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My Machine Sux

bysgt_cater May 26, 2009
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Looks fancy on the counter
Cons Does not work well at all and over priced for its performance.
Recommended it? No

I purchase one of these espresso machines from Starbucks several weeks ago and have had nothing but trouble with it. I tried using Starbucks Espresso grind and their PODS. I have used it more than a dozen times with each grind and still it will not run properly. It does not properly dispense the... Read full review »


Perfect Expresso

bymichael1102 Apr 4, 2009
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Consistently brews excellent expresso.
Cons Heavy, steam wand could be a little longer.
Recommended it? Yes

In the past 15 years we have owned a DeLonghi, Krups and Saeco.  By far, the Saeco Via Venezia has been the best for the money.  We bought it from a former Starbucks manager who won it in a contest.  It is very user friendly and consistently brews excellent expresso.  I just learned that Costco has... Read full review »


IMO - only looks good! Very Poor Design..

byarlington74 Jul 4, 2008
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Looks good on the countertop....
Cons Not user friendly. Poor engineering for sure!
Recommended it? No

Several years ago, I had a DeLonghi espresso machine. I, like many others, got sick of paying $4+ for take-out cappucino. The machine was about $150, mostly plastic, but worked well. It had separate 1 and 2-cup filters and a tamper. It didn't look as snazzy as the Via Venzia, but it was designed... Read full review »



bya66cobra1 Feb 2, 2008
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to use, perfect espresso, perfect steam
Cons None, not one.
Recommended it? Yes

The Via Venezia machine is a welcome to have in our home. It makes a perfect espresso each and every time and is fast. Works easily and makes either one or two identical shots of espresso in a matter of under a minute.

DO NOT BUY ANOTHER MACHINE, this is the one for you if you love your... Read full review »


A fantastic value

byEricSan Sep 10, 2000
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to use, makes great espresso, relatively inexpensive, very reliable, good design
Cons Single heater, inadequate frother, no cup warmer
Recommended it? Yes

Making a good cup of espresso is delicate. You have to start with good coffee properly roasted, of course.
Grind the coffee at the last minute, in a burr grinder (mills heat the coffee and ruin the aroma, and produce an irregular grind unsuitable for espresso)
Fill the filter with the right... Read full review »


Ah, Espresso

bywalt_ Sep 7, 2000
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros no compromise, "this is it" cup of mocha...
Cons kitchen space, drainage, water supply, 220V, hernias trying to move it in
Recommended it? Yes

I remember when I was little, and I used to eagerly crowd the breakfast table next to mom or dad, and watch them drink that mysterious steaming black brew. It had such a wonderful aroma, and I suppose it's every child's dream to emulate the sophistication and importance of his parent's mundane... Read full review »


My favorite appliance

bynbsmith Aug 30, 2000
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros great coffee, convenient, money saver
Cons steamer drips when in coffee mode
Recommended it? Yes

After being exposed to the wonder of a fully automatic espresso machine, I knew that I had to have one. Several years later I purchased the Saeco Via Venizia from the US distributor.
The machine has performed well for us for 2 years. If I had a few more dollars to spend I would upgrade to a... Read full review »

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