At an event hosted by Philips at the Afrikoa in Rosebank, Johannesburg, the team unveiled its latest range of luxury coffee machines in the form of the Philips Saeco Xelsis and Philips 3200 ranges. Alongside the launch, guests were treated to a coffee and chocolate pairing tasting session, as well as some hands-on experience with customising your coffee requirements on the new machines.
Philips Saeco Xelsis
The Philips Saeco Xelsis is a revolution in the art of coffee. The unit is crafted in exquisite detail by Philips Saeco in their Italian plant.
The aim of the Xelsis range is to produce coffee just like a barista would via a super-automatic process. The espresso machine is fully customisable thanks to the Coffee Equalizer™ system, which allows for various users to each customise a list of coffees per their individual taste, and recall these with a simple click of a button.
The Xelsis combines superior technology in an elegant and beautiful design, allowing the coffee connoisseur to enjoy every moment of pure indulgence. Taking coffee brewing to the next level, the Philips Saeco Xelsis gives users the power to individualise 15 types of freshly brewed coffees, all by means of swiping through the full-colour touch display. The unit includes patented ceramic grinders to extract maximum flavour from the coffee beans, without overheating or burning, ensuring a consistent taste with each cup.
In addition to the premium design and customisation levels, Philips has included a unique Xelsis Premium Service. The package includes a VIP installation in the comfort of your home or office, along with a demo on the device usage and care, along with a premium gift package courtesy of Philips.
The unit also includes its own maintenance and cleaning system thanks to the patented AquaClean filter, which prevents the build-up of limescale. Additionally, the HygieSteam function will clean the whole milk system with steam whenever required.
The Philips Saeco Xelsis coffee machine is available from Hirch’s, Takealot, Makro, Expert and YuppieChef and retails for R32,999.
The innovative Philips 3200 Series is a fully automatic espresso machine, delivering five different types of coffees with a touch of a button.
The coffees range from espresso, coffee or a latte macchiato, which is ready in a few seconds. The “My Coffee Choice” allows users to customise each cup of coffee, from the aroma strength and length in every brew.
The unit includes the LatteGo milk system, which is the fastest to clean milk system ever produced, while also adding a splash-free design producing a creamy layer of milk froth to your cup at a fully customised temperature. The 3200 series has a durable ceramic grinder system, which allows up to 20,000 cups of the finest coffee.
The unit also sports the patented Philips AquaClean water filter, making cleaning and maintaining the 3200 really easy. The filter allows for up to 5,000 cups of coffee, with the machine alerting users to its replacement.
The Philips 3200 series will be available from Black Friday at Hirch’s, Makro, Expert, Takealot and Yuppiechef. The unit carries a recommended retail price of R8,999.