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Product Description

The Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia has the great looks of a stainless steel case and employs some of Saeco's most time-tested features. The Via Venezia produces creamy, robust espresso each and every time. How? You'll find a panarello style frothing tip for perfect foam, a large water reservoir to draw from, a powerful pump rated at 15 BAR of pressure and a safe, rapid recovery boiler that keeps the hot water coming. When combined with the included pressurized portafilter it makes pulling espresso shots easy and reliably delicious.

Features & Functionality of the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

  • Simple Brewing: Fill the portafilter with finely ground espresso, tamp lightly and secure in place on the machine. Press the brew button to initiate brewing and then press again to stop.
  • Frothing Tip For Perfect Foam: Like magic, your Via Venezia steaming wand will make beautiful foam just by slipping on the Panarello frothing tip. Mounted on a swivel joint, the wand conveniently swings aside and clean up is a snap.
  • Pull A Perfect Espresso Shot: It stands to reason that the correct texture of the coffee grounds and the right pressure used to pack them, (know as tamping), makes a huge difference in the quality of espresso produced. The Via Venezia's heavy-duty pressurized portafilter does away with that concern by pressurizing the brewing chamber to improve extraction from the ground beans, promoting the perfect brewing conditions. A non-pressurized portafilter is also available for those that are into tamping their own grinds.
  • Big Water Reservoir: The 98 ounce water reservoir is prefect for home and entertaining. You can brew a number of espressos and then refill the reservoir right where it's at, even if it is still brewing. Simple to remove, the reservoir can also be carried to a faucet.
  • Powerful Pump: The Saeco Via Venezia 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.
  • Removable Components: This removable cup tray and plastic drip pans make clean up simple. One of the two layered designs can be removed during brewing to provide additional clearance for taller cups. The Via Venezia provides a stainless steel passive heat cup warmer that cleverly eliminates the problem.
  • Safe, Rapid Recovery Boiler: No hot water, no espresso. The Via Venezia keeps hot water coming with a large stainless steel, 950-watt quick recovery boiler of stainless steel. This boiler also has burnout protection; a thermal fuse to shut down the heating element should the machine run dry during operation.
Pros
  • Sturdy, Compact Design - The Saeco Via Venezia has a compact and sturdy all-metal design and fits easily into compact spaces.
  • Easy to Use - With its pressurized portafilter, this is one of the easiest espresso machines to use that we have tested.
Cons
  • Messy Portafilter - When using the pressurized portafilter, the coffee will be a little messy after brewing.
Ease of Use 4
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare? The Via Venezia is larger than the Saeco Aroma, has a larger reservoir and offers more room for your steaming pitcher.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Saeco
Width 9.625 inches
Depth 11.5 inches
Height 13.0 inches
Watts 950W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Stainless Steel
Boiler Material Stainless Steel
Cup Clearance 2.75 inches
Reservoir Size 98 oz
Solenoid Valve No
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 1 minute and 35 seconds
Warm Up: Steam Time 50 seconds
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 Stainless Steel

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I have been using tap water for my espresso using the Via Venezia. Should I be using filtered water?
Dawna on Aug 8, 2012
Best Answer: Using filtered water or a water filter in the tank of your machine cuts down on possible mineral build up. It is a good idea to use filtered (not distilled) water instead of tap, and the machine should still be descaled once every 2-3 months.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 13, 2012
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Is there any steaming wand that I can get to replace the original panarello wand in order to make latte art?
Jingmiao Jeanna S on May 21, 2013
Best Answer: There is a stainless upgrade that makes better foam. There's a video on their site about it.
http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/saeco-panarello-assembly-stainless-steel
I haven't used one personally but the "crew" seems to like it.
Reply · Report · Ben D on May 22, 2013
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with this machine ..can you do any latte art?
marie h on Jan 9, 2013
Best Answer: hi marie-

i'm a novice home-barista so i couldn't tell you if this machine is capable of doing latte art or not. i can tell you (from the limited experience i have) that the steaming wand is one of the better ones i've worked with on a small machine like this one. there is definitely some power behind it - it really froths beautifully and quickly. my impression is that the art is actually done when pouring the steamed and foamed milk into the espresso - so given that the steaming wand/pump work so well - i would say yes so long as the person pouring it is capable of producing the art.
Reply · Report · Kim S on Jan 16, 2013
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Are your refurbished machines shipped with a owner's-user's manual?
Joe G on Jan 13, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, our refurbished machines will come with a user manual. However, if you'd like to access it ahead of time, you can find it linked under the Resources tab for the product in particular.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 13, 2015
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What is date of manufacture for the Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine - Certified Refurbished?
A shopper on Jan 10, 2015
Best Answer: These tend to be newer machines, returned to a store during a store's normal return policy. Although Saeco will likely be discontinuing this particular model later this year, we will get small batches as they find them in their warehouse or as they receive returns from other stores. We seem to have a good supply as they are still manufacturing them and selling them!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 11, 2015
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I wanted to get a saeco non-pressurized portafilter for my machine...Will i need to also buy a tamper for it or is that the point not to pressurize it at all? If i do need one what size would it be?
marie t on Dec 28, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, if you switch to a non-pressurized portafilter, you will definitely need a 53mm tamper to use too. It is also very important that you get a nice high quality grinder (typically $300 and up) to pair with the machine so that you can take advantage of dialing in the grind setting and getting a higher quality shot. The machine comes with a pressurized portafilter, and with its configuration, it doesn't need to be tamped, and you can get a wider variety of grounds (including pre-ground coffee) to still get a decent shot. Moving to a non-pressurized portafilter means that you will need a grinder, but you will have the capacity to get a better shot if you want to work a bit more for it! :-)
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 31, 2014
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Is there a general list of items this refurbished machine will come with? Just wondering what I will need to get to start using it.
A shopper on Dec 12, 2014
Best Answer: A refurbished machine will come with everything you need to use your machine. You will get a portafilter, double filter basket, single filter basket for single shots or ESE pods, single basket gasket, panarello for steaming, drip tray, and storage tray (underneath the drip tray). Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 12, 2014
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Hi, could you tell me what years the refurbished machines are from?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2014
Best Answer: Refurbished machines are generally returned to a store, then Saeco, before they come to us, within that store's 30-60 day return policy. They will be the most current version of the model that you're looking at.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 4, 2014
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My Via Venezia stopped making coffee. The steamer works perfectly fine but somehow the water is not pumped into the machine so no water comes out when I press "espresso" buttom. What do you think is going on? I have a feeling that it will be an easy fix, just don't know how to. Please help!
Ka Y on Feb 8, 2014
Best Answer: If you are having trouble getting water from the brew head of your Via Venezia, the easiest thing that I would suggest trying would be to remove the brew head screen and clean it, as it may be clogged with coffee oils that are preventing good flow. You can also descale the machine to be sure that there is not a scale clog anywhere. If the machine needs a little bit of cleaning, then I would also suggest giving it a tune up at home, with the Via Venezia Tune-Up Kit found at the link below:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/seattle-coffee-gear-tune-up-kit-for-saeco-via-venezia
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 8, 2014
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Does the Via Venezia accept ESE type pods as well or have an adapter?
Walter W on Dec 14, 2012
Best Answer: The Via Venezia will accept ESE pods without purchasing any additional adapter. To use pods, simply place the pod gasket in the portafilter and put the single shot basket on top of it. With an ESE pod you're ready to brew!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 19, 2012
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I will be receiving this Via Venezia in two days, and I would like to purchase a tamper. Which size one do I need? I will also purchase the non-pressurized portafilter.
I've waited far too long for a great cup of coffee!
A shopper on Jul 19, 2012
Best Answer: The Via Venezia uses a size 53mm tamper and only requires tamping when you use the non-pressurized portafilter.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Jul 26, 2012
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

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 Via Venezia

  • 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.

User Manuals for your Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia


Videos Featuring the Refurbished Saeco Via Venezia

Saeco Aroma vs Saeco Via Venezia

Reviews

this is my second oneReview by Joe
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can't beat it it's a workhorse I make two cappuccinos every day and it continues to perform this is my second machine I had to leave the other one at my daughter's house (Posted on 4/5/2015)
Great Machine, Love Mine\ Since Day One.Review by Stephen Hughes
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My wife bought this machine for me from Starbucks a few years ago. Heats up quick, makes good froth and has a powerful pump. I tamp my coffee tight for nice crema and this machine pushes the water right through. (Posted on 2/8/2015)
Couldn't be Happier!Review by GoodCoffeeNewbs
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We've only had our unit for a few weeks, but we are thrilled both with the quality and "newness" of our refurbished unit as well as the amazing coffee we get each morning. The helpful videos guided us to this machine, the good reviews here had us buy with confidence, and we are completely satisfied with the product and service - we will be back here often to buy more stuff!! (Posted on 11/11/2014)
Refurb model...3 years since and still performing wellReview by BNOM
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This makes a reliably good espresso. Easy to use. (Posted on 10/24/2014)
So simpleReview by CoffeeMom
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I had a complete machine that did everything, it was great. But I wanted smaller and simpler, less to take care of. This did it! So simple and great! The only thing I don't care for is the mass amount of foam that this puts out. Wow! I usually have to scoop out a good bit so I can continue to steam the milk. But that's it! For the price you can't go wrong with this machine. (Posted on 10/20/2014)
So great we purchased another.....Review by S/V Tranquility
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We purchased a unit to replace our 15 y/o Starbucks Barista on our Sailboat 3 years ago. We have been sailing/cruising the Caribbean on full-time basis since 2005. We love to have our Lattes every morning while looking at the blue skies and blue water around us in every anchorage. We do travel (via air) to the U.S. once per year for 4-5 weeks for our annual friends, family and physicians visit. We missed our morning Lattes on every visit so we treated ourselves to a purchase of a second unit to use at our son's home. It was an easy and cost-effective purchase of a high quality unit at a very reasonable price. Now we can enjoy our coffee every morning wherever we are.

Lee & Cindy Smith
S/V Tranquility (Currently lying in Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands) (Posted on 9/5/2014)
Very Pleased!Review by Litlgrama
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I purchased a Starbucks Barista machine way back in 1994...it finally died last month and I was crushed, I mean seriously, that machine was a workhorse for 20 years! It truly outlived its lifespan.

When shopping for a new machine, I found so many new fangled gadgets out there and price ranges where unbelievable. With having no experience or knowledge of how dependable they are, I decided to stick with what I knew and, pardon the cliché, tried and true.

I am very pleased with the refurbished model, I figured since my old so long, how could I go wrong with the unit? The only issue that I have found is the basket fits extremely tight and have to use a tool to remove the basket. I am hoping with time and use, this will loosen up.

(Posted on 7/7/2014)
Good machine - looks like new!Review by bonniesbeach
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I previously owned a Saeco Aroma and when it finally died (after 7 years) I was in the market for a new machine. I only make one latte a day so I didn't want to spend a lot of $ on a really fancy machine. Like another reviewer I also ordered a machine from Amazon and had to return it for mechanical problems. Then I found SCG's refurbished machines. The Via is perfect for my needs. It is quieter than the Aroma and the pivoting steam wand is nice as it helps prevent spills during removal of the frothing cup. Since it has a pressurized porta-filter making espresso is very easy. The machine came in perfect condition. If it was used, it couldn't have been used much. I really appreciated knowing that it was tested and would work when I received it! Thank you SCG. Now if only you could open an outlet on the east coast.. I would love to take advantage of your workshops! Post them online if you can!. (Posted on 5/30/2014)
Great machine at a low priceReview by Suzanne
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I have had this machine for 4 months. When it arrived it was missing a piece for the espresso button, but SCG quickly mailed me the part and it was an easy fix. The first coffee I made was delicious, but then the flavor started to decline. I discovered it was because I wasn't freshly grinding the beans each time, so I bought the Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2 and it made a world of difference. The espresso I brew with this machine is so good, it has ruined me for coffee anywhere else. My husband and I are completely spoiled. The only thing I would change is the steaming wand. It is too low, making it hard to use. I don't use this much, as I make americanos, but if you plan on using the steam wand frequently, you may want to find or build a stand to raise the machine off the counter a few inches. A couple of tips -I found that I need to pack/tamp the grounds in the self-tamping portafilter to get the brew strength I want. Also, the top cover for adding water to the tank is hard to open because it has a bump on either side of the cover to keep it closed tight. While opening the cover, slightly push on the side of the cover and this will move the bump in just enough to make it easy to open. **Thanks for your review videos SCG! It helped me make my decision for both machines! (Posted on 1/1/2014)
Great Machine for Newbies!Review by Cap Newbie
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We wanted a semi-automatic machine that (1) enabled us to make good drinks from the beginning but also gave us room to grow as we learned more and (2) had an articulating steam wand.

Friends of ours recommended their Via Venezia and we could not be happier.

We bought a refurbished and are generally pleased. There are a few cosmetic blemishes, but nothing that impairs the function of the machine.

(Posted on 12/9/2013)
A good machineReview by Norsky
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We have a Via in our winter getaway home so we were familiar with the quality and ease of operation.
Before finding Seattle Coffee Gear we had ordered this machine from Amazon. After returning three of them for various manufacturing defects, we gave up until my hubby found SCG. No one guessed that this machine was not new out of the box. Thanks SCG. (Posted on 8/26/2013)
Not bad at all!Review by Melaura Mortinson
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I worked at a coffee house for 3 years so I may be a bit spoiled by way of espresso machines. I figured I should get that out of the way before I got on to rate this.

For the price, this machine is great! It isn't a Pavoni, but it also isn't $1400, so I can't reasonably the expect the same quality. The steamer is wonderful. It makes velvety, creamy foam. The basket is great too, as long as one fills it to the appropriate level. I also love that the reservoir is large enough that I don't have to fill it every time I make a latte. (Posted on 8/23/2013)
not sureReview by loon
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tried some of the best espresso in the world and this is average maybe the coffee i am using? (Posted on 8/10/2013)
Great Starter MachineReview by The Big Fella
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I'm really enjoying learning the in's and out's of pulling a shot., and this is a great little machine to do it on. Refurbished? This unit arrived flawless out of the box.

I upgraded to the stainless steamer panarello (sic) and once I get the feel for my new grinder. Re-zeroed thanks to Gail and Kats more than clear video. I'll more than likely invest in a non pressureized porta-filter.

Thanks SCG.

(Posted on 6/29/2013)
Great, budget friendly machine.Review by Blessed3x
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I spent over a month going back and forth about buying an espresso machine, let alone a refurbished one. I finally called Seattle Coffee Gear and was able to ask questions, get answers and tell them what I was looking for. I have had this machine for about a and I could not be happier with my purchase. It works well, gives good shots and it took me only a few days to learn to make my Starbucks latte. What a money saver. I love this machine! (Posted on 6/19/2013)
Great firstReview by zeejayem
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I love my Via. I think it's great for a novice. I'm just learning all about making espresso and this machine is very easy. I am having a hard time with tight foam but that might just be some skill I'll need to develop. I've got soap-bubble sized foam down tho. (Posted on 4/4/2013)
A fine machine and a great valueReview by L..G.
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I was initially reluctant to purchase a refurbished espresso machine. But then I thought: I've purchased many used cars, why not a a gently used and refurbished espresso machine? The Via Venezia I received was pristine--not a blemish on it I've been able to find--and pulls a great shot every time. Perfect for my morning latte. And SCG delivered my order quickly and with helpful documentation. (Posted on 2/26/2013)
ExcellentReview by Magic0934
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Couldn't be more satisfied with performance of this espresso machine. (Posted on 2/22/2013)
Great machine for a great price.Review by Max
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This little machine produces a solid shot of espresso and has plenty of steam for steaming milk -- and apple cider for my kids! I don't love the panarello, because it is impossible to steam milk without producing tons of foam, which I don't want. It would be great if there was a non-panarello wand available for this machine, then it would be just about perfect. (Posted on 11/21/2012)
great dealReview by sacto
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so far, it's been great. quieter than my old machine. good crema. (Posted on 11/12/2012)
Solid Espresso MachineReview by drock
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This is my first espresso machine, so my experience is limited, but I am overall very satisfied. It certainly makes a good cup of espresso, which is of course what is most important. (Posted on 9/11/2012)
Buy this MachineReview by Robert
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This is a great machine, the easiest to use and dang near any grind you have will produce a stunning crema. Took the machine to burningman and it survived and cleaned up nicely for the kitchen. Iv'e owned 8 or nine very nice machines and this one is better than most of the fancy higher priced imports. (Posted on 9/7/2012)
Really.... 5* is the highest?Review by Dawna
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Love this expresso maker!
I recently re-married and I was asked what did we want? Easy, a great cup of coffee or expresso.
This is the only item we asked for, and I opted for a refurbished unit. I like that it has been tested every step through the inspection process, new machines are not, they go through a sample inspection, perhaps every two to three machines.
We have the stainless steel and it is gorgeous sitting on the counter.
We've used it three times a day since receiving it (a week ago), there is a very slight learning curve, very slight.
Listen up, if you want a great expresso, you must start with great coffee, not Costco's.
I read the reviiews posted here, and ordered Lavazza crema e gusto, excellent, first time made.
I believe one shouldn't need to add milk to make coffee taste good. That said, the frother is great and I do use it for latte's, wonderful.
I based my purchase of coffee on the reviewers, and they are great.
Breville Smart Grinder....come to mama, your next!

(Posted on 8/4/2012)
Good as newReview by Kim F.
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I was very hesitant to buy a refurbished machine. After pondering this machine for about a month I decided to give it a try. It works perfectly. I could not be happier with my purchase. It took me only two days to learn to make my white chocolate mochas as well as Starbucks. I love this machine!

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Consistent shots, Great Taste, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 5/12/2012)
A good valueReview by Dave the biker
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This machine works well for my casual use. It produces a good consistent shot of espresso. The frothing wand is easy to use and its location has not been a problem for me. It put together well with the exception of the knob to control the frothing wand. It easily slips off the unit if placing any pulling tension while rotating the knob. This is the only reason I gave it four stars.
The unit heat up quickly in the morning for the first cup. I purchased a refinished unit and it working well.

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Great Taste, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/20/2011)
Great machine, great serviceReview by acktom
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I'm a real novice but find this machine to be a great start. It was a refurbished model and I had a slight problem when it was delivered - Patrick was a big help. And I find Kat and Gail's videos entertaining and informative. Thanks!

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

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(Posted on 12/17/2011)
Great machineReview by Teddy Bear
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We've used this machine for over two weeks, for ourselves, family, and company. It makes GREAT espresso and does a great job frothing, giving you a good amount of foam. It also is consistent in quality and easy to operate. This machine is not messy if you give the portafilter 30 seconds after you're done to remove and clean. If you get in a hurry it can be messy. Great machine, I have no reservations in recommending it.

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Quiet, Large Water Container, Quick Brewing, Easy To Clean, Great Taste, Love it, Easy To Use

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Messy depends on operator (Posted on 10/29/2011)
A winner on most counts!Review by mbmathome
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The best thing is that this was my second kick at the can of a new machine. I had purchased another model and decided I did not like it. I dealt with Jessica who quickly arranged for its return and she recommended a few other machines I might like. I took one of her recommendations after researching it and am now getting the cup of coffee I was looking for. Seattle Coffee Gear understands good customer service.

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Tray allows for large cup, Easy to operate, A great cup of coffee, Large Water Container

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Too small a portafilter (Posted on 9/19/2011)
Works better than expectedReview by Dick
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I make my wife a late every morning. This machine workS GREAT!!!!!

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

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(Posted on 5/14/2011)

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