Next up in the Daily Shot Of Coffee kitchen is the Philips Saeco Syntia, Focus Automatic Espresso Machine (Black, model HD8833/47). Late last week, I took it out of the box and set it up to begin the testing process.
I’m a manual brew kind of guy, I love my French Press and can’t live without my Chemex. However, there is a part of me that loves espresso and espresso based milk drinks. It would be great to have an espresso machine at home and not have to run to a coffee shop every time I’m craving a good shot.
Don’t let its size, sleek design and clean lines fool you—this espresso machine packs quite a punch. Its high-end features (think Rapid Steam) and one-touch functionality consistently produce café quality beverages quickly and easily. The efficient ceramic disc grinder is supremely quiet, the airtight anti-UV bean hopper holds a full 8 oz. If you prefer pre-ground coffee, simply use the integrated bypass doser so you can control the temperature and strength. Front access for adding beans is a welcomed design detail. The LED display of color-coded icons makes using this machine a breeze.
- An airtight lid with anti-UV coating keeps beans fresh until you’re ready to grind them.
- The built-in ceramic disc grinder operates safely and quietly for a fresh grind time after time.
- Select the coarseness of the grind you prefer with easy-to-use controls.
- An adjustable doser allows you to regulate the amount of ground coffee so you can control the coffee’s strength.
- An adjustable dispensing head can be raised and lowered to fit a variety of cup sizes.
- An adjustable brewing temperature with 3 settings.
- Saeco’s easy-clean system allows for simple, chemical-free cleaning.
- The large drip tray can be removed for cleaning.
- The large capacity 40-oz. water tank is removable.
- The tank includes an Intenza water filter to improve your coffee’s taste and protect your machine from limescale.
- A programmable pre-brewing cycle injects hot water into the ground coffee for optimal flavor extraction.
- Powerful 15-bar pump for maximum extraction of flavor.
- Energy-saving after one hour.
- Incredibly compact design allows front access to all features, freeing up valuable counter space.
(Official description courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.)
What I’m Looking At
The Philips Saeco Syntia Focus is not the first espresso machine that’s visited the Daily Shot Of Coffee kitchen for review. Last year, I reviewed it’s sister product, the Syntia Semi-Automatic Cappuccino Machine. I’m going to see how the Syntia Focus compares to that machine, as well as to other machines I’ve used or been around.
Plus, I’ll investigate the quality of the machine, how easy it is to operate (and clean) and determine if it’s worth it’s price tag. Most importantly, I’ll be looking at just how good is espresso, cappuccino and coffee it brews.
Review process should be complete in about two weeks. Is there anything you would like me to investigate as I test this machine?