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CarloM
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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 7:54am
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

SSgt93 Said:

The wood sides were a big part in the deciding factor for us.  Without them, it looks too commercial,; with the sides, just amazing.  You get that whole Italian style with gorgeous curves.  Glad I am going with the Vivaldi Mini as well.  Love the chrome to it, Ken really has been helpful, and it's cheaper than the Dream, even with the timer (cut a few bucks off of it as well).  

Clive has a $125 certificate when you buy the machine, Ken said you could use that towards the sides if need be.  I bet they would sell them afterwards, but I bet they would make you send the machine to them for proper fitment. Not sure on that part, just a thought.

Posted April 17, 2013 link

Cool to hear about being able to apply the discount towards the sides.

Did you get the preinfusion chamber? If so did they charge to install it?

Finally, I'll be interested to see if they ship you the original sides as well. I'd hope so, just in case something happens to the wood sides later it would allow you to put the original sides on.
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SSgt93
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Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II
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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 8:22am
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

CarloM Said:

Cool to hear about being able to apply the discount towards the sides.

Did you get the preinfusion chamber? If so did they charge to install it?

Finally, I'll be interested to see if they ship you the original sides as well. I'd hope so, just in case something happens to the wood sides later it would allow you to put the original sides on.

Posted April 17, 2013 link

Ken was working late on shipments yesterday (he emailed me at 11pm pacific time! I am central.) so i will talk with him today to place the order.  I am not sure but I think I will ad the pre infusion chamber.  Since the machine has to get shipped to him for the panels, I will probably have him add it. I will make sure the original sides are included, I paid for them!
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calehman7
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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 8:16pm
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

CarloM Said:

I'm going to have total wood panel sides envy!

It's too much for me to add up front, but I wonder if Clive would be willing to sell the sides separately at a later date and if they'd be relatively easy to install...

Posted April 16, 2013 link

I had the same question for Clive Coffee and here is how they responded...

"The Vivaldi panels have to be installed here at Clive, but GS/3 panels can be installed by the customer at a later date as long as the machine was originally purchased through Clive Coffee. Please let us know if you have any other questions, or if there's anything else we can do to be of assistance."

I too am looking at the La Spaziale Mini with wood side panels...that would look gorgeous with them.

I think the issue with not being able to sell the Spaz panels later has to do with the backing they put between the machine and the wood panels to prevent cracking from the heating the machine produces. Whereas with the La Marzocco, you just take the two side thumb screws off and the nuts inside and you can easily replace those. Alas, unless you purchase from CC you can't get the wood panels for the La Marzocco. However the glass ones available for this machine also look snazzy!
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SSgt93
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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013, 9:28pm
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

calehman7 Said:

I had the same question for Clive Coffee and here is how they responded...

"The Vivaldi panels have to be installed here at Clive, but GS/3 panels can be installed by the customer at a later date as long as the machine was originally purchased through Clive Coffee. Please let us know if you have any other questions, or if there's anything else we can do to be of assistance."

I too am looking at the La Spaziale Mini with wood side panels...that would look gorgeous with them.

I think the issue with not being able to sell the Spaz panels later has to do with the backing they put between the machine and the wood panels to prevent cracking from the heating the machine produces. Whereas with the La Marzocco, you just take the two side thumb screws off and the nuts inside and you can easily replace those. Alas, unless you purchase from CC you can't get the wood panels for the La Marzocco. However the glass ones available for this machine also look snazzy!

Posted April 17, 2013 link

Love the wood.  It transforms an industrial looking machine into a piece of art. The shapes on the Spaz are delightful.
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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013, 10:18am
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

The wood panels look GREAT. I saw them last year when in Portland. Totally transforms the machine. With wood handles it will be all class all the time. I decided the same as you recently to opt for tried and true mini. I am glad that others are testing out the dream though. Great machine that you will enjoy for years to come..... Wood panel envy...

And if I didn't live in Canada I definitely would have purchased through Clives. What a classy business...
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SSgt93
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Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013, 10:35am
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

JohnLyn Said:

The wood panels look GREAT. I saw them last year when in Portland. Totally transforms the machine. With wood handles it will be all class all the time. I decided the same as you recently to opt for tried and true mini. I am glad that others are testing out the dream though. Great machine that you will enjoy for years to come..... Wood panel envy...

And if I didn't live in Canada I definitely would have purchased through Clives. What a classy business...

Posted April 18, 2013 link

I really wanted to get the dream, but wish they would have kept more of a classic look.  Since I can get the timer with the mini, it will be perfect.  I really like my experience with Ken at Clive Coffee.  Their website and videos are classy as well. Enjoy your machine!
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SSgt93
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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013, 11:19am
Subject: Re: Upgrade to Dream T / Mini E - Completely Worth It
 

CarloM Said:

Cool to hear about being able to apply the discount towards the sides.

Did you get the preinfusion chamber? If so did they charge to install it?

Finally, I'll be interested to see if they ship you the original sides as well. I'd hope so, just in case something happens to the wood sides later it would allow you to put the original sides on.

Posted April 17, 2013 link

i ordered the Pre-Infusion and Ken is going to install it when installing the panels. The originals will be coming as well. Finally got around to ordering as I was draining a flooded basement all night. Fun times in the Midwest.
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