25 April 2009
My dad has the Saeco Odea Go. It's been a phenomenal Super Automatic Espresso Machine. He's owned it for around a year and a half and it continues to produce stellar gourmet coffee drinks. We put it to the test every time we get together because we are both coffee fanatics and will drink whatever coffee is put in front of us. Most family get togethers consist of us trying to out do each other with who can come up with the best coffee recipe. I, myself, prefer caramel anything but Dad, he's a white chocolate kind of guy.
Gourmet coffee tastes amazing when you pair it with a Super Automatic espresso machine that easily brews with the consistency of a well manufactured time piece.The consistency almost lulls you in to a false sense of security. One day the machine is working and then the next the espresso machine is flashing all types of warning lights at you and puts an immediate end to the flow of Gourmet Coffee. That's when we have a problem.
This time it was the descaling light that popped up and implored us to take a little time out of our day to clean the machine. All is fair in love and war so we succumbed to the relentless begging of the machine and cleaned away. We weren't sure where the user's manual went so we just winged it. I mean it can't be that hard right? Take a little of the powder, dump in the water tank, let it run it's course, and then start making gourmet coffee drinks again. It can't be that difficult.
So off we go. We know this is going to take anywhere from 30-45 minutes so we're trying to make last the least amount of time as possible. We can only hold off our coffee cravings for so long. It's gotta happen soon or not at all, and not at all is just unacceptable.We go through the cycles a few times just to make sure the machine is clean. I don't want to have to purchase another one of these machines because we simply forgot to take our time and be diligent. I take my time and do it right. However, I can't get the annoying descale alarm light to go off.
It doesn't bother me too much but I really want to figure this out. It's become just as much of a personal achievement opportunity as it has a means to get the gourmet coffee my mind, heart, and taste buds have been requesting. After I spent as much time problem solving as I did descaling, I figured we better look for the manual. Rather than search through a home that wasn't my own, I decided I should just google it. I googled "Saeco Odea Go User's Manual" and voila!, my user manual was downloaded on to my computer. (We at JL Hufford don't advise downloading anything on to your computer that you aren't confident in. Maker sure you know the authors of the software or files you are downloading. It's dangerous out there.)
Come to find out, we were missing a few steps. On the Odea Go, you have to manually reset the descale alarm. There are so many different types and models of machines out there that there is probably hundreds of ways to do what we just talked about. My advice is to know your Super Automatic machine, or espresso machine, coffee machine, and keep the users manual. You'll save yourself loads of time.