Review of the Saeco HD8761 Minuto coffee machine. Is it worth your money?


The review applies to Philips HD8761/01 (for the Euro­pean mar­ket), HD8761/03 (for the Aus­tralian mar­ket), HD8761/09 (for the CIS).

Pledge of pop­u­lar­i­ty: fair price and small dimen­sions for mod­est kitchens

One of the most pop­u­lar grain auto­mat­ic cof­fee machines in the class is the Sae­co HD8761 Min­u­to mod­el. It is per­fect for the home, as hint­ed at by the afford­able price and out­stand­ing com­pact­ness of the device. Thanks to the built-in cof­fee grinder with flex­i­ble man­u­al adjust­ment of the grind­ing degree, it is easy to achieve the desired “basic” strength. Ceram­ic mill­stones pro­vide a uni­form grind­ing, while not over­heat­ing the grain, which guar­an­tees the per­fect taste of the fin­ished drink. The strength of the cof­fee can also be changed, regard­less of the grind, dur­ing the start of the prepa­ra­tion pro­gram. You can brew cof­fee at a time for one or two peo­ple, which helps save time if two peo­ple claim an invig­o­rat­ing drink at once. The mod­el is very com­pact, which is a plus for tight spaces. The ele­gant black case with strict lines will look great in a mod­ern inte­ri­or.

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Qui­et oper­a­tion 15 “strong” pumps and mem­o­ry for favorite recipes

The Sae­co Philips HD8761/09 Min­u­to cof­fee machine is always ready to use – wait­ing time before brew­ing starts is kept to a min­i­mum thanks to faster cir­cuit load­ing. Yes, and the cof­fee itself is brewed sur­pris­ing­ly light­ning fast due to the use of a spe­cial tech­nol­o­gy for the rapid heat­ing of the boil­er. So that you do not have to set the set­tings every time, the man­u­fac­tur­er has pro­vid­ed the abil­i­ty to save the para­me­ters, so one press of a key is enough to pre­pare your favorite drink. Dur­ing the brew­ing process, the pump pres­sure can reach 15 bar, but in fact 9 is enough, this is the “gold stan­dard” in the class. The device works quite qui­et­ly, so you can only wake up sleep­ing house­hold mem­bers with the smell of a fresh­ly brewed drink. The only caveat is that the device does not have a hot water tem­per­a­ture con­trol (unlike its ana­logue with an auto­mat­ic cap­puc­ci­no mak­er — the HD8763 mod­el), but the ini­tial val­ue lies in the ref­er­ence range, around 88 degrees. at the out­let of the boil­er.


A man­u­al cap­puc­ci­na­tore is as effi­cient as an auto­mat­ic unit

If you want to make cap­puc­ci­no, then for this pur­pose the Sae­co Philips HD 8761/09 Min­u­to cof­fee machine has a clas­sic cap­puc­ci­no mak­er, which must be used man­u­al­ly by low­er­ing it into a con­tain­er of milk. With its help, a dense and very per­sis­tent milk foam is obtained. It is best to use low-fat milk from the refrig­er­a­tor. Warm, high-fat whipped much worse. Here I also note that the spout of the mod­el can be adjust­ed in height, so you can use cups of var­i­ous sizes up to 15 cm high.


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In prin­ci­ple, it can be suit­able for a small office.

Again, the mod­el is per­fect for home use. It will fit per­fect­ly even in a com­pact one-room stu­dio, as it is one of the small­est in the class. But for office use, too, will do. With one caveat, there should be few employ­ees of the orga­ni­za­tion admit­ted to invig­o­rat­ing nec­tar, prefer­ably with­in 10 peo­ple. Judge for your­self, the vol­ume of the water tank is 1.8 liters, the bean con­tain­er is 250 grams, and the waste con­tain­er must be cleaned every 15 cups. With a horde of con­sumers, you will have to jump around the device sev­er­al times a day, replen­ish­ing sup­plies. It’s good that the Philips Sae­co Min­u­to HD8761/09 cof­fee mak­er sem­a­phores the appro­pri­ate mes­sages on the screen about the need for any action.

For descal­ing, you can use any uni­ver­sal tool “for cof­fee mak­ers”

The brew group is locat­ed on the right side of the machine, so it can be eas­i­ly removed and rinsed on a reg­u­lar basis under run­ning water. Plus, the brew­ing unit must be lubri­cat­ed once every six months. Well, emp­ty the drip con­tain­er with the cake hop­per, this is the case for every­one, in gen­er­al, car­ing for the Philips Sae­co HD 8761 Min­u­to cof­fee machine will not cause you any trou­ble. The main thing is to run the descal­ing pro­gram every few months. The device itself will noti­fy you of the need for this pro­ce­dure. Only at the very begin­ning, set the cor­rect stiff­ness accord­ing to the instruc­tions. Although the man­u­fac­tur­er rec­om­mends using a brand­ed decal­ci­fy­ing liq­uid, you can save mon­ey and use uni­ver­sal, or even ordi­nary cit­ric acid. All of them work about the same, and the price dif­fers sig­nif­i­cant­ly. The pro­ce­dure is “off”, as a rule, you can eas­i­ly use the machine for a cou­ple of weeks after the clean­ing indi­ca­tor lights up. update: this mod­el has a full-fledged “legal suc­ces­sor” Philips HD8826 Series 3100. PS If you are still wor­ried about the need to mon­i­tor the device, you are look­ing for an extreme­ly sim­ple way to get a charge of vivac­i­ty and do not plan to select a unique aro­ma for your­self from some Jamaica, then per­haps your choice lies among cap­sule cof­fee machines.

The main technical characteristics of the Philips Saeco HD 8761 coffee machine:

Full instruc­tions: Down­load in for­mat pdf
Device type: Grain machine
Width x Depth x Height: Com­pact — 22 x 43 x 33 cm
Used cof­fee: Grains, ground
Cof­fee grinder: Mill­stone, ceram­ic, 5 degrees
Brew­ing group: One, remov­able, adap­tive, pre-wet

Heater: Boil­er, 1850 W
Max pres­sure: 15 bar
Water tank: 1.8 l, top access
Com­part­ment for cof­fee: 250 g
Waste com­part­ment: 15 serv­ings, front access
Cap­puc­ci­na­tore: Man­u­al — panarel­lo
Max­i­mum Cup Height: 152 mm
Con­trol Fea­tures: Strength adjust­ment (5 degrees), screen
Col­or options: Black