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Wega MiniNova - Paul Hees's Review
Posted: May 25, 2001, 11:28am
review rating: 5.2
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Wega MiniNova
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Arrow The Wega MiniNova has 16 Reviews
Arrow The Wega MiniNova has been rated 9.13 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Bruce Coker 8.66
Francis Vaughan 8.00
Gary Dahl 8.00
Robert Shupp 7.93
Gregory Fierro 7.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Wega Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Puts pro features in a stainless, home-scale chassis. Substantial & well-appointed, even in class. For the first time, I feel I have my last machine.
Positive Product Points

Rotary pump
E61 grouphead (actively heated, auto preinfusion)
Clean heat-exchanged brew AND DISPENSER water
Large 2-liter, 2-chamber boiler
Gooseneck wand (traps fluid, reduces milk drawn into boiler)
Plumb-in (pain at first, sweet thereafter)
15" height fits under cabinets
Easy access to innards (4 screws gets top, sides, & back off)

Negative Product Points

Only 1 way out of boiler for water, the wand, implies that solutes will concentrate there. Serious consideration of softening implicit.
Rotary is very quiet, but unit prone to mild buzzes at times (can be treated with nylon washers)

Detailed Commentary

Arrived at the Mininova via 3-step program (Saeco, Gaggia, Wega). Has every commercial feature I sought, quenching upgrade fever. Assuming some experience, actually difficult to botch a shot. Good-size boiler for home, and rare feature of clean water (HE) from dispenser offers other culinary opportunities (tea, soup, pasta). Steam valve has great feel, fine control. Adds a classic café look to the countertop (including badge). Plumbed supply & drain VERY nice luxury. Fun to adjust brew temp & pressure. True 24/7 machine, though I shut off when away or asleep. 2 yr warranty (NA) a big plus.

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