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La Spaziale S1 - Aptos Ca's Review
Posted: December 25, 2008, 4:21pm
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La Spaziale S1
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Arrow The La Spaziale S1 has 68 Reviews
Arrow The La Spaziale S1 has been rated 9.31 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 18, 2004.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Chas Rimpo 9.36
Michael Wolfson 8.76
Derek Sherman 8.46
Wolfgang Gaggl 8.30
Martin Lipton 8.22

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: La Spaziale Quality: 10
Average Price: $1,895.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,895.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Loved it. Trying to get work to by one now that I don't work at home.
Positive Product Points

Easy to learn and use. Pretty easy to clean and maintain. Quality of espresso is great. Easy enough to use that a non-coffee-phile can handle it.

Negative Product Points

If you have to open it, getting it back together is a bit of a pain. The timer flakes occasionally for no observable reason. Running the two boilers at the same time is supposed to be done only on a 20A circuit, but I fudged and only had one case where I tripped the 15A breaker. Did have a fairly common problem with the flow meter getting clogged early on. Easy to clean and fix with help from Chris Coffee and s1cafe. A bit difficult to ship; the pressure meters got pulled out of place which is pretty common but not too hard to get back in place.

Detailed Commentary

I had a super-auto that finally gave up the ghost (and the result wasn't too good anyway). I did a ton a research and settled on the VII and haven't looked back. The result is better than anything I've ever had without being difficult to use. I had originally thought having a seperate grinder etc. would make the process too difficult for the first shot in the morning but since the quality of all the superautos I looked at was so bad, I finally gave in. I wanted the double boiler (too many bad experiences with machines having to heat up/cool down) and I was hoping not to have the result too dependent on my ability (or lack there of) to temperature surf. The result has been everything I dreamed up.

A very active and supportive community at s1cafe.com was a big selling point for me. Lots of people with years of experience on the ins and outs.

Buying Experience

Bought from Chris, since they have a lock on the VII and the VI doesn't have a timer. The process was simple. There's always an issue with shipping these and when I got it, one of the cables had come loose. They helped diagnose and fix immediately ... on  a weekend, if memory serves.

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