CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,550 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 3:03pm Subject: Re: Via Venezia
Decent starter machine. Remember no 3 way valve = no removing PF immediately, you have to wait, unless you want coffee grounds exploding everywhere. I remember the 1st time I did that when I started with a Delonghi lol.
Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 3:37pm Subject: Re: Via Venezia
I had a used Venezia under the Starbucks rebadge. I had the one hole tip also but steaming was almost impossible. There was so little pressure and so much moisture that good foam was a dream. The temperature was super hard for me to gauge.. maybe my machine was just really old. I found it used on craigslist. The portafilter can be depressurized but it does little to improve if you can't pair it with a good grinder. It had a really big water tank which was sweet and for what it actually was, it was nice. If I didn't care so much about the specifics, it was a great machine. Small size, good water tank, "consistent", heats up so fast, decent water tray size, and easy to use.
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