Saeco Royal One Touch Espresso Machine Review

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Introduction

Saeco Royal One Touch Cappuccino Espresso Machine is a redesign of the Saeco Royal Professional with feature enhancements and a more modern appeal. A few noticeable improvements are:

  • The by-pass doser lid is changed from plastic to metal for more durability.
  • A larger drip tray that holds more water and requires less frequent emptying.
  • The used coffee bin is attached via a magnetic switch instead of a mechanical one in the previous design which is less prone to break down.
  • A more user-friendly display that’s easy to use and program.
  • A proximity sensor replaced the former magnetic float in the water tank to avoid the magnet malfunction.

Equipped with double boilers, a large water tank, bean hopper, and a one touch cappuccino system, it’s perfect for home use as well as for a small office.

Let’s see which features matter the most to you:

  Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Features & Benefits
3. Brewing
4. Steaming
5. Display & Control
6. Additional Features
7. How to Clean
8. Accessories
9. Power & Cord
10. Dimensions & Weight
11. Warranty
12. Pros & Cons
13. Consumer Reviews
14. Price
15. Summary

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Features & Benefits

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  • Double Boilers: Often found in high-end espresso machines, this feature ensures optimal brewing and steaming temperature without any downtime in between the cycles so you can enjoy your morning brew sooner. Made of stainless steel, they are durable and acid and corrosion-resistant.
  • Ceramic Burr Grinder with a By-pass Doser: As you might know, the consistency and quality of coffee ground is essential in the outcome of the brew. A great grinder plays a big part in it. With a ceramic burr grinder in multiple settings, you get the most aroma and flavor from the coffee beans without much excessive heat and friction.

    The 12-ounce bean hopper is big enough for a good-sized party at home or an office function. The lid is sealed with a rubber gasket to ensure minimum air is let in to oxidize the coffee beans. The icing on the cake is the by-pass doser to let you use pre-ground or decaf coffee without the need to empty the hopper.

  • Large Water Tank: It has a capacity of 74-ounces that you can brew cup after cup without thinking about refills. Being front-loaded, it’s easily accessible for either top-fill or at the sink.
  • Automatic Cappuccino: The unit comes with an attachment that allows you to make cappuccinos or lattes with the touch of a button. The milk carafe is easily removable to be stored in the fridge until next use and dishwasher safe.
  • Customize Your Drinks: You are in total control over your drinks whether you’d like to piping hot, short or long, mild or strong.
  • Cup-Warming: Warming a cup is a step that many neglect but it makes such a difference in retaining the consistent temperature from brewing to delivery. It’s heated from the exhaustive heat from the boilers and may take a little bit longer to warm up the cups. Alternatively, you can warm the cups in the microwave or dispense some hot water from the unit.
  • Adjustable Brew Dispenser: The height is adjustable for a tall cup/mug with plenty of room on all sides.
  • 20 Used Coffee Bin: This is the largest bin to store spent coffee pucks. The larger it is, the less frequent you’d need to empty it.
  • Automatic Cleaning: The machine will perform an automatic cleaning cycle in or out of a standby mode.
  • Removable Brew Group: It’s removable from the side and easy for routine cleaning to prevent mineral build-up from tap water.

Brewing

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Being a super-automatic means minimal work on your part. Fill the water tank with water and the bean hopper with beans. Place a warmed cup on the drip tray and turn on the machine.  Select the type of drink. The rest is to sit back and watch the machine do all the work from grinding the beans, tamping the grounds, pre-infusing to moisting the coffee for the last push – extraction.

Steaming

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Open the flap in front of the dispensing head and hook the Cappuccinatore attachment into the unit. Insert the milk hose into the carafe filled with cold milk. Push the Cappuccino button and the milk will be heated, frothed and delivered to the cup. Easy breezy! By the way, the included stainless steel milk carafe is 16.9 oz. in size which is big enough to froth milk for one or two cappuccinos.

Display & Control

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The biggest difference of this version vs. the predecessor is in the Display Panel. On the left hand side, there are bottons for Menu, Espresso, Long Coffee and Customization. On the right, Clean, Cappuccio/Latte, Macchiato, Standby/Power.

The Menu button allows you to choose either the Beverage or the Machine. Follow the instructions for Beverage to choose a drink type such as Espresso or Coffee and to program the temperature, coffee strength and brew volume.

The Machine function enables you to specify things such as beeps every time you change a button and to set a timer when the stand-by mode should kick in to save energy. Here is where you can turn the cup-warmer on or off.

You may also choose a display language, the brightness and contrast. Water hardness can be set in the Machine menu as it will dictate how often you should descale. Water filter can be activated as well. By using it, it will significantly decrease the need for descaling as well as improve the taste and flavor of the drinks.

The Cleaning is where you perform a cleaning and descaling cycle for the brew group and the Cappuccinatore to flush out the milk residue from the hose.

Additional Features

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None

How to Clean

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Cleaning entail two types of routine. One is to clean the unit after each brew and froth cycle. It’s designed with an automatic rinse after each brew but cleaning the Capucinatore requires extra work to run a froth cycle with clean water to rinse out the milk. Wipe out the exterior of the unit and the drip tray are part of the daily routine.

Descaling is determined based on the water hardness. The harder the water, the more often you’ll have to. Using filtered water or a water filter will definitely cut down the need but it comes with a recurring cost in buying water and filters. Trade time for less expense or the other way around. The decision is yours.

Accessories

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Included Accessories

These are the accessories that come with the purchase: Water filter, Cappuccinatore, cleaning brush, measuring scoop, brew group cleaning tablets, descaling solution, milk circuit detergent and User Manual.

Optional Accessories

Good quality of espresso coffee beans should be a staple in your kitchen. Great espresso starts with fresh and aromatic beans.

Power & Cord

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  • Input Power (W): 1400
  • Voltage/Frequency (V-Hz): 120/60

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Dimensions (W x D x H inches): 13.2 x 14.9 x 17.7
  • Weight (lbs): 33

Warranty

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 1-year limited warranty on parts and labor

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • It’s one of the espresso machines on the market with hottest brew and steaming temperature being 190 and 160 degrees F tested by Seattle Coffee Gear test.
  • The double boilers allow brewing and steaming simultaneously without any wait time in between.
  • The large bean hopper and water tank require less frequent refills to save you time and hassle.
  • The by-pass doser gives you a chance to try a different type of coffee without interfering with the main bean hopper.
  • Frontal-loading makes it ergonomic to operate.
  • The sleek design is coupled with stainless steel housing.
  • The Cappuccinatore makes it effortless to whip up some tasty cappuccinos or lattes with a double-walled milk container for easy storage.
  • Easy-to-use display to program the machine functions and drinks just the way to your liking.
  • A dedicated hot water spigot for hot tea and Americanos.
  • Brew-group is removable for easy rinsing and cleaning.

Cons

  • It’s expensive.
  • It takes more counter space than a more compact unit.
  • Only one-year warranty for a machine of this price.

Consumer Reviews

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5.0 out of 5.0

It’s rare to see 5-star ratings by all the reviewers. It speaks louder than any advertisements by Saeco about the quality and convenient features of the unit.

Price

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It’s a small investment to buy this model for under $1500. It’s not out of the norm in the super-automatic category. Some reviewers bought it for office use to fully recoup the benefit of a powerful machine.

Summary

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Saeco didn’t disappoint us with the improved design of the former bestseller, Royal Professional. It’s solidly built, well-constructed and delivers in so many types of drinks with or without milk. The one-touch button takes the hard work out of enjoying a favorite café-quality drink in the comfort of your own home or office. Having it perched on your kitchen counter will be a conversation starter as well as a machine to impress your house guests or customers with delicious drinks after dinner. Life is too short. Why not enjoy the luxury while you can!

 

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