Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5 out of 5 by BaristaBobb Long-time usesr
My first unit was marketed through Starbucks a dozen years ago. Replaced that machine with new model, with essentially same features and design, except for change in "buttons." Operation very similar. Had problem with button durability, but Saeco had me send it to repair facility and it was promptly returned, repaired and ready to go.
10 June 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tom808 Handy, quick, and it makes great espresso!
We picked it up a year or so ago, and have enjoyed great coffee and espresso daily. It's quick to warm up, and makes great, consistent espresso.
The only inconvenience is that now it occasionally "chokes-up" before the first cup; the pump stops, as if it temporarily lost power. We have to turn the machine off, and restart it, after which it brews just fine. Something we're learning to live with.
2 February 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Art01 Great bang for the buck!
My 15-year old Venezia was replaced with a new unit this Christmas. After 15 years, the pump on the old one was getting a little weak. Like the old one, this new unit makes great espresso, but quicker and with more crema. The Pannarello froths the milk perfectly with lots of tiny bubbles for latte art. Makes better espresso than the automatic machines now at Starbucks cafes. I like that I can have Smatra one day and Kona the next. Once you get the grinding and tamping down, you can make better espresso than any automatic machine. My machine was made in Europe (Romaina), not China!
22 January 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Romshelby What was old is new again!
I had this exact machine made by Saeco for about 15 years then it finally died after literally every day use and then I was unable to find a new one. I was delighted to see Saeco was making this machine again and bought one right away! It is even nicer than my old one because it's stainless steel. Very nice looking! And what a work house!
20 January 2013