I got a nice bonus at work recently and I decided to invest it in a good espresso machine. When at work, me and the guys usually go out for a few espressos at Starbucks or other coffee shops. I just love espresso and have become dependant on it. But I’ve always had serious problems with paying $3,50 per cup at a bar.
I don’t like the feeling of being ripped off. So that’s why I decided to invest wisely in an espresso machine of my very own. After much deliberation, I decided to go with the one you see pictured above: the Saeco 4038 Vienna Plus! Thanks to the design, it caught my eye immediately. Not that I was about to blow a few hundred bucks on an espresso machine that looks nice but can’t make an espress shot worth a penny…
I made sure to read up on the reviews before making my final buying decision. This Saeco Vienna Plus is a very highly rated espresso machine on Amazon at the moment. It only had a few negative reviews. But you’re going to have to have a few negative Nancy’s with all top products. I naturally assumed that I would be among the lion’s share of people that were positive about this Saeco.
I’ve had it in use for around two weeks now and I haven’t bought an over priced cup of espresso at Starbucks since. Starbucks can pack up and go home for all I care, because I’m brewing espresso that’s one heck of a lot better than their mass produced (and optimized for the most profit) espressos.
It literally takes this machine around two and a half minutes to grind beans, tamp down the grind and brew the much needed morning espresso. Naturally, a machine like this can make more than just espresso. It also does cappuccinos and lattes, for which you can froth milk with the removable frothing wand.
The Saeco Vienna Plus can do a lot, actually. Despite this, it still manages to be pretty user friendly. The controls aren’t hard at all. There are only a few buttons and a knob for adjusting the amount of coffee you want in your cup. There are also a few lights on it that indicate that the power is on and that the temperature is high enough and all that.
My overall impression of this machine is that it is pretty good value for money. I certainly could’ve bought worse! It looks pretty classy and it is a good build. Doesn’t feel cheap at all. It’s not at all that big and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the kitchen. Cleaning it is a breeze and it has proven to be low maintenance so far. There are quieter espresso machines out there, but I would not go as far as to call this machine noisy.
I do not regret my purchase at all. As a matter of fact, I wish I had bought this years ago!