Redesigned with ease of use in mind, the Refurbished Saeco Talea Touch Plus has loads of upgrades, including a more intuitive touch-screen interface, an advanced steam wand for rapid steaming and easier manual milk frothing, a ceramic grinder that's quieter and more consistent and plenty of programmable options. The last thing you want to worry about during your morning rush is whether or not your latte is going to taste great. The Talea Touch Plus takes the guess work out of your drink making and produces only the best.
This is a Certified Refurbished Espresso Machine
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Features & Functionality of the Saeco Talea Touch Plus
Brainy: Intuitive in nature, the Talea Touch Plus is a smart machine, with programmable options, a touch screen and specific notifications letting you know exactly what it needs.
Ceramic Grinder: Quieter and more consistent, we love that Saeco uses these ceramic disc grinders in the Talea Touch Plus.
Quick Steaming: With Saeco's Rapid-Steam technology, the wait time between brewing and frothing is drastically reduced, preventing delays between brewing and the latte hitting your lips.
Options For Everyone: With the Saeco Brewing System, there is a seemingly endless list of options as to how to make your drink. But if you're anything like us, the more caffeine, the better.
Adjustable Drip Tray: Big cups, little cups -- they (mostly) all fit! This automatic drip tray raises and lowers with a unique one-touch feature. Make sure the machine is on when you try to make it work though.
Easy To Clean: One of the best things about Saeco is how easy they are to clean, with removable water tanks and brewgroups.
Cup Warmer: Using the heat of the machine, the top of the Talea Touch Plus acts as an installed cup warmer, ensuring your espresso isn't negatively affected.
Intuitive Touch Screen - With three programmable options, making your favorite drink every morning is as easy as one touch. The Talea Touch Plus will also always tell you what it needs, whether that be a cleaning, more water or more beans.
Ceramic Disc Grinder - Quieter, more durable and more consistent, these grinders help you achieve delicious espresso drinks.
Plastic Body - While its plastic construction does not affect the Talea Touch Plus' performance, some users may prefer another material over plastic.
No Oily Beans - Oily beans can gunk up supeautomatic grinders, and the Talea Touch Plus is no exception. Try to stick to a medium roast for best results.
Ease of Care and Maintenance
Ease of Use
Overall Value for the Money
How Does it Compare?
With a touch screen, the Talea Touch Plus comes in a notch above the Talea Giro.
Best Answer:With any super automatic machine, you can make an Americano, which is a shot of espresso with more water pulled through it. This Saeco Talea Touch will make an 8 oz Americano from one dosage of ground coffee.
I'm debating between the Incanto Deluxe refurbished or the Talea Touch Plus refurbished. They run the same cost, but wanted to know opinion on which one may perform better or may be more reliable (i plan on adding the 2 year warranty with whichever one I get.) Opinions?
Best Answer:We were introduced to the Incanto when a new hire brought his "broken" machine to the office so we could have good coffee. He had purchased it two years earlier as a refurbished machine and the only problem was the steam wand was not working. He did not want to go to the hassle of getting it repaired. We ran the thing into the ground. Just for background you should understand that this machine was in a 15 person office with major coffee drinkers. It was used for thousands of cups. It lasted another 2 years. We purchased a new machine in 2012 when the old one finally froze up. It also has been used for thousands of cups. It was replaced a year ago by a professional machine but I took this one home. I used it daily and only have some minor issues with it that are fixed with maintenance. I find this very easy to maintain. You should do regular cleanings to it to keep it in top shape. There is a very detailed manual that will help with that. Sometimes there are problems if you have a clogged filter but that is easy to fix with a good scrub. I am quite pleased with this machine and hope to have it for many years to come.
I am willing to bet that you are about to make the right decision.
First, I have used (hard) a refurbished Talea Touch Plus for 18 months. Buying from Seattle Coffee Gear has made me look like the Einstein of coffee! Great folks. The Plus has been an outstanding purchase. No issues....but from experience I learned that it is not meant to be left on indefinitely. The touch screen does not like that at all but a few hours here and there and it works to your hearts content. Plenty of customizing features so a great cup of coffee is not an issue when using average to above average beans. Find yourself great beans and you are going to coffee heaven my friend. One complaint....check the water reserve BEFORE hitting the brew icon. If you do not have enough water in there for a full serving you will waste beans. This is a machine worth every penny. I too purchased the extended warranty...never used it. Good folks selling quality equipment at a fair price is what I see happening at SCG. Good luck!
I owned an Encanto (branded as Starbucks) and it lasted about two years. This is my third Saeco Talea (first two were Ring Plus) - I stumbled on a manual online a number of years ago which covered all the Taleas and which told me how to customize the settings, so I was able to set them up to make pretty good coffee pretty fast (we drink two double cappuccinos each every morning). The Encanto made OK coffee, but the Taleas make better. I had trouble finding parts for the Encanto, which is why I went to the Taleas in the first place. Seattle Coffee says not to use dark roast, but I like the caramelized flavor of dark roast espresso, so I use it and just clean the machine more often.
I bought the Talea Touch Plus refurbished here in October 2012 and have had zero problems. I make a double espresso and my wife has a lungo every morning. On the weekends we'll use it several times a day. We got the machine to replace an illy machine that died after less than a year. We've been very happy with the Talea. It makes a good, consistent espresso. We clean it regularly and I'd recommend it without reservations. Let me know if you have any other questions.
All I can say is that I am quite satisfied with the Saeco Talea Touch that I purchased refurbuished with a two year warranty. I haven't had any issues so far. The espresso is not as strong as other manual machines will make, but the Latte is awesome. I am not familiar with the other model. May be you should look also in the specification differences.
Have had the plain Incanto and the Incanto Deluxe and have found both to be great, easy to use and clean, and relatively free of maintenance issues. Have not used the Talea, but when I find a machine that works well I stick with it. Now have both Incanto machines available to use and am glad to have them!
I would recommend the Talea Touch honestly. I've owned a Saeco Italia (Nearly the same as the Incanto) and had various issues (plastic steam valve assembly replaced, multiple blockages in the steam line (which required taking it apart and removing the hose from the boiler) and eventual failure of the main driver board for the brew group.
Not to say the Incanto would suffer the same issues-- but after replacing it with the Saeco Giro Plus I had even more issues (leaked water constantly, didn't grind the correct amount, most water ended up in drip tray)
I then purchased the Talea Touch from here-- been completely and absolutely happy with it! I've had it about a year now and zero problems. The touch interface is extremely nice as there isn't any guessing on what it needs (Drip tray emptied, water filled, grounds emptied, fill beans) The SBS knob is nice to put more pressure on your extraction. You can set three user modes for different brews as well as temperature/aroma/volume for each of these. It also has a sleep mode which is user set-- as I've forgotten about it being on and dont worry about it anymore.
We brew about 4-6 shots of espresso a day and steam milk with it as well-- again no issues and I did purchase the extended warranty just in case.
I am considering this refurbed Talea Touch Plus versus a new Intuita. Any advice, opinions, etc? This will be my first superautomatic machine, and I plan on using it a lot.
Any other machines you would suggest? I can spend about $450 total, and have no problem with buying a refurbed machine, assuming SCG will back it up.
A shopper on Dec 8, 2013
Best Answer:Hi, I have been very pleased with my refurb Talea Touch Plus. I bought in June of 2013. I use it most everyday to make cappuccino. The frothing wand makes excellent froth, and the espresso is wonderful. I only make it for myself, as no one else in my house drinks any type of coffee, so I do not need to program multiple drinks into the machine.
I am not familiar with the Intuita. My philosophy when I purchased my refurb was that I would rather spend the money to get the additional features on the Talea refurb than spend the same amount for a NEW machine that had fewer features. I also spent the additional money on the extended warranty because I do not live near any certified repair facilities.
I love my machine, but that being said, the deck that moves up and down is not stable, so I just leave it in the fully down position at all times. I would have to pay to ship it back and that feature is not worth it to me. It does go up and down smoothly, but as I said, the piece that holds it stable is plastic and was broken when I got it so the deck that the cup sits on is not stable unless it is fully in the down position and resting on the counter top.
If you make lots of coffee everyday, you may desire a larger water tank, but I like to use fresh water each day and dumping the water out and putting fresh water in is not a problem. Let me know if you have further questions.
I bought the refurbished Talea Touch Pro from Seattle Coffee Gear in August along with a 2 year extended warranty and have had no problems with it. it is the second one that I have owned. I bought my first from Costco had it two years with no problems. After 2 years I had a problem with it but it was out of warranty so I looked for another one but couldn't find it anywhere. Then I saw the refurbished one on Seattle coffee gear and bought it. They repaired one of my espresso machines earlier and I found them to be a reliable company. If you purchase it there or purchase any automatic espresso machine I recommend that you religiously do all the maintenance and cleaning. It will give your machine a longer life and eliminate a lot of problems that people have. If you can afford it I recommend getting the 2 year warranty. I tried several other machines before I bought a refurbished one but I liked none of them as well as Talea touch pro. Hope this is been helpful for you.
I have now had this machine for a week but I used to have talea ring earlier.
Great coffee, easy to use and quite reliable in my experience, though that may wary. And it has flexibility to adjust lot of parameters in your search of perfect cup.(this you won't find in new machines in this price range).
I went to scg refurb because of extended warranty option also, even if my experiences are good, you find also negative reviews.
Overall I recommend this machine, though if you appreciate different things, you may find some other machine as good or better fit.
I like my Talea Touch Plus. It is working fine and it's very convenient. The only issue is that it doesn't seem to brew enough creama even I use freshly espresso ground. I believe it is the trade off of superautomatic that you can tamper coffee by hand. Note that my machine built-in grinder can't grind fine enough so for the best result I like to use a dedicated grinder (Breville 800xl) and put ground thru the bypass door. I don't know much about Intuita so I can't tell.
I purchased a refurbished machine about 4 months ago and have been very pleased with it. no performance issues whatsoever and I use it daily. the machine was in great shape out of the box, the only missing item was the water filter which was easily purchased. I have not used the separate milk container that came with the machine so can't speak to that. easy to clean and maintain. very nice mix of features and easy to operate.
We purchased our Saeco Talea Touch Plus from you several years ago - the grinder sticks from time to time and it frequently tells us to add beans when the bean hopper already has plenty of beans in it - so does this signal that the grinder is wearing out or needs cleaning? How do we clean the ceramic grinder if this is what it needs? The owner manual doesn't address this issue. Thanks.
Best Answer:Unfortunately, the grinder cannot be disassembled and cleaned at home. You can try to clean it to the best of your abilities, and doing this could dislodge a clump that's causing a bit of clogging. A clog will make your machine believe that it's out of beans because the grinder will spin, but not pull any beans down, so the higher rotation of the burrs tells the machine that nothing is feeding, so you must be "out of beans."
To try cleaning the machine, you can try to use a vacuum and an air compressor, to first vacuum where the beans feed into the grinder, and also the chute from the grinder to the brew unit, where the grounds will fall into the brew unit. Trying to vacuum and then following with an air compressor (do this outside or in a garage, it's quite messy) will hopefully clear a clog. However, if you're still having issues, it could need a professional cleaning, which means that you'd need to send/bring it in for some repair.
Best Answer:There is not a specific grind setting on the Vario that I can say is the finest setting your Talea Touch will accept in the bypass doser, but I would expect it to be somewhere around typical espresso grinding recommendations on that unit, which is about 2Q.
Best Answer:The main difference between the Talea Giro and the Talea Touch is that the Touch offers more programming via that touch screen. The Giro has just the main dial you see on the front of the unit for altering more or less liquid in your cup. The Touch, on the other hand, offers three drink buttons in the menu of the touch screen that can save a few attributes for an espresso shot and short and long coffee, such as strength, volume of liquid, etc. Hope this helps clarify!
What does the warranty include coverage over? I have heard that some warranties only cover the brewing unit and not the steam wands, etc. Will the warranty cover the whole machine including the steam wand, touch screen, etc?
Best Answer:The Seattle Coffee Gear Refurbished machine warranty covers parts and labor on any defect that may occur on the machine, but does not cover regular wear and tear or maintenance like a tune-up. For this reason there are not specific parts the warranty always will or will not cover, but we do have more information regarding warranty coverage here:
Best Answer:No, the steam function on this Talea Touch and other super automatic machines with a panarello is not automatic and needs to be monitored. It cannot be programmed to turn off after a certain period of time, unfortunately.
Saeco Talea Touch Plus (refurbished)Review by Mikey
Got a fantastic deal on a refurb machine during a flash sale. Had some initial troubles with the first two machines, but SCG customer service has been absolutely outstanding. Called and talked to a knowledgeable rep to troubleshoot. Return/shipping fast and efficient. Now have a working machine that we are really enjoying. Makes a great cup of espresso, easy to use and maintain. Will not hesitate to purchase again from SCG based on my first experience with them. I really appreciate the time they take to make all the videos, it was a great resource in deciding what equipment I wanted to purchase. (Posted on 6/17/2014)
Great customer service Review by kathie
I had to call a couple of times to tweak the machine and the staff was so nice and very knowledgable. great customer experience. the machine makes a great cup of joe and the milk island is awesome. do not think twice about ordering from Seattle coffee gear they are awesome (Posted on 2/11/2014)
I'm enjoying my machineReview by ColoradoConnection
After reading numerous reviews on numerous machines on many websites, I decided to visit SCG when I visited my son in December. Dori helped me choose my machine after much discussion. It was very easy to set up and so far I've had no problems. Primarily experimenting with the different strengths to find the perfect cup, although the ones I have made I have enjoyed. Great buy for my first machine. Arrived at my home in a short period of time, with great packaging. No leaks or breakage. Thanks Dori for your help!! (Posted on 1/6/2013)
Very great buy for the money - great customer service from SCG!Review by Maine60
Another Saeco quality product at its best! Very easy to make adjustments and operate - for a great any kind of coffee beverage. (Posted on 11/14/2012)
Love this machineReview by Cappuccinomama
Daily user, multiple cups per day. Really like this machine. Quick and easy to use, allows you to individualize the coffee to personal taste. Do wish it had an outer access to add water, but I knew it didn't at the time I bought it, however, it is easy to fill and doesn't slow me down. Like that it lets me know when to empty the dregs and waste water, and keeps memory when it does so in the process of brewing, I can continue on as if no interruption. I researched before buying, and always knew I would come back and purchase from the ladies at Seattle Coffee Gear. Thanks for all the great instructive videos, enjoy them, and you, immensely. You're very intertaining.
Can pick the strength, Can pick the temperature, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Can pick the Aroma
Small Water Container, No outer access to water (Posted on 5/24/2012)
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