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La Spaziale S1 - Charles F's Review
Posted: March 7, 2009, 12:27pm
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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
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 18, 2004.
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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: 9.2
Manufacturer: La Spaziale Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,895.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $2,000.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Pasquini Livia, Francis
Bottom Line: Great.  Buy it
Positive Product Points

I have the Mini Vivaldi II, but didn't see a review space for that.  So its basically the same machine, but with upgrades

My 3rd espresso machine.  Thoroughly excellent, albeit not flawless.  But I'd buy again in a heartbeat, if I don't actually get a Pro LM next which is most likely

Milk steaming is professional level.  Shot Temperature control is great.  Though a flush is necessary, it beats the heck out of the HX water dance

Negative Product Points

Minorly, I don't find it all that attractive - I'm more of a big hunk of stainless guy.  But people can decide that for themselves

Programming is better than the S1 by accounts, but still has room for improvement.

I don't think I like 53mm baskets.  I think the height is more prone to channeling.  On the plus side, it really forces you to get your tamping perfect...

Detailed Commentary

Great Machine at its price point (as I said above I have the unplumbed version of the II).  I was waiting for the GS3, but when they announced the silly price I went for this instead, and don't regret it.

Milk steaming is simply amazing.   Though harder than with a weaker machine, as you have only seconds to get things right.  On the other hand, your drink is ready in seconds.

I bought the pre-infuser and installed it myself, which I think is worthwhile, but it's early days.

Chris Coffee has been consistently a pleasure to deal with.

I do think I'd like it better if it had a 58mm basket, but I may be wrong.

Bottom line, its superb and you won't regret buying it.  Even if like me you have the idea of building a kitchen around an LM down the road.

Buying Experience

Chris Coffee is a pleasure to buy from

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