Saeco Poemia Top Espresso Machine
…more stainless steel class than the Saeco Poemia Class
The Saeco Poemia Top is the same machine as the Saeco Poemia Class, except it has a stainless shell. Considering that the stainless won’t make it last longer, won’t make better espresso, and really won’t even look that much better than the Class’s stainless front panel, I would suggest that in a budget class machine, to keep focused on the budget. In other words, save the bucks, and get the Class rather than the Top.
That said, the Poemia Class gets the job done all the same, and if you just really want the full stainless shell, who am I to judge. Go for it.
- Stainless steel body
- Pressurized portafilter
- 15 bars of pressure
- Brews 1 or 2 cups
- Brews from ground espresso or from pods
- 53-ounce removable reservoir
- Pannarello steam nozzle
- Cup warming tray
Simple operation and traditional methods
The entry level machines get the job done, and as an introductory or less frequently used machine, the Saeco Poemia Top is a perfectly good espresso maker.
In general these entry level machines are not flawless. Some claim they don’t make good enough espresso. Some claim they aren’t made sturdy enough, or they don’t last. And they are probably right. But they’re probably good enough for a starter, with the understanding that in a year or two you might be either wanting to move up to a better machine, or you might be replacing it because it just quit working. Either way, the entry machines get you in the game, and I can recommend any of them, so long as you accept the caveats.
My preference is the DeLonghi EC155, but the Cuisinart might be more available in your ares, or might be more stylish, or might match your other Cuisinart appliances… and to be fair the only reason I find the DeLonghi to be better is because it’s cheaper. There. I said it.
This biggest caveat is that you can’t expect these to last forever. Maybe they will, but probably they won’t. However, at the $100 to $150 price point, if it drops dead in a year or two, it’s not the end of the world. I’m not saying it will. I had a $60 machine that lasted a long time. 4 years. But I’ve also tossed a far more expensive machine that died less than a month after the 1 year warranty expired. And it’s not one machine vs another. They’re all just prone to failure.
But with all that said… the Saeco Poemia Top is easy to recommend, and don’t forget, you can get same machine 9Saeco Poemia Class) with less stainless for about $50 less.