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La Valentina - Jeffrey Shinn's Review
Posted: April 27, 2005, 6:55pm
review rating: 5.3
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Arrow The La Valentina has 14 Reviews
Arrow The La Valentina has been rated 9.44 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since May 13, 2003.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Dan Kehn 9.56
Erik Daniels 9.00
Ken O 8.42
Random Person 8.37
Dave Brown 7.42

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Ala di Vittoria Quality: 9
Average Price: $1,200.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,495.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1-st Line Equipment Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A great machine with a few tweaks becomes the ultimate home espresso machine.
Positive Product Points

Solid, well engineered, great looking espresso machine, with E61 grouphead, results - outstanding espresso / cappuccino and a great looker.

Negative Product Points

Tall heavy machine barley fits under counter making refilling of water reservoir difficult.  Standard Pod adaptor head interferes with full portafilter and hurts shot quality - see detailed commentary for solution.  Pump is a little noisy.  Manual is fair at best.

Detailed Commentary

I had been looking at a semi-commercial espresso machine quite a while and when my Solis SL90 finally stopped working I was very motivated to upgrade.  I will not go into the details of the La Valentina as Dan Kehn's review is extremely detailed in this area.  With some help from Dan, I decided on the automatic version of the La Valentina as I make many milk based espresso drinks and it makes it extremely convenient.

Initial impresses are WOW, what a beautiful machine.  It is a substantial machine and beautifully made.   I immediately fired up my Mazzer Mini and started pulling shots.  After dialing in my grinder I was making very good shots.  It came with a two-hole tip on the steam wand and making steaming milk was a snap.  I used it this way for a while and never was able to make the proverbial god like shots.  I also grew tired refilling the machine as it never seemed to be able to drain the water reservoir and it was a chore to pull the machine out from under the cabinets and refill the water.

I had 1st line convert it to a plumbed in model.  The La Valentina come standard with a pod adaptor head and while it was there,  Jim replaced it with a standard screen.  Once I got it hooked up to my water supply, I immediately started pulling shots, and they were the god like shots I have been reading about.  Having an endless supply of water is the final piece to this machine to make it my ultimate espresso machine.

Overall, I would recommend this machine to anyone and make sure before it ships, have the pod adaptor head replace.

Buying Experience

1-st line was patience with all of my calls and great to work with.

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