Review Date - 05/04/2014
I bought one of these about 14 years ago when it was re-branded as "starbucks barista". I use it 2-4 times per week. I generally find the espresso to be consistent and well made with good cremma. Mine does not have the "easy froth" wand that comes with new machines. I buy several different kinds and brands of whole beans. It took some time and trial to find the best brew with each bean - eg h ... read more
Review Date - 12/31/2012
Well, my Saeco Via Venezia shipped exactly one year ago so I thought I should share my review of the product.
Out of the box, the Via Venezia is impresssibly durable and asthetically appealing. The instruction manual included with the product is abundantly helpful with more imformation that necessary (much appreciated for this beginner!).
This machine took some time to learn but I ... read more
Review Date - 11/08/2011
I recently purchased a Saeco Aroma SS which replaced the older all-black version I had for a number of years and which worked well until it rusted.
My experience with this redesigned machine has been very different. I have wasted more coffee with it than I have been able to drinking owing to what seems to be a woefully underpowered and/or poorly designed pump. After making one cup in the mornin ... read more
Review Date - 02/05/2014
Refurbished unit had several minor cosmetic imperfections. It was complete (except for double wall filter) and functioned perfectly. I use an Espro 58mm convex calibrated tamper as I moved up from Breville double walled filter products where tamping pressure doesn't matter. The espresso tasted better than with Breville, presumably due to more even extraction due to the wider filter. Baby seems ... read more
Review Date - 06/25/2014
This machine makes great espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes. There is some basic espresso making knowledge that you have to know when operating, but wince you know that its super easy to use. I would highly recommend the machine for beginner espresso connoisseurs. ... read more
Review Date - 09/03/2014
Overall the machine came in like new condition. Could only find on small cosmetic blemish on the portability handle. Extremely minor. Pulled around 30-40 shots with no issues. Only came with three pressurized portafilter baskets. No standard non-pressurized filter basket included. Packaging was excellent (non-retail) brown box. Shipping was fast even with free ground (i'm on eastern side of United ... read more