Philips Series 3000

Name: HD8821 and HD8831
Brand: Philips
Type: Espresso
Operation: Automatic
Capacity: 1.8 litres

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Creamy milk foam thanks to classic milk frother; Easy to use with an intuitive display and quick selection button per drink

This Philips 3000 Series is an automatic coffee machine manufactured and distributed by Philips, which we have to know how to differentiate from other similar but older models, such as the popular Saeco Minuto, Saeco Moltio, and even the Saeco Intelia. You already know that Saeco has a very wide range of automatic coffee machines, many of them manufactured by Philips itself, and the similarities between all of them can lead to confusion.

As we said, the Philips 3000 series (or 3100 series, which are practically the same) is a relatively recent model. They also have a slightly higher range, both in performance and price, which bears the name Philips 4000 Series.

The Philips 3000 Series corresponds to the Philips HD8821 and HD8831, and this is just the easiest way to differentiate them from other Saeco or Philips models. For example, the Moltio is the HD8766; the Intelia corresponds to the HD875, the Minuto to the HD8761, or the Philips 4000 Series to the top model HD8841. As you can see, all of the above carry the nomenclature of the HD87 series, while these new Philips are already in the HD88.

So, numbers aside, let’s talk about the features of this Philips 3000 Series or Philips HD8821, which is what interests us all.

The Philips 3000 Series is an automatic coffee machine with 15 bars of pressure and 1.8 litres of capacity, whose design is quite similar to other Philips or Saeco automatic espresso machines we have mentioned before.

Black plastic casing, very straight lines and prism plant. However, it is clear that the Saeco logo does not appear anywhere and that some details such as the chrome finishes or the control panel (which we will discuss later) have been revised.

At the top, we can clearly see two different halves, each with a separate cover that opens upwards to access the interior. On the left is the access to the water tank, which can be removed by pulling it upwards; on the right, the access to the grinder, with ceramic wheels and five levels or predefined thicknesses. It has the capacity to store up to 250 grams of coffee beans.

The Philips 3000 Series is in the lower-middle price range for an automatic coffee machine: around £300 or £350.

The control panel perhaps takes its clearest reference from that of the Saeco Moltio. The arrangement of the main switch, the six buttons and the functions of the buttons are almost identical on both machines. However, the digital display on this Philips 3000 Series is larger, and the buttons are round and chrome-plated (the Moltio‘s are square and plastic).

The one in the photo is the Philips 3100 Series, slightly different from the Philips 3000 Series.

Philips 3000 Series: The upgrade of a classic coffee machine

As with any self-respecting automatic coffee machine, when we talk about the Philips 3000 Series, we also have to talk about its coffee customisation options. The greatest virtue of this type of coffee machine is that it allows the user to vary any parameter or quality of his coffee at the touch of a button and even to prepare predefined types of coffee effortlessly.

In particular, this Philips 3000 Series allows us to make espressos or normal coffee (two varieties of coffee) and also to indicate for each preparation what is the intensity (stronger or softer) and the outlet temperature we want. The volume or size for each coffee can be memorised and left programmed in the coffee machine.

The milk frother or Panarello, which is quite classic, allows us to prepare milk foam on the spot. However, unfortunately, it does not have an automatic system for preparing cappuccinos or lattes. This means that if we want to make a drink with milk foam, we must make the foam ourselves and pour it into the cup or glass where we serve the espresso on the other hand.

In addition to being able to froth milk, the steamer allows us to serve hot water to make instant infusions. Its controls are located on the buttons on the right-hand side of the control panel.

If working with it is easy, the cleaning and maintenance of this Philips 3000 Series are not too complicated either.

It requires the same care and attention as any other coffee machine. Still, it makes the task a little easier by warning us when it is necessary to start a descaling cycle or by running automatic rinsing processes before and after each use to remove the always annoying residues of milk or ground beans from the internal pipes.

Similarly, the coffee group can be completely removed for easy cleaning. We take it out, put it in water, dry it well, and put it back in its position.

It is also possible to program the hardness of the water we use in the coffee machine (more or less Ph) so that the machine itself intelligently adjusts the frequency of the descaling notices.

Even so, the instruction booklet includes a fairly complete whole chapter (over 15 pages) with a precise summary of all the manual operations that the user should carry out to ensure the perfect condition of his Philips 3000 Series coffee machine.

Finally, we’d like to talk about the Saeco Adapting System, Saeco’s unique adaptive system (which is still present in the manufacture of the coffee maker, even though its logo is conspicuously absent on this model).

This adaptive system allows the coffee machine to automatically and intelligently adjust the coffee processing parameters according to the type of raw material (coffee beans) we use. You already know that coffee beans have very different properties depending on their roasting, origin and blend.

The Philips 3000 Series coffee maker is able to detect these properties after several deliveries of coffee and to know how to make the espresso depending on the qualities of the raw material you are using.

However, like any automatic system, the quality or validity of the results must be determined by the palate and taste of each individual.

NOTE: If you still have any doubts about its operation, be sure to read the Philips 3000 Series instruction manual (PDF).

Philips 3000 Series: main features

OK, make yourself comfortable. The list of functions and technical specifications of a coffee machine as complete as the Philips 3000 Series is no small matter.

  • Black plastic housing. Chrome finish.
  • 15 bar pressure pump.
  • Includes panarello or classic milk frother.
  • Hot water service to make infusions.
  • Removable water tank with capacity for 1.8 litres.
  • Ceramic grinder. 5 levels of grinding thickness, and capacity to store 150 grams of coffee beans.
  • Informative LCD digital display.
  • Automatic cleaning and rinsing programmes (can also be run manually).
  • Automatic and programmable descaling warnings depending on the water hardness.
  • Saeco adaptive system: the coffee maker is able to adjust the espresso preparation parameters according to the properties of the raw material used.
  • At the touch of a button, you can customise the size, intensity or temperature of your coffee.
  • Coffee group – or brewing group – can be removed for easy cleaning.
  • Removable, aluminium drip tray.
  • The tank is compatible with water filters (not included in the packaging).
  • The dispenser allows you to prepare one or two cups of espresso in the same extraction.
  • The height of the dispenser can be adjusted to a maximum of 15 cm. Ideal for using large cups or glasses if you want to enjoy a latte macchiato.
  • Stand-by function to save energy.
  • Power: 1850 watts.
  • Cable length: 80 cms.
  • Dimensions: 21 x 43 x 33 cms.
  • Weight: about 7.2 kilos.

Advantages of the Philips 3000 Series

  • For the price range that this automatic has, we have to highlight the quality of the grinder: of ceramic wheels (they prevent overheating and the transmission of aromas to the grains) and a quite generous storage capacity: 250 grams.
  • The automatic cleaning and rinsing programmes make it much easier to maintain the coffee maker.
  • The Saeco Adapting System An intelligent way of adjusting the extraction of the espresso according to the properties of the bean or raw material we use.
  • In our opinion, it is an automatic machine with a very good quality-price ratio.

Disadvantages of the Philips 3000 Series

  • It is an automatic coffee machine that only prepares espressos (we can prepare any other drink with coffee, but no longer automatically by pressing a button).
  • The Saeco Minuto is a very very similar model (we can consider it its predecessor) and now it is much cheaper than this Philips 3000 Series. It can be a more appealing option for many users.

Philips 3000 Series: videos

We couldn’t conclude our analysis without showing you a complete video review of this coffee machine, like the one offered by the guys at MaxiCoffee:

If you want to see a more direct and detailed demonstration of use, take a look at this commercial video edited by the manufacturer:

Why buy a Philips 3000 Series?

We can talk about this Philips 3000 Series as a revision or update of the Saeco Minuto and Saeco Moltio models, also manufactured by Philips. It is always convenient to opt for the most recent models, but in this case, the Saeco Minuto has a very juicy price and the difference in performance, although it exists, is not abysmal either.

This is an automatic coffee machine suitable above all for those who enjoy several espressos at the end of the day. If, on the other hand, you are a fan of making cappuccinos, lattes or other milk froth preparations, you may find it more rewarding to opt for a more expensive machine that allows you to make these drinks at the touch of a single button, without having to make the foam manually and separately.

To recommend a coffee machine with similar characteristics to this one, apart from the already mentioned Saeco Minuto, we should go to the basic range of Delonghi automatics, where we find models such as the ECAM 22.110. Another good option that stays around 300 £ is the Solac automatic: CA-4815.

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