SCG Tech Tips: Saeco Superautomatic Brew Groups

Saeco Superautomatic Brew GroupsThere are many things in life that have been attributed to such nebulous sources as ‘science’ or ‘engineering’ that are actually deeply rooted in magic. The chromatophores of cephalopods, gelatin-based foodstuffs, magnets — these are just a few examples of magic being passed off as ordinary. It’s unfortunate that their provenance isn’t more keenly celebrated, but we understand why: It’s far easier for people to get their head around these experiences if they disregard their obvious mojo.

And while it’s tempting to add the brew groups of Saeco Superautomatic Espresso Machines to this list, these are actually not operated by tiny magical beings inside your espresso machine; they truly are the result of some fine-tuned mechanical engineering. But don’t take our word for it! Learn all about them with Brendan — what they do, how they work, how to care for them, troubleshooting tips and more.

8 thoughts on “SCG Tech Tips: Saeco Superautomatic Brew Groups”

  1. I have an odea go, and there does not seem to be a way to extract the screen screw from the top. I took the entire piece holding the screw off of the unit, and am trying to remove the screw from the front (screen side). am i missing something? thanks.

    1. Apparently, some of the older Odeas didn’t have the brew screen screw, but you can release the screen from the top part using an allen wrench (our techs think it’s a #5) and then, once you unscrew it a bit, you can continue to remove it by hand. Let me know if that helps :)


  2. many other websites state to never put the brew group in the dishwasher or it might warp. have you ever seen this happen? thanks for the videos!

    1. While I have not directly seen warping from placing a brew group in the dishwasher, you can certainly put it into the dishwasher! It is important though, not to choose the “Sanitize” cycle, as this is a hot cycle, and to put it in the top rack so it’s not too close to the heat at the bottom.

      Typically, brew groups should be removed roughly once per week and sprayed down with hot water (with or without soap) to clean. This is the most common practice, but occasionally you can put it into the dishwasher on the top rack.

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