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cowboyjoe
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2012, 2:34pm
Subject: Southern Cal espresso maker recommendations....?
 

I am making the move to a higher end espresso maker (ran through 5 steam machines a decade ago and gave up trying to do it myself) now that I am retired and have the time to enjoy life (aka, espresso).  I have read many items on line but am a 'hands on learner' and wonder if there are any sellers in So Cal (in San Diego and LA next week) that coffeegeek readers would recommend.  I would like a shop that carries a number of the better lines that people write about (Vibiemme, La Cimba, La Spaziale, etc) and knowledgable sales staff who can walk me through the comparisons and the pros/cons.  I would be a buyer from that source so I am not trying to suck them dry and then go on line to save $200.  If you know of any on line sellers that have the patience and time to answer my numerous questions I would love your thoughts on those sources as an alternative.  (No plans to be in the NW where I imagine they are all over.....).

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Doug
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2012, 2:48pm
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Pasquini is in LA I believe, and from what I've heard they will show you how to use their machines and help you make a decision.

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-Ross
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2012, 3:06pm
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Ross

Thanks so much for the quick response!  I have emailed Pasquini.  Do you have one of their machines or another type?  What are your general thoughts about the machines that you have or have owned in the past?

Thanks again, I'll let you know what they say.

Doug
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2012, 5:27pm
Subject: Re: Southern Cal espresso maker recommendations....?
 

Hi and welcome.
Those are great machines but I am not aware of a store like you are looking for in So Cal.

Any of our advertisers would be very happy to answer your questions and they will give you a good price with excelent cusromer service and they all have been .
with us for a long time.

The board is always more than willing to help you out with questions and if you want to, feel free to email me at my contact address.

 
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Posted Thu Jun 7, 2012, 10:01pm
Subject: Re: Southern Cal espresso maker recommendations....?
 

I agree that Pasquini is a nice place to visit, but the only machines they sell that you would be considering are the Livia 90 and the Cimbali Junior.  I just sold my Livia and it was/is a great espresso machine, but the current price is north of $1700, which is way too much considering the alternatives.  I have only ever heard good things about the Junior, it's a whole price tier or two above the premium consumer HX machines, and it's straight up commercial in design (I don't care how shiny the SS case is, its a big metal box on legs).  I've considered it, but I'm not a cafe, I don't intend on leaving a machine on all of the time, and I would rather put several thousand dollars into something...different.
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 4:13pm
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LA Mill actually has a pretty decent selection of machines./accessories. They have a little shop right next to their (slightly pretentious) cafe.
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 5:21pm
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http://www.salvatore-espresso.com/

In Solvang.  Actually makes the machines himself.
Good luck.
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 1:12am
Subject: Re: Southern Cal espresso maker recommendations....?
 

I have no issue with Salvatore machines and I like them but that is a bit farther north than the OP was asking about and they only have their brand of machine, not a range like the OP asked about.

Good referral though, good machines.

 
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