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Saeco Vienna Plus Superautomatic Espresso Machine $249.99

ljcus10 20 January 24, 2012 at 11:26 PM in Home & Home Improvement
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has the Saeco Vienna Plus Superautomatic for $249 best price I have seen is around $400.

Saeco 04038 Vienna Plus Anthracite Superautomatic Espresso Machine

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Not bad price even if it is refurb.

However if you are really into espresso, to buy a semi-auto with same money (or/and spare some for a decent burr grinder) certainly makes better coffee.
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#3
nice machine and good coffee to boot. Saeco makes great stuff as well, nice find op.
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Quote from ark View Post :
Not bad price even if it is refurb.

However if you are really into espresso, to buy a semi-auto with same money (or/and spare some for a decent burr grinder) certainly makes better coffee.
Agreed. Not the best if you are trying to enjoy good espresso shots.

Would be perfect for someone that likes mochas or other flavored lattes. For the most part, once you add flavoring you can't tell a decent shot from a great one.
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#5
Great price. I have a similar sueratomatic and love it. I woud almost buy this and stick it in the closet(to have when mine dies)
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in for 3
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Which do you guys prefer, Chock Full o' Nuts or Folgers.
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I only use fresh organics
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Quote from Tripl3Troubl3 View Post :
Agreed. Not the best if you are trying to enjoy good espresso shots.

Would be perfect for someone that likes mochas or other flavored lattes. For the most part, once you add flavoring you can't tell a decent shot from a great one.
Why does this not make good coffee? What models are better and why?
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I would say this is a great deal/machine at this price point.My friend has this exact machine and uses it daily to make milk based drinks, which its perfect for. The real plus to this machine is you get fresh ground coffee which is key to good espresso (just remember even roasted beans go bad fairly quickly) and not to mention the ease of use.

If your interested drinking straight espresso shots, i think that's a whole other monster. If you went with a semi-auto machine you would need to go the non pressurized portafilter route, like the Saeco aroma with a new/modified portafilter. But with a non pressurized baskets you need to get a burr grinder capable of grinding fine enough. i think your in the neighborhood of 500 bucks with this set up and i am not sure on how much your shot will improve over the vienna.

Seattle coffee gear does good reviews for espresso machines
http://www.youtube.com/user/Seatt...o%20vienna
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I owned one of them until a couple of years ago. it is a great machine, even when I paid $400 at the time. You have to remember to keep it clean ( I myself always used distilled water so no calcium buildup), use good beans (medium roast), set to coarser grind for better crema. Illy beans are the best but pricey. On these machines you can pull out the brew group and clean the thumper inside with your hand. This is a big plus. After owning the machine for three years I sold it to a happy new owner.
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By the way the deal is not exclusive to woot, I have seen them sold by major coffee retailers at that price before.
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Wow. I just bought one of these from Amazon and it came yesterday. I groaned when I saw the woot post, but actually I think I did okay. Amazon has it for $499 ish, but in their "Amazon Warehouse" section of the listing (under used) they had four "Like New" models for $298. Usually when amazon says "like new" in warehouse deals, it is just an open or dented box, not a refurb. So, I got that machine, plus the square trade warranty for $44, for a total of $342, shipped. I'm probably just trying to make myself feel better; if I had seen the woot product, I would have snagged it.

Concerning the coffee, yes, if you are after the perfect espresso shot, you won't be happy. But if you want a really easy and somewhat legit way to make lattes or cappucinos, or very very good coffee, this machine does well. I used to own a Jura (more expensive) and I'm pleased with how the Saeco measures up; the Saeco seems easier to maintain / clean.

For me, it comes down to this: I'm in a hurry all the time and I hate to grind beans, find the filter, measure water, and wait for a pot to brew. With this machine, you hit the power button, wait 45 seconds (put your shoes on or something), then hit a button and get an excellent cup of coffee. Can't beat it.

BTW I think this is my first slickdeals post; it took something about coffee to get me out of my shell.
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#13
great machine!!! used it for a year
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Even if its a refurb I think its still a great deal. I have one in my house makes a great coffee!!
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D*mn...missed it. Have a Saeco semiautomatic I use every day (usually 4-5 cappuccinos), and have been looking for an automatic to save some time in the mornings.

Miss one morning checking SD, and...
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