The Saeco Gran Baristo Avanti is the stretch limo of espresso machines. Take your favorite superautomatic features from the rest of Saeco’s lineup—pulse drip coffee brewing, a removable milk carafe and bean hopper, adjustable spouts, profile programming, maybe one touch controls. Now, squeeze them into a slim and long shape that looks great on counters or under shelves. Not enough features? the Avanti also comes with its own iOS and Android smartphone app that lets you brew from across the room, program your favorite drinks, and set up cleaning profiles on your way out the door.
Features and Functionality
Smartphone-ready – You’ll be able to power on the Avanti remotely, find your perfect drink recipe, and brew from a distance.
Easy Programming – The Avanti app gives you control over dedicated user profiles, drink options, pre-infusion, coffee strength, milk ratio, temperature and bean dosing. Programming in the app is particularly easy with slider-style adjustments.
Sliding Spouts – Brew into (almost) anything! the adjustable and removable spout fits shot glasses and travel mugs alike.
Pop-out Brew Unit – Maintenance is easy with a quick-release brew unit. It’s even safe to rinse in the dishwasher.
Detachable Bean Hoppers – Hot swap between your favorite roasts with two removable bean hoppers!
Removable Milk Carafe – The all-in-one milk carafe helps keep your machine cleaner. And, its easy to store in your fridge when not in use.
Slim Size – The long and narrow shape of the Gran Baristo makes it easy to squeeze onto your counter alongside your favorite appliances.
The Future of Brewing – The sliding selector system on the Avanti app makes it incredibly easy to tweak drink settings. In fact, you have so much more control over settings that you’ll get better drinks simply because you can program down to the milliliter.
Good Coffee – Espresso purist? Even standalone espresso shots come out delicious.
Silent Performer – You definitely don’t need to worry about waking the house in the morning, the Avanti is surprisingly silent.
Clean Cut – Especially when compared to the mixed-medium designs of other Saecos (looking at you Xelsis Evo) the Avanti sports a much cleaner chrome and black scheme.
Smart in Name – While the Avanti app definitely wins for customizability, some of the ‘smart’ features lack good applications.
Stretch Limo – At over 19 inches deep, the Avanti makes up in depth what is shaves off in width.
Expensive – The Gran Baristo Avanti is definitely the top-of-the-line Saeco machine, and is priced accordingly.
SCG Staff Says…
The Gran Baristo Avanti app got us excited for coffee right out of bed. In practice, the automatic rinse cycles, at start up and shut down, make the remote brew feature a little silly. If you leave a cup under the machine, it’ll fill with rinse water before you can pull a shot.
How Does it Compare?
Based on the Gran Baristo line, the Avanti adds expanded menus, bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated smartphone app.
Tips and Tricks
Make sure to keep an eye on the small drip tray. There is a latch underneath the front of the tray that lets it detach from the rest of the machine for easy emptying.
Model Number HD8967/47
Width 8.3 inches
Depth 19.3 inches with cord
Height 14.5 inches; extra clearance needed for bean hopper and reservoir
Product Weight (lbs.) 30.0000
Watts 1900 W
Volume (Decibles) 58 decibels at peak
Programmability Dose, Favorites, Milk Volume, Pre-infusion, Profiles, Shot Time, Temperature
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum
Cup Clearance 3.4 to 6.5 inches
Reservoir Size 1.7 L
Cup Warmer Yes
Warm Up: Brew Time 1:08
Boiler Design Thermoblock
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On No
Milk System Carafe
Bean Hopper Capacity 9.3 oz
Bypass Doser Yes
Material Stainless Steel and Plastic