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Wega MiniNova - Sergio Kusevitzky's Review
Posted: January 2, 2001, 3:48am
review rating: 5.7
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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: 10.0
Product Reviewed: Wega MiniNova
Manufacturer: Wega Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $1,000.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Local Wega Importer Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Krups Novo - Silvia
Bottom Line: The Silvia was for me a great step versus the Krups Novo. The MiniWega is a huge step in CONSISTENCY and steam power. A great machine... till now!
Positive Product Points

Great and CONSISTENT Coffee. Strong Steam. Professional... Professional.

Negative Product Points

Aesthetics. The bakelit cover is... well... is not like stainless steel.
Noise. When heatting, brewing and filling the boiler. Nothing serious, but if you are in a
quiet environment, you willl hear it.
The hot water outlet is controlled by an on/off switch (and not by a knob).

Detailed Commentary

I decided to buy the rotary pump version and do not regreat for a second.

After plumbing it to the water line through a softener (included in the deal), I was ready
to start. It takes 20-30 minutes to get to the right temperature. Non an issue at all, since it
can be on 24/7 (I blew up the Silvia a couple of times.... ;)). I have it plugged to the electricity through a timer that turns it on 30 minutes before my wake up time and turns it off at night.

The internal machine construction is like the WEGA commercial units and it shall last forever.
The head and the portafilter are commercial  (E61) and i was amazed to find out how heavy the portafilter is (even after owning a Silvia).
The steam is formidable (professional 4 holes tip) and can be applied in parallel to the coffee and/or hot water brewing. It takes 10 seconds to froth for two cappas!

Ah...I am able to get formidable single ristrettos (Almost imposible with Silvia).

I loved Silvia's finicky characteristics, which forced me to learn and master the grinding, tamping, beans freshness, temperature and cleaness factors. I enjoy to apply them and get a significantly higher consistency from the MiniWega. Excellent shots, most of the time!

This is NOT a machine for everyone, but I strongly recommend it if you are a "real" espresso
fan and can afford a US$ 1000 - 1500 range.

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One Year Followup

This is a 5 Year Followup
1.- The electronic card was changed several  times in 5 years
2.- The Thermostat and valves were changed several  times in 5 years
3.- The Plastic has lost its shape and broke
Taking in account that this machine is in my kitchen with an average of 8-12 coffee shots per day and a very careful treatment; I conclude that it is NOT a reliable machine.
When getting the electronic card shutted off again last month, I made a decision. Bye Bye Wega.

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