until we felt guilty. For this machine, it's a breeze by comparison.

11. There has been some confusion on whether you can get steam from the wand. The answer is YES, you can get steam from the wand but you must go into the program to do it. Steam is invisible until it is activated manually in the beverage programming. Beverage Menu, Special Beverages, Steam, On, is the sequent to turn it on. We thought we might use it but the cappuccinatore works so well, that we haven't. Also, the wand is short, so frothing may be a little difficult but the steam can be had if you want it.

12.We did not find that the cup warm surface did much. It didn't really get that warm. So, we've turned it off to save electricity. It's just as easy to run your cup under some very hot water. This is one thing that worked better on our old Royal Digital because the warming surface in that machine was heated by the boiler which sat under it. I believe this one uses an electric heating coil.

13. Programming is a breeze after you figure out the buttons. In our previous Royal Digital, you needed a degree in computer science to use the programming features.

14. On the quality side, the buttons are plastic and feel strange but work fine. Don't know if that will be a long run problem. Likewise, all the self cleaning is great but it could be something else to break. For us, given that we never cleaned our previous unit that well, The extra cleaning is probably a good idea.

15. My ONLY disappointment was the chrome cup holder grill. It scraped very easily. After two uses, it looked like it had been used for a year. It can probably be bought separately but I guess it would eventually look that way. It just seemed strange to look that way after two days.

I would buy this again and waited close to a month to buy it from Seattle Coffee because it was out of stock. If it is anything like my Royal Digital that lasted for 15 years, it should hold up. The brew group looks the same as does the shape and style of the machine. It is TBD whether the extra cleaning is a source of repair problems. I believe the cleaning is worth the risk. It results in a better cup of espresso and might give it a longer life. (Posted on 11/26/2014)
Royal One TouchReview by Shife
Machine works excellent. It takes a while to dial it in to your taste but it is worth it for the high level of convenience. Very easy to use and maintain. The cappucinotore is easy to use and clean as well, although I get better microfoam using the steam wand.

I've seen a lot of people comment that there is no manual steam wand. There is, you just have to enable the steam setting in the machine menu. The steam option will then show up under the special beverage menu. The wand will now dispense water or steam depending on your selection from the special beverage menu.

The only negative I can really complain about is the cup warmer. On the old Royals this was warmed by the boiler. On the new royal there is an electric element under the stainless surface and it takes forever to warm up and only really heats the center of the cup warmer surface. I just leave it turned off since it doesn't work well and I pull a dry shot using the ground coffee selection to pre heat the cup. (Posted on 6/10/2014)
Easy to use and clean...Review by Velacruz
You will not regret having one of this one touch machine; when the machine was delivered, the salesman brought along a trainor who taught the basic operation, programmable settings for each brew and proper care. I love the regular brew in the morning and the latte at 7.5 grams and number 3 setting of the grind. (Posted on 4/21/2014)
So far, so good for the first 3 weeks!Review by Mike P.
I bought the Royal One Touch as a replacement for a DeLonghi Magnifica. I used the Magnifica just for brewing regular coffee so I wanted a machine that would prepare milk-based drinks without too much trouble. (Since regular coffees are what I mostly prepare, I didn't feel like paying the almost $3K for the Saeco Xelsis SS.)
I tried brewing Cappuccino/Macchiato drinks and it was easier than I expected. The cappuccinatore seemed to work fine. I now look forward to an occasional milk-based drink.
I also like the large capacities for water and beans, an advantage over a number of other machines that I looked at.

p.s. Thanks to the ladies at Seattle Coffee Gear for all of their videos that I watched while researching various coffee machines. (Posted on 4/18/2014)
Stick with Saeco - Royal lineReview by Bill
My first Superautomatic was a Royal. Made over 20,000 coffees with that beast. Since then (3 years ago), went through a couple of others from Jura and an Excelsis. Both made great coffees but either had capacity issues (lots of care/feeding) or constant problems costing me $$.

Love the upgrades and cappuccinatore. Life span, from my viewpoint, is knowing how to clean and maintain the machine. I know exactly where and why this machine can run into problems and Saeco always makes the brew group easily removable and cleanable (unlike Jura).

The silver color is nice, but I would have liked a dark color to hide the inevitable coffee stains like the old Royals. The manual that comes with the machine is really poor.

Overall, this is a great machine at a much more attractive price point than many of the true One Touch equipment. Combine that with the reliability I expect out of this machine and I think its a winner. (Posted on 2/5/2014)
Very happy with this machine !!Review by Dan
Replaced my original Saeco Royal ( 11 Years ) with this new version. Nice addition with the auto milk feed and the cappuccinatory. Makes great milk drinks and coffees. Very pleased with my purchase. (Posted on 1/18/2014)
Excellent one touch Cappuccino / Latte machineReview by Dan
I had a Saeco Royal for 11 years and this machine is a replacement. Excellent machine and love the one touch aspect. Now quite easy to fill orders for my friends at a dinner party, no manual steaming of milk. Still discovering a few programming secrets...but very pleased overall. Highly recommend this machine. (Posted on 1/4/2014)
Very nice machineReview by kmb
Had to replace a Saeco Vpresso which i really liked. The One Touch is an upgrade with bigger bean hopper and water reservoir. Coffee comes out great, with good crema or foamed milk. It is easy to use.

However, one quibble. It would have been even better if a steam wand was available in case one wanted to just steam up a pot of milk. Instead you have to attach a device to get hot milk or make a cappuccino. The description of the machine implied there was a steam wand.

(Posted on 3/14/2013)
Saeco one touch, brilliantReview by Jeff
Love it! Easy to use, makes great foam.... Easy, quick, hot! Excellent (Posted on 8/1/2012)

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Warranty Information for the Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino Superautomatic

What it Covers: Saeco espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders

Length: 1 Year

Who Supports the Warranty: Saeco

Warranty Contact Information: 800-933-7876

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Espresso machines only)

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

Caring for the Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino Superautomatic

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.

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