Starbucks Saeco Barista espresso machine refurbished plus with grinder - $185 (Northgate)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Saeco
model name / number: Barista
I have many refurbished Saeco Barista espresso machines available. I suppose the first question you may be wondering is why to buy this espresso machine instead of another.

Of course, firstly, you should satisfy yourself that this is the best make and model. You can google this model and get all the details. But if you are looking at this, you probably have already decided this is the right machine for you. Everything they say is true. No one can make an espresso machine like the Italians. This machine makes perfect shots and steams milk perfectly. Of course, you will need to practice a little to get it just right. Especially the velvet foam Seattle is known for. But this machine will do it. And Saeco's unique portafilter removes the guess work so that you can pull perfect shots with nice crema on top every time. That said, if you really want to become a maestro, especially if you have a good grinder, I have unpressurized and even bottomless available. Bottomless are all the rage in the fancy shops around town. You can tell if you have your grind perfect or not.

But back to the original question. Why this one? Well, I will give you a few reasons why you might do well to buy this one.

After dismantling a few, I have discovered that used Espresso machines can be full of nasty gunk from both water and coffee. The water that runs through the boiler will eventually leave all kinds of mineral deposits that can both make your machine not work properly and also make your coffee taste bad. On top of that, the coffee itself leaves all kinds of gunk on the machine, the group head gasket, screen and other parts. Both tiny granules of coffee, and gummy tar will eventually clog and coat your group head and portafilter.

It is very easy to put a used machine on ebay and say it works fine. But, has the boiler been pulled and taken apart? Has it been descaled of minerals? Has it been cleaned of gunk? Has the mushroom valve been cleaned and seated so it does not leak unnecessarily? Has the steam valve neoprene washer been replaced so it doesn't drip? Has the group head screen been cleaned and the screw adjusted so as to provide an evenly distributed "shower" of water across the coffee in the portafilter?

Secondly, o-rings eventually get brittle, compress, and leak, as high heat and pressure take their toll. Machines begin to leak water which causes rust and mess. Has that used machine had all the o-rings replaced? Has the heat sync paste on the sensors been refreshed?

Thirdly, what about the portafilter? Does it build proper pressure? Is it even clean? Coffee oil tar buildup can make your shot taste terrible. Sometimes the portafilter is broken inside and doesn't work quite right. Has the basket been cleaned and checked to make sure all the holes are unclogged?

Lastly, has someone tested and verified that the machine is in good working condition? And is that person willing to stand behind their work with a 1-year warranty?

My answer to these questions is simple. I have taken this machine apart, cleaned and descaled the boiler. The group head gasket, screen and locking ring have been cleaned. O-rings have been replaced. The machine has been time tested to not leak and hold good pressure, as well as produce good steam. This portafilter is cleaned and looking good inside. See pic. And finally, the machine has been tested by steaming milk and pulling shots. This is the ultimate test, and my girlfriend is the ultimate aficionado. Only by passing her muster will this machine be sold.

Of course, this is a used machine. I can not promise new condition, nor can I give a new warranty. My prices, which are well below new, just will not allow me to do that. But, I do want to stand behind my work. Firstly, I promise that the machine will be as described In good working condition This is a money back guarantee. I also give a 1-year repair warranty. It will pull good shots, steam milk, and not drip from the steam wand. Please note, as the steam heats up, the group head will drip a little. Apparently, this is normal and every machine I test this on does exactly the same. Please do not consider this a defect with this machine. Also, the pump makes some noise. This is normal. Further, I will warranty this machine for one week. If it is not to your satisfaction, I will refund repair or replace. After one week I will warranty it for 1 year with repair.

Cosmetic condition is good to very good used. The body will show some light scratching. This is inevitable on any used machine.

The top and back piece shows some light scratching and scuffing. This is common and unavoidable with a shiny chrome surface. If scratched too much, it will be polished so it looks good. It is a little duller than original But it takes the scratches out. The pitcher might have some light scratches but looks good. This will look great in your kitchen.

So, you may ask, what is included. Sale includes one machine, one water tank in good condition, one portafilter Portafilter comes with double shot basket. The portafilter is either the newer starbucks rubber handled one, or the older style hard black plastic. It is sturdier than the later model. Also included is all the parts of the drip tray, one pitcher. If you prefer a large or small pitcher, so you can steam a lot of milk or like to just steam a little, you can have that. Let me know. See pic.

So, feel free to ask any questions. Feel free to look at other machines listed and ask yourself which you would rather have, a crap shoot, or a machine that has been refurbished and has someone standing behinds it.

About me: I am a mechanically inclined person and coffee lover who grew up in Seattle and has worked in coffee shops pulling espresso for years. I decided this would be a fun hobby refurbishing these machines and I have sold and shipped them all over the world. I am not selling on eBay right now and not really selling beyond local, but if you wish to ship to someone somewhere in the US, that can be arranged.

To be honest, it would be easier and more lucrative to part these out or just give the exterior a cleaning and sell them as is. But it goes against my sensibilities. These machines are quality machines, built to last with reasonable maintenance and upkeep. And in this world of disposable crap, that means something to me. So, I thought I would spend a little time getting to know these machines, learning what I needed to, sourcing replacement parts and offering a decent used machine at a reasonable price.

I am now offering the original Saeco model with built-in burr grinder that is really fantastic. Colors in black or white. Also, via Venezia which is the next model line. Very similar but slightly different components.

Gray $185, black or white, $195. Stainless or copper $220. Black or white Italian branded (a bit of cool factor) with older style portafilter, $175. With newe Barista portafilter, $190.

Flat black pebble finish via venezia $195. Stainless via venezia $220.

Cosmetic C and B available at reduced price. Contact for details.

Machine with grinder in cosmetic a condition are 250 with original style portafilter, 265 with newer style portafilter, 275 with unpressurized brass chromed, 285 with new bottomless portafilter.

These things are solid and bullet proof, and make excellent espresso drinks. If you like, I can give you a quick lesson on care and maintenance. But there is a lot on line as well.

Can possibly deliver around Seattle area, or you pick up. Can also ship.

Machines fully refurbished without tray, portafilter and tank, to replace your broken machine as low as $70 for cosmetic C.

Refurbishing of your machine including cleaning portafilter, 100 to 120 if it needs any parts. Trade for like machine, $100. Adjusted based on trade-in.

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