Summary: I've been using this machine for a few days now and its pretty good. It makes really good espresso with a nice crema although a bit frothy as it uses a pressurized portafilter. I also made cappuccino and that came out well too, really nice and frothy. I upgraded to this machine from my Aeropress as I was didn't want to deal with all the manual work that the Aeropress demanded in my morning stupor.
Summary: I bought one few weeks back. The body looks sturdy. Plastic quality is good. The nod on the side is flimsy and has no markings on it. Makes you wonder what that nob is for. The main issue is the coffee is too light. It drips too fast and inspite grinding the powder well (i have my own coffee grinder) and packing it full, it doesnt give good strong coffee. If you are a south india looking for a strong coffee, stay away from this machine.
Summary: I am a coffee planter from Chikmagalur and we have been in the coffee business for the last 100 years... so, I can confidently say that I know few things about coffee! I was always looking for an economical espresso machine with 15 bar pump and found this Philips Saeco machine and bought it immediately.. this is a fabulous product for coffee crazy people like me! Loving it everyday..!
this machine far surpasses its competitors at the same price/feature level
17 October 2014
Summary: I am a certified barista and i wanted to see this machine myself, finally bought it. This machine is on the mark for pulling great shots of espresso with excellent dark brown crema with even pre ground coffee that is coarser than espresso grounds. The pressurised portafilter system is of excellence for the price.