- Built Like a tank - Pour over and plumbed in option with the flip of a switch - Plumbed in kit included - The real deal E61 Faema group head - Thermosyphon in group head keeps temps stable - Everything about this machine is commercial qualilty, build and parts - Can make shot after shot and milk drinks without a hiccup - 110V
Negative Product Points
- Price - Perhaps the size can be a negative in some homes - Stainless edges are sharp
This machine coupled with my Mazzer Major should last me a lifetime. The setup as also much better than the barista in me. A few months ago I had the urge to be able to make great espresso and cappucino/lattes at home. My upgrade route included, Tassimo, Nespresso, Expobar, Elektra Nivola, Rancilio Classe 10 commercial behemoth and finally the Vibiemme.
The Vibiemme makes great espresso and can steam forever. I had a similar machine in the good Expobar Pulser before so why the switch? I didn't really know until got the Vibiemme home and started to use it. The build quallity of it is phenomenal compared to Rockets, Quick Mills and especially my old Expobar. This is the only machine that uses the true Faema group head and is massive. All the other machines only use an E61 "like" group head. Vibiemme holds the patent on it since the founders of Vibiemme left Faema and took the patent with them. The massive weight difference and also the built in thermosyphon makes a huge difference in y shots. The temp is much more stable and I don't have to do long cooling flushes. With my Expobar the group always sran super hot and then after a very long flush the temp wouldn't stabilize and would run from cold to very hot again in short time. This is not good for espresso. The Expobar was also able to steam like a champ but there is something to be said about the quality of the steam. I only had the single tip on the Expobar and all i could do was either scald the milk or create lots of stiff foam. I had similar problems using the stock steam tips on Quick Mills and Rocket Machines. The first time I used the Vibiemme it just worked. Silky microfoam with ease. Perhaps it was the 2 hole tip, the pressure, the dryness of the steam? I don't know what the reason is but myself and all my friends (mostly Sylvia users) that have used it says the same thing. Its so easy to steam up perfect microfoam.
Did I mention the build quality of the machine? Its serious commercial quality components allow me to keep it on all day without a worry. I don't use it 24/7 but I keep it on for most of the day and evenings before I clean it turn it off.
The ability to go from pour over to plumbed in is also a huge bonus. Even better is that the price includes all the hoses and fittings (you will need an adapter to connect to North American water line). I started off using it as a our over model and the big tank and big drain tray really came in handy. I liked not having to refill and empty it constantly unlike my Expobar. Once I got use to it and found some room for the machine I plumbed it in with ease. Plug in one fitting, run 1 water line and one drain line to the sink, flip the switch and ready to go. Now I routinely flush the group head, do the portafilter wriggle and back flush just to clean the machine as often as I can.
This machine is amazing and should last me a very long time. Only negatives are that the group gets very hot and accidental brushes against it can really burn you or a child. Also if you're using it as a pour over model it's really annoying to have to lift the whole top tray off in order to fill it. No problem if theres no cups on tip though. The top tray and drain tray screen also rattles a good bit but wedging some paper, tape etc. along the sides help to dampen it or I just place my hand on the rattling bits when i'm drawing a shot.
SCM in Vancouver was great. They offered me a trade in on my 225lb Rancilio Classe 10 220V commercial machine. I bought it on a whim and it was complete overkill for a home setup. They don;t even carry Rancilio but they were the only local shop that carried Vibiemme and I really wanted the true E61 group head. I am very happy that I didn't trade it in for an Oscar, a Rocket or the Breville Dual Boiler as I just know that I would have been looking for yet another upgrade in the future. The pricing could have been better though as I could have almost gotten the bigger PID dual boiler brother online for a similar price (no customer service and trade in of course).