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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 5:34pm
Subject: Would Saeco Aroma or Via Venezia be an upgrade?
 

We currently have a DeLonghi BAR32. We are considering getting a replacement espresso machine, but I'm not sure we are ready for an expensive upgrade.

Seattle Coffee Gear has the Aroma and the Via Venezia for great prices. However, I am not sure if they would be upgrades at all, considering they are the same style as the DeLonghi.

Any help here?

 
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 6:29pm
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it would be an upgrade if you are also upgrading your grinder and going unpressurized.   otherwise, it'll be about the same.
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 6:53pm
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frank828 Said:

it would be an upgrade if you are also upgrading your grinder and going unpressurized.   otherwise, it'll be about the same.

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We have a Bodum Bistro burr grinder, which won't be upgraded for some time.

Unpressurized? As in, modifying the ppf?

 
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 7:34pm
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From what I understand, the Bistro is NOT able to do a true espresso grind, but can do fine enough for a pressurized portafilter. I would argue that a used Aroma/Classico/Via Venezia/Vapore/Rio Vapore..etc would be an upgrade if it works well. Saeco's build quality is miles ahead of DeLonghi's and you have room to grow when you can afford a better grinder and a non-pressurized PF (Seattle Coffee Gear has some handsome ones, including a custom bottomless PF). As someone who had several of both Saeco's models, I'll say they both are capable machines. You can always find them locally on CL.
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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:58pm
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Markarian Said:

From what I understand, the Bistro is NOT able to do a true espresso grind, but can do fine enough for a pressurized portafilter. I would argue that a used Aroma/Classico/Via Venezia/Vapore/Rio Vapore..etc would be an upgrade if it works well. Saeco's build quality is miles ahead of DeLonghi's and you have room to grow when you can afford a better grinder and a non-pressurized PF (Seattle Coffee Gear has some handsome ones, including a custom bottomless PF). As someone who had several of both Saeco's models, I'll say they both are capable machines. You can always find them locally on CL.

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Hmm. Looking at this topic, I can see why they feel the Bistro does not grind fine enough. However, ours grinds much finer than that. I will get a pic when I have a chance.

Thank you for the suggestions. We will consider it. :) I have also depressurized our portafilter, and will be giving it a try tomorrow.

 
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