Cappuccino? There’s an App for that!

by Brian Lee

Imagine that you prefer your cappuccino extra hot, but a bit stronger than the normal 3.5:1 milk to coffee ratio.  3:1 is more to your liking.  Adjust all the drink parameters on your iPhone and then start the brewing.  Yes, there’s an App for that!

There’s no way that a one touch machine to make a cappuccino, espresso, macchiato, or latte is “necessary”, but it sure is nice!  The Saeco Gran Baristo Avanti is a superautomatic espresso machine that pairs with an iPhone App to allow full customization of 16 coffee drinks.

It comes with a milk carafe that plugs into the front of the machine and can be stored in the refrigerator between uses.  Among the unique features is a second coffee bean container so you can switch between normal and decaf beans easily.  I don’t know of another machine that offers this capability.

So, how does it taste?  Really, really good!  I’ve owned a few superautomatics over the years but this is the first one that actually gets the coffee really hot if you prefer that.  The milk froth is very delicate and the coffee is rich and aromatic.

The only thing missing is the latte art!


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