Welcome to the coffee snobs and to the wallet risk zone... :D
As a Home Barista specialist , Di Bartoli would be happy to assist you as much as we can with your decision making process for the right machine for you.
As your options were already narrowed down to the Giotto, Minore 2 and the VBM D Super, why not choosing the next natural step, and visit our store (if youre in Sydney, that is) to see all 3 machines in operation?
In Di Bartoli we ensure ALL the machines we sell are operative, so people like yourselves, when not sure which way to go and theres only so far that internet research have assisted them, they find actually witnessing the models in action as well as trying it out themselves, answers instantly questions likes: do I feel comfortable with the machine? can I get good coffee from it? how much tempt surf do I really need to apply and is that a nuisance at all or can I happily integrate that to my routine? and for the "Boss", it certainly becomes more visualized and clear which one actually looks better on your kitchen bench, occupies the right bench space, and may, also allow the boss the opportunity to operate the machine herself...(what happens on those business trips when youre away?)
With our 1 hour complimentary training we provide you with every machine we sell, you can be sure to become proficient with the "ins and outs" of the machines operation, getting your barista skills to a satisfactory level to pull decent shots as soon as you bring it home and know how to take good care of your machine so itll take care of you for many more years to come...
As for your specific questions, we obviously have an extensive experience with Minore 2 as well as able to put you in touch with some of our customers who operate it to their satisfaction...we believe that in terms of reliability, serviceability, spare parts availability and adequate technical backup, all 3 models are quite similar, so in fact, the decision really comes down to other factors, which may or may not be relevant / meaningful to you as the operator, and will be subject to your expectations, coffee consumption patterns and personal preferences. If you cant make it to our shop, I suggest you PM me or ring me on: 02-9389 9892, Id be delighted to discuss your situation in details and recommend accordingly.
As CS sponsor, you will receive a great deal from Di Bartoli on whichever model you will eventually choose, not to mention the pre-sale /post-sale backup extended, where we guide you through the home barista process until no more questions are asked.... Visit our sponsor area for the lasts offers on VBM D Super, Minore 2 and the Bezzera Domus Galatea (maybe this model will get the stamp "approved" from the boss?):
Hope that was of help! Ofra