The Livietta and Romantica have been sold. I'm somewhat cautiously adding the following:
Bezzera Strega - $1300, local pickup preffered but willing to ship
This has been replaced by what I hope to be the last heavy weight espresso machine that I buy for a while, a GS/3. I need to move this ASAP before I decide that its unique nature merits a permanent spot in the coffee lab. Right now the GS/3 is a much more valuable professional tool for me. For the truly inquisitive home barista I think that the Strega might be a better choice (certainly a better value). The depths and complexity of what it can do are absolutely unique. I have never found myself presented with a more interesting challenge, and I'm a little miffed that I need to let it go before having mastered it. Of course, there in lies the rub. The GS/3 is a tool for exploring the making of espresso. The Strega in a tool for exploring the making of espresso with a Strega. It's in immaculate condition. Although I would really like to find a local buyer for this one, I have all of the original packaging etc and am will to ship it double boxed via FedEx at the buyers expense.
Does the Strega really need and introduction...I guess maybe. I've has some not local interested, so I guess I should say that I am willing to ship it, maybe even CA since I hate it when great stuff is local only.
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