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Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic Espresso Machine

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the maintenance and durability. The capacity and design also get good feedback. There are some negative opinions about the noise and size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Coffee & Espresso Makers the Pasquini Livia 90 Automatic Espresso Machine is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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CoffeeGeek - Pasquini Livia 90 - Ken Wallace's Review

 

I bought this Pasquini Livia 90 Semi Automatic from an EBay auction at a very good price. I had the machine sent to New Orleans (where I am working for an extended period of time) where it waited for a few weeks until I arrived. The machine was a...

Beautiful machine with powerful steam pressure, heats up quickly, large capacity

Difficult and expensive to service, controlling steam for micro-foam difficult

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CoffeeGeek - Pasquini Livia 90 - Damien Isabella's Review

 

I currently have a ESE setup for my Livia 90 and I am interested in trading my portafilter and group head for a traditional portafilter and grouphead that would accommodate grinds. Please email me at

I currently have a ESE setup for my Livia 90 and I am interested in trading my portafilter and group head for a traditional portafilter and grouphead that would accommodate grinds. Please email me at dji212@nyu.edu if interested. Thanks

I currently have a ESE setup for my Livia 90 and I am interested in trading my portafilter and group head for a traditional portafilter and grouphead that would accommodate grinds. Please email me at dji212@nyu.edu if interested. Thanks

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A great machine for espresso (when it works) though tricky for steaming; terrific tech support but not after warranty expires; delicate and quirky com

 

I bought this in May 2005 to upgrade from the Rancilio Silvia, my first "real" espresso machine (I don't count the parade of Krups thermoblocks, Saeco/Starbucks elementary pump/boiler machines and Capresso Ultima that came before and now inhabit my...

Fast warmup, powerful steaming, hot water tap, consistently good shots, pressure gauge, easy-fill tank

Requires bottled spring water (and different repair techs disagree on the brand--Cafe West recommends Crystal Geyser); steaming too powerful for included tips; shallow drip tray, often needs warming flush pre-pull; delicate and quirky computerized...

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Worth every dime, and every dime I've spent on it since.

 

I decided to write this review because I've had my semi-auto Livia for two years and I noticed that many of the reviews available on the site were written after a realitively short period of acquantance with a new machine.

This is a fine piece of equipment. You can leave it on all day. With a water refill every other day my wife has all of the hot water she needs for her morning pot of tea, and I have access to beautiful espresso upon demand. Over time the Livia has...

At $1,000 or more, most of the peripherial equipment that's included with a new machine needs replacement or upgrade. This includes the plastic steaming tip, the tamper, and even the cheap plastic coffee scoop. The shallow, thin plastic drip tray began...

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good support

 

pretty silver case, heavy duty fittings & handles

pricey & you must be fastidious about maintenance

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I couldn't be happier with this machine. I get great espresso any time on-demand.

 

When I decided to get an espresso machine I thought I would start out with a lower cost simple machine. I ordered a Gaggia Baby and when it arrived it was DOA. I sent it back and had some trouble with the importer fullfilling the order properly so I...

Heat exchanger so you can steam and brew with no waiting ; Fast warm-up time (less than 10 minutes) ; Large resevoir capacity ; Resevoir is easy to fill (Don't have to remove cups from cup warmer when filling!) ; Indicaters and controls are easy to use...

Drip tray is plastic and too small ; Attaching and locking the portafilter was awkward at first

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Whatever you do, do not purchase this machine.....

 

I purchased this machine almost 4 years ago....have had problems with group head filter leaks...over heating..and Now as Pasquini told me the

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25,000 shots later, still going strong.

 

This review updates a previous review posted more than four years ago.

Good cup with a skilled hand ; Wonderful durability ; Fast warm up ; Steam-power

Better machines entered the market place ; Drip tray too small ; Loud vibra pump ; Cannot fine-tune brewing temps to specific temperatures easily

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Avoid Pasquini, and avoid Aabree Coffee Co.

 

Simple design. High pressure. Should be able to make a good espresso.

Design faults. Bad web vendors jobbing out to third parties. No QI. Dishonest service. Beware!

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Style, quality and ease of use make this a winner

 

There have been many positive review written about the Livia and this is another.

Easy of use. Quality of build. Virtually unlimited capability

Could use a two hole steaming wand as standard item

Product Specifications

From Italy comes the celebrated Pasquini Livia 90 Semiautomatic espresso & cappuccino machine.  Designed for home, office, or small restaurant use, it employs sturdy commercial components from a world famous professional espresso machine line.  The Pasquini Livia 90 Semiautomatic espresso machine sets the standard for what is possible from a home espresso machine.  This is the true connoisseur's espresso machine, and is a lifetime investment for the espresso aficionado. Jam packed with commercial grade features and parts, the Pasquini Livia is a true heat exchanger espresso machine, which means the boiler is used for steaming on demand, and espresso water is drawn straight from the built in reservoir - it gets flash heated as it passes through a piping system inside the boiler.  With the Livia 90, producing espresso shot after espresso shot, and steaming instantly for large parties is never a problem. Brewing espresso & frothing milk at the same time is no problem for the Livia!  This is an absolute necessity for any espresso machine used for entertaining or in a semi-commercial environment.  This saves a lot of time and eliminates the need for you to wait for the boiler to ""recover"" between espresso brewing and milk heating functions (common on all single boiler machines).  The dual heat exchanger allows for both functions to take place simultaneously. The Livia 90 Semiautomatic is just like the Livia 90 Automatic, but IT DOES NOT have the automatic one-touch brewing system like the automatic version.
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