If all people could start their day like mine, we wouldn't need mushrooms.
Positive Product Points
The available power far exceeds my faemart, which I truly liked. The weight of the machine allows me to insert the coffee with a single hand, wow. Fast and easy to clean. I found a bottomless portafilter form my machine from Stefano's. Now my espresso oozes like honey.
Negative Product Points
NO negatives at this time. I'm becomming one with this machine. Still find no real negatives.
I feel totally priveledged to be one of the first people in this country to own this marvelous machine. While on an extensive 1.5 month adventure to New Zealand and Austrailia, I realized that the USA was still stuck on Budweiser. I don't believe I experienced a bad cup of jo, well, except for the times I had to patronize Starbucks because I was up too early for the local vendors. You can buy great coffee everywhere. The machine of choice was Faema. It was only natural theat when I returned to the great USA, I had to buy a faema. Not complaining, the faema was a great first machine. I purchase a special travel bag to carry it with me when I am traveling out of town and find myself prefering to make my own rather than jump out of my boxers at unreasonable hours to seek out second rate coffee shops. This Vibienne is everything that has been written. If and when I upgrade from this product it will be a product made by the same company that built this one. Happy me.
Stephano's gets it. Wonderful service and followup. Would have to believe that we would be social if the geography cooperated. I'm planning on a commercial venture and will definately be consulting with these people.
Three Month Followup
3 months later I still love my Vibiemme. I have learned a great deal, not only about my espresso machine but about espresso coffee as well. I find my vibiemme to be outstading when I allow the boiler to be heated 4 hours. I know it will work faster but the quality is so much superior when allowed to maintain 4 hours of heat exchange. Did I mention I love my vibiemme?