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Posted Fri Aug 12, 2011, 1:52pm
Subject: VFA Expres review
 

Does anyone have any experience with VFA Expres commercial espresso machines.  I am looking at purchasing one but am concerned as to availability of any "proprietary" parts for future repairs.  Any comment on this company's equipment would be appreciated.  BTW I am looking at the Gold Dome 1930 model... LOTS of "Bling" for my bar ...  know of any others that are flashy AND under $10k??

Thanks for any help,
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Posted Fri Aug 12, 2011, 5:19pm
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Blake, welcome to CG.  Are you really spending $10K on an espresso machine for your home bar, or is this for your restaurant?  If it's for your home, I have a La Valentina, made by VFA, but the vendor has stopped carrying it.  Parts may indeed be a concern.

If it's for your restaurant, first and foremost, you need to find out WHO, WHAT and WHERE . . .  who services espresso machines in whatever part of North Carolina you are in; what types of machine(s) they service; and where you have to take the machine (or if they will come to you, and provide a "loaner" machine while yours is in the shop).

Again, if it's for your restaurant, I would respectfully suggest that you figure out how many drinks per day you'll be making, and select a machine based upon your needs, rather than upon the "bling."  OTOH, if it's for your home (and thus the workload is considerably lighter), why not take a look at the following machines*

HX machines:
-- Faema e61 Legend (one of the most famous espresso machines in history)
-- Elektra Belle Eqoque (scroll down to see them all)
-- Elektra Sixties T3 or D3 (I have the one-group version
-- Elektra Barlume Classic series (OK, I love these machines; what can I say?)

DB machines:
-- La Marzocco GB5 (outstanding)
-- La Marzocco FB80 (very stylish -- just as outstanding)
-- La Marzocco Linea (a workhorse!)

Cheers,
Jason

* NOTE:  These will also be great in a commercial environment, but I'd make sure first you can get them serviced!

 
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Posted Thu Aug 30, 2012, 8:50am
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I have some experience with VFA machines. I know of 2 VFA machines for sale in Toronto in good order both going for $500.  I also was able to track down dealers for parts if you ever need them based in the U.S.  They have 6L boilers. I know of pro part dealers as well.  PM me if you like.
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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 7:35pm
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can you send me some parts dealers for the VFA machines? Friend had his control board go out.
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