Philips Saeco Intelia Focus HD8751/88 Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Machine £199.99 @ Amazon and sold by Hughes Direct
23°Expired

Philips Saeco Intelia Focus HD8751/88 Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Machine £199.99 @ Amazon and sold by Hughes Direct

£199.99Amazon Deals
34
Found 28th Dec 2012
Bean to cup espresso coffee machine that can also take ground coffee. £250 off and gets good reviews. There are a couple of traders at this price.

34 Comments

Can't quite understand the cold votes - maybe because it's from the Amazon Marketplace? This looks like a great deal. Amazing reviews across the web, good reduction and great product. Very sorely tempted!

I ordered this direct from one the sellers Hughes Direct as agree that it seems to get universal rave reviews, and that after people paying double the price. And this is how you get it cheaper.

Go to a Hughes Direct and enter code sale3. The price drops to £194. Do it through quidco for 4% cashback and overall cost drops to £188. This makes it an unbelievable bargain for what appears to be a first rate machine

dc42

I ordered this direct from one the sellers Hughes Direct as agree that it … I ordered this direct from one the sellers Hughes Direct as agree that it seems to get universal rave reviews, and that after people paying double the price. And this is how you get it cheaper. Go to a Hughes Direct and enter code sale3. The price drops to £194. Do it through quidco for 4% cashback and overall cost drops to £188. This makes it an unbelievable bargain for what appears to be a first rate machine



Thanks dc42 - Apollo 2000 (a Hughes Direct company) also have this for sale at £189 if you don't want to go through Quidco/TCB. I took the plunge and its being delivered on Wednesday. How are you getting on with your new machine?

Have also just ordered from Apollo 2000 . Hope this isn't too good to be true!!

How do I order one, if I live in Denmark... ?

It's arrived!!

Not tried yet but cleaning n priming the system is simple enough. To to let you know the machine is only 34cm high and not the 44cm as shown. It therefore sits easily below the kitchen units. I'm going to order an aeroccino 3 next as they seem to produce much better froth than any wands on these home machines.

Does not come with a Brita filter or the milk tubing attachment you may have seen used on some video reviews.

Oh it does look much better than the plastic silver ones as well.

Original Poster

Mine arrived this morning as well. Not having had a bean to cup before it takes a bit of working out. I set the cup size to large using the memo function and got a cup of realy weak coffee. Just RTM and discoverred I should have set the cup size smaller and set it for 2 cups. I also discoverred the hard way that the coffee is extremely hot! Frother is the best I've come across. Wouldn't bother with the aeroccino until you've given it a go.
Edited by: "rover176" 31st Dec 2013

Tried it. Used lavazza espresso beans. Medium aroma grind 2. Espresso was strong with nice cream. Then made latte with large cup setting and used the frother. The coffee was weaker and maybe needs strong aroma when using a larger brew. Milk was pretty good but still fancy a seperate aeroccino. Froth will be better still and removes any chance of milk residue in the wand.

ClubFoot

Have also just ordered from Apollo 2000 . Hope this isn't too good to be … Have also just ordered from Apollo 2000 . Hope this isn't too good to be true!!



Just received the delivery email,all set for Wednesday - looking good so far!

I was just going to post this up, I think you will be hard to find a bean to cup with good reviews under £200!

This is the machine working. youtube.com/wat…zJ8

Great stuff thanks for the update dc42 and rover176, and HNY to you.

Original Poster

A day of use and I think it's now set up properly. Coffee is as good as anything I've had, even in Italy. Frother is excellent. Just make sure you use semi skimmed milk straight from the fridge. It helps if you have a thermometer like this one amazon.co.uk/And…h_2
My son has the aeroccino and the frother is at least as good. I also discovered that if you set the grind too fine you can almost stop the coffee flow.
To dc42 - you can get a double grind if you press the brew button twice. That gives a good mugful. I didn't see that on the first read through and set a large cup using the memo function. All I got was a mugful of watered down coffee.
Can anyone recommend a good decaf coffee bean? I'm drinking so much I need to go decaf. I know I can send for some but would prefer popping into Tesco/ASDA for the convenience. I like strong Lavazza.
Edited by: "rover176" 1st Jan 2013

Thanks rover176.

I am giving the frother a go. Just need some practice. Have tried ground coffee and was very surprised in the increase in quality, especially the crema which I was not getting on my older machine with the same packet of coffee.

My only concern at the moment is why the drip tray seemed pretty full when I have catching the cleaning drips in a mug. Where has all the water come from?

Avoid Taylor's decaf. I found it very bland with hardly any substance to it.

dc42

Thanks rover176. I am giving the frother a go. Just need some practice. … Thanks rover176. I am giving the frother a go. Just need some practice. Have tried ground coffee and was very surprised in the increase in quality, especially the crema which I was not getting on my older machine with the same packet of coffee. My only concern at the moment is why the drip tray seemed pretty full when I have catching the cleaning drips in a mug. Where has all the water come from?Avoid Taylor's decaf. I found it very bland with hardly any substance to it.



A lot of machines spit out a bit of water from the tank, cant remember why, but a safety feature I think.

ukbill69

A lot of machines spit out a bit of water from the tank, cant remember … A lot of machines spit out a bit of water from the tank, cant remember why, but a safety feature I think.



Found it:

If left idle, the system automatically dumps any unsavoury water caught in the system into the tray below, which can then be emptied

Thanks ukbill69. Soon as I read your post I remembered seeing that somewhere. I suppose it's a way of keeping water that's used at its best. I wonder if all these machines do that.

Anyhow, it's a great machine and shall spend some time tinkering with the settings.

my m&s bean to cup has stopped working so i took it back and they gave me a refund of £199.50 just enough to buy the philips hopefully it will be just as good or even better than the m&s one.
getting delivered on thursday, fingers crossed.

Mine arrived this morning from Apollo 2000 (great service from them btw). It's an amazing piece of kit. Have only used it with pre-ground coffee so far but results have been brilliant. The steamer is excellent. Off to get some beans now (if I can battle through the caffeine shakes!!!)

Original Poster

ClubFoot

Mine arrived this morning from Apollo 2000 (great service from them btw). … Mine arrived this morning from Apollo 2000 (great service from them btw). It's an amazing piece of kit. Have only used it with pre-ground coffee so far but results have been brilliant. The steamer is excellent. Off to get some beans now (if I can battle through the caffeine shakes!!!)



Yep. You keep trying different strengths, grinds, and coffee length. Then you discover a proper double by pressing the brew button twice. Before you know it, you've had about 20 shots and it's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I definitely need to find a good decaff before my wife bans me

Ive found the espresso shot is spot on for length. I grind on setting two (1 being finest) and medium aroma.

The long coffee is too long and needs to be shortened. Coffee is too watered down and needs a double shot as rover176 suggests for a large cup.

Has anyone discovered spot on settings for particular coffes?

Just wondered how full you guys were filling your bean hopper and do you leave beans in there for a while? Pressing the brew button twice is a stroke of genius. Thanks for the tip!

Chucked all 250g pack in. Supposedly air tight lid so thought why not.

May do small amounts next time so that can alternate different types of bean. It uses approx 6-9g of beans depending on aroma setting so can actually weigh out individual amounts.

got mine today nice looking machine and steams milk alot better than my m&s machine but the coffee dregs come out like sludge not sure if that matters? still trying out the coffee selections.
Edited by: "mercman" 3rd Jan 2013

Got mine today and love it, yes for a large cup you do need a double shot. Milk frother is great. Still trying things out but getting there. Has anyone know why when using small grind does the grounds come up tampered but on wonk?

OOS at Apollo 2000 and Hughes Direct and Amazon. Next cheapest on Amazon 3rd party is £329.

Got my order in at Apollo though and it turns up next week. Looking forward to some decent coffee at home at last!

dspangenberg

£180 … £180 http://www.appliancesdirect.co.uk/p/hd8751%2F88/phillips-hd875188-coffee-machine?refsource=APfroogle

Thanks, just ordered one; love my coffee

Shame I missed this

milk frother modification...ive put this comment on Amazon too. you can replace the wand attachment for the compression fitting latte art wand that is shown on philips uk website...£11 free delu
Ivery..awesome thick milk if you remove the outer sleave.

Cool tip jeczk.

Love the machine, but the milk is way too frothy at the top (and normal at the bottom of the container I use - not sure if a metal pitcher thing will help as I use a mug to hold the milk while frothing) and there's no control over it. Latte art wand might be worth a try...
Edited by: "techno12" 1st Feb 2013

jezck

milk frother modification...ive put this comment on Amazon too. you can … milk frother modification...ive put this comment on Amazon too. you can replace the wand attachment for the compression fitting latte art wand that is shown on philips uk website...£11 free deluIvery..awesome thick milk if you remove the outer sleave.


any links for the wand?

Original Poster

jezck

milk frother modification....



I'd also appreciate a link. I've looked all over the Philips site and can't find it.

I you search for HD5053/01 on philips-shop.co.uk , i think thats it £9.99 +p&p it wasnt what i was expecting as it just looks like 3 wands instead of the one that came with the machine. Might be worth a shot? i thought it might of been the one with the pipe for the milk.
Edited by: "mercman" 1st Feb 2013

any chance of a link for the latte art wand or is it the one that is above?.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text