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Topic: semi-OT: new Pasquini machine revealed (100 lines)
1) From: Sandy Andina
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So I just got the latest "WLL Buzz" email newsletter, and lo and  
behold--Pasquini has brought out the Livietta, at a sub-$1K price  
point (perhaps because they were losing business to Bezzera, which  
was cloaking the Livia internals Pasquini had subcontracted them to  
make in sexy-retro-Eurostyle metal and plastic and undercutting the  
Livia by up to $400).  This one, instead of having a boiler with HX,  
has dual thermoblocks to accomplish simultaneous steaming and shot- 
pulling, as well as a "slow-start" mode at the start of steaming to  
address previous complaints about runaway explosive steaming power  
that made microfoam difficult to achieve without afermarket  
restrictive steam wand tips.  My suspicion is that this is why they  
might have owned up (at least to my repair guy, and probably after a  
few "caffe correttos" at the Restaurant Show happy hour) to the  
flaking boiler/heating element/brew group problems on the Livia 90  
and offered them to him at near-"dump" prices sans warranty.  Any  
thoughts? Anyone else have the same suspicions?
Certainly, even with previous Livia glitches addressed and solved,  
this seems to me to be awfully pricey for a non-HX machine, much less  
a thermoblock pumper (face it, thermoblocks are usually the province  
of Krups, DeLonghi and Saeco's entry-level pumpers)--albeit dual  
thermoblocks.  Seems to me that thermoblocks, though they may heat  
faster, have a more limited capacity for large batches of shots &  
steaming and will need more frequent refilling and descaling.  I am  
not holding my breath.
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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So I just got the latest "WLL Buzz" email newsletter, and lo and =
behold--Pasquini has brought out the Livietta, at a sub-$1K price point =
(perhaps because they were losing business to Bezzera, which was =
cloaking the Livia internals Pasquini had subcontracted them to make in =
sexy-retro-Eurostyle metal and plastic and undercutting the Livia by up =
to $400).  This one, instead of having a boiler with HX, has dual =
thermoblocks to accomplish simultaneous steaming and shot-pulling, as =
well as a "slow-start" mode at the start of steaming to address previous =
complaints about runaway explosive steaming power that made microfoam =
difficult to achieve without afermarket restrictive steam wand tips.  My=
 suspicion is that this is why they might have owned up (at least to my =
repair guy, and probably after a few "caffe correttos" at the Restaurant =
Show happy hour) to the flaking boiler/heating element/brew group =
problems on the Livia 90 and offered them to him at near-"dump" prices =
sans warranty.  Any thoughts? Anyone else have the same =
suspicions?
Certainly, even with = previous Livia glitches addressed and solved, this seems to me to be = awfully pricey for a non-HX machine, much less a thermoblock pumper = (face it, thermoblocks are usually the province of Krups, DeLonghi and = Saeco's entry-level pumpers)--albeit dual thermoblocks.  Seems to me = that thermoblocks, though they may heat faster, have a more limited = capacity for large batches of shots & steaming and will need more = frequent refilling and descaling.  I am not holding my = breath.
Sandywww.sass-music.com
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