Saeco RI9376/04 Aroma Espresso Machine

Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

…developed for real espresso lovers who value simple operation and the traditional method

Product Description

The Saeco Aroma Stainless Espresso Machine was developed for real espresso lovers who value simple operation and the traditional method of preparing true Italian espresso.

The pressurized portafilter, steam and water wand, and cup-warming surface allow you to craft a variety of espresso drinks and other hot beverages. The chassis is all metal with a durable stylish stainless steel surface.

Create Mild or Intense Espresso Flavor – The Saeco Aroma allows you to enjoy the widest spectrum of taste, whether you like intense or mild espresso. The minimal position produces a lighter crema and body structure, while the maximum position creates a thicker crema and body structure. You can even adjust the espresso’s strength while brewing.

Product Features

  • Traditional style machine and controls
  • Make espresso, cappuccino and latte at home
  • Stainless steel boiler
  • 15 bar pump
  • Pressurized portafilter
  • Steam and hot water wand
  • Simple control panel
  • Removable water tank can be filled while in use
  • cup warming surface
  • 8 x 10 x 11.75 inches

Simple operation and traditional methods

Any of the high end machines will do a decent job of heating up quickly, holding temperature, brewing quality espresso, and holding up to daily use.

The big question however is this: Pressurized Portafilter?

The Saeco Aroma has a pressurized portafilter. This is a galvanizing feature that the purists hate, but that most people don’t even really notice or think about. On the one hand, a classic solid brass portafilter (basically the ground coffee holder and filter basket assembly) can produce the best results. When used by the most experienced barista. When properly tempered to operating temperature. But a pressurized portafilter attempts to overcome variations in coffee grinding, tamping, and temperature preparation by building pressure to a minimum level before allowing the brewed espresso to escape.

This has two effects. First, the filter baskets tend to clog and require cleaning, which can be a royal pain in the rear as they are tiny pinholes and are hard to clear. Second, the used espresso puck that should be dry and just tap out can be a wet soupy mess.

Here’s what I have found over the years. If the portafilter is a wet soupy mess, then your coffee is probably not ground correctly; it’s probably too coarse. And if the filter basket is clogging, then you probably either have your grind too fine, or you’re leaving the machine sit uncleaned for extended periods between uses. Figure out your grind and empty and rinse after each use, and your problem will probably be solved.

So for me, not working at the espresso machine 8 hours a day to perfect my technique, I find the pressurized portafilter to be perfectly “acceptable”. Just make sure you are ok with a pressurized portafilter before you buy one this machine (or any of theese mid level ones). They all do ok. They all have mostly raving reviews. They all have some bad reviews for failures. Make sure you but one that is “sold and fulfilled by Amazon” so you get good customer service at least long enough to get a working machine. Any of these are good machines.

For me, however, I’d probably pick up the Saeco Aroma espresso machine. It may be a boxier, less modern design, than the Gaggia machines, but it’s built durable, and the Saeco design has been around for years and is proven reliable. Plus Saeco let’s you adjust the brew strength (even mid pull).

If you prefer one of Gaggia machines, I can easily recommend them as well, as there really are no losers in this group. But for me it’s the Saeco all the way.

Release date January 28, 2008.
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