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Espresso Machine - Starbucks' Via Venezia?

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Espresso Machine - Starbucks' Via Venezia?

sobriquet | Feb 29, 2008 10:27 PM

Does anyone own the Via Venezia machine made for Starbucks by Saeco? Anyone have any thoughts?

http://www.starbucksstore.com/product...

At $280, it seems fairly reasonable, but I don't want to spend that much on a machine that still doesn't make good espresso. I already own a good conical burr grinder, so the fact that it uses pods as well as ground coffee is a plus for me.

Can someone give advice to a coffee lover who appreciates good espresso, but not how to pick a machine? I want that beautiful, rich crema without spending $800. I don't think a stovetop moka pot is going to give me what I'm looking for.

Thanks, Chowhounds!

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