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Product Description

The Refurbished Saeco Syntia Compact Espresso Machine is crafted in a striking stainless steel and features a petite design with cutting-edge functions such as a three-color display with simple icons for brewing and maintenance, Saeco's Aroma System that pre-wets your coffee grinds, a quiet ceramic grinder and a Rapid Steam System, to name a few. With Saeco's Syntia, your favorite drink preferences are easily stored and ready to brew in no time.

Features & Functionality of the Refurbished Saeco Syntia

  • Three-Color Display: With simple and intuitive icons for brewing and maintenance, the Syntia is very easy to operate.
  • Pre-Ground Coffee Option: When you want to brew a quick batch of pre-ground coffee, you can use Syntia's bipass doser located on the top of the machine.
  • Rapid Steam System: The Syntia Stainless Steel Compact Espresso Machine has Saeco's Rapid Steam boiler system that ensures there is always water at the right temperature for brewing, steaming or dispensing hot water.
  • Ceramic Grinder: A quieter grinder than steel, ceramic grinders also stay sharper longer.
  • Aroma System: The Saeco Aroma System pre-wets your coffee grinds to ensure the best possible coffee extraction. This feature, also known as pre-infustion, can be turned off or on, or lengthened to suit your taste.
  • Removable Water Tank: The 40-ounce removable water tank includes one Intenza water filter.
  • Energy-Saving Function: Your Saeco superautomatic can be set to shut down after a certain amount of time, so you never need to worry about wasting power.
  • Protective Coffee Bean: The large coffee bean hopper has an airtight sealed lid with an anti-UV coating.
Pros
  • Simple to Use - The Syntia has simple button controls and an easy-to-use three-color interface.
  • Stainless-Steel Casing - Nothing looks better in your kitchen than stainless-steel casing wrapped around your espresso machine.
  • Compact Design - The Syntia is smaller than most of the other superautomatic designs on the market and is sure to fit almost anywhere.
Cons
  • No Oily Beans - As with all superautomatics, the Syntia does not like super oily beans because they can clog the grinder over time.
  • No SBS - This machine does not feature the Saeco Brewing System like some of its other counterparts.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? This machine is similar to the Syntia Cappuccino. If you don't want a one-touch function, this is a great option.

Additional Information

Model Number HD8837/47
Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.875 inches
Depth 15.375 inches
Height 12.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 23.0000
Watts 1400W
Volts 120V
Programmability Yes
Case Material Brushed Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 4.25 inches
Reservoir Size 41 oz
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer No
Warm Up: Brew Time 58 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 29 seconds
Boiler Design ThermoBlock
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
One-Touch No - Steam Wand Only
Bean Hopper Capacity 8.8 oz
Bypass Doser Yes
Material Stainless Steel

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We previously purchased the Saeco Talea Giro Plus espresso machine that was refurbished. It didn't heat up the water past 155 degrees. Is there any way to know if this one has the correct temp?
Lois K on Dec 6, 2014
Best Answer: We got very hot coffee coming out but we never check the temperature.
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After much research on super automatics of all different price levels, I think I've decided on this one. Seems like quite a few features for the money! But I have a question...Can I use this machine to make just a regular 16 oz cup of joe in the mornings? That's how I start my day, and I love the idea of a fresh brewed cup every time, rather than a cup poured from a carafe that has been sitting there since my husband brewed the coffee a couple of hours previous to my wake up time. Would I just program one of the buttons to 8 oz and hit it twice? Or would that make two 8 oz espressos? It sounded like without the SBS maybe I don't have as much control over the brew strength? Help!!
LYEN D on Apr 3, 2014
Best Answer: The Saeco Syntia will make an eight ounce americano, which is what any of the superautomatics will provide that comes closest to a regular cup of coffee. The machine uses the same dosage of grounds of espresso with more liquid pulled through. You can press the brew button twice which will grind twice and produce up to a 16oz americano. It will still have the strength of espresso but more diluted with the water and similar to a cup of coffee. The Saeco Syntia offers the option of adjusting the dosage from 7-10 grams to help fine tune your beverage. Hope this is helpful! If you have any questions, please give us a call at 866-372-4734!
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Following descaling process, the machine will not light up the green signal showing ready to brew coffee, it warms up, does a rinse, and the screen goes dark. If I have coffee and water and punch the button for a tall cup, the machine shows the signal for making a tall coffee, very quickly, then the screen goes dark. It goes ahead and makes good coffee, but I cannot get it to the point where the screen shows in green that the machine is ready to make espresso/coffee. Instead, it just gets to the red screen and goes dark. The brew group is properly attached and snapped in, have done that several times, and the machine has water and no grounds. Has anyone else experienced a similar problem and if so what can you do to solve it?
Caleb Asbridge on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: If the screen shows the other colors but no longer illuminates the green on your Syntia, then unfortunately it could be the case that the screen itself is failing. If you have recently changed the contrast on your machine, you may want to double check this first in the settings, but if the screen is no longer displaying the green color then it likely needs a new screen.
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Is the dispenser of adjustable height, so it can take a standard mug/cup?
A shopper on Mar 11, 2014
Best Answer: The height of the spout on the Syntia Compact can be adjusted a bit lower (down about 1.5 inches), but no higher than the 4.25 inch maximum cup clearance.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 12, 2014
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How dry / wet should the dregs be after the brewing cycle is completed and the puck discharged??
A shopper on Apr 27, 2013
Best Answer: This is a difficult question to answer, because the wetness will vary based on the beans you're using and the grind setting you have the Syntia set to in the hopper. Generally the pucks in the dredge should hold together, but may fall apart a bit as they land on top of one another. They should appear moist throughout without being soupy, and not dry or overly coarse.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 28, 2013
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Are you able to remove he panarello and froth milk the "traditional" way, or is there a steam wand retro fit like with the Gaggias and the Silvia wand?
A shopper on Dec 20, 2012
Best Answer: No, if you remove the panarello sleeve on the Syntia, there is just a small piece that will not do a good job frothing. It is best to leave the panarello sleeve attached to froth, and after you are done swirl the pitcher and tap it on the counter to integrate larger bubbles into better mircofoam.
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Warranty Information for the Refurbished Saeco Syntia

What it Covers:

SCG's Certified Refurbished Equipment

Including Saeco, Rocket, Rancilio, Francis Francis Refurbished Equipment

Length: 6 months
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Refurbished Saeco Syntia

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
  • Remove the brew group and spray it down with hot water (no soap!) about once per week.
  • Wipe the brushed stainless casing with a damp rag or sponge. Casing can also be cleaned periodically with stainless steel cleaner/polish.

User Manuals for your Refurbished Saeco Syntia


Videos Featuring the Refurbished Saeco Syntia

Cleaning a Superautomatic Brew Group

Compare One Touch Superautomatics

Compare Saeco Superautomatics

Can I Use Grindz to Clean My Superautomatic?

Saeco Superauto Brew Group Lubrication

Saeco Superauto Shot Calibration

Saeco Superauto Bypass Doser Dosages

How Does a Superautomatic Work?

Saeco Syntia Alarms and Errors

Saeco Syntia Test Mode Tutorial

Reviews

great refurb machineReview by RB
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Have had this machine or 2 weeks and i'm already on a 2nd bag of coffee, it makes a great cup (using stumptown hairbender - barista told me they don't do dark roasts). At first I was worried about bland crema with the first 2 shots out of the box - but with time the machine seems to have adjusted to give a better crema and stronger coffee (3 bean setting); albeit crema not as dark or tiger tail as I could get with my prior semi-auto (gaggia classic) - but a lot easier, faster, less mess and still pretty delicious. panarello is better than i expected as well. very happy with refurb purchase so far. initially bought a refurb gaggia brera from another website but broke after 2 shots and had to return, so was hesitant to do another refurb, but i'm just not willing to spend 1k+ on a machine. - i've been pretty happy so far- but got the extra yr insurance coverage just in case!
some complain that the water bin is too small, but I actually think it is a plus, b/c I'd rather have fresh water everyday than use water thats been sitting in the plastic container for several days. (Posted on 6/11/2015)
4th fully automatic and BEST machine we have hadReview by Nicholas
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This is our 4th fully automatic and 2nd Saeco following 2 Solis machines. Compared to the last Saeco this one is better looking, quieter and easier to live with. Sleek and unfussy the Syntia has a smaller profile than our Incanto. That machine had a large clear plastic hopper for the beans which over time became unsightly. The bean hopper for the Syntia is recessed and so has a lower profile and made of smoked plastic you can see the beans but the oily mess is less visible. The biggest upgrade is the hopper is sealed with a gasket and this cuts down the noise of grinding considerably. With the Incanto the noise was very intrusive. Our Incanto had a large water tank on the back which was clear so grew algae nicely in the corners that were hard to clean and I found the tank awkward to manipulate. The Syntia has a simple slide out water container which is enclosed and so we hope easier to clean and maintain - smaller but that's OK. Similarly the spent bean hopper slides out rather than tucked in behind a door as in the Incanto; while both machines used metal construction, the fingerprint resistant material used in Syntia looks better and has a superior quality look and feel. As for operation, the Syntia is simpler but has fewer bells and whistles than the Incanto which would turn itself on in the morning and I believe had 2 boilers so it was always ready for steam. The Syntia wakes up quickly and has a simple easy to read display screen so it is almost as easy to use, my only design issue is I find the major operation knob which turns to switch between coffee and steam is hard to use and for those with rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions that affect hand strength this may not be the machine for you. Will it last 10 years like out first and most beloved Solis - perhaps not but as a refurb machine I will be happy to get 3 years (Posted on 2/10/2015)
Good deal, good machineReview by alikaylan
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Machine arrived in decent shape, in a timely manner. Everything works as promised, and no surprises. Since this is a refurb, there were minor scratches under the tray, nearly invisible blemishes elsewhere. All in all, good deal, good machine.

Bootnote: Having lived in Italy for 5 years, I understand quality of espresso pretty well. This machine makes pretty good espresso, generally easy to clean. Foam adjustment is overrated, and the machine does not have it. Requires a bit more than usual tending as the water compartment is small, and goes through a lot of water self-cleaning. Preground coffee option is good to have, but confusing. Read instructions first, the usual assumptions don't hold. (Posted on 10/27/2014)
Did not meet my needsReview by JMac
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I was excited to upgrade from a 5 year old plastic case Scaeco to this stainless beauty. Since I am the only coffee drinker at my home, I decided the smaller size would be a plus. I am such a "must-have great-Americano's" fanatic I even take my machine on vacations! So again thought this smaller size would be an upgrade. However two things caused me to return it. I use an 8 oz stainless cup for my two shot Americano's and this cup would not fit under the spout. No I did not want to lose the crema by just pouring it into the cup from a shot glass. Speaking of crema, it did a very poor job of producing that caramel layer-- not even close to my old plastic case machine. Maybe adjustments could be made to produce that desired shot, but I was ready to send it back and order a better quality machine. I liked the front pull out water tank, very convenient. I did not try steaming milk so I realize that many folks would not be bothered by a shot without crema if they prefer the milk based drinks. (Posted on 7/18/2014)
Do not buy refurbished unitReview by AnotherCoffeeDrinker
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My first refurbished unit did not even make coffee and the steam wand produced a very bad taste. Out of the box, the grinder was not working; it would start to grind and stop grinding after 1 second and a red wrench with number 1 show up on the display screen. I opened up the manual and it said to contact customer service. I tried the by-pass for ground coffee and that worked fine for making coffee. I made some cappuccino using the by-pass for ground coffee but none of them tasted right. At first, I thought it was the milk that was the problem so I experimented steaming with filtered water. Same result, it produced a very bad after taste after using steam wand to warm up the water. I tried using bottled water and same thing. I called Seattle Coffee Gear and they swapped out the machine for me free of charge. I should have just returned it and don't bother with another refurbished machine.

The second machine arrived a bit later because they were out of stock when I returned my machine. The second machine has 2 refurbished stickers (one on top of each other) and I thought to myself; oh oh, did I just get a refurbish of a refurbished machine? After de-scaling, moment of truth is here. Grinder works, it produced a shot without complication. That's a good sign. Now let's move on to the steam wand. I tried steaming filtered water and the same awful taste appeared after steaming. I thought to myself, is it something SCG used to clean the broiler that produce the taste because two of the machine I got have the same bad taste after steaming. I steamed more than 10 large cups of water; hoping the smell will disappear before I gave up. The bad taste does diminish but it's still present to taste. It's really weird because when I use steam wand to dispense hot water, it does not give that weird taste. It only gives that weird taste using steam function. I called Seattle Coffee Gear and they asked me to de-scale it multiple times. I tried another de-scaling and it didn't help. Now I am microwaving my milk instead of using the steam wand. I am really tempted to return it but it's going to cost me $50+ to ship it back.

At the end, will I buy a refurbished unit that only work half of the machine (makes coffee but not steam)? The answer is NO. I am very disappointed at the quality of the refurbished unit and I want to warn people about it. I read all the fabulous reviews on refurbished units on SCG website and that's why I decided to buy one. I would rather buy a brand new one because I lost faith in refurbished unit after getting two bad ones. Both machine shows great signs of wear (scratch marks on the outside and staining on the brew unit). (Posted on 7/9/2014)
Great MachineReview by Charlie
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This is my third Saeco Automatic and I love it. I had the Incanto, the Incanto Deluxe and now this. The smaller footprint is welcome. It does hold less coffee and water and dregs, so takes a bit of getting used to when compared to the others...but I love this machine.
Works flawlessly, steams quickly and maintenance is very easy.
I bought it from SCG, a refurb and as always, a perfect transaction form the professional staff. (Posted on 7/1/2014)
Awesome Machine for Awesome Price!Review by Lyen
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Before purchasing this machine, I had done A LOT of research, including in store taste testing of espresso prepared by various super automatic machines. I considered a machine that cost $3500! But after reading the reviews on this machine and watching the awesome Seattle Coffee Gear video about it, I decided to purchased this refurbished model. I figured that for the price, it was the best machine. And now, two months later, I'm happy to report that I was right! My husband and I absolutely LOVE this machine! I use it to make Americano coffee every day, and he uses it to make cappucino and latte drinks. It's a great looking machine and works great. So glad that all of my research paid off!
(Posted on 6/19/2014)
Great machine for the priceReview by Thanesmith
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We bought this for our lake home, we have a DeLonghi Magnifica at home, and I am happy every day I use this. Yes, the water reservoir is smaller, but for 2 people, it's plenty big. Once you go super-automatic, you never want to go back. The steam wand did clog up seriously after just one week of use, but after reading the directions and cleaning it out, the steam came back just fine.I like the smaller profile for countertop use, and the stainless look is very attractive. Fast, friendly service from Seattle Coffee Gear. I am a big fan of this company. (Posted on 3/20/2014)
Top quality at Super Low Pricing!!Review by Mr. Greg
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As I removed the Syntia from its GREAT Protective packaging, I was thoroughly delighted with its appearance. The Chrome & Stainless steel look is perfect for kitchen's today. Then as I went through the working's of the Syntia, It was just as I expested from Saeco. No part overlooked. I had a Saeco Italia before this Syntia and was super pleased with it, therefore I wanted another Saeco this time. The magnetic drip tray cover is a HUGE improvement over anything I've seen. As with all Saeco's, setting the machine's amount to be dispensed is a NO-BRAINER. I love that the water tank & spent ground's receptacle is now in the front and easily gotten at too! I like that the bean hopper has a neoprene seal, & the by-pass pre ground filler is a flipper cover that won't get lost. Too, I really like the smaller height of this machine. It now fits under the kitchen cupboard. The steam wand is fantastic as we'll. You Can Not make a bad froth either. Now, the Best part, the Espresso itself. I had tears of joy right from the 1st. cup.
All told, this is a Quality, Beautiful, well thought out & designed super-automatic Espresso machine. I really can not see why ant one would buy a more expensive machine. In home use, it will last a Decade or more!! Thank's Saeco for a QUALITY appliance. (Posted on 2/21/2014)
Love itReview by Diggin the java
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My first machine and I am hooked! It will have paid for itself in less than 14 weeks! (Posted on 1/30/2014)
Quality MachineReview by Gingoux
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Love the smaller size of the Saeco Syntia and that it's stainless steel.

The front loading water reservoir is easily filled without having to remove it from the machine every time.

Coffee is great tasting, and it's very easily cleaned. It produces fairly good crema for espresso, was surprised, as my other machine did not. Steams quickly for lattes and cappuccinos, lots of foam, if you like.

I had a larger Saeco, Magic Comfort Plus, but was hard to clean, water tank in the back wasn't easily accessible, just too big and plastic. Gave it to my son and it still makes great coffee.

I'm very pleased with my purchase.


(Posted on 11/23/2013)
Excellent coffee every day!Review by dbmcd
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Thanks to the great folks at SCG, we now have one of these (refurbished) machines in our kitchen.
The coffee is so good, we're saving on the coffeeshop bills, and it will have paid for itself in a month.
The steamer makes perfect, smooth foam.
We get shots with the nice crema - and no grounds.
The only minus is that the cups we use to drink from don't quite fit under the 'spigot', so we lose a tiny bit of crema in the transfer.
We bought ours at the store - and if you can go there, it's recommended. The machine we were considering was both bigger, and mostly plastic - something that wouldn't have been as obvious to us online. (Posted on 10/11/2013)
Saeco Syntia is a solid machineReview by Great Value!
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We've had our Syntia refurbished model for about 3 months now and it works great. It is our first super automatic and takes a little getting used to some of the features, but all in all it has worked well and produces a good espresso. The frothing feature can be a little messy since it has to warm up and spit out water before it is ready to steam milk, but once you get the system down it works well. I wish it had a cup warmer so the coffee would stay hot longer, but all in all a great buy and would recommend it! Also Seattle Coffee Gear was easy to work with and answered all my questions before I made the purchase. Would happily buy from them again. (Posted on 3/9/2013)
SlickReview by Greg
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This machine was a big step up from my older Starbucks Barista...and it is is slick! I guess it should be for the price, even for the refurbishe one! Once I dechipered instruction manual I was on my way to brewing great expressos, lattes (with rich creamy foamed milk) and capaccinos! It is a very easy-to-use machine that makes it a pleasure to brew one's own expresso. I am very pleased. (Posted on 3/3/2013)
Great machineReview by Dannie dog
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This is by far the best espresso machine we have owned. We each have our program to get just the cup we want.
Only one hang up ; if you run out of coffee during the grind or water during the extraction, the brew group dumps the puck and starts over. I just have to remember to check both before pulling our second cup. De scaling is time consuming but easy as pie. (Posted on 2/20/2013)
great valueReview by D
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There are some minuses, like the hottest temp setting isn't all that hot (unless you 1st run an empty bypass shot,) or two hoppers, but at that price, anything beyond a good shot from a superauto is asking too much. You could get a great semi auto and a great grinder for the same price and have greater control (and if you're good- a better shot,) but I wanted easy (but good) for me and esp. my wife. I have about 6 shots a day and it's been greatt. btw- get good beans, it makes a difference. I'm very happy with the purchase. (Posted on 2/20/2013)
Great deal!Review by Hubert Reinartz
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We purchased a refurbished Saeco Syntia from SCG. They had the best price, fast FREE shipping and very friendly poeple! Highly recommended! The machine is just what we wanted. Very compact for our smaller kitchen, very stylish stainless steel design and it makes great coffee - yes, we use it for coffee. Easy to clean and maintain. We have to see about the long-term need of maintenance but since we bought the extended warranty (total 3 years) we are not that worried. A+++ so far! (Posted on 12/27/2012)
Best Purchase I have made this YearReview by Matthew
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All the other reviews that I have read haven't been generous enough. This is by far the best product I have purchased this year. The first thing you will notice is the quality of the machine. From the very first time I used it it didn't disappoint. Every shot of espresso was brewed to perfection, each shot was ejected from the machine in compress puck form, and the frothing wand does its job.

When I first started to research these machines I was overwhelmed with the thought of becoming my own "Barista", I wanted to hit a button and have a great shot of espresso. My budget for this was $600-800 dollars and I purchased this refurbished machine for $500. What a deal.

If you are looking for a machine that only requires you to decide what espresso bean to buy and the rest just happens then this is it.

Matthew Wallace (Posted on 12/13/2012)
Wonderful Machine at a great priceReview by Tommy
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We just received our refurbished machine yesterday and went all night experimenting with all the features and such. We love it. It makes great coffee and frothing milk is super easy with the wand. This maybe a Starbucks killer for us which will save us a lot of $$ over the year.

Making coffee house drinks in my pj's is very cool and I would recommend this machine because the price vs features is very good. The machine itself only had a couple very minor scratches that you can't notice unless you really really look.

Get one.... you'll be happy. (Posted on 12/4/2012)
My little best friend elf barista.Review by Robyn in the Rockies
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I am extremely pleased with this espresso maker. I drink only one cup a day, and have been using a French press or stovetop espresso maker, and then heating raw goat's milk in a separate pan. Honestly, it was a lot of work for one cup of coffee.
I did a lot of research and considered a lot of options, from the Ranchilio Silva/Rocky combo to the Nespresso machines, and I definitely feel I made the right choice with the Syntia. I don't know how Saeco does it, but they have a magic automatic espresso maker that has its own little tiny elf barista inside there. The espresso is PERFECT. And all I do is buy quality, fresh beans and push a button.
Cleanup is super fast and easy, and maintenance is as well. Cleaning up the spilled ground beans from around the brew group every week is about as complicated as it gets (that barista is a little messy in his enthusiasm, but I forgive him). I haven't had to descale yet, but I take that seriously as I have hard well water-- but the whole programming system makes it really straightforward.
I thought I might feel limited by the choices of coffee brew (short or long, single or double, weak, strong, strongest), but I am perfectly happy with it. And I now can offer espresso to guests after dinner, without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to provide it! (Posted on 10/11/2012)
Great service from Seattle Coffee Gear and great machineReview by Billy
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This review is as much about the tremendous service I received from Teri and the entire SCG crew as much as the Syntia Compact. High marks for both.

I was replacing a 7 year old Saeco V'spresso machine that was at the end of its life. My online research for a replacement brought me to Seattle Coffee Gear. I'm so happy I found them.

I was looking to find a superautomatic espresso machine that was similar to the V'spresso and thought I would try one of SCG's refurbished models to save some money.

It arrived promptly, but during shipment, the dispenser head must have taken quite a wack in the box because it was damaged. An email to Teri and very quickly, she sent me a UPS return authorization label (RMA) with the promise that as soon as I had dropped off the damaged unit at the UPS store, I should call them and they would immediately ship me a replacement while the original machine was still in transit back to Seattle.

The next day, the replacement Syntia arrived in perfect condition, literally less than 24 hours after my communication with Teri. I cannot overstate the high level of customer service I received. prompt, friendly and professional.

Now on to the Syntia itself. It's slightly smaller than my V'spresso, but seems to be more well constructed. Little conveniences like the ease of access to the water tank on the front of the machine instead of the back makes refilling it, which because of its smaller size, happens more often than my V'spresso, actually much easier.

The stainless steel finish is very easy to wipe down and it looks great in my kitchen. It feels much more solid than the plastic of my V'spresso.

The bean compartment lid on the top has a rubber seal, which actually makes the grinding process more quiet than I am accustomed to. A nice plus.

The display is large and bright and very easy to read, again when compared to my previous experience with the text only display of my old V'spresso. Another improvement.

So how about the actual coffee? Excellent. I do like a bit of flavor in my espresso and I decided to try the Lavazza Super Creme Espresso with my new Syntia. Delicious. A nice rich coffee taste with just enough flavor to make it even more delicious.

I consider the price/value of the refurbished Syntia Compact to be extremely good. Like any complex machine, it does require weekly and monthly care to ensure consistent coffee taste and to prolong the life of the machine. After getting 7 years of service out of my previous machine, I'm hoping for a similar lifespan or better from the Syntia.

It should be noted that the refurbished machines do not come with a water filter as the new units do, but that is easily remedied by ordering the very reasonably priced Saeco Maintenance Kit, which includes two Intenza filters, two replacement rubber gaskets for the brew group, a small tube of lubricant and two bottles of decalcifier. Even if the refurbished unit came with a water filter I would have purchased the kit.

Did I mention I got 7 years of service from my last machine?! Take the time to maintain your own machine and watch the price of an espresso drop to pennies for each additional year you keep your machine in good working order.

I highly recommend the Syntia compact and more importantly, Teri and the good people at Seattle Coffee Gear. (Posted on 10/4/2012)
This is a great coffee maker!Review by CC
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Three weeks ago I bought the refurbished Syntia espresso machine. So far, it makes the best coffee I have ever consumed at home. It is easy to set up, use (just the touch of a button) and clean. There is no leaking, no overheating or problems whatsoever! I also purchased the three year extended warranty because I am concerned that perhaps the refurbished machine will not continue to work. It would be nice to know how much the machine was used in the past. So far, I am happy. (Posted on 9/18/2012)
I like it, but it does have a learning curveReview by Heather
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This is my first machine, and it's a good one to start with. I like that there are very few buttons, it's very intuitive. It makes a good latte, but you don't have much control over strength of the brew, etc. It does take a fair amount of maintence to keep it running well, but that will depend on how many cups you make in a day. I feel like I am constantly filling up the water dispenser, or dumping the dregs, or brushing out the brewing assembly. I've also wasted a lot of coffee with incomplete cycles because I didn't have enough beans, or water, or whatever.

However, all in all, I am very pleased and glad I bough this (and I bought a refurb, so the cost was fine with me). (Posted on 8/27/2012)
Great machine better than expectedReview by Edward, after a satified cup of espresso
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I really enjoy the Saeco Synthia. It has exceeded my expectations on quality of materials, the way it's built, and its technology!

As an added bonus my wife can make her own cup of coffee it is so easy! (Posted on 8/2/2012)
great coffee - low foamReview by corpfool
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The machine looked like it was going to be harder to set up than it was - no problems. I had read reviews about the quality of coffee improving after the first pound and while I still have no idea why that might be (I bought the refurbished model), it still seemed true. Coffee is excellent! The small water container is easy to fill. I was looking forward to making excellent foam and maybe even learning how to do designs but it does not make nearly enough foam to do that. I had asked if it made better foam the the Vienna plus (which I bought and sent back as it was cheesy looking plastic and too big) as making good foam was a criteria for me. I was told that it made much better foam than the Vienna Plus. When I called back to ask about the low level of foam, i was told that to get the micro foam necessary for making designs (and, in my opinion, for a quality latte) I would need a significantly more expensive machine....hard to believe. (Posted on 7/23/2012)
seattlecoffeegear is a winnerReview by hyend67
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My refurbished Syntia looks great and works perfectly. Be sure to run through at least one bag of coffee beans before judging the taste. You won't be disappointed!
P.S. I keep mine virtually permanently set at 'three beans' and the finest grind. (Posted on 7/18/2012)
taste treatReview by hyend67
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My coffee never tasted better whether espresso or american style. Controls are easy to understand, the price was great re-furbished from SCG and I was in operation within minutes from opening the box. Very easy to remove and clean brew group - unlike some other super automatics. Makes a surprisingly delicious long coffee! (Posted on 7/14/2012)
great machine!Review by KR
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I have had my refurbished machine for 3 months. I use it daily or twice a day for making americanos or a latte. LOVE IT! I previously had a gaggia semiautomatic but got tired of the constant grinding, rinsing, etc. This has been a great solution for making a great cup of coffee without much thought. I was helped GREATLY by the videos on this site to know how to properly use the machine. My family is always blown away how different and BETTER my coffee tastes. I do use a locally roasted espresso bean, which is very tasty. only complaint is that I have to fill the water every day or other day and I have to be sure to clean behind the brew head and waste container weekly. Not really a problem at all compaired to what I had to do before!
Thank you Seattle Coffee Gear for a great machine

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Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Quiet, Great Taste

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Small Water Container (Posted on 3/16/2012)
Loving the convenience!Review by Latte Lover
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I've had this machine for about 2 weeks. Right after it arrived (took 9 days to arrive) I used it for a bunch of friends who came for dinner. I'd practiced and had a latte within minutes of getting the machine out, and it was really fast for making a few cappucinos for the folks who wanted it. I'd ordered some custom roasted coffee from a local roaster, one full test and one half-caf. Since then I've made a double shot latte every morning, with pretty good results. I like coffee so strong you can practically chew it, so had adjusted the ground down a little and put the aroma to "three beans." My favorite things about the machine are how fast it heats up, that you can press the espresso pre-set button twice to brew a double shot, and that the other pre-set makes what is a small, but good-tasting version of what is practically an Americano. Things that have been a bit harder - the bypass is persnickety, and will only take a precise grind. It dumped a bunch of decaf into the dregs bucket and processed plain water a few times until I figured out the grind wasn't fine enough. Also, the machine seems to go through a lot of water just warming up or shutting down. I keep a mug under the spouts to catch the water because it is easier to dump that out than to pull out and dump the drip tray. Altogether, though, I am really happy with it. I had some heartache about spending this much on something that is a luxury in my life, but am really glad I did. I didn't have an expensive latte habit at other locations, but was frustrated with trying to make a good coffee at home, and this has solved the problem! Now I just have to find a bean and roast I really like. Oh, and the added benefit of having my house smell like a coffee bar isn't bad, either! :)

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Fast Startup

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Noisy (Posted on 2/11/2012)
Great company & great productReview by Rich Rosley
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The videos were very helpful and the price was good as well. I shopped around & decided to let them have my order as they were so helpful on the phone and the reviews were also good.

I chose this machine for the small size and stainless steel. Very happy with each cup of coffee & even brew tea in the evening.

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Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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Small Water Container (Posted on 1/30/2012)
Saeco Syntia replaces Gaggia SyncronyReview by Mike
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This machine replaced Gaggia Syncrony that we owned for about 10 years. THE MODEL WITHOUT MILK CONTAINER WAS DISCONTINUED AND WE ABSOLUTELY DID NOT WANT ONE WITH AUTOMATIC FROTHER. Simply does not work to our taste or liking (too watery).
Our only option at this time was "refurb" ...so we ordered one.
We were pleseantly suprised with excellent industrial design and cosmetics along with nice choice of prime quality materials. As for cofee quality it matches Starbucks and closely resembles cofee shots we are getting from our friend's Nuova Simonelli Microbar Super Automatic Espresso Machine ($6000 beast).
The machine we got had few flaws but these were immediately adressed and corrected by the store staff.
We highly recommend the machine and establishment that sold it to us.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Quiet, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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Leaky (Posted on 1/25/2012)
Great machine at a reasonable priceReview by caffeine
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I bought this machine specifically for my office. It's great to come into work every day, press the button and get a great cup of espresso without standing in line at Starbucks and paying 5 bucks for it. It also makes my office smell great :)

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Great Taste

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Small Water Container (Posted on 12/16/2011)
A Great MachineReview by gm
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This machine is absolutely awesome. It makes great expresso and alows you to change the strenth/taste of the coffee that is brewed. With one touch of a buttom it grinds and brews the coffee and it is easy to froth the milk. It is great to be able to make a professional cappuccino at home. I love this machine.

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Quick Brewing, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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Awesome for an officeReview by Steve
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One of the best things about this machine (as opposed to nespresso or pods) is that you can use your favorite local beans - non-oily of course. It is very tidy and simple. The machine is not huge so there is frequent emptying and refilling, but way way easier than grinding and tampering. I had the pleasure of going to the shop and trying out several automatics and this one found a spot in my heart.

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Great Taste, Stylish, Quiet, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing

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Small Water Container (Posted on 11/20/2011)

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