We are traveling and I was tiring of the dance necessary to relieve our morning cappuccino fix each day with my Portaspresso PG set-up (capable of wonderful espresso but the air up step apart of the workflow, pre-heating the unit and then needing a Bellman steamer for frothing adds considerable time to make even 3-4 capps each morning...). While staying in Sacramento I was surprised to discover, after doing a quick internet search for Ponte Vecchio Export machines in the USA, a local dealer listed the PVE as one of many machines they stock for resale!
The dealer and roaster is Vaneli's in Rocklin, just a quick 10-mile drive from where we are staying. A phone call verified they had one Ponte Vecchio Export left in stock and that was all it took to inspire us for the short drive. The unit was a demo model with one small spot showing brass through missing chrome...along with the usual tell tale signs of minor use: Espresso residue here and there...no biggy.
They offered a fair discount for the demo unit along with throwing in a bag of their freshly roasted beans (Espresso Forte; a black & tan roast), a nice tamper, milk frothing cup along
with the funnel and spoon/tamper from PV.
Their staff were very welcoming and informative. This morning I pulled the first 1/2 dozen shots using the 2 pull method with 14 grams of Noble Pompadour beans I picked up at Noble in Ashland Oregon two days ago while in route to Sacramento. Using my VDD/spressoFAB Pharos I was able, in just a few test shots, get very rich, sweet and delicious espresso this morning! The Noble beans BTW are worthy!
Although my Londinium LI has nothing to worry about the Ponte Vecchio Export will bring much joy to us when traveling when we have 110v availability!
Special thanks to @peacecup for all his posts and PM replies about the Export!
Apologies for the lengthy post within the "Gallery"...mods please move it if you see fit.