Saeco

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Philips Saeco S.p.A.
Private
Industry Household goods
Founded 1981
Founder Sergio Zappella and Arthur Schmed
Headquarters Bologna, Italy
Area served
Worldwide
Products Coffee machines
Parent Philips
Website www.saeco.com
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.

History[edit]

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. In 2017 Phillips (by phone) say they no longer sell coffee machines even though fleeting references still appear on their website. It is unclear whether they have sold Saeco or just wrapped it up

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History". Saeco International Group S.p.A. Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. 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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