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The Saeco 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe and Burr Grinder was something I had a few reservations about. I didn’t want to take up a lot of space on my counter, and in particular was worried about the mess it might make. I’m pleased to be able to report that I’ve had no problems and have been pleasantly surprised.
Saeco 104373 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker and Burr Grinder Product Features:
I’ll admit I like a bit of steel and chrome on my kitchen hardware so the Saeco 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe and Burr Grinder, Stainless Steel didn’t disappoint and there’s a solidity to its construction that is reassuring – from the weight of its doors and the firmness of the rubber seals when closing up the bean hopper. It’s also reassuringly simple to set up and use.
The controls on the Saeco 104373 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker are also pretty intuitive – a simple LCD display gives me options for strength and the number of cups I want and I didn’t find myself getting confused by so many options and menus that I felt lost.
One of the things I was slightly concerned about was the burr grinder – and it was a relief to find that the one on the coffee machine – while it does make some noise – is quieter than some I’ve used in the past. In part that’s down to how fine you like to grind your beans. Personally I like a good coarse blend, but the wife prefers a much finer result and often uses it on that setting when we have people around. What’s nice is that making those changes to the grinder is pretty simple.
In addition you don’t have to use the hopper – the Saeco 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker has a separate hopper that you can use to put your pre-ground coffee in and brew from those instead – nice if you’re setting it up for a breakfast brew and are a bit of a light sleeper or you’ve been given a gift of something a bit special that you want to use there and then. Speaking of which, the coffee maker is also nice and simple to use with the timer – I still can’t get to grips with these displays that use twenty four hour clocks, so having a simple display that just does a twelve hour one is just more convenient for me.
I got mine second hand so that made for a really good deal when you look at how much Amazon are charging for the full product. The Saeco 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker line has been discontinued, I understand, but I’ve not had any problems getting hold of supplies for it and certainly nothing like the problems that some reviewers seem to have encountered. All in all, it’s a good machine and with it all built in, it saves me having to juggle different bits of equipment to get the coffee flowing.