Saeco Incanto Sirius questions
A friend of mine just bought a Saeco Incanto Sirius.
The machine is automatic and does everything at the touch of a button.
I have three questions:
How does the quality of the coffee compare to the manual machines?
How well of a job does the intergrated grinder do and how fresh can beans keep in the holder?
What type of milk is to be used when making a cappuccino?
I've had a Saeco Professional automatic espresso machine for about 2 years now. I've also bought the Saeco automatic Vienna Digital Deluxe as a gift for my sister. Both machines produce fabulous coffee with great crema, grinding the beans for each cup, as needed.
We've had no problems with the machines, but it seems like our friends seem to drop by more often than they did before we had our Saecos.
I did lots of research before I bought initially. I highly recommend the Saeco automatics.
First of all the Saeco Incanto Sirius coffee machines are selling for NO HIGHER than $1500 everywhere that I have seen it. Just google it you will see. It might have been $2500 when it first came out a few years ago, but no longer.
Anyway, the quality of the coffee is great, I have found that it makes a great espresso, second only to Jura Capresso machines. I think it actually works better than a lot of the manual machines as the Saeco tamps the grounds to the proper pressure, whereas the manual is left up to your tamping ability with which success comes with practice.
The beans last longer than the grounds do. As for precisely how long is difficult to say. Your best bet is to put in only enough beans that you will use for the day and then store the rest in an air tight containter.
Lastly, the "best" milk to use is a tough call. Skim milk will give you the "best" froth, however it won't have that great taste that whole or even 2% milk has.
A great resource is www.wholelattelove.com, and will give you plenty of reviews to decide which machine is right for you.