I'm working extra hard to really, honestly, clean out my extra gear, for real this time...
I have a Livia 90 that was going to go to a friend but he set his sights on something else (a nice-to-have something else that I agree is nice-to-have). It's for sale in the usual places, but if someone here is looking for a starter machine, I would love to pass it on and bring a bit of closure to at least one of the "help with my first real espresso set up" threads.
So, for sale to a coffee geek who can pick it up here in sunny Los Angeles: A shockingly pristine '01 Livia 90, just serviced by the original Mr. P., w/ a new shower screen and group gasket - $639, otherwise known as the price of a new Silvia
Listing Details Asking / Suggested Price: 639 Seller Name: Russel Philip Seller Location: Los Angeles Sale Type: For Sale
That picture brings back memories of going to Mark Prince's house in Vancouver in 2002. His main machine at that time was a Livia 90, sitting on his kitchen counter. That is, until he got the prototype La Marzocco that would become (I think) the GS3.
Dana Leighton - Espresso hack and CoffeeGeek moderator
These have been around since 1990 (hence the "90"), so the general design isn't anything groundbreaking, it's basically a dress up BZ-99. Changes have been made over the years and I think this one has most of the modern alterations. These are made by Bezzera, and the build quality is excellent. I found one from 1990 for sale just a few block from me, in great shape and still churning out espresso. They are also pretty small. Other than my Maximatic, the Livia 90 is the only pump machine (HX or DB, no SBDUs thanks you very much) that I have been able to fit under the clearance of my kitchen cabinet doors.
If you live in LA, these a dripping with local gstalt. The Pasquinis have been selling espresso and espresso equipment here for decades...there's an entire home espresso sub culture here that has nothing to do with online forums or thirdwave anything.
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