Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel review by LatteLover

Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel
3.4

3.4 from 25 reviews

  • Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel
  • Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel
  • Saeco Syntia Stainless Steel
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Product Details
Type: Fully Automatic
Brand: Saeco
Price (RRP): 1699

Release date: Oct 2009

Tucked inside the stylish stainless steel design with clear lines, the Saeco Syntia’s innovative technology guarantees pure espresso enjoyment. The Syntia’s precious stainless steel finishing is robust and has a modern and stylish look which perfectly adapts to every kitchen décor. The Syntia combines high-end functionality with sleek design. Front access to all features allows it to fit wherever it’s most convenient for you. Short or long coffee with one touch, your favourite length easily stored with the memo option – it’s all easy with the wide display and its self-explanatory icons.

Specifications:

  • Rapid Steam / Insta Steam: Rapid Steam (1 boiler)
  • Opti Dose: 7 - 10,5 gr
  • Bean container: 250 gr
  • Removable water tank: 1.2 lt
  • Dreg drawer: 8
  • Pressure: 15 bar
  • Frothing: SS Pannarello
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
  • Power voltage: 1400 W / 230 V
  • Housing material: Front, top and lateral in ss
  • Grinder: 1 ceramic grinder
  • Volume control: Programmable
  • Adjustable cup: Adjustable coffee dispenser
  • Boiler material: Stainless Steel
  • Dimension LxPxH: 256x415x315 mm
  • Interface: Display with icons 3 colors
  • Weight Around: 9 kg
  • Color: Steel

Official Saeco site


LatteLover's review

Big bubbles - not creamy, textured milk!

2.0

- Bad

posted this on Jul 02, 2011
This review has been viewed 70 times

After using a Sunbeam Cafe Series 6910, this machine is disappointing. The coffee it makes as automatically adjusted is fairly weak and you can only adjust the grind when you are grinding. It does the pour into a seperate compartment and then pours it into the cup so comes out looking pale and blonde straight away. It is useful that it can take ground coffee if you are using a different one some of the time but generally, the coffee 'cakes' in the waste bucket are small and coarsely ground unlike most coffee for espresso.
The milk texturing is disastrous! The silly panarello attachment makes big bubbles and there is no way of just using the steam arm with the small hole as it is too short to fit into the jug!
Overall, it looks pretty and is a nice simple machine for those who could not be bothered having to control factors to get a great coffee but if you want a really good coffee save your money and buy a Rancillio Miss Silvia or a Sunbeam for half the price!

+ Looks nice and is quiet.

- Expensive. Worst fault is the steam arm which cannot make decent textured milk even if you have a lot of experience in doing so due to the panarello attachment at the end which looks terrible since it is plastic.

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We agree and had the same problem. But there is a way around the poor froth (big bubbles) of the steam arm. If you tape shut the small hole (which causes the big bubbles) you will be able to froth the milk perfectly. We tried this after a Youtube video showed a barista recommending this for poorly made appliances. Just simple sticky tape works as the arm doesn't get hot.
dmb40 posted on 09-Oct-2011 report this comment
Have you adjusted your coffee amount on the screen (not just the grinder?) I have one and the coffee is nice and strong, but you have to set the amount of coffee to grind to maximum on the screen, not just the grinder.
i just take off the panarello attachment, put it on an angle and have my jug on an angle so I can get the milk right
pineapplejo posted on 25-Nov-2011 report this comment
Check youtube videos about Frothing with Pannarello, so you'll learn to do the frothing you like, the small hole injects air into the milk and when you shoot it (with the same frothed milk or with your finger) you'll get only steam to warm up and make a creamy milk
Chopzter posted on 14-Oct-2012 report this comment
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