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  • Build Quality
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Product is used:
    • Daily (1)



  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

It is is a great home coffee machine that can produce a top quality coffee..


We’ve had this machine now for almost 4 years and love it. We look after it well which I think is essential, indeed the shop we purchased it from did say if you don’t maintain it, it will come back and bite you hard. We had one issue with it which was a simple fix but we left it too late and water got into the electronics module so we had to get that replaced and fix the initial issue. It is is a great home coffee machine that can produce a top quality coffee, you will need to pair it with a good grinder and develop your own barista skills as they are the only limiting factors.

Purchased in January 2021 at Talk Coffee.

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GrinderMazzer Mini Electronic
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  • 18 reviews
  • 1 like
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Good machine Poor Customer Support.

Date PurchasedMar 2017

Excellent in every way


Great machine. I stepped up from an ageing Gaggia home machine, and this secondhand unit has given nothing but pleasure. Easy to get a great coffee, especially with my home roasts. Paired nicely with a Sette 270 grinder from Baratza. If I had one frustration it would be that the milk wand could do with a bit more steam pressure.... but it's fine.

Date PurchasedJan 2018


5 or 6 years on, and still wonderful


We've had the VBM Junior for 5 or 6 years now and it's still amazing. We've only had to get it serviced once and that was resolved same day. We bought it from Talk Coffee. At the time we had never made our own coffee, and he kindly spent quite some time showing us how to make one, and the results of getting any tiny thing less than perfect. I must say, that the first week we drank a lot of terrible coffee as we perfected the techniques and also learned how to get the grind right. The moral of the story is that if bad coffee comes out from this machine, it's 100% user error!
We now enjoy the best coffee in Melbourne at home. Completely love this machine.

Date PurchasedApr 2012



  • 33 reviews

So far so good - impressed with quality

Date PurchasedOct 2016

Da Fooze

Da Fooze

  • 7 reviews

Best thing since sliced bread...or even longer.




  • 6 reviews

Real coffee


I have now had this machine for 6 months and I love it. It is fairly easy to use as the boiler automatically fills and if the water gets too low it stops working until you refill it making it unlikely that it could be damaged by running the boiler dry. This is a manual machine for people who are serious about their coffee, add a good grinder, some freshly roasted beans and you can make coffee better than you will drink at most cafes. I love the look of it too, it looks beautiful on the bench.
Easy to make coffee for lots of people.

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