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Pasquini Livia 90 - Korey Sherwin's Review
Posted: October 11, 2006, 5:49pm
review rating: 7.0
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Pasquini Livia 90
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Arrow The Pasquini Livia 90 has 48 Reviews
Arrow The Pasquini Livia 90 has been rated 8.76 overall by our member reviewers
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Sandy Andina 8.33
Rich C 8.33
Peter H. 8.25
Michael Nelson 8.17
Rai - 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.4
Manufacturer: Pasquini Quality: 7
Average Price: $1,250.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $800.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: ebay Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Estro Vapore
Bottom Line: Great looks, Great Espresso!
Positive Product Points

Attractive Design
Programmable water dosing
Great steaming power

Negative Product Points

Computer logic board gets too hot and burns out. :(
Small drip tray

Detailed Commentary

Originally, I had my mind set on a Bezerra BZ02 Auto to upgrade my old Estro Vapore, researching the hell out of different machines while trying to decide what machine to go with. I was limited by the fact that I wanted a programmable machine under $1K.  The Bezzera is apparently the same machine as the Livia, $849.00 for the Bezerra and $1300 for a new Livia, the choice was obvious.. Bezerra. Although I preferred the looks of the Livia as it would match my Macap grinder nicely. I stumbled across a used Livia on eBay for less than a new Bezzera.
The unit arrived in working order, I disassembled it to familiarize myself with the internals, and give a thorough cleaning. About 2 weeks into using the machine the Computer (Logic board) ceased functioning, a quick call to Pasquini and $214 later I had a new logic board.. Grrrr!  That is what you get for buying used sometimes, Buyer beware! I also ordered a newer style swivel steam wand at the same time. The unit I have is the older non swivel wand, beefier 52 watt pump as opposed to the 42 watt / Swivel wand that currently ships with the new units.
Hint: open your unit and get some reflective 1/4" insulation and cover the logic board up, it may extend the life of it a bit.
All in all I am quite happy with my Livia, although it is said to be not as forgiving as some of the other machines, I am personally ending up with great shots. :)

Buying Experience

eBay, no problems , packed well.

Three Month Followup


One Year Followup

Still loving my machine, I have had to replace the pressure stat as it was sticking, ordered a new Jaeger pressure stat from Chris', nice upgrade and should last a lot longer then the original models. I also added a flo-jet system and a float in the water holding tank, no more pulling the machine out to refill, best mod ever!
All in all I have been very pleased with this machine and see no reason to upgrade. I am now roasting my own beans and shots have been great!

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