We think this machine is great. We use the milk carafe for almost every cup we make (all lattes of sorts) and the design is simply ingenious. Yes the water reservoir is too small – but it has 2 boilersyes you have to empty not one, but two drip-trays, frequently, and not at the same timeyes the coffee grounds drawer also needs to be emptied (at a third time), even though it’s not fullbut wow does it do a good job, and it’s very well built with lots of steel and high quality finish plastic – looks wonderfulours sits very close to the sink and in-counter composted, so all the emptying is a little easier. We will see how reliable it is, but thus far, i’m very impressed.
Nice machine but needs lots of attention. Constantly having to clean out water tray inside and coffee grounds. Coffee ground catcher not even 1/4 full and it is saying to clean out. Having to add water all the time. Larger tank or water connection would be best. Other than that, nice machine and great coffee.
Easy to use , highly automatic. Makes delicious coffee, espresso and cappuccinos. Only thing to note , while it fits nicely under the cabinet you have to pull it out in order to fill water and coffee. I spent a month researching many options and couldn’t recommend this enough. Also it does take a little longer than my kruig to make american coffee.
I prefer my drinks a little hotter though. I changed the setting to the hottest setting and warm my cups with really hot (boiling) water before dispensing drinks from this machine, but still warm to me.
This machine is truly awesome. Very easy to use and to customize for each user. I have read some criticisms that it does not make lattes hot enough. Our lattes have always been hot without preheating the mugs. My wife has noticed that its espresso is a bit darker than that of our previous machine. We are still playing with the settings (grind coarseness, temperature, amount of coffee. There are many ways to adjust your cup) i will say that the crema is excellent. The saeco has been wonderful and worth every penny.
It’s so easy to use and to customize for every user. It makes the best lattes, as good as starbucks after a little fine tuning of the settings and some lavazza espresso beans. I commend the 3rd party reseller (dream kitty) for excellent packaging and quality control. What a wonderful gift that i’m enjoying every day. Note: this machine was purchased with a 4 year smart guard protection plan that is a good idea considering this is a very complicated appliance.
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Works reliably, easy to operate and makes great coffee. I have two units of this model, and i haven’t encountered any issues with them.
Definitely not your ‘run of the mill’ kind of coffee maker. What struck me right off the bat was the quality of the product. Not plastic but steel and chrome. Interior has some plastic parts but they are solid. It is heavy and you won’t want to move it around a lot, tho it is manageable to do so. It comes with a manual (actually three. You will want to read the manual. It’s my first time with and espresso type machine.
This is a wonderful machine, but it is an expensive niche product for the right household – one that prepares a lot of milk and espresso drinks at home. Perhaps it could be used in a very small office, although see my comments on maintenance below. This is my second saeco superauto – my syntia (apartment sized superauto with one boiler) still had some life in it, but i tried this one out at my son’s house and was hooked by the ease of use and the favorable pricing available on amazon. It also makes a version of american coffee – one of us drinks one cup a day of that and we are hoping to use this in place of the single serve machine that takes up its own counter space. It can be easily used for cocoa or hot water. The two separate boilers and the new evo milk carafe system do an excellent job. I used the menus to adjust the coffee temperature as hot as possible and reduced the amount of milk and foam from the default settings. For some, even the redesigned milk carafe may not get the drink hot enough for their taste – there is a steam wand on this model for heating it up further. We are still in the process of figuring out exactly how we want to take advantage of the user menus, but i think the best idea will be to set the default menu for the beans in the hopper (caffeinated) and the moon icon menu for decaf – you can require it to prompt you to put in the ground coffee before brewing, so you never get it mixed up. A warning to all prospective purchasers – any fancy superauto will require regular maintenance.
I got the saeco exelsis evo from the local seattle coffee gear store in bellevue, back in april 2016; now, 5000 as shown in the photo, coffees later, i might say, i know what i’m talking about. This machine replaced a very similar one which served us amazingly well for over six years and saved us tons of money; it never broke, we still have it stored after a full clean-up. It looks that longevivity is not an issue with these. Honestly, there was not a single time it would go on strike. 2k for the unit and $800 for italian coffe beans, bring us to $0. 60/cup if we count in the unit and to $0. 16 if we count the price of the coffee alone. Compared to $4/cup, regardless of the coffee joint, i’d say we saved about $17k; not bad. The quality exceeds wat you get served by the ‘leading brand’ and only compares to high-end hotel bars, which have the right gear and use genuine beans (italian beans that would be). The milk and all lattees are wonderful and the temperature is where it needs to be. I really don’t get those who complain about milk temperathure, because it’s absolutely no issue. We love it, our friends ask to come over more often (lol) and it’s just a work horse.
Great machine, have it for about a month. Make cappuccino in the morning, espresso macchiato midday, and espresso macchiato decaf in the evening. Should have storage reservoir for ground coffee – currently need to do 1 spoonful at a time – tedious. Should have bigger water runoff reservoir. Need to empty about 2x per day. Some displayed screen messages are not described in the owner’s manual. Overall, glad that we bought machine. From the first time that we saw it on display knew that needed to have it.
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I’ve owned this machine about a month. I am pleased with the machine since it makes a very consistent & delicious coffee. I choose saeco xelsis evo over jura machines because of the convenient milk carafe and good looking & sturdy stainless steel housing. Cons: water container is required to fill water so often; however, i don’t find this is a disadvantage of this machine. I own a pool and it takes a lot of maintenance. If the water is not circulated by a pump, the water will be contaminated with green and even black algae. Just like water in the coffee machine, it is not good to have a big container since the water will become stale and even contaminated. The machine does not indicate no more coffee in the coffee hopper until coffee selection is made. Just lift the hopper lid up and the machine will stop. Fill the hopper with coffee bean and enjoy fresh and delicious coffee.
Yes, it produces the best coffee this side of starbucks.
We had a jura impressa z5 for 10 years and decided to upgrade. After hours of research i decided to purchase the saeco xelsis evo. The most attractive feature is the milk dispenser. It is very convenient and easy to use. The stainless steel case is very attractive and easy to keep clean. The container capacities may be smaller than the z5 but are extremely easy to access. The froth temperature could be improved but other than that i am completely satisfied. I am hopeful it will hold up to the test of time.
Only have the machine for a few days. So far it makes great espresso. Just tweeked the setting to my taste and now it remembers how i like my coffee and comes out to my liking every time.
This product is designed for kitchen use only. It requires a 6 inch clearance (front, sides, and top) but does not get/feel hot to the touch. It looks great, works great, and is easy to clean. (instructions are included to test for hard water. )everything is easily accessed from the top or front. Every drink is fully customizable so experimenting was fun. You can make a drink from a bean or from instant coffee. The drinks are really, really, really good.
We have had this machine for about a year and a half and use it daily. We recently purchased a second machine for our daughter as a graduation/wedding gift. In the morning i fix myself an america coffee and my husband will have an espresso longo. Late morning we will both have a cappuccino. Early afternoon i’ll have a weaker cappuccino and my husband will have a latte macchiato. We will also have an occasional espresso and during the winter i’ll fix cinnamon-hazelnut lattes and/or peppermint mochas. We obviously get a lot of pleasure and use out of this machine. My one big gripe about this machine is the coffee grinder adjustment knob. As stated above i like an american coffee first thing in the morning which means i like a finer grind. For some bizarre reason, the adjustment knob can only be turned while the grinder is working.
Perfect froth thanks to the dual chamber milk carafe
If a coffee machine can be gorgeous, the saeco xelsis evo fully automatic espresso machine would take top honors. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is wonderful to use. What make this machine so great is that is one-touch, and completely programmable. You can program up to six different users, and five different drinks. Start by putting a high quality bean in the ceramic grinder. The grinder holds up to 12 ounces of beans and has a lid with a rubber gasket to keep the beans fresh. Add your water to the water reserve tank, which holds approximately 54 ounces of water, and milk in the steamer, and push a button. What come out is a rich and delicious concoction of coffee and steamed milk, made just the way you like it. The seaco also has a traditional single-hole steam arm to make your own foam, if you would like.
I’ve had this for a couple years now (bought at costco for half the price on sale so be sure to shop around), and we make a few cups of coffee out of it every day. It does a great job, and we make use of the profiles so that my wife and i can have the exact style we want for our drinks. The only real negative for me is that there isn’t an option to hook it to the water supply. For a machine of this expense, it seems like it should be at least an add-on that is available.
It is quieter than my previous delonghi, but the inside water tray fills up before the spent coffee tray is full. The frother works great, i was surprised. It would be nice if it was a bit farther away from the coffee spout, but it still works fine, even for large cups. I like the adjustability of the quantities that can be specified for each user, and that it has a separate steam spout, which my wife uses for her almond milk. I don’t miss having to clean up the frother after each use like my old machine, but i do like the front access for the water container of the delonghi. This one is top mounted so i have to slide it out from under my cabinet to fill it. I would buy the seaco again, but i wish they would tell me why the inside water fills up so fast, maybe i could change a setting or something.
00 daily at starbucks have ended. If i could change one thing about the machine the carafe would make the milk hotter. This machine makes me very happy and that’s all that matters.
I’ve own one of these for about 3 years. I need 2 cups of coffee or i don’t even walk out the door in the morning. Not a single issue, simple operation. Has a setting for my wife and a setting (max beans) for me.
Very nice machine but doesn’t hold lots of water.
Double boiler for fast and professional results
The machine is well built and configurable. It’s well suited to a multi-user home / small-office. After using it for a few weeks, i’ve developed some processes which may help others. The machine always starts as the ‘default user’. If you are a single user household, all of the regular users have the same preferences, or the users enjoy different beverages, you may wish to configure the beverages under the ‘default user’ rather than program one of the selectable users. This way, they machine is always ready to go. If you like milk beverages with more than a little milk, you will want to understand the milk heating is approximately +55f. This means, if the milk carafe came right from a 45f refrigerator, the hot milk for a cafe latte will only be about 100f. If the milk is already at 60f then the hot milk for your cafe latte will be closer to 115f. This helps avoid cooling the espresso too much.
First the negatives–will add my voice to the chorus regarding the temperature. It just does not deliver a hot beverage to any reasonable degree. My wife likes her latte piping hot and i have to preheat the cup with hot water and then zap the finished produce for 20 seconds. Also instead of delivering the excess liquid to the front dip tray as my other saeco royal does, it goes to a small receptacle inside the machine which fills up after 3 or 4 beverages at most. These two items led me to take away one star, but the positives far out way the negatives. It is such a pleasure to be able to control every aspect of the process and to deliver exactly the same product time after time with the push of a button. Also it is an absolutely gorgeous machine which would grace any kitchen. Would buy it again in a second even with the high price tag.
We love coffee and we love this machine. Ps buy your beans at jbc coffee roasters.
I bought this a month ago and waited to see how i’d like it before i wrote a review. Now that i’ve used it several times a day throughout this time, i believe i know enough about it to add my. I’m thrilled about this machine and have no buyers remorse. In our household there is only my wife and myself so i was unsure about spending money on a feature like six user profiles. But because of the other features i didn’t mind. I’ve found that having these profiles is actually very convenient, though i still don’t use all six. My wife and i use four profiles between us. We each use one profile for home use and one profile for travel use because of the bigger mugs. Because we are both able to make coffee drinks the way we like them before our commutes, i’ve estimated we’ve already saved (i just did the math and am a bit depressed) about $140 this last month.
Good bye starbucksi have been using espresso machines for over 10 years now and this is by far the most expensive one i’ve purchased, but hands down the best. The last one i had was also a saeco which i liked so i stuck with the brand. This coffee machine is not only sweet to run but the most awesome tasting coffee i’ve had. I absolutely love that i can specifically program each member of my family for each drink on the menu. So with a few clicks of a button my cappuccino the exact strength in beans, crema, aroma, milk, froth, temp that i desire then 2 more clicks and an entire different cup specific to my husband’s tastes is produced.
Love this xelsis evo awesome coffee, the craft for the cream is great really froths the milk nicely. This product is really nice. The only thing i don’t like is that it is a very needy machine. But if you like your coffee as muchj as we do you will love this machine.
Personalize your coffee with the 6 profiles on our display
Makes great lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, espressos and americanos.
I hardly ever right a review, but because of the cost a person would spend on this machine i thought i had an obligation to share my experience with the saeco xelsis evo. I bought one august of 2014, about 8 months ago, and was in the process of descaling and changing the filter when the machine froze in mid cycle. Called customer service at saeco and they were friendly, walked me through a few steps and when that didn’t fix the problem they gave me a file number and email address to send a copy of the receipt. I am now at the point where i will have to pack the machine up and send it to them to fix. I loved the machine up to this point, but for 3 grand, you expect it to last several years before it breaks. I just hope this helps others in their decision on a superautomatic.
After a long period of research of automatic espresso machines, i made the plunge and purchased the saeco xelsis evo through amazon warehouse deals. The price was discounted and this was the only way i could justify the expense for yet another way to make coffee. It is a large machine, but looks attractive on my counter. Since it’s arrival it has been in heavy use daily to satisfy our coffee cravings. My husband, a black coffee drinker, has even taken to making a few cappuccinos in the morning. The operation of the machine is easy to learn thanks to all the visual and written cues that walk you through most of the process. Yes, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed on a regular basis (empty the grounds and water tray,etc), but what process of making coffee doesn’t have some associated chores?. I placed my machine next to a sink which allows me to perform these tasks with ease. The used grounds form pucks and are likewise easy to pour out into my compost container.
Automatic cleaning and de-scaling