I drink my coffee black and I prefer Americanos. For a few years now we have had a Saeco (ours is an older version of this one below). We make a shot of espresso, add hot water and yum, coffee’s ready.
But now that I have a new kitchen, I needed a sexier espresso machine. My Saeco is plastic silver and is looking worn.
So on the weekend, we were in Costco and we bought the Breville (above). I had just been at a call on Friday where my client made me a latte and it was yummy. Then that same day another friend said they had this machine and loved it.
Well we brought it home and after making shots with both the single and dual wall filter baskets, there is absolutely zero crema and it tastes awful.
So after reading about it on-line, all I could conclude was that the beans must be less than two weeks old. In other words, they must be freshly roasted.
Okay, so I am not that much of a coffee connoisseur. Seriously. I think it’s already a step up that we grind our beans fresh every day but it never even occurred to me that I should have freshly roasted beans delivered to my doorstep before a more expensive espresso maker will make a decent cup of coffee.
So I called customer service and the unimpressed agent at the other end confirmed what I read on-line, the beans must be fresh.
Now I do remember when I first bought the Saeco, it made terrible coffee for about a month. I would have returned it but the store I bought it from wouldn’t take it back.
Do any of you have any experience with this machine? Must we have freshly roasted beans ground to perfection before it will work? Because if that’s the case, it’s going back.
My old machine, although not as pretty, makes great espresso!
I’d love your help!
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