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Saeco Classico - Fred Langer's Review
Posted: February 8, 2002, 8:22pm
review rating: 6.0
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Steve Zlatev 8.50
Dave LaFollette 8.44
Mark Bounds 8.00
Mark Johnston 7.50
Mike Pass 7.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 7
Average Price: $250.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $125.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Ebay Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rancilio Silvia
Bottom Line: A great first machine - even if it was your last machine.
Positive Product Points

Ease of use, compact size.

Negative Product Points

Steam wand awkward, pressurized portafilter.

Detailed Commentary

This was a "step-down" for me.  I sold my briefly-owned Silvia (gasp) for reasons I won't go into here about a year ago.   My craving for quality espresso caused me to wander around Ebay and land on several auctions for display models of this unit.  I quickly came to this very section (on CoffeeKid.com) and read enough positive reviews that I went back and bid...and won one.

This was an unused display model (black, not stainless) and came with the (cheesy) video and the pressurized portafilter.  I won't spend a lot of time dissing the pressurized PF here - in fact, the shots were pretty good, and consistent with it.  But I went ahead and ordered the non-pressurized PF directly from Saeco shortly afterward.  

I have had to jockey around with the fineness setting on my Solis 166 to get 25 second double-shots - and I'm STILL not consistent - but I am getting wonderful, thick crema and good shots overall.  (I use home-roasted Sweet Maria's Espresso Monkey Blend almost exclusively).

No, the great shots like I frequently got from Silvia don't happen quite as often, but this machine is serving me well with the 1 to 3 doubles I pull each day.  I know I will crave the likes of Silvia or even a Livia 90, but will not be displeased with using this machine for the forseeable future.

Buying Experience

Got a great deal on Ebay - the seller had several and was prompt and courteous.  Likewise, the Saeco representative was helpful when I ordered the non-pressurized PF.

Three Month Followup

I still stand by the claim that this would be a great first machine.  Unless you are on the Crusade to find frequent and consistent "GodShots", you may be satisfied with this puppy for a long time.

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