Are you trying to ascertain whether the La Spaziale Vivaldi II is right for you or your business? In this La Spaziale Vivaldi II review, we'll give you all the information you need to make the call.
You'll find out...
- How the key features of the La Spaziale Vivaldi II translate for your business.
- Why the different configurations of this machine suit certain operations.
- How the Vivaldi II compares to similar models.
- What types of businesses this machine works best for.
- What the history of the brand is so you know if it's reliable.
Let's get started...
Product La Spaziale Vivaldi II
A powerful dual boiler, volumetric dosing and easy temperature control make this espresso machine a great option for a small business like a restaurant, an office, or even a prosumer's home kitchen. It's perfect if you need a machine that offers easy operation and the building blocks for professional espresso production for a low-volume setting.
Key Features And What They Mean
If you're looking to get the highest quality extraction from every espresso, the La Spaziale Vivaldi II's pre-infusion method is a function you'll be glad to have.
Home users and baristas alike no longer need to worry about improperly tamped espresso as pre-infusion saturates the espresso puck before the pressurized water stage, settling the coffee and ensuring even extraction.
The result is a clean, crisp flavor and perfect crema. Even green baristas can make quality espresso shots with pre-infusion.
A dual boiler ensures more power for espresso production to keep up with back-to-back espresso orders in a fast-paced environment.
Whether you're a busy office or a restaurant looking to augment your drink menu offerings, a dual boiler system can keep up with demand.
Stainless Steel Construction
Stainless steel builds an espresso machine that will last for years to come. Unsurprisingly, plastic and cheaper materials have shorter shelf lives and a greater risk of breaking.
Additionally, stainless steel makes for simple cleaning. It may be easy to underestimate the value of a sparkly espresso machine, but both you and your customers will notice the difference between a shiny, clean machine and a spotted and stained one.
Touch Pad Group Temperature Control
This is a convenience that comes in handy when tweaking your espresso setup as group temperature is essential for quality control.
The touch pad simplifies production for the user, providing greater control over the end product (and creating a more enjoyable user experience).
The volumetric dosing feature in our La Spaziale Vivaldi II machines is there to streamline espresso production.
The barista sets the desired volume in the machine so that every espresso shot is automatically measured out with razor-sharp accuracy, generating repeatable (and excellent) results by every user.
La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II VIVALDI-II
The La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II was born based on user feedback.
The result was a state-of-the-art espresso machine that won the CoffeeGeek Editor’s Choice Award for Best New Product in 2006. It's only been getting better over the years with new and improved features, including:
- A new LED display
- More precise temperature and control
- A new 0.9 mm four-hole steam tip
This single-group machine will easily produce up to 20 espressos per hour with a plumbed-in system so that you need not worry about stopping to refill the water reservoir throughout the day.
La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi II M-VIVALDI-II
Upon more user requests the S1 Mini Vivaldi II was created. It is the manual pour-over version of the S1 Vivaldi II.
A pour-over machine differs from a direct-connect machine in that you'll need to manually replenish the water reservoir when it depletes.
The upside is that you don't need to have a water hookup close to the machine, so you can set it anywhere, regardless of your plumbing system.
The downside is that you can't attach a water softener or filter, which helps to reduce scaling. In this case, more frequent descaling is typically a necessity. It just takes time and commitment.
La Spaziale S1 Dream S1-DREAM
For another direct-connect option like the La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II, we recommend looking into the same company's S1 Dream.
Aside from a comparable price, the S1 Dream offers the following similar functions:
- Single group
- Stainless steel
- Dual boiler
- Rotary pump
- Group temperature control adjustable through the touch pad
- Volumetric dosing
- Programmable passive pre-infusion
The S1 Dream does have a new digital display. However, both of these machines are long-lasting and hard-working options with easy operation for all users.
Nuova Simonelli Oscar II NS-Oscar-II-Model-1
The pour-over Nuova Simonelli Oscar II is an excellent alternative to the La Spaziale S1 Mini Vivaldi II.
While the Oscar II offers the same convenient take-anywhere functionality, this machine does not come with volumetric dosing. However, it does have a soft infusion system, which is essentially a pre-infusion function.
The Oscar II is a bit more aligned with more highly proficient baristas, though it's still easy to work with for any user.
About the Brand
Founded in 1969 by espresso machine experts with a vision of advancing the technology of the day, La Spaziale continues to be a leader in innovative espresso technology.
The company's motto is that technically advanced equipment must be balanced with an elegant, simple design.
This brand is well-respected in the industry and designs a number of direct-connect and pour-over machine lines, including the S2, the S9 and the S1 Dream.
Ideal Machine Applications
The machine you purchase should suit your individual needs (or the needs of your business). That's where the different configurations of the S1 Vivaldi II come in.
While both the S1 Vivaldi II and the S1 Mini are excellent for home use, offices and small restaurants, the standard S1 Vivaldi II is usually the more practical option for commercial use.
In general, plumbed-in machines offer greater convenience and efficiency, key assets in a busy environment. But as they help to prevent scaling, they're versatile options for any application, personal or commercial.
What Customers Say
We tend to receive quite positive feedback on our La Spaziale products. We're told that they're hardy machines that rarely have any service issues.
These machines are hard-working and hassle-free, requiring minimal maintenance while keeping up with a demanding pace.
At Majesty Coffee, we aim to offer the best in espresso technology while keeping it budget-friendly.
We offer the La Spaziale S1 Vivaldi II at a fourteen-percent discount, reducing the price from $3,000 to $2,575. For our S1 Mini Vivaldi II, we set our price competitively at $1,875.
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