Summary: I have owned my Pasquini for a little over 2 years. This machine is on from 4:30 AM to 9:00PM every day. It has performed flawlessly and makes exceptional coffee. It is an expensive machine, but well worth the price, and for a family of four serious coffee drinkers the return on investment has a very short payback period (no more $4.00+ lattes from the Latte stand). Coffee quality and steamer performance are exceptional, and it is a fine looking machine as well.
Summary: I have owned several espresso machines. A fully automatic Jura, Francis Francis, and this Pasquini. I use them for cappuccino in the am and espresso later. The majority of time my wife and I have espresso. This machine makes the best espresso of all the machines I've owned, by far. One key to this machine, and any machine, is to find the right grind and tamping pressure. You have to experiment here. Once you get it right, you'll have perfect crema and fantastic espresso.
Summary: I've owned mine for about 3 years. I an an espresso connoisseur and roast my own beans. Pros for this machine are good build quality, good steaming power and consistently good espresso. I strongly recommend getting an aftermarket 2 HOLE steam tip - critical for making microfoam. FORGET the lame-o plastic frothing attachment. It seems to be make for a Starbucks reject. The drain reservoir is WAY too small. Not a huge issue, but a pain in the a$$.
Summary: I own this product but did not purchase it on Amazon. If you're reading this review, it's because you found this product for one of the following reasons: 1) You have a budget of $1500-2000 and this machine falls within that range 2) You're upgrading from a cheaper entry-level machine 3) You're just getting into the hobby of being a home barista and are trying to find the "best espresso machine out there" 4) You've done lots and lots and lots of research and have made...
A High Quality Machine for High Quality Coffee...STILL
dcinDC "dcinDC", Amazon
26 August 2009
Summary: This is a serious coffee machine. It's "commercial quality" so it's heavy (almost 50lbs) and very well built. It takes up some counter space (mostly depth) but it looks elegant and is easy to keep clean. The portafilter (handle with basket for coffee) is very sturdy and fits snugly. It has a useful ready gauge and simple buttons (as noted above) for on-off and start-stop. Now the important stuff: It makes great coffee consistently.
Summary: Anyone looking to spend almost $2,000 on an espresso machine wants to believe it will last a long time. I bought my Livia 90 semi-automatic in 1997 and have used it daily since then. It is a superb machine, producing thousands of perfect espressos over a fifteen-year period. It never broke down and only needed routine cleaning and a new head gasket every 6 to 9 months -- both jobs anyone can handle.
Summary: Couldn't be happier with my Livia 90! Reviewers that gave it a bad review because it arrived damaged sort of miss the point of the review. The question is: Does it consistently make great espresso and steam for milk and YES it does! The espresso is perfectly extracted. There are machines that cost a lot more but this one has served me well for more than four years now with daily use and not a problem.
Summary: I have just received the machine from Illy USA at a very attractive price (considering I order the Illy beans regularly anyway, their price on this machine with a one-year coffee subscription is a excellent indeed). I have been needing to replace an espresso machine every 2 years ca., I figured, I might as well try out one considered to be in the light duty commercial catagory.
Summary: I bought the Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic in 2002. The version I needed was for 240 volt operation so it was shipped from Italy. At the same time I also ordered the grinder and 2 drawer base. I had spent a lot of time reading reviews and comments on several sites for a wide variety of machines. The number of reviews which compared their brands to the Pasquini Livia machines was what really sold me on the Pasquini.