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La Spaziale S1 - Thomas Ambrosio's Review
Posted: January 11, 2009, 1:06pm
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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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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 10.0
Manufacturer: La Spaziale Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,895.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,800.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Fantastico!
Positive Product Points

Best espresso machine I ever owed.

Negative Product Points

None so far.

Detailed Commentary

Last machine I had was a baby Gaggia which made decent espresso but it broke many times and I gave it away. The Mini Vivaldi II makes espresso and froths milk as well as any machine I have had before. I make better espresso and cappuccino than 95% of restaurants (I have experienced fabulous meals in some of the best restaurants in NY that ended with mediocre or, worse, a bad espresso) I purchased a grinder from Chris Coffee for $500 (Compak K3 Elite), after I bought the Mini and it is definitely required since using even the best pre-ground coffee in this machine does not make a great espresso, only a good espresso.  I normally have 2 espresso in the morning and I turn the machine on before taking a shower and then turn it off before I leave. I have no problem with filling the water tank. and like the idea that I can easily move it to a new location. I have been using Counter Culture Coffee beans, grind just enough beens for 2 short espresso and the result is espresso that reminds me of being in Italy. Un espresso con  Crema perfetta. It only took about 2-3 weeks to get used to the machine. I brew and froth at the same time. One cannot get better quicker froth than with this machine.This machine is extremely simple to use,  I have had no breakdowns, however, I should find out if any maintenance is required, however, I am the type that only changes oil in my car one a year. I hope this helps someone.

Buying Experience

Chris Coffee was very knowledgeable about the machines they sell. Shipped out in 1 day.

Three Month Followup

After 6 months the machine still works fantastic, no problems at all, espresso and cappuccino are still as good as any I have ever had in the USA. The only better esspresso and cappuccino I have ever had were in Italy. I could not be more satisfied with this machine.

One Year Followup

The machine is still working great, not one problem with the operation, the only problem is that I now consume more caffine than I should.

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