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JohnLyn
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Location: Golden, BC, Canada
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Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldy
Grinder: Vario
Drip: Bonavita
Roaster: Toastess popper
Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 6:27am
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I just have to say, 6 months in and I have not had a single problem with the Mini Vivaldi. Others have been quite fortunate and have not had any issues with their BDB but I was not one of them. For the 6 month anniversary I got rid of the big box that the machine came in to make space in the garage. I have most definitely decided that I value reliability, durability and fixability over having the latest technology given that both machines perform beautifully in the cup.
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Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 10:04am
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JohnLyn Said:

I just have to say, 6 months in and I have not had a single problem with the Mini Vivaldi. Others have been quite fortunate and have not had any issues with their BDB but I was not one of them. For the 6 month anniversary I got rid of the big box that the machine came in to make space in the garage. I have most definitely decided that I value reliability, durability and fixability over having the latest technology given that both machines perform beautifully in the cup.

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I am the same way. I want something that's reliable and just works
everyday. I want something that can be fixed when it eventually needs
work. You have a great machine and it comes with a great history.
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s_lovan2
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Location: Des Moines IA
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Espresso: Mini Vivaldi II
Grinder: Vario
Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 11:05am
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Sorry to hear about all your troubles with the BDB! I suppose it's a love it or hate it deal. But what matters in the end is that you're happy and running trouble free with the Vivaldi II. :)
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Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
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Posted Sat May 25, 2013, 3:31pm
Subject: Re: Swapping out the BDB
 

JohnLyn Said:

I just have to say, 6 months in and I have not had a single problem with the Mini Vivaldi. Others have been quite fortunate and have not had any issues with their BDB but I was not one of them. For the 6 month anniversary I got rid of the big box that the machine came in to make space in the garage. I have most definitely decided that I value reliability, durability and fixability over having the latest technology given that both machines perform beautifully in the cup.

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Good to hear. Do you taste any differences in the shots between the two machines? I am considering the Dream T
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JohnLyn
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Location: Golden, BC, Canada
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldy
Grinder: Vario
Drip: Bonavita
Roaster: Toastess popper
Posted Fri May 31, 2013, 10:46am
Subject: Re: Swapping out the BDB
 

s_lovan2 Said:

Sorry to hear about all your troubles with the BDB! I suppose it's a love it or hate it deal. But what matters in the end is that you're happy and running trouble free with the Vivaldi II. :)

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To be honest the love/hate is not between the machines. I love great coffee, both machines delivered. I hate problems, one machine did not deliver for me but appears to be delivering for others.

cuznvin Said:

Good to hear. Do you taste any differences in the shots between the two machines? I am considering the Dream T

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cuznvin Said:

Good to hear. Do you taste any differences in the shots between the two machines? I am considering the Dream T

Posted May 25, 2013 link

In the cup, they both compare to be honest. Great control on both. It comes down to a history of durability, reliability and fixability for me.
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