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Saeco Vienna - Jay Martin's Review
Posted: May 29, 2005, 7:48pm
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Rick Prosser 8.00
Jay Martin 7.33
Kimber Mata 7.00
John T 6.33
Paula Golladay 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 9
Average Price: $500.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $299.99 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: eBay/Aabreecoffee.com Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A consistent shot with good frothing. I would suggest this machine for the newbi.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use with streight forward opetation. Delivers a consistent shot with a good thick creme and a good heat point. Atractive unit.

Negative Product Points

All ABS body, stationary bean hopper, no cup warmer.

Detailed Commentary

My wife calls me a espresso snob and I have to agree. I spent two years in Le Mans France and grew to have a strong addiction to a good pulled shot and cap. With caffeine as my drug of choice, I want perfection when it comes to espresso and caps. I grew tired of paying $4.00 - $5.00 for a cap and $2.00 for a shot when the end product ( here in the States) is moderate at best.

I tried manual and semi auto machines with good results but was growing tired of the time and effort I had to devote to gain consistency in a good shot with a nice thick caramel colored creme. Well after a exhaustive two months of research for price and quality in a Super automatic I settled on a refurbished Saeco Vienna that I purchased on eBay from Aabreecoffee.com. I considered the Vienna digital and Deluxe however, I could not justify the difference in cost for the few features I would gain. The Vienna is a good machine and delivers a good consistent shot. Since it is a lower end Super Automatic it is lacking some features but it performs well. The temperature of the shot is good and milk frothing is better than I ever achieved in a semi. This is because of the double boiler and that was one feature I was looking for. Because this is a lower end system I do see some features that I will need in my next Super. I would like to have a double bean hopper so I could switch to decaf as well, I would also like to have a cup warmer, and the ability to dose the coffee as part of the package. I did get around this by frothing in the cup that I am serving in or dispensing hot water into my shot cup, and using a double shot.

After a whole weekend of experimentation, and my hart pounding out of my chest from the effects of consuming 10 ounces of beans, I reached what I would call the perfect shot! Here are the settings for those that are interested.

For the shot:

1.) My bean selection is Star Bucks Italian roast.
2.) Grind setting is #2
3.)Volume is three dots up from the left.
3.)I use a double for strength

For the cap: Froth your milk in the cup that you will be serving in and use a double shot as well.


Buying Experience

Aabree Coffee is easy to deal with and my system arrived in three days.

Three Month Followup

I am still using the Vienna and my opinion has not changed. I have changed my selection of coffee and my settings slightly. I am not sing a espresso and other coffees in whole bean form http://www. thejavaclub.com I am using the Red White and Blue espresso roast and I have also used the Caffe in Rome blend as well. My grind setting is now 3. I get a good creme and a smooth espresso from this machine.  If you plan to get this system please use a high quality espresso for best results.

Between me and my wife we pull 6 12 shots a day and the system has not given a it of trouble. For price vs. value vs. functionality I like the Vienna and do not regret buying it. If you are looking for a entry level system and do ont want to break the bank this is the noe to buy.

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