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Stefano Minni

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Stefano Minni asked a question about a product...
at 08-21-2013 8:07pm
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

What's in your opinion a better choice for an upgrade from my Gaggia evolution, the Pasquini Livietta or the Rancilio Silvia?

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mjackson ♦ Stefano,
It is a good question. I would say if you like straight espresso more you can make a better shot with the Silvia. That would be as long as you get a true espresso grinder say like a Rocky or a MDF or a Baratza Preciso or a Vario( my Favorite). If you like to entertain and make lattes and milk drinks the Pasquini will help you be more efficient as you can brew and steam at the same time. The Silvia does have the potential to make the best shot

08-22-2013 8:21am |

LarryLunchbox

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at 04-22-2013 3:57pm
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

Can you get hot water out of the steam wand? Under the features it mentions getting hot water from the brew side. Not ideal for tea and other hot non-coffee drinks (which would be for my guests of course).

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techkathy The Pasquini Livietta T2 does not have a built-in hot water dispenser. Keeping the brew group clean will keep coffee grounds out of any water dispensed from the group.

04-24-2013 4:01pm |

Marc Meyer

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at 04-21-2013 2:24am
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

Does the Livietta come with all necessary parts to use with ESE pods, or is that a separate part/kit? If separate, what is the cost?

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techkathy Mark - it is a separate item. The part code is PAT2PODKIT and it is currently pricing at $75.00 S&H.

04-22-2013 12:48pm |

Philip Roley

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at 03-19-2013 10:47am
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

Hi, our 1984 Livietta quit pumping and instead of repairing, we are looking at a new machine. What is the purpose of backflushing on the T2? I have learned on my old Livietta that I must flush the screen after every shot that I pull, in order to keep the screen from collecting ground coffee debris. Is that going to serve the same purpose?

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techkathy Back flushing keeps the group head and solenoid valve clean and clear. It keeps the coffee tasting fresh and keeps the machine from clogging with coffee.

03-19-2013 4:21pm |

Chelsea Fischer

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at 01-21-2013 8:58pm
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

Hi-- it's really great to be able to ask questions, thanks in advance! I am a former barista, so I feel like my standards for a home machine are probably too high for my price range. I love that I can steam and brew at the same time with this machine. How does its quality compare with the Gaggia baby twin? (What I really want is an Expobar, but I've gotta be realistic). Thanks for any thoughts you can share on the best machine for a seasoned barista who loves the entire process of making espresso beverages!

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mjackson ♦ Chelsea,
Great question. This is the right machine if you like to brew and steam at the same time. It is a very good machine and I do think it has some of the same great qualities you woudl expect from the Gaggia. You may also want to look at the new Krups machine which is similar but has some more features that you may like as well. See here -http://www.wholelattelove.com/Krups/krups-xp618050-twin-thermoblock-semi-automatic-espresso-machine.cfm. Of course I think a Gaggia with a great grinder will give you very good shots and if you like lattes or mil drinks you will be happier withe the Krups or the Pasquini. Of course I do like the Expobar as well. If you are set on making a great drink get the Pasquini.

01-22-2013 8:44am |

Fred Carney

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at 12-04-2012 10:58am
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

What is the process or proceduse for cleaning the boiler on the Livietta? How often should it be cleaned? We make 50-75 cups per month. City tap water used.

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Sanfam ♦ As far as any machine with a Heat Exchanger-style boiler is concerned, I wouldn't worry about trying to descale the boiler in the life of the machine. Typically speaking, you want to remove the entire boiler from the machine to properly decalcify it, as it is somewhat difficult (from a practical standpoint) to properly drain descaling solution and loosened mineral sediment from a boiler with it in place and fully hooked up. Additionally, the boilers are enormous, having more than enough surface area to accomodate for the permanent accumulation of a thin layer of scale along the sides over the lifetime of the machine without negative impacting its performance.

12-04-2012 11:26pm |

Daniel Kim

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at 11-11-2012 5:37pm
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

I am interested in this machine, but haven't been able to find too many feedbacks. How accurately does this control the temperature while brewing? I was told that thermoblocks are not good at regulating temperature accurately. My second question is about the aluminum. I see that this has an aluminum thermoblock. Is it lined with stainless steel or other type of safe metal?

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mjackson ♦ Daniel,
It is a good machine. It does not give you control over temperature as you know but is fairly stable. It does have aluminum thermoblocks. If you watch the video you will see it actually works very well and is the lowest price machien we have you can brew and steam at same time. http://www.wholelattelove.com/videos.cfm?playvidID=418

11-12-2012 8:56am |

MegabyteCoffee

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at 08-24-2012 10:34am
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

I need help in deciding what machine I should go with. The Pasquini Livietta T2, or the Rancilio Silvia v3. I currently have a La Pavoni europiccola for 12 years now, that I use every single day to make hot and cold mocha's, or just an espresso shot to drink. I am wanting something a little easier to use, with plenty of steam and is somewhat forgiving on pulling a shot. Both machines look great and the price is comparable to each other. Which one would be the right one?

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mjackson ♦ Chris,

I like the Livietta for the convenience. As you can brew and steam at the same time. I really like the Rancilio as far as quality and the ability to brew a good shot. It does take time between brewing and steaming. You do need a good grinder. I think you need to make sure you have an adequate grinder such as the Rancilio Rocky or the Baratza Preciso. The Livietta will be hard to beat at that price.

08-28-2012 9:15am |

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MegabyteCoffee Thank you Mark for the info. I did purchase the Livietta T2 and a Rancilio Rocky grinder, and now after 2 months, I could not be happier! My shots are great, and the steaming is instant and plentiful with this machine's dual thermal blocks. I don't think there could be a better machine in this price range. Very satisfied!

10-28-2012 3:13pm |

jeffreyschapman

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at 04-23-2012 10:36pm
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

does the machine come with a tamper?

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mjackson ♦ Jeffrey,
It does not come with a tamper. You will want to get a 57 MM tamper as that is the correct size. I hope this helps and I really like the machine for the money and how it performs.

04-24-2012 9:06am |

David Katz

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at 02-19-2012 6:18pm
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine
Pasquini Livietta Espresso Machine

I have a very old Livietta espresso machine. The pump runs, but very little water comes through the grounds. I removed the screen that is held in by a philips screw and with the screen out water flows great. It takes a few seconds to fill a small cup. Is there a way to clean the screen or is a replacement available?

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mjackson ♦ David,

There is a few things to try such as backflushing your machine. You may also want to try using the Urnex Cafiza that you backflush with and soaking the screen for a while in it. You can also go to Pasquini.com and get a new screen as we do not carry that part. I hope this helps and let us knwo if you have any questions.

02-20-2012 9:51am |

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