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Philips Saeco S.p.A.
Industry Household goods
Founded 1981
Founder Sergio Zappella and Arthur Schmed
Headquarters Bologna, Italy
Area served
Products Coffee machines
Parent Philips
Saeco was also the name of a road bicycle racing team sponsored by the company.

Philips Saeco S.p.A., or short Saeco, is an Italian manufacturer of manual, super-automatic and capsule espresso machines and other electrical goods with headquarters and factories in Bologna.


The company was founded by Sergio Zappella and Arthur Schmed in 1981 as Sergio, Arthur e Compagnia.[1]

In 1985 they launched the first completely automatic espresso machine for domestic use, called Superautomatica and in 1999 they bought the historic espresso brand of Gaggia.[1]

In May 2009, the company board agreed to a purchase offer from Dutch manufacturer Philips, owner of the Senseo coffee system, subject to shareholder and bank approval.[2]

Other relevant contributions to the technology used in espresso machines include the cappuccinatore (introduced in 1996) as well as the automatic brewing pressure adaption "SBS" (1999) [3] and most recently, the announcement of the bluetooth-enabled GranBaristo Avanti (2013).[4]

The Saeco brand belongs to the Dutch electronics company Philips since July 2009.

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  1. ^ a b "History". Saeco International Group S.p.A. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Philips brews up deal with Saeco". BBC News. 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  3. ^ Saeco Technology Timeline
  4. ^ Press release GranBaristo Avanti

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