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Saeco Aroma - All - Abu Lafya's Review
Posted: January 24, 2010, 5:41pm
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Saeco Aroma Espresso - All
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Tim Cashin 9.00
Tom Stubbs 8.33
Brian S 7.25
Nick Romancer 6.50
Dave S. 6.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Product Reviewed: Aroma
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 5
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $300.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Fry's Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 3 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Good overall value, lasting less time than expected, some QC issues.
Positive Product Points

Consistently good results
Compact size
Value for the money

Negative Product Points

Some QC issues
Pressure mechanism in porta-filter
Taped drip-tray becomes ugly

Detailed Commentary

While overall I made a lot of good lattes with the machine, there were a few QC problems early on:

  • Steam spout is dripping even when valve is closed.
  • Steam pressure is not constant = low point has under-par pressure, not useful for frothing. Perhaps because low temperature of thermostat is too low.
  • It seems you need to 'prime' the machine with water too frequently, especially after frothing, perhaps because of steam spout dripping.
  • Difficult to clean the porta-filter, such that it will not drip brown drops.
  • Porta-filter diameter slightly smaller than the standard

After much usage, the tape on top of the drip tray, which expands when the machine is use, becomes ugly. After ~3 years of ownership, the machine seems to start breaking down. The porta-filter has an internal mechanism, which generates pressure build-up and then releases the liquid down. However, it seems it never could keep constant pressure and it is starting to fail to release, making the pump labor in-vain. Perhaps it is the pump that lost some of it's oomph.

Buying Experience

Got it from Fry's with no hassle.

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