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Philips Saeco RI9366/47 Via Venezia Espresso Machine, Black
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- Easy reading control lights show when the machine id "ready to brew" and "ready to steam"
- The patented filter holder ensures a great extraction of espresso by pressurizing the brewing chamber, thereby creating the perfect espresso-brewing element
- A pod adaptor and special filter basket fits into the portafilter, enabling it to handle single serve prepackaged shots (pods)
- Steam Wand with Pannarello Attachment: Used to manually froth milk for cappuccinos and lattes; Also produces hot water for tea
- Removable 68-ounce water tank for easy cleaning and refilling.
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Trips to the coffee shop are a thing of the past when you use the Saeco Via Venezia RI9366/47 Manual Espresso Machine. This espresso machine features a pressurized portafilter to ensure excellent coffee extraction and includes an ESE pod adapter so you can use prepackaged, single-serve shots at your convenience. You'll be able to craft a variety of espresso drinks with this efficient machine.
Produces Rich Crema and Aroma
Insisting on bean-to-cup quality, the Via Venezia brings Italian-quality espresso to your home. The machine makes it easy to create true Italian espresso, with its signature dark color, rich layer of crema, fragrant taste, and intense aroma.
A pressurized portafilter ensures great espresso extraction with beautiful crema, and an ESE pod adapter with filter basket enables you to use prepackaged, single-serve shots.
Control Buttons and Frothing Function for Precise Brewing
Buttons with clear control lights show when your Via Venezia is ready to brew or ready to steam, so you can prepare your drink with the press of a button. A warming surface with six-cup capacity on top of the machine ensures that your cup will be ready for coffee whenever you are.
In addition, an integrated Pannarello steam wand means you can froth your milk exactly as you wish and provides hot water for tea, hot chocolate, and other beverages.
Efficient Design for Easy Maintenance
The drip tray and 68-ounce water tank are removable for easy cleaning. You can also refill the water tank without removing it from the machine. Its high capacity means more brewing and steaming between refills.
Philips Saeco machines switch off automatically one hour after use.
Thoroughly Tested and Guaranteed
All Philips Saeco machines are tested with coffee. Although they have been carefully cleaned there might be some coffee residue in the machine. We guarantee however that the machine is absolutely new and recommend that you read the instructions before use.
The Saeco Via Venezia is backed by a limited one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Saeco Via Venezia manual espresso machine (black), Ground coffee measuring scoop, pod filter and adaptor, removable water tank, and instructions.
ensures a great extraction of espresso.
for easy cleaning and refilling.
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We then tried a Cuisinart, which we bought locally, and you can see my review of that machine here on Amazon. Cheaper than this Saeco but despite appearances of solidity it has serious quality control problems. Ours was among those that did not work properly and we returned it. Then we got this.
As I say, this is similar to the old Starbucks Barrista, but it has been updated a bit. It is a very sold, heavy machine and feels like it will last forever. Like the Barrista, it has the frothing wand on the left, which is unusual but not a problem. More importantly, the frothing wand is on a ball swivel joint allowing one to position it conveniently both for use and then for dripping dry over the drip tray when you are done. And even more importantly, both the frothing wand and the coffee brewing work very very well. It's a powerful frother that lets you make the textured milk for a cappuccino reasonably fast, and its design lets even a novice produce a good texture. The coffee, of course the most important, is reliable and good, nice crema, good flavor. The water reservoir can be filled by pouring water into a hatch at the top of the machine, or by removing the reservoir altogether (after removing the drip tray) and bringing it to the water source. (Because we have this machine in our Phoenix home, where the tap water does not have a good flavor, and leaves a lot of minerals behind in any container it's been in (water heaters have short lives here), we never put tap water in our coffee makers.) The length of the power cord is adjustable--it unwinds from inside the machine, and you can push it back in to shorten it--a nice if minor convenience.
This machine does not have any automatic features but we have never had that. But having used it now for about two or three weeks, we know it works well, produces very nice coffee, and gives every indication of being very solidly built. We are very pleased with it.
I would avoid "super-automatic" machines that grind the beans. Grinders can be fussy, and it's better to have the grinder separate so that you don't have to replace your entire machine if the grinder goes. The grinders in super-automatics also generally inhospitable to beans with more oil--see, e.g., the website for Seattle Coffee Gear, which provides detailed information on most espresso machines; you are warned to avoid the heartier, more roasted beans with virtually all their super-automatics. And many of those machines make it difficult to change the bean you are using to make coffee, which is s problem if, for example, you want to make decaf at night and regular in the morning.
Straight out of the box, the steam control knob is loose - I can pull it off without any force, and when you turn the knob, it will continue to rotate even though the inner shaft has obviously hit the end of its travel. This is exactly what happened to the first Via Venezia, but it's noticeable on day 1. The original 'Starbucks' version had a very sturdy knob that pushed onto the shaft very solidly and was hard to pull off (the round shaft has a flat 'key' surface section, that mates to a flat section of the knob so the two 'lock' together. The Via Venezia has a very lightweight, hollow knob that has the same basic concept of a 'key', but is far less pronounced, and the plastic of the knob is so light and soft, it simply turns 'beyond' the key. For right now, this isn't a terrible problem because everything is new and there are no hints of leaks. But as the unit ages, you need to be able to 'tightly close' the valve and to do that, you need a solid 'knob-to-shaft' mating so you can give the shaft a hard turn (like closing a faucet tightly).
Not sure whether to bother returning it now or not. Very disappointed in such an obvious and easily remedied design flaw on such an otherwise decent machine.
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