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La Spaziale S1 - Scott Huchingson's Review
Posted: February 2, 2008, 12:17pm
review rating: 4.0
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La Spaziale S1
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Arrow The La Spaziale S1 has 68 Reviews
Arrow The La Spaziale S1 has been rated 9.31 overall by our member reviewers
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Chas Rimpo 9.36
Michael Wolfson 8.76
Derek Sherman 8.46
Wolfgang Gaggl 8.30
Martin Lipton 8.22

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: La Spaziale Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,895.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $1,895.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris' Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Jura-Capresso
Bottom Line: If you're into excellent & repeatable cups of coffee...the VIVALDI II is the perfect machine
Positive Product Points

20 Amp heats much quicker than expected; Can easily draw espresso and froth milk simultaneously without water temperature issues; boiler reaction time (draw-to-draw) is imperceptible; Cleaning is easy; excellent construction...a lot packed into a small package!

Negative Product Points

Factory steam wand is too short... Came with the manometer bent, had to remove the front cover and bend back into place...trivial to fix, but frustrating.

The real problem is...I can only afford ONE!

Detailed Commentary

What a machine...  

If I were considering a VIVALDI II, I'd go 20Amp AND for the additional cost, get the water filtration and softening systems (what a difference).  Set-up was straightforward, but the user guide was lacking (Italian-to-English translation?).  However, everything that you really need to know about the set-up and operation of the LaSpeciale, VIVALDI II can be found on-line.  The VIVALDI II allows the owner to easily set both single & double draw amounts and the water temperature can be easily set to respond to individual needs.  

If I have one criticism of the VIVALDI II it is the short frothing wand (by high-end espresso machine standards).  However, an "extension" wand is now available as an accessory...this truly completes this incredible macine.

Buying Experience

Dealing with the Chris' Coffee staff was EXCELLENT...they are everything that their web site says.  Clearly, I came first, which is VERY rare these days!

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