Great coffee but purchase a better quality machine for steam.
Coffee Man, Amazon
14 June 2014
Summary: The machine makes great espresso but the steam wand is short and the attachment can fly off under the high steam pressure needed to properly foam milk. The more you use the machine, the sooner this will happen and it's almost $50 to replace the cheap, plastic attachment. Replace that enough and you're better off buying a more expensive but higher quality machine.
Summary: I bought the Saeco Aroma as a cheaper alternative to a Silvia about three years ago. I've never regretted the decision. I use it several times a week, and have had no problems. It makes excellent espresso and I prefer the lattes I make to most coffee shop lattes. I use good quality Italian coffee. This machine can use both illy pods, and any brand of ground coffee - it comes with two portafilters.
Summary: Before I talk about the specific espresso machine that arrived at my doorstep I want to say that I did hours of research before deciding to purchase the Saeco Aroma. I wanted a machine that could produce quality espresso drinks with user control. The semi-automatic machines were what I was looking for. I only found and read good reviews on the Saeco Aroma and and it fit in my budget.
Summary: I must start by saying you can get this product at the Seattle Coffee Gear website for only $200, as I did. No reason to spend and extra $150 here. I have been using this espresso machine for my daily caffeine fix for the last four months, and I have been extremely happy with it. The good First off the pressurized portafilter has allowed me to use my old coffee grinder that I have had for years without having to upgrade to a nicer burr grinder, although I still plan to...
Summary: I bought this machine about 5 years ago for my husband for about $180. My husband used it occasionally to make himself espresso. In October 2012 we went to Italy and loved the cappuccinos we had everyday so when we returned home out came the machine and its been in use everyday since. (I just put my Mr. Coffee machine away this week.) We struggled for the past two months trying to get a good cup of coffee from the machine. I think our mistake has been the beans.
Summary: I fought this unit for a while, liked it better for a while longer, and now see this unit here, as I'm searching for a new one for our home. And I'll try to cut to the chase as to why I want a different espresso machine. The cup clearance is too small. For even a standard 6 oz cup, we have to take the remove the plastic well/metal grate assembly.
Summary: Is fabulous! Especially for the money; my husband greets me every morning with a delicious latte! We thought we would have to spend much more $$$ for a quality product. Is simple to use and good looking on our counter. Like it better than a more automated one, cheaper to use and can switch to decaf for a dinner party.
Summary: I was a little disappointed pulling it out of the box. I have owned a Saeco Via Venezia since 2003. And loved, loved, LOVED it. I used it every single day for 8 years. Unfortunately, as a result of a divorce, it got "lost" and I was forced to look for a suitable replacement without spending a fortune. I found a used one on ebay which was supposedly minimally used. It barely lasted 6 months and died. So I decided to go with this one.
Summary: I bought this machine five years ago in Italy, it cost 100 Euros, but I guess the (much higher)price at Amazon is acceptable as the coffee this machine makes is superior to any other machine. Handling it is easy, as long as You always blow the air out through the milk foaming tube when You refill the water. I rate it five stars with one star subtracted for the ridiculous price You people have to pay in the United States!