clivecoffee Senior Member Joined: 4 Oct 2008 Posts: 31 Location: Portland, OR Expertise: Professional
Posted Fri Aug 26, 2011, 2:38pm Subject: Walnut side panels for the La Spaziale Vivaldi II
The La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II has had a place in our showroom for almost a year now. We've admired its gush of powerful dry steam for microfoam and consistent shot temperature for nice, sweet pulls. However, the black plastic side panels just weren't quite up to the finish level of the other machines on our bench, such as the Andreja Premium and the Izzo Duetto. We decided to build some side panels out of the same Oregon black walnut that we use for the Clive Stand. The walnut plays nicely with the shape of the Vivaldi, lending it a mid-century aesthetic. Watch our brief video introduction: Click Here (www.youtube.com)
It's finished with multiple applications of Tung oil so it's highly resistant to water and steam. We expect the front of the panels, next to the drip tray, will get the most abuse. We're considering other woods, such as ebony, African rosewood, teak, and mahogany.
I'd love to hear any feedback from the CG community! At this time we will only offer them as an upgrade with new Vivaldi II (and Mini) purchases so that our tech can install the panels. Once we've perfected the install kit we'll offer them for current owners.
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