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.
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.
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|