Great Coffee Albeit With Some Questionable Design Choices
Yeshai Mishal, Amazon
9 March 2014
Summary: I purchased this machine as a replacement/upgrade for my Saeco Vienna so my impressions are all relative to that machine. I was lucky enough to find a refurbished model at a comparable price to the Vienna (new). PROs: Better tasting coffee Thicker crema Waste indicator light (No move working about overflowing coffee grounds...) *Fewer options (no need to find the "ideal" settings). Smaller footprint More accessible water and waste containers.
Summary: This is our second Saeco automatic espresso machine. I like that I can get that perfect cup of espresso/coffee EVERY time once the setting has been made. I don't like that it has a smaller water reservoir which needs constant replenishing for the few beverages that my husband & I make every day. It could also use a larger bean hopper. I do, however, like that I will be able to bypass the hopper with ground decaf for my"no lead" friends.
Summary: Have had other semi auto espresso machines in the past and stepped up to this model at Christmas. It took a long time to get the water primed properly and the system had to run maybe a dozen pucks before it really started to settle in on espresso that is loaded with crema, and all the awesome flavors of a good espresso. The instruction note this need to "teach" it what your patterns are so we were patient for for the first few shots.
Summary: We previously owned a Talea Touch that the display started acting up after almost 4 years of a LOT of use. I decided to pull the trigger on this unit instead of re-buying that one - I love the way this looks. It's small height fits nicely under our counter and allows easy access to the bean hopper without having to move the unit around. The coffee (and we rarely drink espresso..
Summary: With this machine you have to preheat your cups and use 2 short draws to get a good cappuccino. The fact that I have to whack the service door to make the sensor think the door is shut earns this machine 4 stars. One other thing, I got frustrated a few times when I drew espresso with no espresso in it so I unscrewed and removed the cover over the grinder that the beans go through, or don't. Now the beans have no problem finding their way to the grinder.
Summary: This is an easy machine to use and easy to love. It's quick, good looking and has no complicated menus or programming. The flexibility to make different styles of coffee for each person and to be able to make a different kind of coffee by adding grounds to the second small hopper is a big advantage. No problems with this machine and no complaints!
Summary: I was lucky enough to receive my Syntia Focus machine from a PR company to review, and I couldn't be more pleased with it! After many years of working at Starbucks, I've become very picky about my espresso and espresso beverages. This machine is the ONLY at-home machine I've tried that delivers a consistently great espresso, even steam pressure, and the ease of use that I need for a DIY espresso beverage in the morning.
My brand new unit was clearly a repackaged return, and broken!
Matt Stewart, Amazon
16 November 2012
Summary: Updated 01-06-2013! See below for original input. We initially tried to get a second unit, owing to the possibility of just having a bad device to begin with, but none was available for several weeks and no one could tell me if or when it would ship, though they were happy to take my money!
Summary: I was sent a Syntia Focus machine to test & review on my blog and these were my thoughts... Pro's - * We get to enjoy coffee house quality coffee drinks in the comfort of our own home. * The machine takes minutes to prepare each drink. * The sleek beautiful design of the Syntia Focus looks stunning on my kitchen counter. * We can enjoy espresso as well as a long coffee (espresso with more water) that both taste incredible!