The Saeco Xelsis Evo is the most feature-full superautomatic espresso on the market. Xelsis Evo features a built-in ceramic grinder, all stainless steel casing, 6 programable user profiles - one for each family or office member and a choice of automatic or manual milk frothing options. Each profile can be programmed for a one-touch espresso, espresso lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato and caffe latte recipe. Recipes can vary the coffee strength, coffee and milk volume and temperature and amount of foam. Not into programming? Each of these can also be selected on the go. No matter your preference, the outcome is sure to be delicious.
Features & Functionality of the Saeco Xelsis Evo HD8954/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Touch Screen Display - Easily add up to six user profiles, with each profile allowing up to 9 customizable drinks. Don't have time to customize? Conveniently select from six one-touch options from the front screen.
Easy Clean Milk Carafe - Attachable milk container effortlessly froths and steams milk directly into your cup. The swivel arm aligns back with the container for a user-friendly rinse.
Fast Milk Mode - Selecting this function delivers hot frothed milk in a more timely manner, but also requires more energy and disables the machine’s Ecomode.
Steam & Hot Water Wand - Alternate between readily available hot water and perfecting your milk frothing skills with this dual purpose wand.
Water Tank - The removable 54 ounce water tank makes refilling a breeze.
Double Thermoblock - With two thermoblocks, the Xelsis will always have hot water ready for whatever your espresso loving heart desires.
Saeco Brewing System (SBS) - With this signature system you’re just a dial turn away from finding your ideal coffee strength and crema.
Bypass Doser - If your favorite coffee is only available pre-ground, have no fear! Brew your beloved blend using the bypass doser.
Time Tracker - Personalize up to three separate power-on times when utilizing the calendar setting.
Special Beverage Option - In addition to the usual cappuccino and espresso shot, choose from hot milk, steam, American coffee or espresso macchiato from the Special Beverage menu.
Programming - The Xelsis allows you to program the following options (if applicable) for each beverage type: Amount of coffee, pre-infusion length, coffee temperature, coffee length, milk length, milk foam and water length.
Modern Machine - This high tech beauty will keep you and your kitchen current.
An Espresso Machine Never Forgets - The programmable user profiles and personalized beverages will make sure your favorite drink is easily accessible and never forgotten!
Milk Options - Satisfy your inner barista by utilizing the manual frothing wand, or make the most of your time with the auto-frothing milk carafe.
Tall Machine - The Xelsis is slightly taller than other comparable superautomatics. Be sure to check your kitchen cabinet dimensions before ordering.
How Does it Compare?
Similar in function to the Exprelia Evo HD8857/47, the Xelsis adds profiles, auto-on functionality and touch-sensitive buttons.
Tips and Tricks
Water condenses in the carafe attachment between uses. If you're fast enough, you can put your cup underneath the spouts after the carafe clears this water.
15.00 inches, additional clearance require to access water tank
Product Weight (lbs.)
Dose, Milk Volume, Pre-infusion, Profiles, Shot Time, Temperature
Best Answer:Unfortunately none of the super automatic machines including this Saeco Xelsis will perform well using an oily bean, as the grinders are not easy to access and clean out. Over time coffee oils will cling to the grinder burrs and chute and harden, and the only way to clean them is having a technician at a service center clean and recalibrate the grinder. It is best to use a dry, matte finish, medium roast bean in this type of machine.
As an addition to the "oily beans" question - how does one determine what is considered "oily?" It isn't like various roasters advertise how oily their beans are. Luck of the draw? Buy some and see how they look when you get them home? How does one determine just which beans will give the flavor desired AND the non-oily exterior that the machines desire? I guess I'm trying to figure out how oily "too oily" is.
Best Answer:Essentially, you are looking for beans that do not have any oily surface or patches on the beans. Typically a dark roast will have this oily surface, so we recommend using a light or medium roast with any superautomatic so that you don't get clogging in your grinder. You're wanting all of the beans that you put in to have a matte finish on the surface, and these will typically be a medium brown in color. If you're not sure, then the best way to tell is to look at the beans, and if they have any oily patches on them, we don't recommend it for a superauto.
Not so much an answer as user feedback: I have an older Saeco superautomatic -- I've used it daily for about 5 years, and it refuses to break or malfunction. Most importantly, I'm a lifelong fan of Peets coffees, most of which are definitely oily. This particular machine has never failed to grind perfectly, no matter how oily the beans. Not saying SCG is wrong in their non-oily-bean advice, only that my experience has been quite the opposite.
No, this Saeco Xelsis does not have a timer to turn on automatically in the morning, however unlike the semiautomatic Breville Double Boiler there is not a 20-30 minute heat up time with this machine. A super automatic unit like this Saeco has plastic internals that are quick to heat up with a rinse cycle when you power the machine on. After this hot water runs through the unit you can begin brewing, and so you can power the machine up and have a cup fairly quickly- definitely under five minutes!
What exactly is the American coffee option on this machine? I've tried to search around to figure it out and can't. Does it use a lower bar pressure to brew the coffee, or just make a shot of espresso with added water?
What are the measurements of this machine? Your measurements contradict the manufacturers website. If your height (14.5") and depth measurements (16.5) are correct I can purchase this machine but if the manufacturer is correct (Height 16.5" and depth 14.5") then I can not. I want the height measurement with the lids closed.
Best Answer:I believe this fills up due to the cleaning of your milk container. It cleans with steam each time you move the spout back to the neutral position. This steam goes into the tray. I don't do that many milk based drinks so I have not had to empty that often. As you know it is not a large tray. Guess you could disconnect milk container prior to cleaning but it's easier to empty the tray than clean the tubes on the container
It is from the rinsing process which happens before the first cup is brewed as well as when the machine goes dormant. We call this machine "the needy one" compared to the Royal Coffee Bar. Hope this helps.
I just ordered this machine and the manufacturer's website lists that it can make ristretto shots. I'm looking to make a flat white, but the menu doesn't specifically list ristretto or flat whites. I'm assuming that in order to make a ristretto shot alone or a flat white, I will need to adjust the settings for one of the drinks. What would be the recommended settings/method of making a flat white on this machine?
Best Answer:Hi Luke. I've had several Saeco's over the years including the Xelsys Evo now. To make a Flat White, which I also enjoy, simply turn the aroma dial on the front to the right at least to the strongest or second strongest to pull a shot of espresso first (which this is actually the ristretto shot) then pull a portion of steamed milk second. Its a two-step method but works very well. While you can't really save this as a single button the two step works extremely well. If you want the visual of the black dot in the milk just pull the ristretto after the milk. I personally prefer mixing the ristretto into the milk. Don't forget to turn the aroma knob back to wherever you normally keep it. Also if the espresso shot is pulling too much water for your liking on the ristretto remember you can just press the stop button on the volume of water as its pulling the shot. Best of luck!
Best Answer:There are plenty of espresso-based drinks without milk including espresso and lungo among other types. The Evo even has an Americano setting which draws water through the coffee grounds with very low pressure to simulate drip coffee. It works pretty well.
Why is this machine discontinued? Any problems? Is new version coming up soon? I was planning to buy Xelsis Evo because it comes with many programs and manual steam wand. Should I still buy this machine? Or should I wait to see if new one comes up? Do you recommend other machine?
A shopper on Dec 27, 2016
Best Answer:I'm sad to see it go, since it is one of the few superautomatics with a classic steam wand on the market. If that is an important feature for you, then by all means I'd still recommend the machine whole-heartedly. However if you're looking for a machine with similar programming features (minus the manual steam) any of the Gran Baristo line would be an excellent choice as well.
I am in the market to replace our Jura Z5. Can you help me understand what I can expect (like or dislike) with this unit over the Z5? I watched the video and understand the user settings this unit has, Also like the removable brew unit for cleaning. It also appears this Saeco gets quite hot which is great. Other things?
Best Answer:One scoop is roughly 10 grams or so, which would equal out to about 1 to 1.5 tbs. I recommend starting out with that and if the machine just dumps the grounds out, try using less coffee grounds.
I understand you can remove the front dual shot head if you want to use a taller mug. How tall of a mug can you use? Is this measurement the same for the Exprellia Evo? We are deciding between the 2 machines.
A shopper on Aug 19, 2015
Saeco Xelsis Evo HD8954/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Saeco Exprelia Evo HD8857/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Best Answer:The Xelsis Evo has a cup clearance of 4.5 inches and the Exprelia Evo has a cup clearance of 4.25 inches.
Would you please tell me a good setting for the grinder and the sbs ? I use 100 % arabica beans, dark roast. I can't find the perfect setting :(
A shopper on May 4, 2015
Best Answer:We do not recommend using dark roast beans in your superautomatic machine. Those beans are too oily and will gum up your grinder. Switch to a medium roast, start with the coarsest setting and go from there.
I have this machine but all of a sudden the coffee isn't coming out from the spout it is dripping into the coffee dispenser portion of the machine. I took it apart and cleaned all of the moving parts, did a major clean, descaling, brewing cycle clean,new filter and greased all of the moving parts. It still isn't working properly. Any ideas on how to fix it or what it could be?
Best Answer:Most likely, if you're getting more liquid into drip tray beneath the brew unit inside the door, you've probably got just a little bit too fine of a grind setting for the beans that you're using. It could be that originally the grind setting was just on the cusp of what the machine could brew with, but it's just not able to brew with that setting. If you've recently switched beans, got a new bag, or if the beans have staled some, you may need to adjust your grind setting.
I would suggest going 1-2 notches coarser with your grind setting, and be sure that you're using a medium roast so that you don't clog up your grinder. After you make the change to your grinder, brew about 3-4 cycles before you reevaluate if that setting is working for you. The grinder will need to clear out the mixture of grounds from the old and new settings so that you are 100% on the new setting.
The other suggestion that I would have it to make sure that if you do a pre-ground setting (but don't put any grounds in the bypass doser), do you get clear or tea colored water out of the spouts? If you don't get any water out of the spouts, then the spouts on the front might also be clogged, so you can pull off the spouts, soak them in hot soapy water, and then use a pipe cleaner to clean out both spouts, since this is an area that can be forgotten. :-)
Saeco Xelsis Evo HD8954/47 Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Saeco Xelsis Stainless Steel One Touch - Digital ID - Certified Refurbished
Best Answer:The Xelsis with Digital ID is the older model. The milk will not be quite as warm as on the Xelsis Evo, but it does have a fingerprint reader to easily switch between users, and has a mirror finish on the stainless steel panels of the machine. The Xelsis Evo is a brushed stainless steel look, has a slightly different spout appearance, and utilizes the updated programming and carafe to achieve a slightly warmer temperature. However, it doesn't get the milk that much warmer than the original version, 110 degrees vs. 117/118 degrees. So, if you tend to like hotter milk, you could always use the traditional steam wand and steam the milk as hot as you would like, it just won't be dispensed into your cup automatically for you!
Best Answer:Unfortunately we do not have kits for converting a machine like this Saeco Xelsis into a plumbable unit. I am not aware of a way to easily add direct water feed into this unit, but Saeco may have information on this if you contact them directly at 800-933-7876. Sorry I can't be of better assistance on this for you!
Best Answer:If your Xelsis machine is leaking, the it could be an issue with the brew unit, drip tray, or water tank, and unfortunately is not something that we can diagnosis without more information. If you purchased the machine from us, give us a call with your order number at 866-372-4734 while you are with the machine. If you did not purchase from us, I would suggest contacting Saeco directly at 800-933-7876.
Let me say that I am not a coffee expert and I do not go out and spend big bucks at places like Starbucks....
But, I recently returned from Europe and found that my coffee experiences in my home were lacking and I wanted to do something about it.
I have to say that Seattle Coffee Gear's customer service was really good. They were very patient with me while I asked my questions both online and on the phone.
The packaging for the machine was the best. It was heavy, but it arrived without any problems.
One of the reasons I bought this over Jura was that this was almost all stainless steel.
The look is top of the line.
After having used this for over 2 weeks, I have to say, I am extremely happy.
The hopper for the beans, once filled, lasts me at least a week (I make about 3 American sized coffees a day)
The water container has been my only issue as I have to fill it up frequently. There are a few ways to look at it. I have friends who have Keurigs and they complain the water tastes funny if the machine sits for a while without being used. Water sitting in the container long term causes this, so I remember that, and that makes me filling the container up everyday not such an issue. But, not everyone is a positive thinker.
Also, when I had my old coffee maker, I had to fill up each time and add the coffee and filter, so that also makes me less willing to complain.
With 6 user settings, you are sure to please everyone.
My husband drinks coffee a whole lot differently than I do. Once I found out what he liked, I set it and now it is perfect each time.
I admit that I do not know how to use half of what this is capable of, but I do make a lot of American coffee and a cappuccino or cafelatte once in a while.
The set up is pretty quick and I was enjoying a cup of coffee within the half hour.
I am using Lavazza Caffe Espresso coffee in the machine. It is a dryer bean and it makes a great cup of coffee.
The milk is hot when I have used it and the container is easy to connect/disconnect.
Machine runs a cleaning cycle once in a while, so if you leave it on all day, make sure to leave an empty cup under the dispenser so it can catch the water. It is easier to clean than to clean the tray.
It will remind you to empty the grounds and tray. The nice thing is, those coffee grounds are super dry (most water pressed out) so, they come right out of the container pretty easily.
I have not had any issues with it.
The foam is pretty nice too if making a cappucino. As I said, I am a novice when it comes to designer coffee drinks, but one day, after I learn, I will have the machine I will be happy with for years to come.
When I went to register the machine for the warranty, Saeco gave me a 4 year extended warranty just for signing up for future emails. Small price to pay so not necessary to purchase extended warranty. Not sure how long that will last, so check out their website before you decline the warranty from Seattle Coffee Gear.
I did purchase some descaled and another water filter when I made this purchase to save on shipping later down the line.
Totally in love with this machine. I got it on sale and used my 10 percent discount for signing up for emails with Seattle Coffee Gear, so I got the deal of a lifetime!!!! (Posted on 2/15/2016)
Nice, but needs cleaning oftenReview by Ray
Not sure if this has been mentioned, but this machine sure needs to be attended to often. My older Superautomatic (Delonghi) did not need to have the coffee pucks emptied as often as this. It seems that every 3 days (I have 1 espresso a day) I am told to empty this, or clean that.
Other than that, it brews a decent cup and the cappuccino is very easy. I like the fact that I can program the drink to my own likes. Bought mine from SCG and can't wait to go to Seattle someday to see their store. (Posted on 2/7/2016)
Saeco Xelsis - Great MachineReview by Salvatore
I recently purchased a Xelsis by Saeco. I had a problem I couldn't clear. A phone to to Seattle Coffee Gear was answered immediately by a technician and she worked me through the problem over the phone. She then determined that the problem was not repairable by me and immediately started the process to exchange it. I received an email with a shipping label that I used to send back the malfunctioning unit and within 3 days I received the replacement which is perfect and it cost me nothing. It looks and performs like new and I love it. This machine is a real class act that produces outstanding drinks because you can modify the way it prepares drinks for 6 separate people. Adjust how strong, how hot, how much water, how much milk, how much foam, and how it pre-soaks the beans. Then when you're done it rinses and cleans itself. I only wish the water tank was bigger. Thanks to Seattle Coffee technical department and especially Terry who was patient and thorough at getting at the problem. (Posted on 10/29/2014)
Awesome machineReview by Amy R
Just to start out SCG is an awesome company and their customer service is top notch. We initially purchased the Delonghi Primadonna Exclusive. The first one showed up and made two drinks and than the screen froze. SCG immediately sent us a replacement and that one did the exact same thing. Long story short Delonghi and their customer service was less than desirable. We spent some time on the phone with them troubleshooting and the only decision they came up with was "we must have a batch of bad machines with faulty sensors out there". That's degintely not what you want to hear when you've spent $3,000.
We decided to go with this Saeco and have been nothing but pleased. The milk beverages are plenty hot since Saeco redesigned their milk carafe. The functionary is very intuitive and we haven't had any issues with a frozen touch screen like we did with the Delonghi. We're now SCG customers for life and Saeco fans. Do yourself a favor and save several hundred dollars and buy this machine. (Posted on 10/23/2014)
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