2020 PicoBaristo Review
The Saeco PicoBaristo is an excellent super automatic espresso machine that faces tough competition. Our PicoBariso review looks not just at how well this model does but how it stacks up to other Saeco super automatic espresso machines and some very tough competition.
Saeco does make excellent espresso makers. They earned three slots on out list of the 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Makers for 2020. The PicoBaristo was reviewed too late for consideration but it may have made the list.
The Saeco comes with 15 drink recipes programmed in. So, with a press of the button it will grind the beans, brew the espresso, steam and forth milk and dispense it into your cup. You can adjust these programs to customize it to your tastes and they save those preferences to your own profile.
It will support up to 6 profiles which makes this much better for a small office or large family. Many brands, including more expensive models only have three or four profiles.
The Saeco PicoBaristo has a lot of programmability and customization in it. This is one of the machines strengths. You can adjust the coffee strength with 5 different settings, select the length and the temperature and the amount of each drink (by changing the amount of water). You can easily save your desired coffee length with the Memo Function for each drink
This is a higher end, super automatic. So, the Saeco PicoBaristo has an integrated coffee bean grinder, a real boiler to heat the water and an integrated premium milk carafe.
It looks attractive and the deigns is easy to use, clean and maintain. Like a lot of machines in this class, the touch screen is fairly small, so you need to get used to moving through the options a bit. Espresso makers sometimes use phone apps, but we have yet to find one that’s done really well
Saeco PicoBaristo Brewing
The Saeco PicoBaristo brews excellent espresso. It’s critical to look beneath the hood to see if it has the technology to back up its price. This one does. The PicoBaristo has a 15-bar pump. This refers to the pressure the pump uses to express (push) hot steam and water through the compressed coffee grounds. Any machine that doesn’t do that (like a drip coffee maker) doesn’t make espresso.
The PicoBaristo has a single boiler. It uses their Quick Heat Boiler system which is very good, and it is a combination of light aluminum and stainless-steel body. Better machines use double boilers which allow you to either heat the water for espresso and the water for milk steaming and frothing to different temperatures. This is one thing that separates the great machines from the outstanding ones. Some double boiler systems heat the water to the same temperature but switch between one and another so automatically, so you don’t have to wait for water to heat or (worse) brew espresso or steam milk at too low a temperature.
The quality of the Saeco PicoBaristo espresso is very, very good. It has a pre brewing feature and it produces very good crema (that brown foam on top of an espresso shot) and a slightly viscous texture. Poor quality espresso have too little or thin crema and the espresso feels watery.
The PicoBaristo prepares drinks pretty quickly. We have seen much better, even in this price range. It takes about 45 seconds to brew an espresso and a little over 100 seconds to brew long coffee. This is good, not great.
Saeco PicoBaristo Milk Steaming and Frothing
Perhaps only after espresso brewing, the quality of the milk steaming, and frothing has the biggest impact on your enjoyment of an espresso maker. The PicoBaristo does well here. It steams quickly and to the right temperatures and the froth is very good. It does not produce the very best microfoam we have seen. We have pretty consistently gotten better from JURA and Gaggia machines. But the Saeco Milk Solution and Integrated Milk Carafe are both very good.
Saeco PicoBaristo Grinding
Our Saeco PicoBaristo review scored the grinder as adequate. It isn’t too loud and grinds accurately and reasonably consistent coffee ground coarseness for its class. Again, we have seen better. It does have 10 settings which is a lot. Saeco says their grinder will work for 20,000 uses, which is a pretty good amount
Saeco PicoBaristo Cleaning & Maintenance
The Saeco PicoBaristo has above average design for cleaning although we are not impressed with the maintenance story. One thing we like is it has a descale indicator and an AquaClean filter. This is claimed to be good for 5000 cups before the automatic de-scaling cycle runs.
The PicoBaristo has an automatic rinse cycle, automatic carafe cleaning and the hygiesteam function cleans the whole milk circuit with steam. The milk handling is the part of an automatic espresso machine that gets gross fastest. It needs to be cleaned frequently.
The removable parts are all dishwasher-safe and it has a removable brewing group.
Saeco PicoBaristo Super Automatic Espresso Machine
Top Saeco PicoBaristo Features
- True Single Boiler
- Very good coffee bean grinder
- 6 Profiles to Store Preferences
- Coffee strength settings 5
- Cups at the same time 2
- Customizing per drink
- Adjustable coffee strength, volume and temperature
Philips Saeco HD8927/47 Model Accessories
- Measuring scoop
- Water hardness test strip
- Cleaning brush
- Water filter
Saeco PicoBaristo Built in Drink Recipes
- Espresso Lungo
- Caffe Crema
- Espresso Double
- Baby Cappuccino
- Flat white
- Latte Macchiato
- Additional Specialties: hot water and frothed milk
Should I buy a Saeco PicoBaristo?
Maybe. Our Saeco PicoBaristo review gave it a 89/100 and it didn’t make our Top 20. The Saeco PicoBaristo is an excellent machine but competes head on with many great espresso makers. It is a single boiler machine and has great programming, good brewing and milk handling.
Does the Saeco PicoBaristo have a boiler?
Yes, the Saeco PicoBaristo is a single boiler system. This is better than some but at this price there are full stainless boiler and double boiler options.
Does the Saeco PicoBaristo make lattes?
Not really. It makes Latte Macchiatos and Cappuccinos (and 13 other recipes) but not traditional lattes.
Does the Saeco PicoBaristo have a grinder?
Yes, the Saeco PicoBaristo has a ceramic grinder that works pretty well and should last for 20,000 drinks.
Is the Saeco PicoBaristo easy to clean?
Yes, it has automatic milk system cleaning, descaling and cleaning cycles. Also, the removable parts are all dishwasher-safe and it has a removable brewing group.
How big is the Saeco PicoBaristo?
It measures (WxDxH) 8.5” x 16.9” x 13” (215 x 429 x 330 mm). Click the link for full technical and functional specifications.
Saeco PicoBaristo Specifications
- Color Black
- Boiler Stainless steel (Inox)
- Drip tray Stainless steel
- Water tank plastic
- Country of origin Made in Europe
- Customizing per drink
- Adjustable coffee strength
- Coffee strength settings 5
- Cups at the same time 2
- Adjustable cup volume
- Memo function cup volume
- Adjustable temperature
- Ease of cleaning & maintenance
- Automatic de-scaling cycle
- Automatic rinse cycle
- Descale indicator
- Automatic carafe cleaning
- Dishwasher-safe parts
- Removable brewing group
- AquaClean filter compatible
- Removable spout
- Automatic shut-off Removable drip-tray
- Removable water tank
- Grinder settings 10
- One touch variety 11
- Special functions
- Ceramic grinder
- Hot water option
- Integrated carafe
- Ground coffee option
- Temperature settings 3
- Type of carafe Premium carafe
- Type of display LCD
- Milk Solution Integrated Milk Carafe
- Energy label A-class
- Power consumption brewing 1850 W
- Brewing time one cup 45 (espresso) to 100 (long coffee) seconds
- Capacity bean container 250 grams
- Capacity milk carafe 0.5 L
- Ground Coffee Waste 15 Pucks (servings)
- Capacity water tank 1.8 L
- Cord length 1.2 m
- Frequency 50 Hz
- Max. cup height 78 – 164 mm
- Pump pressure 15 bar
- Voltage 120 V
- Water boilers 1
- Weight and dimensions
- Dimensions of product (WxDxH) 215 x 429 x 330 mm
- Weight of product 7.2 kg
- 1-year guarantee
Saeco PicoBaristo Review 2020
The Philips Saeco HD8927/47 Pico Baristo is a solid machine but not the best for the money. Take a look at our list of the 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Makers for 2020 for some alternatives. Specifically, the Gaggia Babila, JURA E8, the Gaggia Cadorna Milk and the venerable Gaggia Anima Prestige are all better.