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Date: 08 Aug 2007 08:58:09
From: ( ) David De Cristoforo
Subject: E61 - All it's cracked up to be?
Six years ago I bought a Pasquini Livia 90. At the time, I did not
even know there were E61 "prosumer" machines available. I soon
realized otherwise and experienced a short period of "buyer's
remorse". Nevertheless, the E61 machines were all at least twice the
price I paid for the Livia. So I soon got over it. A few weeks ago,
the Livia died. I sent it to Pasquini and they informed me that fixing
it was going to cost almost as much as I paid for the machine in the
first place. So I began looking for a new machine and I decided that
this time I would get an E61 machine. I ended up buying a La Scala
"Butterfly" (What a name! Thank God that label peeled right off!). I
got it set up, turned it on and let it warm up for 30 min., packed the
PF, and flipped the lever. The first shot was so much better than
anything I ever saw out of the Livia! (The first shots from the Livia
bore a closer resemblance to horse p*** than espresso). I realized
immediately that I had probably never pulled a really "good" shot
before this. Everything was superior. The color, the honey-like flow,
the heavy, rich crema and the taste (my God...the taste!). Fantastic.
I did not even have any really fresh coffee! I can only imagine that
things will get even better as I get more familiar with this new
machine. So, I would like to say to those who may be wondering if the
E61 is worth it or if it is all it's cracked up to be....yes it is.
BTW, this machine is very simple (although it does not look simple
what with all the chrome and polished stainless), just an on/off
rocker switch the E61's lever, a pressure gauge and the two wand
knobs.

David DeCristoforo





 
Date: 08 Aug 2007 15:56:39
From: lockjaw
Subject: Re: E61 - All it's cracked up to be?


IMHO, the issue is more with the livia than e61.

dave
www.hitechespresso.com



 
Date: 08 Aug 2007 12:05:25
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: E61 - All it's cracked up to be?

"( ) David De Cristoforo" <david@daviddecristoforo.com > wrote in message
news:1186588689.070217.112920@d30g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
> Six years ago I bought a Pasquini Livia 90. At the time, I did not
> even know there were E61 "prosumer" machines available. I soon
> realized otherwise and experienced a short period of "buyer's
> remorse". Nevertheless, the E61 machines were all at least twice the
> price I paid for the Livia. So I soon got over it. A few weeks ago,
> the Livia died. I sent it to Pasquini and they informed me that fixing
> it was going to cost almost as much as I paid for the machine in the
> first place. So I began looking for a new machine and I decided that
> this time I would get an E61 machine. I ended up buying a La Scala
> "Butterfly" (What a name! Thank God that label peeled right off!). I
> got it set up, turned it on and let it warm up for 30 min., packed the
> PF, and flipped the lever. The first shot was so much better than
> anything I ever saw out of the Livia! (The first shots from the Livia
> bore a closer resemblance to horse p*** than espresso). I realized
> immediately that I had probably never pulled a really "good" shot
> before this. Everything was superior. The color, the honey-like flow,
> the heavy, rich crema and the taste (my God...the taste!). Fantastic.
> I did not even have any really fresh coffee! I can only imagine that
> things will get even better as I get more familiar with this new
> machine. So, I would like to say to those who may be wondering if the
> E61 is worth it or if it is all it's cracked up to be....yes it is.
> BTW, this machine is very simple (although it does not look simple
> what with all the chrome and polished stainless), just an on/off
> rocker switch the E61's lever, a pressure gauge and the two wand
> knobs.
>
> David DeCristoforo
>

Yeah, when ya get it right the first time in 1961 with the E61 group, you
don't fix it if it ain't broke!..
Craig.