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vandal
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 11:40am
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Would anyone who uses this machine please give me some review of it?
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Coffeenoobie
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 11:42am
Subject: Re: Via Venezia
 

I believe there are lots of them. It is often rebadged as a starbucks machine.

 
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tinytot2
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 1:42pm
Subject: Re: Via Venezia
 

I have the Barista version.

Cons:
No 3-way solenoid valve so there's a wet puck
Slow steaming / Pannarello wand (Venezia.  My Barista has a standard 1-hole).
Pressurized portafilter

Pros:
Warms up fairly fast
Nice sized water tank (easy to access)
Non-pressurized portafilter available
Small footprint



The wet puck has finally pushed me to the edge of upgrading, though.  I.Can't.Stand.It.
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CMIN
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 4:03pm
Subject: Re: Via Venezia
 

Decent starter machine. Remember no 3 way valve = no removing PF immediately, you have to wait, unless you want coffee grounds exploding everywhere. I remember the 1st time I did that when I started with a Delonghi lol.
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Location: San Antonio, TX
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Mazzer Major & Baratza Vario
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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2013, 4:37pm
Subject: Re: Via Venezia
 

I had a used Venezia under the Starbucks rebadge. I had the one hole tip also but steaming was almost impossible. There was so little pressure and so much moisture that good foam was a dream. The temperature was super hard for me to gauge.. maybe my machine was just really old. I found it used on craigslist. The portafilter can be depressurized but it does little to improve if you can't pair it with a good grinder. It had a really big water tank which was sweet and for what it actually was, it was nice. If I didn't care so much about the specifics, it was a great machine. Small size, good water tank, "consistent", heats up so fast, decent water tray size, and easy to use.
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